Prasanna on unorganized labour

3, Jun’20 in National Webinar in memory of George Fernandes

Organized by George Fernandes Foundation & Institute of Social Science

I would like to point out that there are two aspects to this problem of unorganized labour or migrant labour. One is finding an immediate solution to the problem, which most politicians and social workers are working for: to give some succor to them, provide them with some relief, distribute food packets to them, arrange some transport for them to either go home or come back. I believe there is lot of efforts to get them back to the city so that we can once again put them into the machine, as its nuts and bolts.

The other aspect of the problem is that there is a larger issue connected to this. In the last couple of decades, it is becoming clearer and clearer that we need a paradigm shift, if we have to save our world. We need a paradigm shift, if we have to save our environment, our ecology, our social system, our political system and the moral system. Of course, we are better off than most other countries, in-terms of the philosophical aspect of the problem. Because after all, we have tried to introduce this paradigm shift in our Freedom Movement itself, under the leadership of Gandhi and many, many enlightened people; including J C Kumarappa and so many others. We tried to actually imagine a world which will be sustainable, natural and egalitarian. Of course, that dream did not come true, and we have almost seventy years of politics after that, in what we call the independent India. However, in Independent India we just did politics, and completely forgot about the constructive activity or constructive program or the construction of the society from within the society itself, by the people themselves.

Today, we have landed in this deep crisis because of that. The whole world too has done that. I think the paradigm shift I was talking about which is badly needed, is centered around, how we look at labour. I would say that we have to make a complete shift in our attitude towards labour, in our attitude towards the village people, in our attitude to the peasant, in our attitude to the weaver, the cobbler, every other, what I call as the handmaking person. We should treat them as the future, as technicians for a system of production of the future. Not just as somebody who should be given food, food packets or who should be taken care of for his travel back to his homeland. I am not romanticizing, when I say this, I know they have huge problems; I know villages have huge problems, our villages have become unbearable. But then, there is one aspect of the village which I call the handmaking aspect of village, which is still amazingly retained in India as opposed to most of the developed countries. We should go behind the migrant labour, back to their villages, and learn the hand skills from them, the handloom from them, the rain-fed agriculture from them and various other handmaking technologies from them. And then provide the systems that are developed in the big cities with much expense, much intellect over the last few decades. The city should provide the mind – the good mind – not the bad mind. And the village provides the body, the good body.  This way, I think it can be done.

I belong to an organization called Gram Seva Sangh, which is an organization of organizations. Constructive organizations, working and mostly centered in Karnataka, but also outside of Karnataka. What we are trying to do, is to create an atmosphere for what I talked above. We have coined the new term called “Sacred Economy”. Sacred Economy is actually the reformation of the Gandhian model of economy, or the model dependant on the handmaking systems. Why have we reformed it, remodeled it, it is because, in the 21st century it will be almost impossible to go back to the handmaking system suddenly. So we have said, alright, let us have a labour centric economy, but since we cannot completely rule out automation, we can have some of that too. So in Sacred Economy we fixed the proportion not more than 40% of automation, and not less than 60% of labour. In fact, in this proportion most of our MSME comes into the picture, which means most of what we call the semi organized labour and the small industries in cities also come into it. Therefore in the Sacred Economy, the fully handmaking system, E.g. Khadi becomes completely sacred, but the other systems progressively become less sacred, but stay within the gamut of sacred. This way if we have to persuade the Government to adopt Sacred Economy, so they do not need to break down the other systems of production. But then they need to give a policy advantage to the Sacred Sectors.

In fact we firmly believe, Sacred Economy is the solution for all the three ills we are dealing in this world. It solves the problem of equity, because lot of people now coming into the cities, because of loss of jobs in the villages, will now get sufficient jobs wherever they are living. This means, we will be creating a decentralized society which will be made of much smaller units. It solves the climate crisis because energy intensive industries are disincentivized and thereby a lot of wasteful consumption of energy comes down.

And thirdly, this constitutes a better economic model in the post-economic collapse era after Covid-19. Let us understand that the economy that is ruling the roost today, which we have termed as the Monster Economy, has died. Monster Economy is dead! In fact, we are saying that if you try to revive the monster economy, the only way to do so is to put it into a ventilator. Eventually it is going to collapse.

