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From Thoughts of Shrii P.R.Sarkar.2015-09-23

 Today 21st March M.N Roy\'s Birth Day, He was born in 24 Parganas in Bengal. Orijinal name Narendranath Bhattacharya, The founder of Communist Party of Mexico and India. In late 30\'s Netaji Subhas and M.N.Roy (also the propounder of radical humanism) once came to meet Shrii P.R Sarkar in Jamalpur, Bihar. They met Him in the Tiger’s grave. They were seated on His both sides and had long discussions with Him about India’s future. Both Subash
and M.N. Roy were giant personalities in their respective field and it was strange that they both would come all the way from Calcutta to Jamalpur to have some serious discussion with an obscure youth (Prabhat Ranjan) who was just past 17 years.
Roy left the mainline communist movement to pursue an independent radical politics. In 1940 Roy was instrumental in the formation of the Radical Democratic Party, an organisation in which he played a leading role for much of the decade of the 1940s. Roy later moved away from Marxism to become an exponent of the philosophy of radical humanism.

#Initiation of M.N Roy and Netaji Subhas by Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (Shrii Anandamurtiji):
Several times Baba had told that once Netaji Subhash and M.N. Roy (Manavendra Nath Roy) came to see Him in the Tigers grave in Jamalpur. But Baba did not tell the details of what actually they came there for and what actually transpired between them. Once He was graceful to reveal the secret. One evening (it was Guru Purnima – Purnima which generally falls in July) Baba was having field-walk in the polo ground. That day He was accompanied by a Margi named Hemchand Nayak of Baharagora of Singbhum district of then Bihar. He was an officer in the Agriculture dept. known for his honesty and was a very great devotee. There were two other persons that day. Since it was rainy season not many had come to Jamalpur. As there was nobody else that day they had the luck to perform the duty of the usual A, B, C groups (B group would accompany Baba from His residence to the Tiger‟s grave and A would sit with Him there and C would accompany Him back to His residence.) Just as they neared the Tigers grave Baba started telling them a hitherto unknown event that had taken place several decades ago. Pointing to the Tigers grave He said, “See Hemchand, it was on this day several years ago that Subash and M.N. Roy came to see Me on this Tigers grave. They arrived in Jamalpur in the afternoon. My appoint with them was at 7 p.m. I came there around 7.30 p.m. Both Subash and M.N. Roy were sitting on the Tigers grave. Subash was wearing his normal Doti and Kurta with a shawl wrapped around. M.N. Roy was wearing Pant and shirt”.
Before proceeding further I want to make a brief deviation. Though Baba did not specify the year, from the calculations it must be 1939 July*. Both Subash and M.N. Roy were giant personalities in their respective field and it was strange that they both would come all the way from Calcutta to Jamalpur to have some serious discussion with an obscure youth who was just past 17 years. Subash had resigned from the post of Congress President just two or three months ago. Still he was being hailed as the leader of the masses, particularly the youth of India. M.N. Roy can be called the founder of communist movement in India and Central America along with Trotsky and was contemporary of Lenin and Stalin. He was with Lenin in Russia and later moved to Mexico with Trotsky and founded the communist movement there. His original name was Narendra Nath Battacharya. After he got frustrated with Stalin‟s style of Communism he returned to India under the assumed name of Manavendra Nath Roy (M.N. Roy) to escape the attention of the British. Later he denounced Communism and later propounded „Radical Humanism‟. It was around that time that he had come in contact with Baba. Baba had just joined Vidyasagar College. But soon He had developed contact with the intellectual circle in Calcutta. K.C. Das the founder of K.C. Das & Sons the foremost makers of Rasagulla of Calcutta, M.N. Roy and several others eminent persons (whose name I don‟t remember now) were in His contact and with whom Baba used to have serious discussion. He used to charm them with His extraordinary intellectual eminence. Subash was a close associate of M.N. Roy.
Baba‟s younger brother Himanshu da remembers Baba taking him to see an elderly person one day. When they went to that person‟s house they saw that his white-skinned wife Evelyn Trent was massaging his body with oil. That elderly person received Baba with respect and had some serious discussion with Him. Baba was less than twenty then. After leaving the house Baba told Himanshu da that it was M.N.Roy, a great intellectual and thinker. Himanshu da was hardly twelve or thirteen and did not know who M.N. Roy was and never bothered to listen to what they were discussing. It appears that it was M.N. Roy who brought Netaji in Baba‟s contact. Baba had fixed appointment to meet them in the Tigers grave that day. It is not known if Netaji had met Baba in Calcutta before coming to Jamalpur.
Continuing the details of that evenings meeting Baba further said, “When I reached there they were already discussing something. It was about India‟s independence. Subash was of the opinion that India should be politically free first and then it would gain economic independence. M.N. Roy disagreed and held the view that India should fight for conomic freedom and political independence would automatically follow that. They asked me for my opinion”. Saying this Baba asked Hemchandji whose stand was correct. Hemchandji said that Subash should be correct. Baba said, “No Hemchand, history will prove that M.N. Roy was correct”. Then they had a long discussion with Baba. He explained them how morality was essential for anyone wanting to serve the society. Without spirituality, morality was not possible and one could become corrupt. Without much argument Subash agreed and asked Baba to convince M.N. Roy. M.N. Roy was of the view that human beings have some innate moralistic tendency and that was sufficient for humans to do service to mankind. Baba said that even that moralistic tendency will not stand the test of serious temptation. Only by being a spiritualist one would be able to have a strong moral base. Baba said that it took Him more than an hour to convince M.N. Roy. Finally both agreed to learn meditation. Subash was already practicing spiritual practices from before. First Baba initiated Subash and then M.N. Roy. After the initiation Baba asked Subash to express some personal wish he wanted to be fulfilled. Baba said that Subash did not ask anything for himself but wanted to see India free from the British rule. Baba said that India would be free but there should be struggle to achieve that. Subash said that he did not believe that through non-violence India would be free and the people of India will not fight for independence because of the influence of Gandhiji‟s non-violence. So how would India become free? Baba said that since he was a courageous person he should organize struggle from outside India if it was not possible from inside the country. Later on another occasion Baba said that after initiation He took three promises from Subash as part of Guru Dakshina. Baba said that he had fulfilled two promises out of that and was yet to fulfill the third one. He did not reveal what the three promises were. Tidbits of what Baba revealed to Hemchandji that day He had told to different persons. But this entire detail of the initiation of Subash He revealed only on that day. Though Baba continued to have link with M.N. Roy, he never practiced meditation seriously. Subash on the other hand took up his spiritual practices very seriously. His relatives and those who were with him during the war period had seen him doing long meditation even in the middle of war.] - From the Archives of AM.

