Medha Patkar lends support for the Sacred Economy Movement – Video

Narmada Bachao activist, Medha Patkar addressing audience at the Joint Convention of the Sacred Economy that took place in Bangalore.

Maam with her wide range of practical experience in the field of activism by leading the Narmada Bachao Andolan movement gave very wise insights and perspectives, highlighting what it would take for a movement like, ‘Satyagraha in support of the Sacred Economy’ to be successful and impactful.

Gram  Seva Sangh’s movement in support of the Sacred Economy intends to be a movement of people to restructure India’s Economic system, for an economy that’s just, equitable and sustainable.

Sacred Economy is Economy of Permanance 

Maam, explains the need for a Sacred Economy which is an economy that esteems the value of labour. It is that the economy of permanence that not only gives livelihoods to most number of people but  ensures a healthy sustenance of a Nation’s economy with a system that encourages production of goods and services that are actually required by the country’s population, which is what real development should be all about.

Centralization of Power and Exploitation widespread in today’s Economic System

Sacred Economy is an economy of justice and equity. Today’s economic system favors the Corporates, industrialists and only works to satisfy the needs of the City dwellers. Their agenda is profits, and this is got by exploitation of groups that have become marginalised. Corporates and industries use the services of workers who produce goods but these labourers and workers have no job security. Factories and industries close down at will, leaving lakhs of workers unemployed. This is the current scenario where many car factories closed down due to economic slowdown and no demand, workers are abandoned.

These big Corporate and industrial entities have nexus with political powers as well and have been arrogant enough to have taken lands of farmers for development projects that won’t benefit the poor people who have been  displaced. Narmada Dam is an example of that. 

However, it’s the farmers who provide food security to the country, it is the industrial workers and labourers who are the real producers of many factory and industry made goods, and they are not compensated, looked after fairly. That is why Gram Seva Sangh calls the current economic system, a Monster Economy!!

Today’s Economy continues to destroy Country’s Wilderness –   Climate Change Threat

The Monster Economy, has centralized control over a country’s Natural Resources that should be freely available to every person. The big powers have taken control of land, water, rivers, forests and have damaged it as well, which has led to an environmental crisis.

In future if things go this way, there will be no land to grow essential food produce, there will be no water, there will be severe air pollution leaving us with no clean air to breath due to loss of greenery, forest cover and pollution caused by industries and people. This future is nearby too, scientists have said it’s possible that in 12 years time due to climate change the earth will be facing a mass extinction possibility!!  

The above point cannot be denied as we know the severe air quality problem, the very capital of our country faces – Delhi.  There is unusually heavy flooding occurring during rain down pours in Kerala, North Karnataka, Uttarakhand etc killing many people and wrecking their houses and lives .

The reasons for these are partly man made – depletion of trees in forests that did flood control by being a catchment area for rain water, encroachment of lake, river beds with illegal constructions leading to flooding, landslides dues to drilling and mining in mountainous and ecologically sensitive regions,  pollution of river water due to effluent flows of industrial and human waste and dams that curb the flow of the river affecting water quality, fish and aquatic life, their mismanagement also leads to floods as all the excessive and unnecessary dams constructed just to profit the large Corporation that build it, are opened simultaneously allowing suddenly now fierce water to move and cause destruction. Unauthorised mining in sensitive areas have been releasing toxic chemicals on water bodies and forest soil!! Many of Natural Calamities are man-made and this is slowly leading to the extinction of the whole planet in reality.

Sacred Economy is required to save our Countries’ Environment

In contrast to this, Sacred Economy not only revives the domestic economy of our Nation, it also is environmentally friendly as sectors of this Economy traditionally as well as now, make maximum use of local raw materials, they don’t take away Natural greenery or pollute air or water. The best part is Sacred Economy has been an intrinsic part of the Indian culture. India’s been respected and recognized for it’s handicraft , handloom and khadhi products, they have a special value because  of being handmade, making use of the artistic skills of local people.

Sacred Economy is required to revive India’s Economy

Sacred Economy is needed for factory workers and laborers, agriculturalists, fishermen, hawkers, handloom weavers, construction workers, anganwadi workers and women in these occupations and others in both rural and urban areas to get supported so these essential occupations are enough to sustain them for a living. Today’s Monster Economy has neglected these segments but Sacred Economy will work to develop these sectors, so that our Nation’s Economy is actually healthy with everyone getting livelihoods and thus acquiring purchasing power to buy required goods and services, which will sustain the Nation’s economy and lift the country out of the deep economic crisis it has gone into.

