Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Endangered shells to Indic knowledge

This month newsletter we give you a bird's eye view of the endangered shells of the Gulf of Mannar area - of which Rameswaram is a part. This is in continuation with our green Rameswaram series on bio-diversity of the region. Apart from the shells or the molluscan species the coral reef also play a very crucial role in the safeguarding of the marine fish populations. It has been documented that in this biodiversity hot-spot fishes belonging to 27 families and 50 species live. This is from our book on bio-diversity published in association with UNICEF under 'Green Rameshwaram' project.

We are happy to inform you that as a part of Green Rameshwaram project we are renovating a prominent heritage building 'Mahabeer Dharmashala' near Rameshwaram railway station District Administration has kindly given us the permission to renovate the building. So we had a small limited public function and commencement ceremony on 5th of June (Friday),as the day being world environment day. It is a beautiful heritage building and local oral traditions have it that Holy Mother Sarada Devi stayed there during her visit to Rameshwaram.Under 'Green Rameswaram' initiatives the Kunthakkaal Vivekananda memorial which was the place where Swami Vivekananda first landed has been made into a completely energy self-reliant  building with solar panels and a smart grid system. The technology has been provided by Basil technologies.

In the publication section we provide eco-toons from our publication 'Samagra Vikas'. The eco-toons deal with holistic health. In the wisdom section we provide Dharampal - the famous Gandhian historian giving a view of Indic social system with emphasis on the interconnectedness in Indian communities. We have Swami Sahajananda - a famous social reformer and Vedantin on the need to inculcate in our educational system a systematic knowledge of local medical knowledge and thus make our public health system holistic and cost-effective. Then we have Makarand R.Paranjape on what is Indic view of ecology and nature.

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