Environmentalist, Gandhian, activist, journalist – behind many identities was a sagely man
GN Bureau | December 19, 2017
Anupam Mishra, widely known for his book ‘Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talab’ – about reviving traditional methods of water conservation, passed away on this day a year ago.
Mishra was an activist-scholar who redefined cross-connections between Gandhian thought and environmentalism. He was associated with the Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) for most of his working life.
His 1992 book, ‘Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talab’ (Lakes Are Still Standing), documented traditional water conservation practices from many parts of north India. Made available free of copyright, the book has been translated into 19 languages, including the Braille.
Its Hindi text can be found online here
Some of his other published works are compiled by India Water Portal here.
The video of his 2009 TED Talk on ‘The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting’ can be seen here.
Some of his online writings (as well as tributes to him) are collected here.
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