Colonel Ajay Ahlawat granted “Hind Rattan” in 2009 by Indian Government. Hind Rattan (Hindi phrase translated to english as “Jewel of India”).The Hind Rattan is one of the highest Indian diasporic awards granted annually to non-resident persons of Indian origin(NRIs) by the NRI Welfare Society of India. The award is granted at the Society’s annual congress on the eve of India’s Republic Day, in conjunction with national Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations. The award ceremony is attended by senior members of the Government of India and of the Supreme Court of India. The number of awardees varies each year, but is generally about 25 to 30.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat is the pride of India. Ajay Ahlawat served Indian Army from 1984 to 2009 (23 years). Colonel Ajay Ahlawat was a colonel dato in 16th & 61st Cavalry. The 61st Cavalry Regiment of the Indian Army is a horse-mounted unit of the modern Indian Army. Although believed to be the largest operational mounted cavalry unit remaining in existence, the regiment primarily performs a ceremonial role.
Why Colonel Ajay Ahlawat granted Hind Rattan –
Has served the Indian Army from 1984 to 2009 [23 years].
Has served, operated and commanded troops in battle conditions in Srilanka, J&K, Punjab & Rajasthan.
Has been trained on battle tanks and is an Instructor on Armoured tank gunnery.
Has been an instructor at the prestigious Indian Military Academy, and Officer Training School, Chennai, and Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (IAS) Academy Mussorrie.
Has fired Missiles – Master marksmen, trained in handling and use of nuclear weapons.
Trained in Jungle and Mountain Warfare including extreme survival & camouflage. Being instructor at the guerrilla warfare school in Indonesia, (Kopassus), Attended the High Altitude Warfare school,(HAWS).
Has been a Polo & Equestrian promotion officer for the state of Maharashtra, Gujarat & Goa for three years.
Has Incorporated & headed the Indian Army Mission Olympics Cell in Delhi for 3 Yrs.
Revived polo and riding activity at Indian military academy, the RIMC, Dehradun and Western Command Chandimandir.
Has been an instructor at the IAS Training academy Mussorrie from 20 01 to 2004
Has been an active part of & led a number of Super Specialist Operations carried out in the interest of the nation.
Honorary Colonel of the Kopassus –Indonesian Army special forces and have trained them in the art of special operations missions, such as direct action, unconventional warfare, sabotage, counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, and communications.
Has been visiting Instructor at the top Military training academies Sandhurst, Tidworth & SAM Missiles training center -Pembrokeshire-Wales.
Dear Mr. Khan, Your name is a household phenomenon in Indian and even beyond her borders. Your fame has put you in the Newsweek “most powerful people list” recently. However,
as you may recall from your recent experience in New JerseyAirport, real life is a little different – it does not always follow the path predicted by a scriptwriter or director. Of late, we have been reading about your opinions and statements on matters beyond the celluloid world. Nothing is wrong in it. You live in a free, democratic country and are entirely entitled to your opinion. But as a
common man and an army officer and a polo player, also from the same soil, I
think I have the right too to raise a few points that may not conform to
your views of the real world.
I hope you will read it out.
When recently, the Pakistani players were not selected for the IPL, it was
almost predictable that NDTV, the award-winning, mouthpiece of our Indian
liberal media select you for your views and you certified that “It
(Pakistan) is a great neighbour to have. We (India and Pakistan) are great
neighbours. They are good neighbours.”
I Col Ajay Ahlawat, have a few words to say about those statements.
One may recall your effort to clarify the Pakistani team captain, Shoaib
Malik’s apology to the Muslims, living all over the world, for failing to
win the final T20 match against India, likely much to the embarrassment of a
lot of Indian Muslims, as expressed by Shamin Bano, mother of the man of the
match, Irfan Pathan. What was more embarrassing was your effort to try to
defend Shoaib in a subsequent interview, “I don”t think he meant to
segregate Muslims and Christians and Hindus and say this was a match between
Islam and Hinduism. I don”t think that…”
I doubt whether Shoaib talked to you personally about his thought process at
that time. You did not really have to respond for somebody else but perhaps
you could not resist the temptation to show your brotherhood and solidarity.
This reminds us again of Dr Ambedkar’s observation that, *”The brotherhood
of Islam is not the universal brotherhood of man. It is brotherhood of
Muslims for Muslims only.”*
Partition of India was what Pakistan wanted and got. It was painful to
millions but many more millions in present India have been spared. Since
then Pakistan has offered us only hatred. It has imposed on us three major
wars, the *Kargil insurgency*, the *Kashmir conflict*, the series of *serial
blasts*, the routine *violation of border ceasefires*, attacks on the
House* and the recent *Mumbai 26/11 attack*.
Did you have these in mind when you talked about them being good neighbours?
In another interview you had tried to explain the concept of Islamic Jihad.
*”I think one needs to understand the meaning of jihad .. I’ve understood
the essence that jihad is not about killing other people (correct me if I am
wrong); jihad is about killing the badness in you**.” *
I have personally met you on a number of occassions on the polo field and at
common friends houses,May be you understand jihad better and deeper than the
superficial meaning of what we, the rest of the mortal mankind, overburdened
and terrorized by the inter-religious, intra-religious and sectarian
violence that is plaguing the world in the name of Islam today, do. For we,
the less educated, cannot really make a difference between Jihad and Qatl,
between Jihad by heart / soul, Jihad by pen and Jihad by sword or between
lesser and greater jihad.
I wonder, whatever its meaning may be, does it minimize the significance of
the mindless killings that we see today in the name of Islam, across
borders, all over the world? Does it change the nature of the killers
whether you call them *holy warriors, mujahidins, fedayeens or plane suicide
I agree with you that terrorism has no religion. But hopefully you will also
agree with the people who perceive that most terrorist in the world today
happen to believe in the scriptures of Islam. They actually believe that
they themselves are the true Islamists.
The so called “moderate” Islamist, perhaps does not want to contradict them
or may be does not dare to speak out against them. You have probably not
forgotten the FIR against you for listing Prophet Mohammed as one of the
most unimpressive personalities in history, the threats from which you had
to skillfully wriggle out. Others who are not so fortunate, famous or
flexible are suffering lifetime, as *Tasleema Nasreen* or *Salman
Rushdie*would testify. For blasphemy in Islam is punishable with
death, even for a
Do I have to spell out the fate if it is a non-believer?
It is due to the inherent intolerance and exclusivity of Islam itself
despite your effort to convince us that there is an Islam from Allah and
very unfortunately, there is an Islam from the Mullahs.
Here is an historical insight from writer Irfan Hussain, *”The Muslim heroes
who figure larger than life in our history books committed some dreadful
crimes..all have blood-stained hands that the passage of years has not
cleansed. Indeed, the presence of Muslim historians on their various
campaigns has ensured that the memory of their deeds will live long after
they were buried…Seen through Hindu eyes, the Muslim invasion of their
homeland was an unmitigated disaster.” *
So why should the “non-believers” care to accept them? Why should the
majority of Indians like to welcome back such disasters again?