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Subash Chandra Bose from the Ananda Marga Archieve2015-09-23


The untold story of #Netaji Subhash Chandra
- part I ]------

Introduction:Natajii Subhas Chandra Bose is popularly
as Netaji (the leader) and he was the actual leader of the nation during the independence movement. For young and old, men and women, people of all back ground, in south or north, east or west he is the most revered leader of independence. Among the masses he is more popular than Gandhiji. Even today the youth Netaji is a great source of inspiration He was the president of Congress party which was leading the independence movement and he won the election to that post defeating the candidate supported by Gandhiji because of backing of the youth. But Gandhiji started creating hindrance in his function as the president of the party. So he resigned from Congress party and launched a new party called the Forward Block. His greatest dream was to see India independent. He was then put under house arrest by British and he escaped from there. In disguise he left India via Afghanistan and then traveled to Germany where he met Hitler and solicited his help to fight British rule in India. Finding not much response there he traveled to the Far-East and with the help of the Japanese organized the tens of thousands of Indian living in Singapore and Malaysia and Indian Prisoner of War in the custody of Japanese. With their help he organized the Indian National Army with material support from the Japanese. He liberated some of the North-Eastern states of India and started advancing towards Bengal. The whole India was waiting for Netaji to liberate it from the British rule. That was when the Gandhiji supported the British against Netaji. But the whole India was ready to stand behind Netaji. Just at the time the Japanese capitulated and the support for Netaji from the Japanese ended. So Netaji had to call off the war. British wanted to try him for waging war against them. It was said that after the war ended he took a plane from Rangoon in Burma to Taiwan. It was claimed that the plane crashed in Taihoku in Taiwan and he died of the injuries sustained in that crash. But people in India never believed that story. They believed that he went into hiding and became a monk and was leading a spiritual life and will come out one day to lead India to a great future. Until today that belief continues. There was plan by Mount Batten (who was commander in chief of Allied Forces in the east) to arrest Netaji as war criminal and execute him.