The notion of the sacred Economy is also a solution to the economic crisis facing the world. So I want to talk to, not just the ordinary people, but economists, and the business people, and tell them, “You forget about lots of profits! Work for smaller profits and a better way of life. From you, we seek all your great systems for production, logistics, distribution, etc. I respect the big industries for the systems that they have created. We will remodel those systems and provide them to the village people, to the small sectors, to make the small sector viable economic model. This is what Sacred Economy is!“

I would like to push for it as long-term strategy, to solve the problem of migrant labour. I am not against the short-term policy of giving them succor, even we have done it to a small extent. But let us not be stuck with short term measures like relief & succor. You know, then we will be just doing that. Today it will be Migrant labour, tomorrow it will be some other, third day it may be climate problem, monsoon coming, or something, Let us therefore actually put our efforts behind the serious paradigm shift which will make this world a better world!         

  • Prasanna

Social Activist, Theatre Person, Mentor of Gram Seva Sangh

www.gramsevasangh.org

Literary Meet for Tolerance

Dakshinayana and Gram Seva Sangh

2 September 2018, Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM

Senate Hall, Central College Campus, Bengaluru

Friends,

Indian society is being fragmented. We are facing dangers seen rarely in history.

Humanity in religion, lifestyles, coexistence are getting destroyed. The march of mechanized civilization, economic upheavals, destruction of the village, elimination of livelihoods seems unstoppable. Although the true reasons for such crises are different, they are being transformed into religious issues. The human dimensions of religion are being ignored in the widespread propaganda to project religion in terms of either perverse exclusivism or historical retribution. As a result, intolerance and hatred are finding easy justification and the constitution is being systematically subverted.

Literature has always found its inner strength in times of a crisis through a dialogue with the community. Our responsibility therefore at this juncture is to initiate dialogue within our own communities to counter the current situation. We need to explore ways to do this together. In this background, Dakshinayana and Gram Seva Sangh have come together to host an Indian Literary Meet at the Senate Hall of Central College (now a part of the Central University of Bangalore). In the meet, writers in Kannada will be joined by many other language writers from across India.

The Meet will address two central ideas: pacification of all forms of religious extremism and rebuilding the village, while also celebrating the innate sense of goodness of all humans. We expect that the meet will provide a new direction to Kannada Literature as well as to Indian Literature at large.

We, the writers and artists, are committed to taking the responsibility of restoring tolerance in society. We shall each go to our backyards and dialogue with our communities.

We extend a warm personal invitation to you to be part of this Literary Meet for Tolerance.

Thank You

     Rajendra Chenni                                                             Prasanna

Dakshinayana                                                        Gram Seva Sangh

Literary Meet for Tolerance

2 September 2018, Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM

Senate Hall, Central College Campus, Bengaluru

For more information and contact details, see below:

www.GramSevaSangh.org | gramsevasanghindia@gmail.com | Mobile : 9980043911

Twitter : gramasevasangha | FaceBook: GramSevaSanghIndia

About Dakshinayana

Dakshinayana is a movement of Indian writers, artists and motion picture directors under the guidance of Prof. Ganesh Devi, the renowned director and linguist. It is a platform for writers and artists of all languages who support democratic traditions and freedom of expression.

Dakshinayana is active in several states across India. A historical summit was organized by Dakshinayana last year as part of its central purpose of upholding freedom of expression and democracy. It has also been a part of the struggles against the murders of Prof. M.M. Kalburgi and Gowri Lankesh.

About Gram Seva Sangh

Gram Seva Sangh is an organization guided by Prasanna, the renowned thinker and architect of many cultural struggles of the people. It has been involved in movements for Gram Swarajya and on behalf of handmaking artisans. Gram Seva Sangh opposes all forms of extremism resulting from the machine-centric civilization of our times.

The recently established central university of Bengaluru is a partner in this program. Ganesh Devi, Rahmat Tarikere, G.N. Nagaraj, Prasanna, Rajendra Chenni, and many other writers and artists from across India will participate in this event.