Currently India’s GDP has fallen. Banks and Govt. policy measures to stimulate consumer demand through their money and market mechanisms are only done to benefit Corporates and industries not the farmers, weavers and others mentioned earlier who qualify to be Sacred Economy constituents. These segments are left out and even the little benefits that they are entitled to receive by Political and Economic powers in the Monster Economy, don’t reach them a tall!!

Therefore, the current Monster Economy system has only widened income inequalities. If we as Indian Citizens desire our Country to have all around development with removal of poverty  along with the existence of healthy natural environments filled with greenery abundant enough to provide for clean air, clean water, then we should support Gram Seva Sangh’s Sacred economy movement. Whatever maybe the political climate, we can’t make excuses, we have to demand revival of Sacred Economy, that would also revive India’s basic indigenous industry.

So, join forces with Gram Seva Sangh in our Campaign in support of Sathyagraha for Sacred Economy.

 

 

Sathyagraha in Support of the Sacred Economy – Report and Update ( Kannada)

ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಏಕೆ?

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸಲಿಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಗ್ರಾಮಸೇವಾಸಂಘವು ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ-ವೊಂದನ್ನು ಆರಂಭಿಸಿದೆ. ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೆಂದರೆ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹೂಡಿಕೆಮಾಡಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚುಜನರಿಗೆ ದುಡಿಯುವ ಮಾರ್ಗ ತೋರಿಸಬಲ್ಲ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ, ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಗೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹಾನಿಕಾರಕವಾದ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ. ವಾಲ್ಮೀಕಿ ಮುನಿಗಳು ರಾಮಾಯಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೂಚಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿತತ್ವ ಹಾಗೂ ಪುರುಷತತ್ವಗಳ ಪ್ರೀತಿರ್ಪೂವಕ ಸಹಬಾಳ್ವೆಯ ಆದರ್ಶವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ.

ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಸೋಲುತ್ತಿದೆ

ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯು ಇಂದು ಇಡೀ ಜಗತ್ತನ್ನೇ ಆವರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ತನ್ನ ಗುಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಗಾತ್ರ ಎರಡರಲ್ಲೂ ಇದು ರಾಕ್ಷಸವೇ ಆಗಿದೆ. ವಿಪರ್ಯಾಸವೆಂದರೆ ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಇಂದು ಸೋಲತೊಡಗಿದೆ. ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಹಾಗೂ ನಮ್ಮ ಸುತ್ತಲಿನ ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನು ಸಹ ಅದು ಸೋಲಿಸತೊಡಗಿದೆ. ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಮಣಿಸಿ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಜಾರಿ ಗೊಳಿಸಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಇದು ಸೂಕ್ತ ಸಮಯವಾಗಿದೆ.

ರಾಕ್ಷಸರನ್ನು ಗೆಲ್ಲಿಸಬೇಕೆ?

ಗೆಲ್ಲಿಸಬಾರದು. ಆದರೆ, ವಿಶ್ವದಾದ್ಯಂತ ವಿವಿಧಸರಕಾರಗಳು ಜನರ ತೆರಿಗೆಹಣದಿಂದ ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಬದುಕಿಸಲು ಹೆಣಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾವೆ. ಇದೊಂದು ದುರಂತವೇ ಸರಿ. 

ಸಣ್ಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಮಧ್ಯಮಗಾತ್ರದ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳು ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿರುವಾಗ, ಕೃಷಿಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ, ನೇಕಾರರು, ಕುಶಲಕರ್ಮಿಗಳು ವೃತ್ತಿ ತೊರೆದು ಪಟ್ಟಣಗಳಿಗೆ ಗುಳೆ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿರುವಾಗ, ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸುವುದು ಅಕ್ಷಮ್ಯ ಅಪರಾಧವಾಗಿದೆ. 

ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತೆ ಪವಿತ್ರವಲ್ಲ

ಆದರೇನು, ಪಾವಿತ್ಯ್ರದ ಅರ್ಥವನ್ನೇ ಬದಲು ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತಾವಾದ, ಜಾತಿವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಲಿಂಗತಾರತಮ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಪಾವಿತ್ಯ್ರದ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಂದೊತ್ತಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ನಮ್ಮ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ, ಶೂನ್ಯತೆರಿಗೆ ವಿಧಿಸಬೇಕು, ರಿಫೈನಾನ್ಸ್ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ ಒದಗಿಸಬೇಕು, ಹಾಗೂ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ಸಮಗ್ರ ಸುಧಾರಣೆಗಾಗಿ ಸರಕಾರವು ಸಮರೋಪಾದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಅಳತೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವೇ?

