Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Sikkim aims to become 'fully organic' by 2015

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From: narasimham l mantha
Date: 21-Aug-12 10:10
To: Bharat Chandra (das) BRS (NC VAD Ministry - IN) [21172]
Hare Krishna
Dandavats Prabhuji

All Glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga,
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada,

Sikkim aims to become 'fully organic' by 2015
Sikkim, which started eco-friendly farming from a small area of land about a
decade ago, is set to become a fully organic state by 2015.
GANGTOK: Sikkim, which started eco-friendly farming from a small area of
about a decade ago, is set to become a fully organic state by 2015, a senior
state official has said.

"The entire state will be converted into a certified organic state by 2015.
schemes and policies are well tuned to realize that goal," Sikkim
Secretary Vishal Chauhan said.

According to him, structured organic farming started in the state in 2003
the government set up the dedicated Sikkim State Organic Board to promote
techniques that prohibit the use of manufactured synthetic fertilizers and

"Our chief ,minister, Pawan Chamling, had also introduced a resolution in
assembly seeking to convert entire farming in the state to organic. Now, our
farming relies on techniques such as green manure, compost, biological pest
control and crop rotation."

Over 8,000 hectares of land was covered under organic farming between 2003
2009. In a bid to make the state fully organic, various state government
agencies have been working in coordination.

The state government has completely stopped lifting of quota of chemical
fertilizers extended by the Government of India since 2006-07 and all sales
points for chemical fertilizers in public and private sector have been shut.

Sikkim government has also promoted large-scale use of bio-fertilisers and
provides certified manufactured organic manure to farmers as an alternative
their chemical substitures, Chauhan said.

In order to provide alternatives to farmers, 24,536 rural compost units and
14,487 vermi-compost units were constructed in farmers' fields till 2009.

The bio-village programme was also adopted in 2003 and around 400 villages
adopted by the state government till 2009 to benefit some 14,000 farmers and
14,000 acres of land in four districts of the state.

"We have also launched the comprehensive 'Sikkim Organic Mission' as a nodal
agency to implement and monitor the programme in time-bound manner. A
state-level apex body with the chief minister as its chair oversees the
implementation," the official said.

"Under the new initiative, the government has set a target to implement
fully-organic farming technique by 2015. Organic products sell at a premium,
which will benefit over 50,000 families in the state and promote organic

According to latest data, Sikkim produces some 80,000 million tonnes of farm
products, including 45,890 million tonnes of ginger, 3,510 million tonnes of
large cardamom, 2,790 million tonnes of turmeric, 4,100 million tonnes of
buckwheat, 3,210 million tonnes of urad daal and 20,110 million tonnes of
mandarin oranges. Significant portion of these products are already organic.

Your Eternal Servant
Lala Krishna Das.
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Revolutionary Organic farming

Thanks to Gajanand Agarwalji for this article!...

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From: Gajanand Agarwal
Subject: 23 August 2012:- Revolutionary Organic farming

*My Serious Request To Your self .Below Information is intended for
education purpose and has no underlying motives to do any Business with
yourself or Do any Kind of financial transaction.
Kindly Please Do not misunderstand me

**Below Information is valid for all the people living on this planet
earth,and if you do a right choice of the land by checking whether reports
, soil reports , you can benefit more then Sadananda,
I have Proofs with Organic farming , there are many rich farmers in every
city ! which has basic things required for farming (cow dung ,Land which
floodless & Snowless,atleast few months a year ! with sun shine )*

Srila Prabhupada Said if you have 1 Acre & 1 cow Then you can Live
happily and with The email article and i have proved that it is really
more then sufficient for a family !
i began my research on 19 july 2012 during my Visit to Govardhan eco village
, managed by iskcon chowpatty . in just 1 month i have gained full
confidence that Srila Prabhupada exactly gave the best Vision for our
society (ISKCON) Varnasharam Dharm , Farming community etc since ultimately
in the Coming Future Farmers will be Richest People or i would people who
own most amount of organic agricultural land !

You can Forward this Information to your friends who may have the highest
interest in reading this article!

*Article :- Revolutionary organic Farming !*

Hare Krishna
All Glories To Shrila Prabhupada
Please Accept My Humble Obeisiences
Dandavat Pranam

Respected Guruji ,
Since last 12 Years i have been into Various Businesses Like Information
technology ( website & software ) ,Telecom ,Finance & Cloth Businesses
(manufacturing, our 40 year old family business).

Recently i was attracted by Agricultural Business in india Especially
Organic Farming ,

Since i am Born Marwari ,We Marwaris When we Try to Research on any
Business , We First try to find out who has made Maximum profit from the
Same Business ,
So i did as well and i found out information about Mr Sadanandaji from
karnataka ,Gauribidanur

Using Smart Techniques/Brains , Sadanandji has been able to achieve a
Profit of $21000/ per acre that is total approx $42,000 dollars in his 2
acre Farm by doing Organic farming

More to it, as per the indias Soil Conditions are Considered , He is not
even having the best Soil of india which is in Karnataka as compared to
other best soil in the country
Karnataka is not even considered among top 8 States accounted for
agriculture contributions in the country

as per my research as below link , maharashtra is a best destination for
agriculture in india ,

more over ,the type of soil good for agriculture is also called loamy soil
which is also found on the coast of maharashtra you can see the map
it shows Loam soil found in Coastal region of Maharashtra

So My Logic was normally a business which gives a Profit return on
investment upto 25% year is Considered Good
Now Agricultural Land with Loamy Soil near river in maharashtra is
available for only $1200 /acre onwards ,
So by using Sadanandjis Technique of Organic farming
We can Make 30 times Profit every year on our investment

Moreover land prices of your owned asset increases in time and You can have
1000 times appreciation on your land investment in time
So Technically no risk ! only gain !

My priority is to buy something near a river /dam with Loam soil for
organic farming


This is a intense website of people who are serious about farming ,

i am also in talking terms with agriculture scientist and we are discussing
how we can maximise return with any agriculture land so even the land which
are not considered good for particular crops , can be considered ,

as per my research i shall choose organic Herbal medicine plantation since
, it is the most profitable.

Fruits Like Noni are in Great demand and even our devotee friend owner of
Lupin group Desh bandhuji has also started noni drink manufacturing on a
large scale

another supported fact about profiting with noni :)

as per the land offers i have received from various villages /farmers in
maharashtra from price of range of $900/acre to $ 5000/acre , i am
thinking hard about chiplun which also means Abode of Lord Parshuram

There is 100 thousand acres of land available for sale /400 sq kilomteres
(size of Mumbai ) in this coastal areas of Maharashtra and if we all
devotees can buy this land and use it for organic farming , we can later
convert this area into Worlds First Vedic city

This is just for your info , may be we can do more better then this farmer
Sadanandaji at ANY ISKCON FARM COMMUNITY in the world

My Vision is ISKCON should become a independent fund sufficient community
which may not need funds from outside to survive and grow at 25% to 50%
per year

Very interesting documentaries

Bhaskar Save International award winner *

*Deepak Suchde*
Alexander Petroff !! a Famous Talk at Ted *

Alexander Petroff -- Building a sustainable village in the Congo -

TEDxEast - Alex Petroff - Farming Peace and Ending Poverty, Eastern Congo's
Hidden Gem -


A full fledged City Farmer my friend vipul


Who says one needs land to grow vegetables?
And who feels that Organic farming practices do not give sufficient yields?

A visit to our enthusiastic member Vipul Sanghvi's terrace will put to rest
any such doubts.

After dedicatedly making Amrut Mitti for a year

the roof top garden in a span of six months resembles a food forest.

Renamed as the 'Kasturi Vaatika', this space of about 1000 sft. has been
consistently yielding vegetables – enough to sustain 3 or 4 families' daily


So deep is Vipul's love for the plants

that he often refuses to undertake trimming of his plants. This creates
such dense & shaded patches, it almost resembles a forest.

And the terrace is utilised not just for growing Fruits & Vegetables..

......, but also for flowering plants.


These flowers attract bees and other insects which effectively pollinate
the plants, thereby providing such bounty of fruits.

And of course there are some star attractions as well - the fiery tabasco
peppers, the corn and the young pomegranate.
All in all, he has managed to recreate a paradise in the concrete city.


A star student, a dedicated sincere volunteer Vipul has set an example.
Are you motivated to follow?

A few blow up of the photographs, as suggested by our readers


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Monday, 20 August 2012

Rare Spectacle of Complex a Joint Family

Karnataka: 135 members of 750-year-old dynasty live under one roof

Mangalore: In an era of nuclear families, the complex joint family at Vittal
Aramane's (palace) is a rare spectacle. The size of this extended family,
which consists of 135 members, ensures that there is never a dull moment in
the 30-room building. The families, who have separate kitchens, get together
on festive occasions. The practice of a matrilineal system in the family
where a girl marries her mother's brother has prevented descendants from
leaving the fold.

