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Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi

Spiritual engineer who runs a rural NGO: Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute

Dr. Anil K. Rajvanshi has more than 30 years of experience in renewable energy R&D and rural development. He did his B.Tech and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur in 1972 and 1974 respectively. He received his Ph.D. in Mech. Engg. from University of Florida, Gainesville, USA in 1979. He was on the faculty of University of Florida (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) for 2 years before returning to India in 1981 to run his own rural NGO – Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) in Phaltan, Maharashtra.

NARI has done pioneering work in agriculture, renewable energy and sustainable development areas specially those affecting rural population. 


Besides his technological work he also writes on matters of spirituality and technology.

For his work in rural development Rajvanshi has received a number of prestigious national and international awards, such as Jamnalal Bajaj Award, induction to the U.S. based Solar Hall of Fame, Austria based Energy Globe Award, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) Annual Award, Sweden based Globe Award, and Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Florida, among others.

Soul Food: Spirituality And The Enjoyment Of Eating

Gautama Buddha, it is said, gained enlightenment when a village girl, Sujata, offered him kheer (rice pudding). After eating it he realized the noble middle path. The kheer gave energy to his brain and solace to his tortured soul.
05/09/2016 4:59 PM IST

Could Noise Pollution Be Making Us Sick And Angry?

Scientists have shown that all sound levels greater than 85dB are dangerous to human health. In the long run they damage hearing and increase the level of stress. Large-scale studies all over the world have shown that increased sound levels cause elevated blood pressure, loss of sleep, increased heart rate, cardiovascular constriction and changes in brain chemistry.
22/08/2016 2:17 PM IST

How Being Anchored In The ‘Now’ Can Make Us Truly Happy

"Now" is very difficult to define because by the time we get down to it, it is already in the past! Even Einstein, who was the high priest of time, found it hard to get a grip on the concept. He said we understand both future and past, but it is very difficult to grasp "now".
06/08/2016 12:34 PM IST
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How Online Shopping Is Changing Rural India

Online shopping, for long the province of urban India, is being discovered in rural areas around the country. However for such e-commerce to take place it is necessary to have a good internet connection, the ability to sift through the various items offered and the wherewithal to zero in on the best items by Googling them and comparing their prices and specifications across vendors. I find that the rural population is learning this search-and-pick process at amazing speed...
04/07/2016 8:28 AM IST

How India Stands To Win Big By Leapfrogging Into The Fourth Industrial Revolution

In January this year the major agenda at the World Economic Forum in Davos was a discussion on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIR). It is already underway in some advanced economies, and there are fears that it will be very disruptive and create huge unemployment. The Davos meeting was meant to discuss and allay these fears. However, I feel that the Fourth Industrial Revolution for developing countries can in fact produce more employment and benefits. Here is how.
14/03/2016 3:59 PM IST
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Why Walking Is A Workout For The Mind too

Walking is natural. One does not think about it. Yet during long walks, the exercise of the body helps in release of chemicals which enhance thinking. Hence long walks allow the mind churn out ideas and crystallise them. Thus, walking is not only good for the body but also for the brain.
11/01/2016 8:21 AM IST
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Why Indian Classics Should Be Taught In Our Schools

Language, culture and history provide a pillar of psychological support to us and give us pride in our country. Not being exposed to the above could be one of the reasons why so many of the youngsters I meet are not proud of their country nor have an attachment to it. I, therefore, sometimes think that there is a merit to the present BJP government's policy of introducing Indian classics in schools.
27/12/2015 8:34 AM IST
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How Pranayam Benefits The Brain

Pranayam means control of <em>pran</em> or vital force. According to the sage Patanjali it means controlled breathing which includes deep inhaling, exhaling and retention of breath. Pranayam occupies a central position in the Indian yogic system. Modern medical science has shown unequivocally that Pranayam benefits both the mind and body.
24/09/2015 8:18 AM IST
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How Gandhiji's Ideas Show The Path To A Sustainable Planet

Mahatma Gandhi not only gave India its freedom but also gave the world and us a new perspective on nonviolence and sustainable living. His teachings and experiments are more valid today than ever before, especially when we are trying to find solutions to worldwide greed, corruption, violence and a consumerist lifestyle that is putting a very heavy burden on the world's resources.
22/09/2015 8:20 AM IST
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Why Fear Is The Root Cause Of India's Problems

My father, who went to jail for two-and-a-half years in 1942 for his role in the independence movement, told me that the greatest gift that Gandhiji gave to all Indians (besides independence) was to rid them of their fear of Englishmen. This removal of fear brought in a quantum jump in the mindset of Indians and made them aware that they could manage their own affairs with their own people.
28/08/2015 8:19 AM IST

How You Can Tell If Someone Has A Great Soul

I believe that <em>presence</em> or <em>aura</em> is a radiation of thought that a human being emits and is felt by everybody who encounters that person. A person's presence could either be evil, spiritual or simply pleasant and it is determined by the individual's thoughts, his/her mind.
08/06/2015 7:19 PM IST
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How Diesel Can Be An Excellent Household Fuel For Rural Areas

Diesel is normally used in automobiles, tractors and trucks and is considered a dirty fuel since these vehicles emit smoke and particulates. It has a bad rap. However, recent work done by the Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI), a rural NGO in Maharashtra, has shown that it can be an excellent and clean fuel for cooking and lighting in rural households when used in a newly invented device called the "Lanstove" (lantern plus stove).
18/05/2015 8:02 AM IST