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Restore The Earth in Plastic Era

Plastic is widely used in all the three economic sectors of the world due to its numerous practical characteristics like light weight, reaction resistance and flexibility. From food packaging to electronic and machinery components, plastic is part of every thing we use in our daily life. Plastic being a major catalyser in enabling our modern life, impacts of plastic mismanagement paint an unequivocally toxic picture. One of the major threat to biodiversity is mismanagement of single use plastic(SUP). The problem gets predominantly worsened with the rampant use of SUP and throwing them without a concern which block the waterways, endangers marine ecosystem, exacerbate natural disasters and when burnt emit toxic emissions.

Earth Day in 2018 with theme End Plastic Pollution, led to series of discussions on plastic pollution with Tarumitra members from various school and colleges in Tarumitra Ashram. Over several ideas, an idea to imprison SUP in PET bottles to make “ecobrick” was appreciated and agreed, as it can keep SUP stuffed inside PET bottle Segregated and uncontaminated form rest of the waste. This idea to make ecobrick will not allow SUP to contaminate environment, won’t clog the drains, would prevent from going to water bodies, stray animals won’t be able to eat them.

Tarumitra members form various schools have been imprisoning single use plastic in PET bottles and making ecobricks to ensure it doesn’t get into environment to pollute our rivers or oceans. Many educational Institutions have joined the campaign to End Plastic Pollution. In Tarumitra Ashram we have have been receiving pile of these eco bricks since then. As we did not had any infrastructure in our city to utilize/ recycle these single use plastics Tarumitra members decided to build a hut out of these ecobricks. Tarumitra members examined and stuffed more single use plastic in each bottle so a wall could be built out of these ecobricks.

Since last few months few of Tarumitra friends in Municipal Corporation and UNDP have been talking about upcoming Material Recovery Facility in Patna to process plastic waste generated to recyclers in other cities. This Material Recovery Facility is funded by Coca Cola as part of their Extended Producers Responsibility, land is being provided by Patna Municipal Corporation, Technical guideline and capacity building is being contributed by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and UNDP. In February 2021 the Material Recovery Facility for plastic waste was finally up for processing plastic waste. After trial and test for two months this facility is operational and is being managed by “Nav Jagriti” an organization authorized by Patna Municipal Corporation. Mr Ajay Kumar the manager of Nav Jagriti said the facility installed can process five metric tonne of plastic waste every day.

Generally people feel grief when they see their dream house being shattered into pieces, moreover when it’s still under construction. However for me and for every Tarumitra Member who made every effort to built this dream hut in Tarumitra Ashram are celebrating it on occasion of Earth Day 2021. Tarumitra Members are content to learn that their efforts of last three years has taken new leap of circular economy and directly coinciding with SDG 12 “Sustainable Consumption and Production.

UNDP Program Officer for Plastic Waste Management Mr. Arvind Kumar arranged collection of ecobricks from Tarumita on 21 April 2021 and said “involvement of Educational Institution to inspire and enable opportunity for youth and younger generations is crucial as inculcating habits at young age is easier as young minds are more receptive”.

In last 3 years Tarumitra members have prevented nearly 1150 kilograms of plastic waste entering our environment. This number may sound little less than a grain of sand when we see the scale of problem i.e 8 million tonne of plastic entering the ocean every year, however out little efforts are expanding in various cities of India and we are determined to turn the tide right way. Many interns and volunteers are joining the campaign to take it to more schools and communities in Patna in collaboration with UNDP, PMC and Nav Jagriti. Ensure source segregation of plastic waste in Patna and collection of segregated plastic waste by Nav Jagriti for Recycling.

Plastic Free Holika Dahan 2021

The festival of Holi is one of the most important ones and is celebrated all through the northern part of country with utmost fervor. It marks the beginning of springtime, harvest of pulses, wheat etc and is a festival of colors.  It begins a night prior with Holika Dahan wherein we collect sticks and old logs and burn them in a pyre.

This auspicious ritual too has evolved with time. Now a days heaps of garbage such as plastic bags, old tyres, rubber products, leather cuttings and other waste materials too are collected for the Holika Dahan.

