Newsletter - June 2021
‘Padma Shri’ (2019), Jamuna Tudu is an environmental activist. She is called ‘Lady Tarzan’ for taking on the Timber mafias and Naxals in Jharkhand. Tudu is also the founder of “Van Suraksha Samiti’ which prevents illegal felling of trees near her village in Jharkhand.
Jamuna’s quest with forest conservation started in the year 2000. Hailing from Mathurgham- Chakulia village of East Singhbum district in Jharkhand, she noticed that many trees were being illegally cut in the nearby forests by a forest mafia.
It was even more disturbing for Tudu that none from her community were doing anything against it. So, she decided to single-handedly take up the task by herself.
Armed with sticks, Jamuna went after the woodcutters. Within a few years, many women from the neighbourhood also joined. They started patrolling the forests, carrying arrows, bows, sticks to fight the mafia and to protect the 50-hectare forest around the village.
Now with over 60 active women members, the Forest Safety Committee she founded supervise the jungle in the morning, afternoon and evening, in three shifts. Often when the Mafia tries to set fire to the forest in the darkness, they also pay visits at night.
Her efforts have led to great results. The whole community calls her “Lady Tarzan” because of her courage, and supports her in the initiatives. Despite facing death threats from timber mafia and even her village men, she did not stop her efforts in protecting the forests from getting destroyed.
Over the last 20 years, she has saved over 50 acres of forest across 300 villages in Jharkhand. The Jharkhand Armed Police works with her in protecting the forests. Considering her initiatives, the forest department has adopted the Mathurgham village, where it now provides water supply and school facilities.
Taking inspiration from Tudu, the village women now consider trees as their brothers. They plant 18 trees when a girl is born, and 10 trees when a girl gets married in the village.
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We at Rameswaram also would like to emulate the example of Smt.Jamuna Tudu by increasing the green cover as a carbon sink in the coming years.This month’s newsletter has the following highlights:
- Dr. Sanjay Banerji in his blog wants the role of Nature as Stakeholder in the development paradigm.
- Shri.Rangarajan, Chennai writes about a rare book – ‘Dhevaiula’ on Ramanathaswami.
- Regular Solid waste management work by - Hand in Hand Inclusive Development Services, Chennai.
- Dr.A.Abirami, Programme Officer of C.P.R. Environmental Educational Center writes about the herbal plant – Adhatoda .
- In Social capital our service to the community during the 2nd wave of the pandemic continued by way of distribution of Kaphasura Kudineer, Nilavembu Kasayam to villagers and online yoga class for the elders to increase their Innate Immunity and finally 'Green Rameswaram newsletter’ by the students and for the students of Rameswaram
With best wishes,Editorial Team
Green Rameswaram Project
Rameswaram - 623526
Ph: 04573 - 222296(office)
Nature as Stakeholder
Last month, we finished discussions on the 17 SDGs. I felt an urge to continue the blog series. I plan to continue sharing my thoughts related to Sustainable Development, with a fond hope that you find them interesting.
This month, I wish to put forth an idea that mankind should treat Nature as an important stakeholder. Merriam Webster dictionary defines a ‘Stakeholder’ as ‘one who is involved in or affected by a course of action’. Generally speaking, we are used to considering only human beings and groups of them as stakeholders. However, the Pandemic has forced human beings to consider all non-human existence on Mother Earth, both living and non-living as important entities, and this prompted me to float this idea of considering Nature as a stakeholder.
A Rare book - Dhevaiula on Ramanathaswami
Om Namo Narayana!
This classical work on Sri Ramanatha Swami of Rameswaram was composed by “Palapattadai Chokkanatha Pillai”. This work was discovered by Sri U.Ve. Saminatha Iyer after comparing multiple versions. He also wrote a commentary on this rare text.
(Composed by Sri Appar/ Thirunavukkarasu Nayanar, Thevaram, 4th Canto of Thirumurai)
Solid Waste Management
A Message A Day Programme
Door-to-Door Collection and Garbage Segregation
Herbal Garden (Muligai Vanam)
Distribution and Habitat
Adhatoda (Justicia adhatoda L.) is a small, shrub, evergreen plant that belongs to the Acanthaceae family. It is widely distributed throughout the tropical regions of South East Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Burma. It is found upto1300m above sea level in lower Himalayas. It usually grows well along road side, dry and waste places and stony soil. Normally, the plant ranges from 50cm to 90cm in height. Leaves are minute hairy, lanceolate and broad. Flowers are white with pink, red or white spots or streaks; calyx is hairy and deeply divided into 5 lobes. Fruits are young having club-shaped capsules.