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We can go home – IDEA

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 30th April 2011

This is open discussion thread started with intention to have like minded people discussing solution to the common problem.

There are many like me in the Urban Areas who are struggling hard to get back to the village, where their roots are.

A remote village in Orissa

I left my village at the age of 16, after SSC, in 1999. Since then I’m a Non Resident Villager. It pains like hell when I eat sub-standard food, breath worst air and sleep under fan/AC, only to get headache. It never gave me a sense of fulfillment being in city. I’m living in Pune for almost 10 Years now, but never felt the situation is improving. Living standards are deteriorating drastically, making it highly polluted (Air, Noise, Water) and unlivable.

Alright. So situation is worst. What can we do? How can we break the barrier, fear? How can we go back to our beloved home? Can we not shift permanently to village of origin/love? No I’m not saying after retirement, I mean to live the life now. I think YES, we can go back and be successful there too.

But Then What stops (most of) us from going back?

  • Consistent Income Source
  • Employment Opportunity
  • Growth Opportunity

So friends lets start sharing ideas about it.

Business ideas I’ve been thinking:

  1. Milk business (Project plan is ready)
  2. Calves Raring (Project Plan is ready)
  3. Rural BPO (Few ideas are in my mind)
  4. Oil Extraction (Project Plan is ready)
  5. Sanitary Napkins (Nirmal brand from Solapur)
  6. Vegetable Supply Chain (Organic fresh veg contract farming)
  7. Farmer Consultancy to improve production and market at better price
  8. Training centers (10th, 12th, Entrance Preparation)
  9. Food processing (Pickles, Papad, Chips)
  10. Eco construction material (like TARA Machines)
  11. Educational institutions (Schools, Colleges, Vocational)
  12. Storage facilities

Please share. If you’ve any further ideas. If you are working in same area. Above all we have to realize power of now.

ARISE, AWAKE and ALIGN

Jai Bharat!

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pointReturn

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 29th April 2011

I thank Shantanuji for his post “The Amazing story of pointReturn“. This post gave me hope that I can be free one day and will be able to pursue my dreams. This gave me inspiration to strive for what you love. I’m reproducing the post here.

Sh Sridharan, founder & author of “GoodNewsIndia“, ventured on the journey to get back to roots, close to nature. Here is very inspiring and exceptional story in his own words.

pointReturn

Courtesy: pointReturn

…In 1980 I had the same urge as I did in 2003 and now again, in May,2006. Bereavements seem to nudge me to return to land in a fundamental way.

In 1980 I heeded the call. I was a total illiterate in the ways of nature. I was a mere refugee running away from a heart-break. Shaku, my wife had died in 1978. We were both 36 and in the event, something snapped inside me. I wanted time-out to ruminate.

I bought 6.5 acres of barren sands by the sea near Chennai [-then known as ‘Madras’] and groped my way towards greening it. I built a sail windmill to pump water, endured -and enjoyed- being without electricity, money or a social life. The silent spaces and the coconut and other trees inching their way up made enough amends.

Magically, money, friendships, learning and a new confidence began to arrive. I realised that far from me growing the trees, they were growing me. I growed.

Along the way, a conviction also grew that the world was moving too far away from the land. While technologies that lead to sustainable, permanent, people- and nature- friendly solutions are beneficial, those that are mere fixes can lead us in a wrong path. To give a quick example, plastic shopping bags are a menace while technologies that make a cloth bag possible -weaving and sewing- are essential and welcome.

I tried and failed in an endeavour to develop a Stirling engine of my own design but that only reinforced my anxiety about our ways with energy use. What could I personally do?

In the late 1990s, the Internet arrived. I saw the point of it almost instantly, and felt an exhilaration a sailor adrift at sea might on sighting land. Learning, connecting, expressing and growing were at once possible for anyone. 56 kbps rickety, dial-up lines and first version of Netscape Navigator did nothing to abate my excitement on discovering the Internet in 1996, at a net cafe paying Rs.70 an hour.

The GoodNewsIndia website was born in 2000. Publishing it has been my tribute to what may be ‘the good work’. I discovered many people all over India, pegging away at their missions and solutions.

It seemed a good way to spend the rest of my life… travelling, meeting people, writing about them, mining the Internet, watching India change. But after a time, that too felt inadequate.

