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South Asian Development NewsOct 19, 2021
Failing the Forest

Both human rights and wildlife rights groups in India have not used the Forest Rights Act ...

 
Raising Constitutional Awareness

Audacious Dreams Foundation a member of Commutiny The Youth Collective, aims to inspire, inform, engage, enable ...

Dog Father of India

Rakesh Shukla, a successful techie and motivational speaker is the single largest rescuer of dogs in ...

 
Unique Organic Cotton project for MP Farmers

Cotton farmers in Chhindwara district are reaping benefits from new cultivation practices. ...

1 Stop, 556 Schemes: Haryana Sets up Unique System

Government schemes and services are quite special in one sense. Most of them you are completely ...

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Ecology by A.K. Ramanujam
"We live in times of such great potency. The time of the sixth mass extinction that a vast majority of us are participating in and co-creating, just by how we live our lives, and the choices that we make. We human beings, need the tree beings, the kingdom of the plant people, for our very breath; and if we wish to steward our planetary home away from what appears to be an inevitable fate of climate and species collapse. But why is it so difficult to convince more and more people to plant and care for trees? Whenever I ask this question, I go back to the core of it -- how do people actually 'relate' to trees? Do they?! And then I'm reminded that being in relationship with any being is incredibly complex. There is beauty. There is also messiness and injury. Drama. Poignancy. Something that appears to keep relationships afloat in stormy seas is commitment. To a cause or a principle or a shared life perspective. Something larger than the beings involved in the relationship. It might serve us well to cultivate these complex, nuanced relationships with the trees in our lives too." More in this thought-provoking post that features A.K Ramanujam's poem, 'Ecology.'


Anil Gupta: India's Hidden Hotbeds of Invention
Where does creativity reside in today's world? Is it the monopoly of the educated elite or does it reside within the cracks of our 'well-ordered' systems? In this engaging TED talk, Anil Gupta asks this humbling, soul-searching question, and provides some responses. Read on to see and hear a stunning patchwork quilt of indigenous entrepreneurs and inventors whose ingenuity has changed lives for the better.


Returning to the Village
For those of us who live in urban areas, what does returning to a life in the village really mean? What is the impulse that moves folks to reverse the direction of migration of their recent ancestors to the city? What can living on the land, growing your own food, and using your hands to make clothing and shelter offer souls hungering for a real connection to the Earth? Here, Hang Mai, a Vietnamese natural farmer and social entrepreneur, who together with her partner Chau Duong mid-wifes those wanting to make this transition to the village, reflects on this question.


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