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“First they ignore you,then they laugh at you ,then they fight you, then you win.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Prescription For A Welfare Nation n 30 Days
1. The Administration of our country is desperately wanting to find solutions for each and every problem arising in the socio-economic front. Simultaneously, the Administration is under a wrong notion that the governments in power and the individuals in positions are the sole custodians of the people’s welfare. The unlimited power of every one of the 127 crore of our citizens is not borne in mind, appreciated, encouraged and solicited to accelerate our GDP growth. The Administration seems to have lost sight of the fact that it is only the mismatch between DEMAND and SUPPLY which forms the root cause of most of the problems.
2. The SOLUTION is only creating plenty to meet all NEEDS – right from good air to affordable air travel. But, where do we start? How to involve every individual to emulate the squirrel in the Ramayana?
3. What every household can do is to produce at least a part of their food in the form of vegetables and fruits. We have about 30 crore of households in India. All houses have got some area lit by sunlight as well as some idle manhours. Wedded together these two inputs along can work wonder to bring about the Welfare State of our vision here. Producing of 250 grams of vegetable, on an average every day, through mini KITCHEN GARDENS is easy. The extra production of food in the form of vegetables produced by 30 crore Kitchen Gardens is about 75,000 metric tones per day. This can be organically produced as the State of Sikkim has shown. This production is in addition to the normal farm output. The traditional farmers can concentrate on cash crops and can leave at least the vegetable production to the ‘Kitchen Gardeners’, among whom about one-third are urbanites. The greens in kitchen gardens will be ripe for harvest in 30 days, to start with.
4. What is required is the awareness, motivation and facilitation. The Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers can address the people through the television channels and Radio to create the awareness and motivation. The Nation has to take it up as an ‘Emergency’ measure, not in any way of lesser significance than that happened at the time of the Chinese invasion of 1962, when the women of our country had offered even their Mangalsutras to the Defence Fund. All State Governments, local bodies, commercial undertakings, SHGs, educational institutions etc., can together provide the materials for kitchen gardening.
5. Our concerns about GLOBAL WARMING also is simultaneously addressed as the urban horticulture can be largely on roof-tops. The Israeli method of hydroponics, i.e. growing the plants in the media of cocopeat and other organic materials in troughs made of GIPS-UV (Great Input Polystyrene Sheet Ultra-Violet ray resistant) has revolutionized the city farming as well. Incidentally, the author of this write-up is producing more than two kgs of organic vegetables every day from his 600 sq.feet roof-top kitchen garden.
6. Done this, our GDP graph will shoot up and we will have plenty of spiritual and material well-being, a lot of love lost among the groups and sections of the people. Further, we will become World’s Organic Food Court and the Numero Uno among the comity of Nations.
7. It is worthwhile to remember that the kitchen garden habit was spread by the Allied Forces during the Second World War to meet the food shortage. Developed nations resorted back to it even during the 2008 economic slump. Fidel Castro successfully met the Economic Sanction by promoting Kitchen Garden practice in Cuba. The White House too has a kitchen garden. If so, why not India use this as a short-cut to prosperity, peace and happiness?
8. The step proposed above will also be an antidote for global warming as all the civil structures in theurban areas will get covered with greenery caused by kitchen gardening. The Israeli Method of trough farming does not cause seepage and hence, the civil structures will only get benefited with the green cover.
9. We are engaged in acquiring the nickname “The Kitchen Garden City’ for Chennai since the launching of our campaign on August 7, 2011. If achieved, Chennai will inspire all the urbanites of the world, and the world will, thereafter, be different.