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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The First Meeting between MSME GOI and delegation of Gram Seva Sangh

The First Meeting between MSME, Govt. of India, and delegation of Gram Seva Sangh

06.12.2019, #10, Pandit Pant Marg, New Delhi-01

Delegates

Prasanna, Theatre Director, Social Activist, Karnataka

Medha Patkar, Social Activist, Bhopal

Sunil Sahasrabudhey, Founder President, Vidya Ashram, Sarnath

Chitra. S, National Convener, Lokavidya Jan Andolan, Banaras

Manjari Nirula, Past President, Delhi Craft Council, New Delhi

K V Biju, National Organization Secretary, Swadeshi Andolan, Kerala

Abhilash C A, Convener, Gram Seva Sangh, Bengaluru

The demand put forward by Gram Seva Sangh

Zero tax, Refinance, Restructure, all sacred sectors of economy on a war footing

Preamble

  • Economic systems all over the world have always been like a pyramid, with the concentration of wealth at the tip of it. This tendency became even more pronounced with the industrialization and subsequent increase in automation. The pyramid started becoming bigger and bigger with more and more wealth concentrating at the tip. Indian economy is no exception.

 

  • Handmaking sector, and the vast population attached to it, has always remained at the bottom of this pyramid. But today, with the structure becoming so huge, they have almost been crushed to death.

 

  • When we say Sacred sector, we mean the Hand-making sector plus the small sectors (less than forty percent automation) belonging to the automatic machine sector.

 

  • When we say hand-making sector we mean, Khadi and village industries sector as defined by J.C. Kumarappa and Gandhiji, farm sector as defined by the Swaminanthan Committee, handloom and handicraft sector, under the Ministry of Textiles.

 

  • Hand-making has also been called Informal Economy (IE). We believe it is an insult to call it that. Our farmer’s weavers and crafts people were not only a skilled lot but a highly organized lot. They, for example, exported their products, after doing elaborate value addition, all through history. They earned large amounts of wealth, till the British came and forcibly took over our economy.

 

  • Be that as it may, Informal Economy (IE) represents 90 to 93 percent of Indian population. If we exclude the tip of the IE pyramid, consisting of professionals such as lawyers, doctors and other consultants, and include the under belly of the so called organized sector, (such as small vendors, small traders, small service providers, small manufacturers, machine shops that use less than forty percent automation) we get what we have called the sacred sector of economy. The sacred sector covers a staggering ninety percent of the Indian population. This large productive force has, unfortunately, been neglected by successive Indian Governments.

 

  • Nothing seems to reach the sacred sector. Job reservations do not reach them. Economic reform, introduced during the last two and half decade, does not reach them. Entrepreneurship is almost completely and quite deliberately extinguished from it. Cooperative as a system of production was destroyed systematically. Probably the only exception to this sad plight of the sector is the introduction of MGNREGA.

 

  • Doles are given to this sector. Free provisions, free education, free health care, etc. But doles either do not reach them or are being withdrawn systematically through reduction in budgetary allocation. No wonder Indian economy is collapsing.

 

  • We agree that freebies are not an answer to our economic ills. Structural reforms need to be undertaken on a war footing in the sacred sector. But instead successive governments have adopted a policy of appeasement of, what we call, the monster economy. We are trying to revive the dying monster. Monster economy is monstrous both in its size and nature. It kills jobs. Now, it is killing itself. We should let the monster dye its natural death.

 

  • Sacred sector does not mean merely the village economy. We do realize we have moved a long distance away from the village and village industry. We do realize that humanity has become addicted to automation and that de-addiction process has to be a gradual process. That is why we have suggested formula, as the ratio of human labor to automation. Sacred sector is village sector plus small urban sector, hand-making sector plus a limited use of automation.

 

  • We want the implementation of sacred economy not as a top down exercise but as a genuine exercise leading towards complete sacredness in the economy. Let us not forget that labor is sacred according to the tenets of the saintly traditions of India.

 

  • Sacred Economy, we do not need to tell you, can solve all the three gigantic problems facing humanity today; Economic collapse, Environmental degradation and Social strife.

Attachment – 1: Definitions of various terms used by Gram Seva Sangh

  • Sacred Economy means a system of production that utilizes a minimum of, sixty percent human labor and sixty percent local raw material. It also means less than forty percent use of automation and less than forty percent use of imported raw material.

