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:



New Indian Express Report:


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:



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.


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 – 



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.

Centenarian freedom fighter H. S. Doreswamy supporting the Satyagraha



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.


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


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”

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಲು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘದಿಂದ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘವು ಇಂದು, ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 15, 2019 ರಂದು ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕಥೆಯ ಮೇಲಿನ ಸಂವಾದದಲ್ಲಿ ಇದೇ ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 2 ರಂದು ಉಪವಾಸದ ಮುಖಾಂತರ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸಲು ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವನ್ನು ಚಾಲನೆಮಾಡುವ ನಿರ್ಧಾರವನ್ನು ಕೈಗೊಂಡಿತು.
ನಾವು ಪವಿತ್ರವೆಂದು ಪರಿಗಣಿಸಿರುವ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳ ನ್ಯಾಯಯುತ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹದ ಮೂಲಕ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಮುಂದೆ ಇಡಲಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ನಾವು ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸಂಘ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ, ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಹಾಗೂ ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ನಾಯಕರನ್ನು ಉಪವಾಸದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸುವಂತೆ ಆಹ್ವಾನಿಸಲಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಉಪವಾಸ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವು ಗಾಂಧೀ ಭವನದ ಪಕ್ಕದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ‘ವಲ್ಲಭ ನಿಕೇತನದಲ್ಲಿ’ ನಡೆಯಲಿದ್ದು, ಜೊತೆಗೆ ದೇಶದ ಇತರೆಡೆಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ಅಂದು ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ನಡೆಯಲಿದೆ.

ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತಾ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರ ಹಾಗೂ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘದ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶಕರಾದ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ, “ಇಂದು ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟು ದೊಡ್ಡದ್ದಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದು ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು, ಏಕೆಂದರೆ, ಇದು ನಮಗೆ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಕಡೆಗೆ ಬದಲಾಗಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಸತ್ಯವನ್ನು ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಇಂದು ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಬೇಕಿದೆ, ಇಂದು ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕನನ್ನು ಹಾಗೂ ಪರಿಸರವನ್ನು ಕಾಪಾಡುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಬೇಕಿದೆ. ಇಂದು ಭಾರತ ಹಿಂದೆಂದಿಗೂ ನೋಡದಂತಹ ಶಾಂತಿಯುತ ಹೋರಾಟವನ್ನು ಮಾಡಬೇಕಿದೆ. ಗಾಂಧಿಯನ್ನು ನಮ್ಮ ಅಜ್ಞಾನದಿಂದ ಕೊಂದಿದ್ದೇವೆ, ಇಂದು ನಮ್ಮ ಕ್ರಿಯೆಯ ಮೂಲಕ ಗಾಂಧಿಯನ್ನು ಜೀವಂತಗೊಳಿಸಲಿದ್ದೇವೆ.” ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿದರು.

ಗಾರ್ಮೆಂಟ್ಸ್ ಮತ್ತು ಟೆಕ್ಸಟೈಲ್ ನೌಕರರ ಸಂಘದ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷೆ, ಪ್ರತಿಭಾ ಆರ್ ಮಾತನಾಡಿ, 3 ರಿಂದ 4 ಲಕ್ಷ ಮಹಿಳೆಯರು ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಳೆದ 40 ವರ್ಷದಿಂದ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕಡಿಮೆ ವೇತನದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಲುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಗಾರ್ಮೆಂಟ್ಸ್ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ. “ಯಾವ ಸರ್ಕಾರವು ಇಲ್ಲಿಯವರೆಗೆ ನಮ್ಮ ವೇತನದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯ ಕಡೆಗೆ ಗಮನಹರಿಸಿದ್ದೆ ಇಲ್ಲ, ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿದರು. ಈಗ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಬಿಗಡಾಸಿದ್ದು, ಈಗ ನಮ್ಮ ವೇತನ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸುವ ಹೋರಾಟ ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಹಿಂಬದಿಗೆ ಬಿದ್ದಿದೆ. ನಾವು ಮಾತ್ರ ಹೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತಿರುವ ಜೀವನೋಪಾಯದ ಖರ್ಚಿನಲ್ಲಿ, ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಹೀನಸ್ಥಿತಿಯಲ್ಲೇ ಬದುಕು ದೂಡಬೇಕಿದೆ. ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಈ ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟಿನಿಂದ ಮುಕ್ತಗೊಳಿಸುವರು ಯಾರು ಇಲ್ಲ.”

ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಕೂಲಿ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಸಂಘಟನೆಯ ಖಜಾಂಚಿ, ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ ಮಾತನಾಡಿ, ಮಹಿಳಾ ಸಬಲೀಕರಣದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತ ಬರುತ್ತಿರುವ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಸರಕಾರಗಳು ಅವರ ಶ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಕನಿಷ್ಟ ವೇತನವನ್ನು ಖಾತ್ರಿಪಡಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಸೋತಿವೆ ಎಂದರು. ಕಷ್ಟಪಟ್ಟು ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಬಡವರು ಈಗ ವಿಧ್ಯಾಭ್ಯಾಸ ಪಡೆದು ಕೆಲಸ ಹುಡುಕ ಹೊರಟರೆ, ಅತ್ತ ಓದಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಕೆಲಸವೂ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಇನ್ನೊಂದೆಡೆ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಖಾತ್ರಿ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ವೇತನವನ್ನು ಸರಕಾರಗಳು ಹಲವು ತಿಂಗಳಿನಿಂದ ಬಾಕಿ ಉಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿವೆ, ಎಂದರು.

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಎಂದರೇನು?

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಎಂದರೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹಣದ ಹೂಡಿಕೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಪರಿಸಕ್ಕೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹಾನಿಯುಂಟು ಮಾಡುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಜನರಿಗೆ ದುಡಿಮೆಯ ಮಾರ್ಗ ತೋರಿಸುವ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ. ಈ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಕೈಉತ್ಪನಗಳಪರ, ಗಾರ್ಮೆಂಟ್ಸ್ ನೌಕರರಪರ, ಅಂಗನವಾಡಿ ನೌಕರರಪರ, ಪೌರಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರಪರ, ಸಣ್ಣ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರ ಹಾಗೂ ಮಾರಾಟ, ಸಣ್ಣ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸೇವಾ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರದವರಪರ.
ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ದೇಶದ ಜಿ.ಡಿ.ಪಿ ಗೆ ಶೇಕಡ 70 ರಷ್ಟು ಕೊಡುಗೆನೀಡುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಈಗ ಬೀಳುತ್ತಿರುವ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗಳನ್ನು ಬಲಪಡಿಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಧನಾತ್ಮಕವಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ.

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸುವ ಹಾಗೂ ಪಟ್ಟಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ನಡುವಿನ ಕಂದರವನ್ನು ಬೆಸೆಯುವ ಸೇತುವೆಯ ಕಾರ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಡಗಿರುವ ಸಂಘಟನೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಸಂಘಟನೆಯು ಕೈಮಗ್ಗ ನೇಕಾರರ ಬವಣೆಯನ್ನು ಮುನ್ನೆಲೆಗೆತರುವಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಕೈಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳ ಮೇಲಿನ ಸರಕು ಹಾಗೂ ಸೇವಾ ತೆರಿಗೆಯನ್ನು ಶೂನ್ಯಗೊಳಿಸುವಂತೆ “ಕರನಿರಾಕರಣೆ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ”ದ ಮೂಲಕ ದೇಶದ ಗಮನವನ್ನು ಸೆಳೆದಿದೆ.

ಇಂದಿನ ಸಭೆಯ ಭಾವಚಿತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಲಗತ್ತಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ: (ಎಡದಿಂದ ಬಲಕ್ಕೆ) : ಗೋಪಿ ಕೃಷ್ಣ, ವಿನ್ಯಾಸಕರು, ಪ್ರತಿಭಾ ಆರ್, ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷೆ, ಗಾರ್ಮೆಂಟ್ಸ್ ನೌಕರರ ಸಂಘ, ಚೊಕ್ಕಲಿಂಗಮ್, ಉಪಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು, ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ, ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ, ರಂಗಕರ್ಮಿ, ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರರು, ಲೀಲಾವತಿ, ಉಪಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು, ಎ.ಐ.ಸಿ.ಟಿ.ಯು (ಅಂಗನವಾಡಿ ನೌಕರರ ಸಂಘ), ವೆಂಕಟನಾಥನ್, ಆರ್.ಬಿ.ಅಯ್, ಮಾಜಿ ನೌಕರರು, ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್, ಖಜಾಂಚಿ, ಗ್ರಾಕೂಸ್, ಎಸ್. ಬಾಬು, ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು, ಬೀದಿ ಬದಿ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರಿಗಳ ಸಂಘ

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ (Gram Seva Sangh)
Address: Flat #102, Shesha Nivas, 1st Block, 1st Main,
Thyagarajanagar, Bengaluru-560028
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Mobile: 9980043911 | www.gramsevasangh.org

Satyagraha on Sacred Economy

Press release and Detailed Report:

Date: Sept 15, 2019

 Gram Seva Sangh at a discourse on Sacred Economy held on Sunday, September 15 at Gandhi Bhavan has taken a resolution to launch a satyagraha through fasting from Oct 2, 2019.

