Remember the Rosesh Sarabhai from the iconic ‘Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’? The famous actor Rajesh Kumar who did a rememberable role in the serial is in the limelight. But did you know he quits acting for good to contribute to the making of a ‘smart’ village in Gaya, near Patna, Bihar?
The people of this village followed his lead and now lead a life with organic farming. This village Barma, is Rajesh’s hometown as well, the actor wanted to give back to his hometown and played a major advocate in getting electricity to Barma.
In an interview with a leading daily, he said that,
“When I visited Barma last year, I couldn’t believe my eyes. My father had converted our ancestral land from a wasteland to one capable of producing a range of vegetables, fruits, and crops in just five years — without using any chemicals for the most part.”
He read about organic farming and the dangers of climatic change that agricultural lands may face in the upcoming years. All this led to his epiphany to do something about it.
“The farmers in my village may not be very educated, but they can tell you the moisture content which will determine the harvest without the help of any device. Life may come to a standstill after sunset here but it’s also undefinably peaceful and most of the time all you can hear here is your own voice.”
What a thinking, we need such people if we dream to see India’s economy touching the heights.