ಅಳತೆಯೇ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿರದ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಯಿದು, ಒಂದೊಮ್ಮೆ ಸರಕಾರವು ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಈಡೇರಿಸಲು ಮನಸ್ಸು ಮಾಡಿದರೂ ಸಹ, ಈಡೇರಿಸಲಾಗದುಎಂದು ಹಲವರಿಗೆ ಅನ್ನಿಸಿದೆ. ಹಾಗೇನಿಲ್ಲ. ಖಂಡಿತವಾಗಿ ಈಡೇರಿಸಬಹುದಾದ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಯಿದು. ವಿವರಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗೊಂದು ಮಾನದಂಡವಿದೆ

ಅದು ಹೀಗಿದೆ. ಮಾನದಂಡದ ಒಂದು ತುದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಕೈಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಕಚ್ಚಾವಸ್ತುವಿನ ಬಳಕೆ ಇದ್ದರೆ, ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ತುದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಸ್ವಯಂಚಾಲಕತೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ವಿದೇಶಿ ಕಚ್ಚಾಮಾಲಿನ ಬಳಕೆ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. 

ಸ್ವದೇಶಿ ಮಿತಿ

ಸ್ವದೇಶಿಯ ಮಿತಿಯನ್ನು ನಾವು, ಸದ್ಯದ ಚಾರಿತ್ರಿಕ ಸಂದರ್ಭವನ್ನು ಗಮನ ದಲ್ಲಿರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು, ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಿಂದ ಒಂದು ನೂರು ಕಿಲೋಮೀಟರುಗಳು ಎಂದು ನಿಗದಿಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದಾಚಿನದ್ದು ವಿದೇಶಿ ಎಂದು ಪರಿಗಣಿತವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಗಾಂಧೀಜಿಯವರು, ಗ್ರಾಮಸ್ವರಾಜ್ಯದ ಘೋಷಣೆ ಮಾಡುವಾಗ, ಈ ಮಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಕೇವಲ ಎಂಟು ಕಿಲೋಮೀಟರುಗಳು, ಅಥವ ಐದು ಮೈಲಿಗಳು ಎಂದು ಗುರುತಿಸಿದ್ದರು.

60-40ರ ಅನುಪಾತ

ಸದರಿ ಮಾನದಂಡದಲ್ಲಿ, 60-40ರ ಅನುಪಾತದಲ್ಲಿ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಇರಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಅರ್ಥಾತ್ ಯಾವ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವು ಕನಿಷ್ಠ ಅರವತ್ತು ಪ್ರತಿಶತ ಮಾನವಶ್ರಮವನ್ನು ಬಳಕೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆಯೋ, ಗರಿಷ್ಠ ನಲವತ್ತು ಪ್ರತಿಶತಕ್ಕೆ ಮೀರದಂತೆ ಸ್ವಯಂಚಾಲಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಬಳಕೆಮಾಡುತ್ತದೆಯೋ ಅವೆಲ್ಲವೂ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳು ಎಂದು ಪರಿಗಣಿತವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಕಚ್ಚಾ ಮಾಲಿಗೂ ಇದೇ 60-40ರ ಅನುಪಾತ ಅನ್ವಯಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. 

ಕುಸಿಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗೆ ರಾಮಬಾಣ

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಮಾನದಂಡವನ್ನು ಅನುಸರಿಸುವ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಘಟಕಗಳಿಗೆ ಶೂನ್ಯ ತೆರಿಗೆಯ (ಜಿ.ಎಸ್.ಟಿ.) ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ ಸಿಗಬೇಕು, ರಿಫೈನಾನ್ಸಿಂಗ್ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯ ಸಿಗಬೇಕು, ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಸುದಾರಣೆಯ ಎಲ್ಲ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನಗಳು ಈ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಗಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ನಾವು ಬಯಸುತ್ತೇವೆ. 

ಕುಸಿಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಭಾರತದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಮತ್ತೆ ಮೇಲೆತ್ತಿ ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೊಂದೇ ರಾಮಬಾಣ. ಮುಂದುವರೆದ ಇತರೇ ದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಹೋಲಿಸಿದರೆ ನಮ್ಮದು ಮೂಲತಃ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂಬ ಸಂಗತಿಯನ್ನು ನಾವು ಮರೆಯದಿರೋಣ.

ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸುವ ವಿಧಾನ, ಒಂದು ಉದಾಹರಣೆ

ವಾಹನ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವನ್ನೇ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಿ. ಸಂಘಟಿತ ವಲಯದ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹಾಗೆಂದೇ ಸರಕಾರವು ಈ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದ ಉದ್ದಿಮೆದಾರರಿಗೆ ಲಕ್ಷ ಲಕ್ಷ ಕೋಟಿ ರೂಪಾಯಿಗಳ ತೆರಿಗೆ ವಿನಾಯಿತಿ ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಆದರೂ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತ ಫಲ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಏಕೆ?

ಏಕೆಂದರೆ, ಕೆಲಸಗಾರರು ದೊಡ್ಡಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯಲ್ಲಿರುವುದು ಮಾರುತಿ, ಫೋರ್ಡ್, ಟೋಯೋಟಾ ಅಸ್ಸೆಂಬ್ಲಿ ಲೈನಿನಲ್ಲಲ್ಲ, ಅವರಿರುವುದು ಸಣ್ಣಸಣ್ಣ ಬಿಡಿಭಾಗಗಳ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಘಟಕಗಳಲ್ಲಿ. ಇಂದು ಅವು ಮುಚ್ಚತೊಡಗಿವೆ. ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗೆ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ, ಏಷಿಯಾಖಂಡದ ಅತಿದೊಡ್ಡ ಇಂಡಸ್ಟ್ರಿಯಲ್ ಎಸ್ಟೇಟ್ ಎಂದೇ ಹೆಸರಾಗಿರುವ ಪೀಣ್ಯ ಇದೆ. ಅದು ಮುಚ್ಚತೊಡಗಿದೆ. 

ಸಂಘಟಿತ ಹಾಗೂ ಅಸಂಘಟಿತ ವಲಯಗಳ ಜಂಟಿ ಚಳುವಳಿಯಿದು

ಈ ದೇಶದ ಪೀಣ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಸಲಹಿ, ರಾಕ್ಷಸಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನಲ್ಲ, ಎಂದು ನಾವು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.   ಈ ಅರ್ಥದಲ್ಲಿ, ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಹೋರಾಟವು ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಅಸಂಘಟಿತ ವಲಯ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಘಟಿತ ನಗರ ವಲಯಗಳ ಕೆಲಸಗಾರರ ಜಂಟಿ ಚಳುವಳಿಯೂ ಹೌದಾಗಿದೆ.

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಎಂಬ ಪದವೇಕೆ ?

ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹಕ್ಕೆ ಹಲವು ಆಯಾಮಗಳಿವೆ. ಉದ್ಯೋಗಸೃಷ್ಟಿ ಮೊದಲ ಆಯಾಮವಾದರೆ. ಪರಿಸರಸ್ನೇಹ ಹಾಗೂ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿ ರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಅದರ ಎರಡನೆಯ ಆಯಾಮ. ಸಮಾಜವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಅದರ ಮೂರನೆಯ ಆಯಾಮ. 

ಸಮಾಜಿಕ ಪಿಡುಗುಗಳಾದ ಜಾತಿಪದ್ಧತಿ ಲಿಂಗತಾರತಮ್ಯ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹೋರಾಡುವುದು ಕೂಡ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹದ ಉದ್ದೇಶವಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತೆಯ ಭಾವನೆ ಪವಿತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ಶ್ರಮದ ಬದುಕೇ ಪವಿತ್ರವಾದದ್ದು ಎಂದು ನಾವು ಧೃಡವಾಗಿ ನಂಬುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ಶ್ರಮಪರಂಪರೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂತ ಚಳುವಳಿಗಳು

ಬಸವಣ್ಣನವರ ಮುಂದಾಳತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ ಕ್ರಾಂತಿ ಅಥವಾ ಸಂತ ರವಿದಾಸರ ಮುಂದಾಳತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಸಂತ ಚಳುವಳಿ ಅಥವಾ ಸಂತಕಬೀರರ ಚಳುವಳಿ, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಎಲ್ಲವೂ ಉದ್ಯೋಗಸೃಷ್ಟಿ ಪರಿಸರರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಜಾತಿನಾಶ ಮೂರೂ ಉದ್ದೇಶಗಳನ್ನೂ….. ಹೊಂದಿದ್ದವು ಎಂಬುದು ಗಮನಾರ್ಹ ಸಂಗತಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಕಾಯಕವೇ ಕೈಲಾಸವೆಂದರೆ, ಚಮ್ಮಾರಿಕೆಯೇ ಕೈಲಾಸ, ನೇಕಾರಿಕೆಯೇ ಕೈಲಾಸ, ಎಂದಲ್ಲವೇ?

ಮಂದಿರ ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಪವಿತ್ರವಲ್ಲ!

ಶೂದ್ರರಿಗೆ ಪ್ರವೇಶ ನಿರಾಕರಿಸುವ ಮಂದಿರಗಳು ಪವಿತ್ರ ಹೇಗಾದಾವು? ಬೀದಿಬದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಳಿತಿರುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ರವಿದಾಸರೂ ಪವಿತ್ರ ನಮಗೆ. ಶೂದ್ರರನ್ನು ಸಂಘಟಿಸಿದ ಬುದ್ಧ, ಅಲ್ಲಮ, ಮಂಟೇಸ್ವಾಮಿ, ಮಲೆಮಹದೇಶ್ವರ, ಜುಂಜಪ್ಪ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಸಂತರೆಲ್ಲರೂ ಪವಿತ್ರ ನಮಗೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮಸೇವಾಸಂಘವು ಕಳೆದ ಹಲವಾರು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ, ಎಲ್ಲ ಶ್ರಮಜೀವಿ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ಪಾದಯಾತ್ರೆ ನಡೆಸಿ ನಂತರವೇ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಹೋರಾಟವನ್ನು ಕೈಗೆತ್ತಿ ಕೊಂಡಿರುವುದು.

ನಗರದ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಪವಿತ್ರರಲ್ಲವೇ?

ಖಂಡಿತವಾಗಿಯೂ ಹೌದು. ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಯೆಂದರೆ ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ಎಂಬ ಸೀಮಿತ ಅರ್ಥ ಹೊರಸೂಸುವ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆ ಇದೆಯೆಂದೇ ನಾವು ಈ ಬಾರಿಯ ಚಳುವಳಿಯನ್ನು ಗ್ರಾಮಸ್ವರಾಜ್ಯ ಚಳುವಳಿ ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಸ್ವಚ್ಚತಾ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು, ಮಹಿಳಾ ಗಾರ್ಮೆಂಟ್ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು, ಕಾರ್ಖಾನೆಗಳ ಯಂತ್ರಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಇಂದು ಸಂಕಷ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ಈ ಎಲ್ಲರನ್ನು ಒಳಗೊಂಡ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವನ್ನು ಪವಿತ್ರವೆಂದು ಗುರುತಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ ನಾವು.

ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ತೀರ ದೊಡ್ಡದಾಯಿತಲ್ಲವೇ?

ಹೌದು. ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ದೊಡ್ಡದು. ಸಣ್ಣದಿದ್ದರೆ ಛಂದವಿತ್ತು. ಆದರೇನು ಮಾಡೋಣ ಹೇಳಿ. ಇಂದಿನ ಸಂಕಷ್ಟ ದೊಡ್ಡದು. ಸಣ್ಣ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳ ಹೋರಾಟಗಳು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿತ ಫಲ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಶ್ರಮಿಕರನ್ನು ಅವು ವರ್ಗೀಕರಿಸಿ ಹರಿದು ಹಂಚಿಹೋಗುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿವೆ.

ಮಾಡು ಇಲ್ಲವೆ ಮಡಿ

ಮಾಡು ಇಲ್ಲವೇ ಮಡಿ ಎಂಬಂತಹ ಕಾಲಘಟ್ಟವಿದು. ಹಾಗೆಂದೇ ವಿಶ್ವದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಯುವಕನತೆ ಇxiಟಿಛಿಣioಟಿ ಖebeಟಟioಟಿ ಎಂಬ ಹೆಸರಿನ ಶಾಂತಿಯುತ ಅಸಹಕಾರ ಚಳುವಳಿಯನ್ನು ಆರಂಭಿಸಿರುವುದು. ನಮಗೆ ತಾಳ್ಮೆಯಿದೆ. ಆಡಳಿತಗಾರರು ತಾಳ್ಮೆ ಕಳೆದು ಕೊಂಡರೇನಂತೆ, ನಾವು ಕಳೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳದಿರೋಣ. ಶಾಂತಿರೀತಿಯ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಆಚರಿಸೋಣ.

 

ಏನಿದರ ರಾಜಕೀಯ?