We have resolved that legitimate demands of all sectors that we term as sacred will be placed before the government through the satyagraha. We invite all organizations, political parties and all social and religious leaders to join us in fasting. The satyagraha in Bengaluru will be held at Vallabh Niketan, next to Gandhi Bhavan and at other places in the country simultaneously.

Speaking at the event noted Theatre activist and Gram Seva Sangh mentor Prasanna said, “Today, the economic crisis is looking large. We say it is a good thing because we are being told to shift to a sacred economy until now.  Today we have to talk about sacred economies and talk about labour and environment and its protection. We will have the largest peaceful movement India has ever had. Gandhi was killed by ignorance, we will revive him through action.”

Prathibha R from GATWU (Garments and Textile workers union) said that around 3 to 4 lakh women were toiling in the garment sector for measly wages for the last forty years “No government has ever bothered to address our wage issue in all these years. Now with the economic crisis looming we are in a more serious situation as we are unsure whether it is alright to seek a raise. So we go on once again adjusting poor wages to increasing cost of living. Nobody is going to bail us out.”

Mallesh of Grakoos (Grameena Kooli Karmikara Sanghatane) spoke about successive governments speak about empowerment of women, but none had ensured that they receive wages commensurate with their hardwork. Now children from villages are finally getting an education but there are no jobs. Even wages under MGNREGA are being held up and are not released for long periods of time, he said.

What is sacred economy?

All systems of production that give maximum number of jobs with minimum investment and minimum loss to the environment are sacred economies. This sataygraha is on behalf of handmade sectors and sectors such as garment making, anganwadi workers, municipal workers, small traders and vendors, small manufacturers and service sectors.

Sacred economies contribute 70 percent to the GDP.  The collapse in the present economy can be made positive only if we strengthen the sacred economies.

Gram Seva Sangh is an organisation working towards restoring sacred economy and also bridging the urban-village divide.

The organisation has previously worked towards highlighting the struggle of handloom weavers and also brought national attention on removal of Goods and Services Tax (GST) on handmade products.

Detailed Report of Discourse is mentioned below:

Prasanna, Activist, Mentor of Gram Seva Sangh

What is sacred economy? It is an economy of sustenance. In the present context, there is a fissure between sacred and economic. We have relegated sacred to the kitchen and we have put economy in the public sphere. Free from all restrictions and beyond any restraint in the economic sphere. The way we are buying and consuming more is unprecedented. Fifty per cent of women are at home and the men are going out to earn. This is the economy we are pushing. We are all responsible for what is happening today. We have to bring these two together began after 70 years and save our people.

Sacred economy is an economy that practices harmony. It protects the jobs of people whether they are working people, village people or factory workers. It is our responsibility as well as the responsibility of the government, irregardless of the political party to protect their jobs.

Today we are going to go a step ahead and talk about labour .Anything that supports labour and environment is sacred.

Today the economic crisis is looming. News papers, media, politicians and ministers  are all worried, but it is a good thing. God has sent this thing to tell us to shift to a sacred economy. Stop growing cities, manufacturing cars and bailing out banks. This is taxpayers money. It should be spent on the poor and those who need it. Today, the economic truth and the God’s truth say the same thing. Science and priests agree on the same thing.

This is going to be the largest peaceful sacred movement India has ever had. Gandhiji started this movement and was killed. Today we are going to take up where he left off finish it and then revive Gandhi through action.


Ravi Kiran, Founder, Metaphor Racha

Lot of people have different ideas about what is sacred. I have been a khadi enthusiast for a while now. Both in terms of khadi as commodity and spirit. Sacred economy is what brings people together, has a healthy distribution of wealth and debunks the popular notion that endless production and reckless consumption can keep the economy moving and this is not true. The diversity of khadi is interdependency of the spinner, the weaver and others.


Pavitra Muddaiah, Handloom activist

When you see success stories, that is what makes it sacred, because it is a holistic journey. Handloom offers us all the benefits, dignity, working at your own pace and at the same time not putting your hand out for a dole, but using your hands to empower yourself and have a respectable livelihood. That is something that is very important because today, dignity and pride is very important and that is the bedrock on which a craftsman or an artisan works for. Today I am training the second generation. They study engineering and MBA and when you show them the economic viability of our model and ask why they want to be an non entity in the city, they come back and it feels like a great achievement.


