“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
Was going through some walks, conversations, experiences of 2016. Here are some video journals with Himalaya Hitkar society, in Uttarakhand, Garhwal Himalayas, India.
Mr.Sudhir Ranjan Bahuguna explains the origins of the Himalaya Hitkar society around 25 years ago, when there was an earthquake in Uttarkashi (1991).
“We are Pravasis- immigrants- living in the plains, in Delhi region, but our love for the hills brings us back here,” he explained, sitting over a cup of tea in Nagarasu , Chamoli a few kilometers before the Gauchar area. “This area served as a base for relief in 2013 when there were flash floods,” he told of more recent natural calamities.
About Hitkar Himalaya Society
He talked about the influences and inspiration of his father Shri Ram Prasad Bahuguna- a journalist-publisher of “Devbhoomi” a weekly which he ran from 1950 to 1990. His sons Mr.Sudhir and Mr.Sameer Bahuguna completed the vision of their father to run this weekly for 50 years. Many journalists and social activists were mentored by his father. The Uttarakhand government has instituted a yearly award for journalists in the memory of Shri Ram Prasad Bahuguna. He was inspired by his uncle Anasuya Prasad Bahuguna, who was one of the first lawyers of the Garhwal region.
About Shri Ram Prasad Bahuguna
Listening to these experiences, the truth of the above mentioned words of Plutarch came to mind.- “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
About the Gauchar Fair