Jul 15, 2012

Swadeshi - A vision of self reliance


"Where the mind is without fear & the head is held high
Where knowledge is free.....
Into that heaven of freedom, my father
Let my country awake"
     - Rabindranath Tagore


Farmers, workers, small industry associations, economic thinkers, educationists and social activists together founded a movement called  Swadeshi Jagaran Manch (SJM) to enlighten and inform the people  to create socio economic awareness among the people to activate thinking and action among different institutions, organisations, political parties and the establishment to safeguard national interests and balance the sectional interests of different segments of the economy. 

The essential ingredients of the Swadeshi thought may be summarised as follows:
  • Swadeshi means that which is natural and native to a country and society, but allows scope for assimilation of wholesome and beneficial elements from the outside. This applies to economics as well as politics; culture as well as technology.
  • It is the principle of preferring the neighborhood to the remote.
  • It commands need-based life, and rules out unlimited consumption as an end.
  • It renews and relies on family, community and society as socio-economic delivery systems. It does not substitute these traditional institutions by the State and the Market.
  • It is not autarky; but a global alternative, which accepts only need-based trans nationalism.
  • Swadeshi restores economics to its earlier definition which even now the dictionary meaning of economy indicates, namely, practical human needs, frugality, savings, thrift etc. and seeks to remove the latter-day distortion of defining economics as multiplication of wants and efforts to satisfy them, powered by greed.
Thanks to  http://www.swadeshitn.org . visit it  for more details.

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