Echoing the need for India to embrace Sacred Economy

Gram Seva Sangh specializes in organizing artistic and cultural programs that show case issues ailing our country and recently Gram Seva Sangh organised such programs to showcase the philosophy behind the “Sacred Economy”.

The idea behind the Sacred Economy is also based on many of Mahatma Gandhi’s principles, which is why Gram Seva Sangh began their hunger Sathyagraha in support of Sacred Economy on Gandhi Jayanthi, the 150th birth anniversary of Bapuji. Here is an article written by  Gram Sangh Seva founder, Prasanna on Gandhi’s economic philosophy or economic wisdom. 

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/mahatma-gandhi-economy-rama-rajya-jawaharlal-nehru-narendra-modi-6076656/?fbclid=IwAR3Z8bG9mOBTKoATtRTVezrtG_dhGPKI824BHJ64rM47zCtaPnl9mNMs5zw

Currently, our economic system is designed on achieving growth through over production for which, much of consumption is stimulated, it benefits a few giving them excess profits which does not get distributed to the masses. Youth are being groomed to manage businesses of Corporates in this economic system, they are not trained to manage jobs of Sacred Economy – farming, handloom, organic soap production, oil production, weaving, handloom, khadhi and a lot more. 

Meanwhile, the segments of  the Sacred Economy mentioned above don’t get the required knowledge or assistance from Government and our system to develop and sustain themselves. They are neglected, while Corporates, industries and banks are supported by the Government. It is only fair that small  and local industries are also supported by Government as they are labour intensive segments of our economy that have potential to employ and provide livelihoods to many people.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/encourage-small-industries-prasanna/article29810482.ece

There is more emphasis on encouraging automation in the current system which has taken away jobs of many people. The current economic system has also damaged our environment by chopping away our greenery, spoiling our natural resources of river, forests, air etc.  There is no space here for farmers, textile workers,small vendors and other marginalized groups of the Sacred Economy. 

This is therefore a Monster economy, leading to centralization of power in the hands of Corporates and industries while Nature is being exploited by them.  This goes against the principles of our Constitution as well, as this does not honour Article 39 of our Constitution summaries that – 

Everybody has a right to an adequate means of livelihood and that wealth, material and natural resources should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.

(Scroll down to page 21 of this link taken from the Indian Government website and read the full particulars of Article 39.)

The alternate Sacred Economy, takes care of those now ignored groups giving them jobs that cause the least damage to our environment.This system makes use of local labour and raw materials which is healthy for the growth and development of our rural and  domestic economies along with their ecologies. There is a need to decongest urban India that is suffocated with over development which has strained Urban India’s natural resources of land, water etc. Sacred Economy would bring that much needed balance to India benefiting both rural and urban India.

Protection of Nature, giving jobs to all people and having the village and the urban civilisations connect and co-exist in harmony is what Sacred Economy stands for.

Below is a link of cultural program “Mushaira”, where literary enthusiasts and talented poets narrated verses, proses and sung songs resonating with wisdom, stirring feelings to protect nature, greenery, revive India that is ailing with problems of – joblessness, corruption, exploitation, rural disintegration and more, by living the philosophy of our Bapu, Mahatma Gandhiji. The poems showcased how many of Gandhi’s wisdom and philosophies are relevant today to develop the sacred economy by promoting and growing India’s rural and age old, sacred, alternate economy  that gives space to farmers, textile workers, khadi fabric manufacturers, fishermen, sherperts, small vendors, toy makers, small scale industry workers and entrepreneurs, artisans, weavers and others of the Sacred economy category to exist and earn their livelihoods.

https://www.facebook.com/gramsevasanghindia/videos/2414457608591717/UzpfSTEwODMxNjU0MDk6MTAyMTYwOTczMzM0NDExMDc/

The poets who enlightened us with their soulful literary flavour at the program were – Sharifaji, Usha Raniji,Fathima Zehraji, Shakira Harem, Ratoun Kumar ji,Kavita Panyaji, Kanada poet Sri Girish, Pramula Sahab, Gyan Chand, Zanar Mansur Shahab, Shahiba, K Sharifa ji, Gufram Ahmed, Shahita Yusufji.

 

 

Gram Seva Sangh’s Sathyagraha in Support of Sacred Economy (Oct 2 to Oct 11)

Gram Seva Sangh, an Organisation working to revive livelihoods of the rural and marginalised communities of India and bridge the gap between the urban and rural communities, have been pressing the Government recently to focus on developing the Sacred Economy.

