An Urgent Appeal for Funds

Gram Seva Sangh

23-12-2019

Dear Fellow Travelers,

As you are aware, the Gram Seva Sangh (GSS) has been making efforts since 2015 to bring together urban and rural workers through programs, agitations and Satyagraha’s in order to create a new force for social justice and economic equity in the society. In recent months, our Satyagraha for the Sacred Economy has found wide acceptance in parts of the major cities in Karnataka. In our current efforts to expand the Satyagraha to district and Taluka centers, we are happy to share with you that we find a high degree of resonance with people’s aspirations as witnessed in their enthusiastic participation and support to our programs.

 

A few days ago, the central government invited the GSS to Delhi to discuss the demands put up by the Sangh during the October Satyagraha. During the discussions, the GSS has requested the government to speedily address our demands. Nonetheless, indications are that only a mass struggle is likely to force the government to accede to our demands.

 

Accordingly, our next step is to visit a large number of places across Karnataka to strengthen the struggle. The background and ongoing work needed for this is immense. Therefore we have had to take one more full time and two part time volunteers for the Bangalore office. These five volunteers have agreed to work with us for a much lower remuneration, arising from their own commitment for justice and equity in society. It is not out of place to mention that they have given up their previous high paying jobs in order to work with us.

 

We also have to plan for expenses for our activity in interior Karnataka. While we gratefully acknowledge your generosity in providing assistance to us in the past, we find that our collections are presently significantly lower than our needs. Consequently, we face a shortage of nearly one lac rupees every month.

 

Such a deficit cannot be met without expanding our circle of contributors. Our appeal to you is twofold:

  1. Please consider a commitment for monthly contributions to our cause
    1. Small contribution from your monthly income (Ex: from 2 to 10 thousand rupees) every month.
    2. Or, a yearly or a onetime contribution of say 12,000 rupees or more
  2. As a longtime supporter of the agenda of the GSS, please enlist supporters from amongst your friends, relatives and associates across India and make them a part of our family, both materially and otherwise.

We would be grateful for a quick response from you. A change from the past is that we have recently opened a current account in the name of Gram Seva Sangh. The details of the Bank Account are given below:

Account Name: Gram Seva Sangh

Account No: 6820702287

IFSC Code: IDIB000C007

Bank: Indian Bank

Branch: Chamarajapete, Bengaluru

Thank You
Prasanna
Mentor, Gram Seva Sangh

Gram Seva Sangh

Flat #102, Shesha Nivas, 1st Block, 1st Main,Thyagarajanagar, Bengaluru-560070

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ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

ನಲ್ಮೆಯ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘದ ಬಂಧುಗಳೇ,

2015 ರಿಂದ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘವು ಹಳ್ಳಿ ಮತ್ತು ಪಟ್ಟಣಗಳ ಶ್ರಮಿಕರನ್ನು ಹಲವಾರು ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ, ಹೋರಾಟ ಮತ್ತು ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಒಂದುಗೂಡಿಸಿ ಹೊಸ ಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನಾಗಿಸುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ನಿಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ. ಸದ್ಯದ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವು ದೊಡ್ಡ ನಗರಗಳಲ್ಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹಳ ಆಶಾದಾಯಕವಾದ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆಯನ್ನು ಕಂಡಿದ್ದು, ಹಾಗೇ ಮುಂದುವರೆದು ಕೆಲವು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಮತ್ತು ತಾಲೂಕು ಕೇಂದ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ವ್ಯಾಪಿಸಿ, ಭಾರೀ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಜನರ ಒಪ್ಪಿಗೆ ಮತ್ತು ಮೆಚ್ಚಿಗೆಯನ್ನು ಸತತವಾಗಿ ಕಾಣುತ್ತಲಿದ್ದೇವೆ ಎಂದು ನಿಮ್ಮೊಡನೆ ಹಂಚಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಇಚ್ಚಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ಇದೆಲ್ಲದರ ಪರಿಣಾಮವಾಗಿ ಕೆಲವು ದಿವಸಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರಕಾರವು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘವನ್ನು ದೆಹಲಿಗೆ ಆಹ್ವಾನಿಸಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿಚಾರಣೆ ನಡೆಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ತಿಂಗಳ ಒಳಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಈಡೇರಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಕೇಳಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಸರಕಾರದಿಂದ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ನ್ಯಾಯೋಚಿತ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಮನ್ನಣೆ ಪಡೆಯಲು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಜನಾಂದೋಲನವೊಂದೇ ದಾರಿ ಎಂಬುದು ನಮ್ಮ ಗ್ರಹಿಕೆ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಬರುವ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ವಿಚಾರಗಳನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಊರು ಕೇರಿಗಳ ಜನರ ಮುಂದಿಟ್ಟು ಹೋರಾಟವನ್ನು ಸಬಲಗೊಳಿಸುವ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ನಾವು ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳುವುದೆಂದು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಈ ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಪೂರ್ವಭಾವಿಯಾಗಿ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ ಕಚೇರಿಯು ಹೊಸ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳ ಮೇಲ್ವಿಚಾರಣೆಯನ್ನು ಸಕ್ಷಮವಾಗಿ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಲು ಒಬ್ಬ ಪೂರ್ಣಕಾಲಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ಇಬ್ಬರು ಅರ್ಧಕಾಲಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರನ್ನು ನೇಮಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.

