In this press release, activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh describes the life of Somanna, an amazing tribal leader who, unfairly denied the Rajyotsava award at the last minute (after having been shortlisted for it), was awarded a crowd-funded ‘Janarajyotsava’ award instead. Congratulations, Somanna!
As conventional farming techniques such as monocropping and the high use of fertilisers are proving ineffective in the face of climate change, some farmers in India are beginning to turn to mixed and organic cropping for their many benefits. This article takes a look at the techniques used in one mixed-crop, organic farm in southern Karnataka and advocates for the return to such farming methods.
In this original CSA article, L.C. Channaraj explains the benefits of intercropping red gram with cotton, as learned in a pilot project conducted by Pipal Tree helping farmers in southern Karnataka.
Bindu writes about climate change, climate justice, and the need for resilience in the context of growing food in uncertain weather in Auroville, an international community in south India based on the Integral Yoga philosophy of Sri Aurobindo. Image: The Souryan Garden, the first vegetable garden of Budda Garden in Auroville.
Ambalayal in Wayanad with its rich biological heritage is on the brink of becoming an environmental disaster. Unprecedented mindless granite quarrying has denuded the land, skewered rainfall patterns and destroyed its pristine heritage. Court Orders have been ignored and licenses for mining have been given to vested interests. An affirmative cursory survey report without taking into account micro-climatic changes and expert opinions, have stymied all efforts made by activists and local people. CKM Nabeel‘s plea for environmental justice is lost in the cacophony of aggrandizement and greed.
The Hosakerahalli Lake at Banashankari 3rd Stage was blessed with plenty of rainfall, deep catchment areas and crystal clear water. With the coming in of apartment complexes, land mafia, rampant corruption and mindless greed the lake was literally choked over time. Now it is full of effluents, detergents and mind numbing pollution choking the life of the inhabitants living close by.
The flip side is the Jakkur Lake which was rejuvenated and made to come alive with citizen participation, where they cleaned the lake on Sundays and planted trees. There are fish thriving with an off take of over 100 kg every day and probably sailing every so often.
Rekha Sampath concludes that if we join hands with the local government and work in sync with the administration we can dream the “Impossible Dream:” A healthy environment for us and for our children!
Akhilesh Chipli is a voice in the wilderness crying out for the forest dwellers, who for generations lived in harmony with nature and now have to contend with land mafias and ruthless middlemen trying to steal their land. Chipli explains the intentions of the Forest Rights Act (2006) and how it has gone wrong, giving forest land to people who would destroy it instead of protect it, with dire results.
Groundnut farming has the potential to generate income irrespective of weather conditions. The requirement is wisdom in adapting to changed circumstances, says Rama S. Arakalagudu in this article. Reverting to traditional methods of inter-cropping can bring in a wholesome ambiance where crops, birds, and insects live in a symbiotic relationship. This is a model for us to emulate, instead of quick fixes for ‘big bucks’ using chemical fertilizers, monocropping and aggressive marketing. This blinkered view has destroyed a whole generation. Dependent industries like oil extraction plants have all but collapsed in the Central Districts of Karnataka, throwing thousands out of gainful employment. The underlying theme of the writer is an appeal to go back to the rhythms of our forefathers or face the brunt of mass annihilation. Grim but True!