Father Alwyn Serao, Principal, Padua College, Mangaluru

If our villages are self sufficient, then our nation will be self sufficient is what Gandhiji felt.. Even though Mangaluru has seen the entry of big companies in the recent years, people are unhappy as not everyone is able to get jobs. Instead, if you become self sufficient and like Gandhiji said you will have everything you need and not your greed. We are putting forward this thinking through theatre.  Those who are with us in the process of learning theatre change. And it’s a tremendous change. We cannot change all the audience, but we can change some of them. Theatre is very strong medium through which we can bring change.


Leelavathi, Vice President, CITU and Anganwadi Workers Union

Anganwadi workers have been working for the last 35 years for very low wages. They are working for social upliftment by taking care of children from 3-6 years of age but are living under very difficult conditions. The governments speak of women empowerment in all sectors, but the decision to start kindergarten classes in government schools have placed our employment at risk,. Small scale industries have 60 percent women and anganwadis consist of only women . Women have contributed substantially to this nation, but there are no policies to help us eke out a decent living and government is busy bailing out corporations and banks.


Venkatanathan, RBI Ex Employee and Gram Seva Sangh Mentor

The economy that we have pursued since Independence was initially good as it focussed on the needs of the country. But unfortunately, new liberal policies have been pushing us towards producing more and towards a market economy. All over the country, the focus is more towards mass production.

Today, there is need to prepare our future generations towards self sustainability. The economic crisis is so deep,  Akshaya Patra served a notice to the NGO I work with, saying their donations have come down and they will not be able to supply food. It is not just us, but several other organizations they were stopping their supply to. You can imagine the impact of this crisis, unfortunately the government refuses to recognize this and is shifting their focus to something else.


S Babu President, Bengaluru District Street Vendors Association

I have been a street vendor for the last 20 years and we have contributed immensely to the economy, but the government does not want to recognize us. We have invested in our small business without taking any help from the government. We might not be contributing directly, but we do so indirectly and yet the government refuses to create any facilities for us. Whether it is our sector or any other small sector, if we want to borrow money,  then they dredge up hundreds of laws. This refusal to identify as contributors to the economy is hurting us and our businesses.


Mallesh of Grakoos (Grameena Kooli Karmikara Sanghatane) spoke about successive governments speak about empowerment of women, but none had ensured that they receive wages commensurate with their hardwork. Now children from villages are finally getting an education but there are no jobs. Even wages under MGNREGA are being held up and are not released for long periods of time, he said.


Gopi Krishna, Designer and Activist, working nomadic tribes and their craft

We must promote small scale cottage industries. In the social economic system that we had before, they were not focussed on how much tax should be levied on a product, but on the expenditure incurred in manufacturing it. The needs of a village, whatever products they required was manufactured in the village itself. There was no policy of wastage either. Raw material was used and any leftovers was passed on to someone else in the village who might use it. This system would also provided pride and dignity.


Gayathri, Leading the Rainfed Farmers Organization ICRA

Today, there are two types of farming. One type depends on use of excess water, excess investment and over exploitation of soil. Another type protects the soil, relies on materials available at home to cultivate and vary their crops. Small farmers have stronger traditions in practicing sustainable agriculture. Their long standing practices allows them to live close to nature. The government is discouraging small farmers saying that their practices are not good and are best left to large land holding farmers who use machines to cultivate their land. Unlike large farmers who are dependent on machines, small farmers form groups and take care of all activities on the land themselves. The equipment they use are made by them. Their knowledge is so vast, they know how to protect seeds, how to protect their crops if rain fails and they are prepared for many contingencies.


T B Dinesh, Founder of Crafter Space and Janastu

Sacred is the act of what is good for the community and how the community contributes. The  creativity in all of us through education is a form of enslaving through textual education and we all become rakshasas and slaves of corporate industry. In the form of democratization of knowledge, we send our kids enthusiastically and emphatically, for an education which is all about distancing themselves from their neighbourhood. At a tribal conference I recently attended, the vigour in the communities was so high and they spoke in one voice that this was not the sort of education they wanted and what this education does to the whole tribal space. At Crafter Space, we are looking at what education technology and communication technology where we are now and what decentralization means in this context. Our education is important, but if this creates a wall between ‘us’ and ‘them,’  then we have to think about how to make this technology available to all. We are looking at how technology can be accessed by someone without being educated. After 500 years of textual education, we have distanced more people. So we are looking at available technology, what decentralization means and how can machines become smaller and available to all.

Gram Seva Sangh

Address: Flat #102, Shesha Nivas, 1st Block, 1st Main, Thyagarajanagar, Bengaluru-560028

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ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಮಣಿಸಿರಿ – ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ

ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೆಂದು ಇಂದಿನ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ನಾನು ಕರೆದಾಗ ಅದು ನಿಮಗೆ ಬೈಗುಳದಂತೆ ಕೆಳಿಸುವುದು ಖಂಡಿತ. ಬೈಗುಳವಲ್ಲ ಇದು, ಒಂದು ವಾಸ್ತವಿಕ ಚಿತ್ರಣ. ಇಂದಿನ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯು ತನ್ನ ಗಾತ್ರ ಹಾಗೂ ಗುಣ ಎರಡರಲ್ಲೂ ರಾಕ್ಷಸವೇ ಹೌದು. ನಿವೇ ನೋಡಿ! ವಿಶ್ವವನ್ನೇ ಆವರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ ಇದು. ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಗಳ ಗಡಿಗಳನ್ನೇ ಅಳಿಸಿ ಹಾಕಿದೆ ಇದು. ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳು ಸಂಸ್ಕøತಿಗಳು ಮಾತೃಭಾಷೆಗಳು ಜನಾಂಗಗಳು ನದಿ ಬೆಟ್ಟ ಕಾಡುಗಳನ್ನು ಅಳಿಸಿಹಾಕಿದೆ ಇದು. ಪುರುಷನನ್ನು ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಯಿಂದ ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕಿಸಿ ಏಕಾಂಗಿಯಾಗಿಸಿದೆ ಇದು, ಸಮುದಾಯ ಪ್ರಜ್ಞೆ ಸಹಕಾರ ಗುಣ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಯಾಗಿ, ಯಾವುದನ್ನು ನಾವು ಮನುಷ್ಯತ್ವ ಅಥವಾ ಮಾನವ ಧರ್ಮ ಎಂದು ಕರೆಯುತ್ತೇವೆಯೋ ಅದೆಲ್ಲವನ್ನೂ ಅಳಿಸಿಹಾಕಿದೆ ಇದು. ಸ್ಪರ್ಧಾತ್ಮಕತೆ, ಹಿಂಸೆ, ಅಸಹನೆ, ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಅಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತಿಕೆಯ ಅಟ್ಟಹಾಸಗಳನ್ನು ಸಾರ್ವತ್ರಿಕಗೊಳಿಸಿದೆ ಈ ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ.

ಈಗ ಸೋಲತೊಡಗಿದೆ ಇದು. ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲ, ನಮ್ಮನ್ನೂ ಸೋಲಿಸತೊಡಗಿದೆ. ದಸರೆಯ ಕಡೆಯ ದಿನ ಉತ್ತರ ಭಾರತದ ಜನ, ರಾಮನ ಗೆಲುವನ್ನು ಸಂಭ್ರಮಿಸುತ್ತ, ರಾವಣನ ಪ್ರತಿಕೃತಿಯನ್ನು ದಹಿಸುವಾಗ ಅದು ಹೇಗೆ ಸುತ್ತಲು ಉದುರಿ ಬೀಳುತ್ತದೆಯೋ ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಇದೂ ಕೂಡ ಉದುರಿ ಬೀಳತೊಡಗಿದೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಸುತ್ತ ಮುತ್ತ, ನಮ್ಮ ತಲೆಗಳ ಮೆಲೆ. ಇದರ ಹತ್ತುಹಲವಾರು ಶಿರಸ್ಸುಗಳು ಶಿರಸ್ತ್ರಾಣಗಳು ಗುರಾಣಿ ಕತ್ತಿ ಕಯ್ಯಿ ಕಾಲುಗಳು, ನಮ್ಮ ಮೇಲೆ ಬೀಳತೊಡಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೂ, ನಾವು ರಾಮಭಕ್ತರಾದರೂ, ದಸರೆಯ ಹಬ್ಬ ಆಚರಿಸಲು ಹಿಂಜರಿಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ರಾಕ್ಷಸನನ್ನು ಬದುಕಿಸುವ ಕಳ್ಳಯತ್ನ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ಈ ಉದಾಹರಣೆ ನೋಡಿ! ಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಸರಕಾರಿ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ, ತೆರಿಗೆದಾರರ ಹಣದಿಂದ ಕಾರುಗಳನ್ನು ಕೊಂಡು ಆಟೋಮೊಬೈಲ್ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸುವ ಮಾತನ್ನಾಡುತ್ತಿದೆ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರಕಾರ. ಅಥವಾ ಬ್ಯಾಂಕುಗಳು, ಭಾರಿ ಕಳ್ಳಕುಳಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ಕ್ರಮ ಮೀರಿ ಸಾಲಕೊಟ್ಟು, ವಸೂಲಿ ಮಾಡಲಾಗದೆ ಕೈಸುಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಾಗ, ಅವರನ್ನು ಕ್ಷಮಿಸಿ, ಮತ್ತೆ ಸಾಲ ನೀಡಲೆಂದು ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಹಣ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದೆ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರಕಾರ. ಇದನ್ನು ರಾಮಭಕ್ತಿ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಿರೋ ರಾವಣಭಕ್ತಿ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಿರೋ?

ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಕೊಂದವನು ರಾಮ. ರಾಮನೊಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಅಂದು, ಕಪಿಸೇನೆ ಕರಡಿ ಮುದಿಗೃದ್ರ ಇಣಚಿ ನದಿಬೆಟ್ಟ ನೀರುಗಳೂ ಸೇರಿ ಯುದ್ಧಸಾರಿದ್ದವು. ಆಶ್ರಮಗಳು ಆಶ್ರಮವಾಸಿಗಳು ಗುಡ್ಡಗಾಡುಜನರು ರೈತರು ಹಾಗೂ ಕುಶಲಕರ್ಮಿಗಳ ಪರವಾಗಿ ನಡೆದಿತ್ತು ಯುದ್ಧ. ಇಂದಿನ ಯುದ್ಧವು, ರಾಮನ ಹೆಸರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾರುಗಳು ಕಾರಖಾನೆಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಲಂಕೆಯಂತಹ ಸ್ಮಾರ್ಟ ನಗರಗಳ ಪರವಾಗಿ ನಡೆದಿದೆ. ಕಪಿ ಕರಡಿ ಮುದಿಗೃದ್ರಗಳಿರಲಿ, ಪಾಪ ಮನುಷ್ಯರೂ ಸಹ ರಾಮ ರಾಮಾ ಎನ್ನಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ ಹತಾಶೆಯಿಂದ.

ನಮಗಿಂದು ಖಂಡಿತವಾಗಿ ಬೇಕಿದೆ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ. ನಮಗೆ ಗಾಂಧೀಜಿü ಬೇಡದಿರಲಿ ರಾಮ ಬೇಡದಿರಲಿ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಬೇಕಿದೆ. ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೆಂದರೆ ಎಡಪಂಥೀಯರು ಸಿಡಿಯುತ್ತಾರೆ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ ನನಗೆ. ಸಂಯಮವಿರಲಿ. ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಎಂದರೆ ಸಂಯಮದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೇ ಸರಿ. ಹಳೆಯ ರಾಮಭಕ್ತರು ಇದನ್ನು ರಾಮರಾಜ್ಯ ಎಂದು ಕರೆದರು. ಹಳೆಯ ಬಸವಭಕ್ತರು ಇದನ್ನು ಕಾಯಕದಧರ್ಮ ಎಂದು ಕರೆದರು, ಹಳೆಯ ಬುದ್ಧಭಕ್ತರು ಇದನ್ನು ಮಧ್ಯಮಮಾರ್ಗ ಎಂದು ಕರೆದರು, ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ. ಆದರೆ ಪೂಜಾರಿಗಳು ಮಾತ್ರ ಜನಿವಾರ ತೊಡಿಸಿದರೆ ಸಾಕು, ಎಲ್ಲ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೂ ಪವಿತ್ರವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂದರು. ಅಥವಾ ಶಿವದಾರ ಅಥವಾ ಶಿಲುಬೆ.

