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TESTIMONIALS

The Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI), has received many laurels and appreciations from the distinguished policy makers and eminent scholars, in recognition of its multi-dimentional activities and programmes at the grassroots level with in a short span of time.

The publication of The Grassroots Governance Journal is highly commendable initiative and I wish all success in this noble task.

- Padma Vibhushan Dr. Manmohan Singh
Hon’ble the then Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha,
New Delhi September 19, 2003.

I am glad that the Inaugural issue of The Grassroots Governance Journal is doing well in all respects.

- Shri Inder Kumar Gujral
Former Prime Minister of India,
New Delhi, October 21, 2003.

I have gone through with interest the CV and Progress Report of AGRASRI and am appreciative of your efforts. The Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture along with presentation of the Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Outstanding and Best Panchayat Awards every year is an imaginative initiative. I found my visit to your foundation sometime back quite satisfactory. I should congratulate you for your industrious application in editing and bringing out a number of publications on subjects of public significance….. AGRASRI merits all commendations for taking the initiative.

- Padma VibhushanShri T.N. Chaturvedi
His Excellency, the then Governor of Karnataka, Bangalore and
Chairman, Indian Institute of Public Administration,
New Delhi, March 12, 2007.

All the best for your future activities. Excellent Rajiv Gandhi Birthday function. Wish you all success.

- Shri Rameshwar Thakur
His Excellency, the then Governor of Andhra Pradesh,
Hyderabad, August 20, 2006.

I am very happy to be here and attend the function of presentation of awards. They are doing great job. I wish them a bright success.

- Shri R. L. Bhatia
His Excellency, the then Governor of Kerala,
Thiruvananthapuram, August 20, 2007.

I compliment the initiatives of the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India, in association with the Rajiv Rural Development Foundation, in reminding the country at large of the services rendered by Rajiv Gandhi during his short span of life and wish the organisations the very best in their endeavours in the service of the country.

- Shri Somnath Chatterjee
Hon’ble the then Speaker of Lok Sabha,
, New Delhi, August 16, 2004.

I appreciate the efforts of the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India for empowerment and strengthening Panchayati Raj Institutions, value based administrative reforms and systematic furthering of issues on rural India.

- Shri Arjun Sing
Hon’ble the then Union Minister for HRD, Govt. of India,
New Delhi, July 25, 2005.

I have known Dr. Sundar Ram since the establishment of the Academy and have been deeply impressed by the way in which the Academy has grown from very humble beginnings to its present significant status in the academic community which is playing such a key role of advocacy in the development of Panchayati Raj in the country.

- Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar
Hon’ble the then Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Youth Affairs & Sports and
Development of North-East Region, Govt. of India,
New Delhi, February 27, 2007.

I hope that The Grassroots Governance Journal would go a long way so as to create an intellectual environment which would develop grassroots democratic institutions in contemporary rural India.

- Shri Rabi Ray
Former Speaker of Lok Sabha,
New Delhi, October 23, 2003.

I was glad to learn from your letter and the useful activities being undertaken by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India. The area of grassroots democracy and gram swaraj is indeed extremely important, and not enough NGOs are directing their attention towards this.… My good wishes will be with you and your colleagues for the success of your efforts.

- Padma Vibhushan Dr. Karan Singh
Congress (I) Parliamentary Party in Rajya Sabha,
New Delhi, January 14, 2002.

I have gone through the Special issue of the Grassroots Governance Journal on Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi – A Visionary of Self-reliant India and found that it both interesting and informative.

- Padma Vibhushan Dr. Mohan Dharia
Former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, GoI,
New Delhi, February 25, 2005.

I am indeed very happy to participate of the Academy which has taken a lot of interest bring Panchayati Raj Institution’s representatives from different states in the region. A very well structured programme. I am sure the participants would benefit great deal with such programmes. Similar programmes must be organised elsewhere not only to build awareness among the members of Panchayati Raj Institutions but also among the researchers and all academicians. I wish the Academy all the success.

- Shri M.V. Rajasekharan
Hon’ble the then Union Minister of State for Planning, GoI,
New Delhi, August 19, 2006.

I have gone through the Inaugural issue of The Grassroots Governance Journal. It contains informative and educative articles from eminent persons from different walks of life. I hope that apart from articles, the journal will play a constructive role in providing information to the people about the policies, programmes and activities of the Government for the welfare of the people at the grassroots level.

- Shri Justice K. Jayachandra Reddy
Former Chairman, Indian Law Commission,
New Delhi.