You can watch the Literary meet videos at our below youtube links

Hey Rama yennona banni – song by Vasu Dixit

Historian Ramachandra Guha at Lit Meet for tolerance

Filmmaker, Writer, Director B Suresh at Lit meet for tolerance

Senior writer and poet Champa at Lit Meet for Tolerance

A Kabeer doha by Vasu Dixit

Poet, researcher and Ex Cop of Bengaluru Ajai Kumar Singh at Lit meet for tolerance

Writer columnist Vinay Okkunda at Lit Meet for tolerance

ಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆಗಾಗಿ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನ

ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣ ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

2 ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 2018, ಭಾನುವಾರ ಬೆಳಿಗ್ಗೆ 10 ರಿಂದ ಸಂಜೆ 6 ವರೆಗೆ

ಸೆನೇಟ್ ಭವನ, ಸೆಂಟ್ರಲ್ ಕಾಲೇಜು ಆವರಣ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು

ಗೆಳೆಯರೇ,

ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸಮಾಜವು ಛಿದ್ರವಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಚರಿತ್ರೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅಪರೂಪಕ್ಕೆ ನೋಡಿದಂಥ ಅಪಾಯವು ನಮ್ಮೆದುರಿಗಿದೆ. ಮನುಷ್ಯಪರ ಧರ್ಮಗಳು, ಜೀವನ ಕ್ರಮಗಳು, ಸಹಬಾಳ್ವೆಯ ರೀತಿಗಳು ನಾಶವಾಗುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಯಂತ್ರ ನಾಗರೀಕತೆ, ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಏರುಪೇರುಗಳು, ಗ್ರಾಮನಾಶ, ಕಸುಬುನಾಶ ಅವ್ಯಾಹತವಾಗಿ ನಡೆದಿವೆ. ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟುಗಳ ನಿಜ ಸ್ವರೂಪ ಬೇರೆಯೇ ಆದರೂ ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಸಂಗತಿಗಳನ್ನಾಗಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಧರ್ಮಗಳ ಮಾನವೀಯ ಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ಬದಿಗೊತ್ತಿರುವ ಈ ಆಕ್ರಾಮಕ ವಿಕೃತಿಯನ್ನು ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕತೆಯೆಂದು ಪ್ರಚಾರ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಪರಿಣಾಮವಾಗಿ ಅಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆ, ದ್ವೇಷ ಪ್ರತಿಪಾದನೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಸಂವಿಧಾನವನ್ನು ಬುಡಮೇಲು ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟಿನ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯವು ತನ್ನ ಅಂತಃಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಕಂಡುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತದೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳ ಒಡನೆ ಸಂಭಾಷಣೆಯನ್ನು ಆರಂಭಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಈಗ ನಮ್ಮೆದುರಿಗೆ ಇರುವ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಯೆಂದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮುದಾಯಗಳೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾತುಕತೆಗೆ ತೊಡಗಬೇಕಾದ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದೆ. ನಾವೆಲ್ಲ ಸೇರಿ ಹೊಸ ದಾರಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹುಡುಕಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ 2 ಸೆಪ್ಟೆಂಬರ್ 2018ರ ಭಾನುವಾರದಂದು ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳವನ್ನು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಸೆಂಟ್ರಲ್ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ಸೆನೇಟ್ ಭವನದಲ್ಲಿ (ಅದು ಈಗ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕೇಂದ್ರೀಯ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯದ ಭಾಗವಾಗಿದೆ) ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸಲು ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘಗಳು ಜೊತೆಗೂಡುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಈ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬರಹಗಾರರ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಅನೇಕ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳ ವಿವಿಧ ಭಾಷೆಯ ಬರಹಗಾರರು ಕೂಡ ದನಿಗೂಡಿಸಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಎಲ್ಲ ಬಗೆಯ ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಉಗ್ರವಾದವನ್ನು ಶಮನಗೊಳಿಸುವುದು ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟುವುದು, ಇವೇ ಈ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ಎರಡು ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಆಶಯಗಳಾಗಿವೆ. ಎಲ್ಲ ಮನುಷ್ಯರೊಳಗೆ ತುಡಿಯುವ ಅಂತಃಕರಣವನ್ನು ಸಂಭ್ರಮಿಸುವುದೂ ಕೂಡ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ಉದ್ದೇಶವಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನವು ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಒಂದು ಹೊಸ ತಿರುವನ್ನು ಕೊಡಲಿದೆಯೆಂದು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ನಾವು ಲೇಖಕರು, ಕಲಾವಿದರು, ಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆಯ ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಯನ್ನು ಹೊರಲಿಕ್ಕೆ ಸಿದ್ಧರಾಗಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ನಾವು ಪ್ರತಿಯೊಬ್ಬರೂ ನಮ್ಮ ನಮ್ಮ ಹಿತ್ತಲಿಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ನಮ್ಮ ಸಮುದಾಯದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡುತ್ತೇವೆ.

ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣ

ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣವು ಪ್ರಸಿದ್ದ ವಿಮರ್ಶಕ ಹಾಗೂ ಭಾಷಾತಜ್ಞರಾದ ಪ್ರೊ. ಗಣೇಶ್ ದೇವಿಯವರ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಜೊತೆಗೂಡಿದ ಭಾರತೀಯ ಬರಹಗಾರರ, ಕಲಾವಿದರ, ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರ ಚಳುವಳಿಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಇದು ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವವಾದಿ, ಅಭಿವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಸ್ವಾತಂತ್ರ್ಯ ಪರವಾದ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಭಾಷೆಗಳ ಬರಹಗಾರರು, ಕಲಾವಿದರಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ವೇದಿಕೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಭಾರತದ ಅನೇಕ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣವು ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಕ್ರಿಯಾಶೀಲವಾಗಿದೆ ಇದರ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಶಾಖೆಯು ಕಳೆದ ವರ್ಷ ಶಿವಮೊಗ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಚಾರಿತ್ರಿಕವಾದ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಿತ್ತು. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಹತ್ಯೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಬಲಿಯಾದ ಪ್ರೊ.ಎಂ.ಎಂ. ಕಲುಬುರ್ಗಿ ಮತ್ತು ಗೌರಿ ಲಂಕೇಶರ ಪರವಾದ ಚಳುವಳಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಕ್ರಿಯವಾಗಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದೆ.

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘವು ಚಿಂತಕರು, ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಚಳುವಳಿಗಳನ್ನು ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಾಕಿದ ಶ್ರೀ ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ ಅವರ ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶನದಲ್ಲಿ ಕ್ರಿಯಾಶೀಲವಾಗಿರುವ ಸಂಘಟನೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮಸ್ವರಾಜ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಕೈಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳನ್ನು ತಯಾರಿಸುವ ಶ್ರಮಜೀವಿಗಳ ಪರವಾಗಿ ಜನಾಂದೋಲನವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಲಿದೆ. ಯಂತ್ರನಾಗರಿಕತೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಅದರ ಫಲವಾಗಿ ಹುಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಎಲ್ಲ ಬಗೆಯ ಉಗ್ರವಾದವನ್ನು ಅದು ವಿರೋಧಿಸುತ್ತದೆ.

ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನೂತನವಾಗಿ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿತವಾದ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕೇಂದ್ರೀಯ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯವು ತನ್ನ ಸಹಯೋಗವನ್ನು ಈ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮಕ್ಕೆ ನೀಡುತ್ತಿದೆ.

ಗಣೇಶ್ ದೇವಿ, ರಹಮತ್ ತರೀಕೆರೆ, ಜಿ. ಎನ್ ನಾಗರಾಜ್, ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ, ರಾಜೇಂದ್ರ ಚೆನ್ನಿ, ಹಾಗೂ ಇತರ ಹೆಸರಾಂತ ಸಾಹಿತಿಗಳು ಭಾರತದಾದ್ಯಂತದಿಂದ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದಲ್ಲಿ ಪಾಲ್ಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

ಸಹಿಷ್ಣುತೆಗಾಗಿ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀವು ನಮ್ಮ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಬನ್ನಿ ಎಂದು ವೈಯಕ್ತಿಕವಾಗಿ ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ಪ್ರಿತಿಯಿಂದ ಆಹ್ವಾನಿಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇವೆ.

ಇಂತಿ

ರಾಜೇಂದ್ರ ಚೆನ್ನಿ                                                                                             ಪ್ರಸನ್ನ

 ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣ                                                                                      ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸೇವಾ ಸಂಘ

ಸ್ವಾಗತ ಸಮಿತಿ

ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು: ಪ್ರೊ. ಎಸ್. ಜಾಫೆಟ್, ಕುಲಪತಿಗಳು, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕೇಂದ್ರೀಯ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾಲಯ

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