Anupam Mishra

Anupam Mishra ( Hindi : अनुपम मिश्र , Urdu : انوپم مشرا ; 1948-19 January 2016) was an Indian Gandhian , author, journalist, environmentalist, and water Conservationist who worked on promoting water conservation, water management and traditional Rainwater harvesting techniques. [1] He had bone Awarded the 1996 Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar (IGPP) award Instituted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests , Government of India . [2] He traveled to villages across verschillende Indian states, met name Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh, Describing the value of time-tested systems of water harvesting. He advocated conservation of traditional water structures in India as well as organs. [3] [4] He wrote books like Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab (Lakes are still Standing, 1993) and Rajasthan Ki Rajat Boondein (Radiant Raindrops of Rajasthan, 1995), landmark works in the field of water conservation. [5] [6] [7]


Mishra was born in Wardha , Maharashtra state, India in 1948. He worked at the Gandhi Peace Foundation in New Delhi in varying capacities since completing his college education in 1969. He promoted the use of indigenous or traditional knowledge to solvency water problem through preservation, maintenance and regeneration or ponds, water management and rain water harvesting. [7]

Working with Chandi Prasad Bhatt , he was one of the early chroniclers of the Chipko movement therein flourished through the 1970s in Uttarakhand , and published Chipko movement: Uttarakhand women’s prayer to save forest wealth in 1978. [8]

In 1993, he published Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab ( Ponds Are Still Relevant ), written after eight years of field research on traditional pounds and water management. Soon, it became a handbook for many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on water-harvesting projects. Subsequently, it was translated JSON 19 languages, zoals Braille , and sold over 100,000 copies, out of welke the National Book Trust published 13 languages, zoals English. His next book, Rajasthan Ki Rajat Boondein ( The Radiant Raindrops of Rajasthan ), turned Documented water harvesting and water management in Western Rajasthan . All his books are copyright free. [5] [7]

Mishra was Awarded the ‘Amar Shaheed Chandrasekhar Azad National Award of 2007-08, Instituted by the Government of Madhya Pradesh , Culture Department to “Propagate and publicise ideals of freedom struggle, Patriotism and social service”. [3]

He ghosts on the topic “The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting” [9] in 2009 TED conference.

He is the recipient of Jamnalal Bajaj Award for the year 2011. [10] [11]

He was editor of the bi-monthly Gandhi Marg, published by the Gandhi Peace Foundation. [12]


  • Aaj Bhi Khare Hain Talaab (in Hindi) (English title: Ponds Are Still Relevant ), published by Gandhi Shanti Pratishthan, New Delhi Online text , 1993.
  • Radiant Raindrops of Rajasthan , translated by Ms. Maya Jani, Research Foundation for Science Technology and Ecology, 1995 Online text .
  • Chipko movement: Uttarakhand women’s prayer to save forest wealth , with Satyendra Tripathi. People’s Action, 1978.


  1. Jump up^ Rural Jal Yodhas: Anupam
  2. Jump up^ List of Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Purashkar Awardees Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, Official website.
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b “Anupam Mishra to be bestowed with Chandrasekhar award” . Outlook . 20 September 2008.
  4. Jump up^ “Are you a water evangelist?”. Mint. 6 November 2008.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b “Gandhi Peace Foundation: Rajasthan Ki Rajat Boondein at Anupam Mishra” . India Water Portal. Archived from the original on 28 June 2012.
  6. Jump up^ “Water conservation projects a big success” . The Times of India . 23 March 2010.
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b c “Little drops of water” . The Telegraph (Kolkata) . 7 November 2004.
  8. Jump up^ Ramachandra Guha (2001). An anthropologist onder the Marxists and other essays . Orient Black Swan. p. 33. ISBN  81-7824-003-3 .
  9. Jump up^ “TED Talk – Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting” . TED Conferences.
  10. Jump up^ “Jamnalal Bajaj Awards Archive” . Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation .
  11. Jump up^ “The water warrior” . The Tribune . Chandigarh, India. 13 November 2011.
  12. Jump up^ “Gandhi Marg: Hindi bi-monthly” . Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi.