Pune, Mumbai, Ch. Sambhajinagar



Shri. Avinash Dharmadhikari (Ex-IAS)
Founder-Director – Chanakya Mandal Pariwar

A full time voluntary activist for ten years, before joining IAS. A free-lance journalist during the same
period. Undertook extensive study tours of the country. The outcome was the book, ‘Aswastha Dashakachi Diary’, based on the reflections on experiences of these visits. Joined IAS in 1986.

Important postings held in the IAS :

  • Sub-divisional officer at Phaltan.
  • Officer on special duty for the state’s Chief Secretary.
  • Director, State Archives, Mumbai.
  • Chief Executive Officer at Ratnagiri and Amaravati Zilla Parishadas.
  • Additional Collector, Pune.
  • Director, Women and Child Welfare Department, Maharashtra.
  • District Collector, Raigad (Alibag).
  • Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister, Maharashtra.

While in service, initiated some experiments in responsive administration.

A few of them are :

Long-pending land disputes resolved speedily through reconciliatory measures, adopting revenue-court system.

Active participation in literacy, universalisation of education, women-farmers-consumer movements, land and water conservation, movements against corruption and superstitions.

Implemented a special programme for neo-literates, so that they do not re-lapse into illiteracy. The programme was appreciated as a ‘Model Scheme’, by the National Literacy Mission.

Actively supported various developmental schemes by acting as informal interface between the administration and voluntary agencies

Resigned from the IAS on March 1, 1996:

After 10 years of civil service, he resigned from IAS in 1996. On 10th August 1996, he founded ‘Chanakya
Mandal Pariwar’, an educational public charitable trust with the mission:

  1. To develop youths with global consciousness and competence.
  2. To develop professionals with national character.

In last 26 years, under his guidance, Chanakya Mandal Pariwar has developed more than 1500 clean and efficient officers at all India level and over 5000 at the state level.
Also, he worked as Director General, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan under the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, Govt. of India, from February to November 2001.

  • Has plans to harness Information Technology for education and develop into a full scale autonomous Open University.
  • Organisor of the Citizens’ Action Plan;
  • Chief Editor of a magazine for the preparation of competitive exams, “Chanakya Mandal”

Books published :

1) Aswastha Dashakachi Diary (original Marathi). First-hand experience of participation in studying and solving the problems of national integration.

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2) Diary of a Decade of Agony (English translation of Aswastha Dashakachi Diary by Gauri Deshpande. Hindi translation, by Meera Nandgaonkar, will be published shortly.)

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3) Nava Vijaypath (Marathi & English – providing guidance for competitive exams, with orientation to proper value-system).

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4) Swatantra Naagrik – a book about how citizens can and should solve their problems on their own.

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5) Jinkanara Samaj Ghadavanyasathi – A book to inculcate the winning spirit.

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6) … Aani Apan Sagalech –

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7) 10vi 12vi Nantarche Career –

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8) 75 Soneri Paane – (original Marathi). This book presents a graph of what was earned and how it was earned in the last 75 years of Independent India.

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Ratra Gahirichya Tisarya Prahari (Marathi – collection of poems.) –