Welcome to Samarathan
Samarthan is a state-level advocacy organization in Maharashtra, India. It started as a project of Vidhayak Sansad in the year 1993. The organization was established with a view to bridge the gap between policy makers and grass roots groups working for the marginalized citizens of the state. Democracy becomes meaningful only when the concerns of the marginalized are reflected in the policies of the state. Yet issues affecting tribal, dalits, women and other unorganized sections of society have been poorly addressed in policy debates. Samarthan therefore brings these issues into the policy making process. Its team conducts strategic campaigns, analyses the policies of the government, including the budget, disseminates the analysis to social action groups and policy makers, demystifies the policy making process, and helps people’s organizations participate in the process to raise their issues. Samarthan helps to highlight issues of social justice through the media. It also initiates discussions to generate public opinion, follows up on issues with legislators, and conducts trainings for activists, journalists and potential leaders.