Join campaign Demanding Immediate Withdrawal of Amndt to Kar. Land Reforms Act

As you all know, the recent proposed amendment to the Karnataka Land Reforms Act1961 paved the way for snatching away of agricultural lands from farmers by non-agricultural entities including rich businesses and corporate bodies, among others. 
In this context, Gram Seva Sangh, in support of all farmers and likeminded organizations ongoing protest on ground doing a virtual campaign. 

The campaign materials and articles are available at our below mentioned social media platforms Facebook : @gramsevasanghindia | Twitter : @gramsevasangha | Instagram: @gramsevasanghindia 
and at our website: we request you to circulate among your friends to bring awareness regarding this amendment.
Its not only the Land reforms act, APMC Act and Essential Commodities Act (  listen KPRS farmers leader Bayya Reddy for more at   are also amended by the Central Government to make the way more clear for the Monster Economy into the agriculture sector.
For more details go through the farmers organizations collectively written request letter to Governor of Karnataka  

Some of our mentors and friends involved in constructive work from decades and campaigning for sustainable alternatives, wrote these articles and Short notes:

1. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಭೂಸುಧಾರಣ ಕಾಯೆ’ಗೆ ತರಲು ಹೊರಟಿರುವ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿಯನ್ನು ಕೂಡಲೆ ಹಿಂಪಡೆಯಬೇಕು –  ಸಿ. ಯತಿರಾಜು, ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು, ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ  

2. Demand for Immediate Withdrawal of the Amendment Bill of Land Reform Act 1961-  C Yatiraju, Gram Seva Sangh President, Science Writer and Social Activist (Translated by Shamala Devi, Gram Seva Sangh Mentor & Sociologist)

3. ಭೂ ಹರಣದ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಗ್ರಾಮಸ್ಥರೇ ಸಿಡಿದೇಳಬೇಕು – ವಿ. ಗಾಯತ್ರಿ, ಸಂಪಾದಕಿ, ‘ಸಹಜ ಸಾಗುವಳಿ’ ದ್ವೈಮಾಸಿಕ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ


5. ಹಣ ಉಳ್ಳವರಿಗೆ ಭೂಮಿ, ಒಂದು ವಿವೇಚನಾರಹಿತ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ – ಜಯದೇವ.ಜಿ.ಎಸ್, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರು, ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ತಜ್ಞರು

Video Messages at our Youtube Channel:

1. C. Yatiraju on Environmental Activist on Proposed Amendment to Land Reforms Act:

2. Let’s not kill the God! Work! in the name of Land Reforms – Prasanna & Dr Manjunath : Rajendra Chenni, Thinker & Writer on Proposed Amendment to Kar. Land Reforms Act:

4. ಉಳುವವರಿಗೆ ಭೂಮಿ ಕೊಡಲಿಲ್ಲ, ಉಳುವ ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಇರುವವರಿಗೆ ಭೂಮಿ ಕೊಡುತ್ತದೆಯಾ, ಈ ಸರ್ಕಾರ!
 ಬಡಗಲ‌ಪುರ ನಾಗೇಂದ್ರ, ರೈತ ಮುಖಂಡರು

5.  ಭೂಸುಧಾರಣಾ ಕಾಯಿದೆಯ ಹೃದಯವನ್ನೆ ಕಿತ್ತಿಹಾಕಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಇಂದು!- ಚುಕ್ಕಿ ನಂಜುಂಡಸ್ವಾಮಿ, ರೈತ ಮುಖಂಡರು :

6. ಭಯದ ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿ, ಭೂಮಿ, ಕೃಷಿಬೀಜ, ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ರೈತನಿಗೆ ಉಳಿದ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣವನ್ನೂ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಾರುತ್ತಿದೆ, ಸರ್ಕಾರ!-ಕೋಡಿಹಳ್ಳಿ ಚಂದ್ರಶೇಖರ್
ರೈತ ಮುಖಂಡರು

7. ಕೃಷಿ ಪ್ರಧಾನ ನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ ಭೂಸುಧಾರಣಾ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ, ಬಡವರ ಜಿವದ ಜೊತೆಗಿನ ಆಟ! ಈ ಆಟವನ್ನು ಬಿಡಿ. – ಶಿವಾಜಿ ಕಾಗಣಿಕರ್ ಗಾಂಧಿವಾದಿ, ಸಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತ :

8. ಕೃಷಿ ಉಳಿಯ ಬೇಕಾದರೆ, ಕೃಷಿ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರನ್ನು ಅದರಲ್ಲೂ ಹೆಣ್ಣುಮಕ್ಕಳನ್ನು ಭೂಮಿಯ ಒಡೆಯರನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಿ – ಶಾರದಾ ಗೋಪಾಲ್ ಸಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರು, ಅಂಕಣಕಾರರು :

9. ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ರೈತರನ್ನು ನಗರದ ಗೇಟ್ ಕೀಪರ್ ಗಳಾಗಿಸುತ್ತದೆ, ಭೂ ಸುಧಾರಣಾ ಕಾಯಿದೆ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ! – ಜಿ.ಎಸ್. ಬಯ್ಯಾರೆಡ್ಡಿ ಕೆ.ಪಿ.ಆರ್.ಎಸ್ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು :

10. ರೈತರ ಭೂಮಿಯನ್ನು ಕಸಿದುಕೊಂಡು, ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆಎಂಬುದು, ವಿರೋಧಾಭಾಸ! – ಟಿ.ಎಸ್ ಆನಂತರಾಮ್, ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಮುಖಂಡರು, ಕಾನೂನು ತಜ್ಞರು :

