Shri Anupam Mishra (1948-2016)

(By Anupam Mishra in Aaj Bhi Khari Hai Talaab)

(These hundreds, thousands of ponds, had not emerged out of the vacuum.
They had behind them, a unitary force.
Of those who inspired them and tens of those, who dug them out.
These ones and tens then multiplied in to hundreds and thousands.
But for the last couple of centuries, sprang a crop of new semi-literates, who turned these ones, tens, hundreds and thousands, in to, a big zero.)

A strong proponent of ancient water harvesting techniques, Shri Anupam Mishra dedicated his entire life in propagating and attempting to revive the traditional water harvesting systems. His curiosities towards the traditional knowledge systems of dealing with water commenced with the research of Chipko Movement in 1970s. This quest of Shir Anupam Mishra led him to explore diverse traditional methods of managing water all across the country.

To get a more clear understanding of his ideologies, please watch following talks by him:

With this deep and thick understanding of the importance of the traditional water management systems, he became a strong proponent of decentralized water systems in the settlements. He dreamt of a water-efficient India, and revival of traditional water harvesting systems were his way of manifesting that dream.

He has left behind a path of sustainability, now it its upto us if we choose to follow him or not.

His popular works are:

Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab (The Ponds are Still Standing) (1993) published by Gandhi Shanti Pratishthan, New Delhi


Radiant Raindrops of Rajasthan, translated by Ms. Maya Jani, Research Foundation for Science Technology and Ecology, 1995

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I am an architect turned anthropologist. After finishing my Masters in Anthropology from University of Pune, I was working with Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune under a project funded by UNICEF and Integrated Child Development Scheme, Government of Maharashtra. During which I was stationed in Nandurbar District of Maharashtra (which is predominantly a tribal region) as a Field Research officer. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, India. My current research explores the interaction of the cultural-religious, the political-economic and the ecological dimensions of the river in Nashik city in Maharashtra. Broadly, investigating how the multiple perspectives of a natural resource overlap, contradict, challenge and support each other, thus shaping the urban landscape and producing socio-spatial inequalities.

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