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Posted at: Apr 16, 2017, 12:08 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2017, 12:08 AM (IST)

How he built a case for life

Anirudh Gupta in Ferozepur
How he built a case for life
A practising lawyer has to have a sound logic to win a case. Kamaljit Hayer earned his millions until three deaths in the family made him see beyond logic. He had lost his grandfather, father and brother — both very young — and he thought it was time to give human life some extra years, if he could ever. But how?

Soon after his father died in 2013, he met Dr OP Rupela, an environmentalist, and Umendra Dutt, who runs an NGO, Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) and also a member of the National Task Force on organic farming. “I offered my 50 acres for an organic farming project. Dr Rupela gave me an insight into this kind of farming,” says Kamaljit. Deeply influenced, Kamaljit then offered another 20 acres to develop a biodiversity-based natural farm.

In 2014, Kamaljit gave up his legal practice. Today, he may not be earning that much, but he boasts of rows of trees of around 120 varieties dotting the edges of a pond that harvests rain and canal water for his farm. His farm is a combination of over two dozen crops. “People had laughed it off. They now want to join me”, he says. “I want to pass whatever I have learnt to other farmers.” 

Kamaljit says he sees a direct link between diet and longevity. “No one can deny that our ancestors had a more nutritious diet. Their lifestyle was simple and so was their food,” says Kamaljit, turning his sight to his rich farmhouse.

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