To-day almost everyone is aware that Global Warming had become the greatest challenge before the mankind. But it was not so alarming 15 years back. At that time only a few scientists and environmentalists had some idea about it. Dinesh became aware of this incoming threat and decided to live the rest of his life in harmony with Nature. He shifted his abode from Kolkata to a village called Samukpota in South 24 Paraganas, a district in West Bengal. No one could think that he would stay in a village for a long period. But to him, the mission was more important and he lived here since 2001, and only in 2014 he moved to Mt. Abu with his next mission.
He had come to the village with a noble heart. But local people remained suspicious and thought that Dinesh might have some a hidden agenda. Why a person would come to a village leaving behind a luxurious lifestyle and also his family. They put a lot of hurdles and challenges in every manner. But Dinesh was never disheartened. He continued with his mission and set of environmental work even in adverse situations. He firmly believes that the boat of truth may shake but never sink. After few years, everyone silently started
appreciating his work and contribution to Mother Nature and Environment.
He probed deeply to find out the root causes of Global Warming.He discovered what Scientists cannot see. The root cause is the lack of spiritual knowledge. Our materialistic attitude has resulted in a culture of consumerism. Today mission of most of the human being is to make money and acquire more and more buying power. With his limited resources he established a Brahma Kumaris Spiritual Training Centre on his village property. Later he introduced the concept of Green Mall, a campus to inspire everyone to live in harmony with Nature.
He has been conducting lectures and classes on Spiritualism and Gardening at Green Mall on regular basis. Eco-Spiritual tours are offered on weekends, School children come over in groups for Educational Tours. Consumption of alcohol and smoking is strictly prohibited within Green Mall campus to maintain pure ambiance.
Gradually after 4-5 years he started scaling down his international business operation and dedicated himself to the service of Environment. Dinesh is surprised to see that even to-day when everyone is aware of threats of Global Warming, practically very little is done about it. Many scientists, researchers, and organizations are analyzing reasons and consequences of global warming. Many discussions & summits are taking place at highest levels, many films & documentaries are made, many lectures are delivered at various platforms. He felt these are of no use unless positive steps are taken on ground zero. Our so called intelligent civilization has almost come to the point of no return. Knowing very well “what is desirable” we are moving towards “undesirables”. We are getting more and more urbanized with multi-stories, more and wider roads and rolling new automobiles knowing very well about dangers of CO2 emission. We are doing furthermore industrialization in the name of consumerism, we are doing deforestation and creating bigger airports and bigger aircraft, more power plants and creating more and more garbage every day. Don’t we know that we are moving towards destruction in the name of development? He wondered why people can’t see what’s coming…
Dinesh continued his dedicated efforts at all levels to give back to Nature whatever he could. In 2008 he prepared a master plan “Let’s Make India Green” and submitted to the Indian Prime Minister in 2008. Under the plan, he submitted a blueprint through which 72% of Indian rural population would have received an additional source of income through tree plantation and also immense greenery would have been created in every corner of India. Unfortunately, Dr. Manmohan Singh did not take any interest, perhaps they have no time beyond agenda of their motivated interests.
Dinesh has submitted another plan to the Government of West Bengal to create a horticulture hub in the name of “Sobuj Sansar” and still expects that Smt Mamta Banerjee’s government would take it seriously.
Dinesh has never received any support from any individual, NGO, institution or the government. On the other hand, he extended his helping hands all without expecting any benefit for himself.
In 2006, he found Indian Botanical Garden, Howrah in a very bad shape. He prepared a master plan with help of Mr. Michael Ferraro, who is an expert botanist. Since then he is helping this one of the oldest botanical gardens in many ways including pollination of a rare palm Lodoicea maldivica, popularly known as Double Coconut.
In 2007, he submitted a plan to the Mayor of Kolkata to make Kolkata the greenest city of India. It was very disappointing that Mayor could not do much due to departmental limitations.
In order to motivate people to grow Palms, he authored a handbook “Palms for India” in 2008. He also wrote “Green Your Surroundings” a book in 2012 which teaches all aspects of home gardening. This book has helped many to create their home garden and “Go Green”
He is in love with Nature and wants everyone to give due respect to Nature. Music is quite capable reaching hearts of people. He produced two albums in Hindi audio songs, “Prakriti Ki Pukar” and “Prakriti Vandana” You must hear them and experience how inspiring they are. These songs are ideal to be played on any occasion and at any venue. It’s first time in history that someone has produced two albums exclusively on Nature.
In 2013 he organized a campaign “Grow Trees” and distributed one million tree saplings to the villagers of South 24 Paraganas. They are growing with the loving care of villagers.
He rejuvenated Panchwati Garden at world famous Dakshineswar Kali Temple. This garden was created by Ramkrishna Paramhans about 180 years back. In June 2013 it suffered a big blow, massive Ficus religious (Peepal) has fallen due to severe cyclone, the total garden was in a mess. On request of temple trust and Director of Indian Botanical Garden, Dinesh took up the challenge and has created highly sensuous and theme oriented garden which is admired by millions visiting this important Kali Temple.
Although he has moved to Mount Abu in Rajasthan to pursue higher goals. But his service to the environment will continue through Green Mall, his books, his songs and the landscapes that he has created.