On March 15th, I took the train back to Kotagiri, after last setting foot in that beautiful place during the 450 km walk from Pondicherry. After passing through some charming town-stations with a characteristic old-world charm such as Mettupalayum and taking a jeep up the hills to the very top, a superb day of free flowing discussion, brain storming and plan of action for making Kotagiri Fairtade town before August followed.

The Niligri Adivasi Welfare Association (NAWA), a leading charity in Kotagiri has b...

In 2009 Oxfam campaigner “Push” came through St Albans. He was walking to the Copenhagen Climate Talks to take a message from the poverty-stricken farmers he had interviewed in Africa and Asia. In 2017 Push was here again, this time on a drive to establish the first Fairtrade Towns in India, at Pondicherry-Auroville and Kotagiri in Tamil Nadu.

Push met local supporters of Oxfam, Global Justice, and Fairtrade, and spoke at a Harpenden school. Ann, from Marlborough Rd Methodist Church and Global Justice, was...

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