ತಮಾಷೆಯೆಂದರೆ ಜನಿವಾರವೂ ಸಹ ಶ್ರಮದಿಂದಲೇ ತಯಾರಾದದ್ದು. ತೊಡುವವರನ್ನು ಕೇಳಿ, ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ, ತಾವೇ ಹತ್ತಿ ಕಿತ್ತಿತಂದು, ತಾವೇ ಬಿಡಿಸಿ, ತಾವೇ ಸ್ವಚ್ಛಗೊಳಿಸಿ, ತಮ್ಮದೇ ಕೈಗಳಿಂದ ನೂತು, ತಾವೇ ದರಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ ಜನಿವಾರವನ್ನು. ಗಾಂಧೀಜಿ ಇದೇ ಪವಿತ್ರ ದಾರವನ್ನು ಕೈಮಗ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ನೇಯಿಸಿ ಎಲ್ಲರ ಬತ್ತಲನ್ನೂ ಮುಚ್ಚಿ, ಎಲ್ಲರನ್ನೂ ಪವಿತ್ರವಾಗಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಗಾಂಧೀಜಿ ನಂತರ ಕಾಂಗ್ರೆಸ್ಸಿಗರು ಮತ್ತದೇ ಹಳೆಯಚಾಳಿಗೆ ಬಿದ್ದರು, ಖಾದಿಟೊಪ್ಪಿಗೆಯನ್ನು ಜನಿವಾರದಂತೆಯೇ ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕಿಸಿ ತಾವು ಧರಿಸಿದರು. ಬಡಜನರ ಬತ್ತಲನ್ನು ಮರೆತರು. ಈಗ ರಾಮಭಕ್ತರು ರಾಕ್ಷಸಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಸೂಟಿನ ಮೇಲೆ ಜನಿವಾರ ತೊಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಧರ್ಮ ಬೇರೆ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಬೇರೆ ಎಂದು ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಧರ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಸಲ್ಲುವ ಸಂಯಮವು ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗೆ ಸಲ್ಲುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ! ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಉಪವಾಸ ಮಾಡಿ, ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವೇಚ್ಛಾಚಾರ ಮಾಡಿ ಎಂದಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಉಳ್ಳವರ ಸ್ವೇಚ್ಛಾಚಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಅನುಕೂಲ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಅಷ್ಟೆ, ಇಬ್ಬರೂ.

ಇವರಿಬ್ಬರ ಆರ್ಥಶಾಸ್ತ್ರದಲ್ಲೂ ಸಂಯಮಕ್ಕೆ ಸ್ಥಳವಿಲ್ಲ. ಮನಮೋಹನ ಸಿಂಹರಿರಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಲ ಸೀತಾರಾಮರಿರಲಿ ಇಬ್ಬರೂ ಸ್ವೇಚ್ಚಾಚಾರಿ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಬೆಂಬಲಿಗರೇ ಸರಿ. ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸು, ಬಳಕೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತದೆ, ಬಳಕೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿದರೆ ಲಾಭದಾಯಕತೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂದೇ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಾರೆ ಇಬ್ಬರೂ. ಇಲ್ಲದ ಬೇಡಿಕೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ನಿಂತಿದ್ದಾರಾದ್ದರಿಂದ, ಉತ್ಪಾದಿಸಿ ಉತ್ಪಾದಿಸಿ ಉರುಳಿಬಿದ್ದಿದೆ ಇಬ್ಬರದ್ದೂ ಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ. ಸ್ವಯಂಚಾಲಿತಯಂತ್ರ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದೆಯೆಂದು ಸಂಯಮವಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಉತ್ಪಾದಿಸುತ್ತ ಹೋದರೆ ಲಾಭಬಡುಕ ಉದ್ಯಮಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಲಾಭಬಡುಕ ಸರಕಾರಗಳಿಗೆ ಲಾಭವೇ ಹೊರತು ಮನುಷ್ಯರಿಗಲ್ಲ. ಎಷ್ಟೆಂದು ಕೊಂಡಾನು ಹೇಳಿ ಮಾನವ. ಮನುಷ್ಯರೇ ಇರದೆ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಮಾಡಿದರೆ ಮಾಲಿಕನಿಗೆ ಲಾಭ ಖಂಡಿತ. ಅಥವಾ ಶೇರುದಾರನಿಗೆ ಖಂಡಿತ. ಮನುಕುಲವನ್ನೇ ಶೇರುದಾರರನ್ನಾಗಿಸಿ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತರನ್ನಾಗಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ ಎಂದು ಸುಳ್ಳು ಹೇಳಿದರು ಇಬ್ಬರೂ. ಈಗ ಶೇರು ಪೇಟೆಗಳೇ ದಿವಾಳಿಯಾಗುತ್ತಿವೆ.

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯೆಂದರೆ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹೂಡಿಕೆಮಾಡಿ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಜನರಿಗೆ ದುಡಿಮೆಯ ಮಾರ್ಗ ತೋರಿಸುವ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ. ಹಣದ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹೂಡಿಕೆಯೂ ಹೌದು, ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಯ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಹೂಡಿಕೆಯೂ ಹೌದು. ಇವೆರಡೂ ಹೂಡಿಕೆ ಕಡಿಮೆಯಾದಷ್ಟೂ ಪ್ರಕೃತಿಗೆ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು, ಪುರುಷನಿಗೂ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದು. ಹೂಡಿಕೆ ಕಡಿಮೆಯಾದದ್ದರಿಂದ ಹಣದ ಲಾಭ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಈ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ. ಆದರೆ ಪರಿಸರದ ಲಾಭ ಸಮಾಜದ ಲಾಭ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಸ್ಕøತಿಯ ಲಾಭ ಹೆಚ್ಚು. ಪವಿತ್ರವಾದದ್ದು ಕಷ್ಟಕರವಾದದ್ದೂ ಹೌದು. ಸುಲಭದ ದುಡಿಮೆಗೆ ಒಗ್ಗಿಕೊಂಡು ಮೈಗಳ್ಳರಾಗಿರುವ ನಮಗೆ, ಕಷ್ಟ ಕಷ್ಟ. ಆದರೆ ಬೇರೆ ದಾರಿಯಿಲ್ಲ.

