Category Archives: Rural Village Life

Natural Farming at Aman Bagh Part III: 2014-2017

Our intensive farm operations continued, alongside a growing understanding of strategic issues. I started to understand the core message from Albert Howard and other natural farming pioneers: the forest is nature’s farm. No one waters the forest, no one manures … Continue reading

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Natural Farming at Aman Bagh: an Introduction

Farming Feeds Natural farming has been a journey of self-discovery and transformation since I first applied the sustainable ways of my peasant ancestors in early 2012 on 6 acres at Aman Bagh in south Haryana. My journey commenced with a … Continue reading

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Why do Farmers Protest?

Why do Farmers Protest?

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A Sustainable Village Life

Sustainable farming is variously called organic, natural, biodynamic or permaculture; all of which are overlapping methods and systems to feed ourselves mindfully. Each system brings something for a farmer and consumer to understand, absorb and practice. A sustainable agricultural life … Continue reading

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Mangarbani: The fight to keep Delhi’s last sacred forest alive

Mangarbani, Delhi’s last sacred forest is located in the Aravalli range that runs through Haryana, ending in Delhi. Mining and Urban Development pose a threat to the forest which many say is the green lung of the National Capital Region. … Continue reading

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The Disappeared Village

Three articles in the Indian Express last week caught my imagination. The first two are worth reading for alternate views of what is going on in India today, and the third by Himanshu of JNU for what went on in … Continue reading

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When Chameli Died, and Was Born Again

It was devastating news, in the early morning of 2 May. A shaky voiced Sattar was on the line,  Chameli had just died. She was a beautiful Sahiwal, partly cross bred as purity in Indian breeds is now only in the history … Continue reading

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Vasanta Ritu, Spring in my Step

The Indian Spring – Basant Ritu – is upon us from the 23rd of March, and the flowers are in full bloom. Another winter – Shishir Ritu –  has been wistfully bid adieu as we gird up for the onslaught of heat – … Continue reading

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Backward in Muzaffarnagar

A visit to the heart of the recent communal conflict in Muzaffarnagar confirmed two truths – that the rural, peasant Jat is polarized along religious lines; and that he is rudderless on how to progress in the 21st Century. The … Continue reading

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Shri Bhupinder Hooda and Mr. Larry Bossidy

Judging by the full-page advertisements released by the Congress government on 1 January 2014, Haryana’s population is in a state of bliss with free medical care and medicines, cattle loans, loan interest waivers, crop insurance and what have you. The … Continue reading

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