I have known Dr. D. Sundar Ram, Founder and Director of the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India (AGRASRI) since the last several years. Dr. D. Sundar Ram and Mrs. D. Bharathi, Co-founder of AGRASRI are both very active scientists as well as social activists. They are being trying their best to empower the women and men members of panchayats. In addition to their advocacy and publication activities, Dr. Sundar Ram and Mrs. Bharathi have also established the Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture and Best Panchayat Awards Corpus Fund. I had the privilege of delivering the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture in the year 2006. The work of Dr. Sundar Ram and Mrs. Bharathi in the interest of strengthening the democratic structure of governance is commendable.

- Padma Vibhushan Professor M.S. Swaminathan
Chairman, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation,
Chennai, March 9, 2007.

Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India has been regularly organising Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lectures every year by eminent scholars and outstanding leaders of the country to propagate the ideas and values of our late Prime Minister with a view to build a strong next generation leadership. In spite of lack of funds, Dr. Sundar Ram has been spearheading this activity in addition to carrying out valuable research in grassroots governance at the village panchayat level….. AGRASRI as well as Dr. Sundar Ram and his co-workers deserve to be encouraged not only to carry out but also expand their activities and fulfil Rajiv Gandhi’s dreams of transforming India.

- Padma Bhushan Professor U. R. Rao
Chairman, PRL Governing Council, ISRO, Govt. of India,
Bangalore, April 11, 2007.

It was a great privilege to receive this great honour bestowed by this great Academy. The movement for ‘decentralised governance’ that has been landed is bound to succeed.

- Padma Vishushan Dr. R. A. Mashelkar
CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow, National Chemical Laboratory,
Pune ,August 20, 2007.

It was a great pleasure to participate in the convention organised by AGRASRI which has played an important role in bringing about a significant transformation in the rural areas. I congratulate Dr. Sundar Ram and his colleagues.

- Padma Vibhushan Dr. C. Rangarajan
The then Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister of India
New Delhi, August 20, 2008.

As the Chief Organiser of Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture and Awards programme every year, Dr. Sundar Ram has given enough evidence of his administrative abilities. I am confident that Dr. D. Sundar Ram’s zeal and enthusiasm for propagating the ideals and vision of Shri Rajiv Gandhi towards Self-sufficient Village Republics, will be widely appreciated and encouraged.

- Padma Bhushan Dr. Subhash C. Kashyap
Former Secretary-General of Lok Sabha,
New Delhi, February 25, 2009.

I feel happy that this country’s democracy needs the kind of work AGRASRI is undertaking……In many ways, I discover how thorough lectures and seminars you have made Panchayati Raj a truly powerful democratic feature of our public life. Surely, We, the people of India can truly lead the backbone of our democracy only through village regeneration. I deeply appreciate your work in this behalf and I request you to militantly make Panchayati Raj a major mission of your work and tell the people of India to awake, arise and develop through unity and fraternity, Bharat Mahan.

- Padma Vibhushan Shri Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer
Former Judge, Supreme Court of India,
New Delhi, February 26, 2009.

I enjoyed the award function and thankful to Rajiv Gandhi Rural Development Foundation and Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India at Tirupati for the nice gesture. I am impressed by the performance and activities targeted towards improving the quality of people especially targeted to the rural people. May god bless you to excel.

- Padma Vibhushan Dr.G. Madhavan Nair
The then Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation,
Bangalore, August 20, 2009.

It is a matter of great satisfaction that the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India has an outstanding record of training, research and consultancy in the field of panchayati raj, rural development, women empowerment, capacity building and training, national integration and good governance besides propagating the ideals and vision of late Shri Rajiv Gandhiji towards self-sufficient ‘Village Republics’. My greetings to the Academy and best wishes for success in its future endeavours.

- Shri Salman Khurshid
Hon’ble the then Union Minister for Law and Justice,
Govt. of India, New Delhi, 2 February, 2012.

Very good and dedicating work is being carried on by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India. I hope that the Government should give monetary contribution to the Academy.

- Dr.Bal Ram Jakhar
Former Speaker of Lok Sabha, Former Governor, Former Union Agriculture Minister
New Delhi, 20 August, 2012.

I appreciate the work done by the Academy of Grassroots Studies and Research of India at the grassroots level and bring the change in the life of deprived.

- Padma Shri Prof. Sukhadeo K. Thorat
Chairman, Indian Council of Social Science Research,
New Delhi, 20 August, 2014.