Tuesday, February 25, 2014



On the 7th of April 2013, I had written an “Open Letter to the Railway Minister” with the “Simple Solution towards Green Abundance”

On the 13th of February 2014, I was so-so happy to read in The Times of India, a small column stating the Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge in his Rail Budget 2014 – 2015 that “GREEN CURTAINS” will be created by the Railways through landscaping along the tracks. Creation of “Green Curtains” at Agra and Jaipur stations are being taken on as a “Pilot Project”. 

I cannot tell you all how happy I am and grateful to the Faizabad Farmer Ravindra Kumar Kewat (grows greens and vegetables adjacent to Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar Railways Station on Harbour Line) whom I had interviewed on the 15th of March 2013 to understand the possibility of farmers growing “Greens & Vegetables” all along the Bombay Tracks! Ravindra Kumar Kewat was kind enough to make me realize that the simple solution should be Nationalised so as to benefit the nation at large. And I had promised to him that while writing about him, I shall do as suggested. That is how I wrote the “Open Letter to the Railway Minister” providing the simple solution.

A simple farmer, who barely makes a little money by toiling hard with his family members thinks about the Nation’s Benefit before his own. Ravindra Kumar Kewat is an example of a True Devoted India, who loves his country more than his selfish gains. I am indeed very proud and grateful to the young farmer of India Ravindra, whom I met as destined to benefit the nation at large. I wish to thank him and the Railway Minister for acknowledging and starting up “Green Curtains” along the railway tracks through this blog post.

I also request to the Railway Minister from the bottom of my heart to implement more “Green Curtains” throughout the Nation’s Railway Network, so that it generates more work for the poor landless farmers of India, beautifies landscaping, there is green abundance in the nation and the Railway protects its land from the goons and corrupt politicians.

A WIN-WIN solution for everyone! Thank you so much Ravindra Kumar Kewat! Thank you so much Railway Minister!

The Open Letter is reproduced below:

(7th April 2013)


Respected Sir,

I am writing to you this letter with the simple solution to benefit the nation in totality towards green abundance. The solution will benefit the Indian Railways, majority of the landless farmers of our nation and the citizen with fresh healthy greens (saag) throughout the nation and the nation’s economy.

To understand the simple solution, first I wish to write about a farmer from Uttar Pradesh, who provided me the insight to suggest such a reality that is simple, effective and possible to make India proud.


Farmer: Ravindra Kumar Kewat
Village: Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh
Farming: On a patch of acres adjacent to Guru Teg Bahadur Station in Mumbai

Family Consists of:

Father: Working in BMC, Mumbai
Mother: Housewife / Farm Labourer
Brother: Working in Merchant Navy
Self: Full time farming, growing greens / vegetables since the last 13 years in Mumbai.
Wife: Housewife / Farm Labourer.
Daughter: 2 years young

Farm Labourers: Four
Monthly Salary of each Labourer: Rs. 3 to 4,000 /- Monthly + Meals two times daily.

Annual Rental of the patch of land (1 acre): Rs. 9,000 /- (is given to the Railway Employee, who has leased the land, as Railways don’t give the land to farmers directly – the rental for Railway Employees is very-very less as compared to what the farmers pay the employee who leases the land.)

Farming is done 12 Months of the Year.
Mode of Irrigation: Drainage along the Railway tracks.
Urea & Fertilizer are used.
During Summer & Winter: GREENS: Palak, Pui Saag, Hara aur Lal Maat, Chauli, Raddish
During Monsoon: Bhindi, Chauli

Yearly income (after all expenses are taken care of) Rs. 1,00,000 /-


When I was living in Mumbai, I was always fascinated to see farmers from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar farming in hot sun and monsoon all along the railway tracks, keeping the area green and clean from local residents along the tracks, who defecate early morning by farming on these tracks of land all along the railway lines. These farmers do wonders, to supply the daily greens at cheaper rate for the citizen to benefit all along the local markets and local railways stations.

Because of these farmers, the foul stench of early morning defecation, in many stations along the Western, Central and Harbour Lines have seen a drastic change since the last couple of years, all thanks to the dedicated lot of farmers from UP and Bihar.

I interviewed farmer Ravindra Kumar Kewat on 15th March 2013 and the startling revelation made me to write this open letter to you. Ravindra revealed that near about 90 per cent of the farmers, who grow vegetables are from UP and Bihar. Majority of them (near about 85 to 90 per cent) do farming for 8 months and return to village during Mumbai monsoon season. However, 10 to 15 per cent cultivate greens and vegetables throughout the year.

When I told him I will be writing about him and his hard work in my blog, Ravindra was very happy and insisted that I should write for the whole nation to benefit from such an endeavour. I assured him that was my sole aim in interviewing him. He was candid and didn’t hesitate to narrate the dangers and problems faced by farmers like him. He said, “We don’t get any security from the Railways. If Railways provide us security, we can be more effective and can grow more and more vegetables. Sometimes local goons from the nearby shanties and drunkards create problems for us. Sometimes, the locals steal greens and on purpose defecate in fields to create unwanted problems. We have to keep high level of patience to see all these things happening on and off.”

When I asked how Railways can help these farmers, he said, “There is no electricity supply for us and there is no drinking water available. We have to fetch water from far away. If electricity supply is provided, we can use it to run our pumps to irrigate the vegetables and our investment will come down. Sometimes some railways’ employees throw dirty oil in the drains, which makes us to fetch water from far away to irrigate our land. If these problems are looked upon by railways, we can grow more greens per acre.”


As per Wikipedia: It is one of the world's largest railway networks comprising 1,15,000 km (71,000 miles) of track over a route of 65,000 km (40,000 miles) and 7,500 stations and as per TOI report: India comes fifth with 62,658 km of railroad after Canada and China.

Now imagine the scale and magnitude at which, we, as the nation, with the help of all the landless farmers can do, if all along the tracks greens and vegetables are cultivated with the help of Indian Railways.


Indian Railways will earn huge yearly revenues in billions by leasing the unutilised track of lands to landless farmers directly (not through their employees).

The landless farmers of the nation will get to earn their own by working on this patch of lands, which in turn, will contribute in billions towards nation’s earnings to simultaneously eradicate unemployment of landless farmers.

The green abundance will make India as the nation to export greens and vegetables to various countries to earn foreign exchange for the nation in billions.

The green abundance will feed the nation’s billion plus population and there will be no shortage of vegetables anywhere in India.

All along the tracks, because of green fields, beautification of the whole area will be an added feature of Indian Railways for the passengers to enjoy.

These farmers will also save Indian Railways’ lands that are mostly grabbed by local goons and politicians for vote banks.

The nation will be an example for the whole world to replicate the model in their respective countries to benefit their citizen and nation.

Yours truly,

Johnny D
support 4 suicide farmers families
Dhantoli Chowk
Wardha: 442001

Sunday, February 9, 2014


My Magical Terrace Organic Vegetables' Garden gets Newspaper Coverage in National Daily - DAINIK BHASKAR dated 5th February 2014...

Friday, February 7, 2014


Sedgwick, Maine, the first town in the US to legalize any kind of food transaction as free and legal in order to keep the right to produce raw milk, organic produce, free-range eggs, and more, is revolutionizing the way America keeps its food rights – including saying no to GMOs. In other words, it is the first town to declare food sovereignty while opposing both state and federal laws.

The town has passed an ordinance (PDF) that protects citizens’ rights to “produce, sell, purchase, and consume any food of their choosing.” The ordinance laughs in the face of FDA regulations and their hodge-podge way of giving food a rubber stamp of approval, especially GMO. Three additional towns in Maine are expected to pass similar ordinances as well.

The move is somewhat similar to a move one England town made, where the citizens transformed their entire town’s landscape into a giant food-producing garden. Both are great examples of moving toward food sovereignty.

It isn’t just a declaration on the whim of a few city council members. There is a warrant added: “It shall be unlawful for any law or regulation adopted by the state or federal government to interfere with the rights recognized by this Ordinance.” This means that federal interference is prohibited in our food supply – at least in Maine. If you can’t get Monsanto out of the government, take the government out of your food. It’s a brilliant way around the convoluted system now in place that almost gave Monsanto the right to be exempt from federal prosecution for its poison food and which tries to hoist it upon the whole Nation without consent.

David Gumpert reports:

What about potential legal liability and state or federal inspections? It’s all up to the seller and buyer to negotiate. “Patrons purchasing food for home consumption may enter into private agreements with those producers or processors of local foods to waive any liability for the consumption of that food. Producers or processors of local foods shall be exempt from licensure and inspection requirements for that food as long as those agreements are in effect.” Imagine that — buyer and seller can agree to cut out the lawyers. That’s almost un-American, isn’t it?

A simple seller and buyer agreement is entered into where federal regulations can be bypassed by the seller agreeing to consume food grown by their neighbors organically in their garden or by the farm up the street with their own hormone-free dairy cows that customers have known for decades. It takes the feds and their dirty Monsanto money right out of the game. It is commercially grown food that is killing us all, after all – not locally grown food.

For those with their heads in a noodle about bypassing federal laws, the citizens of Maine have stated, “We the radicals who concocted this mutinous act of infamy believe that according to the Home Rule provisions of our State Constitution, the citizens of Sedgwick have the right to enact an ordinance that is “local and municipal in character.”

In Maine, citizens can take advantage of local bounty, seasonal organic crops, and the good-old-fashioned way we used to produce food without Big Ag and commercial interference. Rural America is putting the big city budget of Monsanto to shame with this innovative way of taking down the monopolizing food giant. It’s about time ‘radicals’ in every small town across this nation did the same