May 2021

Dear Friends,


Sunderlal Bahuguna (9 January 1927 – 21 May 2021) was an environmentalist  and Chipko movement leader. The idea of the Chipko movement was his wife's. He fought for the preservation of forests in the Himalayas, first as a member of the Chipko movement in the 1970s, and later spearheaded the anti-Tehri Dam movement from the 1980s to early 2004. He was one of the early environmentalists of India, and later he and others associated with the Chipko movement started taking up wider environmental issues, such as being opposed to large dams.

Shri.sundarlalji received various awards during his life time such as Jamnalal Bajaj Award for constructive work (1986), Right Livelihood Award (1987), Honorary Doctorate from IIT Roorkee (1989), and Padma Vibhushan Award by government of India for environment conservation (2009). He has also written a few books on environment and related subjects. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

This month, our front page covers the ‘Forest man of India’ - Jadav "Molai" Payeng.

In happenings section, we have covered (i) Training programme on terrace garden and Bio-methanation technology (ii) Details of new project sanctioned by DST - “Community Yoga protocol for Elders to improve the Innate Immunity” and (iii) Media coverage etc.

In the wisdom section, we are covering the famous Geroge Washington Carver’s love towards the plants, the authors of the book “Secret life of plants” pleads us to study ecology rather than pathology and finally Acharya Rajanish gives a philosophical outlook to look within, which is a real living. For reading the newsletter, please click here.

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