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									Before I present the Paper …

A few personal coordinates
This is the City of Guwahati from the Map of India
This is the Institution

• That made me an Engineer
• Shaped me as a Teacher & Counsellor
• Inspired to make efforts towards Sustainability
My Paper

      Networking Young India For
       Sustainable Development
             Dedicated to my parents
without whom my life would have been unsustainable
My Family
Why this theme out of so many?

• Benefits of Networking
• My training as a Communicator
• My supreme faith in children & youth
• Disillusionment with existing polity and society
• My strong involvement with S&T Popularisation
Sustainability in India

• Very ancient concept, widely documented
• But contexts have been changing fast
• Sustainable to unsustainable?
• What ails this great country?
Root cause of all problems

Explosion of Population
• Population in the year 1947   : 340 million
  (year of independence)
• Population in the last Census : 1040 million
• Nothing else has multiplied 3 fold in these
  57 years!!
• Not food, neither energy, nor infrastructure.

Can India be Sustainable ?
Analysis of Reasons:

1. Too much of centralised Planning
2. Development against Gandhian Principles
3. Clear division between “India” and “Bharat”
4. English education & legacy outstripping
5. Low literacy and awareness levels
Lamenting for

what we don’t have will not solve the problems.
So we decided to convert our problems into
One major thrust area has been popularization
of Science & Technology
 •   Impart right kind of knowledge through
     formal systems
 •   Train young people through non-formal
 •   Create love for “scientific methods”
 •   Stand against evils & superstitions
 •   Promote sustainable development in all
     aspects of life

A new Dimension in Education

• Created in 1998 by Ministry of Science &
• Existing and Fresh units offered free Registration
• Intellectual support provided from the beginning
• Trainings, workshops, seminars, contests
• Voice to opinions through dedicated Newsletters
• Dedicated websites, electronic connectivity
• Excitement of Networking felt by all units
Strength of our Efforts…

• Conceived out of necessity; not for fun or pastime.
• Rejection of reckless grants & endowment policies.
• Promoting “Learning by Doing” philosophy.
• Constant linkages between actions and community.
• Utilizing the vast
  strength of networking.
• Train on “sustainability”
  without “revivalism”.

Give one fish to a person;
he will be fed for a day.
Teach him how to fish; he
will be free from hunger.
Spread of VIPNET:

• 80% of Indian States & Union Territories
• 6000 active units registered till date
• Rural clubs clearly outnumbering urban
• Variety of activities regularly carried out
• Accountability fixed, quarterly reports sought
• Popular issues are:
  Health & sanitation       Astronomy & celestial
  Explaining science        Use of folk art forms &
  behind miracles           media
  Rocketry & associated     Ecology & environment
  Ham radio                 Hydroponics
Achievements of VIPNET

Stand against
reckless tourism:
Kempty example

Drinking water clean-up
revolution: Ratlam
Achievements of VIPNET …

Fight against social
evils: Kandhamal

Forest management,
resource sharing: JFM
Achievements of VIPNET …

War against population explosion: countrywide
Three Major Influences…

Mahatma Gandhi: Priest of Non-violence
• Left every comfort in life to identify with the masses
• Without a single bullet, earned freedom for India
• Defined “Sustainable
  Development” by
• Could foresee disasters
  before they struck
Three Major Influences…

George Washington Carver: Sage of Tuskegee
•   Rose from slavery to great heights of scholarship
•   Gave freedom and voice to the African-Americans
•   Revolutionized agriculture in the Southern USA
•   Life of rare courage and sacrifice
Three Major Influences…

Rachel Carson: Mother of all Environmentalism
• Challenged the might of the industrial lobby
• Exposed pesticides & agrochemical industries
• Fought a lonely battle to ban DDT in the USA
• Gave “environmentalism” a
  new connotation

• 400 million poor Indians looking for decent life

• An eco-centric view would never pull them up

• A techno-centric view would defile environment

• International treaties & actions ineffective at times

• Current initiatives lopsided & affected by corruption

• Indians highly confused about “sustainability”

• Solutions must be home grown, not imported
Concluding Remarks…
• India possesses tremendous psychic energy
• People survive amidst all odds and adversities
• Sustainable principles are inbuilt in our culture
• Spiritualism plays a palliative role in most cases
• Indians are very intelligent & resourceful people

• We are surely going to emerge out of our crises
• The new generation will play the proactive role
• Indians act as a “UNIT” during calamities
• Unsustainability is nothing but a calamity

Thinking globally, acting locally India would once
again emerge out the impasse to take the leadership
worldwide. Optimism and innovativeness, running
high among all Indians, are the fuels of this great
“sustainable development” war.

One failure leads to another; so does success.

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