Joint Convention with the unorganised sector supporting the 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.

Gram Seva Sangh

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ಸರಕಾರದ ಕಾರ್ಯವೈಖರಿ, ಯೋಜನೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ತಪ್ಪುಗಳನ್ನು ಚರ್ಚಿಸುವ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ, ಸಮುದಾಯ ಮತ್ತು ಗುಂಪುಗಳ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯದ ಮೇಲೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ತೀವ್ರವಾದ ಆಕ್ರಮಣವನ್ನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸಿ ನಾಡಿನ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರರು, ಕಲಾವಿದರು, ಲೇಖಕರು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘದ ಅಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಿದರು. ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರರಾದ ಹೆಚ್ ಎಸ್ ದೊರೆಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಅಯ್ಯಂಗಾರ್, ಲೇಖಕ ಬೋಳುವಾರು ಮೊಹಮ್ಮದ್ ಕುಂಞ, ಕವಿ ಮೂಡ್ನಾಕೂಡು ಚಿನ್ನಸ್ವಾಮಿ, ಚಿತ್ರನಟ ಹಾಗೂ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಬಿ ಸುರೇಶ್, ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರಾದ ಸುಗತ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸರಾಜು, ಚಿತ್ರ ನಟ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ರೈ, ಕಲಾವಿದೆ ಗೌರಿ ದತ್, ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘದ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶಕರಾದ ಜೆ ಕೆ ಸುರೇಶ್, ಶಾಮಲಾ ದೇವಿ, ಜಿ.ಎಸ್.ಆರ್. ಕೃಷ್ಣನ್, ಸನತ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಕಾರ್ಯದರ್ಶಿ ಅಭಿಲಾಷ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಫಣೀಶ್ ಇನ್ನಿತರ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರರು ಭಾಗಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದರು.

ಈ ಸಂಧರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಳಗಿನಂತೆ ಗಣ್ಯರು ಮಾತನಾಡಿದರು:

B Suresh, Actor, Filmmaker

ಬಿ.ಸುರೇಶ್ :   ಕಳೆದ ಕೆಲವು ದಿನಗಳಿಂದ ಏನನ್ನು ಎದುರಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆವೆಯೋ ಅದು 1975ರ ತುರ್ತು ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯ ನಡವಳಿಕೆ. ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ನೀತಿ, ಕಾಯಿದೆಗಳನ್ನು ಅದರ ಒಳಿತು ಕೆಡಕುಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿಶ್ಲೇಷಿಸಿದರೆ, ಕಲಾವಿದರು ವ್ಯಂಗ್ಯಚಿತ್ರ ಬರೆದರೆ, ಅವರ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಜಾಲತಾಣಗಳನ್ನು ಬ್ಲಾಕ್ ಮಾಡುವುದು, ಅವರನ್ನು ಜೈಲಿಗೆ ಹಾಕುವ ಸಂಗತಿ, ಆ ದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿರುವ ಖಾಯಿಲೆಯ ಸೂಚನೆ. ಈ ದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು ಕ್ಯಾನ್ಸರ್ ಕಾಯಿಲೆ ಬಂದು ಬಡೆದಿದೆ!
ವ್ಯಂಗ್ಯಚಿತ್ರಕಾರ ಪಿ ಮೊಹಮ್ಮದ್ ಅವರ ಮೇಲೆ ಮುಗಿಬಿದ್ದ ರೀತಿ, ರವಿಕುಮಾರ್ ಅವರು ಅನುಭವಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವುದು, ಹಿಂದೂ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಯ ಎನ್. ರಾಮ್ ಅವರ ವಿಷಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಆಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ಮಾತು ಇವೆಲ್ಲವೂ 1975 ರ ತುರ್ತು ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೇರೆ ಬೇರೆ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳ ಮೇಲೆ ನಡೆದ ದಾಳಿಯ ರೀತಿಯದಾಗಿವೆ.
ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರು ಈಗ ಎಚ್ಚೆತ್ತುಕೊಂಡು ಇದನ್ನು ಸತತವಾಗಿ ವಿರೋಧಿಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ನಮ್ಮ ಮೂಲಭೂತ ಹಕ್ಕಾದ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯವನ್ನು ಕಾಪಾಡಿ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ರೀತಿಯಾಗಿ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಬಂಧಿಸಿ ಕೂರಿಸಬಹುದು, ಆಗ ನಮ್ಮ ನಂತರದ ಜನ ಈ ಮಾತನ್ನು ಹೇಳಬೇಕು. ಇದು ನಿರಂತರವಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯ ಬೇಕಾದ ಹೋರಾಟ.

Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy, Poet, Writer

ಮೂಡ್ನಾಕೂಡು ಚಿನ್ನಸ್ವಾಮಿ: ವೋಲ್ಟೇರ್ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೇಳಿದ ಮಾತು ಇಂದಿಗೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ. ನಾನು ನಿಮ್ಮ ಮಾತನ್ನು ಒಪ್ಪದೇ ಇರಬಹುದು, ಅದನ್ನು ಹೇಳುವ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯವನ್ನು ನಾನು ಗೌರವಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ, ಅದು ನಿನ್ನ ಜೀವಮಾನದ ಹಕ್ಕು. ಇತೀಚೆಗೆ ಲಖನೌನ ದಲಿತ ಪ್ರೊಫೆಸರ್ ರವಿಕಾಂತ್ ತನ್ನ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಜಾಲತಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಆಡಿದ ಮಾತಿಗೆ, ಅವರಿಗೆ ನೀಡಿದ್ದ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯದ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಹಿಂಪಡೆಯಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸರ್ಕಾರಿ ನೌಕರರು ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಈ ನಡೆಯ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ಶೋಚನೀಯ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಗೆ ನಾವು ತಲುಪ್ಪಿದ್ದೇವೆ ನಾವು. ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಸ್ವತಂತ್ರ ಗಳು ಇರದೇ ಇರುವ ಪ್ರಭುತ್ವ ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವ ಅಲ್ಲ!

H S Doreswamy, Freedom Fighter, Activist

ಹೆಚ್ ಎಸ್ ದೊರೆಸ್ವಾಮಿ: ಈಗ ಒಂದು ಸಂಘಟನೆ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ, ಒಂದು ವಿಚಾರ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಹೇಳಿದರೆ, ಒಂದು ಸಭೆ ಸಮಾರಂಭದ ಮೂಲಕ ಸರಕಾರವನ್ನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸಿದರೆ ಅದು ತಪ್ಪು ಎಂದು ಸರಕಾರಗಳು ವರ್ತಿಸುತ್ತಿವೆ.
ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ರಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಇನ್ವೆಸ್ಟಿಗೇಷನ್ ಜರ್ನಲಿಸಂ (ತನಿಖಾ ಪತ್ರಿಕೋದ್ಯಮ) ಮುಖಾಂತರ ಕೆಲವು ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಅಥವಾ ಸರ್ಕಾರಗಳು ಲೋಪಗಳನ್ನು ಎಸಗಿದ ಸಂಧರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಅದನ್ನು ಬಯಲಿಗೆಳೆಯಲು ರಹಸ್ಯ ದಾಖಲೆಗಳನ್ನು ಬಯಲಿಗೆಳೆಯ ಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಅದು ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ಧರ್ಮ, ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಹಿತಾಸಕ್ತಿಯ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಿಂದ ಅದು ಅತ್ಯಗತ್ಯ. ಮಾಹಿತಿಯು ಸತ್ಯ ವಾಗಿದ್ದಲ್ಲಿ ಅದನ್ನು ಅವರ ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ಧರ್ಮದ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಪಡೆದಿದ್ದಲ್ಲಿ, ಮೂಲವನ್ನು ಗೌಪ್ಯವಾಗಿಡುವುದು ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ವೃತ್ತಿಯ ಧರ್ಮ.

