About Mayank Gandhi
An activist wedded to the idea of a better India, a statesman and deeply committed persona Mayank Gandhi is a rare combination of a man who thinks on his feet while feeling with his heart. No stranger to the needs of the country, he has been associated with working towards the upliftment of the under privileged and the growth of the country in projects that befit a humanitarian.
There are three key buttons in national life that can lead to transformation n - Politics, economy and thought process. Mayank has been involved with politics with a view to change the political agenda of the country, that could form the right policies for the nation. Politics in 2016 is far better than in 2011, when he began and he believes that he played a small part in the transformation. The churning in politics has begun and now it was time for him to disengage from politics and work on the second front – economy. He quit politics completely in November 2015.
While the urban economy is alright, it’s the rural economy that needs rejuvenation. The fountainhead for that is water. With adequate water, it would be possible and easier to kickstart the rural economy. With that in mind, Mayank has plans to take up a cluster of 12 villages in Parli tehsil of Beed district in Marathawada. He, along with his team intends to develop these villages in a 360 degree manner to increase their per capita income by 250% in 3 years in a sustainable manner.
Therefore, water conservation, water management, crop selection and management, direct-to-consumer supply chain, cattle and dairy activities, education and vocation training, health and replication of these practices is what he proposes to work on. Right now, he and his team are supplying water to 35 villages beginning from 27th April 2016. Till the 17th May 46,20,000 litres of water had already been supplied and this will continue till June end or till the monsoon arrives.
Mayank Ramesh Gandhi (born 7th November 1958) completed B.Sc in 1977 earning also a diploma in Business Management.
He was a leading light representing the India against Corruption movement (IAC), he was a member of the core committee lending his energies and efforts towards the movement gaining momentum and speed garnering support from cross sections of the populace.
He has been instrumental in contributing to some of the finest laws and movements in the country like the Right to Information Bill (RTI) the Nagara Raj bill etc. Having addressed thousands of meetings ranging from presentations to various governments, associations, street and corner meetings and addressing various public meetings he has achieved landmark progress in his efforts.. As a political reformist, he believes in the power of the common man. He pioneered the idea and was instrumental in getting selected India's first Citizen Consensus Candidate ( Adolf D'Souza) while spending only Rs 57,000, based on the Mohalla sabha concept.
He has worked tirelessly for the redevelopment of Mumbai and has been a key contributor in drafting a significant part of the Maharashtra housing policy on cluster redevelopment. ). His concept of Inner City Redevelopment has been adopted by the Planning Commission of India in its present tenure.
Not limited to India alone, he has addressed urban development issues in 23 cities internationally. He was on the advisory council of the world’s largest urban planning body CTBUH (based in Chicago).
A deep urge to better the lives of the less privileged, led him to becoming the founder member of Jagrut Nagrik Manch apart from having worked closely with Dr.Jayaprakash Narayan of Lok Satta and Shri Anna Hazare of Bhrashtachar Virodhi Andolan
Mr Gandhi developed his spiritual side through delving deeper into the complexities of body – mind – spirit. He studied with serious interest the Indian Knowledge System - Ayurveda, yoga, spirituality and philosophy.
With the groundbreaking advent of the Aam Aadmi Party, Mayank was a member of the national executive. A widely respected public figure in Maharashtra, he believes in working with both the common citizens and key thought leaders in order to bring sustainable reform in the country.comments powered by Disqus