Description: Talk by Dr. Ravi Kuchimanchi and Aravinda Pillalamarri on sustainable development of India.
Get inspired by a talk by Ravi and Aravinda, whose extraordinary
commitment to the sustainable development of poor and marginalized
people in India with other volunteers of AID led to 'Global contribution to India 2012' award to
Association for India's Development.
The famous movie 'Swades: We the people' is based on Bilgaon Micro-Hydro Project accomplished by Ravi and Aravinda http://www.aidindia.org/projects/illus/pedal.htm
Ravi Kuchimanchi founded Association for India's Development in 1991
at University of Maryland College Park as a PhD student in the
Department of Physics with the vision "Problems in India are connected
so must be the solutions". In 1998, after his postdoctoral work in
theoretical particle physics at University of Virginia, Ravi with his
wife Aravinda focused on development issues in India such as dams versus
people and environment, rural electrification and integrated
development. Ravi received UMD College Park International Alumnus award
2012 for his outstanding contribution in founding Association for
India's Development. Passionately interested in pursuing appropriate
technology to benefit the underprivileged, Ravi with his colleagues
recently adapted the traditional hay-box for Indian villages. The "Easy
Cooker" that is both made and sold in Indian villages, conserves about
50% energy, saves time and creates livelihoods for bamboo artisans and
women's groups. It saves about 0.5 Kg in carbon dioxide emissions per
use compared to electric rice cooker. With 600 million rice-eaters in
India and billions around the world, and priced locally at Rs[masked] in
villages, it is not only a green technology but is affordable by
hard-working rural people who earn $1-2 a day.
Pillalamarri has worked with people fighting for social justice in
India since 1998. Raising awareness on fair trade and sustainable
livelihoods, she works with tailors designing and marketing khadi
(handspun) garments with a view to sustaining best practices of
traditional living in modern times.
In this context she also works
in Srikakulam to promote programs that help people take control of their
learning, food security, and health, such as village libraries, kitchen
gardens, whole foods, and accountability in government services to
mothers and children.