Baba (Anandamurtijii Aka Shrii P.R Sarkar) had great love and admiration for Netaji. Dedicating the book ‘Problems of the day’ to Netaji Baba wrote in that book – ‘To the great hero Subhas Chandra Bose whom I did love and whom I do love even now’. Many Margiis of the early days know that Netaji had link with Baba. But the details were not known. Following are some of the untold stories of Netaji’s close link with Baba in detail.
It was 14th November 1954 a Sunday. The second General Darshan of Marga was taking place in the quarter no. 339 EF in Rampur colony, Jamalpur. This was the house where the Marga was born. There were about 15-16 persons in the small room and all of them were initiated by Baba. Present among them were Pranay da - the first General Secretary, Chandranathji Comandanat (Bihar ilitary Police), V.K. Asthanaji (Asst. Collector of Customs and Central Excise, Bhagalpur), Nagina Prasad (Suptd. of Customs and Central Excise, Bhagalpur), Dr.Sachinandan Mandal, Rasmay Das and several others. After a short talk, Baba did death demonstration on one Krishna Chandra Pal (nick name Kesto). During the demonstration, after separating the mind of Kesto from his body Baba made the mind of a dead great saint (Shyama Charan Lahari) enter into that body (this saint’s disciple’s disciple started later a big spiritual movement now having many branches in the West.) After Shyama Charan Lahari’s mind entered the body of Kesto, his mind was projected out and was asked to visit several places including a planet of Ashvini Star, Mars, Moon and Kremlin and was asked to narrate what all he saw there. Then Baba ordered him to go across the Himalayas and go to Tibet. Once in Tibet He asked the saint to go to its capital Lhasa and then to a nearby monastery in Ling Popo. There He sent the saint’s mind to a nearby cave and asked him to narrate what he saw there. The saint said that a very radiant looking person was meditating there. Baba asked him to go close and see who it was. The saint said that it was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose. That created a sensation among those assembled who were already marveled seeing several unbelievable things happening before them. Then Baba asked the saint to enter Netaji’s mind and ask him if he wanted to come back to India. Netaji indicated with his head that he did not want to come back. Baba asked the saint to leave Netaji alone and return back. After that the saint was asked to leave the body and the original Kesto was brought back into that body. It was one of the most marvelous demonstrations Baba ever did. (There are several details to this demonstration but in order not to deviate from the actual story about Netaji I am leaving that out.) After this Baba had shown Netaji more than 30 or 40 times while in Jamalpur and Ranchi. Most of time Dasharthji, while in Jamalpur and some WTs, while in Ranchi used to be the media. Many times Margiis wanted to know about Netaji and then Baba would show Netaji to the medium. Most of the time, Netaji was found in meditative posture inside the cave and a few times outside that cave. (I am not sure if it was always the same cave or different caves. But it was always in Tibet. After the 1st time Baba never specified the location of the cave in other demonstrations.) He had a long white beard and thin long hair. Persons on whom the demonstrations were done have sometime given the description of the surroundings. It was a hilly area and there was a small rivulet flowing nearby. A few times Netaji was found resting outside the cave. On one or two occasions he had skulls with him which indicated that he was a Kapalika.

Baba Anandamurtijii had said that nobody could enter the cave without permission of Netaji or Baba and if anyone tries to enter without permission he would fall dead then and there. Several times Margiis wanted to know if he would come back to India and Baba would order the medium to ask that and every time Netaji would indicate with his head movement that he did not want to come back. Then Baba would say that if they tried they too could become great like Netaji. Several times Margiis would ask Baba to bring Netaji back and through him do Pracar of Marga. If only Netaji had come back and spoken about Baba and Marga to the people that would have lead to the instant acceptance of Marga by the people of India.
Baba never wanted Marga to spread like that. Once or twice Netaji indicated that he would come if Baba wanted him back. But Baba refused to call him back. He would say that Netaji had completed his duty to the society and now he should not be disturbed from his meditation. Once Baba said that ‘Netaji is greatest mystery in the Cosmic drama’. Several times Baba had told Margiis that Netaji and M.N.Roy (Manabendra Nath Roy, the propounder of radical humanism) once came to meet Baba in Jamalpur. They met Him in the Tiger’s grave. He also had said that they were seated on His both sides and had long discussions with Him about India’s future. Baba’s had revealed many more secrets about His association with Netaji, about Netaji’s initiation, about his leaving India, about Netaji coming to see Baba and Netaji’s leaving the body.
[All that would be very long and you can read that from the next part.]

