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21 December, 2017
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NAYI DISHAYEIN: Rethinking Development

 …a place for young minds to think critically, unlearn, dialogue, and possibly evolve  pathways to contribute towards a just society


‘Development’ is the defining agenda of our times. All that goes on in its name receives an uncritical nod from citizens as diverse as the ‘savvy metropolitan’ to the ‘struggling villager’. Political parties are increasingly using it as the most effective rhetoric to win elections. Meanwhile, as a country, we continue to grapple with issues of poverty, inequality, marginalisation and conflict, and fail to understand why this ‘development’, which is the promised solution, is increasingly becoming problematic.

About the Winter School:  Sambhaavnaa Institute, has for the last five years been organising a participatory, reflective and experiential programs called Nayi Dishayein.  In this program we work with young participants to:

  1. Deconstruct, i.e., critically examine the notion of development
  2. Re-examine our belief systems, worldviews and privileges around power structures of caste, gender, religion, class
  3. Assess possibilities of change through exposure to a range of contemporary interventions/initiatives/movements towards a just society

With these three objectives, participants, through a facilitated process examine the following questions:

  • What is the current notion of ‘Development’? Where has it come from?
  • Is there a huge gulf between what it promises and what it delivers? If so, why?
  • Is it beneficial, if yes, for whom? And at what cost? Who pays these costs?
  • The questions of caste, gender, religion, class in contemporary India
  • Are you as an individual are free from prejudices and stereotyping on the above counts?
  • Are you able to see your privileges and dis-privileges – or do you believe that all you have achieved is because of your ‘merit’? Are you part of the problem?
  • Does the commonly held belief – ‘Development will resolve social ills’ hold out in reality, or does development further compound these problems?
  • What are some interventions/initiatives/movements people have tried out to effect socio-economic-political change? How does one understand and assess them?
  • Can this assessment help us shape potential pathways for ourselves?

The theme of the program is explored using interactive lectures, group work and group discussions, film screenings, collective reflection, and importantly, live experience sharing by activists.

Who is the program for? :  If you are in the age group of 21-26 years and seeking answers to the above questions; or you are just figuring out how to frame the questions; or trying to understand the interconnections between different problems that you see around you…then join us for an intense collective churn on these issues – to open up nayi dishayein in both your thinking and living…

Language: Primarily in English, and some Hindi.

Program  Contribution: Rs. 7500. This includes only food and stay expenses at Sambhaavnaa Institute.

Do not let money be an impediment to your applying. Need based fee waivers are available.  We have a limited number of scholarships so please apply for a fee waiver if you really need it. Do remember that there may be others who need it more than you

Rolling admission deadlines accept applications until the programs fill up. However, there is a chance of losing your spot if the program fills up, so it’s best not to wait too long.

Please see the below video where participants are sharing their experiences from the same program last year:

Venue : Sambhaavnaa Institute, Village: Kandbari, Tehsil: Palampur, District: Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, PIN 176061

For more information and questions: Email: nayi_winter2017@sambhaavnaa.org. Please only call between 2 and 5 PM if there is something urgent/important you need to discuss on 8679325626

Dates: 21st December 10:00 AM to 30th December 5:00 PM, 2017

How to apply:  

Please complete one from amongst the three FIELD EXERCISES below and then fill the application form. The field exercise is compulsory for your application to be considered. Please note that we will not be assessing the exercise on language, grammar or presentation. We are just interested in your reflection (presented in any form you like) after actually having done the field exercise!

Exercise 1: Locate one person in your neighbourhood who is an ‘unorganised sector’ worker, and speak about his/her life, the nature of his/her work, wages, family, who else earns in their family, the conditions their family lives in, etc. Find out his/her social background in terms of caste, region, class. What is your reflection on their life and working conditions and if and/or how it could be changed?  Share your reflections and observations in not more than 500 words.


Exercise 2: Follow the garbage trail from your place of residence, to the final place that it rests.  Locate one person in the life-cycle who manages your garbage, and speak to them about the nature of their work, their wages, their family and who else earns in their family, the conditions their family lives in etc. Provide a description of the garbage trail, and any insights you obtained from it. Also write about the garbage worker as well as your reflection on his/her life and working conditions and if and/or how it could be changed?  The write-up should not exceed 500 words.


Exercise 3: Visit a government school in your neighbourhood.  Interview some students about their experience at school and get their views on the education system. Observe the working conditions, the general infrastructure, and the general atmosphere in the school. Do a comparison with the kind of school you attended. What do you think ails ‘education’ today and what could be done to change things around? Share your reflections and observations in not more than 500 words.

Please fill the Application Form below: