PBI Persuades Regional Parties to Work for Economic Democracy

Proutist Bloc, India (PBI) organized a daylong all-party meeting at Prout Bhavan, Malviya Nagar, Delhi  on 11 June. Several regional political parties and  non-political organizations were invited to participate. The delegates from Rashtriya Nirman Party, Mazdoor Ekta Sangh, Aam Aadmi Parivartan Party, Bhartiya Veer Dal and Loktantrik Morcha attended the event, besides PBI's office-bearers.

The objective of the meeting was to discuss various social, political and economic issues such as poverty, corruption, unemployment, casteism, communalism etc, and explore the ways to work together to find solutions through a well-thought-out and unanimously-accepted plan based on the common points.

Welcoming the delegates, PBI's national convener Acharya Santosananda Avadhuta said, "Society is going through tough times. There is a crisis in every arena of life. And the root of this crisis is the complete absence of right leadership." He said, ' The existing leadership is immoral and ideologically bankrupt, and therefore, unable to pull the country out of this cimmerian darkness and lead it towards light." 

He outlined the qualities of an ideal leadership and talked about Prout's concept of Ameeri Rekha (ceiling on wealth), which, he said, holds the key to unlock the solutions to our major problems. He called upon the participants to sincerely try to chalk out a plan to work together in the interest of society.

Speaking on this occasion, Delhi state president of Aam Aadmi Parivartan Party Satdev Jain said that only if we address the concerns of all people irrespective of their caste, class, religion, region, language etc, only then can we win the trust of all and truly unite the people. This process, although slow, will yield results and bring about desired changes. 

Dr. Kuldeep Nagar of Bharatiya Veer Dal expressed his concern about Denotified Tribes, the communities that were ‘notified’ as being ‘born criminal’ during the British regime under a series of laws starting with the Criminal Tribes Act of 1871. He said that even today there is a stereotype against Denotified Nomadic Tribes (DNTs) in police, media, society and even some judges. Every member of this community is considered a criminal by the virtue of birth and this stigma continues till they die.  

Another delegate representing Ekta party,  A.R. Khan,  said that since 2014, the country has been witnessing a steady polarization between hindu and muslim communities, for which the present government is responsible. He said that traditionally Indian society has been an example of unity in diversity, and despite sporadic communal riots over the years, common Indians, by and large, have remained united. But the during present regime, the ruling party and the government are openly and shamelessly ripping apart the social fabric by inciting the majority community against the minority. 

A Padamshree awardee, Dr. Brahma Dutt said it is high time we forgot our petty interests and differences, and fight unitedly against the fissiparous forces of casteism, communalism, linguism etc. He clarified,  "Although nationalism is supposed to be a great sentiment, but I am not a desh bhakt (nationalist) because I believe whole world, entire universe is one entity. We are all interdependent; no country can survive, let alone progress, without the cooperation from other countries."

Another eminent personality, who graced the event with his presence, was social worker, thinker and writer Acharya Dr. Satyapriya. He spoke on the need of a cultural and spiritual regeneration of society. He suggested ways and means to accomplish this goal.

Other speakers included Vijay Pal Kasana, Mamta Bhati, Suresh Kaushik, RK Kasana, Dr. Amit Nagar and Vinay Pracha. 

The meeting concluded with an affirmation of the priority to work for economic democracy and communal harmony. And a resolution to work together towards this end was also passed with  applause.

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