'Jungle Rani' who single-handedly created 100-acre forest

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 11, 2024 IST

Sourav Prakash Das

In the era of rapid urbanization and dwindling forest cover, the conservation of natural habitats has become an urgent priority. However, amidst this concern, emerges a story of extraordinary determination and environmental stewardship, embodied by Padmini Majhi, a tribal woman from Birsinghpur under Komna block in Nuapada district.

Single-handedly, Majhi has transformed a barren landscape on the 'Nanda Tandul' mountain into a forest spread over 100 acres. Over the course of 30 years, she devoted her life to nurturing this forest, enriching it with diverse flora and fauna.

With nothing but an axe, Majhi has safeguarded this forest, ensuring that not a single tree or shrub is harmed. Her dedication to protecting the environment mirrors a mother's care for her children, embodying the adage: "We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."

Despite lacking formal education, Majhi possesses a profound understanding of the importance of forests in mitigating the adverse effects of industrialization. She emphasizes the critical role of forests in maintaining weather patterns, fostering rainfall, and sustaining life for humans and other species.

Majhi's commitment to environmental conservation serves as a testament to the power of individual action. With limited resources, she has demonstrated how planting and nurturing trees can make a significant impact on preserving our planet.

“The role of forest is very important for our environment. I have tried my best and now a barren landscape on the 'Nanda Tandul' mountain has turned into a forest spanning over 100 acres. Now also I take care of the forest as my own kid,” said Majhi.

The people of Birsinghpur hold Majhi in high regard, affectionately referring to her as 'Jungle Rani' (Forest Queen). They attribute the clean air, green surroundings, and healthy children in their village to Majhi's love for the forest, acknowledging her as a true guardian of nature.

“We admire Majhi's commitment to environmental conservation and address her as 'Jungle Rani'. Her dedication and hard work has resulted in clean air, good rain and pleasant weather in the area. We are very proud of her,” said a local villager.

In a world grappling with environmental challenges, Majhi's story offers inspiration and hope. Her unwavering dedication to creating and protecting a forest against all odds serves as a reminder of the profound impact that one individual can have on safeguarding our planet for future generations.

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