Campaigning for the revival of the Sacred Economy

In short, the Sacred economy are those jobs that have been neglected to be developed in the current economic system and therefore this section of the workforce have become marginalised groups struggling to make a living, as these jobs have been destroyed but still they hold relevance. 

Our farmers, labourers, small traders, vendors, khadhi designers, crafts men, garment factory workers, fishermen, etc , need to thrive and this is possible only when the Sacred Economy is revived through refinance, zero taxes and restructuring of the economy.

Gram Seva Sangh, started a Satyagraha campaign in support of the Sacred Economy to get the Government to hear the demands to revive the Sacred Economy and respond positively. 

The wisdom behind the Sacred Economy embodies the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, who embraced khadhi and chakra supporting them because he rightly believed they represent India’s strong, traditional, domestic economy that has given livelihoods to many people, making them self reliant to lead a life of dignity. Traditionally, the Indian economy has been giving jobs to weavers, farmers, khadhi designers and others who have unfortunately become marginalised groups today .

So, in tune with this philosophy inspired by Bapuji’s wisdom, Gram Seva Sangh adopted the non-violent yet powerful weapon of Satyagraha and launched a Hunger Sathyagraha campaign to have the Government officials hear the demands for Sacred Economy and take needed positive action.

Satyagraha began on Oct 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

The Hunger Satyagraha in support of Sacred economy began on October 2, 2019 which was  Ganjayanthi, the day, the Nation celebrated the 150th  birth anniversary of Gandhiji. The venue the Satyagraha took place was at  Vallabh Niketan, Bangalore.

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Centenarian freedom fighter H. S. Doreswamy supporting the Satyagraha

https://www.news18.com/news/india/satyagraha-for-sacred-economy-activists-on-hunger-stir-in-bengaluru-seek-jobs-clean-environment-2336673.html

https://www.nationalheraldindia.com/india/theatre-director-prasanna-set-to-sit-on-an-indefinite-satyagraha-for-the-economy?fbclid=IwAR2VYZrCZw5iOw7ceqwinbiVEFa7IeySITRPKJlcVM94W94-9M32pCd-Y_Q

Fasting Satyagrahis in support of the Sacred Economy

Environmentalist ,Vandana Shiva, voices support for the cause of Sacred Economy

From October 2 to October 5th, the Satyagraha had fasting done by many supporters of this cause for a day taking turns, but from October 6th, the Satyagraha led into an indefinite fast done by Gandhian, theater artist and founder of Gram Seva Sangh, 68 year old Prasanna who is also the founder of Chakra, an Organisation that has given livelihoods to hundreds of women since 1995 employing them in making garments using khadhi. 

Prasanna on Infinite fast demanding Govt. to take steps for the revival of Sacred Economy

From Oct 2th to 5th, whenGram Sangh Seva was in its relay fasting stage, we had the following supporters who fasted for a day or more taking turns in support of the Sacred economy – Abhilash, convenor of Gram Sangh Seva, Abhilash, convenor of Gram Sangh Seva, SR Hiremath, anti-corruption crusader, whistleblower and social activist, Abay , convenor of Grakoos (Gramina Cooli Karmikara Sangathi), Hanumath Yeswar, IAS aspirant, Kusuma Shanbhag, kannada journalist.

https://khabar.ndtv.com/video/show/prime-time/theater-artist-prasanna-on-hunger-strike-529447?fbclid=IwAR2y1AzzdT7gfT8T_sQDExHgMm_ktvO1JsYK7FnRHqwGqOz3UKOdlutbdd8

Satyagraha called off on assurances provided by Union Minister, Sadananda

The Satyagraha was called off on October 11th, as Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister, Sadananda gave assurance that he would arrange a meeting with Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitaram and  the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises(MSME) where Gram Seva Sangh members can put forward their demands in person. 

Union Minister, Sadananda assures Prasanna a meeting with  Finance officials

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/karnataka-activist-calls-hunger-strike-after-union-min-sadananda-gowda-intervenes-110401?fbclid=IwAR3ilrkWk5O2zE6pMCq5hcfyII0bPDp21jROpDjwezHBIp7HhHP0cyxfqH8

Prasanna had broken his indefinite fast after 6 days of fasting on the 118th birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan.

Prasanna breaks fast on assurance  given by Union Minister, Sadananda

Prominent personalities who supported the Sathyagraha

Ramchandra Guha gave his voice in support of the Sacred Economy

There were many noted individuals who lent voice and support to strengthen the campaign with cenetarian freedom fighter, H. S. Doreswamy,  environmentalist, Vandana Shiva, famous Gandhian, EP Menon, historian, Ramchandra Guha, journalist Ravindra Tripathi and many more emitent social activists, environmentalists, journalists, artists, writers who supported the campaign speaking up for revival of Sacred Economy.

