Chief Minister of Punjab visit to SWAug 11 2012 · 0 comments · Glocal, India
Parkash Singh Badal, the chief minister of the Indian state of Punjab, visited Sweet Water following the memorial service for the victims of the shooting at the Sikh temple in Milwaukee’s Oak Creek. Click the other tab to see Sweet Water’s Press release denouncing the killings.
Sikhism began in the Punjab region, historically one of the most fertile regions on Earth, which was called upon to increase yields beginning in the 1970s to confront famine and poverty throughout India. Decades of intense agriculture in the region has led to a the current crisis concerning the quantity and quality of soil and groundwater resources.
Punjab and other regions of India may now be fertile ground for Aquaponics, a naturally water-conserving method to grow crops and fish in rural or urban communities, with only 10% of the water and none of the chemical fertilizers often used in traditional agriculture. Considering India’s success and widespread use of information technology, it may also be an ideal place to introduce Sweet Water’s developing digital aquaponic training platform, AQUAPONS, as a way to spread information about the practice of aquaponics while creating a wide support network of budding aquapons.
Sweet Water extends its deepest condolences to the Sikh communities of
Milwaukee, the United States, Punjab and throughout the world for the recent
shooting in Oak Creek. Today, the funeral for the victims took place at Oak
Creek High School. The service focused on moving forward in a positive light
after this tragedy.
During the service, the son of the temple’s high priest told a story of a boy’s
dream about two wolves. The boy told his mother that in his dream, one wolf
feasted upon hatred, while the other wolf feasted upon love. The boy wondered,
which wolf would prevail? The mother responded, it depends which is the wolf
that you and we feed.
The priest’s son concluded, “Today I am at peace and I know which wolf my
father fed. It’s your practice that creates the peace.”
Another speaker shared these wise words: “This is an unbearable moment that
will change the whole world for the better. We Sikhs have drawn upon our high
spirit, because our response to hatred with love is a field of action that will move
through all of God’s children.”
In this “high spirit”, today we welcomed the Chief Minister of Punjab, Parkash
Singh Badal, to Sweet Water to see the practice of aquaponics in action. He
toured our farm with his entourage and was impressed at the effectiveness of this
relatively new technology. Chief Minister Badal is interested in aquaponics as an
agricultural technology for high crop yield and for water conservation.
Like Wisconsin, the Punjab is suffering from a drought this summer. The annual
monsoon rains were late and less intense that usual. Earlier this month the Chief
Minister has sought a relief package of about US$430 million from the Indian
central government for Punjabi farmers.
Sweet Water hopes to continue the strong history of Wisconsin-Punjabi relations
over the coming years by establishing demonstration projects in Punjabi schools,
and over time, as appropriate, in Punjabi and Indian farms.