ದಿ ಹಿಂದೂ The Hindu ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ ಯವರು ಒಂದು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಅವರು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಸತ್ಯವಾಗಿದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯ ಮೂಲವನ್ನು ಬಹಿರಂಗ ಪಡಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿಲ್ಲ.

ಸುಗತ ಶ್ರೀನಿವಾಸರಾಜು: ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಅನೇಕ ಕಾನೂನುಗಳನ್ನು ಇತೀಚಿನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ
ದುರುಪಯೋಗಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇದು ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರ ಧ್ವನಿಯನ್ನು ಹತ್ತಿಕುವ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ, ಅಫೀಷಿಯಲ್ ಸೀಕ್ರೆಟ್ ಆಕ್ಟ್ ಅನ್ನು ದಿ ಹಿಂದೂ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಯ ಪ್ರಕರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ದುರುಪಯೋಗ ಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಯತ್ನಿಸುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ನಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿದೇ ಇದೇ. ಆದರೆ ನ್ಯಾಷನಲ್ ಸೆಕ್ಯೂರಿಟಿ ಆಕ್ಟ್ ಅನ್ನೂ ಮಣಿಪುರ್ ನ ಇಂಫಾಲ್ ದ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತನ ಮೇಲೆ ದುರುಪಯೋಗ ಮಾಡಿ ಇನ್ನು ಸಹ ಕಿಶೋರೆಚಂದ್ರ ವನ್ಗ್ಖೆಮ್ ಅವರನ್ನು ಜೈಲಿನಿಂದ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಮಾಡಿಲ್ಲ, ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರ ದ್ರೋಹದ ಕಾಯಿದೆಯನ್ನು ಇತೀಚೆಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ದುರುಪಯೋಗ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ.

Sugata Srinivasaraju, Prominent Journalist, Writer

ಇತೀಚೆಗೆ ನಡೆದ ಎಡಿಟರ್ಸ್ ಗಿಲ್ಡ್ ಮೀಟಿಂಗ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನಿದ್ದೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು Decriminalizing content ನ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ರೆಸಲ್ಯೂಷನ್ ತೆಗೆದು ಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಶಿಲಾಂಗ್ ಟೈಮ್ಸ್ ನ ಎಡಿಟರ್ ಅನ್ನು ಇತೀಚೆಗೆ ಈ ರೀತಿಯಾಗಿ ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ಹೈ ಕೋರ್ಟ್ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಕ್ರಿಮಿನಲ್ ಕಂಟೆಂಪ್ಟ್ ಆಫ್ ಕೋರ್ಟ್ ನ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಜುಲುಮಾನವನ್ನು ಹಾಕಿರುವುದನ್ನು ನಾವು ನೋಡಬಹುದು. ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ನ್ಯಾಯಮೂರ್ತಿಗಳು ನಿವೃತ್ತರಾದ ಮೇಲೆ ಅವರಿಗೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸಿದರೆ ಅವರ ವಿಷಯವೇ ಅವಿಧೇಯತೆ ಎಂದು ಅವರ ಮೇಲೆ ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಅನೇಕ ದೇಶಗಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ಕಾಲೋನಿಯಲ್ ಕಾನೂನುಗಳನ್ನು ತೆಗೆದು ಹಾಕಲಾಗಿದೆ ಆದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಅದನ್ನು ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರು ಹಾಗೂ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರರನ್ನು ಹಿಂಸಿಸಲು ಬಳಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಯಾವುದೇ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಬಂದಾಗಲೂ ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ಅಚಾತುರ್ಯಗಳು ನಡೆದಿವೆ. ಇದು ಚುನಾವಣೆಯ ಸಮಯವಾದ್ದರಿಂದ ನಾವು ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ದುರುಪಯೋಗದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಮಾತನಾಡಿ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳು ತಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಣಾಳಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ಕಾನೂನುಗಳಿಂದ ನಮ್ಮ ಹಕ್ಕುಗಳಿಗೆ ರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಒದಗಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವಗಳನ್ನು ಮುಂದಿಡಬೇಕಾಗಿ ನಾವು ಕೇಳಬೇಕಿದೆ.

Prakash Rai, Veteran Actor

ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ರೈ: ನಾವು ಇಂದು ಯಾವ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಗೆ ತಲುಪ್ಪಿದ್ದೇವೆ ಎಂದರೆ, ಯಾವ  ಚಾನೆಲ್ ಹಾಕಿದರೆ ಅದು ಯಾವ ಪಕ್ಷವೆಂದು ತಿಳಿಯುತ್ತದೆ, ಯಾವ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಿದರೆ ಅದು ಯಾವ ಪಕ್ಷವೆಂದು ತಿಳಿಯುತ್ತದೆ. ಸುಳ್ಳು ಸಾರ ಸಗಟಾಗಿ ಹೇಳಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ, ವಿಕ್ರಮ್ ಬೇತಾಳನ ಕಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಸುಳ್ಳು ಹೇಳಿದರೆ ತಲೆ ಸಾವಿರ ಹೋಳಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂದು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೆವು. ಆದರೆ ಈಗ ಒಂದು ಸುಳ್ಳು ಹೇಳಿದರೆ ಸಾವಿರ ವೋಟ್ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ವರ್ತಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

Bolwar mahammad Kunhi, Writer

 ರಫೆಲ್ ಪ್ರಕರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಖಡತಗಳನ್ನು ಕಾಪಾಡಿಕೊಳಲಾಗದ ಸರ್ಕಾರ, ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ಧರ್ಮ ಪಾಲಿಸಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುವವರನ್ನು ಕ್ರಿಮಿನಲ್ ಗಳು ಎಂದು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಬೇಲಿಯೇ ಎದ್ದು ಹೊಲ ಮೇಯುವುದು ಎಂದರೆ ಇದೇ. ಆದರೆ ಜನ ನೋಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಈ ರೀತಿಯ ಶಕ್ತಿಗಳು ಮೀತಿ ಮೀರಿದಾಗ ಪ್ರಗತಿಪರರು, ಕಲಾವಿದರು ಇತಿಹಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಎದ್ದು ನಿಂತಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಹಾಗೂ ನಿಲ್ಲುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಜನರ ಮನಃಸಾಕ್ಷಿ ಇನ್ನೂ ಜೀವಂತವಾಗಿದೆ, ಇದು ಸಣ್ಣ ಧ್ವನಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದರೂ ಸತ್ಯದ ಧ್ವನಿಯಾಗಿದೆ ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಇದು ಜೋರಾಗಿ ಕೇಳಲಿದೆ.

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The Social Tragedy of Alcohol – A seminar report

Inauguration of a seminar The Social Tragedy of Alcohol

Organized by Gram Seva Sangh in collaboration with  Madya Nishedha Andolana Karnataka and Karnataka Gandhi Smaraka Nidhi

23 Feb’19 Sat. 10:30 am to 2 pm | Kasturba Hall, Gandhi Bhavana, Bengaluru

“Its wrong and immoral for a nation to supply intoxicating liquor to those who are addicted to drink” – M K Gandhi.

Mahatma GandhiJi on Prohibition

Going on the same lines of the above quote the Gram Seva Sangh organised a open ended seminar on 23rd February 2019 , Tuesday in Gandhi Bhavan, Bangalore,  drawing inferences on how alcohol is a social tragedy. Unless you are living in the biblical times we know that alcohol is both a socio – cultural problem. Reports suggest that around 80% accidents , 85% domestic violence and also 37% of rapes in this ” Rama Rajya” happens due to alcoholism.

TOI reports on recent AIIMS studies

And inspite of being informed citizens there exists some unanswered questions on ban of liquor. Considering the magnanimity of the issue there are loop holes as to where to start? By whom? Is restriction or prohibition the answer? To seek answers to these complex questions, rural women from around 20 districts of North Karnataka set out to a Padyatra, in ray of hope demanding the ban of liquor,  from Chitradurga to Bengaluru. What started with merely 2500 women grew outrageously into around 5000 of them covering a distance of 200km in the 12 day Padyatra.