The Sathyagraha found support from well  known political figures as well – former Prime Minister Shree HD Devegowda , former CM Siddaramaiah , Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, S.Suresh Kumar, Karnatak Janata Dal United president,Mr Mahima J Patel ,  former speaker of Karnataka assembly, Mr Ramesh Kumar, had all visited the venue of Satyagraha and met Satyagrahi Prasanna, and expressed their solidarity for the cause.

 HD Devegowda and CM Siddaramaiah in the dias of Satyagraha supporters
Former speaker of Karnataka assembly, Mr Ramesh Kumar at the venue

Dr. Ashwathnarayan C. N., Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Minister for Higher & Medical Education, IT & BT, Science & Technology also visited the venue to understand the demands of Gram Seva Sangh for revival of the Sacred Economy, and later Union Minister, Sadananda visited and took it upon himself to have Gram Sangh Seva’s expert committee get a meeting with Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitaram and the  Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises(MSME) so they can discuss these wise Sacred Economy demands with the Government.

Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dr. Ashwathnarayan meeting the Sathyagrahis

Work to strengthen the campaign continues…

Gram Sangh Seva continues its campaign in support for Sacred Economy. This initial phase of Satyagraha had succeeded in getting the message across to the Government and getting assurance from  Union Minister, Sadananda in arranging a meeting with the Finance Ministry where Gram Sangh Seva’s expert committee can discuss the Sacred Economy demands. 

Please read about the release of the Sacred Economy demands that happened during the Satyagraha.

Concluding this with a poem composed highlighting Gram Sangh Seva’s demand for reviving the Sacred Economy -:

“Give jobs, give jobs, give us those jobs that keep the green,
Give jobs, give jobs, give us those jobs that keep civilisation civilised,
Give jobs, give jobs, give us those jobs that don’t kill jobs,
Give jobs, give jobs, give us those jobs that do not kill villages,
Give jobs, give jobs, give us those jobs that do not change the climate,
Give jobs, give job,  give us those jobs those jobs that keep nature natural,
Give us jobs, give us jobs”

Satyagraha for Sacred Economy 26 Sep – 2 Oct in Bengaluru

Gram Seva Sangh is launching a satyagraha for the rejuvenation of the sacred economy. This satyagraha is going to draw the attention of the people and the State towards what we call the Sacred Economy. By sacred economy, we mean that system of production that creates the maximum number of jobs with the least investment in capital and with least damage to the environment.

The satyagraha shall be an introspection and an expression of social intent. Gram Seva Sangh does not have its own demand; but we shall consolidate all the demands of all constructive activists of the country and place it before the people, as also the State.

The Satyagraha shall begin on Sep 26 Thursday with a fashion show for young people, designed by the renowned fashion designer Prasad Bidapa, focusing on sacred fabric. This program will be followed by peaceful protestsoral rendering of the Ramayana, and screening of short films, fund raising on roads, etc., over the next few days.

We will begin fasting from Oct 2.  The first three days will see participants take part in relay fasting, while participants from the fourth day will take up indefinite fasting. We have invited social activists from all over the country to take part in the satyagraha.

We invite you to participate in satyagraha programs from 26th Sept to strengthen our collective campaign. You can choose to fast from Oct 2nd and join the Satyagrahi’s showing solidarity individually or representing your organization. Also request you to share among all the likeminded friends and groups.

What is sacred economy?

By sacred economy we mean a system of production which provides maximum employment to people, with the least investment. By least investment we mean both natural and financial. This system will rejuvenate nature and economy.

Today’s system is the opposite of the sacred. It is a monster economy in nature and in size. And it is dying, and is taking thriving eco systems along with it.  But instead of reviving nature, governments the world over are using taxpayer’s money to revive the monster.  Agriculture is in deep crisis, weavers and artisans are abandoning their professions and the poor are leaving villages in hordes. Yet the government is focussed on feeding only the monster! The Government is bailing out the automobile sector, writing off big debts of bad banks, giving liberal concessions to all the big bad sectors.

 

The satyagraha intends to bring moral pressure on the people to consume less and consume products of sacred economies. We shall bring a similar moral pressure on all governments to invest public resources, wherever and whenever possible, towards the strengthening of the sacred economy.

