"Culture is the soul of any civilization"

Once the idea for establishing the Draupadi Trust was firmed up, it was important to make a work plan for its Vision & Mission plans. Thus the Trust started conducting a Survey of the chosen area to assess the needs, the gaps & the interventions required for achieving its goals. The Trust conducted several Surveys & Studies to strengthen its work plan & learn about the problems& reasons for the problems. It was quite surprising to note that an extremely resourceful region such as the district of Farrukhabad, was languishing in development indicators.

In spite of a having a huge budget of almost 200 Cr, there were no proper roads, the railways ran on meter gauge tracks and computer & internet were almost alien. This is in 2003. Even basic telephone services were erratic as was the very poor power situation.

To understand all this and find ways to improve the pathetic situation in this area seemed to be. The Trust initiated a detailed study on the status of the infrastructure and the Development Opportunities in Cultural Tourism for youth. This helped us identify the various jobs and entrepreneurial options and structure our interventions for vocational training. This was followed by a Detailed Project Report, with ITDC Consultancy, on Infrastructure Development for Farrukhabad with special focus on Vedic city Kampilya.

A series of programs were held in different parts of the country on the Role of Media in Women Empowerment. To understand the status of women in various parts of India a series of brief surveys were conducted with women groups from the hill region & UP districts.

Around 2009 northern parts of India erupted with tragic issues of Khap dictates and campaigns against same Gotra marriages. The Trust undertook a series of interactions with Khap members and affected youth and their families, and conducted a study on ‘gotra’ origins and Hindu Marriage Law. A meeting was also held with Justice J.S.Verma retd. Chief Justice of India, on this matter.

The study led to clarity on the legal restrictions on marriage in the same ‘vansh’, and that people of the same ‘vansha’ also have same ‘gotra’ . This means that the issues raised by Khaps need a proper introspection and solution on legal terms.

The Trust keeps up its endeavors to assess matters that affect the life and status of women & youth as well as the condition of Ancient historical sites. This helps to plan the intervention needs.