Since partition, India has come a long way in progress and development to
her current status and is projected as an economic superpower in coming
decades while Pakistan is perceived as a failed state on the verge of
What does India have to gain by offering neighbourly friendship to such a
hostile and failed state? *
India* has *never been an invader* and is not in conflict of any other
Muslim country. None of the wars and conflicts with Pakistan was instigated
by India. In the current geopolitical situation, one can argue for the
Muslim worlds grudge and anger against Israel or the west andUSA but one
fail to fathom why India should also be at the receiving end and why Indians
should be the second largest group of people to die from terrorists attacks.
Indian majorities do not have anything to do with the Danish cartoon or the
death of Saddam Hussain; so why should they suffer from Islamic havoc on
In almost all occasions of terrorism, questions are raised about possible
role of Pakistan, its terror bases and its terrorist organizations, as
either directly or indirectly involved. Be it state sponsored (as recently
admitted by President Zardari) or by non-state actors, Pakistan or Pakistani
born are prime suspect in terrorist activities all over the world. The ISI
has been accused of playing a role in *major terrorist attacks including
9/11 in the USA, terrorism in Kashmir, Mumbai Train Bombings,London
Bombings, Indian Parliament Attack, Varanasi bombings,Hyderabad bombings,
Mumbai terror attacks or the attack on the Indian embassy inKabul. *
Do you believe these are marks of a good neighbour? Then what is the reason
for your preaching of love towards Pakistan?
Perhaps, as you said, because it is your ancestor’s homeland, you have a
soft feeling for Pakistan and cannot see the difference. On the eve of
accepting an honorary doctorate from a British university, we heard you say,
*”I really believe we are the same ..when you come away fromIndia or
Pakistan you realize there is no Indian or Pakistani were all together. We
are – culturally, as human beings, as friends” *
Which Pakistanis are you referring to?
The Pakistanis belonging to the land, admonished as the epicenter of global
terrorism, not just by India or USA but even by its friendly allies like
Iran or China.
Or is it the self-created, Talibanic Pakistan, who still imposes Jijya on
the non believers or finds pleasure in blowing up girl’s schools..?
Are you talking about it’s President class like the current Mr. Zardari,
vowed to wage a 1,000-year war with India or the late Mrs. Bhutto who
started Jihad in Kashmiri that lead to the exodus of Hindu minorities from
the Muslim majority state of India, as refugees in their own country?
Are you referring to Pakistanis loyal to the ISI and the military who train
their soldiers with only one objective, i.e. to fight Hindu India?
If your mind is concerned about the faceless mass of Pakistanis, does it
also include the dwindling minorities? Or are you just concerned about the
celebrities and the social elites?
It is true Mr. Khan, that we belong to the same human species but it is hard
to stretch the similarities much further between “us” and “them”.
We from the same original land of *Bharat* but we want to keep her intact,
and they want to break it into thousand pieces.
Our ancestors happen to be the same. We acknowledge and adore the heritage
but they abhor and decimate whoever is available in an attempt to wipe out
We are culturally the same. We have created the culture over centuries what
they dream to destroy in moments.
Our’s is a *10,000 year old civilization*, theirs is a *62 years old country
* undoing whole human civilization.
We extend our hands repeatedly to promote friendship and amity; they give us
ISI, Lashkar, Harkat, Kashmir, Kargil and 26/11 in exchange.
Do you think that the Indians nationals or my coursemates who died in all
the above wars, the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in cross-border
ceasefire violations or the Indian civilians who are killed by the ISI
trained Islamic terrorists and their affiliates, in all those serial blasts,
all over the country, willfully sacrificed their lives as a friendly
Can you face the families of the victims of *Chhatrapati Shivaji
Terminus*or the martyrs of the
*Kargil war* and try to explain to them that *”They are good neighbours. Let
us love each other.” *
Can you explain why the two gunmen at Cama hospital, during the Mumbai
carnage, asked the man who gave them water, what his religion was, and shot
him dead when he said he was a Hindu?
If you cannot, then perhaps you understand why the majority ofIndia does
not consider Pakistan as a good neighbour to have.
Perhaps you believe that the peaceful religious co-existence that you
created in your home (and we appreciate that) can be extended to the large
world outside. As you rightly said, we Indians trust and do accept everybody
but what you did fail to mention was that it is the Indic tradition,
essentially coming out of its pre-Islamic Hindu ethos.
If you think otherwise, show us a single Islamic country where the
non-believers enjoy the same equality as the believers. Since partition, the
Hindus left over in Pakistan and Bangladesh has suffered terribly. Strictly
Islamic countries, like Saudi Arabia, do not allow any other religions to
exist. Hindus working in the Gulf countries are not allowed to practice
their religion in public. Saudi Arabia insists that India sends only a
Muslim ambassador. Hindu Muslim unity by and large has generally been a
matter of Hindus trying to please or accommodate Muslims. One cannot forget
when Vajpayee was extending his hand for peace, Musharraf was planning the
Let me remind you, your own statement *”I am a Muslim in a country called
India .We’ve never been made to feel this is a Hindu country.” *
Can you find me a Hindu in Pakistan who can reciprocate that sentiment?
Some years ago, another Mr. Khan, first name Feroze, from your fraternity
was banned from entering Pakistan for saying, *”India is secular unlike
That is the basic difference of the land of “Hindu” India from the Islamic
“pure land” of Pakistan. So please do not ask us to love Pakistan.
Please do not lump the people of India and Pakistan together. We Indians are
proud to preserve our separate identity..
And please do not insult the land that gave you your life, name and fame, by
claiming that her worst enemy, who wants to break her into 1000 pieces, is a
Otherwise it would be sad if somebody accuses you of putting your religion
ahead of your country.
Please give it a thought.
