As you might know that the 10th National Convention of the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch was held in the historic Doaba College, Jalandhar (Punjab) on 2nd 3rd and 4th October 2010. In total 770 karyakartas hailing from 149 districts of the country participated in it. Three resolutions were passed during the Convention. First was on the issue of agriculture titled “Save Farming Save Country”, second was on FDI in Retail issue, & third on the issue of Price Rise. All the three are available on net on our website www.swadeshionline.in and if there is any difficulty we can send you by email as well. We should keep in mind the comments of Sh. Arun Ojha at the concluding session of the convention that when Karyakartas were boarding their trains, there was alarm, and uncertainty in the atmosphere due to Ayodya verdict and assumed consequent fall outs. He appreciated that everybody proceeded fearlessly on their way to Jalandhar. In all there were 13 sessions in the three days and the climax point was the public meeting, which Sh. Ojha ji declared as really inspiring and a morale booster. The number of youth and their enthusiasm was marvelous. Content-wise too, the convention was highly appreciated. Let us succinctly have a bird’s eye view of the 13 sessions. Other than this, let us also know that on 1st Oct in the morning a meeting of the Resolution Committee and Ayojan Samiti, and in afternoon meeting of Rashtaryia Parishad was held as per schedule.
Sh. Krishan Sharma, the organizer of the Convention welcomed all. A renowned environmentalist and a saintly figure of Punjab Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal inaugurated the Convention, and General Secretary of Reception Commiitee, Sh. Sharad Aggarwal delivered the welcome note. Saint Balbirsingh lamented that in Punjab where selling of milk was considered a sin, now water is sold in packaged bottles, and also threw light on the sad plight of farmers by saying that potato is purchased at the rate of Rs. 2 per KG from the farmers and is sold at Rs. 12 in the market. He also gave a brief picture of reviving and cleaning of a holy river, Kali Bei, and the way people co-operated in this good cause once the initiative was taken by him. Let us remind that former President APJ Abdul Kalam personally visited this project and appreciated it whole-heartedly. Sh. Arun Ojha in his inaugural address recounted the events of the previous year just like BT Brinjal, Copenhegan, and Geneva meeting of WTO and presented the annual report before the House. He quoted Arvind Ghosh ‘India is facing a flood of so-called modern thinking, and an onslaught on its culture by a mighty civilization which is diametrically opposed to its indigenous thinking and we have to find a solution to it.’
The following Seven special reports of agitations run or sponsoredby local SJM units were also presented in brief. The agitation and Yatra by SJM AP regarding the miserable condition of weavers in Maidak district and the ensuing relief provided by different agencies. Second was regarding Anti-Vedanta University Agitation launched by SJM Odisha and the third was again by SJM Odisha regarding Rengali river where water was not given to a particular area. The fourth was West Bengal SJM standing by the side of potato growing farmers in some districts. A front with the name of Aloo Chasi Manch was formed to organize this agitation. Fifth, Ajay Patki ji described the agitation against BT Brinjal in Nagpur. The sixth report was from Himachal Pradesh and an agitation sponsored by SJM was going on against formation of SEZ in Gagret area of Una district. Seventh was described by Sh. Ashwani Mahajan that Anti-APMC ACT programmes were held in Delhi and Jabalpur, wherein large number of traders participated. Similarly Five special organizational reportswere also presented. Sh. Nambi ji described the special efforts being done to popularize the Indian Business Model and Indian Economics being prepared by Sh. Gurumurthy and delivered in lecture form in various Managements Institutes of Tamil Nadu. He told that one University has adopted this syllabus too. Sh. Mukul Ranjan described the special efforts done to spread the special program: Let us go the villages. Jitender Mahajan described the success-story of subscription campaign for enrolling 3000 members of Swadeshi Patrika in Delhi.Smt. Renu Puranik described the Women cell’s All India conference in Delhi. Sh. Davendera Vishwakarma told about the special efforts for mobilizing youth in Swadeshi programmes. Fifth special description was by Rajesh Upadhyaye regarding forming active village-wise units of SJM in all the villages of three blocks of Godda district of Jharkhand. Two other organizations also described the efforts being taken to popularize Swadeshi movement. Sh. Lakshmi Narayan Bhalla of Vidya Bharti narrated that Swadeshi Convenors are being appointed at the Sankul level and some others similar decisions which were taken in 6-7 June 2010 in Bhopal. Similarly Sh. Jitendra Gupta apprised of Laghu Udyag Bharti’s efforts in this regard.
Special session on FDI in Retail
Besides adopting a Resolution to this effect a special session was held to delve deep into this issue of FDI in retail and arrival of giant MNC retail groups like Wal-Mart. Sh. Ashwani Mahajan and Prof. Kumaraswami described in detail the different aspects of this new onslaught on Indian retailer and the resultant monopoly of organized retailers. Sh. Ashwani ji criticized the so-called survey report presented by ICRIER on the basis of which the FDI policy is framed as a sham report, A country-wide agitation is needed to pressurize the government, they concluded.
Present Economic Scenario presentation by Sh. Bhagwati Prakash Sharma
Explaining the paradoxical situation due to economic globalization, on the one hand there is glittering development and on the other there is a dismal inequality, poverty and hunger. Blatant example is that even after 19 years of globalization, there has come the need to create an artificial employment in the form of NREGA like 84 schemes. Our government is not only shirking away from its responsibilities in the field of essential services as education, health, roads and water management, in the name of PPP i.e. Public Private Partnership. Upto 1987-88 the government used to spend almost 4 per cent on defence, which now has gone down to 2.5% whereas the threat from countries like China and Pak is on the increase. The share of agriculture and industry in GDP has fallen to 38%. Regarding the other source of 62% of GDP comprising services, IT and allied sectors, sinister designs are on anvil to increase the quota of FDI in them, especially in Insurance, education and retail sectors! There is emerging a huge market amounting to $4.8 trillion (Rs. 240 lakh crore) in the name of privatization of education throughout the world, a new probable source of governmental corruption. Strange, these MNCs are ready to garner Rs. two lakh crores from India in the field of nuclear energy, but when any tragedy of Chernobyl-type takes place, these are getting away with providing compensation to the tune of Rs.1500 crores merely. Refering to a recent bill passed in America, he said, the developed countries– which are resorting to Swadeshi to save the interests of their own countries, but simultaneously are singing in praise of globalization just to exploit the economic resources of the developing and underdeveloped countries.
An Alternate Business Model – S. Gurumurthy
When everybody was praising the liberalization in 1991, SJM advised even then that we should watch patiently to see the failure of this America model, and now it is being proved correct. This American model is not only unviable for the world, it is not suitable for American itself. There are 20 crore people who can drive cars, but there are 26 crore sturdy cars in America sufficient for the next 10 years but even then they are producing new cars just to create employment. To allure people into purchasing new cars $5000 is provided free, for anyone who purchases a new car, and banks will give a loan of $9,000 ! 22 crore population has 120 crores credit cards and they have taken loans to the tune of $2.7 trillion (Rs. 135 lakh croress), which amounts to Rs. 6 lakh loan on everybody). Once America which was the biggest lender at one time, is the biggest borrower from the world at present. Contrary to our indigenous model, they have privatized the governmental works and nationalized he family affairs. He averred that this model is impractical, unnatural and unsustainable. In India, in the total seven lakh villages and only 12,404 police stations, and 37% of our GDP accrues from family savings. He quoted Goldman Sachs report of Sept 2009 that India needs a huge amount of $1.7 trillion (85 lakh crores of Rupees) to create the needed infrastructure, but for it there is no need bring in foreign money. Our internal savings of the society are sufficient for it. He lauded the Ludhiana and Batala model of community based industrial clusters and the Gurudwara’s community kitchen, langar tradition.
Special Session on Save Agriculture, SAVE COUNTRY
Dr. Sharad Nimbalkar, former VC of Punjabrao Agriculture University, Maharashtra, gave a brain-storming speech on this topic. He emphasized that agriculture is the sole basis of people residing in our 6 lakh 40 thousand villages, and though 50% population depends directly, yet in total 85% depend indirectly on agriculture. Though total agricultural production has voluminously increased from 52 to2. 27 lakh tones, but the deteriorating condition of farmers has not improved. Strangely enough, the annual budgetary share on agriculture which was upto 32%in the first Five year has receded to a mere 3.5% at present! The result, he emphasized was visible in the form of 2 lakh farmers resorting to suicide and tally is increasing every day. He thundered that in our country, despites availability of 16 lakh 45 thousand sq fts of water – 60 to 70% of our land is still without irrigation. He criticized that while falsely eulogizing the increase in production due to BT cotton, the contribution of Sardar Sarovar Dam and efforts done by Cotton Board are conveniently forgotten! The continuous efforts done by 44 Agricultural Universities in improving and developing the indigenous varieties of seeds are ignored and suddenly Bt Brinjal seed is brought to the fore. Where is the scope of brinjal except in a few countries in the world, and why such a euphoria about bringing BT technology for brinjal, he questioned. He also decried the draconian law in the name of BRAI Bill (Biodiversity Regulatory Authority of India). Provisions are on the anvil in this Bill to penalize up to Rs. Two lakh along with an imprisonment of 6 months if one criticizes without proper data these new GM techniques. It is certainly an onslaught on the liberty of speech, he urged. One who holds a control on seed will take control of bread, and one who commands control over bread, will ultimately get control over the country, he warned. The designs of MNCs in popularizing of Bt Brinjal and Cotton and other Genetically Modified seeds should be viewed in this light, he emphasised. Sh. Yoganand Kale urged the audience to start a vigorous SAVE FARMING – SAVE COUNTRY campaign, while delivering his presidential remarks.
