Vision and Mission


The Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies is a 25 year old independent national policy think tank promoted by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. RGICS carries out research and policy development on contemporary challenges facing India.

We live in an era of paradigmatic change – local, national and global. Our aim is to understand and direct this paradigmatic change — social, economic and political — towards a more equitable social order.

We seek to do so by (i) providing knowledge inputs training and strategic advice to political leaders, civil society activists and the general public on the nature of paradigmatic change and role of politics in directing change; and (ii) designing institutional structures and policies that would achieve this purpose.

Our Vision

A just social order – local, national and global — based on the values that inspired India’s freedom struggle and are codified in the Indian Constitution:

Equality of status, opportunity and of political, economic and social rights; liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; democracy; secularism; socialism;  fraternity assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the nation; world peace and fellowship.

Our Mission

Enhancing the effectiveness of democratic politics as an instrument of social change towards a just social order.