Glimpse of Padayatra by Suhasini Kaulagi

The attrocity and the cause of the issue spread rampently and the domino effect of which , was the Seminar. The Seminar consisted of participants of the Padyatra and celebrated key note speakers. A prayer song followed by paying heartful condolences to a lost soul (Renuka amma) in the Padyatra marked the beginning of the Seminar.

The key note speakers belonged to diverse deaneries including The Seminar threw light on the repercussions of alcohol on a social front and the possible actions that could be taken towards banning the same. The key note speakers who decorated the cause of the session, were all celebrated personalities from diverse fields of expertise, Law, medicine, civil, theatrics and politics, hence providing us with several perspectives on the same issue.  To name a few, Arundhati Nag , Prasanna , Rani Satish , Dr. Prathima Murthy , Ajay Kumar  singh to Victims of Alcoholism like Mrs. Mokshamma , Mrs Virupuna and Mrs Uma, all speakers had one point to say in commonality,  that alcohol destroys families before Liver. 

Yashodhara Daasappa, Freedom Fighter and Veteran Politician from Karnataka

The first speaker in the seminar was Mrs. Virupama, who was a victim of alcohol-abuse herself. She spoke about how her family faces an financial crunch due to the habitual drinking and addiction of all the men in her family. Then she went on to explain how the Padyaatra took shape and how many stages it was divided into. As a conclusion she also urged that alcohol ban should be a global cause and concern.

Virupamma, Activist, Madya Nishedha Andolana Karnataka

The second speaker Mr. Prasanna drew our attention towards the plight of the government as it only looks at alcohol through the lens of vote- banks or market value. He also probed deep into facts by stating that there are about 1.5 lakh alcohol addicts in the country with 10 crore of them clinically hospitalised. This instilled a sense of awareness amongst us, the audience and it truly called for some action.

Prasanna, Activist and Theatre Person

The third speech of the seminar was given by Mrs.Rani Satish, Karnataka Congress Vice President. Considering the political stand of the government to not ban alcohol, this speech was key in enlightening us about the issue on a political front. The gist of her speech mainly talked about how alcoholism is a threat to all rural and also urban people. She also claims that if states like Bihar, Gujrat and many others can reach success in becoming dry states, then Karnataka too can make it possible. ‘The protests shouldn’t stop’ she motivated the audience.

Rani Sateesh, Ex Minister, Veteran Politician, Karnataka

 

Coming up on the dais as the fourth speaker was Dr Pratima Murthy, director of de-addiction in NIMHANS. She enhanced our knowledge by stating the scientific health reports of WHO (World Health Organisation) which claims that 14.5% of the world between the ages of 10-60 years face drinking problems.

Dr Pratima Murthy, Head of Centre for Addiction Medicine, NIMHANS

Mookshamma, the next speaker and a participant of the Padyaatra, also indicated that due to the problems caused due to liquor is growing rampant, the 20,000 women are even fired to ban the same. She drew notice to the fact that old women, pregnant women and many other victims walked as one, in unity towards the cause and upheld the true essence of women empowerment.

Mokshamma, Activist, Madya Nishedha Andolana KarnatakaMrs. Veena from Hubli, being the legal expert, added how the support of law will help in achieving the noble cause. The directive principles of state policy, constitutionally guarantees total prohibition of drugs except the ones used for medicinal purposes, in Article 47.

National trend of Intoxicants usage reported recently by TOI

To end the seminar in an apt way, Arundati Nag, famous theatre artist, empathized with the victims of this social evil and talked about the challenges of the dream of alcohol ban. Having said that, she also went on to assure the commoners that she will always be there as a source of support for the protests and upcoming events.

Arundathi Nag, Actor and Theatre Person

In journey of seeking solutions to their existing problems they reached out to the government and inturn got a cold response. The government claims that the administration runs in the revenue earned by the selling of alcohol and hence the ban of the Same isn’t affordable. The hipocracy of this situation is evident as the socio cultural repercussions of alcoholism seeps down to a greater depth. According to the directive principles of the state policies , Article 47 of the Indian constitution guarantees a total prohibition of drugs excepting those used in medicine. Though constitutionally guaranteed this situation seems “ideal”for a simple reason, demand is equal to supply.

The Social Tragedy of Alcohol Seminar Inaugural song by mamatha

Though the Padyatra seemed glorious in its endeavours, the brutal harassment and domestic violence faced by the women remains to be the dark side of the bitter truth. The politicians making this issue about vote bank politics reflects the stale nature of administration thus trivilising the noble cause of alcohol ban. As one of the women stated THIS is just the beginning. “The tears we shed are dry but fire in our soul ignites to greater notches, we will strive till alcohol is banned. All the guest joined the seminar decided to join the movement and strengthen further.

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Glimpse of Padayatra by Suhasini Kaulagi

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ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ, ಮದ್ಯನಿಷೇಧ ಆಂದೋಲನ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಹಾಗೂ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಗಾಂಧಿ ಸ್ಮಾರಕ ನಿಧಿ  ಸಹಯೋಗದೊಂದಿಗೆ

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ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರಿಂದ ಆರಂಭಗೊಂಡ ಮದ್ಯ ನಿಷೇಧ ಆಂದೋಲನದ ಹೋರಾಟಕ್ಕೆ  ಪಟ್ಟಣದ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ಕೈಜೋಡಿಸಿ, ಚಳುವಳಿಯನ್ನು ಇನಷ್ಟು ಬಲಗೊಳಿಸುವ ಪ್ರಯುಕ್ತ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ, ಮದ್ಯ ನಿಷೇಧ ಆಂದೋಲನ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಹಾಗೂ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಗಾಂಧಿ ಸ್ಮಾರಕ ನಿಧಿ ವಿಚಾರ ಸಂಕಿರಣವನ್ನು ಗಾಂಧಿ ಭವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಮ್ಮಿಕೊಂಡಿತ್ತು.  ವಿಚಾರಸಂಕಿರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ ಗಣ್ಯರು ಒಟ್ಟಾರೆಯಾಗಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದು, ಮದ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಕೋನವನ್ನು ಮೀರಿದ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಹಾಗೂ ಮಾನವೀಯ ಆಯಾಮಗಳಿವೆ.

The Social Tragedy of Alcohol Seminar Inaugural song by mamatha

 

ರಂಗಕರ್ಮಿ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಪ್ರಸ್ಥಾವಿಕವಾಗಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿ, ನಗರದ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರೂ ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ಕೈಗೆತ್ತಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಚಳುವಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಲ್ಗೊoಡು, ಈ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ದುರಂತವನ್ನು ತಪ್ಪಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ.

The Social Tragedy of Alcohol Seminar Keynote speech by Prasanna

 

ರಾಣಿ ಸತೀಶ್

“ಮದ್ಯಪಾನ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರ ಬದುಕಿಗೆ ಮಾರಕವಾಗಿದೆ. ಅದು ಎಲ್ಲ ವರ್ಗದ ಹೆಣ್ಣು ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ ಇದರಿಂದ ತೊಂದರೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳು ಕೇವಲ ಆದಾಯವನ್ನು ಮಾತ್ರ ನೋಡುತ್ತಾ ಇದ್ದೇವೆ, ಆದರೆ ಅದರ ದುಷ್ಪರಿಣಾಮಕ್ಕೆ ಎಷ್ಟು ವ್ಯಯ ಆಗುತ್ತಿದೆ ಅನುವುದನ್ನು ಯೋಚನೆಯು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಯಶೋಧರ ದಾಸಪ್ಪ ಅವರನ್ನ ನೆನೆಯಬೇಕು. ಸಂಪುಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಮದ್ಯ ನಿಷೇಧಕ್ಕೆ ಒಪ್ಪಿಗೆ ಕೊಡಲಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ತಮ್ಮ ಮಂತ್ರಿ ಸ್ಥಾನಕ್ಕೆ ರಾಜೀನಾಮೆ ನೀಡಿದರು. ಆದರೆ ಇಂದು ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳು ಒಂದಾಗಿ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರುವ ಹೋರಾಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ಕಾರವನ್ನು ನಡುಗಿಸುವ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಇದೆ”.

 

Rani Sateesh addressing at seminar The Social Tragedy of Alcohol

 

ಅರುಂಧತಿ ನಾಗ್

ನಾನು ಮೊನ್ನೆ ಆಂದೋಲನದ ಪಾದಯಾತ್ರೆ ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರಂ ಮೈದಾನಕ್ಕೆ ತಲುಪಿದಾಗ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ನೆರೆದ ಸಾವಿರಾರು ಮಹಿಳೆಯರ ಧೈರ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಆತ್ಮ ವಿಶ್ವಾಸವನ್ನು ನೋಡಿ ಕುಬ್ಜಳಾಗಿ ಹೋದೆ. ಕನಿಷ್ಟ ಹತ್ತು ಮಹಿಳೆಯರಿಗೆ ನನ್ನoಥ ಪಟ್ಟಣದ ಸ್ಥಿತಿವಂತ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ತಮ್ಮ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮನೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಆಶ್ರಯ ಕೊದುವಂತಹ ಯೋಚನೆಯನ್ನು ಮಾಡಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಹಿಂದಿನಂತೆ ರಾಜಕಾರಣಿಗಳು ನಮ್ಮ ಮಾದರಿಯಾಗಿ ಇಂದು ಉಳಿದಿಲ್ಲ, ಆದರೆ ಈರೀತಿಯ ಆಂದೋಲನಗಳೇ ನಮಗೆ ಮಾದರಿಗಳು.

Glimpse of Padayatra by Suhasini Kaulagi

 

ಡಾ. ಪ್ರತಿಮಾ ಮೂರ್ತಿ, ಮುಖ್ಯಸ್ಥರು, ಸೆಂಟರ್ ಫಾರ್ ಅಡಿಕ್ಷನ್ ಮೆಡಿಸಿನ್, ನಿಮ್ಹಾನ್ಸ್

“National survey of Substance Use” ಪ್ರಕಾರ ದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ 10 ರಿಂದ 75 ವಯಸ್ಸಿನ 16 ಕೋಟಿ ಜನ ಮದ್ಯ ಪಾನ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ.  2004 ರ ವರದಿಗೆ ಹೋಲಿಸಿದರೆ ಈಗ ಮದ್ಯಪಾನ ಮಾಡುವವರ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ ಮೂರು ಪಟ್ಟು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿದೆ. ತಂಬಾಕು ಮತ್ತು ಮದ್ಯ ಇವೆರಡೇ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಅನುಮತಿನೀಡಿರುವ ಮಾದಕ ವಸ್ತುಗಳು. ತಂಬಾಕಿನ ಮೇಲೆ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣ ವಿದೆ, ಆದರೆ ಮದ್ಯ ಪಾನ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಿಸುವ ಯಾವ ನೀತಿನಿಯಮಾವಳಿಗಳೂ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಮದ್ಯ ಪಾನದಿಂದ ಕೂಡ ಸುಮಾರು 60 ಖಾಯಿಲೆಗೆ ಗುರಿಯಾಗುವ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆಯಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಎಚ್ಚರಿಸಿದರು. ನಮ್ಮ ವರದಿಯ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಆದಾಯಕ್ಕಿಂತ, ಇದರ ದುಷ್ಪರಿಣಾಮಕ್ಕೆ ವ್ಯಯಿಸುವ ಹಣ ಒಂದೂವರೆ ಪಟ್ಟಿಗೂ ಜಾಸ್ಥಿ.

