At Prabodhini, we have a separate cell for social research. This cell primarily undertakes socio-economic studies and surveys with a professional approach. More information on this can be accessed by visiting the section under Social Research Cell.
Besides this, we also conduct on-the-spot studies for the benefit of the activists, civil servants and elected representatives. Hence, at the Prabodhini, research projects are generally a group assignment. Experts and activists put their minds together and come up with a dispassionate analysis of the issue, invariably after an on-the-spot study of the given topic. In the process, activists grasp the art of forensic analysis while experts come to grip with ground realities. The outcome, in the form of a report, helps understand the issue and then form an informed opinion. We have come out with several such reports over the years.
Some research reports prepared till now are listed below:
- Growth of Naxalite Movement in Maharashtra (1989)
- The Role of LTTE in Tamilnadu Politics (1990)
- Village Level Water Conservation Projects: A Comparative Analysis of Govt. and Non-Govt. projects (1993)
- Enron power project x-rayed (1994)
- Left Front Rule in West Bengal: Genesis, Growth and Decay (1997)
- Empowering Women through 33% reservations in local bodies (1996)
- Human Right Violations during the Solapur riots in 2002 (2002)
- Development and Internal Security in Chhattisgarh: Impact of Naxalite Movement (2006)
To encourage research and fact-finding studies, Prabodhini has instituted Vastav-Darshan Fellowship. Sponsored by our well-wishers, this annual fellowship is given to young journalists to undertake exhaustive research and analysis on a topic of their choice. We have also initiated a novel scheme called ‘Researcher-in-Residence Scheme’ with a view to encourage in-house research activities. At Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini, we offer two distinct and unique kinds of fellowships as a part of our efforts to promote people-oriented Research on Issues of socio-political, cultural and economic importance.
Topic: Political Parties as Victims of Populism and Electoral Compulsion – A Quest for Systematic Solutions
(With Special Reference to India)
Research – Synopsis by Vinay Sahasrabuddhe
(For this thesis Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has been awarded a Ph.D by the University of Mumbai in February 2009)