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Narayan Desai (1924 - 2015)
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Narayan Desai, writing at his desk in December 2014
On Saturday 14 March, Swati Desai heard from her parents who had visited the Sampurna Kranti Vidyalaya in Veddchi that "Narayanbhai was in a real good mood today."  The next day, she was on the way to Veddchi with her family to attend his funeral.   Though no relation, she was one of several generations of activists whose training in peace, justice, environment and sustainable livelihoods drew inspiration and strength from the man known as "India's Tallest Gandhian."

Scholar, storyteller, teacher, land-gift activist and lifelong worker for peace, Narayan Desai, fondly known as Narayanbhai passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family at home.  Many thousands of people have been touched by his works through the Sampurna Kranti Vidyalaya (Institute for Total Revolution), which he founded, and his oral and written historical works including the biography of Mahatma Gandhi begun by his father, and "Gandhi Katha" which he performed throughout India.  He was involved in the movement against war and nuclear weapons and played an active role in the Peace Brigades, War Resister's league and in local efforts for communal harmony and peaceful resolution of conflicts. 
Khumukcham Chinglen Luwang and Rohi Jahan awarded Irom Sharmila Scholarship 2015
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Congratulations to Khumukcham Chinglen Luwang and Rohi Jahan, awarded Irom Sharmila Scholarship 2015.

Irom Sharmila, Civil Rights Activist


 March 12, 2015


March 12, 2015: The 2015 Irom Sharmila Scholarship has been jointly awarded to Mr. Khumukcham Chinglen Luwang, from Manipur currently registered for an MA in History in Delhi University and Ms. Rohi Jehan, from Kashmir, doing an MPhil at the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia. Both Chinglen and Rohi have faced situations of armed conflict and have a keen appreciation of the struggle waged by Chanu Irom Sharmila against AFSPA. They have the potential to take the democratic movement for constitutional rights forward in innovative ways.  

Declaration of the Organic Farmers community of India
Syed Ghani Khan with one of his 116 varieties of mango in his organic orchard in Mandya District, Karnataka

Declaration of the Organic Farmers community of India at the 5th National Organic Farmers’ Convention, 2015, Chandigarh, India

March 2, 2015

The organic farming community of this country, represented in strength by over 2500 participants at this fifth National Organic Farming Convention, pledges to carry forward with renewed strength our endeavour to mainstream agro-ecological farming practices across the country. The gathering, comprising practicing farmers, including women, tribal and adivasi people, seed savers, ecologists, scientists, non-governmental and community organizations, is supported in this effort by the international organic farming community spread across 130 countries and represented by IFOAM, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements.

Gram Sabha in Vanabarangipadu
Invitation to Gram Sabhas conducted in Chintapalli and G Madugula Mandals in Visakha District AP in February 2015.People of 8 villages in Sulabam panchayat meet at Vanabarangipadu for Gram Sabha on 16 February 2015.

For the first time in the tribal areas! the notice proclaimed, Gram Sabha as per the PESA Act!  We were being offered front row seats to history and we weren’t going to miss it.   Over two weeks in February, a series of Gram Sabhas were taking place in this tribal belt and we took the opportunity to attend the one on 16 February in Vanabarangipadu, G Madugula Mandal, Visakha District, in the Eastern Ghats (తూర్పు కనుమలు) of Andhra Pradesh.