11. ರೈತರನ್ನು ಗುಳೆ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರನ್ನಾಗಿಸಲಿದೆ, ಭೂಸುಧಾರಣಾ ಕಾಯಿದೆಗೆ ತರಲಿರುವ, ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ! – ನಳಿನಿ ಗೌಡಯುವ ರೈತ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರ್ತಿ

12. ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳೇ ನಾಶವಾಗಲಿವೆ ಭೂ ಸುಧಾರಣಾ ಕಾಯ್ದೆ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿಯಿಂದ – ಇಂದ್ರಮ್ಮ, ಕೃಷಿ ತಜ್ಞರು, ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತೆ


Secretary,Gram Seva Sangh
Flat #102, Shesha Nivas, 1st Block, 1st Main,
Thyagarajanagar, Bengaluru-560028Email ID: | @gramasevasanghaMobile: 9980043911 |

Farmers Organizations requesting not to pass land reforms bill through “Ordinance” for the state of Karnataka


His Excellency

Honorable Governor

Sri Vajubhai Rudabhai Valaji

Government of Karnataka


Honorable Sir,

Subject: Requesting not to pass land reforms bill through “Ordinance” for the state of Karnataka

The Government of Karnataka is ready to pass many bills such as APMC bill, Electricity bill, Essential Commodity bill and the Land Reforms Bill. These bills are highly objected to by Farmers organization, Social thinkers, specialists’ people and common persons across the state of Karnataka.

The Legislative Assembly plans to pass the Land reforms bill through an Ordinance. This move is highly condemned by all farmers’ organizations, individual peasants and women farmers, land-less labourers and others. Today the farming community consists of almost 70% of the total population of which 51% are direct farmers. Land reforms is a sensitive issue. It is an issue that concerns the lives of farmers and that of farming systems, culture, tradition, bio-diversity, water and forest lands, and the lives of millions of other persons such as artisans, pot makers, weavers, handicrafts and the rural economy as a whole.

We urge you to take note of the following issues:

1. The Government of Karnataka is trying to bring amendments to the following Sections:

Sec 79(a): Non-Agriculture income should not exceed 25 lakhs to buy an agriculture land

Sec 79(b): Only practicing farmers who own Pahani from their ancestors can buy agriculture lands

Sec 79(c): If found guilty in buying agriculture land they will be prosecuted by the act of law

Sec 63: A family of 5 and below can buy agriculture land upto 54 acres and family above 5 members can buy upto 108 acres. 108 acres is the maximum ceiling limit.

Sec 80: Agriculture land cannot be used for non-agriculture purposes

The Government of Karnataka is going to bring amendments to all the above quoted sections. If Sec 79(a) and 79 (b) gets waved, then anyone can buy agriculture lands with whatever his/her income levels and whoever he/she is concerned. Then automatically 79(c) will lose its functionality and existence. The Government is also trying to dilute the strength of Land ceiling limits of Sec 63. It now proposes that a family of 5 or less than that can own 108 acres and family of more than 5 members can own upto 216 acres. This dilution of Sec 63 will give scope for huge land banks and aggregators. It is said that Sec 80 will also be diluted, a person if he/she wish to convert that land for non-agricultural purposes, he/she can appeal to that District Commissioner and if that DC does not give permission within 30 days, it will be deemed that land will be converted.

2. Corona group of virus have become pandemic across the globe. State of Karnataka has already crossed 10000 plus cases and it is increasing everyday by the hundreds. As per the estimates by medical technical team, it is said that Covid infection will reach its peak in Aug-Oct. The Government of Karnataka cannot use this time to pass any bills where public discussions and consultancy cannot be held. This Covid virus is virulent for the people who are aged 65 and above, but unfortunately all farmer leaders are 60 plus in age, and cannot come outside their homes to protest against this. The fact that the Government is now ready to pass Ordinance in this stage indicates a violation of the basic norms of democracy.

3. There are already 83,000 plus cases relating to land access and rights pending in the court of law, and all these are violative of the rules of 79 (a) & (b). Now, the government is ready to dismiss all the cases pending in the court as per the statement of ministers. This leads to the loss of fundamental rights of justice and social equity.

4. Due to Covid pandemic, thousands of people have returned to their native villages, and it is now the due duty of the government to think and rework on programs such as MGNREGA and other rural development schemes to make ensure their livelihood security. Instead, by proposing these draconian new laws via ordinances the government is pushing rural people into drudgery.

5. Nearly 80% of farmers in Karnataka are small and medium farmers. These are the farmers who bring food security to the state. These farmers today suffer from climate change, uncertain rainfall, pest and disease, low soil carbon, insecure market, high production costs and so on. Under such conditions the government should not further pauperise rural people by enforcing them to sell their land and become labourers on their own fields. The Government needs to address these issues to make their lives and lands viable and sustainable.

6. The Agriculture minister has said that agriculture graduates are not in a position to do scientific advanced agriculture since they don’t own agriculture lands. We raise questions about this statement. How many agriculture graduates and masters practice agriculture today? In reality many are working in multinational seeds, fertilizers, and pesticide companies. They are in great demands in banks. Many of them are in civil services etc. Hardly 1% of them go into agriculture or return to their villages. “Scientific agriculture” has become a great failure today. 0ur farmers who have mastered farming from hundreds of years are in great distress due to the vicious cycle of debts, and therefore parents do not want their son or a daughter to do agriculture in their respective villages. This is the fact and bitter ground truth. Another question is how many applications or letters have come from agriculture graduates to the minister requesting land for agriculture? Does the government have details of this?

7. Land degradation and desertification are the major concerns in Karnataka. As per the Desertification Atlas by ISRO it is said 36.24% of land have already been degraded due to over exploitation of agriculture lands, soil and water. If the proposed amendments via the ordinances are made, then the competitive exploitation of ground resources will increase. As of now, most of the villages have gone more than 800 feet for underground water. The suggested reforms and amendments will render land to see become only investment commodities and thereby subject to exploitation by advanced chemicals, mono-cropping, heavy water use, and hybridization etc. This will further have a cascading effect on land degradation and underground water in coming years.