Date and Venue of the Satyagraha by Fasting:

October 2, 2019

At Vallabh Niketan, next to Gandhi Bhavan

19, Kumar Park East, Sheshadripuram, Bengaluru -560001

The tentative schedule of Satyagraha from 26 Sep is as follows:

Please contact us if you want to volunteer with us:

Gram Seva Sangh

Shesha Nivas, Flat No.102, 1st Main Rd, Thyagaraja Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560070

GramSevaSanghIndia@gmail.com | www.gramsevasangh.org | +91 9980043911

 

The Hindu Report: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/a-satyagraha-to-protect-sacred-economies/article29425307.ece

 

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ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘವು ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಲು ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವನ್ನು ಪ್ರಾರಂಭಿಸಲಿದೆ. ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೆಂದರೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹೂಡಿಕೆಮಾಡಿ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಜನರಿಗೆ ದುಡಿಮೆಯ ಮಾರ್ಗ ತೋರಿಸುವ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ. ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹೂಡಿಕೆ ಎಂದಾಗ, ಹಣದ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹೂಡಿಕೆಯೂ ಹೌದು, ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಯ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹೂಡಿಕೆಯೂ ಹೌದು. ಇವೆರಡೂ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಇದ್ದಷ್ಟೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು ಹೌದು. ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಗೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು ಪುರುಷನಿಗೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು.

ಸೋಲುತ್ತಿರುವ ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ

                ಇಂದು ಮೇಲುಗೈ ಸಾಧಿಸಿರುವ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗೆ ವಿರುದ್ಧವಾದದ್ದು. ಅದು ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ, ಹೌದು, ತನ್ನ ಗುಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಗಾತ್ರ ಎರಡರಲ್ಲೂ, ಅದು ರಾಕ್ಷಸಿ. ಅದು ಇಂದು ಸೋಲುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಸುತ್ತಲಿನ ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನು ತನ್ನೆಡೆಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಕರೆದ್ದೊಯ್ಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಲು ಇದು ಸರಿಯಾದ ಸಮಯ.

ವಿಶ್ವದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಸರಕಾರಗಳು ಜನರ ತೆರಿಗೆ ಹಣದಿಂದ ಈ ರಾಕ್ಷಸನನ್ನು ಬದುಕಿಸಲು ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕೃಷಿ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ತೀವ್ರ ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿರುವಾಗ, ನೇಕಾರರು, ಕುಶಲಕರ್ಮಿಗಳು ತಮ್ಮ ವೃತಿಯನ್ನು ತೊರೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವಾಗ, ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಬಡವರು ಪಟ್ಟಣಗಳಿಗೆ ಜೀವ ಹಿಡಿದಿಡಲು ಗುಳೆಹೊರಡುತ್ತಿರುವಾಗ, ಸರಕಾರಗಳು ರಾಕ್ಷಸನನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸ ಹೊರಟಿವೆ, ಕಾರುಗಳ ಕಾರಖಾನೆಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ದಿವಾಳಿಯಾದ ಬ್ಯಾಂಕುಗಳನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸ ಹೊರಟಿವೆ, ಹೌದು ದೈತ್ಯ ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ಉದಾರವಾಗಿ ರಿಯಾಯಿತಿಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ಇದಕ್ಕೂ ನಾಚಿಕೆಗೇಡಿನ ಕೆಲಸವೆಂದರೆ, ರಾಕ್ಷಸನನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಲು ಪಾವಿತ್ಯ್ರತೆಯ ಅರ್ಥವನ್ನೇ ಬದಲುಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರುವುದು. ಹೌದು ಅವರು ಪುರೋಹಿತಶಾಹಿ, ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಹಾಗೂ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಒಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಪಾವಿತ್ಯ್ರವೆಂದು ಮುಂದೊತ್ತುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಇದರ ಅರ್ಥ ಅವರು ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತಾವಾದ, ಜಾತಿ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ, ಲಿಂಗ ತಾರತಮ್ಯವನ್ನು ಮುಂದೊತ್ತುತ್ತಿವೆ.

ಈ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವು ಜನರನ್ನು ಕೊಳ್ಳುಬಾಕರಾಗದಿರುವಂತೆ ನೈತಿಕ ಒತ್ತಡ ಹೇರಲಿದೆ. ಹಾಗೂ ನಾವು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿರುವ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯಲ್ಪಡುವ ಪದಾರ್ಥಗಳನ್ನು ಬಳಸುವಂತೆ ಉತ್ತೇಜಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ನಾವೆಲ್ಲ ಇಂದು ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಬಲಪಡಿಸಲು, ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಸರಕಾರಗಳು ಹೂಡಿಕೆ ಮಾಡುವಂತೆ ನೈತಿಕ ಒತ್ತಡವನ್ನು ಹೇರಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.

