Priya Ranjan Sahu, Hindustan Times June 04, 2013
In 1988, as a post-graduate student of sociology in Sambalpur University, Ranjan Panda visited some villages in western parts of Odisha. To his dismay, he discovered that the once agriculturally prosperous villages had turned parched and drought prone.
It was a turning point for Panda, who decided to study the traditional water conservation methods that were dying gradually.
Panda formed a voluntary group, Manav Adhikar Seva Samiti (Mass) along with few fellow students and local youth to revive traditional wisdom on water by mobilising local communities.