ಈ ಚಳುವಳಿಗೆ ಪಕ್ಷ ರಾಜಕಾರಣದ ಸಂಪರ್ಕವಿಲ್ಲ, ಇರಬಾರದು. ಇಷ್ಟಕ್ಕೂ, ಕೇವಲ ಪಕ್ಷ ರಾಜಕಾರಣ ಸಭ್ಯತೆಯ ಈ ಮಹಾನ್ ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟನ್ನು ಪರಿಹರಿಸಲಾರದು, ಸದ್ಯಕ್ಕಂತೂ ಪರಿಹರಿಸಲಾರದು. 

ಹಾಗೆಂದ ಮಾತ್ರಕ್ಕೆ, ಆಡಳಿತ ಪಕ್ಷವೂ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಪಕ್ಷದ ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರನ್ನೂ ನಾವು ದೂರ ಇಡುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ನೀವು ನಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆಗೂಡಿ, ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಜಾರಿಗೆ ತರುವಂತೆ ನಿಮ್ಮನಿಮ್ಮ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ನೈತಿಕಒತ್ತಡ ಹೇರಿಎಂದು ಎಲ್ಲ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರಿಗೆ ಕರೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ಇದೊಂದು ನೈತಿಕ ಹೋರಾಟ

ಕೊಳ್ಳುಬಾಕರಾಗದಂತೆ ಜನರಮೇಲೆ ನೈತಿಕಒತ್ತಡ ಹೇರುವುದು ಹಾಗೂ ಪವಿತ್ರಪದಾರ್ಥ ಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಬಳಸುವಂತೆ ಅವರನ್ನು ಉತ್ತೇಜಿಸುವುದು ಈ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹದ ಉದ್ದೇಶವಾಗಿದೆ.

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಕಾನೂನಾತ್ಮಕ ಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕೆಂದು ಸರಕಾರಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ಸಹ ನಾವು ನೈತಿಕ ಒತ್ತಡವನ್ನು ಹೇರುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ ಎಂದರೆ ಯಾರು?

ನಾವು ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಸಂಘಟನೆಯಲ್ಲ. ಅಥವಾ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹದ ಮೂಲಕ ಅಧಿಕಾರ ಹಿಡಿಯಬೇಕು ಎಂಬ ಹಂಬಲವೂ ನಮಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಗ್ರಾಮಸೇವಾಸಂಘವು ರಚನಾತ್ಮಕ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ವಿವಿಧ ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳ ಒಕ್ಕೂಟವಾಗಿದೆ ದುಡಿಯುವ ಕÉೈಗಳಿಗೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಸಿಕ್ಕಲಿ ಸುತ್ತಲ ಪರಿಸರವೂ 

ನಳನಳಿಸಿ ಬೆಳೆಯಲಿ ಎಂಬುದಷ್ಟೇ ನಮ್ಮ ಆಶಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಆಶಯ ಕೈಗೂಡಿತೆಂದರೆ ನಾವು ನಮ್ಮನಮ್ಮ ರಚನಾತ್ಮಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಿಂದಿರುಗುವವರಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ಎಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಇರಿ, ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಿ

ಆದರೆ ಸಂಯಮದಿಂದ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಿ, ಪ್ರೀತಿಯಿಂದ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಿ. ನೀವು ಸಿಟ್ಟಾದರೆ ನೀವು ಬೈದಾಡಿದರೆ ಅಥವಾ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಪಕ್ಷಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಈ ವೇದಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಬಳಸಿದರೆ ನಾವು ನಿಮ್ಮೊಂದಿಗಿರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಮರೆಯದಿರಿ. ನಾವು ಜನರೊಂದಿಗಿರಬಯಸುತ್ತೇವೆ, ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಯ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಇರಬಯಸುತ್ತೇವೆÉ.

ಇತರರು ಸಿಟ್ಟಾದರೆ, ನಾನೇನು ಮಾಡಲಿ?

ಸಿಟ್ಟು ಒಂದು ರೋಗ ಅದು ಇದೆ. ಸಿಟ್ಟಿನ ರೋಗವನ್ನು ನಿವಾರಿಸದೆ ಸತ್ಯ ಕಾಣಿಸದು. ಸಿಟ್ಟನ್ನು ಸಹಿಸಿರಿ, ಆದರೆ ಇತರರು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸಿಟ್ಟನ್ನು ಸಹಿಸುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡದಿರಿ.

ಸರಕಾರಗಳ ನಿಲುವು

ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ನೀಡುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಪರಿಸರ ರಕ್ಷಿಸುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಸರಕಾರಗಳು ವಿಪರೀತ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಕೃತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ತದ್ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಮಾಡುತ್ತವೆ. ದೊಡ್ಡ ಉದ್ಯಮಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಣ ನೀಡುತ್ತವೆ. ದೊಡ್ಡ ಉದ್ಯಮಿಗಳೋ ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಇನ್ನೂ ದೊಡ್ಡವರಾಗಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುವತ್ತ, ವಿಶ್ವವನ್ನೇ ಯಾಂತ್ರೀಕರಿಸುವತ್ತ ಗಮನ ಹರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕೆಲಸ ಕೊಲ್ಲುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಪರಿಸರ ಹಾಳುಗೆಡವುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಅವರು.

ಗ್ರೇಟಾ ಥನ್‍ಬರ್ಗ್

ಸ್ವೀಡನ್ನಿನ ಈ ಹುಡುಗಿ ವಿಶ್ವದ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಉದ್ಯಮಪತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಕೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಳೆ, “ನಿಮ್ಮ ಲಾಭಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ನನ್ನ ಭವಿಷ್ಯವನ್ನೇಕೆ ಮಣ್ಣು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೀರಿ, ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನೇಕೆ ಹಾಳುಗೆಡುವುತ್ತಿದ್ದೀರಿ”. ನಾವು ಸಹ ಇದೇ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಯನ್ನು ಕೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ, ಆದರೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ನಿರ್ದಿಷ್ಟವಾಗಿ ಕೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೊಂದೇ ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನು ರಕ್ಷಿಸಲಿಕ್ಕಿರುವ ದಾರಿ ಎಂಬ ಉತ್ತರವನ್ನು ನಾವು ಸೂಚಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

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ಹೆಣ್ಣುಮಕ್ಕಳ ಶಾಂತಿಯುತ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವಿದು….!

ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಮೀರಿನಿಲ್ಲುವ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವಿದು….!

ಯುವಜನತೆಯ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವಿದು….!

 

Joint Convention of workers for Sacred Economy

On December 1st 2019, Sunday, Gram Seva Sangh organised a joint Convention at Kondajji Basappa Auditorium, Palace Road, Bengaluru, propelling forward the ‘Sacred Economy’ movement that is, ‘Satyagraha in support of the Sacred Economy’. 

The Convention opened with inauguration done by eminent societal change agents – freedom fighter and 94 year old weaver; Sangappa Mante, Narmada Bachao Activist; Medha Patkar, corruption crusader activist; S R Hiremath,  labour leader and KIEE Federation President; T.S.Anantaram, Gandhian theater artist, social activist and founder of Gram Seva Sangh; Prasanna, and Gram Seva Sangh President; Yatiraju.

The inauguration symbolised the value Gram Sangh Seva and their partners hold in conservation of environment as it was done by watering a sapling plant.

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The Joint Convention provided a forum for leaders representing various groups, unions and federations of unorganised sector- farmers, weavers, industrial labourers, rural labourers, Anganwadi workers, Povrakarmika workers, to gather and voice out their struggles, issues while also  join forces to strengthen the local people’s movement demanding the Government to revive the ‘Sacred Economy’.

‘Sacred Economy’ gives value, dignity and respect to these marginalised groups today recognising that their work which involves physical labour is ‘Sacred’.  This sector that exists in both urban and rural regions must be revived through Zero Tax, Refinance and Restructuring of all Sacred sectors of Economy. An economy that supports the livelihoods and businesses of small industries, rural entrepreneurs, small vendors, textile and garment workers, labourers, farmers and others is needed to save the Nation from the economic and environmental crisis that has resulted today.

Gram Seva Sangh, an NGO that has been actively involved in the promotion of goods made by rural artisans, weavers, khadhi and handloom workers, farmers etc by providing them a marketing platform through Ragi Khanna,  an enterprise they run in Bangalore , have also done prior campaigns urging the Government to remove GST tax from handloom garment products. 

Lately, in view of our Nation suffering an acute environmental and economic crisis, Gram Seva Sangh has championed the need to embrace an alternate economic system that’s just, sustainable and equitable;  The Sacred Economy, with the ‘Satyagraha in support of the Sacred Economy’ movement . Gram Seva Sangh has been reaching out to various  marginalised groups from all parts of Karnataka and society at large spreading awareness and garnering supporters for the cause to revive the Sacred Economy. 

Going further in the upcoming weeks till January 30th, Gram Seva Sangh would hold People’s Courts in various parts of Karnataka where the badly affected but voiceless class of people will be empowered to put forth their voice expressing their concerns and issues for a discussion to work out solutions for them.