ಒಂದು ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಐದು ಜನ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರು ಸ್ವಯಂಸೇವಕರೂ ಹೌದು – ಪ್ರಚಲಿತ ಸಂಭಾವನೆಗಿಂತ ಬಹು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಗೌರವ ಧನಕ್ಕೆ ತಮ್ಮ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಳಕಳಿಗಳಿಂದ ಪ್ರೇರಿತರಾಗಿ ಇವರು ಕೆಲಸ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ವೆಚ್ಚಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ನಮ್ಮ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಗಳ ವೆಚ್ಚವೂ ಸೇರಿ ತಿಂಗಳ ಖರ್ಚಿನ ಕೊರತೆ ಸುಮಾರು ಒಂದು ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂಪಾಯಿಗಳಷ್ಟು ಇದೆ. ಇಂದು ಈ ಮಹದಾಶಯದ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಲು ನಮಗೆ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲಗಳ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಕೊರತೆಯಿದೆ. ಈ ವೆಚ್ಚಗಳನ್ನು ಪೂರೈಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ನಿಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಉದಾರ ಕೊಡುಗೆಗಳು ಅತ್ಯಗತ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ನಿಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಕೋರಿಕೆಗಳು ಎರಡು:

  1. ಪ್ರತಿ ತಿಂಗಳೂ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಗಳಿಕೆಯ ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಭಾಗವನ್ನು (ಉದಾ: ರೂ. 2೦೦೦ ದಿಂದ 10,೦೦೦ ದ ವರೆಗೆ) ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘಕ್ಕೆ ಕೊಡುವ ಸಂಕಲ್ಪವನ್ನು ಮಾಡಿ ನಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿರಿ. ಪ್ರತಿ ತಿಂಗಳು ಕೊಡಲಾಗದ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ರೂ. 12,೦೦೦ ಅಥವಾ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಮೊತ್ತವನ್ನು ವರ್ಷಕ್ಕೊಮ್ಮೆ ಕೊಡುವ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವನ್ನು ಕೂಡ ನೀವು ಮಾಡಬಹುದು.
  2. ನಮ್ಮ ಉದ್ದೇಶಗಳ ಬೆಂಬಲಿಗರಾಗಿ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತ, ಬಂಧು ಸಹೋದ್ಯೋಗಿ ವರ್ಗಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಕೆಲಸದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿ ಅವರನ್ನು ಕೂಡ ನಮ್ಮ ಬಳಗಕ್ಕೆ ಸೇರಿಸಿ ಅವರ ಮೂಲಕ ಜನ ಧನ ಸಹಾಯದ ಸಂಕಲ್ಪವನ್ನು ಅನುವು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಡಿ.

