Badlao means Change. It is
committed to bring about fundamental changes in the lives of the
excluded people; Dalits, OBC, Minorities and Tribals and ensure
economic freedom for a happier future. It strives to strengthen
the capabilities of an individual and community capability is a
type of freedom that enables one to choose a lifestyle he wants to
live. Its involvement in the socio-economic transformation of the
tribal people who were uprooted, marginalised and forced to live
the life of poverty and destitution in the wake of the
construction of Maithon dam is a testimony to its commitment.
subscribes to the view that developmental progress and freedom are
intertwined and no community could advance in a comprehensive
manner or build up the capabilities unless these are accessible.
During last ten years Jharkhand’s gross GDP has increased but it
has failed to ameliorate the social and economic condition of the
dalit and tribal. Obviously it implies that GDP ought not to be
the sole indicator of development.
Rather it should be looked into the perspective of capabilities
approach. Significantly people prefer to include economic freedom,
access to education and healthcare, and access to political and
civil rights. The capabilities approach is very broad in scope and
dimension. Badlao owes its
birth to the displaced tribal’s agitation against the hegemony of
the state and it basically questions the qualitative and ethical
approach and concept of the development. When Maithon dam was
constructed over river Barakar the uprooted tribals of 39 villages
were marginalized and turned paupers. In fact formation,
functioning and development of Badlao Foundation owes to its
commitment to bring change in society that stands for socially
transformed qualitative state of self reliance, based on equality
and justice. For Badlao Foundation, equality is a belief in
“equality of opportunity” and “dignity of every individual”,
irrespective of caste, gender, birth etc.
Realizing the need to uplift and empower them, Mr Bajrang Singh a
social activist with a social science background having working
experience with bonded labourers in Antyodya Ashram of Deoghar
along with some of his associates started working with these
people coming from Santhal, Paharia and Bauri communities.
The choice of Badlao Foundation’s operational area and its target
population both reflect deliberate efforts to bring equal
opportunities and freedom to groups of people who have been
socially, economically and geographically marginalized. The
Foundation focused on remote, interior and underdeveloped areas of
Santhal Paraganas which do not have access to other agents of
change. The Foundation also recognizes that gender is one of the
main causes of inequality ‘within’ each of these groups. In fact,
as Dr Ram Manohar Lohia, once referring to the position of women
in Indian society said, “Women are Dalits amongst the Dalits”.
Women Empowerment is a means to societal equality.
Equality and equity based gender-just socially self reliant
We envisage that through the joint and coordinated effort of
various stakeholders, MSMBT would be instrumental in achieving
economic self sufficiency and social security for the women and
participating households in an eco-friendly and sustainable
Badlao Foundation endeavors to empower people for social
transformation to achieve self reliance and gender justice through
participatory efforts and to ensure ecological balance. It strives
to uphold human dignity, work for equitable social structure and
enable women and socially disadvantaged to claim their rights.