 

  • Local Raw material broadly means material that is available in a radius of hundred kilometers from the site of production. Imported Raw Material broadly means material that is brought from outside of this radius.

 

  • Monster economy is the opposite of the sacred economy. The current global system of industrial production is in-fact a monster. It utilizes heavy automation, heavily imported raw material and is capital intensive.

 

  • Scale: The scale has complete hand-making and local raw material at one end. The other end of the scale has complete automation and complete imported raw material. According to this scale, for example, Handmade products are hundred percent sacred, while products made of small industries, with small automation, etc are relatively less sacred, but still eligible, as long as they remain within the sixty percent limit.

 

  • Products made out of more than forty percent automation and more than forty percent imported raw materials are, of course, monstrous.

 

  • We are asking for a Policy of Positive Discrimination towards the sacred economy. As we move forward with this program we should gradually and systematically also move away from the monster economy without creating major disturbances in the overall economy.

 

  • An Example of the Sacred Sector. Consider the example of Khadi. According to the scale, if Khadi is hundred percent sacred, handloom is eighty percent sacred and power-loom sixty percent sacred. Yet, power-loom is eligible for the benefit we have demanded. In this sense the demand is inclusive. It includes, for positive discrimination, small industry, machine shop, small traders, service sector and such, along with the village industry and agriculture.

Attachment – 2: Advantages of Sacred Economy

  • Sacred Economy creates jobs. And, not kill jobs.
  • Sacred Economy is environment friendly. It helps control climate change.
  • Sacred Economy creates a better social environment, without strife and without violence.
  • Sacred Economy is built on restraint and hence Dharmic.
  • The Monster economy, on the contrary, is built on excessive competition and greed.
  • Monster Economy, Hence, is irreligious.
  • Sacred Economy reduces the pressure on big cities.
  • Sacred Economy reduces the migration of village poor. Helps revive the village.
  • Sacred economy helps the revive nature.
  • India is still largely a domestic economy. Hence Sacred Economy is a system of production that is better suited to India. The working hands and the skill base are even now our strengths.
  • Excessive automation is, most certainly, not India’s strength.

Attachment – 3: Satyagraha Demand letter sent to Prime Minister Office on 6, Oct, 2019

Attachment – 4: An Open Letter to PM signed by eminent people in support of Satyagraha

Attachment – 5: Letter from Central Minister, D.V. Sadananda Gowda to Sri Nirmala Sitaraman Ji

Attachment – 6: A reminder letter we wrote to Central Minister D.V.Sadananda Gowda Ji

Attachment – 7: A short report of important events of the Satyagraha in 2019

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ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಏಕೆ?

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

ರಾಕ್ಷಸ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆ ಸೋಲುತ್ತಿದೆ

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

ರಾಕ್ಷಸರನ್ನು ಗೆಲ್ಲಿಸಬೇಕೆ?

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

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

ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತೆ ಪವಿತ್ರವಲ್ಲ

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

ನಮ್ಮ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ

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

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕ ಅಳತೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವೇ?

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

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗೊಂದು ಮಾನದಂಡವಿದೆ

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

ಸ್ವದೇಶಿ ಮಿತಿ

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

60-40ರ ಅನುಪಾತ

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

ಕುಸಿಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗೆ ರಾಮಬಾಣ

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

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

ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸುವ ವಿಧಾನ, ಒಂದು ಉದಾಹರಣೆ

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

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

ಸಂಘಟಿತ ಹಾಗೂ ಅಸಂಘಟಿತ ವಲಯಗಳ ಜಂಟಿ ಚಳುವಳಿಯಿದು

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

ಪವಿತ್ರ ಎಂಬ ಪದವೇಕೆ ?

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

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

ಶ್ರಮಪರಂಪರೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂತ ಚಳುವಳಿಗಳು

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

ಮಂದಿರ ಮಾತ್ರವೇ ಪವಿತ್ರವಲ್ಲ!

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

ನಗರದ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಪವಿತ್ರರಲ್ಲವೇ?

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

ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ತೀರ ದೊಡ್ಡದಾಯಿತಲ್ಲವೇ?

