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75 Years Of India's Independence

We The People: Jharkhand's Water Warrior Simon Oraon Dreams Of An End To Scarcity

Conservationist Simon Oraon has given his whole life to providing solutions to avert water crisis.

Simon Oraon, Providing Solutions to Avert Water Crisis Photo: Tribhuvan Tiwari

In his appearance, Simon Oraon is both a saint and a shaman from another era. Can you believe, Oraon, known as ‘Jharkhand’s Waterman’, is 87, and has been toiling to save the state’s rivers and forests for almost 50 years?

Oraon grew up in an arid region, where there was little agriculture. In the Bero area near Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi, there’s little water available except during monsoons. The heat and dryness hardened his young soul. He decided to do something about these problems. Eventually, and with the help of villagers, he dug two canals— 4,500 ft and 3,000 ft approximately. They dug through hills and hard rocks. They dug seven ponds and numerous wells to harvest rainwater.

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