8. Forest lands, as per the Forest survey of India is only 18.5% – 19% (out of minimal 33% to balance ecology). Usually villages and human civilization will be on the downstream of forest and mountain lands. If the village lands start exploiting underground water in the name of scientific agriculture due to competition, all these forest lands will be deprived of underground water and start converting into thorny shrub forests and later may ruin themselves. There will be a greater loss of Bio-diversity. This is worst sign causing irreversible damage to ecology and environment. Agriculture needs to be seen as a part of environment. If we degrade the environment, we will end up in great crisis.

9. Food security of the state and the nation will be assured by farmers, who work with the knowledge that they have learnt from their ancestors over hundreds and thousands of years and this great wisdom will be severely threatened. Agriculture is a greater science with nature starting from predicting rainfall, ploughing lands, sowing seeds, harrowing, weeding, crop care, harvesting and packing, post-harvest measures, storage of seeds etc. Farmers do all these operations with great love, and they have compassion for soil, plants and trees. For farmers their fields are their universe. If land is rendered into only a business opportunity, then they will not be able to assure the state or nation of any productivity. Food and nutritional security can be assured only by farmers. So, it is a question of both farmers’ and the larger public’s food security. The proposed land reform is a serious threat to farmer’s sovereignty.

We hereby request our honorable Governor, government of Karnataka, not to pass the Ordinance to the Land reform bill since it is the question of every farmer’s life, farming system and of our bio diversity, forest and pasture lands, ponds, streams, rivers and other water bodies, culture and tradition, life and humanity as a whole. 

We urge you to uphold the norms and processes of democracy and not sign this Bill and the Ordinances.

Thanking you

With Regards

Farmers Organizations who are concerned against Land Reforms in the State of Karnataka:

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha hagu Hasiru Sene: Badagalapura Nagendra: 9449264917

Amrita Bhoomi: Chukki Nanjundaswami: 9482164376

Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha: G C Byyareddy: 9448230121

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Virodhi Kayade Horata Samithi: Kurubur Shanthakumar: 9448060640

Gram Seva Sangh: Rangakarmi Prasanna: 9008484880

J H Patel foundation: Mahima Patel: 7899458609

The School of Natural Farming: Manjunath H: 9632226229

Tumkur Science Centre: Yathiraju C: 9481677607

Punarchith: Dr. A R Vasavi: 9448360215

Rashtriya Swabhiman Andolan: Madavan C P: 7899939414

Rashtriya kisan mahasangh: Suresh patil: 9845253134

Swadeshi andolan: K V Biju (All India Org Secretary): 9871368252

Karnataka Rashtra Samithi Party: Mallikarjun: 9880665397

WordPress: Narasimha Reddy Donthi: 0091-40-24077804

Rashtriya Kisan Sangh: Konche Shivarudrappa: 9448705384

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha: K T Gangadhar (Rajya varistaru): 9448524928

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#RemeberTheConstitution Our Students are in Jail, Our Labourers are on roads!

#RemeberTheConstitution #YaadKaroSamvidhan We have to build a nation, where not only people who say YES has to live, but also people who say NO has to get a chance to live, together as brothers. Our #Constitution says this, our country says this. I request to release all the political prisoners. – Prasanna, Theatre Person, Activist, Mentor-Gram Seva Sangh

#RememberTheConstitution I read preamble of our #Constitution to reiterate the ideas Govt should follow with great empathy towards #workingclass#farmers#migrantlabourers & to have #SocialSecurity measures that encompasses all #citizens!

#CYatiraju, President, @gramasevasangha

Even as millions of Indians struggle to survive today, many are also being falsely charged and imprisoned. That is why I am reading the preamble. To remind the governments, police, courts and citizens – The Indian Constitution grants all citizens the right to life, liberty of thought and the right to assemble and protest peacefully. I condemn the arrest of students and all others involved in peaceful protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.*

So, Lets read Preamble to Constitution of INDIA, to remember the constitution spirit:
WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens:

JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship;

EQUALITY of status and of opportunity;

and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation;


The Pandemic and the Great Indian Labour Migration

Excerpt of Webinar – The Pandemic and the Great Indian Labour Migration

Time: May 15, 2020 03:00 PM, New Delhi

Organized By: Vivekananda College, New Delhi, Delhi University

Speakers: Prasanna, Theatre Person & Activist

Dr. Rama Shankar Singh, Ex-Fellow IIAS Shimla, (Ancient History and Community rights of subaltern castes his subjects)

Dr Abdul Rahman, Author at Newsclick and Peoples Dispatch

Heena Nandaraju, Principal of the Vivekananda college:  Henna welcomed the discussion saying “The images of migrant workers what we are seeing today its of hunger and shear inability of a laborers to survive in this world.”

Prasanna: We seen what is happened to labor, everybody is worried about it, people, politicians, state and they are also doing things about it. But the problem really is about the mindset. We are in a mindset of Monster Economy, we are in a machine mindset. We don’t think human hands are the productive force anymore; naturally we cannot care for the human hand or the handmaking people, as much as you want to. So they have become a burden, whole lot of people who needs to be fed, who need to be looked after. Whenever they are called to work, they are inefficient we feel, and so that is what made this situation. But then the epidemic, endemic,  Covid has completely up turned the whole situation, Covid has told us that, that economy is dead, monster economy is dead, if we revive the monster economy, it may survive for couple of years and collapse even more badly in future.