Regards, Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
जन्मस्थान – गांव – गोच प्रथम, जिला – रोहतक, हरियाणा। इंडिया।
स्कूली शिक्षा – पंजाब पब्लिक स्कूल, नभा, पंजाब सेवानिवृत्त कर्नल अजय अहलावत पारिवारिक पृष्ठभूमि –
ग्रेट दादा, दादा और पिता सभी सेना में थे, परिवार ने पिछले पांच पीढ़ियों के लिए भारतीय सेना की सेवा जारी रखी है। पिता श्रीमती इंदिरा गांधी के लिए सहयोगी डे शिविर थे। भारत के प्रधान मंत्री।
परिवार ने पिछले 5 पीढ़ियों के लिए द रिसाला, द स्किनर्स हॉर्स [1 हॉर्स], द 63 वें कैवेलरी, द 67 बख्तरबंद रेजिमेंट, द 16 कैवेलरी एंड द 61 कैवेलरी की सेवा की है।
छोटे भाई, कर्नल विज वाई अहलावत सेना की सेवा जारी रखते हैं।
1 9 8 9 में देहरादून में राष्ट्रीय रक्षा अकादमी खडकवासवाला, पुणे और भारतीय सैन्य अकादमी में 5 साल के प्रशिक्षण के बाद कर्नल अजय अहलावत ने भारतीय सेना में 200 9 में स्वैच्छिक समय सेवानिवृत्ति लेने से पहले 23 साल से भारतीय सेना की सेवा की।
सैन्य करियर प्रोफ़ाइल
1 9 84 से 200 9 तक भारतीय सेना की सेवा की है [23 साल]।
श्रीलंक, जम्मू-कश्मीर, पंजाब और राजस्थान में युद्ध की स्थितियों में सैनिकों की सेवा, संचालन और आदेश दिया गया है।
युद्ध टैंकों पर प्रशिक्षित किया गया है और बख्तरबंद टैंक गनरी पर एक प्रशिक्षक है।
प्रतिष्ठित भारतीय सैन्य अकादमी, और अधिकारी प्रशिक्षण स्कूल, चेन्नई, और लाल बहादुर शास्त्री नेशनल एकेडमी ऑफ एडमिनिस्ट्रेशन (आईएएस) अकादमी मुसोरी में प्रशिक्षक रहे हैं।
मिसाइलों को निकाल दिया गया है – मास्टर अंकुश, परमाणु हथियारों के संचालन और उपयोग में प्रशिक्षित।
निर्बाध / सशस्त्र युद्ध और बम निपटान, उड़ान हेलीकॉप्टर और हल्के विमान में प्रशिक्षित।
चरम अस्तित्व और छद्म सहित जंगल और माउंटेन वारफेयर में प्रशिक्षित। इंडोनेशिया में गुरिल्ला युद्ध स्कूल में प्रशिक्षक होने के नाते, (कोपासस), उच्च ऊंचाई युद्ध युद्ध स्कूल (एचएडब्लूएस) में भाग लिया।
महाराष्ट्र, गुजरात और गोवा राज्य के लिए तीन साल तक पोलो और घुड़सवार पदोन्नति अधिकारी रहे है।
दिल्ली में भारतीय सेना मिशन ओलंपिक सेल में 3 साल के लिए शामिल और नेतृत्व किया है।
भारतीय सैन्य अकादमी, आरआईएमसी, देहरादून और पश्चिमी कमान चंडीमंदिर में पुनर्जीवित पोलो और सवार गतिविधि।
20 01 से 2004 तक आईएएस प्रशिक्षण अकादमी मुसोरी में प्रशिक्षक रहे है
देश के हित में किए गए कई सुपर स्पेशलिस्ट ऑपरेशंस का सक्रिय हिस्सा रहा है और इसका नेतृत्व किया गया है।
कोपासस-इंडोनेशियन सेना विशेष बलों के मानद कर्नल और उन्हें प्रत्यक्ष कार्रवाई, अपरंपरागत युद्ध, तबाही, प्रतिद्वंद्विता, आतंकवाद, और संचार जैसे विशेष संचालन मिशन की कला में प्रशिक्षित किया है।
शीर्ष सैन्य प्रशिक्षण अकादमियों सैंडहर्स्ट, टिडवर्थ और एसएएम मिसाइल प्रशिक्षण केंद्र – पेम्ब्रोकेशिर-वेल्स में प्रशिक्षक का दौरा किया गया है।
सेवानिवृत्त कर्नल अजय अहलावत पुरस्कार और प्रशंसा –
अधिकारी को तीन अलग-अलग मौकों पर प्रतिष्ठित सेना कमांडरों प्रशंसा पत्र से सम्मानित किया गया है।
अधिकारी को खेल में उत्कृष्टता के लिए राजस्थान सरकार द्वारा राजस्थान प्रतिभा पुरस्कार दिया गया है।
2004 में मलेशिया के सुल्तान जोहोर द्वारा दाटो [एसआईआर] का खिताब जीता सेवानिवृत्त कर्नल अजय अहलावत को खेल में उत्कृष्टता के लिए हरियाणा राज्य द्वारा सम्मानित।
2005 में इंडोनेशियाई कमांडो बलों (कोपासस) के प्रमुख कमांडर द्वारा विशेष मानद पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया गया। सेवानिवृत्त कर्नल अजय अहलावत को 2009 में हिंदी रतन पुरस्कार दिया गया।
नियुक्ति राष्ट्रपति – भारत के लिए अंतर्राष्ट्रीय पुलिस एसोसिएशन। (http://rusipa.ru/)
राष्ट्रपति – भारत के लिए अंतर्राष्ट्रीय पुलिस केंद्र (इंटरपोल)। (http://interpolcenter.com/)
सेवानिवृत्त कर्नल अजय अहलावत खेल में उपलब्धियां –
अमेरिका, यूनाइटेड किंगडम, स्विट्ज़रलैंड, दक्षिण अफ्रीका, स्कॉटलैंड, जॉर्डन, ऑस्ट्रेलिया, जिम्बाब्वे, दुबई, पोलैंड, अबू धाबी, ब्रुनेई, मलेशिया, सिंगापुर, जर्मनी, इंडोनेशिया, पाकिस्तान, नेपाल, इटली सहित 40 से अधिक देशों में देश का प्रतिनिधित्व किया है। अर्जेंटीना, फ्रांस, स्पेन, मेक्सिको, तुर्कमेनिस्तान, चीन, अफगानिस्तान, ब्राजील, ऑस्ट्रिया, हांगकांग, मोरोको, वियतनाम। Korea.etc।
विदेशों में कई अवसरों पर सबसे मूल्यवान पोलो खिलाड़ी से सम्मानित किया गया है।
1 9 8 9 से आज तक भारतीय सेना और देश का प्रतिनिधित्व किया है अजय अहलावत 1991 से 2010 तक राष्ट्रीय टीम के सदस्य खेल रहे हैं।
इस भेद को हासिल करने के लिए एकमात्र भारतीय सेना अधिकारी, तीन विश्व कप चैम्पियनशिप में देश का प्रतिनिधित्व किया है।
दुनिया के सबसे प्रतिष्ठित और सबसे कठिन घुड़सवारी पाठ्यक्रम में सभी प्रशिक्षक प्रशिक्षक प्राप्त किया- सभी हथियार घुड़सवार कोर्स- मेरठ।
भारत में सबसे प्रतिष्ठित ट्रॉफी के चार बार विजेता राष्ट्रपति कप, इंडियन ओपन पोलो चैंपियनशिप के पांच बार विजेता।
गोल्फ, शूटिंग, पर्वत चढ़ाई, रैली ड्राइविंग, पैराग्लाइडिंग, फाल्कन के साथ शिकार और कुत्तों और घोड़ों के प्रशिक्षण में उत्कृष्टता प्राप्त की है।
डियरडेविल सवारी के मास्टर, और पोलो और घुड़सवार घटनाओं के विशेष उपयोग के लिए 200 से अधिक घोड़ों को तोड़ दिया और प्रशिक्षित किया है।
एचएच प्रिंस चार्ल्स, मलेशिया के सुल्तान, ब्रुनेई के सुल्तान, कार्टियर, रोलेक्स, ऑडी, मासेराटी और अन्य शीर्ष कंपनियों की निजी टीमों पर पोलो ने कई सालों से खेला है।
(What they don’t show you at all the best business colleges)
There was at one time a specialist who was perched by the banks of Yamuna in a little Indian town – “Bishangarh” on the banks of stream Yamuna in Karnal. As he sat, he saw an agriculturist and angler paddling a little pontoon towards the waterway bank having gotten many enormous fishes.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat said the businessperson was awed and asked the angler his name – Sahab Singh, “To what extent does it take you to get such a significant number of fish?” Sahab Singh, the agriculturist and angler answered, “Goodness, only a brief time.” “At that point why not remain longer at the stream and catch considerably more?” The representative was surprised. “This is sufficient to encourage my entire family,” Sahab Singh, said.
