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Dharampal 95!

Dharampal would have been 95 today. What bothered him in the last years - 1) the inability of Indian researchers to pay attention to the vast emerging local language histories and narratives. "Listen to Ravindra Sharma", he used to say in wonderment of the amazing narrations that Ravindra Sharmaji made on the tribal life and their world views. While he followed the emergence of the local language narratives, he was also wary of engaging with people who adopted western academic glasses to interpret the local community or re-narrate the local histories. 2) the lack of vision and clarity in engaging with the Indian Ocean rim countries - he believed and held that India had a lot to contribute as well as learn from the countries in the 'Indian Ocean rim', a vast expanse of space that extended from the East African nations to the lands bordering the South China Sea. One of his favourite works of (the then) recent origin was the book, " 1421 " by Gavin Me

Traditional Seed Saver needs your help...

Dear All, A farmer saves 150 varieties of traditional paddy against all systemic odds because he believes that this needs to be done. A farmer whose work benefits many other farmers across the state and inspired others across the country.   Nel Jayaraman , is going through a health crisis that needs not just careful attention and much love, but, also financial help in this world that doesn’t care for people who do such work. It has been a privilege to have got to know him and about his work. Details regarding his ailment and financial help and how you can contribute are below in this mail. Helping such people is a way of sustaining faith that world cares for those who work for a larger cause. Every contribution sustains this faith. Please contribute. Thank you. ram chief, samanvaya From:  ananthoo organic [mailto: organicananthoo@gmail. com ]  Dear friends, kindly contribute and more importantly- circulate and get more contributions to help meet the medical exp