World Water Day 2023: From the banks of the rejuvenated rivulet Shairni

March 22, 2023

SPJIMR’s Director for Development of Corporate Citizenship, Chandrika Parmar, spent World Water Day 2023 visiting Tarun Bharat Sangh(TBS) in Rajasthan. TBS, founded by Dr Rajendra Singh, (popularly known as the waterman of India), is synonymous with water and community initiatives.

She writes, “Seeing is believing. The transformation because of initiatives led by TBS is truly inspirational. The once barren land is green with crops. The community I visited spoke of the difference that the presence of water has made in their lives. From cultivating crops to rearing livestock, incomes and quality of life have improved. Migration of men folk in search of livelihood, once rampant, is now negligible. The groundwater table has risen, and it is evident as one listens to stories of how once-dry wells are now brimming with water. The communities have been organised as bhagidars (stakeholders) of water bodies. The 13800 water bodies built over the past 40 years by TBS have visibly transformed lives. The results are evident as one travels, looks, listens and learns from the geography where TBS works. Thank you, Maulik Sisodia and Pooja Bhati, for a day of learning- that was inspirational and humbling- and for your hospitality. ”

PGPDM participant Maulik Sisodia, Executive Director, Tarun Bharat Sangh, Managing Trustee, Jal Biradari penned his thoughts about this shared experience.

What an incredible World Water Day! I visited Tarun Bharat Sangh’s works in Karauli with my Prof. Chandrika Parmar to witness the incredible impact our efforts have made in rejuvenating the ecosystem through rainwater harvesting. It was truly inspiring to see how our sustainable practices are making a real difference in promoting environmental stewardship.

I must say that I am incredibly grateful for her thoughts on systems thinking and programme design. Her passion and vision are a true inspiration to all of us.

Let’s continue to work together towards a more sustainable future for all.

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