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This remarkable story demolishes the myth that organic farming can never feed the world! Holistically adopted, it can also revitalise society, enhance the environment and safeguard future generations. In the current raging debate over urban-industrial uprootment of farmers, here is one example the world cannot ignore. After the Soviet Union collapsed – and the US tightened its embargo – Cuba’s Organic Revolution began suddenly, under compulsion. A decade later, in 1999, the Swedish Parliament presented the Right Livelihood Award, or ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, to the Cuban Organic Farming Association – for “showing that organic agriculture is a key to both food security and environmental sustainability.” Today, not only has Cuba’s productivity increased, its economy, health, education, energy efficiency, water security, … are all big gainers. In 2006, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Global Footprint Network declared: Cuba is the only country on earth to achieve sustainable development! The American Journal of Public Health reported a 45% decline in cardiovascular diseases. Cuba’s bio-diverse agro-ecology and forest cover exceeding 25% also counter global warming. “Increasingly, people came to believe that productive, healthy harvests could be obtained on positive cost-benefit terms, while protecting the environment, … without excessive energy use.” – Dr. Fernando F. Aguilar, President, GAO, Organic Farming Association of Cuba “Cuba offers the very first large-scale test of sustainable alternatives, … before environmental realities mandate the rest of the world embark on a sudden, wholesale switch to organic agriculture.” – Dr. P. Rosset, Director, ‘Food First’, Institute for Food & Development Policy, Washington, USA “… Cuba is creating something truly new and hopeful for all of humanity.” -Prof. R. Levins, Harvard University School of Public Health.
Page 131, New edition₹ 200.00
Where the Child is Without Fear
Identifies the problems associated with the present system of education in India, particularly the examination system. More importantly, it proposes an alternative system of education, SERVE, which seeks to make the student better equipped to handle life in general and is more in sync with Indian society.
120 pages, 2011 edition₹ 150.00
Education in search of a philosophy
Education’ has its roots in `e‘ and `ducere‘, which together mean: `to draw out’. School derives from `skhole‘ or leisure. But what is this human potential to be leisurely drawn out?
Marjorie Sykes points out that wise planning in education depends upon a clear understanding of the nature and goal of the human individual; and of the nature and values of the society of which he is a part.
The unexamined life is not worth living, said Socrates. The great gurus of ancient India stimulated independent inquiry. Gautama the Buddha warned his disciples against accepting “truths” on any external authority, even his own.
Our revolution must thus begin with the encouragement of independent inquiry, with what Tagore called “the education of the mind in self-reliance”. Open-mindedness and understanding are closely linked, for open-mindedness means the encouragement of independent reflection.
“Building from below” by means of a plurality of centres of local responsibility, … was the central theme of the socio-political philosophy of Gandhi, and is the basis of sarvodaya. Vinoba Bhave laid special stress on the need for education to be free from state control.
The purpose of the essays in the book Education in Search of a Philosophy is not to supply answers, but to indicate the nature of the questions involved.
Marjorie Sykes, the great educationist, came to India, while still young. She worked with Gandhi, and was deeply influenced by the thoughts of Tagore, Gandhi and Vinoba Bhave on education. She is also the author of ‘The Story of Nai Talim’ – outlining Gandhi’s vision of education.
86 pages, 2013 edition₹ 85.00