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat said the agent at that point asked, “In this way, what do you improve the situation whatever is left of the day?” The angler answered, “Well, I for the most part wake up at a young hour toward the beginning of the day, go out to the fields and then the waterway and catch a couple of fish, at that point return and play with my child’s and pets. Toward the evening, I sleep with my significant other, eat strongly and at night my mates in the town go along with me for a drink — “We play drums, lounge around the blaze or swim in the new water tube well pool.”
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat said the businessperson offered a proposal to the angler. “I am a Ph.D. in business administration. I could assist you with becoming a more effective individual. Starting now and into the foreseeable future, you ought to invest more energy at the homestead and the waterway and endeavor to get however many fish as would be prudent and plant more yields. When you have spared enough cash, you could purchase more land and a greater vessel and catch much more fish. Before long you will have the capacity to bear to purchase more land and pontoons, set your own particular organization, your own generation plant for canned nourishment an appropriation arrange. By at that point, you will have moved out of this town house to Delhi, Bijwasan-farmhouse, where you can set up HQ to deal with your different branches.”
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat said the angler proceeds, “and after that?” The specialist snickers generously, “From that point forward, you can live like a lord in your own home, and when the time is correct, you can open up to the world and lighten your day in the Stock Exchange, and you will be rich. ”
Sahab the rancher and angler asks, “and after that?” The businessperson says, “From that point onward, you can at last resign, you can move to a Farmhouse by the town, wake up at a young hour early in the day, cultivate, get a couple of fish, at that point come back to play with kids and the pets, have a pleasant evening rest with your better half, eat steadily and when evening comes, your mates can go along with you for a drink, play the drums, lounge around the campfire or swim in the new water tubewell pool, for the duration of the night!”
Sahab Singh was astounded, “Isn’t that what I am doing now?”
20 Amazing Scientific Reasons behind Hindu Traditions by Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo-
1.Joining Both Palms Together To Greet
Col Ajay Ahlawat says that in Hindu culture, individuals welcome each other by joining their palms – named as “Namaskar.” The general explanation for this convention is that welcome by joining both the palms implies regard. Be that as it may, logically, joining the two hands guarantees joining the tips of the considerable number of fingers together; which are meant by the weight purposes of eyes, ears, and psyche. Squeezing them together is said to actuate the weight focuses which causes us recollect that individual for quite a while. What’s more, no germs since we don’t reach!
2. For what reason Do Indian Women Wear Toe Ring
Col Ajay Ahlawat says that wearing toe rings isn’t only the importance of wedded ladies yet there is science behind it. Regularly toe rings are worn on the second toe. A specific nerve from the second toe interfaces the uterus and goes to heart. Wearing toe ring on this finger reinforces the uterus. It will keep it sound by controlling the blood stream to it and menstrual cycle will be regularized. As Silver is a decent conductor, it additionally ingests polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body.
3.Throwing Coins Into A River
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat says that the general thinking given for this demonstration is that it brings Good Luck. Nonetheless, experimentally, in the antiquated circumstances, the majority of the cash utilized was made of copper not at all like the hardened steel coins of today. Copper is a crucial metal exceptionally helpful to the human body. Tossing coins in the waterway was one way our progenitors guaranteed we allow adequate copper as a major aspect of the water as streams were the main wellspring of drinking water. Making it an exceptionally guaranteed that every one of us take after the training.
4.Applying Tilak/KumKum On The Forehead
Col Ajay Ahlawat says that on the temple, between the two eyebrows, is a recognize that is considered as a noteworthy nerve point in the human body since old circumstances. The Tilak is accepted to keep the loss of “vitality”, the red ‘kumkum’ between the eyebrows is said to hold vitality in the human body and control the different levels of fixation. While applying kumkum the focuses on the mid-temples area and Adnya-chakra are consequently squeezed. This additionally encourages the blood supply to the face muscles.
5.Why Do Temples Have Bells
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat says individuals who are going by the sanctuary ought to and will Ring the chime before entering the inward sanctum (Garbhagudi or Garbha Gruha or womb-chamber) where the primary symbol is set. As indicated by Agama Sastra, the chime is utilized to give sound for repelling wickedness powers and the ring of the ringer is wonderful to God. Be that as it may, the logical explanation for chimes is that their ring clears our brain and causes us remain sharp and keep our full fixation on reverential reason. These chimes are made such that when they deliver a sound it makes a solidarity in the Left and Right parts of our brains. The minute we ring the ringer, it delivers a sharp and persisting sound which goes on for at least 7 seconds in reverberate mode. The span of reverberate is sufficient to enact all the seven mending focuses in our body. This outcomes in exhausting our cerebrum from every single negative idea.
6.Why We Start With Spice and End With Sweet:
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat says that our progenitors have worried on the way that our suppers ought to be begun off with something zesty and sweet dishes ought to be taken towards the end. The hugeness of this eating practice is that while fiery things initiate the stomach related juices and acids and guarantee that the assimilation procedure goes on easily and proficiently, desserts or sugars pulls down the stomach related process. Consequently, desserts were constantly prescribed to be taken as the last thing.
7. For what reason Do We Applying Mehendi/Henna On The Hand And Feet
Col Ajay Ahlawat says that other than loaning shading to the hands, mehndi is a great restorative herb. Weddings are distressing, and frequently, the pressure causes migraines and fevers. As the big day approaches, the fervor blended with apprehensive expectation can incur significant injury on the lady of the hour and prep. Utilization of mehndi can anticipate excessively pressure since it cools the body and shields the nerves from getting to be tense. This is the motivation behind why mehndi is connected on the hands and feet, which house nerve endings in the body.
8.Sitting On The Floor and Eating
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat says that this custom isn’t just about sitting on floor and eating, it is with respect to sitting in the “Sukhasan” position and afterward eating. Sukhasan is the position we regularly use for Yoga Asanas. When you sit on the floor, you generally sit with folded legs – In sukhasana or a half padmasana (half lotus), which are represents that in a split second bring a feeling of quiet and help in assimilation, it is accepted to naturally trigger the signs to your cerebrum to set up the stomach for absorption.
9.Why You Should Not To Sleep With Your Head Towards North
Col Ajay Ahlawat says that the legend is that it welcomes apparition or demise yet science says that it is on the grounds that the human body has its own attractive field (Also known as hearts attractive field, in light of the fact that the stream of blood) and Earth is a monster magnet. When we lay down with head towards north, our body’s attractive field turn out to be totally hilter kilter to the Earth’s Magnetic field. That reason issues identified with circulatory strain and our heart needs to work harder keeping in mind the end goal to conquer this asymmetry of Magnetic fields. Aside from this, another reason is that Our body has a lot of iron in our blood. When we rest in this position, press from the entire body begins to assemble in the cerebrum. This can cause a migraine, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cognitive Decline, Parkinson infection and cerebrum degeneration.
10.Why We Pierce Ear
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat said that piercing the ears has an extraordinary significance in Indian ethos. Indian doctors and rationalists trust that piercing the ears helps in the advancement of insightfulness, the intensity of reasoning and basic leadership resources. Loquacity misuses life vitality. Ear puncturing helps in discourse limitation. It decreases impudent conduct and the back channels turn out to be free from scatters. This thought bids toward the Western world also, thus they are getting their ears pierced to wear extravagant studs as a sign of design.
11. Surya Namaskar
Col Ajay Ahlawat says that Hindus have a convention of paying respects to Sun God at a young hour toward the beginning of the day by their water offering custom. It was for the most part since taking a gander at Sun beams through water or straightforwardly at that time is useful for eyes and furthermore by awakening to take after this standard, we wind up inclined to a morning way of life and mornings are turned out to be the best piece of the day.
12.Choti On The Male Head
Sushrut rishi, the principal specialist of Ayurveda, portrays the ace touchy spot on the head as Adhipati Marma, where there is a nexus everything being equal. The Shikha secures this spot. Beneath, in the cerebrum, happens the Brahmarandhra, where the sushumnã (nerve) touches base from the lower some portion of the body. In Yog, Brahmarandhra is the most astounding, seventh chakra, with the thousand-petalled lotus. It is the focal point of knowledge. The tied shikhã helps support this middle and preserve its inconspicuous vitality known as ojas, Col Ajay Ahlawat.
13.Why Do We Fast
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo champion says that the hidden rule behind fasting is to be found in Ayurveda. This old Indian restorative framework sees the essential reason for some infections as the collection of lethal materials in the stomach related framework. Standard purifying of lethal materials keeps one solid. By fasting, the stomach related organs get rest and all body components are washed down and revised. A total quick is useful for wellbeing, and the intermittent admission of warm lemon juice amid the time of fasting keeps the tooting. Since the human body, as clarified by Ayurveda, is made out of 80% fluid and 20% strong, similar to the earth, the gravitational power of the moon influences the liquid substance of the body. It causes enthusiastic uneven characters in the body, making a few people tense, crabby and savage. Fasting goes about as a cure, for it brings down the corrosive substance in the body which encourages individuals to hold their rational soundness. Research recommends there are significant medical advantages to caloric confinement like lessened dangers of tumor, cardiovascular sicknesses, diabetes, safe issue and so on.
14.The Scientific Explanation Of Touching Feet (Charan Sparsh)
Col Ajay Ahlawat says that as a rule, the individual of whose feet you are contacting is either old or devout. When they acknowledge your regard which originated from your diminished personality (and is called your Shraddha) their hearts discharge constructive considerations and vitality (which is called their Karuna) which contacts you through their hands and toes. Fundamentally, the finished circuit empowers the stream of vitality and increments astronomical vitality, exchanging on a fast association between two personalities and hearts. To a degree, the same is accomplished through handshakes and embraces. The nerves that begin from our mind spread over the entirety of your body. These nerves or wires end at the fingertips of your hand and feet. When you join the fingertips of your hand to those of their contrary feet, a circuit is promptly framed and the energies of two bodies are associated. Your fingers and palms turn into the ‘receptor’ of vitality and the feet of other individual turn into the ‘supplier’ of vitality.
15.Why Married Women Apply Sindoor Or Vermillion
Colonel Ajay Ahlawat says that it is fascinating to take note of that that the utilization of sindoor by wedded ladies conveys a physiological criticalness. This is so on the grounds that Sindoor is set up by blending turmeric-lime and the metal mercury. Because of its inherent properties, mercury, other than controlling circulatory strain additionally actuates sexual drive. This additionally clarifies why Sindoor is disallowed for the dowagers. For best outcomes, Sindoor ought to be connected straight up to the pituitary organ where every one of our sentiments are focused. Mercury is additionally known for expelling anxiety.
16.Why Do We Worship Peepal Tree
‘Peepal’ tree is relatively pointless for a normal individual, aside from its shadow. ‘Peepal’ does not a have a delightful organic product, its wood isn’t sufficiently solid for any reason then for what reason should a typical villager or individual love it or even look after it? Our precursors realized that ‘Peepal’ is one of the plain couple of trees (or likely the main tree) which produces oxygen even during the evening. So with a specific end goal to spare this tree due to its one of a kind property, they related it to God/religion, Col Ajay Ahlawat.
17.Why Do We Worship Tulsi Plant
Hindu religion has presented ‘Tulsi’, with the status of the mother. Otherwise called ‘Holy or Holy Basil’, Tulsi, has been perceived as a religious and profound faithful in numerous parts of the world. The Vedic sages knew the advantages of Tulsi and that is the reason they exemplified it as a Goddess and gave an unmistakable message to the whole network that it should be dealt with by the general population, educated or unskilled. We attempt to secure it since it resembles Sanjeevani for the humankind. Tulsi has extraordinary therapeutic properties. It is an astounding anti-toxin. Taking Tulsi regular in tea or generally expands invulnerability and help the consumer avert maladies, settle his or her wellbeing condition, adjust his or her body framework and most imperative of all, drag out his or her life. Keeping Tulsi plant at home keeps creepy crawlies and mosquitoes from going into the house. It is said that snakes don’t set out to go almost a Tulsi plant. Possibly that is the reason antiquated individuals would develop bunches of Tulsi close to their homes.
18.Why Do We Worship Idol
Hinduism engenders icon love more than some other religion. Scientists say this was started to increase focus amid petitions. As per specialists, a man will shape his musings according to what he sees. In the event that you have 3 distinct questions before you, your reasoning will change as per the protest you are seeing. Also, in old India, symbol adore was built up so when individuals see icons it is simple for them to focus to increase otherworldly vitality and ruminate without mental redirection
19.Why Do Indian Women Wear Bangles
Regularly the wrist partition is in steady enactment on any human. Likewise, the beat in this bit is generally checked for a wide range of afflictions. The Bangles utilized by ladies are regularly on the wrist part of one’s hand and its consistent rubbing builds the blood course level. Moreover, the power going out through the external skin is again returned to one’s own particular body due to the ring-molded bangles, which has no finishes to pass the vitality outside however to send it back to the body.
