ANUSHA PARTHASARATHY, The Nity Gritty
The Hindu, Nityanand Jayaraman. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan
Thank you for this truly inspiring article about a dedicated, hardworking, and clear-thinking activist, Nityanand Jayaraman. As I read, I found my heart filled with hope that your article would encourage many young people to try different paths and find truly meaningful work. I appreciated reading the story of his early explorations leading him to his current endeavors. Indeed, what he and his team are doing is one of the most important tasks that our country needs today: ““We allow communities to speak for themselves — and began the Community Environment Monitoring Programme. We don’t teach them anything but make sure their local knowledge is translated into a language that public servants understand.”
May public servants learn from his example and spend time listening to local communities, who have the knowledge and experience to inform sensible policies for protecting our environment and all the life and livelihoods that depend on it.
Here is an excellent talk that Nity gave at Srivenkateswara College, Chennai: