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La Via Campesina South Asia: Farmers Movements Launch Gram Swaraj School, Organize Training Camp with Activists from across India

On the occasion of the 77th birth anniversary of the iconic farmers’ leader Prof. M.D. Nanjundaswamy, the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) organized a series of events from the 13th to the 16th Feb to commemorate his memory. The North and South Indian farmers movements jointly inaugurated their own Gram Swaraj (Village self rule) School called the “Prof. Nanjundaswamy Life school” as well as an auditorium called “Mahinder Singh Tikait School of Struggles,” named in the honor of the late BKU farmers’ leader. The Gram Swaraj School is located at the KRRS farmers’ training center – Amrita Bhoomi in the Chamragajar Nagar district ofMedha Patkar and Yudhvir SinghKarnataka. The activities were spearheaded by Chukki Nanjundaswamy, managing trustee of Amrita Bhoomi and daughter of late Prof. M.D. Nanjundaswamy.

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Seed carnival to be held at Amrita Bhoomi today – KARNATAKA – The Hindu

The establishment of a seed bank and inauguration of an international seed carnival at Amrutha Bhoomi will be a tribute to former Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha president M.D. Nanjundaswamy. He had envisaged setting up of an international centre for sustainable development of rare and endangered plant species. Nanjundaswamy was instrumental in setting up Amrutha Bhoomi in 180 acres of land in the foothills of the Biligiri Ranga forest range.

Source: Seed carnival to be held at Amrita Bhoomi today – KARNATAKA – The Hindu

Published on April 17th 2006. The Hindu.

Amritha Boomi-History

The most important of all for man being food and health, “Amrita Bhoomi” initial objective is to revive traditional agricultural technologies in these areas, as they have become crucial and critical issues today, because of the introduction of monocultures in food and agriculture mainly through the much heralded “Green Revolution” technology. The implementation and practice of it even for over fifty years, has left over 100 million people of the world hungry to-day. This is mainly because monocultures in agriculture are, according to even “common sense”, cannot succeed in a planet with the rich diversity in agro-climatic conditions: But, modern science is still trying to persist that through the second “green revolution” technology, namely biotechnology, it can feed this growing hungry population on this planet.

But, biotechnology is again a technology producing monocultures, developed by transnational corporations, only to establish their monopoly over the seed and thereby the food-systems of the world, only for profit, would again push more people to hunger. The latest in this effort of TNCs are the “Terminator Technology” and the “Verminator Technology” which produce “sterile seeds” which do not terminate at all when sowed for the second time.

Source: Amritha Boomi-History

Cauvery: A woeful tale of a river

The Cauvery dispute which began in 1892 is not even close to being solved over a hundred years later. K’taka has suffered due to SC tribunal ruling in 2007 which stipulates that the state give 192 tmcft of water to TN. Farmers miss a leader like M.D. Nanjundaswamy. DC analyses the situation…One leader the agitating farmers of Mandya sorely miss is Prof. M.D. Nanjundaswamy or MDN as he was popularly known. One of the founders of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, MDN was the voice of lakhs of farmers across the state especially those in the Cauvery basin.

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