Did you know a rakhi can help you save lives? Here’s how:
With all the news about farmers committing suicides, here’s something you can finally do to help and save them this Rakhi.
The Gram Art Project has started an initiative by creating unique rakhis that will enable you to do so. What’s amazing about these rakhis is that once removed, it can be planted. These indigenous seeds for plants that will be useful in a kitchen garden are attached to the centre of the rakhi. The seeds could be lentil, vegetable or even cotton seeds at times.
Despite of India being the second biggest producer of cotton globally, more than 95% of the cotton grown here is the American Genetically Modified (GM) cotton, which is not indigenous to our region and is ecologically damaging. This has economic implications for the cotton farmers because the seeds for this cotton are patented and the farmers have become completely dependent on the seed companies in order to farm.
Apart from that, innumerable spinners and weavers have lost their jobs due to the monopoly of textile mill owners. The textile mills have machines that can do the job of 60 spinners at a time. This has affected the livelihoods of spinners and weavers.
If Rakshabandhan is all about protecting, shouldn’t we be protecting these farmers and craftsmen before we lose them completely?
The creators of these rakhis have pasted chawali bhaji seeds on every rakhis to ensure it grows and with it a seed of creeper, big and small trees and plants seeds like: bel, gunj, ambadi, corn, mustard, chawalai, amaltash, parijatak.
Most of the women putting together these rakhis are housewives or farm labourers. They are thrilled with the little extra income they are earning by making these rakhis.
Isn’t this rakhi the ideal represention for the blooming of the relationship between a brother and sister? So, wishing you a green and environment friendly Rakshabandhan with this awesome Rakhi.
This plantable rakhi kit is available online on reasonable prices.
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