Anand Kumar

Climate change brings a common platform where humanity talks with environment, industry talks with pollution, poverty talks with technology and the future talks with the past. Even though these words are mine, this was the belief that had been outlined in the Brundtland report under the title of “Our Common Future”. When we address environmental problems, it leaves us with the dilemma of where to begin. Do we solve the energy problems of the developing countries, agrarian crises of the least developed countries, or the political crises of the Middle Eastern countries?

I was born in the fairly rural setting of Begusarai, Bihar. Throughout my childhood, I enjoyed the immense resources of the incredible Indo-Gangetic plain. But I never really thought about or understood the complexities that plague the farmers of Bihar on almost a daily basis. That was to come later, when I decided to study agriculture at Banaras Hindu University. Through the course of my studies, I began to feel that the shadowy nexus between businessmen and policymakers handicapped Indian agriculture and wasted precious natural resources. In those four years, I presented several papers at national and international seminars; one of them was on the “Cremation of Poverty”, a case study of the marginalised Dom caste of Eastern UP and Bihar. After graduating, I joined the team for natural resources management at TERI University, New Delhi. Here I got many chances to apply my previous knowledge and learn from experts. I started working on the restoration of India’s largest fresh water lake,Kanwar Lake. While at TERI, I got the 2nd prize for the best social entrepreneurship idea,which I presented under the title “Rural Internship”. I also represented and organised the institute in many sports teams at a university level for three consecutive years.

Degree and Institution:

B. Sc. in Agriculture from Benaras Hindu University

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