With Holika Dahan just a few days away, Tarumitra interns form Patna Science College, A.N College, College of Commerce and Central University of South Bihar conducted a survey on the ingredients of material collected to be torched on Holika Dahan and discussed environmental impact on city and health impact on residents.

The discussion reviled burning of such materials in Holika dahan would emit CO, SO2, NOx, VOCs, PAHs,(PCBs); and heavy metals. Various research papers confirms exposure to such emissions leads to acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) health hazards. Depending on the length and degree of exposure, these health effects could include irritation of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes, respiratory effects, central nervous system depression, and cancer.

As per PWM Rules 2016 and SWM Rules 2016 open burning of such materials are prohibited.

These interns met DM, and PMC Assistant Commissioner to raise the issue.
Mr Kumar Ravi has assured all his support to raise action based awareness with Tarumitra. Ms Sheela Irani as promised to send PMC vehicle with some of their workforce, however she also raised concern of religious sentiments of public as they may not like people from marginalized community touching the holy pile of holika dahan so Tarumitra interns have taken responsibility to segregate tyres, plastic material and other harmful items form the heap, hand them over to PMC and conduct public awareness program

On March 27th on pre-eve of Holika Dahan Tarumitra Interns and volunteers gathered at Ramnagri More. Removed old Tyres, broken chairs, and various kind of plastic. Assistant Commissioner Ms Sheela Irani had arranged a truck to take away the segregated harmful substances form Holika heap. Thereafter Tarumitra members reached out to nearby residents to inform residents about their activity and aware them about the harmful impacts of burning tyres, plastics and other items. Residents of the locality agreed to the fact that as they live in those and would be severely exposed to the harmful fumes and may attract chronic disease in long run.

Deputy Chief Minister Inaugurates Organic Rice Harvest Festival 2019

Report by

Devopriya Dutta

Patna 4th Dec: Jaivik Dhan Katni Mahotsav, the most eagerly awaited Organic Festival was celebrated by Tarumitra. More than 22 schools and colleges participated in this gala celebration.Shree Sushil Kumar Modi, the Honorable Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar was the Chief guest. 

Since 2011, Tarumitra has adopted organic way of cultivation. The entire rice sowing, harvesting and threshing works are done by school and college going students. 

The program started with Fr.Tony Pendanath, Director of Tarumitra welcoming the guests. The event started with sowing of seeds with the students chanting shloka from the Rigveda. Honourable Deputy Chief Minister was felicitated by students with green robes and Sita Ashok sapling.

The students of various schools and colleges threw light on the importance of organic and respect for Mother Earth with several speeches and action plans.

Then the school band procession led the guests with the gathering towards organic farm for harvesting. Deputy Chief Minister performed aarti in the farm. After performing the aarti as a reverence to Mother earth, he started Dhan Katni in Tarumitra’s organic farm, amidst harvesting song and slogans sung joyfully by all the students. 

The Honourable Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Sushil Kumar Modi threw light on the agricultural landmark of the country specially Bihar. He said that our country is an agricultural economy and the heart lies in the nature. He said that this organic movement needs momentum for a healthy future and who better to spearhead it than the youth.

Since 2011 organic farming is being practiced in Tarumitra, where all the Sowing, Harvesting and Threshing is done by the students. It is an effort to strike an emotional chord between Mother Earth and students so they may practice and promote ecological sensitivity all around.

This is the ninth consecutive year of organic farming where system of rice intensification(SRI) method is used for growing rice. This year Bauna Mansuri(variety of Dhaan) has been harvested in 5 acres of organic farm of Tarumitra. Students had their share of experience, for some it was the first time entering into an organic farm for doing harvesting with sickle. 

Fr.Tony Pendanath, Director, Tarumitra said that organic should be promoted from home to school, from office to corporate houses to ensure better tomorrow. 

This is the 9th consecutive year that Tarumitra was celebrating organic festival and this year’s yield is likely to be record breaker. Several teachers, interns, and other volunteers and members of Tarumitra were also present during this program.     

