India’s forest man

Jadav ‘Molai’ Payeng (55), a local of the Mishing clan of Jorhat area in Assam, isn’t a customary man. After the annihilation caused by the 1979 surges close to his origination in Assam, Jadav without any assistance changed a whole fix of desolate land into a thick forest.

Everything began when Jadav, in the wake of finishing his Class 10 exams from Baligaon Jagannath Baruah Arya Vidyalaya in Jorhat, came back to Aruna Sapori, a stream island on the Brahmaputra. He was stunned to see over a hundred snakes being curved motionlessly on the abandoned sandbar.

I asked my seniors what might they do if every one of us pass on one day, similar to these snakes. They just snickered and grinned, yet I knew I needed to make the planet greener, he said.


The surges had bared the island and the youthful fellow, when he was scarcely 16-years of age in April 1979, choose to make another life on the intense landscape secured with sand and residue. Jadav swung to the villagers, who prompted him to develop trees and offered 50 seeds and 25 bamboo plants. He sowed the seeds and shoots and now, after 36 years, he has harvested a forest.

The Molai forest, named after him, is situated close Kokilamukh in Jorhat, and incorporates a zone of around 1,360 sections of land. Be that as it may, making it was difficult. Jadav watered the plants morning and evening, and even gathered red ants from his town and transported them to the sandbar without anyone else. At last, nature responded and soon there was an assortment of greenery, including imperiled creatures like the one-horned Rhino and the Royal Bengal Tiger in the forest.

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