“The Dendrophile”

The plants have enough spirit to transform our vision. -Rosemary gladstar Aristotle gave the distinction between “plants which generally do not move and animals which often are mobile to catch their food” but there is also an established relationship between these two kingdoms which is called Ethnobotany. With time human have misunderstood itself as a […]

“The Dendrophile”

“The Dendrophile”

The plants have enough spirit to transform our vision.

-Rosemary gladstar


Aristotle gave the distinction between “plants which generally do not move and animals which often are mobile to catch their food” but there is also an established relationship between these two kingdoms which is called Ethnobotany. With time human have misunderstood itself as a more superior among all the living organisms and in the name of so called development people have moved away from mother nature and closer to their destruction.But there still exists some people who respect this intimate relationship of human and nature.

Chandi Prasad bhatt a pioneer of Chipko movement or simply called as the environmentalist. He was born and brought up in Gopeshwar a township in the lap of Garhwal hills. He created of Dasholi Gram Swarajya Sangh in Gopeshwar in 1964,which later became a mother organization to the Chipko movement.

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Chipko movement a non- violent, social and ecological movement by rural villagers, particularly women ,in India in the 1970s aimed at protecting trees and forests slated for government-backed logging. The movement which is seen in today’s time as an eco- socialist and eco- feminist movement begin in the Reni village in Himalayan region of Uttar Pradesh (later Uttrakhand) in 1973 and quickly spread throughout the Indian Himalayas. The Hindi word Chipko means “to hug” or “to cling to” and reflects the tree hugers or the demonstrators.

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च्छायामन्यस्य कुर्वन्ति तिष्ठन्ति स्वयमातपे| फलान्यापि परा‌र्थाय वृक्षा: सत्पुरूषा: इव|| (Trees stand in sun and give shade to others .Their fruits are also for others. Similarly good people go through all hardships for welfare of others)

This sanskrit shlok simply elucidate the situation of tress as well as of the treehugers. The Dendrophile or we can say Chandi Prasad bhatt was awarded with the Raman Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 1982,followed by Padma Bhushan the third highest civilian award of india in 2005. Today he is known for his work on subaltern social ecology ,and considered one of India’s first modern environmentalist. In 2013, he was the recipient of Gandhi Peace prize. But I love to call him a person who is immensely in love with trees.