Eventually Subhadra and Pragnanand reached an agreement that Subhadra would supply organic cereals and pulses and Adivasi preparations to Avinaash the organisation run by the latter which provides holistic health solutions and also markets organic products. Prajnanand took samples of quite a few varieties of cereals and pulses that Subhadra had grown on the farm as the tribal areas in which he works in Andhra Pradesh too grow the same cereals and pulses though of different genres.
The visitors also visited other NGOs who are doing worthwhile work in the sphere of educatioin in the area like Adharshila Learning Centre for Adivasi children in Sakar village in Barwani district and Eklavya in Bhopal which is involved in designing innovative learning material for children. In between there were trips to our environment friendly house in Indore and for a meeting with Professor Swapan Bhattacharjee who is a great supporter of our work and the famous tourist spots nearby like Omkareshwar Jyotirling and Mandu Fort.
The big take away for us was the discussions we had with these senior activists about the way to tackle women's issues, problems of agriculture and children's education. Shrimati Aruna has over three decades of experience in fighting for the rights of women suffering from domestic violence and Subhadra had a few long discussions with her. She too enjoyed turning the grinding wheel and said that the exercise helped to ease the pain in her shoulder!!
The Pandutalab centre of Majlis has been developed to promote healthy living based on labour intensive sustainable agriculture and this is the first time we had visitors who tried out this earthy concept. As time progresses we hope we will be able to extend this to nearby farmers also. All in all it was a great four days spent together.