Video | “India’s hidden hotbeds of invention”: Anil Gupta and the Honey Bee Network on

Anil Gupta is on the hunt for the developing world’s unsung inventors — indigenous entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hidden by poverty, could change many people’s lives. He shows how the Honey Bee Network helps them build the connections they need — and gain the recognition they deserve.

Anil Gupta created the Honey Bee Network to support grassroots innovators who are rich in knowledge, but not in resources. […]

This person, whom we met — and you will see it on the website, www.sristi.orgthis tribal person, he had a wish. And he said, “If my wish gets fulfilled” — somebody was sick and he had to monitor — “God, please cure him. And if you cure him, I will get my wall painted.” And this is what he got painted. Somebody was talking yesterday about Maslowian hierarchy. There could be nothing more wrong than the Masxlowian model of hierarchy of needs because the poorest people in this country can get enlightenment. Kabir, Rahim, all the great Sufi saints, they were all poor people, and they had a great reason. (Applause) Please do not ever think that only after meeting your physiological needs and other needs can you be thinking about your spiritual needs or your enlightenment. Any person anywhere is capable of rising to that highest point of attainment, only by the resolve that they have in their mind that they must achieve something. […]

In Champaran, we had a Shodh Yatra and we were walking in the land where Gandhiji went to hear about the tragedy, pain of indigo growers. Bhabi Mahato in Purulia and Bankura. Look at what she has done. The whole wall is her canvas. She’s sitting there with a broom. Is she an artisan or an artist? Obviously she’s an artist; she’s a creative person. If we can create markets for these artists, we will not have to employ them for digging earth and breaking stones. They will be paid for what they are good at, not what they’re bad at. (Applause) […]

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Date Visited: 3 October 2021

“Champaran or Champaranya formerly known as Champajhar named after forests of Champa Flowers which are extinct from here is a village in the Raipur District in the state of Chhattisgarh” | Wikipedia | Related posts on Chhattisgarh tribal culture and development >>

SRISTI is a developmental voluntary organization aiming to strengthen the creativity of/at/for grassroots communities, and individual innovators. It supports eco-friendly solutions to local problems being scouted, spawned and spread by the Honey Bee Network for over 33 years. It also nurtures eco-preneurs engaged in conserving biodiversity, common property resources, cultural diversity and educational innovations. […]

Source: About SRISTI – Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions
Date Visited: 7 November 2021

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The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Forest Rights Act) gives members of tribal communities the right “to collect, use, and dispose of minor forest produce including bamboo, brush wood, stumps, cane, tussar, cocoons, honey, wax, lac, tendu or kendu leaves, medicinal plants and herbs, roots, tubers.” – Azim Premji University Team

Gandhiji at Prayer Time, Parnakuti, Poona (1944) by Chittaprosad, the great advocate of the rights of workers and revolutionary artists. | Learn more in “Gandhi, Secularism, and Cultural Democracy” by Vinay Lal >>
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Date Visited: 10 July 2022