ಪಾವಿತ್ರ್ಯತೆ ಎಂಬುದು ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಒಡೆಯಬೇಕಾಗಿಲ್ಲ

ಹೌದು, ನಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ. ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗೆ, ನಾವು ಕೈಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳನ್ನು ಯಂತ್ರೋತ್ಪನ್ನದಿಂದ ಬೇರೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಿಲ್ಲ. ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಆದೇಶವಲ್ಲ, ಅದು ಒಂದು ಅಳತೆಗೋಲು. ಕೈಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳು ಅದರ ಮೇಲ್‍ತುದಿಯಲಿದ್ದರೆ, ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಜನರಿಗೆ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ನೀಡುವ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳು ಅದನ್ನು ಹಿಂಬಾಲಿಸುತ್ತವೆ, ಮತ್ತು ಅವು ಪರಿಸರಕ್ಕೆ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹಾನಿಕಾರಕವು ಆಗಿರುತ್ತವೆ.

ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಅರ್ಥಪೂರ್ಣವಾದದ್ದು ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ

ಜಿ.ಡಿ.ಪಿ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಗಾಬರಿಗೊಳಿಸ ಬೇಕಿಲ್ಲ. ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಲಾಭದಾಯಕವಾಗಿರಬಹುದು, ಮಂದಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಉತ್ಪಾದಿಸಬಹುದು. ಆದರೆ ಅದರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಬದುಕುವುದು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಅರ್ಥಪೂರ್ಣ.

ಬನ್ನಿ! ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸುವ ಈ ಸಂವಾದದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆಗೂಡಿ!

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The Sacred Economy

A Discourse

15th Sept 2019, 10:30 am – 2 pm

Kasturba Hall, Gandhi Bhavana, Bengaluru – 01

 

Gram Seva Sangh is launching a sathyagraha for the rejuvenation of the sacred economy. By sacred economy we mean that system of production which provides maximum employment to people, with the least investment. By least investment we mean both natural and financial. We actually mean the rejuvenation of nature and economy both, through this measure.

Monster Economy is dying

The system that prevails today is the opposite of the sacred. It is a monster economy, monster both in nature and in size. And it is dying .And it is taking the eco system along with it. It is high time that we revived the sacred.

Instead, governments the world over are using tax payer’s money to revive the monster.What a shame! While agriculture is in deep crisis, when weavers and crafts people are leaving their professions, and the poor are leaving villages in hordes, the government is   reviving the monster! Yes! The Government is bailing out the automobile sector, writing off big debts of bad banks, and is giving liberal concessions to all the big bad sectors.

But the biggest shame is that they are changing the meaning of the sacred in order to do this.  They are systematically pushing a combination of, the priestly class, the monster economy and the political class, as the sacred.  They, in essence, are pushing a separatist ideology   a caste system and a sexist theology.

The sathyagraha shall bring moral pressure on the people to consume less. And to consume those products that can be termed sacred under our definition. We shall bring a similar moral pressure on all governments to invest public resources, wherever and whenever possible, towards the strengthening of the sacred economy.

The sacred cannot be a dividing line

We know that. We, for example, do not want to divide the handmade from the machine made. The sacred economy is a scale and not a dictate. Handmade sits at the top of the scale. But, it shall be followed by those products that employ the most number of people to do them, as also do the least damage to nature.

Sacred Economy makes a lot of sense

GDP need not scare us. May be, Sacred economy is less profitable, May be it grows slowly. But it makes a lot of sense to live inside it.

Join the discourse to revive the sacred economy!

Organized by

Gram Seva Sangh

In collaboration with

Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi

GramSevaSanghIndia@gmail.com | www.gramsevasangh.org | +91 9980043911

A Thirsting, Monstrous City

Convention of environmentalists against excessive growth and water use

14th Jul, 11 am – 2 pm, Gandhi Bhavan, Bengaluru

Is it our civil duty to help build a monstrously big city? Is it ever possible, even feasible, to quench the thirst of such a city? Will such a city ever bring joy into the lives of you and your siblings. Think. Through a wrong policy, successive governments have dried up villages and are herding rural people towards the city. Through the same policy they are destroying all the river basins of the state, to quench the monstrous thirst of the city rich, their constructions and their factories. All this is being done in the name of drinking water.

