Babulal Gandhi (Activist)
Shri Babulalji Gandhi entered the life of social service through Acharya Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan Movement. He worked with great commitment and zeal. He kept on thinking about the basic issues related to the inequality in land ownership and development of inerrable land and wrote a book based on his own experiences. After the movement at Vinchurni near Phaltan, he and his family developed a model on natural farming in an arid, drought prone area with hostile climatic conditions. The farm produces grains, fruits and medicinal plants without interfering with the original vegetation. It also organizes and initiates educational interactions with children, students and farmers. Everyone has realised the severity of the problems created by natural climate changes in the last few years. Babukaka’s oasis is a source of inspiration for everyone who is willing to shape a life of eco-friendly character.
Babasaheb Gaikwad of Sangli holds a degree in Zoology and a diploma in Forest Management, too. After serving in the Indian military he joined the Forest Dept of Maharashtra as a range officer. During those years he developed a flair for nature photography and tried his hand in forest conservation and cultivation, plantation, soil conservation, growing medicinal plants etc. He helped reduce the acute pollution faced by the Khopoli region by undertaking tree plantation drives.
A photo clicked by him won the 3rd prize at ‘Vasundhara Festival’ 2012 in Pune.
Founded on 20th July 2009, this institution of Sangli leads the way for nature and environmental conservation and various other society-oriented positive projects. It also publishes a quarterly newsletter dedicated to this subject. In 2011, Abhalmaya arranged the Green Ganesh competition, to which many Ganesh Mandals responded heartily. A workshop was also conducted on the Green Building concept. To spread the thought of nature and environmental conservation amongst people, Abhalmaya on 8th January 2012, arranged a meet of writers who penned on this subject. Many conservationists attended it. In a novel way, registration for this meet was in the form of ‘plant-a-sapling’ drive. The foundation distributed booklets outlining the green concept to students, and an essay-writing & elocution competition was arranged.