So the problem really is, not just of taking care of the labor, but actually going behind the labor, to wherever they were wanting to go, Up, Bihar, Karnataka and with little respect for what they have, the skill. Do understand their skills and give what we have systems, the production system, provided to that in a reshaped ways. This is what needs to be done, but I don’t think we are ready for it. Everyday in I can see, statements made by Prime minister, chief minister’s, bureaucrats, all of them are still in the centralized mode. Moment after announcing the packages, they mentioned about the centralized ration card’s, ID card’s, hundred ways of digitalizing. Digitalization is good if you want centralized systems or economy, but if you want to change according to the dictates of the covid, according to the new situation, Decentralize it. The new economy, the handmade economy, and the small economy, not going to cater to the big people or the big systems. So, it is essentially question of complete redoing of our mindsets.

Abdul Rahaman: The Major concern of today is relating to Migrant Workers. Pandemic has highlighted the issues of these people existed before, so we are able to see now, how vulnerable they are. According to some survey, around 10 crores population is migrant workers who are part of the informal economy which constitutes about 93% of Indian population. Half of the worlds population affected by this pandemic. They need dignity not charity, as they are the ones constructed this wealth. Informal sector people are most vulnerable, but even 6% of formal sector population became vulnerable due to the recent changes to labor laws. As labor lost the purchasing capacity, but they are the ones again need to work to economy crisis resolved, we cannot make them malnourished, as they are today, so food security of the labor is of great concern. Rural economy, unemployment in urban area’s effects need to be tackled proper measures to make sure part of salaries borne by Govts.

Rama Shankar Singh: Today’s labor issues the accumulation of not reviewing and reframing Govt schemes towards the labor and poor are over the time. It shows academic and policy coordination’s were not proper towards migrant and labor at large. We need to think about the complex social issues emerge from the migrants returning back to their villages. If many of the migrants do not have land, how can they become AtmaNirbhar, its double blow that is social inequality plus grown economic inequality. Focusing on Health, Education and power distribution as the basics we must get back as in Kertala, it will yield good results in future.

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ವಲಸೆ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಸಾಂವಿಧಾನಿಕ ಹಕ್ಕುಗಳು ಉಲ್ಲಂಘನೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಾಳಜಿ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ಸಂಘಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗಳಿಂದ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ತೆರೆದ ಪತ್ರ.

ಈ ಕೆಳಗೆ ಸಹಿ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ನಾವುಗಳು, ರಾಜ್ಯದ ವಲಸೆ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ತಮ್ಮ ತಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಮರಳಿ ಹೋಗಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗದಂತೆ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ರೈಲುಗಳನ್ನು ರದ್ದುಗೊಳಿಸಿದ ಆತಂಕಕಾರೀ ಸುದ್ದಿಯಿಂದ ಆಘಾತಕ್ಕೊಳಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಕಾನ್ಫೆಡರೇಶನ್ ಆಫ್ ರಿಯಲ್ ಎಸ್ಟೇಟ್ ಡೆವೆಲಪರ್ಸ್ ಅಸೋಸಿಯೇಶನ್ಸ ಆಫ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ (ಅಖಇಆಂI), ಇವರ ನಡುವೆ ನಡೆದ ಮಾತುಕತೆ ನಂತರ ಈ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಇದನ್ನು ನೈಋತ್ಯ ರೈಲ್ವೇಗೆ 2020 ರ ಮೇ 5 ರಂದು ಪತ್ರ ಮುಖೇನ ತಿಳಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
ವಲಸೆ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ತಮ್ಮ ತಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಮರಳಿದಲ್ಲಿ, ಕಟ್ಟಡ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಉದ್ಯಮಕ್ಕೆ ಬಹು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಹೊಡೆತ ಬೀಳುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂದು ಬಿಲ್ಡರ್‍ಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಂಟ್ರಾಕ್ಟರ್‍ಗಳು ಸರ್ಕಾರದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಲಾಬಿ ನಡೆಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಅವರ ಮಾತು ಕೇಳಿ ಈ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವನ್ನು ಏಕಮುಖವಾಗಿ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 24 ರಿಂದಲೂ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಊಟಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಹಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಅಕ್ಷರಶ: ಭಿಕ್ಷೆ ಬೇಡುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿ, ಈ ಬಿಲ್ಡರ್‍ಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಂಟ್ರಾಕ್ಟರ್‍ಗಳು ಅವರನ್ನು ಪೂರ್ತಿಯಾಗಿ ಕೈಬಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರು ಎಂದು ಲಾಕ್‍ಡೌನ್ ಸಂದರ್ಭದ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಬಂದ ಹಲವಾರು ವರದಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗತ ಚಿತ್ರಣಗಳು ಎಚ್ಚರಿಸುತ್ತವೆ. ಕೆಲವು ವರದಿಗಳು ಹೇಳುವಂತೆ ಆ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ 64% ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಕೈಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇವಲ ರೂ. 100 ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಇತ್ತು. ಕೇವಲ 6% ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರಿಗೆ ಪೂರ್ತಿ ವೇತನ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿತ್ತು, ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ರತೀ ಐವರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಆಹಾರ ಧಾನ್ಯಗಳು ದೊರಕಿತ್ತು. ಈ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರಿಗೆ ವೇತನ ಪಾವತಿ, ಆಹಾರ ಭದ್ರತೆ, ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಭದ್ರತೆ ಮತ್ತು ಸುರಕ್ಷೆಯನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಲು ರಾಜ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರಗಳು ವಿಫಲವಾದವು. ಆ ಮೂಲಕ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಹಕ್ಕು, ಘನತೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿಹಾಕಿದವು.
ಈ ಅತಂತ್ರದ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯ ನಡುವೆ, ಹಲವಾರು ಕಡೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ, ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ತೆರವು ಗೊಳಿಸುವ ಬೆದರಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸಿದರು, ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಪೊಲೀಸರ ದೌರ್ಜನ್ಯಕ್ಕೂ ಒಳಗಾದರು. ಈ ಅಸಹನೀಯ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬದುಕಲು ನಿರಾಕರಿಸಿದ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಕಿ.ಮೀ ನಡೆದು ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ದೃಶ್ಯ ಹಾಗೂ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಮತ್ತು ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತಾವು ನಗರ ಬಿಡಲು ನೋಂದಣಿ ಮಾಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಉದ್ದುದ್ದದ ಸಾಲುಗಟ್ಟಿ ನಿಂತಿರುವ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು ಕಂಡು ಬಂದವು. ಅವರ ಘನತೆಯನ್ನು ಮಣ್ಣುಗೂಡಿಸಿದ ಫಲವಾಗಿ ಈ ದೃಶ್ಯಗಳು ಕಂಡುಬಂದವು. ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ತೀವ್ರ ದೈಹಿಕ, ಮಾನಸಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ಭಾವನಾತ್ಮಕ ಆಘಾತಕ್ಕೊಳಗಾದ ಬೆನ್ನಲ್ಲೇ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಈ ರೈಲುಗಳನ್ನು ರದ್ದುಗೊಳಿಸುವ ನಿರ್ಧಾರ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಇದು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕವನ್ನು ಸಮೃದ್ಧಗೊಳಿಸಲು ತಮ್ಮ ಶ್ರಮ ಹಾಕಿದ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಮೇಲೆ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ನಡೆಸಿದ ದೌರ್ಜನ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ.
ಈ ಎಲ್ಲ ಅನಿಶ್ಚಿತ ಮತ್ತು ಗೊಂದಲದಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿದ ಪ್ರಯಾಣದ ಕುರಿತಾದ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಗೃಹ ಸಚಿವಾಲಯದ ಆದೇಶಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಇದ್ದಕ್ಕಿದ್ದಂತೆ ರೈಲುಗಳನ್ನು ರದ್ದು ಮಾಡಿರುವ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಈ ನಿಧಾರಗಳು ಹೃದಯ ಹೀನವಾದದ್ದು ಮತ್ತು ಅವು ವಲಸೆ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಸಾಂವಿಧಾನಿಕ ಹಕ್ಕನ್ನೇ ನಿರಾಕರಿಸುವಂತದ್ದು. ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಓಡಾಟವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಬಂಧಿಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಅವರ ಸಂವಿಧಾನ ಬದ್ಧ ಹಕ್ಕನ್ನು ತಡೆಹಿಡಿದಿರುವುದು ಖಂಡನೀಯ.
ರೈಲುಗಳನ್ನು ರದ್ದುಗೊಳಿಸಿರುವ ಈ ಕ್ರಮವು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗಳ ಓಡಾಟವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಬಂಧಿಸಿ ಸಂವಿಧಾನದ ಪರಿಚ್ಛೇದ 19(1)(ಡಿ) ಯ ಉಲ್ಲಂಘನೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ತಾವೆಲ್ಲಿ ಬದುಕಬೇಕು ಎಂಬ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರವನ್ನು ಈ ಆದೇಶವು ಉಲ್ಲಂಘಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದು, ಇದು ಸಂವಿಧಾನದ ಆರ್ಟಿಕಲ್ 21 ರ ಉಲ್ಲಂಘನೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ರೈಲುಗಳನ್ನು ರದ್ದುಮಾಡಿ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರನ್ನು ಬಲವಂತವಾಗಿ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಕ್ರಮವು ಸಂವಿಧಾನದ ಆರ್ಟಿಕಲ್ 23 ರ ಅಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಲವಂತದ ದುಡಿಮೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಈ ಆದೇಶವನ್ನು ತಕ್ಷಣವೇ ಹಿಂತೆಗದುಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕೆಂದು ನಾವು ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ತಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಯಾಣದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಿರ್ಧಾರ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಸ್ವಾಯತ್ತತೆಯನ್ನು ಮತ್ತು ಘನತೆಯನ್ನು ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಮಾನ್ಯ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ನಾವು ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಇಲ್ಲೇ ಉಳಿಯುವಂತೆ ಅಥವಾ ತಮ್ಮ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಮರಳಿ ಹೋಗುವಂತೆ ಯಾರನ್ನೂ ಒತ್ತಾಯಿಸಬಾರದು. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಸಂವಿಧಾನದ ಚೌಕಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಮತ್ತು ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ತಮ್ಮ
ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಮರಳಲು ಬಯಸಿದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರನ್ನು ಗೌರವಯುತವಾಗಿ ಸುರಕ್ಷಿತವಾಗಿ ಉಚಿತ ಪ್ರಯಾಣದ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ನಾವು ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

  • ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ, ಇತರೇ ಸಂಗಾತಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ, ನೀವು ಸಹಿ ಹಾಕಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿ ಕೊಡಿ :