…Then in just 8 months following July 2002, a young nephew and his sister were carried away by cancer. I was at inflexion point again. I was 60 now and realised I was entering the last lap of my life. There was the farm, now worth sinfully high prices thanks to the economic boom but the same boom was also ruining my peace. Development for tourism and leisure homes were destroying old habitats and the environment. Over a hundred swimming pools were built in the mid-90s in a 5km stretch of the coast near me. The spanking new East Coast Road was ruinously changing values.

Death of my nephew and niece, made me want to go away again. I began to look for land farther south. The ones I liked were unaffordable. For a wealthy man, I had little money to spend. I was too attached to my green acres even though high decibel levels around me were making me tense and restless. Most of my money was locked. My wallet was skinny.

Stories in GoodNewsIndia were more and more on the environment. I was gathering news of many endeavours, but I was too bound to what I had achieved over 26 years with the land, to be able to let go, move away and start again.

The moment in 2003, to buy land passed.

…I started the GoodNewsIndia Foundation instead, reasoning what I can’t do myself, I will support from outside. Three foci had emerged in 2002 and have remained till now. The Foundation will give money to support …

  • Sustainable solutions for water and its use
  • Energy solutions based on oils derived from trees, and
  • Making the Right to Information Act a widely used utility.

There could be other approaches, but I will stick with these three: they are my essential molecules to build a fair, new India

…Father died on May 3, 2006. He was 89 and went in peace. Predictably, the urge to buy land and start again has returned.

But this time, there is no pathos.

I will heed the call for several other reasons:

  • My three concerns of water, energy and transparency are in deeper need of direct, personal commitment
  • I am utterly single and alone in this world and at 65, beginning to pant a bit as I run my last lap. If I don’t bite the bullet now, I never will and so, will go unfulfilled.
  • My green patch created over 26 years in Muttukkadu is marooned ever more in an emerging urban chaos. I am ready to sell out and so find the money to pay for my dream
  • Spending my money on an idea like pointReturn might be a better legacy than leaving money in the bank
  • Publishing GoodNewsIndia has taught me many lessons and shown me many ways to show-case solutions in the three areas of my concern.
  • Though I am a recluse and not a great team man, the Internet will make up for this flaw and find me friends, help and volunteers.

So I will take the jump.

…I have had a glimpse of the bugler in the near distance wetting and readying his lips to blow me the last call. And that concentrates the mind like few other things can.

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This although isn’t my dream. But it needs same action. We’ve (Me and Aditya Patil) been thinking and working on the idea where migrants from the villages to the city will be encouraged, assisted to settle back in villages. That will include business, job assistance. But we wish to encourage mostly those who are willing to be rural entrepreneurs supporting local economy by using local resources. This is in order to make sustainable village models. Stay tuned for this by registering here. I’ll soon start a thread open for all to discuss and share what can be done to take it to next level.

Original Post: The amazing story of pointReturn

Jai Bharat!

Disclaimer: I’ve copied the contents as it is.

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24Hrs Helpline to Support Victims of Honor Killing

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 23rd April 2011

I came across this news from a forwarded e-mail. I find this as my responsibility to make spread it as much as possible.

Initiative: A 24hrs round the clock helpline has been started to support victims of honor killing

“A dedicated round-the-clock helpline number, e-mail and postal support” said team member Dr. Ashu Kumar
from AIIMS on Friday.

Numbers: 09891082658, 09015216082, 09650537374

EMAIL: aiims.ashu@gmail.com

Who Started: “Human Rescue Team” AIIMS

What:

The people who have dared to swim against the tide have been attacked by extremists brutally. We have to reach out to them. Moreover, the law has to become stringent with such criminals. Another important area is arrangement of counselling for such families who come under the influence of social extremists and exercise brutality on their own loved ones. The media and local activists too play a very important role in spreading the message,” noted a release issued by the group.

Shocking:

“According to rough statistics, about a thousand young people have been killed for saving the honour of castes in the last year(2010) in the country and the number, along with the cruelty of these murders, seems to be ever increasing,” added Dr. Ashu kumar AIIMS New Delhi

This is disgusting. People are being killed in honor of the caste? What the hell is govt doing? Arent they punishing the culprits?

Finally. Thank you very much to Dr. Ashu Kumar from AIIMS for this initiative.

I request everyone reading this to please spread this so that more and more people can be benefitted from such initiative.

Jai Bharat!

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Help us promote

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 22nd April 2011

Dear Friend,

I am excited to share with you that our entry iKnowledge Academy has been shortlisted for the Indian Angel Network Boot-camp to be held on 30th April, 2011 in Pune.

