Vivek Umrao "सामाजिक यायावर"
मुख्य संपादक, संस्थापक - ग्राउंड रिपोर्ट इंडिया
ऑस्ट्रेलिया में पुरानी (हेरिटेज) रेलगाड़ियां कुछ यूं होती थीं : भोजन-कक्ष, सोने की व्यवस्था इत्यादि
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Vivek Umrao Glendenning "Samajik Yayavar"
After mechanical engineering graduation and research work in renewable energy systems, he preferred to work voluntarily without a salary with exploited and marginalised communities in very backward areas, rather than taking a job for money.
Getting a PhD scholarship in a European university for a student in India could be a lifetime dream for the people of third world countries, but he preferred to go to work with marginalised communities rather than to accept PhD scholarship by a European university.
To understand ground realities and non-manipulated primary information, he did many thousands kilometres foot-marches covering thousands of villages. By these intense foot marches, mass meetings and community talks, he had face-to-face dialogues with around one million people before the age of forty years.
He has been exploring, understanding and implementing the ideas of social-economy, participatory local governance, education, citizen-media, ground-journalism, rural-journalism, freedom of expression, bureaucratic accountability, tribal development, village development, reliefs & rehabilitation, village revival and other.
In India, he founded or co-founded or strongly supported various social organisations, educational and health institutes, cottage industries, marketing systems and community-universities for education, social economy, health, environment, social environment, renewable-energy, groundwater, river-rejuvenation, social justice and sustainability.
He got married to an Australian hydrology-scientist around fifteen years ago, but stayed in India for more than a decade to work for exploited and marginalised communities. Before marriage, they mutually agreed that until the ongoing works need their physical presence in India, they will not have a baby. That is why they did not make any effort to have a baby for eleven years after the marriage.
Many hundred thousand of people of marginalised communities of backward areas of India love and regard him, also have accepted him as their family. He left all these social-achievements and prestige for living as a forgotten person to become the full-time father for his son. Even before leaving India, he donated everything except some of his clothes, mobile and laptop.
Now he lives in Canberra with his son and wife. He voluntarily writes for Indian journals and social media on social issues. Also, he supports ground activists in India as a counsellor who work for the social solution. He is also associated with some international organisations who work for peace and sustainability.
For Ground Report India editions, Vivek had been organising national or semi-national tours for exploring ground realities covering 5000 to 15000 kilometres in one or two months to establish Ground Report India, a constructive ground journalism platform with social accountability.
He has written a book “मानसिक, सामाजिक, आर्थिक स्वराज्य की ओर” on various social issues, development community practices, water, agriculture, his ground works & efforts and conditioning of thoughts & mind. Reviewers say it is a practical book which answers “What” “Why” “How” practically for the development and social solution in India.