Vijay Mahajan

Vijay Mahajan profile

Vijay Mahajan is CEO of the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation and Director of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies. He founded PRADAN in 1982 and the BASIX Social Enterprise Group in 1996. Vijay has co-authored the book The Forgotten Sector and has written over 60 articles. He is also the chair of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global microfinance forum. He is an alumnus of IIM-A and IIT-Delhi, and a mid-career fellow at Princeton University, USA.


Articles by Vijay Mahajan


coolies pushing a heavy load in kolkata-informal workers

March 26, 2020
Supporting informal workers during the COVID-19 crisis
Farmers, agricultural labourers, and informal sector workers are the worst hit by COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns. Here are some steps that the government and banks can take to help them cope financially.
Pendulum swinging for democracy

August 15, 2019
Democracy and Resistance: Two sides of a coin
What led to the crumbling of justice, liberty, and everything the country’s constitution stands for?
civil society Constitution of India

February 8, 2019
India’s Constitution needs to recognise civil society
The Constitution denies a role to civil society institutions. It's time to correct that through specific amendments.
A crowd protesting at Jantar Mantar - civil society

February 7, 2019
The challenge for civil society
"The strength of civil society institutions needs to be built up as a balancing force between the state and market institutions... Let us not be supplicants for leftovers from the government or corporate tables."
a crowded vegetable market in a village

August 16, 2018
Social action in India: Past, present, future
Looking at social action in India from 1947 onwards, and given where we are today, here's why we need civil society as a balancing force between the state and markets.
a crowded market

August 10, 2017
India@70: The Anxiety of Asymmetry
The dream of inclusive, sustainable development will remain unfulfilled unless we acknowledge and address the deep imbalances that threaten to weaken the idea of this nation.
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