Mayaram Surjan Foundation
was set up in 1995 as a Public Trust in the memory of Mayaram Surjan -
veteran Journalist, littereteur and activist. He was an ardent votary of
the basic values enshrined in the constitution of India-namely
democracy, socialism & secularism. His career as a journalist, his
writings & his active participation in social movements were all
dedicated towards creating a society based upon these principles. MSF
was formed to carry forward his mission.
MSF made an appropriate
beginning by inviting Dr. S.C. Dube, eminent sociologist and a friend
for over five decades to deliver the first Mayaram Surjan Memorial
Lecture on 29th March 1995. In the initial years MSF had set modest
goals for itself - Public lectures, publication of literary books by
upcoming writers, journalism fellowship, programmes for school students
on art & literature etc.
However, the scenerio
changed with the formation of the Chhattisgarh State on 1st November
2000. In the new state, MSF became more & more involved in policy
interventions - mainly relating to culture, environment &
sustainable development, and in research, analysis & documentation
of public issues. An opportunity to collaborate with National Foundation
for India (NFI) in mid - 2004 motivated MSF to expand its scope &
work more actively in certain areas.