Meet our Keynote Speaker
Jaideep Hardikar, an award-winning Nagpur based journalist, currently a core team member of the People's Archive of Rural India (PARI) and a Fellow of the Mumbai School of Economics and Public Policy working on a project concerning water commons.
For over two decades, he has worked with four different newspapers, the latest one was with The Telegraph as their central India Assistant Editor, extensively reporting on central India, and mainly Vidarbha that is witnessing continuing spell of farmers' suicides and agrarian distress.
Meet our AID Founder
Ravi Kuchimanchi, is the founder of AID, and an inspiration for Swades movie.
He founded Association for India’s Development (AID) in 1991 with the vision “problems are interconnected, so must be the solution.” Ravi's involvement in developing the pedal power generator to light remote, off-the-grid village schools in the Narmada river valley in western India, inspired the Bollywood film Swades (2005) that became a symbol for Non-Resident Indians interested in India’s development.