The Community of Freedom Professor M.D. Nanjundaswamy is coming into reality.
The Community of Freedom Professor M.D. Nanjundaswamy is a self-reliance farm-training community for rural and dalit women based in 11 acres of land in rural Bangalore, around 40 Km from Bangalore City.
The community is a model self-sufficient, eco-friendly and self-governed (based on decentralized power) community for women and by women for political, social and economical awareness to reach self respected society.
A similar model is also starting to be worked out in Rajastran by BKU. Both centres will be close linked.
This project is also a way of supporting KRRS from outside.
The farm-training community it consists in:
1. Food Sovereignty. Natural farming
· Traditional plants, which have medicinal property.
· Milk and its by-products.
· Agricultural crops, like coconuts, millets, paddy, etc
2. Health Centre
· Elementary Health Centre, with specialise on Gynaecology working towards reproductive rights
· Health Centre of Ayurveda (Traditional Medicine)
· Lab to produce ayurvedic medicines
· Training in ayurvedic medicine.
3. Training centre
· Political empowerment
· Gender studies.
· Gandhian Philosophy
· Organization. Cooperatives. Participatory democracy and other alternatives experiences.
· Understanding economy from colonialism to neo liberalism and globalisation. Women in economy and trade.
· International and National Policies relating the lives of different sections of the Society particularly Farmers, Dalits - who are the Agricultural Labourers - and Rural Artisans making special emphasis on those affecting women.
· Popular education tools
· Policies on reproductive rights.
· Violence against women. Rights and laws in Indian legislation. How to organize Help lines.
4. Technical Training
Computer skills: hardware and software (including web page designing)
Languages: Kannada, English, Spanish and Hindi
Electric and Electronic training
5. Communication Centre
· Community Radio
· Bulletins and community magazine.
· Training women in documentation work like Video, Audio.
6. Art Centre
· Theatres and Dance (folk, classical)
· Classical and Folk Music
· Encouraging other skills which are hidden in the rural women
· Weaving handloom and Khadi
7. Research Centre
· Herbal medicines
· Traditional agriculture and preserving seeds
· Women in rural areas, their role and situation. Feminist vision.
· Women in economy in South Asia. Feminist
· Water management like preserving underground water, rain water harvesting, etc.
· Soil management
· Micro Alternative Energy Creation.
· Research on the philosophy of Prof. Nanjundaswamy and the language used in the farmers’ movement of Karnataka to organise farmers.
· Collecting Books of all fields
· Emphasising on the Feminist section
· Emphasising on the section on Gandhi and Professor M.D. Nanjundaswamy
· Emphasising on the literature on social movements around the world
· Preserving ancient literature for the next generations.
9. Cooperative Movement of Women
· Cooperative for Agricultural Commodities
· Cooperative for Home made Commodities by Women like Pickles, Pappad, etc…
· Cooperative for Women Art like Terracotta, handloom textiles, Embroidery, etc…
10. Alternative energy model
experimenting models on alternative energy proposal no high tech to be comunal develoment.
creating the energy needed in the community
The Trust will accept external economical support to buy the land, construction of the main buildings and initial set-up for equipments. But, from there onwards the community will start working towards becoming Self Reliant as a matter of principle.
All food and energy needed will be produced by the community
In order to get the cash for running the technical trainning center, we will develop the Agro ecological production (including ayurvedic products such as extracts and medicines) for local markets.
The cooperatives will be on the benefits of women participating in the project, not for the community. In this way, also the community will offer a support for the women to the sourranding village to become self-reliance.
Courses in natural farming and ayurvedic product preparation will be organized for westerns for a reasonable prize.
Everyone visiting or living in the community, temporarily or permanent, will have to work in the maintenance and production of the community.
Gandhian principle of Education
The system of education will be followed within the sphere of the principle of education introduced by Gandhi. Considering the traditional knowledge of rural women, an equal space will be created to share the knowledge and skills among the women and become specialists in their interests.
