EDITORIAL


THE YEAR THAT WAS

Way back in 1969 at Ranchi, Prout's founder Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar had declared, “Prout wants maximum utilization of the spiritual potential of the unit as well as of the universe”. All the years that have passed since saw history unfold with the slow but sure growth of application of Prout principles based on universal spiritual values towards creating a world at peace without hunger or poverty, where people are economically self reliant to meet their own needs and live honourable lives of human dignity.

The year began with the Citizenship Amendment Act protests, what began peacefully took a violent turn with rioting, arson, loss of lives and damage to private and public property. Then came reports about an outbreak of an unknown virus in China early in the year – Corona or Covid-19 that turned into a pandemic which during the course of the year infected 73.4 million people causing 1.63 million deaths worldwide and in India the figure of infected people is almost touching 1 crore with 9.43 lakh deaths. Economic loss was estimated to be to the tune of 1 trillion US Dollars -- Rupees 700 lakh crores. Covid–19 pandemic more or less dominated 2020 with its vice like grip of fear and uncertainty on the people with long periods of lockdowns, loss of jobs causing untold human suffering. And this is still going on, with the promise of a miracle vaccine still far to seek for the masses. Prout journal regularly covered these aspects with articles on how to develop and boost immunity with a holistic approach.

2020 also saw the hanging of four Nirbhaya convicts on March 20, which yet again sparked the ongoing debate about the abolishing of capital punishment. The night of June 14/15 saw a bloody India China clash on the borders in Eastern Ladakh with many killed including the respective Commanding Officers, and injured on both sides. And in October despite the Corona pandemic, elections to the Bihar Assembly were conducted and PBI--Proutist Bloc India -- participated in five constituencies. Results declared on November 10 were not as desired but everyone worked hard to reach out to the people with zeal despite all challenges thrown at them. 

On September 20, three farm bills viz. Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020; the Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price were passed. Meant to help small and marginal farmers who comprise 86% of the total farmers in India, but despite professed good intentions of the Government, the agitation got politicized and resulted in farmers mobilizing by the thousands and camping at the borders and blocking roads to Delhi starting end November. When this crossed 21 days, the Supreme Court stepped in to try and resolve the deadlock between the agitating farmers and the Government. Till end of the year this is yet to fructify.                                                                                         
With the coming of the New Year we conclude by wishing readers of Prout and entire humanity, all the very best of peace and prosperity by recalling Prout's founder's first New Year's message of January 1, 1956: “The Supreme Spirit within humanity, neglected for ages, has awakened today. This awakening will initiate a new chapter in human history. You will all be the pioneers of the new trend”. Let us all resolve to be the torchbearers of the new trend of Prout and “Remove the sorrow and suffering of exploited humanity; wipe tears from their eyes”.

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