Articles

boatman across the river, karnataka
Rev. Sara Joleno Wolcott and Ramasubramanian have been working together since 2014 when they first met in Chennai during the former's work and travels in India.  Rev. Sara started the Sequoia Samanvaya in the US in 2018 and since then they have jointly toured and lectures and facilitated change processes together in Germany,  USA, Canada and Ecuador. In January 2021, Sequoia Samanvaya brought out its first online journal the Grove and  as part of it, the following conversational essay was jointly published by both of them. The complete version with several visuals is available here.  A…
gandhi
(The Federal is a news portal I didn't know existed till they called me a couple of weeks ago and asked to write on this subject. Sharing this article that went online today. The article is available online here. ) Writing about Gandhian ethics in the time of the pandemic can be both problematic and irrelevant. Irrelevant, because Gandhiji himself may not have been “writing” on anything, and problematic because it will not adhere to the regulatory needs of only saying positive things. So, I have restored to fiction here. A telephonic interview with Bapu by a young podcaster. “So Bapu, what…
Journal of Rural Development
In 2019, the Journal of Rural Development brought out by the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, under the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India brought out a special edition to celebrate the 150th Birth Year of Mahatma Gandhi. It requested Ramasubramanian to be the Special Thematic Editor for the Journal that contained 10 articles from eminent authors from different parts of world. This was released on the 2nd October 2019 by NIRD. The following is the Foreword written exclusively for that Journal.     Foreword   Isha Vasyam idam sarvam, yet kintya…
Second Samanvaya Freedom Lecture by Eminent Organic Farmer Gomathinayagam
This article was written for the magazine Agricultural World, New Delhi for their October 2019 Issue.    Recently, we have heard the case of a major multi-national corporate body suing a small farmer with 4 acres of land to the tune of 1.2 Crores for using what it claimed as its own variety of Potato for making unhealthy food. The legal case has been subsequently withdrawn after a public protest.  As a country that has a very largen number of small and marginal farmers who do farming with their families, India is continuously faced with the challenge of having to engage with economies,…
May 01,2019
when Indians meet
During Oct-Nov 2018, I visited the USA for 2 weeks.  In addition to delivering a few lectures, I interacted with Indigenous American leaders and thinkers for a dialogue that I call the ‘Indian – Indian Dialogue’. I was trying to understand their world view, current situation, their struggles and how they see the world in the context of today’s climate change crisis. In this article, I highlight some of the salient aspects of the dialogue with the Native Americans whom I got to meet.  This article is informed by my dialogues with native leaders, my own research, and my extensive conversations…
(this article was written for the magazine Vedanta Kesari in June 2018) Recently, we have heard the case of a major multi-national corporate body suing a small farmer with 4 acres of land to the tune of 1.2 Crores for using what it claimed as its own variety of Potato for making unhealthy food. The legal tussle that has ensued is still being played out as we go to press with this article.  As a country that has a very largen number of small and marginal farmers who do farming with their families, India is continuously faced with the challenge of having to engage with economies, technologies…
Buddha
Paper presented in the National Conference on Relevance of Gandhi and Compassionate World, Xavier University, Bhubaneshwar, Jan 30 &31, 2018 under the theme, Rural Transformation & Grassroot Governance.     Swaraj in our midst… Based on evidence of the values underlying the Swaraj concept among the community institutions of India   CONGRATULATIONS – Fr. Paul Fernandes and the XUB team for organizing this wonderful event. In today’s political milieu to organize an event to celebrate the relevance and compassion openly and Gandhi as well, is an act of defiance. To defy and not…
Ram in SIDH
Raibaar is a beautiful small periodic magazine that is brought out by SIDH, Mussoorie, an organization Samanvaya has been in collaboration with since more than 2 decades. This article was written for the magazine in October 2017.   What’s our perspective on farming? A search for ‘farmer crisis in India’ fetches, 1,82,00,000 results in 0.87 seconds. A search for ‘solutions for farmer crisis in India’ fetches, 2,11,00,000 results in 0.70 seconds. So, what is there to write on farming situation today which has not been already written? This is a question that anyone today having to put a pen…
December 01,2012
Guruji
This Article written in memory of Late Sri. Ravindra Sharma (Guruji) of Adilabad Kala Ashram, was published as part of the bi-lingual book "Smriti-Jaagran Ke Harkaare", SIDH, Jeevika, 2012.   What does one write about someone like Guruji Ravindra Sharma? - The question has to be prefixed with why he should be written about and is predicate on who is writing as well. I have had but two long conversations with him in person, one in SIDH, Mussoorie and another at his Kala Ashram in his native town of Adilabad. But my conversation with him, mulling of the ideas he planted in my mind, have not…