Bangalore International Centre had arranged a talk on“The Changing Face of Indian Philanthropy” by Mrs. PushpaSundar, Founder and first Executive Director, Sampradaan Indian Centre for Philanthropy, New Delhion Wednesday, 25th January, 2017 at 6.30 PM. Mr. V Ravichandar, Chairman Feedback Consulting, Bangalore chaired and moderated the session.
Is Philanthropy and Charity synonymous? PushpaSundarin her narration examined this question in depth and explained how philanthropy has evolved and the role of philanthropy in areas like Education, Health etc., with special reference to women and the marginalised sections of our population .
Mr. Ravichandar, in his interactions with Mrs. Sundar probed about the distinction between Charity and Philanthropy and whether philanthropy, as is understood in the modern context, is a later-day development. In her response, Mrs. Sundar stated that the two concepts are basically complementary to each other, and that Philanthropy covers a much wider expanse, affecting a much larger group of population. In our own country, philanthropic activities were taken up from very early times by Emperors, Kings and Nobles who utilized their vast wealth and treasures on public welfare activities. Currently this responsibility is being handled by a few wealthy individuals, groups and some religious organisations. However, such activities are not as organized as those undertaken in the Developed World. There is also a great need to ensure greater accountability in this area.