The ILR International Programs Office and The ILR Global Affairs Club
are pleased to invite you to the USA book launch of
“Voices from the Grassroots”
by Dr. R Balasubramaniam (Dr. Balu)
On Wed, Sept 26, at 4:30 pm
Reception to follow
Events will take place in the Doherty Lounge, Ives Hall 281, Faculty Wing
RSVP by Tues, Sept 25, at noon:
Voices from the Grassroots is a collection of stories and reflections that captures the pulse of the commonest people, whose diverse contexts, aspirations and struggles make up the social landscape of the Indian subcontinent. The book takes the reader through myriad real-life experiences of the author and portraits of people in the pursuit of identifying hidden voices – of hope, compassion, wisdom, frustration, of coping with adversity and desire for change; voices that the reader would resonate with, and yet acknowledge that they are often lost and unheeded.  The Kindle Edition is available on Amazon. 
Dr. Balu is a development activist, leadership trainer and a public policy advocate.  A physician by training, he is the founder of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (, one of India’s leading development organizations and the recipient of “The Resource Alliance” 2015 Best NGO in India Award.   SVYM has partnerships with Cornell University’s ILR’s global service learning program and Human Ecology’s Global Health Program.  Dr. Balu is also the Founder & Chairman of Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement ( He was the Frank Rhodes Professor at Cornell University and teaches leadership courses and runs leadership workshops both in India and the USA. He is a TATA Scholar, a Mason Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School and a fellow at the Hauser Centre for Non-profits, Harvard University.  Dr. Balu is currently teaching two 7-week courses in the ILR School (Exercising Global Leadership in the Social Sector   and An Alternate Paradigm of Social Development)   In 2015, the ILR School was proud to launch his book “i, the citizen”.  See the video on YouTube
We hope to see you at the event.
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