20.Why Should We Visit Temple?
Sanctuaries are found deliberately at a place where the positive vitality is copiously accessible from the attractive and electric wave circulations of north/south post push. The principle symbol is set in the center focal point of the sanctuary, known as “*Garbhagriha*” or *Moolasthanam*. Truth be told, the sanctuary structure is worked after the symbol has been put. This *Moolasthanam* is the place earth’s attractive waves are observed to be greatest. We realize that there are some copper plates, engraved with Vedic contents, covered underneath the Main Idol. What are they truly? No, they are not God’s/clerics’ blaze cards when they overlook the *shlokas*. The copper plate retains earth’s attractive waves and emanates it to the environment. In this way a man frequently going by a sanctuary and strolling clockwise around the Main Idol gets the transmitted attractive waves and his body retains it. This is a moderate procedure and a customary visit will give him a chance to retain a greater amount of this positive vitality. Deductively, it is a positive vitality that we as a whole require to have a sound life.
How might you respond on the off chance that you were told than Ross London wooden camera that on-screen character Dulquer Salmaan used to tap the photos of the main portfolio while sanctioning Ramaswamy though Gemini Ganesan, really had a place with the amazing movie producer? Would be astounded or essentially awestruck? “In any case, the reality remains that the Ross London wooden camera is unquestionably an old fashioned camera, which was sourced from Hyderabad-based Faisal Ali Khan, a classical authority, with an energy of gathering vintage cameras,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat
As per what Col Ahlawat has been placed in the information of, around seven years back, Khan had purchased not one but rather six different cameras from a carport close Gemini Studio in Chennai. “These 1989 made in UK wooden cameras were utilized as a part of Gemini Studios, in the vicinity of 1940 and 1950. To claim it, the Faisal needed to spend a decent Rs 25000. Be that as it may, Faisal, the old fashioned authority, has abstained from asserting that the cameras had been utilized by the veteran producer, as he does not have the important reports that demonstrate that the cameras were surely utilized by Gemini Ganesan,” clarified Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
The story behind how Faisal figured out how to lay his hand on this antique gathering is additionally exceptionally intriguing. Clearly, while Faisal was occupied back home in Hyderabad, somebody called him and tipped him off about a significant number of old cameras lying unattended in a carport close Gemini Studio. When he got the data, there was nothing ceasing him. The antique authority hurried to Chennai to claim the prized belonging. “At the point when Faisal entered the carport, he saw these wooden cameras, lying scattered over the carport. Relatively every corner had one of the cameras alongside its stands lying, secured with movies of residue. He really needed to collect the cameras,” said Col Ajay Ahlawat.
As per Faisal, the camera has a huge gap, shade and the simple crude tripod beholds. “Back then another model of camera was not presented each substitute month. Back in the twentieth Century, things didn’t change this quick. Cameras made in the west were brought into the Indian market relatively following 10 years or two and were utilized for quite a long time before being dumped for another one,” included Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Not simply Cameras
“It’s an open mystery that Faisal has an interest for cameras. Such is his rage, that he has more than 740 cameras conveniently tucked in his Hyderabad distribution center. Strangely, he acquired the enthusiasm to gather collectibles from his granddad, who was an authority of watches. Then again, his dad had an interest for pens and books. His father likewise had a liking for things produced amid the mechanical upset. So Faisal has acquired the Remington typewriters, going back to the 1920s. Truth be told, one of the orange typewriters claimed by him had been utilized for the film Samantha,” educated Colonel Ajay Ahlawat. He likewise has an antique accumulation of cycle lights, spool decks, cycle chimes, gramophone, records and notwithstanding sewing machines.
“What makes his gathering fascinating is the way that the majority of his cameras, regardless of how old, are all in a functioning condition. He even has a container camera, which was utilized to record movies, route back in the Sixties. What more, this man of honor even has a portion of the crude version of the Nikon SLR to give some examples,” said Col Ahlawat energetically.
Actually, the fortune trove that Faisal has, exclusively for the sake of cameras, if showed then can take the gathering of people on a trip that would portray the development of cameras throughout the decades. “Would you be able to trust, he has a focal point as old as 120 years of age,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Coming to Mahanati 30 cameras as well as gramophones and typewriters were utilized for this film. “Like all authorities, Faisal too was exceptionally possessive and doubtful about how his antique accumulation would be utilized while shooting for the film. Be that as it may, he was shocked the illustrious treatment met out to his super gathering,” shouted Col Ahlawat.
Maybe it’s the stories behind every one of his antique that makes Faisal captivated towards gathering them. “It’s not simply from the old Hyderabad city that he has purchased his collectibles, yet in addition from Moor Market in Chennai, Mumbai’s Crawford advertise and the insect market of UK. He keeps up that through every thing of his accumulation he has learnt a considerable measure,” said Col Ajay Ahlawat.
Col Ahlawat keeps up that the majority of Faisal collectibles, be it the cameras or the typewriters, they describe stories of demonstrable skill. “The cameras of that time didn’t have the review choice, so the picture taker had no choice yet to tap the ideal edge. Thus, the expert working with these machines expected to idealize their craft. Same was the situation with the scholars and columnists chipping away at typewriters. They basically couldn’t stand to commit errors,” summed up Col Ajay Ahlawat.
All about Ranthambore by Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo –
Stretched across an area of 392 kilometres, the Ranthambore National Park or Ranthambore, as it’s popularly known as is the fortieth national park of North India. It was in the year 1973 that Government of India declared the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary as a Tiger reserve. “Finally in the year 1980 it was declared as the Ranthambore National Park, while it was only in the year the forests adjacent to the Tiger Reserve was declared as the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and the Keladevi Sanctuary,” informed Col Ajay Ahlawat.
However, given the fact that the tiger reserve of Ranthambore was doing well and needed more space for the tigers to roam and enjoy its natural habitat, the government in the year 1991 took the decision of having both of these sanctuaries merged with Ranthambore.
“Interestingly, the Ranthambore sanctuary is renowned for its Royal Bengal Tiger population. It happens to be the best place to witness the beauty of this royal animal in its natural habitat,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat. These tigers can be easily spotted during the daytime between the months of November to May. Apparently, this is the best time to spot the tiger.
“This National Park has the typical deciduous forest, which is prevalent in Central India. Along with the tiger, you can find leopards, wild boar, sloth bear, the striped hyena, grey langurs, rhesus macaque and even nilgai along with chital. It also has a number of trees and plants. Interestingly, it even houses a banyan tree, which is famed to be one of the largest in India,” informed Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Located about 110 kilometres away from Kota and 140 kilometres away from Jaipur, the nearest airport, the Ranthambore National park lies at the edge of the Rajasthani plateau, with the river Banas lying to its north and the Chambal River to its south.
