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Lenin Raghuvanshi, Founder and CEO at JanMitra Nyas


Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

Lenin Raghuvanshi: People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR) started in 1996 as a membership based human rights movement in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), one of the most traditional, conservative and segregated regions in India.


In 1999, PVCHR formed the public charitable trust Jan Mitra Nyas (JMN) to monitor and evaluate activities, to operate the bank account and to enable the organisation to sustain works and initiaitves. PVCHR/JMN works to ensure basic rights for marginalized groups in the Indian society, e.g. children, women, Dalits and tribes and to establish rule of law through participatory activism against extra judicial killing, police torture, hunger, bonded labour and injustice by the caste system. JMN ideology is inspired by the father of the Dalit movement, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, who struggled against Brahmanism and the caste hierarchical system prevailing in India.



Great Companies: What are the various services provided by JanMitra Nyas

Lenin Raghuvanshi: Vision of JanMitra Nyas is establishment of a true, vibrant and fully entrenched democratic society through Jan Mitra concept where there shall be no violation of civil rights granted to a citizen by the state. OUR MISSION is to provide basic rights to all, to eliminate situations, which give rise to exploitation of vulnerable and marginalized groups and to start a movement for a people friendly society (Jan Mitra Samaj) through an inter-institutional approach. Our values are equity, fraternity, non –Violence, Participatory Democracy, Secularism and Justice – Rule of Law. Core Focus are Freedom, Education, Economic Empowerment, Digital transformation and Governance and Human Rights.

Our Working Approach:

  • Accurate investigation and documentation of human rights violations connected with advocacy, publication and networking on a local, national and international level

  • Direct support and solidarity to marginalized and survivors in general and women, dalit, minorities, tribal, children in particular. Bringing learning of gap, challenges, and best practices for institutional reform against hegemonic masculinity.

  • Creating models of non -violent and democratic communities (People friendly villages, torture-free villages)

  • Building up local institutions and supporting them with active human rights networks

  • Creating a democratic structure for the ‘voiceless’ to enable them access to the constitutional guarantees of modern India in context of Universal Declaration OF Human Rights (UDHR)

  • Empowering marginalized communities through capacity building based on human dignity, hope, honour& justice process based organizational building and access to information

  • Promoting a human rights culture, and conflict transformation for sustainable peace based on pluralistic democracy, rule of law and participatory inclusive democracy

  • Linking local and international human rights together to support marginalized and survivors

  • Linking grass roots activities and international human rights networks and institutions

Strategy

  1. Practice to Policy: Peoples’ Advocacy

  2. Policy to Practice: THE MODEL OF JAN MITRA VILLAGE based on active listening, empathy for hope, honour and dignity

  3. Organization building/Capacity building

Our comprehensive programs

  • Comprehensive program for survivors of torture and Organized Violence

  • Comprehensive program for model villages and model

  • Comprehensive program for women and children

  • Program for national lobby, campaign and advocacy

  • Program for international solidarity, partnership and networking


Great Companies: What makes JanMitra Nyas from hundreds of other similar service providers?

Lenin Raghuvanshi:

JanMitra Nyas(JMN) is the symbol of non-violence resistance to millions of lower caste people known as Dalits fighting for their dignity in India. JMN is credited with changing the discourse on Dalit Politics in India and bringing into focus an innovative “people centric” approach based on justice, diversity, inclusiveness and pluralism to reclaim “human dignity” for the deprived sections in a caste ridden Indian society. The gamut of its activities reflects its ideological span and provides credibility and a sense of completeness to the work it does. Its care for details, meticulous planning, diligent patience, and sincere advocacy on the issues concerning the marginalized, has made millions of its supporters optimistic about a dignified future.

Great Companies: What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Lenin Raghuvanshi: Trust of target communities was our first challenge. We developed tools of empathy and active listening along with continuous effort with patience. Financial difficulties and distrust of few sections of Government are also a challenge. Social audit and transparency of our account, clear vision, patriotism, courage with values of non-violence and impact based continuous works are a tools to overcome this.


Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line look like for JanMitra Nyas?

Lenin Raghuvanshi: I am in phase of mentorship to create more professional for same vision and dream. Looking forward a vibrant and proactive process for a Global India for better world.


Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Lenin Raghuvanshi: Making clear Vision, mission and goal based on SWOT analysis is one of most important process, but passion, courage and commitment are key for success and making millstone in any field.

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