Besides, an adoption process started by Ravivarma Narasimha Raja, that left
10 children as his successors between 1873-1934, was another reason for the
descendants residing together and becoming a unique example of a complex
joint family. Further, owing to a genetic trait, most of the family members
are less than five feet tall. This has made them shy and reluctant to mingle
with the outside world.

The inmates of the one-storey Vittal Aramane, living as commoners, are
actually descendants of the royal Arasu dynasty, which has a history of 750
years, making it more ancient than Wodeyar dynasty. Descendants of the
dynasty, Janardana Varma Arasa (79) the oldest living member of the family,
and Nanda Varma Arasa said the dynasty was known not for its wars but for
Karnataka: 135 members of 750-year-old dynasty live under one roof

Historians like the late Ganapathi Rao Aigal, B A Salethore and Gururaja
Bhat had highlighted the wars waged by Hyder Ali against Vittal in 1768 and
Tipu Sultan in 1784 but there is not a single instance of Vittal kings
declaring war.

Two stone pillars are the only relics of a magnificent palace burnt down by
Tipu's army. The present Vittal Aramane, located 150 metres from these
remains, was built in 1800.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Forum for Research in Oriental Sciences & Technologies (FROST)

Congratulations and Thanks to Dr.Vijay Bhat for this good news about
formation of FROST!

"FROST" stands for Forum for Research in Oriental Sciences & Technologies.
This is an invitation to the inauguration event of formation of FROST in
PUNE, India.


Date: August 12, 2012

Time has come to reinvent the natural science and wisdom in the ancient
Indian texts,through modern science perspectives. This will help us to
develop new nature friendly, cost effective technologies for the future.

With this as a major objective, some prestigious academic and research
institutions in Pune have joined hands to form 'Forum for Research in
Oriental Sciences & Technologies (F.R.O.S.T.). The inaugural function of the
forum is scheduled on August 20, 2012.

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, eminent computer scientist shall preside over and Mr.
Anil M. Datar, Director - A.R.D.E., is chief guest of this function. You are
cordially invited to attend.

Venue: A.V. Hall, Abasaheb Garware College, Pune
Timing: 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Shri. Visubhau Gurjar (Dyan Prabodhini),
Dr. V. Gholap (Vidnyan Bharati),
Dr. Girish Pathade (Ferguson College),
Dr. Pravin Deshpande (C.O.E.P.),
Dr. Pramod Moghe (Retd. Senior Scientist, N.C.L.),
Dr. Jayashree Sathe (Deccan College),
Mr. Arun Barve (B.O.R.I.), Dr. Saroja Bhate (Anandashram)
Dr. Bhagyalata Pataskar (Vedic Sanshodhan Mandal)
Mr. Satish B. Kulkarni (Pradnya Vikas Shikshan Sanstha)

Monday, 6 August 2012

In their homes, Sanskrit is not lost in translation

In the Gajjar household, the day begins with a suprahbatam and ends with a shubhratri. To the uninitiated, the two italicised words may sound like Hindi but are in fact Sanskrit version of good morning and good night.
The Gajjar’s are just a handful of families (48) in the city and state trying to keep alive Sanskrit through regular use in everyday conversation. In fact, Satish Gajjar and his family converse only in Sanskrit. The 38-year-old resident of Surendranagar said he took to the practice eight years ago.
“When I married, my wife Gayatri did not know the language. But as I insisted on only speaking in it she too learned it. The first year was difficult but then she took picked it up,” said Gajjar. Incidentally, he speaks to his parents in Gujarati.
His 8-year-old daughter Devki and 3-year-old son Vidit also converse with their parents in Sanskrit. “Vidit is too young to converse but whatever words he has learned so far all are in Sanskrit and hence follows it brilliantly,” said Gajjar.
When asked if he doesn’t worry about his children being affected by the use of a language that majority don’t use, he said, “They study in Gujarati medium and are fluent in it as well. Sanskrit is like any other language, the only difference being it is not much in vogue but I don’t think speaking it puts my children at any disadvantage whatsoever,” said Gajjar.
Mihir Upadhyay, a Sanskrit teacher, is another man who uses the language to converse at home. “At times, we do take to speaking in Gujarati but Sanskrit remains the dominant language at home. My wife is a Sanskrit teacher as well and hence it is easy for us,” said Upadhyay. He said, in all, there are around 48 families in the state trying to keep alive the language through regular use.
“My mother learned the language from me and now we often converse in it,” said Upadhyay.


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