Extra moments of the day :

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar confers a Plaque of Approval

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There was palpable excitement among the students when they marched out of the Tarumitra Bio-reserve to meet the Chief Minister at the newly constructed Gyan Bhawan next to the sprawling Gandhi Maidan in the capital city of Patna.
It was World Environment Day! They were heading to Gyan bhawan..

Gyan bhawanGyan Bhawan Patna (International Convention Centre), is  built on the lines of Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan. The green and quake-resistant complex, spread over 11.82 acres will be in two parts linked with a subway. Complex when completed will have several halls of different capacity including banquet hall, food courts and service area. International Convention Hall or Gyan Bhawan has a sitting capacity of 5,000, is a signature building.

They have been celebrating the World Environment Day since a week with a colorful array of programs including a few Residential camps, Road shows such as Cycle rallies, Tree plantations, Preparation of Seed bombs “beej bum” for monsoon plantations, Nursery preparations for conserving rare trees and Zumba finess sessioins to toughen the human body for summer ordeals.

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 Cycle rally to promote concern on air pollution and conservation of fuels: Ms Chumki das flagging off the rally from Jalalpur, Patnashashi chumki2 Chumki Das and Shashi Darshan,full time volunteer specialized in plastic surgery,  cycled to co-ordinate the rally for several days. They also saw to the staging of the Street plays in Saguna More. 

A Committee consisting of Devorpriya Dutta, Fr. Tony Penda SJ, Shashi Darshan, Nagesh Anand, Sarvjeet, Adarsh, Nilofer Praveen, and Praneta Rani from Champaran was active to make sure that the event took place in time.
Hajipur Team in collaboration with Tarumitra organized Street plays
A very specially prepared team of activists from Swabhiman, Hajipur,next district, came prepared to stage an ecological street play on the eve of the Environement day (Team with the Chairman of the Bihar Pollution Control Board, Dr. Ashok Ghosh, inside the Doordarshan studios Patna)

Pranoy IMS and Sr. Smita MMS who co-ordinated the training for the Street play were in for a surprise.  The team not only presented the street play right on the street corners, they were invited by the Ntional TV Doordarshan to telecast it for the World Environment day! That was a big surprise. The subaltern group from a nondescript village of Hajipur was suddenly on the National TV!

Several groups of school students visited the Tarumitra Bio-reserve to take part in activities such as filling polybags for nurseries, to prepare “seed bombs” i.e to make mud-balls of soil with seeds of trees inside.

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Several groups of students took pledge to plant and look after precious trees in their homes and neighbourhoods. (Group from Hajipur pledging)
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            Sr. Smita MMS prompts the Earth-pledge on the eve of the feast

The campers got up early morning on June 5th, they walked around the tree on naked feet, offered them arti to show reverence and Sr. Smita helped them to make the pledges to the Earth.

Nagesh Anand is a very creative volunteer who organizes Cosmic Walks for Big History Enthusiasts on Saturday evenings. Nagesh organized two cosmic walks in preparation for the World Environement day.

The Cosmic Walks are held either inside the Oxygen Bar or ourside under the trees. Nagesh takes a long stretch of clothes and arranges it into a spiral and lights up candles when he pauses the 36 Goldilocks conditions existed in the 4.5 billion year old history of the Earth. From the Big Bang to the arrival of life leading to the arrival of apes and humans, Nagesh tells the story in the form of a Meditation.
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  The Hajipur group got interested in many activities. Nagesh (inset) narrated the Big History of the Universe and the Earth mother to the participants from Hajipur after the sunset. Sitting under the sky, under the twinkling stars, he made sense to them with the accompanyig cosmic music he got from Dr. Orla Hazra who initiated him into the meditatives.  One of the participants Balesh was of the view that the story must be retold to every village in Bihar. He found it very inspiring and liberative.

In the mean time, Chumki Das got her kids to organize street theater near Jalalpur city.

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 Street plays are popular ways of raising concerns on contemporary issues. Students presented several plays on the eve of the Enviornment day!

