It’s time to hit the undo button

Innovator: Amarjeet Sharma Vocation: Traditional farmer Location: Faridkot, Punjab The time when farmers were the boon for Punjab is a thing of the past now. Reality is that a farmer is curse for Punjab today. The entire state, in fact, is suffering from the consequences of the Green Revolution. The same farmer, who was the provider for the nation until a few decades ago, is now being forced to kill himself due to the lack of grains to even feed his family. During the Green Revolution, the farmers added so much poison into the ground that the poison has now entered our bodies through the food they’ve grown and we’ve…

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The nation’s lungs lie in the Himalayas

Innovator: Kulbhushan Upmanyu Vocation: Environment activist Location: Kamla, Himachal Pradesh Our latest parinda is from a village called Kamla in Himachal Pradesh. For the last 40 years, Kulbhushan Upmanyu has been working tirelessly towards conserving and protecting the environment in the state. Even during his college days, Upmanyu never liked the word ‘job’. To him, a job seemed like just another form of slavery. So when he graduated from school, he decided to look after a piece of agricultural land. At that point of time in his life, Upmanyu saw farming as the only occupation where he didn’t have to bow down to any person or institution. Even though, at…

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Inventions at home

Innovator: Sarit Sharma and Sandhya Gupta Vocation: Educationist Location: Palampur, Himachal Pradesh The journey of 52 Parindey has so far revolved around vocations and individuals that protect the environment. However, this story has no direct relation to environment. In fact, there is a special reason for selecting this story as one of the 52 stories. And you’ll know about it later when you see the video. No matter how much we discuss an issue, we can’t find a solution for a problem unless we completely understand it or experience it. To find a solution for any problem, it is important to first find answers to questions surrounding the problem and…

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Looking for the lost plate

Innovator: Nekram Sharma Vocation: Sustainable farmer and handloom promoter Location: Karsog, Himachal Pradesh Our latest parinda, Nekram Sharma, hails from a family of farmers in Karsog, Himachal Pradesh. After he completed his education, he, too, joined his family in farming activities. In early 1990s, the Himachal government had launched a literacy campaign; and — always one to help others — Nekram ji associated himself with this initiative. While he continued farming, he also visited various villages to educate people. It was during this period that he came across some academicians and social workers from the state who opened his eyes towards, and gave him a deeper understanding of, the plight…

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From outside to inside

Innovator: Navin Pangti Vocation: Designer, writer & farmstay owner Location: Almora, Uttarakhand Our latest parindey are members of a family that has decided to stay away from the fast-moving city life and settle down in a village. In this village, they are not only reconnecting with their roots but they are also working with the local artisans to help create an identity for their art and improve their livelihood. Navin Pangti hails from Munsiyari region of Uttarakhand. It wasn’t long after Navin entered an engineering school that he realised something was amiss. But he wasn’t sure; and he couldn't see a clear road ahead of him either. So he graduated…

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Heal the World

Innovator: Vipin Gupta Vocation: Natural healer Location: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh If a healthy person is made to believe that he/she is unwell, the health care industry can earn a lot of money. Pharmaceutical companies, for years, have been playing this game and enjoying. Due to the various chemicals consumed by a human, through various preservatives and products, fever, cold and cough are common. Usually, these “ailments” make our body stronger. Fever, for example, pushes a lot of toxins out of our body. When we pop pills into our body, it restricts these toxins from being released. Pharmaceutical companies, however, have been instilling fear into our minds and have termed this…

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Building the self-reliance of farmers

Innovator: Vivek Chaturvedi Vocation: Zero-carbon footprint farmer Location: Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh There was a time when money was everything for our latest parinda, Vivek Chaturvedi. In fact, he spent a major chunk of life just trying to earn more and more money. To earn more returns, Vivek even invested in a piece of land a few years ago. Sometimes after buying the plot of land, he got a chance to participate in a workshop on Jeevan Vidya (Life Lessons). At this workshop, Vivek saw new perspectives of looking at life — and that was a new start for him. Instead of focusing on money, he started focusing on the value…

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The Elrhino Effect

Innovators: Nisha Bora & Mahesh Chandra Bora Vocation: Eco-friendly paper producers Location: Guwahati, Assam Our latest parindey is a daughter-father duo, Nisha Bora and Mahesh Chandra Bora, who make paper. The USP of this paper is that it is made from the poop of rhinoceroses and elephants — so yes, eco-friendly. So what motivated them to start this enterprise? The vision to preserve one-horned Asian rhinos! Eighty per cent of the world’s one-horned rhinos are found in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam, where unfortunately the numbers of rhinos are dropping drastically. Besides the environmental reasons of changes to their original habitat, there are several other reasons for their diminishing…

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Saving wildlife to save mankind

Innovator: Bhagwan Senapati Vocation: Installation artist and wildlife conservationist Location: Nagaon, Assam In a recent study, researchers from the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London have stated that two-thirds of Earth’s wildlife will be lost by 2020. Our mountains, forests, rivers, oceans, elephants, rhinoceroses, whales and thousands of other flora and fauna are in danger today. The research further states that this extinction of species and damage to the natural surroundings will gravely affect the balance of nature, which will eventually lead to the end of mankind too. Humans of this life-sustaining planet must understand that the world population is not the same as it was some…

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If you are happy and you know it, plant a tree

Innovator: Bakul Gogoi Vocation: Plantation enthusiast Location: Bishwanath, Assam About two decades ago, there lived a young man in a small village of Bishwanath district of Assam who had begun to stay very unhappy because of rampant deforestation in his region. He was so disturbed that he was even seeing trees, forests and rivers crying in his dreams. It was one such nightmare that woke him in the middle of the night one day. That day, he decided to dedicate his life to nature and its conservation. Our latest parinda, Bakul Gogoi, has a craze for planting trees. I don’t know how else to describe his love for plantation. Bakul…

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