vknardep, From Green Warrior to Inner ChangeKhalil Gibran (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese-American writer, poet and visual artist, also considered a philosopher although he himself rejected this title in his lifetime. He is best known as the author of The Prophet, which was first published in the United States in 1923 and is one of the best-selling books of all time. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.
In this month we have covered Green Warrior – Chandi Prasad Bhatt

In happenings section, we have included various training programmes such as: (i) Terrace garden (ii) Vermi technology (iii) Varma Bone setting practices  (iv) Cowdung and Biomass based portable Bio-methanation technology and usual Networking.
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In the wisdom section, Satish Kumar, An Indian British activist explains James Lovelock’s concept of Gaia. Wendy Tyndale Researcher for the World Faiths Development Dialogue says that Contentment is the key to the happiness and finally Kamala Chowdhry, an eminent environmentalist emphasizes that Inner Change is a must for Sustainable Development. For reading the newsletter, please click here.

October 2019

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Albert Schweitzer (January 14, 1875) was born into an Alsatian family.He obtained a doctorate in philosophy in 1899.Then he worked as a preacher in various capacities up to 1912. Along with church activities, he continued with a distinguished musical career initiated at an early age with piano and organ lessons. He was internationally recognized as a concert organist. Schweitzer wrote a biography of Bach as well as book on organ building and playing.

He decided to go to Africa as a medical missionary rather than as a pastor and so began his studiesin medicine at the University of Strasbourg. After completing his M.D., he founded his hospital at Lambaréné in French Equatorial Africa in the year 1913. The hospital expanded by leaps and bounds and by 1960, it became 500 bedded residential hospitals.

September 2019

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Rabindranath Tagore ( 7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941)also known as Gurudev,was a polymath, poet, musician, and artist. He reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of the "profoundly sensitive, fresh and beautiful verse" of Gitanjali, he became in 1913 the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Tagore's poetic songs were viewed as a spiritual and mercurial; however, his "elegant prose and magical poetry" remain largely unknown outside Bengal. He is sometimes referred to as "the Bard of Bengal".

His legacy also endures in the institution he founded, Visva-Bharati University.  His compositions were chosen by two nations as national anthems: India's Jana Gana Mana and Bangladesh's Amar Sonar Bangla. The Sri Lankan national anthem was inspired by his work.In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

August 2019


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Chanakya was an ancient Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor. He is traditionally identified as Kauṭilya or Vishnugupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra, a text dated to roughly between the 2nd century BCE and the 3rd century CE. As such, he is considered the pioneer in the field of political science and economics in India.

Chanakya assisted the first Mauryan emperor Chandragupta in his rise to power. He is widely credited for having played an important role in the establishment of the Maurya Empire. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

June 2019

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Stephen William Hawking(8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author.
He predicted that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was a vigorous supporter of the manyworlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. Hawking is known all over the world through his book ‘A Brief History of Time’ appeared on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks.

In 1963, Hawking was diagnosed with an early-onset, slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease (MND), that gradually paralysed him over the decades. Even after the loss of his speech, he was still able to communicate through a speech-generating device. He died on 14 March 2018 at the age of 76, after living with the disease for more than 50 years. In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

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vknardep, From Green Warrior to Inner ChangeAlbert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) as we all know was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory. His intellectual achievements and originality have made the word "Einstein" synonymous with "genius". In this issue, we have given some of his quotable quotes.

In this month we have given inspiring Japanese story – Put a Shark in your tank

In happenings section, we have included various training programmes such as: (i) Organic farming (ii) Growth hormones and Bio-pesticides (iii) Varma Kalari (iv) Bio-methanation technology (v) Commissioning of Kitchen waste based portable Bio-methanation plants (vi) Paper presentation and usual Networking.
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In the wisdom section, Carl Simonton, who is famous for his unproven cancer treatment methods deplores – ‘Medicalization of Life’. Stanislav Grof and R.D.Laing, Czech and Scottish psychiatrists tells us a profound connection between ‘Ecology and Spirituality’. E.F.Schumacher makes a distinction between ‘Science of understanding’ and ‘Science of Manipulation’. 

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vknardep, medical traditions to metamorphosisThis month in our newsletter you can see how the local traditions can be revived for the protection of the bio-diversity and social coherence. What we have presented are excerpts from our publication, published as part of 'Green Rameshwaram' and the UNICEF WaSH initiative. They are also part of the panels in the awareness creation exhibition conducted at  various places in the island of Rameshwaram. In our 'Happenings'
vknardep, medical traditions to metamorphosis we have Azolla workshop, workshops on indigenous Varma-Bone setting techniques, Bio-methanation plant training and awareness camps. In the ethnic medicine workshop a documentation CD of the Varma techniques was released. In Green Rameshwaram we have college students from Kanyakumari district coming and participating in the cleaning campaign. In the publication we have excerpt from Samagra Vikas which is about management of the urban waste through recycling of the organic matter. It is an excerpt from the article by Gary Gardner on recycling of organic wastes.

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This month newsletter brings you an excerpt from our newly published book on renewable energy. It shows graphically the renewable energy scenario and also the way we can tackle the energy problem through innovative and creative solutions.  Apart from the renewable energy statistics of the nation we also present in the excerpt decentralized energy solutions like Bio-methanation plant and also wind energy systems. In the 'Green Rameshwaram' project both are relevant. The book has been published as part of the 'Green Rameshwaram' project and sponsored by UNICEF's 'Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) initiative.  In fact 11 books have been published by VK-nardep under the WaSH initiative of UNICEF under the Green Rameshwaram project and our newsletter will introduce them all one by one.

Meanwhile under the UNICEF initiative we have been conducting street plays to sensitize the public as well as the pilgrims about the need for 'Green Rameshwaram'.  Read about the local youths conducting street plays to take the message of green and clean Rameshwaram to the public. They are not professionals but they are fired with zeal and determination and are doing a wonderful job of disseminating the messages of tree planting to cleaning the beaches of Rameshwaram.