We, the undersigned, are writing to you in utter shock about the recent distressing move by the
Government of Karnataka (GoK) to cancel trains for migrant workers departing to their home
States.The decision was taken after a meeting between the Chief Minister and the Confederation of
Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI), and communicated via a letter dated 5 May
2020 to the South Western Railways.
This decision has been taken solely to appease the lobby of builders and contractors who claim that
the return of workers to their home states will adversely impact the construction sector. Neither
migrant workers nor trade unions representing them were consulted. Since 24 th March 2020, most of
the builders and contractors have completely abandoned the workers leaving them to scrounge for
food and money in violation of government orders. Several reports and workers’ testimonies, present
an alarming picture of the lockdown. As some reports indicate, 64% of migrant workers are left with
less than Rs 100, only 6% of them received full wages during the lockdown and only one in
five received rations. The Central and State Governments have failed to ensure payment of wages,
food, financial and tenure security during lockdown thereby stripping the workers of rights to dignity
and food.
In addition to this precarious situation, workers have been threatened with eviction and have been
subjected to police brutality in many places. Dramatic scenes of thousands of workers walking long
distances and queueing up to get registered to leave Bengaluru and Mangaluru to their home states
demonstrate their unwillingness to continue in such a hostile environment. It is symbolic of their
crushed dignity. After being put through such deep physical, emotional, and psychological trauma, the
announcement of cancellation of trains by the GoK is the worst assault on the workers whose labour
has contributed immensely to Karnataka’s flourishing.
The entire exercise of confusing travel orders by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the arbitrary
decision by the State government to cancel trains for workers is callous and is in disregard for the
migrant workers’ entitlement to Constitutional rights. It is this mindset which underlies this latest
decision by the State government prohibiting the right to travel which has to be strongly condemned.
This move of cancellation of trains violates the right to movement under Article 19(1)(d). By
infringing on the basic freedom to make fundamental choices about their lives it violates the
right to dignity under Article 21. By cancelling trains and ensuring workers continue to labour
in Karnataka it violates the constitutional prohibition on forced labour under Article 23.
We demand that the State Government rescind the order immediately. We demand recognition of the
autonomy and dignity of the migrant worker to decide their travel plans. No one should be forced
either to stay back or to return to their home states. We demand that the Karnataka government
abide by the Constitutional framework and immediately make the necessary arrangements to ensure
that any worker wishing to return is allowed to do so at no cost, and in a safe and dignified manner.

  • Gram Seva Sangh with all other likeminded Organizations

Vandana Shiva Message to Sacred Economy Satyagrahi’s

America’s Super-Rich See Their Wealth Rise by $282 Billion in Three Weeks of Pandemic  :

These are the main players of the Rakshashi economy that you call the monster economy.
They are planning to destroy all work , all local economies, all freedom, all forms of Swaraj.
Our Satyagraha for life will need to protect nature, protect land rights of tribals and peasants, creation of work opportunities through a sacred economy specially food and crafts, everything all hand made sectors There will be attempts to make these illegal as they tried making saving seeds Illegal and we did the Bija Satyagraha . Or the FSSAI rules that make artisanal food illegal and we had to do a Satyagraha for Gandhi’s Ghani. Or demonetisation making cash illegal.

We need a Satyagraha for life and livelihoods , and for indigenous ways of knowing . The imposition of the digital economy for mining data and surveillance is not just taking away our freedoms , but children made to learn digitally means the poor will be denied their right to education and the others will loose their creative , synthesising capacities.

We are at the most serious watershed that humanity has faced . And only the power of Satyagraha and imagination dedicated to creating sacred economies will give hope and courage to all of humanity
Pl let me know what are the next steps you plan and we should take collectively.

With love
Dr Vandana Shiva
Director, NAVDANYA
A-60 Hauz Khas,
New Delhi – 110016 INDIA  

Medha Patkar Started Fast for Migrant Labourers

*नर्मदा बचाओ आंदोलन*  _प्रेस विज्ञप्ति। 05.05.2020_ 

*श्रमिकों पर हो रहे अत्याचार के खिलाफ**अनशन 48 घण्टों तक आगे जारी!*

 *रेल और सड़क परिवहन व्यवस्था, श्रमिकों का वेतन, राज्यों में समन्वय और सीमा खोलने पर चाहिए जवाब!* 

देश भर के एक एक राज्य में फंसे प्रवासी श्रमिकों पर अत्याचार आज भी जारी है । मजदूर हजारों की संख्या में राज्य राज्य में फंसे हैं और महाराष्ट्र, गुजरात सहित कई राज्यों से  मजदूरों की वापसी में शासन-प्रशासन  का हस्तक्षेप कमजोर है तो उत्तर प्रदेश की सरकार सीमा बंद करने, खोलने की मनमानी जारी रखी है।एक नहीं, अनेक आदेश, राज्य एवं केन्द्र से जारी होते हुए भी लाखों मजदूरों को चिंता ने घेर के रखा है। उन्हें वेतन नहीं, राशन नहीं, सैकड़ों मजदूर चल रहे हैं ।रेलवे का इतना बड़ा नेटवर्क इस स्थितिमे काम मे लेना अभीतक नही के बराबर हुआ है।               

कल 4 मई से हमने भूख हड़ताल शुरू किया 24 घण्टे के चेतावनी उपवास के साथ। 24 घण्टे में तहसीलदार, अतिरिक्त जिला अधिकारी से  हुई बातचीत में वे बता रहे थे, अपनी असमर्थता। उन्होंने महाराष्ट्र, मध्य प्रदेश की सीमा पर शांति प्रस्थापित करने की बात की ।4 तारीख सुबह से निश्चित ही कुछ दिन चलकर आये श्रमिकों को ट्रक, आयशर-टेंपो जैसे वाहनों में बिठाकर उत्तर प्रदेश की सीमाओं की तरफ भेजना शुरू हुआ है । लेकिन कईयों को वाहन चालक फंसा रहे हैं। पूरा पैसा वसूल कर रास्ते पर बीच में छोड़ा जा रहा है। 1500 – 1700 किमी. दूरी तय करने की सोचकर पैदल चले श्रमिक हमारे उपवास स्थल पर पहुंचते रहे हैं तो पता चलता है कि उन्हें पहले मालिकों ने लूटा, काम की तनख्वाह ही क्या, अनाज भोजन भी न देते हुए भगाया है। 24 घंटे की चेतावनी के बावजूद श्रमिकों की स्थिति में कोई फर्क नही आया है। हमने इसीलिए उपवास को आगे 48 घंटो तक, आवाहन के रूप में आगे बढ़ाना तय किया है।ऐसी स्थिति में मुम्बई, नाशिक, भिवंडी से, या सूरत से आए मजदूर 24 घण्टे में हमारे अनशन स्थल पर पहुंचे तो कईयों के पास पैसा नहीं था, तो कुछ चप्पल ढूंढ रहे थे…..  दुकान बंद थी…… जिसके बिना चलना नामुमकिन था। साइकिल पर आये थोड़े से श्रमिक, साईकिल चलाने की स्थिति में भी नहीं थे, गुस्सा थे । मध्य प्रदेश-महाराष्ट्र की सीमा खुली कर दी है ।                       