Pallavi Bishwas, an music-afficionado brought in her art students for a week long residential camp. Her husband, Pandit Avinay Kashinath and  their two children both music enthusiasts stayed on to rev up the excitement.

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 The music and dance campers from Nrivaga helped in the plant nursery of rare plants. They filled up hundreds of poly bags to sow seeds of trees. 
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Dr. Anil Sulabh, noted poet joined to encourage the children to plant trees as part of the Environment Day celebrations! Debutante Kashika receiving a lemon grass plant from Dr. Sulabh. Dr. Upendranath Pandey,  Mangala Singh and Shambhu Kr Singh (on the row)

It has been several years since Tarumitra realized the importance of connecting Art with the Earth. Two largescale art workshops held in the forest within a space of a decade confirmed the conclusion that Art promotes well being and integrity of the Earth and its life-giving systems.

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The Nrivaga alpana “art designs” shows the intricate relationship Art has with Nature. Noted classical singer Ranjana Jha sings lullabies to the trees of the Bio-reserve whenever she visits the place! She presented a very intricate raga this time. 

Last but not the least to join the campaigns were the Trangender community in the city. Reshma Prasad, a lively activist among them has been helping the students to raise ecological concerns among the bureaucrats of the Governemnt. She along with her influential transgender community  is known to remove many hurdles to get ecology its prominent place among Patnaites.

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 Reshma Prasad (third from left)has a reputation to move mountains, joined Tarumitra students to make the celebration of World Environment Day a big event in the city. Padmashree Sr. Sudha Varghese (second from right) has been a big support for the students. 

Coming back to our story of the Chief Minister passing on accolades to Tarumitra students, the big event took place on 5 June towards the afternoon. The venue was the newly constructed Gyan Bhawan the Internatonal Convention Center. Students congregated in large numbers and Devopriya and Pranoy IMS were asked to be seated next to the Chief Minister. Dr. Ashok Ghosh and his team co-ordinated the event. All of a sudden the announcement reverberated  across the hall, “Tarumitra representative, please step up to receive the Citation from the Chief Minister!”

It was the turn of Devopriya Dutta to scramble up to the stage amidst deafening applause..

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 Devopriya in her lucky red kurti climbed up the stage to receive the Citation from the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who is flanked by his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi. Balram sir (DAV BSEB), Dr Ashok Gosh are on the  left. 

While handing over the plaque, the Chief Minister commented, “Tarumitras are the ones  who are protecting the environment!” That was a big positive stroke from the Chief Minister!
“While we appreciate the effort of Dr. Ashok Ghosh to get the official recognition of the transformative role played by the students of the schools and colleges, we are sure that we have miles to go before we can sleep or take rest!” said Devopriya Dutta.

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The Citation reads, “We felicitate the Tarumitra students for their contribution to make enviornmental concerns especially concerns regarding Bio-diversity among the people!”

Speaking to the Media, Fr. Robert Athickal SJ commented that Tarumitra was convinced that they were on the right track to push the agenda of Bio-diversity to the forefront of their campaigns.

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 Devopriya Dutta  with Dr. Ghosh                       Zee News interviewing Fr R. Athickal SJ

Perhaps the cherry on the cake was a full page coverage of Tarumitra students by one of the leading newspapers, Prabhat Khabar with  a special supplement.

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Ms Juhi Smita who did the full page story in Prabhat Khabar slogged for a week interviewing students and teachers across the State. 

A Lonely elegy played from the Arctic snow platform..

Two weeks ago the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise set off from the Netherlands carrying a very special load: the voices of eight million people. Messages from around the globe calling for governments to save the Arctic from threats such as oil drilling and destructive fishing.
Here are a few of the reasons why:
For its unique wildlife, including polar bears, narwhals and Arctic foxes
For future generations
Because it regulates the climate
Because it is a global treasure worth protecting from corporate greed
As the ship stopped in Svalbard, Norway, Europe’s gateway to the Arctic, it welcomed aboard a very special guest: renowned pianist and composer, Ludovico Einaudi. With him a grand piano, to undertake his most challenging performance yet, in the Arctic surrounded by ice.