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

ಮಾಡು ಇಲ್ಲವೆ ಮಡಿ

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

ಏನಿದರ ರಾಜಕೀಯ?

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

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

ಇದೊಂದು ನೈತಿಕ ಹೋರಾಟ

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

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

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ ಎಂದರೆ ಯಾರು?

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

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

ಎಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಇರಿ, ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಿ

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

ಇತರರು ಸಿಟ್ಟಾದರೆ, ನಾನೇನು ಮಾಡಲಿ?

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

ಸರಕಾರಗಳ ನಿಲುವು

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

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

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ನೆಲ ಜಲ ಜೀವ ಜಂತುಗಳು ನರಳದಿರುವಂತಹ ಕೆಲಸ ಕೊಡಿ..!

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ಜನರನ್ನು ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಉಳಿಸಬಲ್ಲ ಕೆಲಸ ಕೊಡಿ…!

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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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ನೇಕಾರರ ಬನಶಂಕರಿ ಪಾದಯಾತ್ರೆ ಯಿಂದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳ ವರೆಗೆ ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸಿದ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ

Date: 1, Dec, 2019

Kaimagga Satyagraha in Jan 2014 (L-R, Prasanna, Uzramma, B Jayashri)

1. ಏಳು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಬನಶಂಕರಿ ಯಾತ್ರೆ ಎಂಬ ಪಾದಯಾತ್ರೆ ಮೂಲಕ ಕೈಮಗ್ಗ ನೇಕಾರರು ಪ್ರಾರಂಭಿಸಿದ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವು, ಎಲ್ಲ ಕೈಉತ್ಪಾದಕರ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವಾಗಿ, ಇಂದು ನಗರದ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರನ್ನು ಒಳ್ಳಗೊಂಡತೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರಗಳ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹವಾಗಿ ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸಿದೆ.2. ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 15 ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಆರಂಭ

2. ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 15 ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಗಾಗಿ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಆರಂಭ

3. ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 26 ಯುವಕರಿಗಾಗಿ ಖಾದಿ ಫ್ಯಾಷನ್ ಶೋ. ಹೆಸರಾಂತ ವಿನ್ಯಾಸಕಾರ ಪ್ರಸಾದ್ ಬಿಡ್ಡಪ್ಪ ಅವರಿಂದ.

4. ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 27 ವಾಡಿಯಾ ಸಭಾಂಗಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಲ ರಾಮಾಯಣ ರಂಗರೂಪಕದ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನ. ಎಂ.ಡಿ.ಪಲ್ಲವಿ, ನಾದ ಮಣಿನಾಲ್ಕೂರು ಹಾಗೂ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ನಡೆಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟರು

5. ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 28 ಎಂ.ಜಿ ರಸ್ತೆ, ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ದೇಣಿಗೆ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ. ನಟ ಕಿಶೋರ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ನಾಗರೀಕರು ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು.

6. ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 29 ಗಾಂಧೀ ಭವನದಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಶೈರಾ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ.

7. ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 1 ಪವಿತ್ರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕತೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಗಾರ, ಸಂತ ಜೋಸೆಫ್ ಸಭಾಂಗಣ.

8. ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 2 ಸರಣಿ ಉಪವಾಸ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಆರಂಭ. ವಲ್ಲಭ ನಿಕೇತನ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು. ಎಸ್.ಆರ್.ಹಿರೇಮಠ್, ಅಭಯ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಆಭಿಲಾಷ್ ಉಪವಾಸಮಾಡಿದರು.

9. ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 3 ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರ ಭೃಹತ್ ಸಮಾವೇಶ. ಮಕ್ಕಳಕೂಟ ಸಭಾಂಗಣ. ಪರಿಸರ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರ್ತಿ ವಂದನಾ ಶಿವ ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಂಡರು.

10. ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 2 ರಿಂದ 5 ರವರೆಗೆ ಸರಣಿ ಉಪವಾಸದ ಮುಂದುವರಿಕೆ.

11. ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 6 ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ರಿಂದ ಅನಿರ್ದಿಷ್ಟ ಅವದಿಯ ಉಪವಾಸ ಆರಂಭ.

12. ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 10 ಮಾಜಿ ಪ್ರಧಾನಿ ದೇವೆಗೌಡ ಹಾಗೂ ಮಾಜಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಸಿದ್ಧರಾಮಯ್ಯ ಭೇಟಿ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಉಪಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಸಿ.ಎನ್.ಅಶ್ವತ್‍ನಾರಾಯಣ್ ಭೇಟಿ, ಹಾಗೂ ಮಾತುಕತೆ.

13. ಅನಿರ್ಧಿಷ್ಟ ಉಪವಾಸವನ್ನು ಬೆಂಬಲಿಸಿ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ವಿವಿದ ಭಾಗಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನಾ ಸಭೆಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಉಪವಾಸ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮ.

14. ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 11, ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸಚಿವ ಡಿ.ವಿ.ಸದಾನಂದ ಗೌಡ ಭೇಟಿ. ಕೆಂದ್ರ ಸರ್ಕಾರ ಮಾತುಕತೆಗೆ ಸಿದ್ದ, ತಿಂಗಳ ಅವದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಎಮ್.ಎಸ್.ಎಮ್.ಇ ಹಾಗೂ ವಿತ್ತ ಮಂತ್ರಾಲಯಗಳ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಮಾತುಕತೆ ಎರ್ಪಡಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂಬ ಆಶ್ವಾಸನೆ. ಉಪವಾಸ ನಿಲ್ಲಿಸುವಂತೆ ಮನವಿ.

15. ಏಳುದಿನಗಳ ಉಪವಾಸದ ನಂತರ, ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 12 ಸಂಜೆ 6 ಗಂಟೆಗೆ, ಉಪವಾಸ ಸ್ಥಳದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಜೆ.ಪಿ ದಿನಾಚರಣೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಉಪವಾಸ ಅಂತ್ಯಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಯಿತು

16. ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ 20 ರಿಂದ ನವೆಂಬರ್ 25ರ ವರೆಗೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ವಿವಿದ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಕೇಂದ್ರಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ತಾಲೂಕು ಕೇಂದ್ರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸತ್ಯಾಗ್ರಹ ಸಮಾವೇಶಗಳು ನಡೆದವು. ಸುರಪುರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಭೃಹತ್ ನೇಕಾರರ ಸಮಾವೇಶ, ಹಾಸನದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಸಮಾವೇಶ ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗ ಹಾಗೂ ತುಮಕೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಸಮಾವೇಶಗಳು ಗಮನಾರ್ಹವಾದವು.

17. ಡಿಸೇಂಬೆರ್ 1, ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಪಟ್ಟಣದ ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರು ಹಾಗೂ ಪರಿಸರ ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರರು ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ಭೃಹತ್ ಜಂಟಿ ಸಮಾವೇಶ.

ಮುಂದೆಯೂ ನಮ್ಮೊಂದಿಗೆ ರಚನಾತ್ಮಕ ಹೋರಾಟದಲ್ಲಿ ತಾವು ಸಕ್ರಿಯವಾಗಿ ಭಾಗಿಯಾಗಿರುವಿರೆಂದು ಆಹಿಸುತ್ತೇವೆ

 

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


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

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

Stationary Product Stall 

At this stall there were

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

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

Products made out of bamboo fibre

At this stall there were –

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

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

Dress stalls 

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

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

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

Handicraft products

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

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

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

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

Another stall had salwar cloth material.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Echoing the need for India to embrace Sacred Economy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

Campaigning for the revival of the Sacred Economy

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

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

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

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

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

Satyagraha began on Oct 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday

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

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Centenarian freedom fighter H. S. Doreswamy supporting the Satyagraha

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

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

Fasting Satyagrahis in support of the Sacred Economy

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

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

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

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

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

Satyagraha called off on assurances provided by Union Minister, Sadananda

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

Union Minister, Sadananda assures Prasanna a meeting with  Finance officials

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

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

Prasanna breaks fast on assurance  given by Union Minister, Sadananda

Prominent personalities who supported the Sathyagraha

Ramchandra Guha gave his voice in support of the Sacred Economy

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

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

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

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

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

Work to strengthen the campaign continues…

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

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

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

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