- From A.M Archive
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TARAKA BRAHMAS2015-09-12

 God is known as Paramatman or the collection of souls.Literally,God is the ocean of souls.Our soul is known as atma or the unit soul which is ever longing to merge into the Paramatman.Each individual, whether its a man,animal, or plant is a soul with a body around it.Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji said that we have attained the human form after many rebirths from lower forms of life through the efforts of Prakriti or Sagun Brahma.Sagun Brahma has helped us to attain human form in order to do spirituaĺ practice under the loving guidance and shelter of Taraka Brahma to merge into God or Nirgun Brahma or Paramatman.The defination of Taraka Brahma is that he is/was a person like us.But,unlike an ordinary person\'s brain which functions only 3% spirituality, a Taraka Brahma\'s brain function 100% spiritually.A mahapurasha brain function around 30%.Anandamurtiji said we can raise the % of brain function to higher levels by sadhana (meditation).Anandamargis believe Shiva, ,Krishna and Anandamurtiji were Taraka Brahmas in the three Yugs which passed after human beings evolved.Lord Shiva was born 7000 years ago,Shri Krishna was born 2500 years ago and Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji was born in the 20th century.
Shrii P.R.Sarkar said \"Avatara\" means \"descending\",to come to form of a \"unit\".Every person is an Avatara of Paramatman.But the advent of Taraka Brahma is known as \"Mahasambhuti\".He said that during a period when the \"papis\" become too dominant in the society and the \"good\" are suppressed and exhaust of all means to fight the Demons or Evil,the Law of Dharma compels the Paramatman to descend to the society in the form of an ordinary man but having immense supernatural powers to revolve the wheel of \"Yug\" or \"Age\" to the appropriate \"Yug\" by applying tremendous force in order to uphold Dharma or Righteousness.That is why Lord Krishna had to stage the \"Mahabharata\" in order to give victory to the Pandavas who were on the side of Dharma against the Kauravas.The future generations could also draw lessons from the Epic War for Dharma to prevail in any Yog or Age.





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EDUCATION IN THE ANANDA MARGA SYSTEM.2015-09-12

 If we take education in it\'s conventional dictionary meaning,it means an act or process of education or being educated or the knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
However,Shri Shri Anandamurtiji defined it in a much broader terms.He said the English word is unique in a sense that every letter in a word carries a multiple of words from the letters in the spelling which will tell the meaning of the word itself.
Expanding the the word education Shrii P.R.Sarkar,alias Shri Shri Anandamurtiji,defined & expanded EDUCATION as follows-
E=Enlargement of mind
D= DESMEP ( D= Discipline,E= Etiquette,S=Smartness,M= Morality,E= English and P=Pronunciation)
U= Universal outlook
C= Character
A= Active habits
T=Trust worthiness
I= Ideation of the Great
O= Omniscience\'s grace
N= Nice temperament.
We should,therefore,incorporate the true meaning of education into our system in order to bring out not only qualified but also truly educated people useful to mankind.





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Assam Needs A Second Cultural Renaissance.2015-09-12

 Assam is a land of rich cultural heritage.The features of offering Tamulpan, Xorai.Gamosa are three important symbolic elements which are unique to Assamese culture. Vaishanav Movement, a 15th-century religio-cultural movement under the leadership of Srimanta Sankardeva was the first Renaissance of Assamese culture. A renewed Hinduisation in local forms took place, which was initially greatly supported by the Koch and later by the Ahom Kingdoms. The resultant social institutions such as namghar and sattra (the Vaishnav Monasteries) have become part of the Assamese way of life. The movement contributed greatly towards language, literature and performing and fine arts.However,the first Renaissance of Assamese culture by Srimanta Sankardev could not stand the test of time as we enter into a New Age wherein the ethnic groups of Assam who were sidelined from the mainstream for centuries with their culture,tradition and languages have now awakened for recognition after a timeless supression.The cultures,traditions and languages of the ethnic groups of Assam including the Adivasis will have to be respected and given its due recognition in Assam.Shrii P.R.Sarkar,alias Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji said that Sibsagar is the cultural seat of Assam.Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji said Adivasis were Adi-asomias(the earlyAsomias) thriving to become Asomias.The lingo franca of the Naga tribes is called \'Nagamese\' which is actually a broken form of Assamese.This indicates the affinity of the Nagas with Assamese language and culture.He also said that the ethnic people had been culuturally and economically exploited for more than seven thousand years by foreign invasions.That is why many followers of Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji believe that a Cultural University should be set up in Assam in Sibsagar or any other suitable place in Assam in order to develop the diverse cultures,traditions and languages of the various ethnic groups of Assam with the mainstream.There should also be decentralized economic democracy for the ethnic people of Assam to allow themselves to develop according to their own unique traditions and culture.The culture of the ethnic people are usally cooperative democracy. They are inborn with the skills of coperative survival in the adverse conditions they had struggled and lived in for centuries.They stood the test of time.We should now sow the seeds of a new cultural revolution in Assam in the real sense of the term.This,we believe, will be the second Renaissance of Assamese culture which is absolutely necessary without which the development of Asomia Samaj is an impossibility.
That\'s why the bard of Assam,Dr Bhupen Hazarika sang,\"আমি অসমীয়া নহওঁ দুখীয়া
বুলি সান্ত্বনা লভিলে নহ’ব,
আজিৰ অসমীয়াই নিজক নিচিনিলে
অসম ৰসাতলে যাব,
আমি অসমীয়া নহওঁ দুখীয়া
বুলি সান্ত্বনা লভিলে নহ’ব….\"





