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75 Years Of India's Independence

We The People: The Seed Wizard Of Tehri Garhwal

A pioneer of the people’s movement starting from his village—Beej Bachao Andolan (Save Seeds Movement), Vijay Jardhari is a true crusader of the seed movement in the hills.

Vijay Jardhari, Seed Sovereignty Maven

Some call him a seed wizard. Others des­cribe Vijay Jardhari as the true crusader of the seed movement in the hills for his vast knowledge about indigenous seeds. “Our seeds are a treasure. Our hard-earned wealth. Farmers have preferred death over seed conservation for centuries. It is a symbol of ultim­ate freedom for us, rather than always being a question of life and death,” says the humble farmer from Tehri Garhwal in his remote village Jardhargaon.

To substantiate his point, he quotes historical facts about the 1852 famine, when British colonists found farmers dying of hunger but saving their seeds, which they could have easily consumed to escape hunger and even death.

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