खबरें तो आ रही है कि शासन ने नये नये अधिकारी नियुक्त किए हैं लेकिन उनमें से किसी का भी फोन पर संपर्क होना नामुमकिन साबित हो रहा है।आज भी नंदुरबार के अलीराजपुर, बड़वानी के आदिवासी फंसे है, गुजरात में, जामनगर, राजकोट, जुनागढ़, द्वारका, अमरेली तक के जिले-जिले में। उन्हें  लाने में महाराष्ट्र और मध्य प्रदेश शासन का योगदान भी नहीं मिल पाया। बड़ी राशि देकर हमारे पीछे पड़ने के बाद, वाहन साधन से मजदूर वापस आ पाये। कुछ थोड़े किसानों को छोड़कर अन्य किसान श्रम चूसने के बाद आदिवासियों को अब जल्द से जल्द भगाना चाहते हैं कोई कुएं में जहर डालकर मारने की धमकी दे रहा है तो कोई निजी वाहन के लिए  2500/- रु. प्रति व्यक्ति देने के लिए मजबूर करना चाह रहा है। कईयों का अनाज खत्म होकर अब भूखमरी शुरू हुई हैयही हालात सब दूर की होते हुए न रेल न सड़क परिवहन से मजदूरों की वापसी में राज्य सरकारें अपना हस्तक्षेप या योगदान दे रही है नहीं श्रमिकों को मृतवत होकर 40 डिग्री सेंटीग्रेड तक तापमान की स्थिति में चलने से दर्द महसूस करते या सुलझाओ निकालते दिखाई दे रहे हैं। 

हम उपवास जारी रखते हुए अपेक्षा करते हैं कि राहत के कार्य में जुटे संगठन, संस्थाएं, सामाजिक समूह भी इन मुद्दों की गंभीरता जानकर अपनी समर्थन आत्मक कृति शुरू करें कोई पत्र लिखें कोई मुहिम चलाएं इस स्थिति में शासन की जगह समाज लेता ही रहा है अब ऐसे समाजसेवियों को भी आगे आना चाहिए जो अपना वाहन साधन, डीजल ड्राइवर इत्यादि सहायता दे सके। हम देख रहे हैं, हर निर्णय मनमानी से हो रहा है। राज्य ही क्या, जिलावार ली भूमिका में फर्क है। केंद्र शासन के आदेश हो या राज्य शासन के, न सही अर्थ न सही अमल ऐसी स्थिति में हमें अहिंसक सत्याग्रह जारी रखना ही होगा अन्याय सहना अन्याय थोपने के इतना ही अस्वीकार है । 

*एमडी चौबे, मेधा पाटकर*

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Is Basavanna Not a Harbinger of Development?

  • Author: Prasanna Translated by: Dr J K Suresh

“Are Ambanis and Adanis the only heralds of development? Is replacing the Lingayat eateries (Khanavalis) by McDonald’s a great step towards modernity? On the one hand, we have the ravings of the priestly class, and on the other the tyranny of capitalism; religious intolerance here, and economic oppression there. Do all these constitute development? Merely because Basavanna is a millennium old, is he therefore not fit to be considered a herald of development?” Deeply troubled by these questions, I went to North Karnataka seeking some answers.

This is the original land of Basava. It is backward now. People are discussing how it can be developed. Many who are a part of this debate are Basavanna’s followers. However, as though refuting his model for life and holding Basavanna responsible for the backwardness of North Karnataka, they are pressing forward with the Ambani-Adani model for development. As with other Gods, even Basavanna has been kept in the prison of splendor in their homes.

The only model of development they seem to believe in is that of Bengaluru, or New York or London. They desire that glittery private colleges, glass & concrete hospitals, factories that belch smoke 24×7, airports and five star hotels should soon pervade all of North Karnataka – for they believe that this is what development means.

Their belief does have a strong basis. The migration from North Karnataka of its smart middle classes has largely been towards Bengaluru. Governments, officials, politicians, industrialists – all of them – sit in Bengaluru and contemplate the prospects of North Karnataka. The intellectuals sit here and mull over the state of the region’s agriculture, handlooms and artisans. The poets sit in Bengaluru while writing fine poems about its villages. And so on. Curiously, it is from the air-conditioned comforts of distant Bengaluru that the money for public works in Northern, Southern, Middle etc Karnataka’s is released. Or is refused sanction! Bengaluru is the real and only Karnataka of today. Meanwhile, (as a consequence), the diseased vitals of Karnataka outside of Bengaluru are counting their last days!

There are indeed people who accept the Basavanna model. For them, development means the evolution of humans, environment and nature. But they are a minority. In a world where the majority has to always impose its way, these people are disregarded. One such person, who sees the actions of the Hyderabad Karnataka development board from near, spoke to me recently about this. In the three years since its inception, the board has spent nearly 4300 crore rupees from its coffers. As ever, most of the money found its way to road and building construction. A couple of hundred crores have been spent on chairs, computers etc. And a fair bit of money that does not get spent, gets sent back to Bengaluru. I asked him, Why is this so? He smiled and said, the board has no ability to generate ideas for spending money towards anything other than brick and mortar buildings.  Of course, in this context, we don’t really need to discuss corruption – it’s a given here, as in all public works.

