Documentary on farming in Uttarakhand celebrates the one who stayed behind

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Nirmal Chander’s latest documentary is titled Moti Bagh. It isn’t about the posh neighbourhood in Delhi but about a farm in the hills of Uttarakhand run by an 83-year-old man who grows award-winning radishes and writes poetry.

Vidyadutt Sharma gave up a government job over five decades ago to tend to his family plot in the Sanguda village in Uttarakhand’s Pauri district. Sharma has stuck to farming even as many of his neighbours have abandoned it. Chander’s documentary informs us that the region in which Sharma lives has seen the highest rate of migration in the state, and has thousands of abandoned villages and acres of fertile land that are slowly being reclaimed by natur