Remembering Dr. Bokare
To provide sufficient information about the founder convenor of SJM, Dr. MG Bokare’s younger brother Sh. Diwakar Bokare was specially invited to this Sabha for a talk esp. on this subject. ShDiwakar ji told that while teaching at Nagpur University he was a staunch supporter of Marxism. After an indepth study the Indian scriptures, and especially Vedas for a period stretching to 15 years, he found lacunae in Marxist ideology and slowly got dischanted with it. At this juncture he came in contact with Thengadi ji, and then totally shifted to this side. Thengadiji persuaded him to give these ideas a written shape and the book HINDU ECONOMICS was an outcome of this. What the world is witnessing at present as dilapidation of capitalist castle has been foreseen and written just 20 years ago by Dr. Bokare. Sh. Yoganand Kale also related an episode from life of Dr. Bokare that once he went to Comrade Dange, a prominent Marxist of that time to discuss some problems of farmers. Comrade Dange answered that farmers being owners, so Marxism has nothing to do with their problems. This totally frustrated Dr. Bokare and he felt disillusioned with this concept of Marxism. He recalled how in a small meeting of prominent personalities in Resham Bhagh, Nagpur in 1991 Swadeshi Jagaran Manch was founded and Thengadi ji announced the name of Dr. MG Bokare as the founder convenor. He recalled the prophetic words of Sh. Thengadi ji pronounced at that time that though nobody is going to listen to us today, but due to persistent efforts of a CREATIVE MINORITY a new social model will emerge, and all will applaud it. People have started listening to us, he asserted.
Session on Save Ganga and other rivers
Sh. Mohan Singh Gaunvasi, former minister from Uttrakhand and JNU researcher Hemant Dhayani described the deteriorating condition of Ganga due to the construction of dams and tunnels and the resultant agitation regarding this. Sh. Manoj Kumar Singh from Jharkhand informed about a national seminar on rivers to be held in Jamshedpur (Tatanagar) on 11-12 December and that interested scientists, social activists and other concerned karyakartas should participate.
Special Report on China tour by Sh. Muralidhar Rao ji
He shared his experiences of his recent visit to China on a tour where representatives of different political parties participated in July this year. China claims to have accomplished successfully the biggest poverty eradication program of the world, but poverty reduction is not commensurate with the growth in GDP, he opined. The political leadership there is rather mature and reticent, and India is not a talking point in public. Their social structure is family based, but people at large are not so politically aware. The leadership of the world is shifting of course from West to East, and India’s plus points, i.e. our public awareness, better intellectual capability and ability to have a dialogue in English with world, will definitely give us an edge over China, he asserted.
Swadeshi Sandesh Yatra and Mamoth Rally
On 3rd Oct at 4 in the eve an impressive Sandesh Yatra, with prominent leaders of SJM on the fore, covered the main bazaars of the city. The popular Bhangara troupe was giving a colour of Punjab, and a troupe displaying traditional martial arts of Punjab, called gatka was accompanying this yatra. People along the way were welcoming the karyakartas with flower petals and sweets at several points. Our karyakartas holding banners and placards displaying swadeshi themes were in full gusto. Pamphlets in large number, depicting our issues, were distributed along the way. And lo, as soon as the Doaba college square arrived the yatra was converted in a mammoth rally addressed by Swadeshi leaders. Special attraction was the Chief Guest, a Shiromani Sant of Ravidas Samaj Pujya Baba Gurdeep Giri ji Maharaj. In simple and passionate massage Baba ji appealed the public to shun foreign products and use Swadeshi which will automatically result in the departure of MNCs from our country. Others who spoke at the occasion were Sh. Yoganand Kale, Ramprakash Mishra (BMS), Murlidhar Rao and Subhash Sharma conucted the stage. Here it should be specially mentioned that it was really a huge and impressive rally, with a majority of young men, coming in the form of big groups, jathas, as it is called in Punjab with the drumbeats of Dhols and slogans. Young men were shouting anti-Wal-Mart, and anti-MNCs slogans and encircled the 19-feet long effigy of Wal-Mart and MNCs which was lit by national convenor Arun Ojha ji and turned to ashes with chanting of slogans by the big gathering.
Two names were added for the Central Working Committee, namely Dr. Sharad Nimbalkar from Nagpur and CA MR Venkataish from Tamil Nadu, and Sh. Mukund Gore as special invitee of Rashtriya Parishad. Smt. Renu Puranik of MP as incharge of Women Cell (Mahila Prakoshta), And the following were appointed as Rashtriya Parishad Members: (a) Sh.Surendra Pande (MP), KP Tripathi (MP), Murari Jha (Bihar), Piyush Pandey (W UP), Sh. Bholanath Mishra (Avadh), Rajkumar Bhatia and Dinesh Sharma (Delhi), and Dr. Priyesh from Kerala. Sh. Gobind Ram Aggarwal is also appointed as State Co-convenor of Delhi. Sh. Jagdish Rao of Karnataka appointed as Prant Samparak Pramukh. In Odisha: Sh. Bhagwandas Khandelwal of Balasore as Prant Kosh Pramukh, Smt. Shantilata Sahu as Prant Mahila Pramukh. Sh. Amit (Ashu) Sampla of Punjab appointed as Prant Sangharash Vahini Pramukh. Dr. Niranjan Singh is appointed as Seh prant Sanyojaka of Kashi Prant. Similarly, the whole of Administrative Maharashtra Prant will considered as one Prant and Sh. Ajay Patki will act as Prant Sanyojaka.
National Working Committee meeting will be held in Delhi on 8th and 9th January 2011, and On April 9,10,National Council (Rashtriya Parishad) will meet in Chennai.Thirdly, SAVE FARMING, SAVE NATION by holding of yatra, vehical yatras from village to village from Dec. 2010 to February 2011. A committee headed by Sh. Sharad Nimbalkar has been consitituted with Sh. Bhagirath Chowdhari of Rajasthan,Sh. Chandramohan W-UP, Sh. Narsimhan Naidu from AP Sh. Annada Panigrahi from Odisha and Rajesh Upadhyaye from Jharkhand. Fourthly, Programmes to held against FDI IN RETAIL, and a committee is formed with Dr. Ashwani Mahajan,(Convenor) and Prof. Kumaraswami, KV Biju (Kerala) Vandeshankar Singh (Jharkhand), CA Sanjeev Maheshwari from W-UP, and Shailendra Saingar from Delhi. Yuva SAMAGAMS: a committee with Subash Sharma as convenor and with Davendra Vishwakarma (MP), Mukul Ranjan (Bihar), Parkhu Ram (Odisha) & Vankatesh (AP). Gau Sammelan’s changed dates are 25,26 and 27 December in Jaipur, and Nadi Sammelan (River Convention) in Jamshedpur (Jharkhand) on 11,12 December 2010. A committee headed by Sh. Neeraj Tayal will update the Swadeshi/Vedeshi Product List and it will revise the list every six months. Similarly programmes be held on the topic of Chinese threat at variouslevels. Prant, District and Tehsil (Block) Sammelans of SJM be held at appropriate time in the time table of the State. Similarly special efforts be made for Swadeshi Patrika and Monthly Vichar Mandal meetings – basic work for expansion and training of the Karyakartas.
Issue-based Parallel Sessions
On Agriculture: Sh. Sharad Nibalkar and Yoganand Kale, On WTO AND FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS: Prof. Bhagwati Prakash ji and Ashwani Mahajan, on Education, by Lakshmi Narayana Bhala and Gopal ji, and on Women by Smt. Renu Pouranik, Sudha Sharma and Saroj Mitra , and on Swadeshi Chikista, by Surender Bhatnagar.
Category-wise sessions of karyakartas
In late evening on 3rd Oct. 2010 separate meetings were held of different categories of Karyakartas in smaller groups to have discussions on future line to adopted and to get their feedback. General category: Sh. Arun Ojha, Prant convenor and similar: Sh. Muralidhar Rao, Cashiers and other Kosh Praukh with Sh. Bholanath Vij, Vichar Mandal Pramukhs by Sh. Ashwani Mahajan ji, Zila, Vibhag convenors– Sh. Kashmiri Lal.
Samarop (Final) session
Dr. Subash Sharma introduced the main prabandhaks of the Convention. President of the Reception Committee and a prominent journalist Sh. Chandramohan thanked the audience and said that our youth is full of caliber. Sh. Murthy Ji, Zonal Sewa Pramukh, who remained the Palak of the whole arrangements, was also present in the Pandal. In his valedictory address, Sh.Arun Ojha said that some people are bent upon making India a country of cities. He alerted that when India will become the country of cities, it will cease to be the real Bharat. He recalled the letter dated 5th Oct 1945 written by Gandhiji to Jawahar lal Nehru and also quoted the historic letter written by Nehru to Gandhi wherein Gandhi advised Nehru to adopt the based economy and subsequently Nehru pooh-poohed this idea.
But later on Nehruji also accepted on the floor of Parliament on 19-11-63 that Bapu was right and that he was wrong. Even after 63 years after gaining Independence, 76% of India lives in villages. He again recalled that the slogan and mantra of the first Indian War of Independence was Khadi and he pointed out that the Mantra of this next war of real Independence should be Khad (manure). With the thanks giving note of Sh. Amit Sampla the 10th National Convention of SJM was completed.