I too had taken part in a few discussions regarding how North Karnataka ought to be developed. I deliberately took part in them to upset the Ambani-Adani model, and repeatedly posed the question to the participants: “Why cannot Basavanna be the harbinger of development?” Most officials who took part in the discussions were followers of Basava. Even those who were not Lingayats were his admirers. My arrows did find their target – “Do you believe that Basavanna was the herald of Dharma? If yes, what is Dharma? Is there Basava Dharma without working with one’s hands? Would the King Bijjala have retained Basavanna as his minister if he did not contribute to the economic well being of the kingdom of Kalyana?”

I continued. “In modern terms, Basava organized the producers! He enabled a disciplined approach towards production of goods and services by the Sharana’s! He compelled them to share a part of their earnings in the form of feeding the poor (Dasoha). It was because the poor became Sharana’s and organized themselves that the kingdom of Kalyana saw streamlined production. Kalyana consequently became affluent. With a desire to take control of this affluence, the upper caste and upper class people manipulated Bijjala’s son Jagadeva to embark upon the massacre of the Sharana’s. They desired power over men, production without dissent, streamlined trade and a society without alcohol and infidelity. But they did not want to distribute profits! Basava shared profits and reduced the distance between the rich and the poor.”

As I spoke, the participants nodded their heads in agreement. I felt emboldened to continue: “You seem to believe that the Dharma of the old and the economy of today are different! Is this not self-contradictory? Would it not be detrimental for humanity to adopt the stand that labor and the machine are equivalent or exchangeable? Perhaps you also believe that were Basavanna to be alive today, he would have sat in his car and carried out his work! Or that in the name of feeding people, he would have partaken of feasts in the homes of the rich! Can the Ambanis and the Adanis, or their Kannada imitations, who are behind this new economy, work for the benefit of society as a whole? Will they share profits of lacs of crore rupees with the toilers on the land, or on the handlooms of North Karnataka? Do you know that the difference between the poor and rich have increased a thousand fold since the time of Basavanna under the new model of development?”

A wall of silence greeted my words. I continued in a somewhat dramatic fashion: “Why do the poor of today neither labor nor carry out feeding of the poor? Who took away their self-confidence through advertisements, TV and the Internet? Who are the people that stoke religious extremism? Who are the people that are distancing the devotees from their Gods? Isn’t the new economy and developmental model doing all this? If Basava’s model is one that brings light, the Ambani Adani model can only bring darkness to society”.

With a pause, I continued: “This economy is a mere agent of foreign companies. What they have done in their own countries to Jesus, they shall certainly do to Basava in your region. Or what they have done to Prophet Muhammed in their own countries, they would do unto your Basava-Kanaka-Purandara-Dada Peer. They have imprisoned saints in the shackles of religion. The time has come to release them for the sake of social reform today!”

“Fight back! As the Vachanakara’s, Sufi and Christian Saints did – rebel non-violently! Use your plough, handloom, spindle and Vachana’s as the weapons in this fight! Rebel against this new economy! Neither is Dharma old, nor is this economy a new find! They are contemporary. Working with one’s hands is the Dharma of this age, and every age!” I continued, hearing a few murmurs of agreement from the audience.

“Basavanna’s economics was ethical, for it converted money into an instrument for social good (Dasoha), a means to share wealth with all and earn the goodwill of people. Basava’s economics does not multiply money, nor bring outrageous profits! Those who desire obscene profits ought to take Manchanakramita – a sworn enemy of Basava – as their God.”

These words were a bit sharp – people sat up and listened. “Those who admire Ambanis and Adanis are indeed a modern incarnation of Manchanakramita. The mobiles they have locked around your necks are the corrupted Ishtalinga’s for you!”

I explained how Basava’s economics is based on labor. “Given where we are today, we ought to learn how to tolerate labor and make it an essential part of our lives; to assimilate labor into our routines; even if not all at once, slowly and with patience! On the contrary, we take pleasure in traveling with Manchanakramita in airplanes, and as villagers, fallen for his saffron clothes, Rudrakshi, Vibhooti and command over Samskruta. Do remember that Manchanakramita kills everyone, ultimately.”

I appealed to them, finally: “I beg of you, think of the wondrous results of taking Basavanna as the true herald of development! If you do, why merely North Karnataka or India – indeed the whole world can be developed in a true and proper way through the model of Basava! Let me explain my words. Till 1947, the developmental model we followed under Gandhi’s leadership was the Basavanna Model! Did we not call it Gram Swaraj? You have not forgotten the grand struggles of North Karnataka for freedom, have you? Truth is, we abandoned it and are unashamedly following the path of Manchanakramita! We are on the way to making India another Singapore.”

To sum up, agriculture and handlooms are the two eyes of North Karnataka. To blind them and give them the goggles made by Ambani and Adani to help them walk with crutches is certainly not development!

Prasanna, 13.09.2018 Translated by: Dr J K Suresh

Original Article in Kannada can be found at :

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Irrfan Badanwal Satyagraha

Badanwal Satyagraha – its organized for starting the sustainable living movement.

Which Irrfan also fond of,Badanwal is a place in Chamaraj Nagar Dist, Karina.It was a flourishing rural constructive site, on khadi and dairy production it made its mark long back. Mahatma Gandhi visited to witness this richness by then.
Its happend in April month 2015. More than a fifteen days event.He and his wife Sutapa were present on 9th and 10th April
More details about Badanwal Satyagraha can be found

Pic Credits: Nethra Raju