Chitrakoot: Model of new social order

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Source: Seva-English      Date: 09 Oct 2012 18:10:35

$img_titleTo translate and transform the ideas of late Pt Deendayal Upadhyay into action and reality, renowned social worker, erstwhile Bharatiya Jan Sangh’s former general secretary, and Rajya Sabha MP the late Nanaji Deshmukh laid the foundation for Deendayal Research Institute in 1972. For serving the society, Nanaji bid a good bye to active politics and chose Chitrakoot, the karmabhoomi of Lord Ram located in Satna district near the border of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh for the beginning of this noble cause.
Because of the efforts of Deendayal Research Institute, people from 80 adjoining villages are working hand to hand for the development of villages. Now no rich person from the village can exploit the poor. The social imbalance that was in vogue for many years has now been overcome with the principle of mutual respect and co-operation. Each person is happy in all respects and hence satisfied with his own life.
$img_titleEarlier, the social life in these villages was vitiated because of court cases due to internal quarrels. Hence unrest prevailed in the villages. The karyakartas made them realize that it was not possible for them to lead a happy life unless they get rid of these court cases. Villagers also realized the seriousness of the problem and decided to withdraw the cases with mutual settlement. Now the situation is such that there is a competition among the villagers to end quarrels!
To minimize side effects of allopathic medicines and also to get a good and effective treatment, Deendayal Research Institute has established ‘Aarogyadham’ Research Centre at Chitrakoot where patients are treated through Ayurved, Yoga, and Naturopathy so as to have a healthy life-style. The efforts are also yielding results. Aarogyadham Research Centre has manufactured a pack of 35 herbal medicines called ‘Dadi maa ka batua’ for treating general illness. The cost is also reasonable as local medicinal herbs are used. There is a remarkable improvement in the health of the villagers. The foundation is also working to educate the villagers so as to make them self-sufficient.
In rural areas, the natural resources are available in abundant quantities. The DRI observed that if the cottage industries were attached based on these available natural resources, then, poverty could be completely eradicated from the villages. This concept was put to experiment in 80 villages surrounding Chitrakoot. Nanaji wanted this work to be presented as a model in the entire nation. To run cottage industries in villages, Udyamita Vidyapeeth is imparting self-employment training to deserving men and women.
Several years after Independence, villages are still facing a scarcity of drinking water. The karyakartas explained the villagers that the problem was not just the responsibility of government alone. The villagers also needed to put a step forward. With the motivation of Deendayal Research Institute, villagers made a collective effort for rain water harvesting. Because of this, the water is now also available for irrigation. Farmers started getting two crops instead of one and that too in increased quantities. Their income also doubled. The karyakartas also motivated villagers for organic farming.
Thus Deendayal Research Institute completely transformed the life of these villagers through its innovative ideas and programs.

Deendayal Research Institute
Siyaram Kutir
Chitrakoot, Dist-Satna 48 53 31
(Madhya Pradesh, India)
Tel.:- 91-7670-265 353, 91-5198-224 427
Fax:- 91-7670-265 510
E-mail:- [email protected]
New Delhi
Deendayal Research Institute
7-E, Swami Ramtirth Nagar
Rani Jhansi Road, New Delhi-11 00 55
Tel:- 91-11-23526735,23526792,23524555
Fax:- 91-11-2753 6726
E-mail:- [email protected]

How to reach
By Air: The nearest airport is Allahabad (135 kms), Khajuraho (175 kms) and Varanasi (275 kms) from Chitrakoot. Daily flights are available from these airports to Delhi. Taxi services are available from airport to Chitrakoot.
By Train: The nearest railway station is at Chitrakoot Dham which is 11 km. from Chitrakoot.
Chitrakoot Dham station lies on the Jhansi-Manikpur main line and is well connected to all major cities in India through Jhansi junction. (Railway Station Code: cktd).
Trains to Manikpur Jn (Manikpur Junction is 35 kms away from Chitrakoot. Manikpur Jn. lies on the Mumbai-Howrah main line via Allahabad.)
Trains to Satna (Satna Junction is 75kms away from Chitrakoot).
By Road: Regular bus services connect Chitrakoot with Jhansi, Satna, Kanpur, Banda and Allahabad.

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