Shortlisted for INA Boot-Camp

We are now just a few steps away from validating our idea, finding mentors and with a possible seed-funding as well through this boot-camp. We need your support to advance to next level and to pitch on the D-Day at the bot-camp.

Please vote for our entry by following these steps –
1. ‘Like’ the Boot-camp Facebook Page where the shortlist is announced : http://goo.gl/kVHZ7
2. ‘Like’ iKnowledge Academy photo {http://on.fb.me/i-knowledge2} in the Pune Boot-camp Shortlisted Ideas album.
3. Please help me spread the word
Thanks for your support!
For more details on the boot-camp visit – www.boot-camp.in

Best Regards,
संदीप नारायण शेळके, http://i-Knowledge.in/

P.S. Sorry for the commercial entry on my blog. But this is one such venture where I’ve bated all my weight and want it to succeed to become fully available for my political activities. I hope you dont mind.

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Bill Gates: Either you donate and forget or dont donate at all

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 17th April 2011

I came across this article “Dark side of giving: The rise of philanthro-capitalism”This articles talks about the probable hidden agendas of philanthopists.
“Most African [Bharatiy too] leaders are only keen on projecting the agony of their people for international support in dollars,” laments Som Pal. “A complete nexus between institutions, large corporations and narrow, vested interests are at work.”
Elements of this trend can be seen in Bharat too.This isn’t disturbing. As we know our political leaders look at everything as money vending machines.

Som Pal continues “They are using the pitiable condition of the African people to get a foothold into the continent. Their large philanthropic resources are being utilised to further the interests of business.” In countries with weak governance mechanisms, like in Africa, it becomes a lot easier.

I’m not against using their resources for the business purposes but once the money is donated for philanthropy then why to bring business interest in it. Either you donate and forget or dont donate at all.

The Gates Foundation’s sheer clout is taking it, intentionally or unintentionally, to places where policy, business and philanthropy intersect. There are its business and investment links with large companies that are driven by the profit motive. There is its growing stranglehold in the policy-making space across emerging markets, especially in education, healthcare and agriculture.

The Gates Foundation invested $23.1-million  in Monsanto, the world’s largest producer of GM seeds.

Civil society organisations see it as vindication of what they had always suspected: the unstated agenda of pushing GM crops into Africa

Public health activist Mira Shiva says:

Doubts about his (Bill Gates) larger motives, despite some good outcomes of his charity, are beginning to cloud my thinking,” concedes Mira.  “It’s a crisis of accountability today,” says Shiva. “It’s no more accountability of corporations or philanthropists alone; the government too has a lot to answer.”

Two emails sent by ET to the Gates Foundation, on December 29 and March 22, went unanswered.

Courtesy: ET

Monsanto in Gates’ clothing‘ Eric Holt-Gimenez:

He points out that about 80% of the Gates Foundation’s allocation to Kenya has gone into biotech research; in 2008, about 30% of its agri-development funds went into promoting and developing GM seeds.

Gates foundation open to initiatives in Bihar agriculture sector

Bill Gates announced Wednesday in Patna the Foundation is interested in expanding cooperation to agricultural sector in Bihar. He goes on to say “want to expand scope of phylanthropy in Bharat

Interestingly “Gates foundation to stop funding HIV programmes“. Do we need to be carefull about this step seeing what he is supporting in Rawanda, African countries?

Some serious questions arise about the intentions of such philanthropists. This kind of attitude and behavior isn’t ethical.

Jai Bharat!

Related Posts: Genetically Modified – Is it really horrowing? and Why farmers commit suicide?

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Fact about name “India”

Posted by Sandeep Shelke on 15th April 2011

“Name ‘India’ came into being because outsiders could not

pronounce Sindhu and started calling ‘Indu’ instead.  ‘India’

name born out of incompetence.”

Bharat Mata

I’m not comfortable in following incompetent. Moreover that there isn’t any reason why should one follow outsider’s convenience. Let them call whatever but lets pledge to be perfect. We can correct the mistake and there is no need to stick to it. Lets throw away the slavery of thoughts and create our own.

Lets call it ‘BhaRata’ which means  “Devoted to light (against darkness) and knowledge”

Few insights:

  • Indian was a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
  • Indian is a native inhabitant of North America (see also Red Indian at red), Central or South America
  • India is the native place in terms of Europeans

More on this as and when time permits.

Jai Bharat!

Few interesting articles
Let India become Bharat“,
Comment Explaining word BhaRat“,
Mother India and Modern India“,
Hindu, India and Bharat…”,
Origin of the word Hindu“,
Prelude of Bharat…“,
The idea behind India

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