Infact Bengaluru is afortunate city. Mother Nature bestows 15 TMC of water every year to this city through rains. Our elders had built hundreds of water bodies, and the Thippagondanahalli water reservoir. They had built gardens and green roads. Thus there were sweet water wells at the back of every house in Bengaluru till a few decades back. Bengaluru was a modern city. It was the greenest city with the mildest weather anywhere in the country.

We have encroached lakes, cut trees, added thousands of polluting industries into the belly of Bengaluru. As a result all the water that is being pumped into the city is flowing out as utterly poisoned water. We want to add Sharavathi, Kaali, Krishna and Tungabadhra waters now to produce even more poisoned water. Excessive Growth is madness, come let us stop this madness. Let us control polluting industries, Let us allow rivers to flow in their own basins.

 Organized by

Gram Seva Sangh, Sharavati Nadi Ulisi Horata Okkuta, Environment Support Group

and Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi

Mob: 9980043911 and Email ID: gramsevasanghindia@gmail.com

ನಗರ ನೀರಿನ ದಾಹ

ಒಂದು ಸಮಾವೇಶ

ಜುಲೈ 14, ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ 11 – ಮಧ್ಯಾಹ್ನ 2, ಗಾಂಧಿಭವನ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು

ಯೋಚಿಸಿ. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರದ ನೀರಿನ ರಾಕ್ಷಸದಾಹವನ್ನು ಇಂಗಿಸುವುದು ಎಂದಾದರೂ ಸಾಧ್ಯವೇ? ಸಾಧುವೇ? ಅಥವಾ ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ನಗರಿಯೊಂದರ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗಿಯಾಗುವುದು ನಿಮ್ಮ ನಾಗರೀಕ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯವೇ? ಅಥವಾ ರಾಕ್ಷಸನಗರಿಯಿಂದಾಗಿ ನಿಜಕ್ಕೂ ಸಂತೋಷ ಸಿಕ್ಕುತ್ತಿದೆಯೆ? ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳನ್ನು ಒಣಗಿಸಿ, ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಜನರನ್ನು ನಗರಗಳತ್ತ ಗುಳೆಯೆಬ್ಬಿಸಿ ನಗರಗಳನ್ನು ಅನಗತ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಉಬ್ಬಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಸರಕಾರಗಳ ಅವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವನ್ನು ನೀವು ಬೆಂಬಲಿಸಬೇಕೆ? ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ನಾಗರೀಕರಿಗೆ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಬವಣೆ ಇದೆಯೆಂದು ಕಣ್ಣಿರು ಮಿಡಿಯುತ್ತ, ನಗರದ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತರು ಅವರ ಬಹುಮಹಡಿಕಟ್ಟಡಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಅವರ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳ ರಾಕ್ಷಸದಾಹವನ್ನು ಪೋಷಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವ ಸರಕಾರಗಳ ನೀತಿ ಖಂಡನೀಯವಲ್ಲವೆ?

ಇಷ್ಟಕ್ಕೂ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಅದೃಷ್ಟವಂತ ನಗರ. ಈ ನಗರದ ತಲೆಯಮೇಲೆ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಮಾತೆ, ವರ್ಷಂಪ್ರತಿ, 15 ಟಿ.ಎಂ.ಸಿ. ನೀರನ್ನು ಮಳೆಯರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ತಂದು ಸುರಿಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಳೆ. ಇದನ್ನರಿತ ನಮ್ಮ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಹಿರೀಕರು ಮಳೆಯ ನೀರನ್ನು ಹಿಡಿದಿಡಲೆಂದು ನೂರಾರು ಕೆರೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿಸಿದ್ದರು, ತಿಪ್ಪಗೊಂಡನಹಳ್ಳಿ ಜಲಾಶಯವನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿಸಿದ್ದÀರು. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಉದ್ಯಾನವನಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಮನೆ ಮನೆಯ ಹಿತ್ತಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಹಿ ನೀರ ಬಾವಿಗಳಿದ್ದವು ಇಲ್ಲಿ. ಜೊತೆಗೆ ರಾಜಧಾನಿಯಿತ್ತು, ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಕಾರ್ಖಾನೆಗಳಿದ್ದವು. ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಹಸಿರಾದ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ನವಿರು ವಾತಾವರಣವುಳ್ಳ ಆಧುನಿಕ ನಗರವೆಂದು ಪ್ರಖ್ಯಾತವಾಗಿತ್ತು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರನ್ನು ರಾಕ್ಷಸವಾಗಿಸುವ ಹುನ್ನಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಸರಕಾರಗಳು ಕೆರೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮುಚ್ಚಿಸಿವೆ, ಮರಗಳನ್ನು ಕಡಿದಿವೆ. ಮಳೆಯ ನೀರಿನ ಜೊತೆಜೊತೆಗೆ ಕಾವೇರಿ, ಹೇಮಾವತಿ ನದಿಗಳ ನೀರನ್ನೂ ಸಹ ವಿಷವಾಗಿಸಿದೆ. ಸುತ್ತಲ ಕಣಿವೆಗಳಿಗೆ ವಿಷ ಹರಿಸಿದೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು. ಈಗ ಶರಾವತಿ, ಕಾಳಿ, ಕೃಷ್ಣೆ ಹಾಗೂ ತುಂಗಭದ್ರೆಯರ ನೀರನ್ನು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ತರಲು ಹೊರಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ! ಬನ್ನಿ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆಗೆ ಮಿತಿ ಹಾಕೋಣ. ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಮಹಾನ್ ಆಸ್ತಿಗಳಾದ ನದಿಗಳನ್ನು ಅವುಗಳ ಕಣಿವೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಹರಿಯಲು ಬಿಡೋಣ, ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಜನರು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಉಳಿದು ಸಂತೋಷದಿಂದ ಬಾಳಬಲ್ಲಂತಹ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಕಟ್ಟೋಣ.

