Board members

Navroj Contractor


  Navroze Contractor, the president of Yugantar is the path-breaking cinematographer of many award winning feature and documentary films such as "Duvidha", "Limited Manuski", "Devi Ahilya Bai" and "Devarkadu". 

As a crucial contributor to the art film movement in India, his name is attached to many legendary films such as  "Balad of Pabu", "Dreams of the Dragon's Children", "Are you Listening" and the "Last House in Bombay". 

He has held one-man shows of still photographs in the USA and India. His photographs of jazz musicians are part of the collection of the Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C. 

Navroze has conducted workshops at the School of Architecture Ahmedabad, NID Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, Pomona State University California and the University of the Andes at Merida,  Venezuela. 

Tejaswini Madabhushi


 Tejaswini Madabhushi, the secretary of Yugantar, is a feminist activist  who was involved in organizing the Midnight March in Hyderabad on January 5th, 2013. Later that year, she became a founding member of Hyderabad for Feminism.  

 In 2018, Tejaswini was part of the #MeToo movement as it entered the Telugu Film Industry. In March 2019, Tejaswini worked as a co-ordinator for a national-level conference organised by Anveshi, a Research Centre for Women’s Studies entitled #MeToo Moment in Film Industries.  

 Tejaswini has worked on ‘Nabikei’, a film on Uranium mining in USA

Sashi Kumar


Sashi, the treasurer is a dynamic, committed and astute leader with a track record of senior management experience. 

He was the founder general secretary of PDSU.

He also served as a Middle Management(MM 2) officer in SBI before joining as Director of ThinkSoft consultants Pvt. Ltd.,He was responsible for impact assessments, operational management and implementing the ILS (Bhubharati) project in Nizamabad district, working for the empowerment of communities and helping them meet the challenges of development.

He later served as Lead Partner and later Director of Satyam Foundation, the CSR arm of Satyam Computer Services Ltd.  He was also associated with Speck Spatial Technologies, Ltd., as a Senior Advisor.

During the same period he started working as Executive Director of Yugantar and has been involved in providing proactive, strategic and corporate direction to the organisation.

Madan Mohan Rao


Madan Mohan Rao, a journalist with many years of experience in UNI, was a key mover behind the Rural Telecom Foundation (RTF). Madan was able to bring to the table, his many years of experience working with the RTF. He has been a Fellow of the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Fellowship Program (2002-2003). 

Madan is an awardee of the Ashoka-Lemelson Fellowship for social entrepreneurship. 



    K.Lalita is well known as co-author and editor of classics in women’s studies, such as “We were making History,” “Women Writing in India from 600 BC to the 20th Century,” and “Taking Charge of our bodies". 

She was founder-president of India’s first women’s activist group, the Progressive Organisation of Women, and founder-coordinator of the well-known Anveshi Research Centre of Women’s Studies. She works on issues of gender, women’s health and education. 

Deepa Dhanraj


 Deepa Dhanraj is an award winning filmmaker who has been actively involved in the women's movement since 1980. Over the years, she has participated in workshops, seminars and discussion groups on various issues related to women's status - political participation, health and education. Deepa has an extensive filmography spanning nearly three decades that include many series of films on education and health as well as award wining documentaries. 

"Enough of this Silence", "The Advocate", "Itta Hejje Mundakka Thegiya Bediri Hindakka", series of 12 films for elected women in Gram Panchayats , "The Legacy of Malthus", "Something like a War", "Kya Hua Iss Shehar Ko" and "Sudesha'" are a few of her films. 

Her films have traveled to numerous film festivals world wide. 

Vithal Rajan


Dr. Vithal Rajan is a Ph.D from the London School of Economics and has taught at Bradford University, UK. He founded well-known Indian NGOs like the Deccan Development Society and the Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA).  

He was the Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Awards Foundation, Stockholm, and continues to be on the awards jury of the Alternative Noble Prize. He was Director, Ethics and Education, WWF-International,  Switzerland. 

Vithal  was also a member of the Task Force constituted by the erstwhile Government of Andhra Pradesh on issues of Social Development.He was also a member of Poverty Mission of the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

In recognition of his work he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. 

Vithal is also a published playwright and short-story writer.

L. Ravi Chander


L Ravichander is a rank holding Economics graduate from Osmania University. He has been a practicing lawyer since October 1978. He was a designated Senior Counsel and Special Government Pleader in the High Court of A.P assisting Advocate General of Andhra Pradesh. He was also involved in preparation of various statutes and drafting of enactments. He also served as an Additional Standing Counsel for the Union of India in the High Court of A.P for 3 consecutive terms. As Government Pleader, he dealt specifically with Habeas Corpus writ petitions involving fundamental rights of citizens and has appeared in several high profile cases including writ petitions challenging policies.

His journalistic experience is equally impressive and varied. He has been Legal Reporter of UNI from 1978 to 1980, Legal Correspondent of Indian Express and Deccan Chronicle.

He has been associated with Times of India since its first publication in Hyderabad.

 He has also authored articles on cinema and is a film critic for the Hans India.