Foundation Day (Adhishthana)
Chanakya Mandal Pariwar was consciously founded on August.10, 1996. Exactly 10 years before this, Gen. Arunkumar Vaidya was assassinated in Pune by Khalistani terrorists and the same day A.B. Dharmadhikari received his appointment letter for IAS: this was the time when A.B. Dharmadhikari was working as a full-time social activist, a teacher, and a freelance journalist. Gen. Vaidya laid down his life in service of this country and now Chanakya Mandal wants to develop the army of youth who would live in service of the country and the world.
In March 1996, A.B.Dharmadhikari resigned from IAS after 10 years of service, to establish Chanakya Mandal Pariwar. Hence the conscious choice of the date August 10. On August 10, 1996, Chanakya Mandal Pariwar was established at the hands of Smt. Kiran Bedi (IPS).
Every year this day of August 10 is observed as ‘Foundation Day’ (Adhishthana Diwas) Adhishthana: ‘Adhishthana means to begin. ‘Beginning education, consciously beginning to develop one’s character on one’s own is the meaning implied in ‘Adhishthana’.
Students’ request to teachers – अथातो ज्ञानजिज्ञासा ……
Madam and Sir, Please accept me as the student of Chanakya Mandal Pariwar Pune, because, I have carefully studied our prospectus, I believe I have understood our vision, I want to be the professional with national character, I want to have global consciousness and competence. To realize this vision: I will continually strive to understand my true natural inner ‘self’, develop excellence and creativity in my chosen walk of life. And thus serve our nation, people, and humanity. I am happy to think of Chanakya Mandal Pariwar as my family, my temple of worship to perform the meditation of life. So Madam and Sir, please let me have fun, let me enjoy and learn at Chanakya Mandal Pariwar. Please accept me as the student of the Chanakya Mandal Pariwar.
Teachers’ acceptance and blessings
ज्ञान मिळवण्याची आस असलेले विद्यार्थी म्हणून चाणक्य मंडल परिवार या घरात मंदिरात आलात याचा आम्हालाही आनंद आहे. आमच्यापाशी असलेलं ज्ञान आम्ही आणखी भर घालून तुमच्याकडे सुपूर्द करू. तुम्हाला ज्ञान देण्याच्या निमित्तानं आम्हीही ज्ञान मिळवू. तुम्ही ते सर्व ज्ञान आत्मसात करून स्वतंत्र बुद्धीनं संस्कृतीची समृद्धी वाढवणारे विद्यार्थी व्हा. चला, आता आपण बरोबरीनंच शुद्ध आणि प्रसन्न मनानं ज्ञानसाधनेची तपश्चर्या करू या.
We are happy that you came to Chanakya Mandal Pariwar, our home, our temple as students eager to study and gain knowledge. We will hand over to you whatever knowledge we have with all the necessary additions. While giving knowledge to you we too will gain knowledge. May you all become students with independent thinking minds, who will make our culture prosperous. So now, let us all together, with a clean and pure mind begin our penance for acquiring knowledge.
Those who have made their decision to become ‘Sadhakas’ in their own chosen walk of life take the following resolve (Sankalpa). The word ‘Sankalpa’ indicates a strong decision – a resolve that one consciously makes with oneself, within one’s own mind, heart and soul. The concept of ‘Sankalpa’ at Chanakya Mandal Pariwar is one small, but significant expression of the ultimate principle of responsibility, of accountability: that is: one is ultimately accountable – answerable to one ‘Self’.
As of now two ‘Sankalpa’ is suggested for everyone at Chanakya Mandal Pariwar: First Sankalpa is for everyone and the second one will differ from profession to profession. One presented here is for those who want to join civil services. Taking ‘Sankalpa’ is certainly not compulsory – that is against the spirit of ‘ Sankalpa’. Only when one really wants to make such a resolve, to oneself, is this ‘Sankalpa’ to be taken.
SANKALPA – 1
I shall lead a happy life. I shall perform my duties
happily in my life. I am one with the people around
me, society, country, universe, and nature.
Therefore, I am responsible for the happenings in
my life as also in the universe. After realizing this I
will create a happy and enriched life by following
the values of excellence and creativity.
SANKALPA – 2
The administration should be clean, responsive to
people’s aspirations; it should promote all-round
development and national integration. To attain
this goal, I will join the civil services. So, I will try to
succeed in competitive examinations. At the
individual level, I will remain clean, efficient and
impeccable and I will endeavor to imbibe in the
administration the same qualities.