Walk Within - Experience Bharat, Explore Yourself

By Graam

November 8, 2019

Walk Within - Experience Bharat, Explore Yourself


There are three broad issues that confront us as a people, culture, and civilization – the first is the ecological destruction in the name of economic development and the associated challenge of balancing development with sustainability.

The second is societal apathy towards things that matter and a widening divide between the haves and have-nots, rural and urban populations, rulers and the ruled, the educated and the not-so educated – all this despite our claims that technology is rapidly unifying the world and bridging differences.

The third issue is at the level of the individual – a shallow and superficial understanding of one's own "Self" and its place in the web of interconnected life – where does the problem lie and how does one start to address each of these?

A beginning can be made if there is an understanding that these three issues that appear to be disparate are actually intimately connected primarily at the level of the individual "Self" – for it is in understanding one's own "Self" that we "find" ourselves and begin to realize the thread that connects us all to the Web of Life and how it is in interdependence and co-creation that true change and real development lies.

This 8-day walk is one such attempt to see if a few young potential "change-makers" can be identified and sensitized about the need to engage with society – perhaps it would serve to help in connecting them to their own life's cause.


This is a walk of discovery, hope, and inspiration - an 8-day walk through rural Bharat, garnished with inspired talks by someone who has "been there" and "done it" The talks shall invoke soul, provoke thought, & inspire action.

This Walk is an 8-day exploration of the real "Bharat" – both within and without… an understanding as much of ourselves as it is of our own "Self". The Walk & the interwoven Talks will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect, question, pause, and ponder over what development actually means, what it means to be poor, what it takes to build Human and Social Capital, and what it means to truly democratize development…

In addition, participants get to visit heritage structures & learn about our shared culture and get a peek into the cultural ethos of Bharat…

With Whom?

Dr. R Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a development activist who is a physician by qualification. After his MBBS, he earned his MPhil in Hospital Administration & Health Systems Management from BITS, Pilani. He has a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. His living habits were greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and at the age of 19, he founded the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (www.svym.org) based on the principles of Ahimsa (non-violence), Satya (Truth), Seva (Service) and Tyaga (Sacrifice). He has spent the last 35 years of his life in the service of the rural and tribal poor in the forests of India. He has built this non-profit organization into India’s leading development NGO and the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) today runs more than 50 projects reaching out to nearly two million people across the state of Karnataka and has centers in the USA and UK. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement; a public policy think tank based out of Mysuru. Walk within - More

8 days covering 80 to 100 kilometers

  • Physical fitness & a willingness to soak & absorb the harsh realities of rural life is prerequisite.

Learn about Poverty, Human & Social Capital, what it means to "Democratize Development" & much, much more

  • What does it mean to be poor?
  • How do Human & Social Capital dovetail into Economic Development?

Ingest, Digest, and Reflect on the "SWOT" of India's Villages

  • Does India really live in her villages?
  • What's happening in our villages?

Date: Dec 22nd to 29th, 2019 - Mysuru



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