One could see the pianist breaking into sobbing while his fingers play the tunes…

Tarumitra Delegate Devopriya Dutta spoke on the impact of pesticides in food as part of her presentation on Agro-ecology

Devopriya Dutta has been an avid supporter for the campaign to save the Arctic for the planet. She joined the 8 million who has backed up the global cry to save the Artic region that contributes substantially to the Climate balance of the Earth.

 

Asian cousin-ship towards a Pollution-free planet

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Wow! There were over 200 delegates from the Asia and Pacific Regions gathered at the United Nations Convention Center in Bangkok. The theme of the Asia Pacific Ministerial Summit was to establish resource-efficient and pollution-free planet.

Over 200 NGO delegates from Asia-Pacific region made the Bangkok assembly at the U.N memorable

Over 200 NGO delegates from Asia-Pacific region made the Bangkok assembly at the U.N memorable

Tarumitra was represented by Devopriya Dutta and Dr Robert Athickal, the Co-ordinator. Devopriya delivered a statement on the impacts of pesticides and toxins on children, emphasized on organic farming and Agro-ecology, and appealed for achieving sustainable development by making environmental studies a part of the curriculum.

Tarumitra Delegate Devopriya Dutta spoke on the impact of pesticides in food as part of her presentation on Agro-ecology

Tarumitra Delegate Devopriya Dutta spoke on the impact of pesticides in food as part of her presentation on Agro-ecology. The Assembly Hall readily gave her a loud clap of approval of her concerns she voiced.

The Ministerial Summit was held from 4th-8th September 2017. Not only the country delegates from the Asia Pacific subcontinent participated in this event, various communities representing the civil society made their wonderful presence felt too. The main communities who presented their views for achieving the 17 sustainable development goals were the farmers, women, NGOs, children and youth, indigenous people mainly.

This Ministerial Summit was conducted for adopting and declaring a strong ministerial declaration with commitments to achieve gender equality, basic human rights, eradicating poverty, creating opportunities for green jobs, thus ensuring a self-sustained nation.

Asian Delegates Sarojeni Rengam, Devopriya Dutta, Meena Bilgi and Devopriya's Mentor Deeppa Ravindran

Asian Delegates Sarojeni Rengam, Devopriya Dutta, Meena Bilgi and Devopriya’s Mentor Deeppa Ravindran

All the Asian countries are the member states of the UN meeting, who come together in the annual Ministeral Summit organised by the UN family, the strongest network and the strongest family in the whole wide world. Some nations may be developed, some developing and others may be on their way of becoming self-sustained nations.

This summit reflected upon the success stories as well as the struggles made by these nations to ensure sustainable development with green economy. It was very nice to hear about Singapore, Bhutan and Burma as some of the greenest nations which the rest of the world is looking onto. Not only were these three nations appreciated by the member countries, there were regarded as the role models too.

Delegate from Iran Hana Mo came with lots of field experience to match with Tarumitra's interest in Environmental Education.

Delegate from Iran Hana Mo came with lots of field experience to match with Tarumitra’s interest in Environmental Education.

One of the major prime highlights of the summit was that nobody said that they represented this or that country–Everybody was unanimous in a common echo,  ‘We are all Asians. One world one planet.’ It was very heartening to witness more of women representation and the topic of gender issue to be highlighted in a very appropriate way. Even the LGBT community shared the same desk, same dining space and the same stand in this entire summit.

The visit to Bangkok was an insight into the infrastructure of the country and the lubricant of this entire mechanism was the resource.

"Great hospitality of Thailand!" the delegates kept repeating on the final day. Devopriya and Fr Robert posing at the entrance to the UN buildng

“Great hospitality of Thailand!” the delegates kept repeating on the final day. Devopriya and Fr Robert posing at the entrance to the UN building

The main resource or the asset of Thailand is that the people are happy, and why? Because they are hard-working. They are leading a life very close to nature. Not only they talk about being eco-friendly or eco-sensitive, but also practice what they preach. The traffic is well maintained. Hygiene and sanitation are given the topmost priority over there. They are seriously working towards reducing marine pollution and promoting agro-ecology via organic farming.

