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Ancient Indian ethos key to global sustainability: Trivedi

Mar 31, 2018

Experts at a national conference on SDGs hinted that ancient knowledge systems of India could guide the world to sustainability.

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New Delhi/Noida: India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi called upon young students to look into ancient knowledge systems of India for dealing with the present challenges including those related to sustainablity and climate change.

Speaking at a national conference Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) organised by Amity University in Noida, Trivedi said that only people centric approach could lead the country and the rest of the world to the success of SDGs.

“One striking feature about India is that it stands out as the youngest nation built on the edifice of the oldest civilisation. Our country has contributed immensely to the concept of development and more so to its sustainability since time immemorial. The guiding principles of sustainablity could be located into the roots of the Indian civilisation,” he said.

Trivedi’s fresh perspective on sustainability brought to fore the facts otherwise left on their own in the mad run for prosperity and material growth. “We still hold a blinkered view about sustainable development, that it is a product of deliberations and conscious efforts of a globalised society,” he cautioned.

Trivedi highlighted that sustainable development has become the talk of the universe. “We often forget about the Indian shastras which have always preached a range of sustainable practices right from worshipping mother earth to the use of herbal medicines to cure ailments,” he said.

Trivedi underlined that that development must percolate to the lowest levels of the society. “The dynamic role of the government is to devise a mechanism to reach out to these people,” he said.

Trivedi said that India is blessed with energy from natural resources especially sunlight, water and wind. “The country is bestowed with the largest coastal belt, which can become a huge baseline for domestic waterways transportation. A new project Sagar Mala carries forth this mission to connect various cities,” he said.

Trivedi cited many examples that could go a long way in ensuring sustainablity. “Nagpur has discovered an innovative and judicious use of recycled toilet water in running its state buses which is a much cleaner and efficient fuel. Such initiatives call out for innovative minds which can make a sharp analysis of technology,” he said.

Trivedi said that a system is needed for ensuring maximum agricultural output from a minimum quantity of water. “More-crop-per-drop is the way forward, for which a collectivised digital network facilitated by e-governance is required. Further, there is a need to look into the operative causes rather than causative causes of misbalance in our agricultural sector.”

Trivedi said that the ecological imbalances have emerged as a result of the drift from the ideals of the Indian civilisation that believed in moving away from worldly things down to our germ of existence. “Time calls for restoring the connectivity with the rudimentary aspects of sustainability. The realisation of earth being a single cosmic unit is evident of the revelation of greatest energies from the finest depths of our being,” he said.

Dr Atul Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University, encouraged the students for engaging in meaningful research that could lead India to its rightful position in the world. “We endeavour to make our campus, a place where research becomes a buzz word for academic excellence,” he said.

Dr Surya AV, CEO-South Asia, Kantar Public & Location Head-IMRB, Delhi, brought forth several corporate names who have integrated the notion of sustainable development in their business ethics and managerial practices.

Talking about food security, Dr Prem Vashishtha, Senior Consultant at NCAER, noted that unlike production, market has no boundaries. “Thus, focus should be shifted from food security from a production perspective to the post- production scenario as they are directly linked with the markets. The post production scenario and production processes should be treated alike,” he said.

Vashishtha also stressed on the provision of livelihood security to marginal farmers. “This must in fact be regarded as one of the major institutional changes in agriculture,” he said.

Dr Rajinder Peshin, University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, highlighted about the need for looking into leasing losses and developing integrated logistic incentives for private sectors and encourage non-farming activities. “A large number of funds must be diverted towards building up of necessary agricultural infrastructure like sprinklers and drip-irrigation-systems,” he said.

Dr Shalini Singh Sharma, Director of Amity School of Economics, sharing her thoughts on the role of students in taking the idea of sustainablity to grassroots said that new ideas from the younger generation will have an important place in realising the 2030 development agenda.

The third national conference titled, ‘Leveraging SDGs to drive Socio-Economic Development :Mission 2030’ was organsied by Amity School of Economics in partnership with with Centre for International Projects Trust (CIPT), Quality Council of India, CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development and OneWorld. Edited by: OneWorld South Asia.

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