(News) Bhaiyalal (Manjhi) of Bundelkhand nurturing around
He may not have cut a mammoth hill like Dashrath Manjhi to
clear the way for his fellow villagers in Bihar as a tribute to his wife, but
this green crusader has helped plant over 30,000 trees in Chitrakoot of
Bundelkhand region in Uttar Pradesh.
After his wife died during labour in 2001, Bhaiyalal, 48, was
desolate. In 2008, another tragedy struck him when his only son died at a tender
age of seven and he lost all interest in life.
But then the idea of working for the people occurred to him
and he decided to bring barren lands back to life by planting saplings and
nurturing trees. Since then, there has been no looking back for this
environmental crusader of Bharatpur village in Chitrakoot.
Bhaiyalal, who has been working as a contractual labour with
the forest department, took part in a massive plantation drive launched in
Bundelkhand in 2008. He specially chose barren lands coming under the forest
department in Chitrakoot and helped in planting and nurturing around 30,000
"I believe that forest should look like a forest and kept on
planting trees," Bhaiyalal told TOI. Not only this, Bhaiyalal single-handedly
watched over the 30,000 trees and saved them from the vagaries of nature or
being eaten up by animals till they grew up.
Courtesy: Times of India