Artisan of peace, Laureate for the 2018 Edition of the Public Peace Prize
Distinction awarded for the enthusiasm and courage of a man committed to the human rights of the Dalits and marginalized social groups. Through the NEO-DALITS movement, his enlightened vision contributes hope and builds the future. CONGRATULATIONS!
A young graduate in Ayurveda, modern medicine and surgery, Dr. Raghuvanshi has worked on environmental rights and sanitation awareness. In 1992, he examined the working conditions of lower caste children who were victims of bonded labor. He became president of the Uttar Pradesh section of the United Nations Youth Organization at the age of 23 in 1993. In order to address the problem of bonded labor and caste discrimination, in 1996 he was a founding member of the People’s Vigilance Committee on Human Rights Commission (PVCHR) created to fight for the rights of marginalized communities, especially Dalits and Adivasis.
The PVCHR has identified and trained local cadres, called aguwas, groups of non-violent people or communities who oppose injustice. He trained these aguwas in 250 villages to fight against human rights violations and provide psychological support. The PVCHR is also networked with other human rights organizations such as the Indian Center for Human Rights, the Network of Human Rights Lawyers, Sajhaa Sanskriti Manch National Federation for the Right to Education.
Born in 1970 in the village of Dhaurahara, Varanasi district, Dr. Raghuvanshi recognizes that the ideologies of Gautam Buddha, Kabir, Dr. BR Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Agnivesh influenced him. Combining these teachings with his strong conviction in human dignity with the imperative struggle against caste-based discrimination, he has shaped a new social movement, that of Neo-Dalits.
Engaged in the politics of the marginalized (Dalits and minorities), he firmly believes in non-violence. Dr Raghuvanshi has made his path with his clear mind, dedication, and determination.
This is the certificate in his language that Public Peace Prize gives him to highlight this honorable distinction: