posted on Apr, 12 2013 @ 03:33 AM
Rajasthan is land where girls are killed almost every day, with the worst statistics of female infanticide in India. This is the land of honour and
tradition. For example, in Rajasthan's Jaisalmer district, men prefer to keep their women behind veils, while their daughters are buried deep inside
But things are changing fast. Women's empowerment is the new mantra. No more are girls considered a liability to be disposed off even before they are
In an atmosphere where every morning, our newspapers greet us with stories of girls being tormented, killed or treated like a doormat in one way
or another, trust India's “village republics” to bring in some good news from time to time.
One such village in southern Rajasthan's Rajsamand district is quietly practicing its own, homegrown brand of Eco-feminism and achieving spectacular
For the last several years, Piplantri village panchayat (village council) has been saving girl children and increasing the green cover in and around
it at the same time.
Here, villagers plant 111 trees every time a girl is born and the community ensures these trees survive, attaining fruition as the girls grow
Over the last six years, people here have managed to plant over a quarter million trees on the village's grazing commons- inlcuding neem, sheesham,
mango, Amla among others.
But this village of 8,000 did not just stop at planting trees and greening their commons. To prevent these trees from being infested with termite,
the residents planted over two and a half million Aloevera plants around them.
Now these trees, especially the Aloevera, are a source of livelihood for several residents.
Gradually, they realized that aloevera could be processed and marketed in a variety of ways. So they invited some experts and asked them to train
their women. Now residents make and market aloevera products like juice, gel, pickle etc.
Fascinating stuff! Making the world a greener place to live in.
edit on 12-4-2013 by OrionHunterX because: (no reason given)