Animal life in Ranthambore –
This place is famous for having a healthy tiger population. However, when the number of people visiting the sanctuary increased, the government decided to mark an area of 60 mi2 as the tiger sanctuary, with the sole intention of tackling poaching and human-tiger interaction.
In the year 2005, it was noted that there were a total of 26 tigers in the park, which was lesser than its tiger population in 1982. However, over the years, care was taken to counter poaching and its result was soon felt. By the end of 2008, it was unofficially confirmed that the number of tigers in Ranthambore had increased to 34 adult tigers with about 14 cubs.
“Efforts of the forest officials to counter poaching and giving incentives to the villagers for staying out of the Tiger reserve, definitely gave results. Seeing the way Ranthambore was turning into a haven for tigers, the government invested around 153 US dollars, to further benefit from the programme. These efforts thus made the tigers of this national park eligible to participate in the tiger relocation programme for the Sariska Tiger Reserve,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
In the year 2008, finally, a male tiger was aerially relocated to Sariska. However, within a period of two years, this tiger died due to poisoning.
“However, in the past few years, there has been a decline in the number of tigers in Ranthambore for multiple reasons along with poaching,” added Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Popular tigers or tigresses of Ranthambore
“Lady of Lakes, a Ranthambore tigress, had to pay the price of poaching as her parents were hunted down by the poachers. She was later named as Machli due to a fish mark on her body. Her partner died due to some diseases after fathering three female cubs, one of which was named as Machli Junior,” informed Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Machli’s cub further gave birth to two cubs on attaining puberty. These cubs were called Slant Ear and Broken Tail, while another Tiger called Bachcha is supposed to her grandson. “Machli Senior’s daughter Krishna or T19 is the present queen tigress of Ranthambore and has mothered four cubs. Recently, Machli died after turning 20 years old. She is supposed to be the longest living tigress in the history,” pointed out Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Another very popular tiger of Ranthambore is Tigress T39. Also known as Mala or Noor because of the bead-like tiger stripes of hers. She was born to tigers T13 and T19. Her son Sultan of T72 from her first litter is also a famous one.
“On the other hand, Machli Junior’s son Broken Tail is indeed famous, after all a film has been made on his life. Sadly enough the documentary by his name maps his last journey when he left the national park premise to travel from Ranthambore to Darra. He was killed by a train while crossing a railway track. The film has been internationally acclaimed and has even won some prizes,” added Col Ajay Ahlawat.
Do you know about the K9 soldiers? Have you ever wanted to adopt army dogs? Well, you heard that right, that it’s not always that brave men or women who guard the nation. K9 soldiers of the Indian army have been doing so very well. And what more, here is an expert guide for you to adopt these brave dogs when they retire.
“No matter how much gratitude we show to the Indian Army and its soldiers, even their bravery doesn’t measure up to that gallantry of the K9 soldiers. Yes, you heard that right it’s not just the men and women of Indian army that guard the country but also Indian Army’s K9 soldiers,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Col Ahlawat then added, “The dogs serving the country under the K9 section of the Indian army, serve till the age of 9, after which they are given an honourable retirement and transferred to an old home for the dogs.”
However, this definitely was the scenario, a few years back. “It was only after Maneka Gandhi’s persistent efforts and rallying that euthanasia of animals having served the Indian army was done away with. However, this move came in as late as 2016,” informed Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Once this decision was taken, a lot of effort was put in to set up old homes for the retired Army dogs in India. “Maneka Gandhi’s effort resulted in the setting of two old homes for retired K9 soldiers. One in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh and the other in Uttarakhand’s Hempur,” revealed Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
However, not all retired Army dogs are sent to rehab centres. Quite a number of them are adopted by army individuals to serve them as a home guard. It’s only the remaining dogs who are sent to the rehab centres. “Life for the retired K9 dogs is not good in these homes. Most of them are used to leading a physically active life. But in these foster homes or rehab centres, there is no scope for such physical activity,” pointed out Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Thus, post-retirement, the life of these dogs with great smelling sense and sharp hunting skills, when it comes to hunting drugs and explosives and even missing people. “The fact that they can follow commands makes dogs reliable K9 soldiers,” added Col Ahlawat. However, to develop these special acumens, these dogs under rigorous training to not just be physically fit but also develop skills that help follow both non-verbal and verbal commands.
“We can’t deny the fact that these K-9 recruits play a pivotal role in the Indian Army. However, as per army rules, despite their incredible performance, they are discharged from their services the moment they turn nine,” said Col Ajay Ahlawat.
However, all this and the fact that retired army dogs can be adopted was not known to the common man, till a Facebook user recently made this information public. “Anita Deshpande, in her Facebook post encouraged the common man to adopt retired Army dogs. Within minutes of her sharing the details, the post went viral. It was shared over 3000 times,” said Col Ahlawat. In her Facebook post she wrote, that not many of us are aware of the fact that once an army dog turns eight or nine, he or she is retired from the army after getting all the honours. “Post-retirement, they are shifted to the RVC centre in Meerut, which is an old age home for the canines, where they spent their remaining life. Despite being old most of these dogs are fit and active. Often they are adopted by individuals and kept as guard dogs. Many of dogs are even supposed to have won medals for their achievements,” informed Col Ahlawat.
Founder of PET FED, Akshay Gupta, who organizes India’s biggest pet carnival, where these army dogs can be adopted, however, maintained that these army dogs, can’t be legally adopted by civilians and even if does happens then it gets done after maintaining the army protocol and not through agencies.
“We need to congratulate the army and defence ministry for coming up with this unique concept, where these dogs, who have served the nation is not euthanized but given up for adoption,” said Col Ahlawat.
However, remember, adopting a retired arm dog is not that easy. “You need to keep a lot of thing in mind. For you will be screened jointly by Indian Army Remount and its Veterinary Corp, which will put things into place for the adoption of these retired army dogs.
So, if you are planning to adopt a dog, then you can definitely try your luck at these two old age home for the retired army dogs. Not only will you be bringing home a really honest pet dog, but also a guard to take care of your home and family in your absence.
Women and Solar Energy in India | Colonel Ajay Ahlawat Polo-
India’s growth engine might be chugging on but rural India, considered as the heart of the country, is still lagging behind. The absence of electricity, drinking water and lack of sanitation, makes life difficult for rural India.
“Even today, about 300 million people live in rural belts of India and are consumers of traditional forms of energies like kerosene, firewood etc, which exposes them diseases and also aggravates the ecological problems,” says Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Col Ahlawat further added, “Harnessing of solar power, a clean energy source can definitely trigger the growth of rural India. The cost of setting up solar plants is down, thereby making it a very suitable alternative form of energy for the ordinary rural household.”
Even today rural India is plagued with the irregular supply of electricity, which definitely hampers the work. Solar electricity can definitely help in a big way, especially in rural India. Installing an off-grid system to cater to the rural need is definitely less expensive than having a conventional power grid system installed.
