Bharat Mansata

Bharat Mansata

Bharat Mansata is an author- editor- activist and a co-founder of ‘Earthcare Books’ (Kolkata), involved in environmental and sustainability issues for over two decades. He most recently authored ‘The Great Agricultural Challenge’ and ‘Organic Revolution’. Email: earthcarebooks@vsnl.com

 

One of India’s first organic farmers, Bhaskar Save, believes co-operation is the fundamental law of Nature

Masanobu Fukuoka, renowned natural farmer, made several visits to India, a country which inspired more hope in him than his own Japan. On his last visit here, he spent a day at the farm of another remarkable octogenarian, Bhaskar Save, in southernmost coastal Gujarat. Halfway through his bullock cart tour of the place, Fukuoka declared – “I have seen many farms all over the world. This is the best; it is even better than my own farm!”

One may wonder what significance an agro-ecological resurgence in Cuba has in India, which is located on the opposite face of the earth; when it’s night here, it’s day there. Cuba is a sparsely inhabited island nation with 74 percent of her people concentrated in a few cities, while India is a near sub-continent populous, poly-cultural and predominantly rural, a land with a ten millennia history of farming now in a steroidal rush to industrialise and urbanize – even on fertile land! And of course, there are more differences.