ನಿಮ್ಮ ಇತ್ಯಾತ್ಮಕ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆಗಳನ್ನು ನಾವು ಎದಿರುಗಾಣುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಈಚೆಗೆ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘದ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲೇ ಒಂದು ಚಾಲ್ತಿ ಖಾತೆ (current account) ತೆರೆಯಲಾಗಿದೆ. ವಿವರಗಳು ಕೆಳಕಂಡಂತಿವೆ

Name: Gram Seva Sangh

Ac. No.: 6820702287

IFSC Code: IDIB000C007

Bank: Indian Bank

Branch: Chamarajapete, Bengaluru

ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು
(ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ)
ಹಿರಿಯ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶಿಗಳು, ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

Flat #102, Shesha Nivas, 1st Block, 1st Main,Thyagarajanagar, Bengaluru-560028 | www.GramSevaSangh.org | gramsevasanghindia@gmail.com | Mobile : 9980043911 | Twitter : gramasevasangha | FaceBook: GramSevaSanghIndia | Youtube: Gram Seva Sangh

Journey from the weavers Banashankari Padayatra to Scared Economy Satyagraha

A short report of important events of the Satyagraha in 2019

This Satyagraha is happening since Seven years. Seven years ago, a long march was initiated called Banashankari yatra in North Karnataka by weavers in support of their demands for a better livelihood. Later it became a Handmade Satyagraha When GST was imposed on the Hand-making sector. Today, it has taken the form of a Satyagraha for Sacred Economy.

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  1. Sep 2019, Satyagraha started in Bangalore following representations from various corners of Karnataka regarding the need for a public face to the struggles of handmade industry, small scale production facilities, agriculture, etc.
  2. From Sept 25 to 30th, the Satyagraha was introduced through several cultural events such as, a Khadi Fashion show, from the young, Rendering of Ramayana, a Mushaira, Road collection of funds while spreading awareness about the struggle of ordinary people etc. There was a Labour convention with Vandana Shiva, The environmental activist being present.
  3. October 1, workshop for the economist and students on Sacred Economy, at St. Joseph College Community Hall, Bengaluru.
  4. Oct 2nd a relay fast was began. And continued till the 5th.
  5. October 3, there was a big rally of industrial workers in support of the Satyagraha at Bengaluru
  6. Oct 6, Shri. Prasanna started an indefinite fast at the Vallabha Niketana, Bengaluru.
  7. 10th Oct, Shri. Deve Gowda, former PM of India, and Shri. Siddaramaiah, former CM of Karnataka, met Shri. Prasanna and assured him of their support for the demands of the Satyagraha.
  8. On the same day, Shri. Ashwathanarayana, Deputy CM of Karnataka, met Shri. Prasanna at the site of the Satyagraha and discussed the demands with him.
  9. Several protest meetings across Karnataka were held in support of the Satyagraha. Many groups fasted in support as well.
  10. October 11, Shri. Sadananda Gowda, Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers, met Shri. Prasanna to discuss the demands of the Satyagraha. He assured that the central government is ready for discussions on the demands, and that he would use his good offices to arrange a meeting with the MSME and Finance ministries within a month. He also implored Shri. Prasanna to end his fast.
  11. After seven days of fasting, on the occasion of the Jayaprakash Narain Day, Shri. Prasanna ended his fast.
  12. Peaceful Satyagraha continued. From Oct 20 to Nov 25 15 District Conventions were held across Karnataka. Several of these meetings received huge response from people who urged that the sacred economy needs an urgent rejuvenation for the survival of livelihoods of poor people.
  13. On Dec 1 a huge joint convention of Rural and Urban workers and environmentalist was held at Bengaluru. Medha Patkar joined the convention.

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Union Government had talks with Gram Sangh Seva Sacred Economy Satyagrahis

A delegation of Gram Seva Sangh representatives met  with the Union  Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Pratap Chandra Sarangi to discuss over Gram Seva Sangh’s demands and proposal to rejuvenate the Sacred Economy. 

Gram Seva Sangh mentioned that a separate Ministry for the Sacred Economy sector should be created that would be dedicated in developing all the Sectors that come under  the classification of the Sacred Economy – farm sector , handloom sector that comes under textile ministry, Khadi and village industries sector , handicraft sector, MSME etc . Currently there are 12 ministries in the current system that can be termed Sacred and they need to come under one Ministry.

The Sacred Economy Ministry would also look into the welfare of labour groups – garments workers,  pourakarmikas and anganwadi workers etc. The ministry should be given appropriate funding, restructuring of the Sacred Economy must be done and Zero tax should be imposed on all sectors of Sacred Economy.

The Minister told Gram Sangh Seva group that he would discuss the demands thus stated with the Government Authorities and revert back within a month. Overall the meeting went well with Gram Sangh Sava being well received and heard. 