Memorable to meet with the Ambassadors of the Asia-Pacific countries.

Memorable to meet with the Ambassadors of the Asia-Pacific countries. Our Bhutanese cousin in the center!

The entire five days Asia Pacific Summit made us believe that we are not the only ones worried about our green future, but serious and more constructive and innovative efforts are being taken by the rest of the world as well.

Tarumitra believes in Vasudhaiva Kutumbhakam “the whole world is a family” and this Asia Pacific Summit made the motion very loud and vivid that the whole world is my family. Our earth is our mother; we all are her children. She doesn’t differentiate on the basis of nationality, state or colour. Then, who are we to draw boundaries?  Our common goal is ensuring a green and sustainable future while living the present as well, in the same manner. It was very heartening to address each other in the summit as ‘My dear cousins’

Devopriya being the youngest of delegates caught the attention of the Delegates, Ministers and Media.

Devopriya being the youngest of delegates caught the attention of the Delegates, Ministers and Media.

“For the five days, miles away from our own motherland, the other 200 country delegates became our family members. The summit is now over, but the bonds that have been made will remain forever.” said Devopriya winding up her observations. She added, “We all breathe the same life-giving oxygen, eat the same food that is produced by the soil and drink the same water to be alive and fully sustained. We are one family and the Asia Pacific Ministerial was all about celebrating this universal and irreversible fellowship.”

Devopriya and Fr. Robert visited the Jesuit house close by and spent a day with Fr. Beda Yassao S.J and students who came to participate in a leadership program.

Devopriya Dutta (in green)joined the college students on a leadership program hosted by Beda Yassao S.J at Xavier Hall close by.

Devopriya Dutta (in green)joined the college students on a leadership program hosted by Beda Yassao S.J (seated at the back) at Xavier Hall close by.                                                                                             

“We came back profoundly impressed by the way the hardworking people of Thailand are building up their country!” commented Fr. Robert when the group came back to the Tarumitra forest in Patna. ”  He added, “As an Asian country they are integrating development with ecology often successfully integrating the dual concerns so well.”

   Contributed by: Ila Raj, Tarumitra Intern, Nepal

Joining hands for a healthier planet

Patna 11-12 July: At a time farmers are leaving behind the traditional rice crops,  two hundred and fifty Tarumitra students from Delhi Public School, Don Bosco Academy, May Flower, S R Vidyapeeth,  Radiant International, Bishop Scotts, May Flower, MG Public, DAV (BSEB) A N College, St. Xavier’s College and Delhi University along with two students from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania USA congregated in Tarumitra Farm as participants in the annual Organic Rice transplantation Festival.

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An International consortium of students: Arushi Lal (Delhi University) Reem (St. Xavier’s College) Angie Rizzo (Lehigh University) Shashi Darshan (Tarumitra) Robert Smith (Lehigh) and Margaret Molomoo (Tarumitra) finalizing the Rice Transplantation festival.

The students  got into the wet slushy muddy field and actually planted rice seedlings excited about the rare chance they got in academic life.
The much-awaited monsoon rains added to the celebrative mood of the event.

Students, many of them for the first time, learned the art of planting rice using the time tested SRI way.

Students, many of them for the first time, learned the art of planting rice using the time tested SRI way.

The program started with a PowerPoint presentation on the preparations that preceded the rice plantation at the Tarumitra organic farm. It may be mentioned that hundreds of students worked hard to supply adequate organic manure for the rice cultivation.  The students also received helpful tips on the right way to plant rice seedlings according to the System of Rice Intensification(SRI) method in the field. After the presentation, the group made their way to the farm for rice transplantation.

Three rare varieties of paddy were sown this year namely, Bauna Mansuri, Kunjunju and Kakshan.  For the seventh consecutive year of cultivation, the students resorted again to the well appreciated SRI method for crop.