Natural farming is about working with natural energies rather than trying to conquer wild nature. It is distinct from organic farming. Understanding of soil is central to natural farming. Soil is far from an inert substance, it is a complex living ecosystem comprising innumerable microorganisms that enable plants to take up nutrients essential for their growth and help defend them against diseases and insects. These beneficial microorganisms include Rhizobium bacteria that convert atmospheric nitrogen into ammonium for use by plants, mycorrhizal fungi that help plants take up phosphorus and other nutrients, and many microbial pathogens that attack insect pests. Soil ecologists are just beginning to understand some of the complex interactions between soil microorganisms that enable nutrients to be retained and recycled, processes that are essential to the ecosystem above ground.
The basis of soil is decaying plant and animal matter bound together with rock particles. As plant life colonized the earth it crept up slopes holding soil particles in place where there had once been bare rock. As the soil became richer and deeper and plants and animals became larger and more diverse, increasing amounts of organic matter were added to the soils. Vegetation holds the soil in place, slowing down the natural process of erosion caused by wind and rain. Fertile soils are rich because for millennia they supported plant communities and accumulated organic matter.
The moment humans removed natural vegetation for agriculture soil erosion was accelerated, particularly on slopes. Beneficial organisms are killed and the balance between organisms is upset. Decomposition of organic matter is slowed, fewer nutrients are retained, and more are lost to leaching and erosion.
As an international example, a Japanese farmer, Masanobu Fukuoka, has indeed demonstrated to agronomists around the world that digging, weeding, fertilizing, pest control and pruning activities are not necessary. For over fifty years he has achieved surplus yields of rice, barley, plums, citrus fruits and vegetables by means of natural farming.
There are four target groups, which will be involved:
i Women living in the villages, surrounding the community.
The women from surrounding villages are the first main target group. The community is an open space for them to develop all activities they decide are necessary or important, from cooperatives or training course, to art centre. These women will implement the project and evaluate it, together with volunteers from outside.
ii Farmer women, members of KRRS, of the entire state of Karnataka
The community will support the women wing of KRRS. To do so, the community will also work as a training centre for the women of KRRS, specially formatting teams of trainers, which will reproduce the work in their own districts.
iii Women, members of social movements in India
Till the moment we have an understanding with farmers organizations from other states. They committed to select a team of young women, who for a specific period of time will live in the community to become trainers on gender and reproduce the work inside the villages in the North.
Very soon the same project will be settle in Rajastan by BKU.
iv Women, members of social movements in South Asia
Women from social movements in South Asia are welcome to stay in the community to follow the trainings. Also specific two-three months courses will be organized one per year for international women. There is a strong commitment of training women of Kisani Sabha from Bangladesh. Kisani Sabha, through her general secretary, will be part of the decision-making.
Once per year the Training Centre will organize an intensive course of one month for 50 delegates all over South Asia.
In long term, once the community is consolidated and fully working, we will widen and hopefully become a global training centre for women all over the world.
Do you like the project? Welcome to support it by sending us:
+ all kind of books in politics, philosophy, feminist, natural medicine, history, mathematics, computer course, quimics, language course.....anything...
+ your magazines, your publications, your leaflets, your articles...
+ photos and videos of your actions, mobilizations, etc...
+ Any photos, posters, documents, videos that you could have done during the Intercontinental Caravan, the II International Conference of PGA in Bangalore....Whatever you have on KRRS or Prof. M.D. Nanjundaswamy, please send to us.
Whatever you think could be useful for our library and trainning center.
And of course, if you live close to India or you can afford to send to us, we will thank if you could bring computers, laptops, printers, scanners, photo cameras, video camaras...also old parts will be very much welcome for hardware trainning.
You can send it to the following address:
Community of Freedom Prof. M.D. Nanjundaswamy
Att. Dr. Nandini and D.K. Sainath Kumar Rannorey
R-7 Bangalore University Quarters
Opp. University Swimming Pool
Jnana Bharthi, Bangalore - 56
We will also welcome any contact on alternative energy project and ecological way of building.
Besides, wireless communication based on low tech will be very much welcome.
So, please, feel free to send us any thing you believe can be useful to us.