Remembering Sugathakumari, the Malayalam poet who grew to become the face of environmental activism…

Till Sugathakumari died, the poet-activist remained a guardian angel of Kerala’s forests, rivers, mountains, coastal areas, wildlife, and valuable pure assets.

By KA Shaji

When Malayalam’s celebrated poet Sugathakumari, a pioneer of environmental activism in Kerala, reached the state’s tribal heartland Attappadi throughout the early months of 1980, the area appeared like a barren land with only a few bushes and no vegetation. The tribal group instructed her, and fellow poet-activist NV Krishna Warrier, that indiscriminate tree felling, involving timber mafias from outdoors the area, was liable for the lack of the inexperienced cowl.

Other than interesting to the Kerala Forest Department to provoke rectifying measures within the area the place tribal livelihood and sustenance had been badly affected by deforestation, she determined to provoke afforestation in no less than a small portion of land there in her means as an experiment.

She approached the division with the request to quickly handover a 100-acre hillock at Bommiapadi village to reconvert it as a pure forest. Using monetary help value Rs 7.5 lakh from the Council for the Advancement of People’s Action of Rural Technology (CAPART), she and her workforce quickly began creating the forest which has now changed into a profitable mannequin to be emulated elsewhere. The end result of the need and dedication of her workforce, the Bommiapadi forest is now often called Krishnavanam and is house to animals similar to elephants, gaurs, deers, peacocks, wild boars, tigers, and the lion-tailed macaques.

Developed and maintained with the energetic involvement of native tribals, Krishnavanam has quite a lot of bushes together with bamboo, kanjiram (Strychnine), neem, and venga (Indian kino tree). There are additionally a big number of medicinal vegetation which help the standard medication initiatives of the native tribals.

According to KA Ramu, a tribal activist in Attappady, Krishnavanam which is now again within the custody of the forest division is a becoming memorial for Sugathakumari,

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