For the preliminary report submitted by the delegation click Bulletin_131_The_First _Meeting_bw_MSME_GOI_delegation_of_GSS

Note: Only correction in below The Hindu report is, we are not demanding only for Handmade sector, we are demanding for Handmade plus the small sectors (less than forty percent automation) belonging to the automatic machine sector. That is what we defined as Sacred Sectors.

The Hindu Report:

thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/prasanna-meets-union-minister-demands-separate-ministry-for-sacred-economy/article30221702.ece

 

New Indian Express Report:

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2019/dec/07/create-separate-ministry-to-protect-sacred-economy-activists-2072623.html

Union Government invites Gram Seva Sangh for talks on their demands for Sacred Economy

Positive news!!  

Gram Sangh Seva members and founder Prasanna have been invited by the Union Government to have discussions on the demands for the revival of ‘Sacred Economy’. This meeting would be chaired by Pratap Chandra Sarangi, Minister of State, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Industries (MSME) and would take place within the 1st week of December itself. 

Gram Sangh Seva’s expert committee represented by Dr. Vinod Vyasulu  placed the demands to revive the Sacred Economy on to the public domain on Oct 6th, when Gram Sangh Seva founder, Gandhian, theater artist and social activist, Prasanna began his indefinite fast. A Letter outlining  the demands of ‘The Sacred Economy’ was sent to Finance Minister;Nirmala Sitaram, Prime Minister; Narendra Modi and CM of Karnataka; Shri BS Yediyurappa Reddy. 

On 11th oct, the fifth day of Prasanna’s fast, Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizer Minister, Sadananda gave his word that he would schedule for  Gram Sangh Seva to have a meeting with the Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitaram and the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises(MSME) where Gram Sangh Seva members can personally present their demands for the revival of the Sacred Economy. 

As a result, Gram Seva Sangh received an invite from Union Government to come over to hold talks on the Sacred Economy. 

Note: Only correction in below The Hindu report is, we are not demanding only for Handmade sector, we are demanding for Handmade plus the small sectors (less than forty percent automation) belonging to the automatic machine sector. That is what we defined as Sacred Sectors.

The Hindu Report:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/govt-invites-prasanna-for-talks-on-sacred-economy/article30119366.ece?fbclid=IwAR013niBelrNd_Ros8lPpof1lv1Mb4hP1nrBSqmFTVQ6xTh8BCt_DsRhW8Q

 

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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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”

Sacred Economy demands released and explained on October 6th

Below are the demands of Sacred Economy placed before Government with a letter sent to Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitaram, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and CM of Karnataka, Shri BS Yediyurappa Reddy.

This demand was released during Gram Sangh Seva’s Hunger Satyagraha in support of Sacred Economy – Oct 6th 2019, Gram Sangh Seva founder and Gandhian  theatre artist, Prasanna had started his first day of indefinite fast that day. 

Gram Sangh Seva placed these demands represented by its expert committee chaired by Dr. Vinod Vyasulu.

  • Zero Tax, Refinance, Restructure All Sacred Sectors of Economy…

No tax on all segments of the Sacred Economy –  Farmers, labourers, small traders, vendors, khadhi designers, crafts men, garment factory workers, fishermen, small scale and retail industry players, handloom sector etc

  • Raw materials should be procured locally within a 100 km radius. Raw materials procured beyond this radius are considered imported raw materials.

 

  • Jobs that involve more of human labour and hands; that are labour intensive should be developed.

Sacred Economy is that economic system which produces jobs that involve more of human labour (60%) and aspires to utilise maximum amount of local raw materials (60%). There should not be more than 40% use of automation and 40% use of imported raw materials in this economy system.

On the basis of this, the Scale of Sacred Economy is gauged where at one end of the scale there is complete hand making and use of local raw materials and in the other opposite end, there is the scale for Monster Economy  with there being complete automation and complete use of imported raw materials.

 

Check out the attached document below for more details .

These demands support the principles of our Indian Constitution, supporting the Constitutional guidelines mentioned in Article 39 of our Indian Constitution which summarises 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.

 

The revival of Sacred Economy will create a just society with a fair economy giving livelihoods to all, while protecting the greenery and purity of our environment (air, water, soil, trees).

