1. How it all started?

Probably nothing in the world starts from zero. Every incident has its own past, its own background. Mission Tiruhutipur is no exception to this rule. It is connected with a thought process that has been developed by Shri K.N. Govindacharya in his public life of more than 50 years. Let us not go too far in the past and come straight to the circumstances when the idea of Mission Tirhutipur came up.

It was April 2020 when the whole country was battling the first wave of Corona and the laborers trapped in big cities were struggling to reach their respective villages after suffering immense hardships. At that time Govindacharya had written a post on his Facebook wall. He had asked his followers and sympathizers, as to what they should do in the face of this calamity. Most of the people suggested taking the initiative at the national level. In this regard, I also wrote a comment to the post of Govindji. That comment is being reproduced here verbatim.

Respected Govindacharya Ji,

Thank you for the initiative you have taken to deal with the corona pandemic. It would be great if we could work together in the whole country, but mobilizing resources (both economic and human) for this is a very tedious and time-consuming task in itself. Therefore, while continuing the necessary efforts in this direction, we should also work on an immediate strategy. I see the solution in two of your favorite slogans which say, “Think Globally Act Locally” and “Mera Gaon Mera Desh” i.e. “My village My Country”.

I suggest you adopt one village. Anyway, villages need more help than the cities. If positive forces of the country come together and create a model village in its true sense, then a way can be found to solve all the problems. This model, if effective, will easily spread all over the country passing through the surrounding villages. It is also possible that this positive change may show a new path to the whole world.

There is no need to think about what to do in the village. For this, a small step is needed. If a sage, like you, adopts a village and starts living there for a few days, then all the work will begin automatically. On your call, the positive forces of the country will be very much willing to invest their skill and expertise in the village. Your adopted village will become a laboratory of rural development. A variety of experiments conducted there will fructify in many practical solutions. Thereafter, these solutions will be used by the people all over the country to make their villages a better place.

Taking a step forward in this direction, I am requesting you to adopt my village located in Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. I am ready to work with you with all my strength.

Regards

Vimal Kumar Singh

On April 19, 2020, Govind Ji accepted my offer. He announced on his Facebook wall that from now onwards Tirhutipur will be his own village. The following month, he wrote an article in the Yatavat magazine (1- 15 May 2020) and formally announced the adoption of Tirhutipur. This was the time when the seed of Mission Tirhutipur which I was carrying for the past so many years at a subconscious level, got in contact with the ground and water. Now it was the perfect time for germination. 

Vimal Kumar Singh 

Convener, Mission Tiruhutipur 

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