Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, September 15
The Chhatisgarh government plans to set up ‘Sevagram’ in the state capital aimed at creating a place to remember and learn from the Gandhian philosophies, to keep the freedom movement and the nation’s history alive in the heart of young Indians.
A press release stated that the inspiration behind the `Sevagram for the 21st cenurty’ project was the original Sevagram in Wardha, Maharashtra, founded in 1936 as a residence for Gandhiji and his wife in Central India to lead the freedom movement. It was built with a vision to serve the nation through rural reconstruction.
The proposed Sevagram in Raipur will have a Visitors centre to spread Gandhian ideologies, arts and craft village, Old age home and a school for the underprivileged. It intends to empower the locals by the economy generated by tourism, by celebrating the artisans of Chhattisgarh, by providing a second home for the elderly and by building a world-class system for knowledge for the best minds in the state with a motive to fight poverty, the release added.
The Visitors Center in the proposed Sevagram will be a place to learn, a place to re-live, a place to remember Gandhi and to commemorate him. The proposed Arts village will mirror the simplicity and traditions of the state and its people. Chhattisgarh is known for its distinct arts and craft. Bastar, Raigarh and other districts of Chhattisgarh have various art forms using bell metal, wrought iron, terracotta, stone, fabric and bamboo. The tribal families in the Bastar and Sukma districts celebrate many festivals and fairs, which require ample common space for the villagers to set up such fairs and interact. Sewagram will be a place where visitors will experience local Arts & Crafts, local cuisine through the community kitchen and host cultural events in an open-air theatre.
The old age home is intended at making a second home for those elderly separated from their family and who need care. This ashram creates a holistic ecosystem that can offer its residents a quality of living and engagement with the other site activities. The idea of sustainable living having symbiosis between the elderly and site activities can make a very homelike experience. After all, Mahatma Gandhi believed that “ The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”.
A schooling system inspired by the ancient Indian Gurukuls, well equipped to empower young Indians to take over the 21st century. The intent is to end poverty by providing education. As the saying goes - “The education of just one underprivileged child changes the future of many generations of the family as they are destined to move out of poverty"
The government aims to make the project environmentally and financially self-sustainable by creating biodiversity parks and revenue streams by promoting arts and crafts and tourism. It will identify land in Nava Raipur in & the work plan will be presented before 2nd October by NRDA. Building on the principles of sustainability, all the raw materials will be locally sourced.
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