 Sacred Economy Advantages -:

  • The Sacred Economy causes least damage to the environment as compared to the current Monster Economy that has encouraged big Organisations/Corporations to develop at the cost of cutting down our country’s greenery, polluting our air,  river bodies, soil etc.

 

  • The Sacred Economy, is not capital intensive; it requires less capital investment from Government to kick start.

 

  • The Sacred Economy will employ the many unemployed now and give them livelihoods, so they live in dignity and become self-reliant.

  • The Sacred Economy, already contributes atleast 60% to India’s GDP. Reviving the Sacred Economy would revive India’s rural economy. Right now, rural people are forced to migrate to Cities for livelihoods leading to overpopulation and unsustainable growth in Cities. There is stress on Cities’ natural resources of land and water. The Sacred economy would develop the villages in a sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion, so people don’t need to migrate to Cities.

 

Save Me!, I am an Expression

 

Protest for Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression – A Report

Mahatma Gandhi Statue, M G Road, Bengaluru | 12th Mar 2019, 5:0 PM

Under the banner of Grama Seva Sangha, well known activists, writers, and artists did a protest opposing the ongoing assault of Freedom of Speech on individuals, community and the groups who speak about Government actions, plans and wrong doings. Freedom fighter H.S.Doreswamy, writer Bolwar Mohammed Kunhi, poet Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy, actor and director B.Suresh, journalist Suguta Sreenivasraju, Actor Prakash Raj, Artist Gouri Dutt, Mentors of Gram Seva Sangha G.K.Suresh, Shamala Devi, G.S.R .Krishnan, Sanath Kumar, Secretary Abhilash, Phaneesh and others participated in the protest.

On this occasion, dignitaries have shared their opinions as follows.

B Suresh, Actor and Filmmaker

B.Suresh: What we are facing in the last few days is the situation of 1975 emergency. Blocking social media accounts and sending people jail if they analyze the plus & minus of government policies or if artists wrote cartoons indicates that a country is caught with cancer disease. The assault on cartoonist P.Mohammed, sufferings of Ravi Kumar and the words spoken by the government in the case of N.Ram of The Hindu newspaper shows that all these incidents are similar to the assault made on various political parties at the time of 1975 emergency.  Public should became aware and continuously oppose these to save our fundamental Right of Freedom of Speech. We might be jailed for talking like this, and then our next generation should say these words. This should happen as a continuous movement.

Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy: Voltaire has said that “I might not agree your words but I respect the Right of Freedom to say your words, that is your lifelong Right” which is very relevant now.  Recently the literature award given to the Dalit Professor Ravikant of Lucknow has been taken back for writing against the government in social media. All government employees have opposed this decision. We have reached such a low situation. State which doesn’t have Press Freedom and Freedom of Speech is not democratic.

H.S.Doreswamy: Government is behaving like we are doing wrong if we oppose government by making a group, organizing a meeting or sharing information to people. When certain individuals or government makes mistakes, it is necessary to unfold secret information. That is Press Dharma. It is very necessary from Public interest. If the press information is true, then it is the Press Dharma to keep the source of information secret. The Hindu newspaper has done a big job. There is no need to reveal the source of information if it is true.

Sugata Srinivasaraju, Prominent Journalist and Writer

Suguta Sreenivasaraju: In recent days, many laws against journalists have been misused. It is an effort to suppress journalist voice. All of us know how the Official Secrets Act has been misused in the case of The Hindu newspaper. The National Security Act has been misused on Imphal Manipur journalist Kishorechandra and he has been not released from jail. In the recent meeting held at Editor Guilds where I was also present, A resolution was made on “Decriminalizing content”. Recently, we could see this on how Shillong Times editor was penalized by High Court on account of Contempt of Court. Colonial Laws has been removed in many countries. But in our country such laws has been used against journalist & activists for harassing.

Praksah Rai, Actor

 Prakash Raj: We have reached such a situation where we could easily identify which political it belongs if we switch on a channel or read a newspaper. In Vikram-Bethala stories, it was said that if we say a lie our head would cut into thousand pieces. But now if we say a lie, it is behaved like thousand votes would come. The government which is not able to protect Rafale documents is saying criminal to people who are following Press Dharma. It is like saying “fence itself is gazing the land”. But people would be observing.  When it crosses a limit, we have seen in history that progressive people, artists have stood up and will stand up. People consciousness is still alive. This might be a small voice but it is the voice of truth. Hence it would be heard loudly.

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