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Kamal Morarka, former Union Minister, pioneered organic farming in Rajasthan

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Kamal Morarka, who passed away following cardiac arrest in Mumbai on Friday was well known for the formation of the coalition government headed by Chandrashekhar, after the fall of the VP Singh government in 1990.

Morarka himself became a minister of state at the Centre and handled all the political affairs of Chandrashekhar and was his confidant. A Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan, he headed the Samajwadi Janata Party, launched by Chandrashekhar in 2012. But this party failed to take off.

In 2016, Kamal Morarka made an unsuccessful bid to enter Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan as an Independent with the support of the Congress.

Morarka was a pioneer in the field of organic farming in the desert district of Jhunjhunu of Rajasthan. Over three decades ago, he pioneered organic farming and believed that the rural economy of the country could be changed with better farm income for farmers.

According to his long time aide Rajendra Sharma, the concept of organic farming that he launched became very popular and was adopted by many states. He launched the Morarka Foundation that was not only involved in training farmers in organic farming but also marketed their produce.

Kamal Morarka was also a pioneer in restoring and conserving the majestic Havelis ( mansions) of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan which aided tourism. He would hold the annual Shekhawati Festival in Nawalgarh in Jhunjhunu district, his home town.

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Morarka also used to hold an annual lunch in Jaipur in the winters where he would serve organic food to the guests. The gala lunch was also used to market organic produce.

About Kamal Morarka

Morarka followed the Gandhian principle of farming and always pleaded for the cause of the farmers.

Five years ago, when the personal belongings of Mahatma Gandhi were auctioned in London, Kamal Morarka flew to buy 29 items. These items that are now at his home in Mumbai were to be used for setting up a museum at the Morarka Foundation’s haveli in Nawalgarh.

Morarka came from an industrialist family that was involved in textile, construction, and trading for over a century. He also owned Gannon & Dunkerley, the construction company, and once owned the now-closed Hukumchand Cotton Mills of Indore.

A religious person, he also served as the Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). His death was mourned by the people of Rajasthan, who would remember him for his contribution to organic farming.

 

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