This initiative has been unique on many counts. First, it is a
platform of 100 organisations that epitomises the spirit of collaboration and
networking as it is a collaborative effort of organisations of Jesuits,
dioceses, religious men and women, other Christian denominations, Hindus, and
Muslims. Second, it has adopted a rights-based approach ensuring that Lok Manch
facilitating partners become catalysts for social transformation through the
empowerment of leaders of marginalised communities with knowledge, skill, and
social perspectives to enable them to access their rights and entitlements.
Third, this people’s platform adopts a dual approach of, on the one hand,
ensuring proper implementation of existing laws and policies, while, on the
other, engaging in advocacy at the local level, state level and national level
demanding new socially relevant policies and amendments to existing social
policies and laws for the benefit of marginalised sections of society. Finally,
this initiative is an illustration of global cooperation as it is supported by
Misereor and Xavier Network partners.
Today, Jesuits in South Asia engaged in the social apostolate continue
to contribute immensely to nation building by empowering marginalised
communities and influencing social policy discourse in South Asian countries.
[Article from "Jesuits - The Society of Jesus in the world - 2020", by Denzil Fernandes SJ]