How can you help?
Contribute your time (around 2 hours per week – or more)
In particular, I need assistance with offline communications (newsletter etc), translation work (presentations and specific blog posts) and many other content-specific tasks. If you have the time, please email me at JaiDharma AT gmail.com or leave a comment below.
Help us organise meetings and outreach campaigns in your area
This is a critical area where assistance is required. Organising an outreach in your area or city will typically need to be planned 2-3 months ahead. If you have someone else alongside to help you, it becomes a bit easier. If you are already affiliated with an institution or a group, it becomes even easier. Please get in touch with me if you are keen to explore this further and/or have some ideas. Here are a few links to some recent outreach activities: If its Feb, it must be the month for outreach!, Notes from North-East: Politics, FTI and Corruption and Cups of Tea & Living in Hope: Notes from the road
Why might you want to donate?
As I have noted elsewhere on the blog, I count myself as being exceedingly lucky when compared to millions of my fellow Indians. Thankfully I do not need the money to bear the costs of hosting the site. Even more blissfully, I have the enduring and unflinching support of my wife and family during the countless hours I spend on the keyboard or at my desk researching articles and finding out information for my posts and presentations. And she and my daughter suffer my long periods of absence, unwavering in their commitment to the cause of nation-building and my efforts.
But I do incur costs in my outreach activities (see e.g., here and here) and I am constrained by the fact that I am devoting the major part of my time (4 days/week) to political activism since resigning from my job in 2008. These visits and the outreach events help us in taking our message to larger audiences – and to ignite the flame of nation-building in different parts of the country, among the youth, young professionals, students and others…
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Your contributions will help me increase my outreach activities and help in organising other offline events (please see below for a current list of activities and initiatives). Since 2008, I have conducted three major outreach events and held several one-off meetings or discussions in various cities of India. The major outreach events include Indore, July ’09, Guwahati Jul ’10, the 6-city outreach, Feb ’11. Other cities where I have had meetings & discussions include New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Thiruvanathapuram, Chennai and Hyderabad. This year I am hoping to make another visit to North-East and also one to UP, Bihar and West Bengal.
A partial list of expenses that were incurred during these meetings & outreach events can be seen here. This list is not exhaustive. I will henceforth try and keep a systematic record of these expenses. All expenses related to these visits (including airfare, hotel stays) have been borne by me (with the exception of FTI Outreach in Indore, supported entirely by FTI colleagues). Other than the contributions for the FTI Outreach activity in Indore (July ’09), I have not received any support, donations or contributions for any of my political activities or initiatives so far.
All donations received from this point on-wards (Apr ’11) will be documented and listed on this page on a regular basis (I am hoping to update this once every month). In case of any questions or clarifications, please email me or leave a comment below.
Help us to spread awareness
Please email me at Jai.Dharma AT gmail.com if you help with this. You could also consider starting a regular discussion forum in your neighbourhood or locality – or initiating Skype conference calls on current topics. You could also help with offline communications (newsletter etc) and with translation work.
Please also have a look at some “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) below. Thank you for encouragement and support. Join me in “Reclaiming India – One Step at a Time”. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of your current activities? Where would my money go?
Below are some specific ideas and initiatives on which I working this year:
- An outreach effort later this year either in the North-East of India, Kolkata & Patna or in Andhra Pradesh/TamilNadu (this will be in end-Aug/early Sept)
- An outreach to Jammu & Kashmir in April/May 2012 – I would like to go with at least 2 other activists and we would look to raise funds for this
- Two workshops planned in Bengaluru and Pune on political activism. I am holding these workshops for a modest fee of Rs 1500/- per participant (incl. lunch/refreshments for the full day) but have no idea what the actual costs might be.
- A collection of posts on Param Vir Chakra awardees to be published in a book form (hopefully by July this year)
- Efforts to find translators for selected posts from the blog and presentations
This list of questions is likely to evolve further with time. Thank you for your interest and support.
Important: Details of all contributions, expenses and a copy of accounts (plus any other relevant documents) will be maintained in this public folder (below). The documents can be downloaded by clicking the link. In case of any difficulty, pl leave a comment below. Thanks