Govindasamy Nammalvar, 1938-2013, carried on a crusade in Tamil Nadu to free agriculture from the use of chemicals and “from the vile grip of corporates”. By R. ILANGOVAN

“AS I went into my life seeking more and more information on it [organic farming], one disturbing phenomenon loomed large. The land in Tamil Nadu, I realised, was fast becoming barren, alienating the farming community from agriculture, its livelihood vocation. It needs to be reversed. And it is going to be a challenge,” was how Govindasamy Nammalvar viewed his ambitious organic farming mission some three decades back.