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The Centre for Development Practice in keeping with Ambedkar University Delhi’s (AUD) vision of engaged social sciences, offers an action research MPhil in Development Practice with the School of Human Studies, School of Development Studies and PRADAN. This MPhil is premised on a one year immersion (not field work) in rural contexts. It was in this programme that the action researcher, Swarnima Kriti, immersed in Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh in January, 2017 developed her transformative axis with young women and men as they worked through questions of pani ke samasya in the village to pani lane ki samasya (‘who carries water’ – the man or the woman?). The transformative axis of gender and labor has over the last 3 years widened to include questions of ecology and adivasiyat and has led to the formation of Chinhari: The Young India. This collective of young women (age-group 09-28) has been working towards creating non-identity based ecosensitive commons. Anubha Sinha and Vijeta have been a constant support in this work.  


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    Creating Youth Groups

    Chinhari creates and works with youth groups in rural spaces. We work on questions of gender-ecology-adivasiyat. We engender spaces of sharing of experiences of young women’s bodies, anxieties regarding education, marriage, violence, etc.

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    Practicing Ecosensitive Agriculture

    Over the last two years, Chinhari has gradually developed a non-violent relationship with nature. In 2019, Chinhari acquired land in two villages where young women cultivated indigenous vegetables. Chinahari cultivated 30 kinds of indigenous vegetables, pulses, flowers, and trees in specific combinations promoting agroforestry. 150 households (involving 800 individuals) participated in such indigenous vegetable cultivation this year. This shift motivated the elders in the village to grow 21 different varieties of indigenous rice in 2019-20.

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    Supporting Higher Education of Young Rural Women

    As we create a space for women to dream, we also find ways to turn their dreams into reality

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    Building a Living Gond Library

    The Gond life-world is an ensemble of experiences and practices. The know-how of these forest-dwelling people is born out of first-hand experiences. However, an overtaking wave of modernity is reducing their engagement with the forest, trees, soil, etc. We thus, hope to create a repository of the rich local flora and fauna, and Gond ways of engaging with them


Join us  for a Vikalp Varta  on 31st October, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

at zoom link: 


Visit the vikalp sangam website: https://vscoronatimes.blogspot.com/2020/10/vikalp-varta-19-young-women-discover.html

Chinhari: Creating new writers from rural adivasi belts of central India

Our Latest Publications

"चिन्हारी: द यंग इंडिया" by Lalita Suryavanshi at  Vikalp Sangam.

The Plant is not One by Swarnima Kriti at Vikal Sangam.

"अभिव्यक्ति: सपनो की आत्मनिर्भरता-आत्मनिर्भरता के सपने" Our second newsletter has been published.


We'd love to hear from you


Choose your way of contributing:

  • Virtual Volunteering; help us design our social media appearance

  • Donate your old laptops, phones, cameras, and other gadgets

  • Support a young woman's higher education

  • Support our indigenous agricultural activities

  • Make a donation

We encourage your engagement in any way. Please contact us if you wish to become a part of Chinhari's movement!!! 

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