Note from Chief Advising Mentor
This is a very special note I could have written in my lifetime. Here is a not so grandiose plan, but simply earnest and compelling. I think it is one whose golden hour has just come. Of─course, I see it rooted in the swift progress made by Eco Visioning Forum, Madurai, also in my experiments with Antah Kranti eco theatre, eco creatives movement “Eco Sanjeevani”, and also in the scope for betterment emerging with world movements like Deep Ecology by Naess A. I find that the latter would hold much meaning and utility if they majorly factored in the recognition of eco cultural existence of ours. Placing the individual only in natural and parts of nature context, is gross underestimation of the divine eco creative potential of ours. India has had profound and world dominating eco cultural vision which now needs to be rejuvenated and made timely with scientific enrichment─ hence the call, ” Eco─vision Indica”.
It is with this collective aspiration of our co travellers that it was announced, after the book “Exploring Eco Media, Raising Scientific Temper” was unveiled in Bhuj. The book chronicles the journey and practices of emerging leaders in eco media practice in India. It concludes with seven ‘Platform Principles of Eco Cultural Transformation’ which are behind the collective and progressive thought processes now embodied as Eco vision Indica. I am also very open and intently look up to further evolution of those 7 principles listed in the website. I hope that it does happen with time and participation by others joining this platform. As a practitioner with expertise in cultural & media domains, EVI fraternity may like to advance and contribute to eco cultural theories of communication, and with your scholastic research background may also like to enrich eco media practices. EVI being a platform/network would look up to regional outlooks in these terms, as purely honorary & voluntary contributions. The contributions shall be much valued as they help develop policy support guidelines for conservation of natural heritage, re-patterning of eco-cultural heritage, making of eco cultural heritage by our youth, and so on. You are welcome to co travel and figure out as to how you can generate a youth voice, policy support, and advisory level articulation of eco media practices. Every single practitioner weighs in mightily in this journey, and is harbinger of great learning and service to humanity. Being independent of government support, EVI symbolises all other collaborative modes of meeting of minds!
Finally, with profound regard to our advisers, mentors, regional resource leads, fellows and members, I would remind our co travellers of FD Roosevelt’s ‘Man in the Arena’: ” It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
– Dr. Pamposh Kumar