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Avinash Dharmadhikari

A full time voluntary activist for ten years, before joining IAS. A free-lance journalist during the same period. Undertook extensive study tours of the country. The outcome was the book, ‘Aswastha Dashakachi Diary’, based on the reflections on experiences of these visits. Joined IAS in 1986.

Important postings held in the IAS :
Sub-divisional officer at Phaltan. Officer on special duty for the state’s Chief Secretary. Director, State Archives, Mumbai. Chief Executive Officer at Ratnagiri and Amaravati zilla parishads. Additional Collector, Pune. Director, Women and Child Welfare Department, Maharashtra. District Collector, Raigad (Alibag). Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister, Maharashtra.

While in service, initiated some experiments in responsive administration.

A few of them are :

Many original experiments in office and field level functioning of government machinery to reorient the operations and methodologies in bureaucracy. Long-pending land disputes resolved speedily through reconciliatory measures, adopting revenue-court system. Active participation in literacy, universalisation of education, women-farmers-consumer movements, land and water conservation, movements against corruption and superstitions. Implemented a special programme for neo-literates, so that they do not re-lapse into illiteracy. The programme was appreciated as a ‘model scheme’, by the National Literacy Mission. Actively supported various developmental schemes by acting as informal interface between the administration and voluntary agencies.

from the IAS on March 1, 1996.

mass movement for clean and efficient governance.

Worked as
Director General, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan under Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of India from February to November 2001.

Now work as :

  • Founder Director, Chanakya Mandal Pariwar - a network organisation for competitive examinations, career guidance, entrepreneurship development and personality development. Today Chanakya Mandal conducts 19 different courses in which around 6000 students participate.
  • Conducts variety of workshops all over Maharashtra.
  • Has plans to harness Information Technology for education and develop into a full scale autonomous Open University.
  • Organisor of the Citizens’ Action Plan;
  • Chief Editor of a periodical for youth “Chanakya Mandal”.

Books published :

        1)“Aswastha Dashakachi Diary” (original Marathi).

        2)“Diary of a Decade of Agony” (English translation of the above ‘Diary’ by Gauri Deshpande. Hindi translation, by
                  Meera Nandgaonkar, will be published shortly.)

        3) & 4)“Nava Vijaypath” (Marathi as well as in English – providing guidance for competitive exams, with orientation to proper

          5) “Ratra Gahirichya Tisrya Prahari” (Marathi – collection of poems.)

        6) “Naagrik” - a book about how citizens can and should solve their problems on their own.

Audio & Video CDs :

      1) Adhunik Bharatacha Itihas (History of freedom struggle of India)

       2) Aapan Tyanchyasaman Vhyave (Life & work of great people)

       3) Navya Vaibhavachich Swapne Sajavi (Stories of different countries)

       4) Suvarnayugachya Swapnasathi (History of post-independence India)
       ...And forthcoming

       5) Awaghe Vishwachi Maze Ghara (Maharashtra for last 50 years)

Forthcoming books :
“Bhoomica” a book stating thinking and action-plan on India’s national problems. Also the author of “Collector”, “Drushtant”, “Sahavya Swargamadhoon” and “Priya Siddharth” - to be published soon.
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