July 30, 2016

History

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In the early 1970s, a socialist group of youth began seeking solutions to social and political problems of the rural community with the general aim of achieving a more just and happy society. After nearly 20 years of effort and agitations, they concluded that socio-political change was not possible without economic change. With this point of view in mind, they established in 1982, a voluntary organization for the socio-economic upliftment of the rural poor. With this point of view in mind, they established Manavlok.Dr. Dwarkadasji Lohiya, popularly known as “Babuji”, laid the foundation of a voluntary organization when he was studying in an ayurvedic college in Nanded.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ever since 1962, he has been actively involved in social activities like immunization, organizing healthy child competitions, building a cultural group to generate awareness among the people through entertainment. His close association with common people, suffering masses, marginal farmers, landless labourers, traditional village artisans, helped him in understanding their problems thoroughly.Determined to make a difference to the society and to work towards the uplifting of the masses, Dr.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Lohiya gave up his medical practice and founded “Manavlok”.Manavlok has been developing its activities over an increasing scale, never straying from the tenet that programs be based on the specific needs of people. Soil and water conservation, community wells for marginal farmers, a mobile health clinic, legal support for destitute and deserted women, skill training for women and landless farmers, a hostel for impoverished college girls, employment generation thru Community Development Programs, empowerment of the rural poor especially women, organizing small farmers, landless laborers, women and youth to solve their problems with available resources. These are just some of the important activities initiated.

 

The Accelerators in the Change

Dr Dwarkadasji Lohiya, popularly known as ‘Babuji’, laid the foundation of a voluntary organization when he was studying in an ayu05 - DWARKADAS SHALIGRAM LOHIYArvedic college in Nanded. Ever since 1962, he has been actively involved in social activities like immunization, organizing healthy child competitions, building a cultural group to generate awareness among the people through entertainment. His close association with common people, suffering masses, marginal farmers, landless labourers, traditional village artisans, helped him in understanding their problems thoroughly.Determined to make a difference to the society and to work towards the uplifting of the masses, Dr Lohiya gave up his medical practise and founded Manavlok. His relentless work and its benefit have been actively spreading and today have reached the grassroots. Manavlok today has penetrated into 150 villages supporting the farmers through numerous primary and secondary activities, making a difference in their lives thereby reshaping rural India.Dr. Lohiya is now an active member of many development committees in Government and NGO sectors at District and State levels. Being and expert member at the Marathwada Development Board appointed by the “Government of Maharashtra”, he is able to contribute to strategic development plansDr D.S Lohiya has been recognised for his by work many organizations for his great dedication and exemplary efforts in the field of social work. Some of these include ‘Yashwantrao Chavan Smruti Puraskaar’ by Zilla Parishad Beed, an award named ‘Environmentalist of the Year 1993-1994’ by Marathwada Industries Association, Aurangabad. An award for his ‘Outstanding Work in Rural Development’ by Late Shri Shankarrao Kirloskar.  An award named ‘Manavsena  Award’ in memory of late Ashok Gondhiya by ‘Young Men Gandhian Association, Rajkot’ and many more .

 

Late Dr Shiala Dwarkadas Lohiya (Wife of Dr D S Lohiya) was also a social activist in uplifting the marginalized dr-shaila-lohiya-3groups of the society. She represented India in many countries on social issues conferences. She was the supporting pillar to Dr D S Lohiya in establishing Manavlok. She was also recognized by many organizations for her great dedication and exemplary efforts in the field of social work. Some of these include FICCI Ladies Association’s National Award (Delhi), Elizabeth Wilson Award by ‘Sadhana Trust’ Pune, ‘Punyashlok Ahilyabai Holkar Award‘ by Government of Maharashtra.