ಪಾವಿತ್ರ್ಯದ ಮತ್ತೊಂದು ಉದಾಹರಣೆ ನೀಡಿ ಲೇಖನ ಮುಗಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ. ಅದುವೆ ತೀರ್ಥ. ಮಂದಿರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ, ಬೆಳ್ಳಿಯ ಚಮಚದಿಂದ ಬೊಗಸೆಗೆ ಎಸೆಯಲ್ಪಡುವ ನೀರು, ಅರ್ಥಾತ್ ನದಿಯನೀರು ತೀರ್ಥ. ಗಂಗೆಯೂ ಆದೀತು ಯಮುನೆಯೂ ಆದೀತು ಗೋದಾವರಿ ಕೃಷ್ಣೆ ಕಾವೇರಿ ತುಂಗೆ ಯಾವುದೂ ಆದೀತು. ನದಿಯ ನೀರಿನ ಪಾವಿತ್ರ್ಯ, ಮೃಗದ ಮೂತ್ರದಿಂದ ಕೆಡುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಅಥವಾ ದಲಿತ ಮಿಂದದ್ದರಿಂದ ಕೆಡುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ, ಕಾರಖಾನೆಗಳು ಮೂತ್ರಿಸಿದಾಗ ಖಂಡಿತವಾಗಿ ಕೆಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಒಟ್ಟು ಕತೆಯ ನೀತಿಯೆಂದರೆ, ಶ್ರಮ ಹಾಗೂ ಶ್ರಮಜೀವಿಗಳು ಖಂಡಿತವಾಗಿ ನಮ್ಮ ನಿಮ್ಮ ಪಾವಿತ್ರ್ಯ ಕೆಡಿಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಕಾರಖಾನೆಗಳು ಕೆಡಿಸುತ್ತವೆ.

ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಸೇರಿ ಪವಿತ್ರರಾಗೋಣ ಬನ್ನಿ. ಕಾರಖಾನೆಗಳ ಅಪವಿತ್ರಮೂತ್ರವು ನದಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಹರಿಯದಂತೆ ತಡೆಯೊಣ ಬನ್ನಿ. ಪವಿತ್ರವಾದದನ್ನು, ಬೆಳೆಯೋಣ, ನೇಯೋಣ, ಕೊಳ್ಳೋಣ, ಬನ್ನಿ. ಕೊಂಡರೂ, ಹಿತಮಿತವಾಗಿ ಕೊಳ್ಳೋಣ ಬನ್ನಿ. ಇದನ್ನು ನಮಗೆ ಮನಮೋಹನ ಸಿಂಗರೂ ಹೇಳುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ನಿರ್ಮಲ ಸೀತಾರಾಮರೂ ಹೇಳುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಹೇಳಲಾರರು ಅವರು. ನರೇಂದ್ರ ಮೋದಿಯವರಂತೂ ಹೇಳುವ ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಸಹ ತೋರಿಸುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಚಂದನತ್ತ ನೋಡುತ್ತ ಮುಗುಳು ನಗುತ್ತ ಅಥವಾ ಅತ್ತ ಶಿವನ ಕಣ್ಣೊರೆಸುತ್ತ, ಸುತ್ತಲ ಪ್ರಪಂಚ ಮರೆತು, ಕುಳಿತು ಬಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ರಾಮ ರಾಮಾ!



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

ಸೋಲುತ್ತಿರುವ ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ

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

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

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

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

ಪಾವಿತ್ರ್ಯತೆ ಎಂಬುದು ನಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಒಡೆಯಬೇಕಾಗಿಲ್ಲ

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

ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಅರ್ಥಪೂರ್ಣವಾದದ್ದು ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ

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

ಬನ್ನಿ! ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯನ್ನು ಉಳಿಸುವ ಈ ಸಂವಾದದಲ್ಲಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆಗೂಡಿ!


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

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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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