Interview with V. Gandhi Babu
By: Rishabh Kumar
V. Gandhi Babu is an activist and the founder of Agricultural and Social Development Society(ASDS). This interview was done on 24
November shortly after his meeting with theparticipants of the CSR initiative of HPCL project Swavlamban (translation: self dependence).The participants of this initiative, which has been briught to ASDS through AID, are beingprovided vocational training in sewing and stitching over a period of 6 months to make them self sufficient and employable. The primary membership of the initiative consists of the women of
, a self-help organization of tribal women created and supported by ASDS.The women belong to a number of tribes both native to Andhra Pradesh and those that have beendisplaced from Chhattisgarh in the wake of the continuing violence there (along with severalother reasons). This awakening among the tribal communities of the area has been the result of the untiring efforts of Mr. V. Gandhi Babu over the last 25 years. A highly regarded man in theKhammam district of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. V. Gandhi Babu talks about ASDS, the
InternallyDisplaced People (IDP)
from Chhattisgarh, native tribes and his passion for activism.
What is your educational background and what were the reasons that you chose to work in the field of Social Development?
I wasn’t made for traditional means of education. I have learnt more from practical
experiences than formal education. My formal education has been up to class 6 afterwhich I dropped out at will. In my youth I did most of my work in Tulasipaka villagewith an organization called Integrated Tribal Development Agency.