The well diggers of Bangalore – a craft in renaissance

Water harvesting infrastructure in India.

Harvesting Rainwater

Well digging has been the forte of the ‘Mannu Vaddar’ community in Bangalore. They are the people who work with earth for many centuries. They have dug the many lakes of Bangalore and also the many wells that dotted the landscape. Then their cousins the ‘Kallu Vaddars’ would take over and line the well with stones . The craft is at least 6000 years old in India.

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The stone lined wells of South Karnataka

Since the 1980 ‘s , especially during a period of 3 continuous years of bad rainfall, the construction of wells stopped and people shifted to the bore-wells. This rendered the well diggers jobless and they shifted to digging foundations for buildings as well as digging pits for toilets.

With the recent rainwater harvesting interest in the city and the coming in of the bye-law , wells are being dug again, only this time to recharge water…

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A manifesto to save Planet Earth (and ourselves)

 

Seen in this way, renewable energy for all takes on an importance beyond stopping climate breakdown; likewise free education and the internet for all has a significance beyond access to social media – as they empower women, which helps stabilise the population.

More energy and greater information availability appear to be the necessities for any new kind of society – although these changes alone could increase our environmental problems, as in the past. To usher in a new way of living today’s core dynamic of ever-greater production and consumption of goods and resources must also be broken, coupled with a societal focus on environmental repair.
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The Next Hundred Years

I look out across my world and see so many wonderful, talented kids, the next generation, and so many caring adults filled with so much good, so much altruism, kindness, compassion and beauty.

Peace

And I am terribly saddened by what may befall all these incredible beings if we cannot stop the destruction of our environment, if we cannot rein in the greed of capitalism and business as usual.

I pray that all may be filled with compassion for all living things.
NBR 6 June 2018