Noted classical singer Ranjana Jha hummed and sang songs right in the rice field,  dedicated to nature and Mother Earth so as to mark the auspicious beginning of the rice transplantation ceremony. All the students thereafter hurried around the  gooey farm and engaged totally into the rice transplantation work.

Noted classical singer, Ranjana Jha brought out a repertoire of traditional ropani  geet “transplantion songs” using a makeshift audio system in the rice field.   Amidst laughter, joy and celebrations, the students too joined Ranjana Jha and sang their heart out. The accompanying teachers and volunteers too walked into the mud to participate in the rice transplantation event.

Angie Rizzo from Lehigh  not only enjoyed the show but also enthused the students with her helpful support

Angie Rizzo from Lehigh not only enjoyed the show but also enthused the students with her helpful support

Veteran Organic Farmer trained in Japan, Ms Margaret Molomoo who supervised the entire organic farming said that it was time to make a break from the pesticide laden rice cultivation which is further enervated by the heavily expensive chemical fertilizers. “Poison is flowing out of our farms!” said Ms Molomoo. “If we don’t opt for healthy farms, who else would?” she further asked.

Tarumitra students got engaged into the Organic Farming primarily as a protest against the prevalent use of limitless poison on the Earth

Tarumitra students got engaged into the Organic Farming primarily as a protest against the prevalent use of limitless poison on the Earth

It may be mentioned that India resorted to Green Revolution in the sixties banking heavily on chemical fertilizers, ferocious pesticides and seeds from large corporations. It certainly made the country almost self sufficient, except that the deadly combinations of chemical fertilizers and pesticides poisoned the lands, its waters and rivers.

The State of Punjab in Western India who led the Green Revolution ended up in an uncontrollable  Cancer vortex.  Today a train “The Cancer Express” rolls out of Batinda in Punjab to a charitable cancer hospital in Bikaner in Rajasthan on a daily basis.

The high valued pricey Chemical fertilizers and deadly pesticides made the cultivation of staple foods  inordinately expensive. The result was that thousands of farmers committed suicides all over the country when there was a dry spell or a flash flood.  This has necessitated the government to indulge in large scale waiving of agricultural loans in billions.  

For six consecutive years Tarumitra students successfully completed the raising of the needed amount of rice and lentils.

For six consecutive years Tarumitra students successfully cultivated the needed amount of rice and lentils.

“Tarumitra got into Organic Farming seven years back to bring back health back to the dining table!” said the co-ordinator, Robert Athickal SJ.  “The students felt that they were purchasing diseases when they buy grains and fruits from the market.” added Fr. Robert

Being the founders of their green future, the students took deep interest in farming

Being the founders of their green future, the students took deep interest in farming

The concern for the poisoned sustenance food items kept coming back to the helpless students all these years. Tarumitra students felt that urgent action was the need of the hour. “We have successfully completed totally organic farming for rice and lentils last six years. The outcome has energized us to take upon more farming!” said Devopriya Dutta who co-ordinated the event today.

Robert Smith who is Tarumitra's representative at United Nations in New York joined the farming process!

Robert Smith who is Tarumitra’s representative at United Nations in New York joined the farming process!

Two American students from Lehigh University, Ms Angie Rizzo and Robert Smith also joined their counter parts in Patna for the entire cultivation work. Angie Rizzo was of the opinion that Organic farming was the right step to sustainable development. She said, “Students are the future of the planet and they should be sensitized about organic cultivation!” Robert Smith said that engaging oneself in farming such as paddy cultivation was being going closer to nature and it showed reverence to Mother Earth.

Devopriya Dutta (left) did her home work to pull in resources from all over to get the farm work to go regularly Devorpriya, Arushi, Marie D'Cruz, Akansha, Kalpana and Angie

Devopriya Dutta (left) did her home work to pull in resources from all over to get the farm work to go regularly
Devorpriya, Arushi, Marie D’Cruz, Akansha, Kalpana and Angie

Apart from students, teachers, interns, well-wishers and volunteers Shashi Darshan, D N Prasad, Arushi Lal, Neeraj , Gaurav along with Lalita and Sanju  were also present during this festive occasion.