A few days ago I caught wind of a village in Rajasthan that made an imprint in my mind about saving the girl child and the unstoppable force of life that is the earth.
Recently, I have caught wind of the Piplantri Village Rajasthan and it’s a bewildering story so I figured out for what reason don’t I share this with you all. This is arousing and enlightening story and the arrangement of a difficult chords that change the point of view and life of the entire populace of that village.
This village has a marble mine and the private and public sectors were working on the excavation of the tons of the marble due to which the whole village was suffering from the marble dust in the air and the air quality was deteriorating and also they were suffering with the poor quality of water and lack of water supplies.
The people of this village came up with a great idea to safeguard themselves and the environment they decided to plant new trees and plants but associated this novel practice with a social cause what they did is they made a ritual of planting 111 trees/plants on each birth of a girl child.
- The females of this village tie a Rakhi to the trees on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
- The village has planned and designed the trees in such a way that the wildlife and humans would never have problems coz they have made small space to store water for animals.
- The best part is that this village has a very balanced sex ratio.
This village is an inspiration for other cities and villages and a few of the nearby villages adopted their way of living.
I loved this concept and feel if the whole world can adopt this way of living, Sometimes I think what is the benefit of all the education and a metropolitan/modern lifestyle coz it’s the 21st century and the people still do female foeticide no matter literate or illiterates. It’s all happening because of the patriarchal ideology and thousand years old mindset which was a necessity at that time to have a son to safeguard the king’s kingdom from the enemies and other powers.
I found a true way of ecofeminism; I wish all the best to the villagers of Piplantri Village.
Kunal Joshi has done MA in Psychology. He is an enthusiastic equality activist and a huge supporter of the feminism movement in India. He has a big list of hobbies and writing is one of them. Apart from writing, he likes painting, travelling, listening to music, swimming and playing video games. He is a social butterfly. People who know him say -‘He’s a man with a 60-years-old mature brain and a heart of 5 years old kid’.