First-time MLA from Ghumarwin, Rajesh Dharmani talks about his dreams and vision for a better Himachal
Questions regarding the social life of human beings and the inequalities that exist in our society have troubled me since my schooldays. As a result, at a fairly young age I had decided to serve the society in whatever way possible. But, by the time I joined an engineering college (Now NIT Hamirpur) I was sure that the best way to serve people and have the desired positive impact in society was through electoral politics.
Even during my college days it was generally said that the poor state of Indian politics was because not many deserving people come forward to soil their hands with what is described as ‘dirty politics’. I took this statement as a challenge and since then have been tirelessly working hard to prove it wrong. My victory in the recently held Vidhan Sabha elections is proof that more than political maneuvering, it’s the service to the society that you have rendered that finally counts. In my case it was help to my friends, to ever person in my villager, to my constituency or whosoever came for help from me.
But I feel when someone comes for help and you offer him help, it is a reactive way of helping. Over a period of time I have realized that help should be proactive and sweeping, which should not just change the life of one or two persons, but bring about a positive change in a generation, brings about a change for better in the society as a whole and a change which helps in building up a socio-economic eco-system that ‘enable’ people or empower them.
These sweeping changes or reforms have to be coupled by small changes at grassroots level as well. My endeavour has been to work at both levels. At grassroots level we are working through a non-profit organisation Samvedna. One of the projects we undertook was to give financial help and know-how to villagers on how to build toilets. This helped in bringing a lifestyle change in many a rural household in my constituency and brought about sweeping awareness about hygiene.
My electoral position enables me to bring about or be a catalyst in bringing about large-scale social changes. Keeping this in view, in the current session I presented a paper on the plight of widows in our state. These widows need help as they have been victims of archaic social customs which do not allow them freedom and rights in a way other women in our country have. I feel women form the basis of any healthy society as they form 50% of the total population. We cannot afford to neglect issues faced by them. There are still many issues regarding women in our country where we need reforms. One of them I recently raised in the assembly was the plight of widows and how we, as elected MLAs, address these.
Coming back to my dreams, which over a period of past 15 years have become the guiding force of my Vision and Mission, I was elected to the Himachal Assembly this year for the first time. This is the first step towards realizing my dreams, vision and mission to see a happy, healthy and prosperous state and country.
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We need proactive effort for a better society