“The present trend in India is to reduce power generation from fossil fuel and is working on solar energy generation as its primary focus. Things seem to be working India’s favour, as we have just doubled our solar capacity,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
What more, the Indian government has set a target of making every Indian household get electricity, under the Saubhagya Scheme, by the year 2019. “To meet this target, the Indian government is definitely encouraging the use of solar power by making its deployment easier. Solar power plants are being set up in villages, thereby creating a direct impact on rural India,” pointed out Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Citing the example of G.R.I.D. Pvt. Ltd., which used the micro-grid system to help household and small business get access to cheap electricity and clean water, Col Ahlawat said, “It’s interesting to see how women are coming forward in rural India to play a pivotal role in its development. You see, it’s always the women and children who have to suffer the most. Thus solar energy interventions are particularly keen on creating women entrepreneurs to usher in a solar energy revolution. This is being done, as it’s the solar electricity impacts the life of a woman directly,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
Creating jobs for women
Sources indicate that to realize India’s ambitious project of generating 175 GW of solar energy by 2022 will lead to a job creation of 3,30,000, which will definitely lead to creating entrepreneurial opportunities for women.
But what will make women from rural communities take up these jobs being created in Rural Energy department? “If some tweaks are made to the existing system, then the RE sector can definitely impact rural poverty. Decentralised off-grid energy sector can provide scope for employment of local women. According to a study, India can provide quality employment opportunity to women, especially if local women are trained to participate in the green energy revolution that is being ushered in the country,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
How women are leading Solar Revolution
Women are being made the pioneers of solar energy by tapping the Self-Help, which promotes women entrepreneurs. “It’s these women entrepreneurs who support rural communities to adopt clean energy services and products and promote practices that can mitigate climate change,” said Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
The fact that women can be engaged as entrepreneurs to provide India with a sustainable solution is making people approach women entrepreneurs.
ABC of Solar Power
Rural India lacks proper infrastructure. Frequent power cuts make it difficult for students to study. Solar energy can definitely provide adequate power to help the rural education system run in a systemized way and of course, also help in improving the living standard of rural India.
“Teachers of rural India can be trained to be skilled teachers, in solar computer labs. Also, it will open up avenues of self-learning through digital content for students. Lack of electricity made it impossible for the students to use computer labs,” pointed out Colonel Ajay Ahlawat.
The use of solar energy can, therefore, play a huge role in reducing the electricity bills and also improve or better the learning opportunities available in schools of rural India.
Increase in access to energy is crucial for development in rural parts of India. However, to have a holistic approach towards development of the community, it is essential that the energy access should not be limited to electrification and should be focused towards enabling the community through its use. In these areas, the small but steady supply of electricity can bring about a big social change, right from removing poverty, skill training, enhancing digital connect, creating women entrepreneurs and of course increasing the family income. This can definitely improve the rural household gain access to clean drinking water, quality education and of course open their windows to the digital revolution that we are witnessing.
Meet the Moon Gazing Farmers of India by Colonel Ajay Ahlawat –
In search of a higher crop yield, an increasing number of Indian farmers are opting for biodynamic agriculture in several states across the country. Take the example of 69-year-old Sarvdaman Patel, of Gujarat’s Anand. Often he can be seen standing in agricultural tracks, at noon, making observations that for a layman could be benign. It’s not the harsh sun that bothers him but the position of the moon. He claims that the position of the moon plays a vital role in the flowering of his crops.
Patel is not one of the astrologists but an Indian farmer, who is using Bio-dynamic agricultural technology to cultivate his crops. Explaining Bio-Dynamic Agriculture, Colonel Ajay Ahlawat said, “This agricultural technique uses the moon’s moment across the 12 zodiac signs in a time span of two-and-a-half days in a month.”
What is Bio-Dynamics Agriculture?
As the name suggests this technology uses the dynamics of life and nature to enhance the agricultural yield. This technique or method applies natural resources and principles to heal and balance the soil nutrient which in turn gives a better yield when farmed. This method of farming works towards treating the farm like a living being, which interacts with its environment and uses it for the development of the humanity. “This method aims at producing a living soil, by increasing its biological activity in accordance with the planetary and cosmic movements. To be precise, a lot depends on the movement of the moon, sun and planets. Their cosmic energies are coordinated in such a way that it benefits the growth of the plants. One can say, that this method provides a completely new holistic approach for better agriculture,” explained Colonel Ajay Ahlawat. However, this methodology is not just dependent on the celestial movement but also relies heavily on natural composts, which the farmer generally has to prepare.
How popular is Bio-Dynamic Agriculture in India?
If you are thinking that this is a relatively new method of cultivation in India, then you are wrong. For this method of agriculture is being practised in India since the late Nineties. According to the Biodynamic Association of India (BDAI), there are about a lakh Indian farmers hailing from Maharashtra, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand, who have been practising this new method of agriculture, which has now spread out to Gujarat. However, most of the consumers buying these crops are least aware of their method of cultivation as they are mostly sold off as ‘organic’ veggies or fruits.
“Several researchers conducted in India, comparing the crop yield of genetically modified crops and the biodynamic crops, have time and again concluded that the crops harvested using the latter technology are more superior. Not just are the quality of the food grains better but also the yields are more stable. And the best thing is that this technology doesn’t hamper the soil quality. On the contrary, the soil quality gets bettered, which in a way facilitated better living condition for the soil microbes,” explained Col Ajay Ahlawat.
Citing the example of Vivek Cariappa, the biodynamic farmer from Kodaikanal, Col Ajay Ahlawat added, “He has been a biodynamic farmer for almost 15 years now. His farm yield has remained almost stable, while those farmers farming using the traditional method have had to harvest not so steady crop yields.”
A fresh convert to Bio-Dynamic farming is Noida’s Amir Ahmed, a corporate trainer and dancer, who in his work zone met affluent but unhealthy individuals. This gave Ahmed the idea of setting up a farm in Noida itself. He thus partnered with a friend to invest in the 1.5-acre farm, where they use Bio-Dynamic technology to crow crops devoid of chemicals.
Get your own Compost
It’s not just the moon-cycle that a Bio-Dynamic farmer has to follow. He also has to invest time in developing a natural compost system, which uses cow manure and other organic matter is fermented in an underground tank and is used as fertilizers. Many farmers use tricks like planting onions next to cauliflowers to not just take care of pest, in a natural way
However, Col Ajay Ahlawat warned, “Bio-Dynamic farming has its own pitfalls too, as it’s a very specialized type of farming which the small and poor farmers will find it difficult to adapt to. The procedure to become a certified bio-dynamic farmer is not just expensive but cumbersome too. However, one can’t deny the benefits of being such a farmer. It thus comes as no surprise to see a large number of Indian farmers turning into bio-dynamic farmers.”
However, despite the benefits, this new type of farming needs to be popularized in a more concerted way, so that the masses can avail the benefits of such method of agriculture, which finally boils down to the gradual elimination of crops cultivated with the help of chemicals from our dining tables.