Anupam Mishra: a small tribute

Just heard that Anupam Mishra passed away this morning, 19 December 2016. Very very sad; for the social, ecological movements in India, a big loss. Anupamji quietly did some of the most amazing work on traditional water harvesting systems, and much else; in this and in his gentleness, his insistence on speaking Hindustani, his unwillingness to seek the limelight, his simple lifestyle, and his Gandhian strength of conviction,  he was an inspiration for many of us. In the late 1970s and early 1980s he was a major influence on those of us just starting our interest in environmental and social issues; he encouraged us when we were starting Kalpavriksh, including readily agreeing to host a meeting of some stalwarts from movements like Chipko that we wanted to organise. I am expressing all this in very inadequate ways, for the contribution of people like Anupamji simply cannot be expressed fully in words. Rest in peace, Anupamji.