ಡಾ. ವೀಣಾ  ಟೊಣಪಿ, ಕಾನೂನು ತಜ್ಞೆ, ಹುಬ್ಬಳ್ಳಿ    

“ಸಂವಿಧಾನದ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ತತ್ವ ಹಾಗೂ ಮೂಲಭೂತ ಹಕ್ಕು ಹಾಗೂ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯ ಗಳು ಒಂದಕ್ಕೊಂದು ಪೂರಕ ಎನ್ನುವುದು ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಸುಪ್ರೀಂ ಕೋರ್ಟ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿತವಾಗಿದೆ. ಪರಿಚ್ಛೇದ 47ರಪ್ರಕಾರ ಸಂವಿಧಾನ ಮದ್ಯ ನಿಷೇಧ ಮಾಡುವುದು ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರ್ಕಾರಗಳ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯವೆಂಬ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನವನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಲಕ್ಷ್ಯ ಮಾಡುವ ಹಾಗಿಲ್ಲ”.

ಅಜಯ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಸಿಂಗ್

“ನಾನು ಸೇವೆಯಲಿರುವಾಗ ನೋಡಿದಂತೆ ಮದ್ಯ ಪಾನ ದಿಂದ ಹಲವಾರು ಕುಟುಂಬಗಳು ಅಕ್ಷರಶಃ ಬೀದಿ ಪಾಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಪೊಲೀಸರ ಇಲಾಖೆ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿಗಳು ಸಂಬಳ ಬಂದ ತಕ್ಷಣ ಅದನ್ನು ಕುಡಿಯುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಬಳಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಇವರ ವೇತನ ಹೆಂಡತಿಯರ ಕೈಸೇರಬೇಕೆಂದು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿ ನೀತಿಯನ್ನು ರೂಪಿಸಿದೆವು. ನಮ್ಮ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮದ್ಯ ನಿಷೇಧದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕನಿಷ್ಟ ಆಶ್ವಾಸನೆ ಯನ್ನಾದರೂ ಕೊಡಲಿ”.

ಬಿ ಆರ್ ಪಾಟೀಲ್

“ಕಳೆದ ಬಿಹಾರದ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಕೆಲಸದ ನಿಮಿತ್ತ ಹೋಗಿದೆ. ಆ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಇಬ್ಬರು ಐಎಎಸ್ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳ ಹತ್ತಿರ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದಾಗ ಅವರು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದು ನಿತೀಶ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಗೆದ್ದೇ ಗೆಲ್ಲುತ್ತಾರೆ, ಕಾರಣ ವಿಷ್ಟೇ ಮದ್ಯ ನಿಷೇಧ ಮಾಡುತ್ತೆನೆಂದು ಮಹಿಳೆಯರಿಗೆ ವಾಗ್ದಾನ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಮುಖಂಡರು ಕೂಡ ಸಹ ಮದ್ಯ ನಿರ್ಬಂಧದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಕ್ರಿಯವಾಗಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಕೇವಲ ಪರೋಕ್ಷವಾಗಿ ಮಾತ್ರ ಬೆಂಬಲಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಪ್ರತಿ ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಡುಕರ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗುತ್ತಲೇ ಇದೆ.

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ಮದ್ಯ ನಿಷೇಧ ಆಂದೋಲನದ ಮೊಕ್ಷಮ್ಮ, ಸ್ವರ್ಣ ಭಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ವಿರುಪಮ ಆಂದೋಲನ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಪಾದಯಾತ್ರೆಯ ಅನುಭವ ಮತ್ತು ಮುಂದಿನ ಕಾರ್ಯಯೋಜನೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದರು.

ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ ಗಣ್ಯರೆಲ್ಲ ತಾವು ಒಂದಲ್ಲ ಒಂದುರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆಂದೋಲನದ ಭಾಗವಾಗಿ ಕೈಜೋಡಿಸಿ, ಚಳುವಳಿಯನ್ನು ಬಳಗೊಳಿಸಲು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದರು.

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Glimpse of Padayatra by Suhasini Kaulagi

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