People’s courts for  landless labourers and weavers would be organised in North Karnataka. Bengaluru will hold courts for industrial workers mainly in Jigani and Peenya areas. Chamarajanagar will hold people court sessions for Peasants, while environmental issues and complaints of those impacted by the Special Economic Zone would be heard out in Chamarajanagar.

Press release about the Joint Convention – 

https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/2019/dec/02/peoples-courts-will-be-held-across-karnataka-to-discuss-sacred-economy-2070030.html?fbclid=IwAR1lURxZ2ZBquhhzz1MDwQ9ruT-U1zdO5Nh0z4k_O-SO-TybDX1r1zaX_ak

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Sacred Economy in the real world and it’s positive impacts


Let’s look at some live cases of Sacred Economic jobs that are creating impact, giving livelihoods, with creation of products that are creative, eco-friendly, while at the same time, embracing the Indian tradition that makes these products really unique. 

These products were displayed at an exhibition that took place at Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore, October 19, 2019.

Stationary Product Stall 

At this stall there were

Boxes made out of cloth, banana fibre. Pens made out of recycled paper, cloth bags, photo frames made from handspun banana fiber yarn and cloth. Notebooks made from handmade paper. 

Notice, there are designs on the products, they have all been created by employing human labour. The Organisation that is marketing these products, Chetana, trains people with different disabilities with skills so that they get the required skills to create these products and earn a living.  This has empowered these people with disabilities to lead a life of purpose and dignity.

Products made out of bamboo fibre

At this stall there were –

Various baskets, boxes, bags made out of bamboo fibre. 

These products are made by rural people including women giving them livelihoods. Local raw materials are used to make these products, and it has been made by hand again so these products do have a special value. 

Dress stalls 

These clothes sarees, kurtas, shirts, bags, quilts are made using naturally dyed cotton handloom fabric. They are products of Charaka, a rural handloom co-operative. These products are sold in Cities through Desi outlets.

Charaka, began in 1994, the aim was to give the people of the hilly region of Bheemanakone alternative jobs, as people were excessively dependent on agriculture that caused damage to this Western Ghats region that was once filled with lush green rainforests. 

Now, Charaka is giving livelihoods to many rural people including women. Notice the simple elegance of the lady wearing Charaka’s orange saree along with full sleeve white blouse.

Handicraft products

This stall comprised of handcrafted toys from  Channapatna – wooden toys, vases, traditional games, toy fridge magnets, plant vase magnets and more…  This is the pride of Karnataka, as Karnataka State got represented in the Republic Day parade 2015 through Channapatna toy display!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6rqE_yhuII

Maya Organic is the non-profit that has assisted artisans with the product design/development of these handcrafted toys displayed in the stall. Many new artisans particularly women were trained with skills to design toys and products that attract the current market. 

All these handicraft products are eco-friendly made using natural dyes. Notice, there is also our country’s traditional games here, something we have forgotten about now.

Another stall had salwar cloth material.

The designs you see, are all made by hand labour.

Same is the case with these bags on  display, they are stitched by hand and the designs on them are patiently stitched by workers who created this bag.

There were also products like stainless steel straws, bamboo stand for cell phone that amplifies sound and many other cool stuff that are artistic, creative, innovative and eco-friendly.

These are live examples of how Sacred Economy creates jobs that can give livelihoods to many people who would  have otherwise remained neglected and unemployed . They also use local raw materials, like the baskets made of bamboo grass showed in an photo above and are environmentally friendly. These products don’t make use of chemicals that can pollute our water bodies. There is a value and uniqueness  in these products because its made by hands patiently and involve the use of creativity as well. Lastly, there is Indianness in all this, because these jobs were an intrinsic part of India, and is a proud traditional identity of India.

We should remember that there was a time when India was famous for its handicrafts, handlooms and used to even export.

 Reviving Sacred Economy, would revive our rural India and would alleviate Urban India’s stress from excess population and unsustainable growth that has damaged Urban India’s environment, while many people are still not getting livelihoods and are in poverty.

 

As a concerned Indian, what we can do is consume these products that promote the growth of the Sacred Economy. These products are eco-friendly, they give livelihoods to workers in rural India and are Indian in flavour. So, think about your consumption pattern from the dresses you wear, the toys you buy for your children, the food produce you buy etc ,  there are more sustainable products that are of value and don’t damage our environment. Embrace them, spread the word and support movements like Gram Seva Sangh’s Satyagraha movement to revive the Sacred Economy.

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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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!

ಆಯೋಜಕರು

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಗಾಂಧೀ ಸ್ಮಾರಕ ನಿಧಿಯ ಸಹಯೋಗದೊಂದಿಗೆ

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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