ಆಯೋಜಕರು

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ, ಶರಾವತಿ ನದಿ ಉಳಿಸಿ ಹೋರಾಟ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟ, ಎನ್ವಿರಾನ್ಮೆಂಟ್ ಸಪೋರ್ಟ್ ಗ್ರೂಪ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಗಾಂಧಿ ಸ್ಮಾರಕ ನಿಧಿ

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Protest for Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression

 

Venue: Mahatma Gandhi Statue, M G Road, Bengaluru

Date & Time: 12th Mar 2019, 5:0 PM

The freedom of expression of individuals, communities and groups which constitutes the basic means for providing corrective feedback to our governments is under severe attack all across India. It is in this situation writers, artists, activists of Karnataka came together under Gram Seva Sangh and likeminded organization to held this protest. Some of the well know people joining the protest includes, Freedom Fighter H.S.Doreswamy, Theatre Person and Film Maker M.S.Sathyu, Writer Bolwar Mohammad Kunhi, Poet Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy, Film Director B.Suresh, Theatre Person and Activist Prasanna.

Background

The press is being muzzled through colonial laws including the Official Secrets Act drafted by the British to suppress India’s freedom fighters during our struggle for independence.Our rulers have been able to completely ignore the burning problems of the society only because they have succeeded in curtailing our freedom and misrepresenting our expectations and opinions.

In such an environment, it is our primary duty to come together and publicly proclaim that “Silence is not an Option”. We protest the attacks on the fundamental rights of the citizens of India, and the suppression of the freedom of expression of the Press, individuals and communities and groups.

Join us to oppose the attack on the Press and freedom of expression of citizens!

Let us work towards building a new India that allows exemplary freedom of expression and tolerance for different opinions.

Gram Seva Sangh

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ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ ಮತ್ತು ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ

12 ನೇ ಮಾರ್ಚ್ 2019 ಸಂಜೆ 5:0 ಕ್ಕೆ

ಮಹಾತ್ಮ ಗಾಂಧೀಜಿ ಪ್ರತಿಮೆ ಮುಂಭಾಗಎಂ ಜಿ ರಸ್ತೆಬೆಂಗಳೂರು

ಸರಕಾರದ ಕಾರ್ಯವೈಖರಿ, ಯೋಜನೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ತಪ್ಪುಗಳನ್ನು ಚರ್ಚಿಸುವ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ, ಸಮುದಾಯ, ಮತ್ತು ಗುಂಪುಗಳ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯವು ಇಂದು ತೀವ್ರವಾದ ಆಕ್ರಮಣಕ್ಕೊಳಗಾಗಿದೆ.  ಈ ಸಂಧರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘವು, ಇತರ ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿರುವ ಈ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸುವ ಕೆಲವು ಗಣ್ಯರೆಂದರೆ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರರಾದ ಹೆಚ್ ಎಸ್ ದೊರೆಸ್ವಾಮಿ, ರಂಗಕರ್ಮಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಚಿತ್ರ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಎಮ್ ಎಸ್ ಸತ್ಯು,  ಲೇಖಕ ಬೋಳುವಾರು ಮೊಹಮ್ಮದ್ ಕುಂಞ, ಕವಿ ಮೂಡ್ನಾಕೂಡು ಚಿನ್ನಸ್ವಾಮಿ, ಚಿತ್ರ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಬಿ ಸುರೇಶ್,  ರಂಗಕರ್ಮಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಕೆಲವರು.

ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆ

ಭಾರತದ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಸಮರದ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರರನ್ನು ನಿಗ್ರಹಿಸಲು ಬ್ರಿಟಿಷರು ಬಳಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದ “ಅಧಿಕೃತ ರಹಸ್ಯಗಳ ಕಾಯಿದೆ” ಯಂತಹ ದುಷ್ಟ ಕಾಯಿದೆಯನ್ನು ಇಂದು ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಮಾಧ್ಯಮಗಳನ್ನು ತನ್ನ ಕಪಿ ಮುಷ್ಠಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇರಿಸುವ ಸಲುವಾಗಿ ಬಳಸುತ್ತಿದೆ.ತಮ್ಮ ದುಷ್ಟ ನಡತೆಯಿಂದ ಜನರ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರವನ್ನು ಮೊಟಕುಗೊಳಿಸಿ, ಅವರ ಆಶೋತ್ತರಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಗಳನ್ನು ತಮಗೆ ಬೇಕಾದ ರೀತಿಯಾಗಿ ತಿರುಚುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಸಮಾಜದ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮೂಲೆಗುಂಪು ಮಾಡುವಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರಗಳು ಮೇಲ್ಗೈ ಹೊಂದುತ್ತಿವೆ.

ಇಂತಹ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವೆಲ್ಲ ಒಂದಾಗಿ ನಮಗೆ ಮೌನ ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಅಲ್ಲ! ಎಂದು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕವಾಗಿ ಹೇಳಲೇಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಭಾರತದ ನಾಗರೀಕರ ಮೂಲಭೂತ ಹಕ್ಕುಗಳ ಮೇಲಿನ ಸತತವಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಆಕ್ರಮಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ, ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರವನ್ನು ಕಸಿದುಕೊಳ್ಳುವ ಸರಕಾರದ ವಿರುಧ್ಧ ನಾವು ಪ್ರತಿಭಟಿಸಲೇಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

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The Social Tragedy of Alcohol – A Seminar

23 Feb’19 Sat. 10:30 am to 2 pm

       Kasturba Hall, Gandhi Bhavana, Bengaluru

Alcohol has been a leading factor for disintegration and pauperization of lakhs of poor families- both rural and urban- in the country. This social tragedy is perpetrated by several governments which have conveniently argued the ‘inevitability’ of tolerating drinking alcohol among people, and has effected an extremely successful liquor business basing itself on corruption and non-enforcement of existing rules and regulations related to liquor business. The real misfortune is that with the legalization of liquor business its ill effects –social, economic and psychological – have multiplied manifold.

Over the past few years, in order to augment its financial resources from this sector, the state government has gone on a spree of issuing excessive liquor marketing licenses and permits across the state, thereby flooding alcohol all over! The corrupt nexus between liquor dealers, the officials and the politicians is well known and all efforts are afoot to raise the minimum marketing limits at all costs.

The fact that liquor has decimated poor families through shattered relationships, leading to utter penury and serious impact on children and family health needs no overemphasis.

Pushed to the wall, thousands of rural poor women marched from Chitradurga to Bangalore in order to open the eyes of the slumbering government on their tragic plight due to alcohol. This huge march of women along with their travails they faced en-route, has touched the conscience of all those with social concerns. It is another tragedy that instead of addressing the evil of alcohol, the state government has fixed the excise target to Rs.21000 crores, an increase of 16 % against the previous year!

It is now the time to intensify the social movement against alcohol. Towards this, Gram Seva Sangh, in collaboration with Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi and Madya Nishedha Andolana has organized a women-centered seminar entitled, ‘The Social Tragedy of Alcohol’,  on 23rd February 2019 from 10-30 am to 2 pm at Kasturba Hall, Gandhi Bhavana, Bangalore. Renowned women social thinkers, activists and women engaged in anti-liquor movement will be participating in this important event.

It is extremely essential that all women living in towns and cities need to join hands with rural women to fight against this social scourge of liquor.

Join us in this struggle to erase the social evil of alcohol!

Gram Seva Sangh

Madya Nishedha Andolana Karnataka and Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi

Contact : 9980043911 or 9008484880 | GramSevaSanghIndia@gmail.com