Kirannidhi Sansthan

Shyam sunder paliwal

Community a Officer – Mr Charity

Shyam Sunder Paliwal

Shyam Sundar Paliwal is a tree hugger. He pets trees as he walks by them. He points out the ones for which he holds particular affection. Ask him for a photo and he immediately wraps his burly arms around the nearest trunk.

Where he lives, in an Indian village called Piplantri, that's easy to do — there are trees everywhere: lining the roads, cascading down the hillsides, shading every walkway. This little green oasis is unusual for India though. It sits in Rajsamand, a district in the state of Rajasthan almost 40 miles away from the nearest train station, which is in Udaipur, in western India. The villages around Piplantri are largely dusty and deforested by Rajsamand's recent emergence as one of Asia's largest marble markets. Unlike its neighbors, Piplantri is lush and verdant; you notice the difference as soon as you enter town. It's also more prosperous. The school is in a well-maintained building, students wear neatly pressed uniforms, and the main room houses four black desktop computers.

In 2005, Paliwal was elected as sarpanch, or village head, here in Piplantri. That's when he began putting pieces of a plan in place that, a decade later, make this village so different from its neighbors. That plan, Paliwal says, comes down to three words: "Daughter, water, and trees."

How he starts

Paliwal was born in a village a little over a mile away from Piplantri, called Morwad, the youngest of the six boys his mother had before giving birth to his two younger sisters. According to Paliwal, his mother died of a snakebite when he was 6 and his littlest sister was just 2 months old. He dropped out of school when he was 11 or 12 to work on the family farm, and eventually started working for one of the many marble companies in the region. Once he learned the marble trade, he opened his own small marble company. In the meantime, he got married and had children, two daughters and a son.

One of those daughters, Kiran, died when she was 18 of severe dehydration — a largely preventable ailment that remains a leading cause of death for children in India and sometimes kills adults too. Paliwal was distraught. An environmentalist long fascinated with the outdoors, he decided to embrace nature to honor her memory.

"I want her name to be remembered by the generations to come," Paliwal says through a translator. "So I planted some trees. It takes 10 to 12 years for a small tree to become a big tree, and a big tree remains for thousands of years. "

At that point, in 2007, Paliwal had already taken some steps to improve the environment in Piplantri. The land was dry and barren when he was elected, so he built a few small dams to create water reserves. After Kiran's death and planting the memorial trees, he had another thought: Maybe more trees would mean more water. And maybe fostering an emotional connection between the villagers and the trees would mean more trees.

"First, I did this for my daughter," Paliwal says. "Then I thought, why can't we do it for all the daughters?"

Since 2007, villagers in Piplantri have embraced Paliwal's "daughter, water, and trees" ethos by planting 111 saplings every time a girl is born. At first, Paliwal had to press villagers to help. Now, he says, it's automatic: People here plant trees for everything — to commemorate births, deaths, and other major life events.

It's not only an environmental strategy but a feminist one. Celebrating female babies is one way of encouraging families to have and raise girls in a country where there are 35 million more males than females, largely because families prefer boys and have sex-selective abortions to avoid raising daughters. In Rajasthan, there are 928 women for every 1,000 men (in the United States, by contrast, there are 1,031 women for every 1,000 men). The child sex ratio is even more extreme: For every 1,000 boys in the state, there are just 888 girls.

Paliwal's detail

Full NameShyam Sunder Paliwal
Father NameBhanwarlal Paliwal
Birthday:January 01, 1966
ProfessionSocial Activist
Postel Address2, Arihant Vihar, civil Lines, Rajsamand, Rajasthan
Location:Rajsamand, Rajasthan


1. Water Conservation and Environment Protection - In last 10 years over 3 lac trees has been planted and water level is increased to 50 feet from 500 feet.

2. Piplantri Model -Village is now the model for many villages all over the India and Internationally

3.Deputy Minister Govt Of Namibia recognized Piplantri work and shown interest to implement Piplantri Model at Namibia.

4. Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education has introduced Lesson in Secondary school education social and science book.

5. Various Tv Channels(MTV) and media person have prepared Documentary on the development made at Piplantri Village by Shyam Sunder Paliwal.

6. Piplantri Movie has been made because of significant work in the area of Girl Child. It will be available in Hindi and Tamil Language in Cinemas Recently.

7.Various Other Government showed interest to implement Piplantri Model in respective states.

8. Appointed as Eminent Guest Speaker by Ministry of Rural Development Government of Rajasthan

9. ShyamSunder Paliwal was key speaker at the Launch Program of SanSad Adarsh Gram Yojna.