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Revisiting the 6th Schedule to the Constitution of India with its context to Samaj Movements.2015-09-12

 The 6th Schedule was incorporated into the Constitution of India in the year 1954 for the districts of the then United Mikir and North Cachar Hills District, the Khasi Hills, the Jaintia Hills, the Garo Hills and Lushai Hills of erstwhile state of Assam as per the recommendation of the North East Sub Committee to the Constituent Assembly headed by Late Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi. Late Rupath Brahma, Late Rev.J.J. M. Nicholsroy and Late A.V.Thakkar were also the members of the North East Sub Committee to the Constituent Assembly.The movement for the 6th Schedule was initiated by Reverend Nicholsroy, a Khasi pastor from 1947. All the ethnic tribals of the hill districts of the then Assam opted for this provision except the Naga National Council under the leadership of Angami Zapu Phizo ,who wanted secession from India. However, under the Congress regime, Nagaland ,was created as the first state in post independence India in 1962 from the erstwhile Naga Hills district of Assam.The Naga secession struggle faded after the death of Phizo in 1990 in London.However,the Nagas had supported Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and Azad Hind Fauz during the invasion of British India by Netaji for freedom from the British Raj.Netaji Subash Chandra Bose ,the enigmatic freedom fighter, stayed with the Nagas for over two months in 1944.I would like to highlight the fact that the 6th Schedule to the Constitution of India was introduced under the Scottish pattern so as to enable the tribal people of these regions to develop themselves by safeguarding their respective culture and tradition. But, the subsequent state governments of Assam injected party politics into the innocent tribals during the elections to these councils, the policy of divide and rule.The consequence led to tribal unrest for safeguarding the interest of these councils under the leadership of Captain Williamson Sangma,a dynamic Garo leader in the late sixties.A regional political party,The All Party Hill Leaders Conference(APHLC) was formed.Initially,a substate comprising of Khasi,Jaintia and Garo Hills districts was formed in Assam by amending the Constitution in 1969 during the prime ministership of Mrs Indira Gandhi.The provision of Article 244,paved way for formation a full fledged hill state.Meghalaya in 1972.Article 244(A),still provides Karbi Anglong and N.C.Hills (now Dima Hasao),an autonomous state within the state of Assam either wholly or partially. However,it is pertinent to mention that no area can develop without socioeconomic developments.The economy of a particular socioeconomic zone should not be taken away to develop other areas..But,unfortunately,that\'s exactly what\'s happening to the 6th schedule areas.It has been observed that the revenue earned through the sale of the natural recourses is minimal if we compare it to the huge profits being earned by businessmen who operate these natural resources in these areas.They invest the profits outside these areas.These districts would have developed economically during these years if the money so earned had been reinvested in the regions of their origins for economic development.Otherwise,how can these backward areas develop economically where the source of income is the natural resourse only.? The main reason for insurgency and massive corruption in these areas,I believe,is due to this unnatural outflow of money outside their areas of origin.The economy of an area can develop only when the particular Samaj or the socioeconomic unit is developed.According to P.R.Sarkar the propounder of Progressive Utilisation Theory (PROUT),Samaj means collective movement of people towards progress.Without progress of Samaj in a particular socioeconomic zone,the progress of the particular unit is not possible.And without progress all socioeconomic zones of the country,the ultimate progress of the country is also not possible.in the realm of spiritual,mental,cultural and economy,viz,socioeconomy, humankind cannot progress.Therefore,dealing with the progress of any indigenous people is a very sensitive matter and further exploitation of indigenous people by capitalists will be detrimental to the progress of the nation.
Now,it\'s a high time for us to relook into the caste reservation policy of the Government of India keeping the background of benefits of SC/ST/OBC categories in these 60 years of our democracy.I feel that these categories have not been benefitted by this policy.Rather,this system has degraded the standard of SC/ST/OBC in all spheres of life.The caste system has been in vogue in India for the last 7 fthousand years but no system clicked to develop the country.Rather,most of the systems are failing and the economy of the country is now in a mess.Rather than keeping the quota,we suggest that the country should be developed into socioeconomic zones as per the nature of the Samaj movements.The North Eastern region in particular excepting Tripura should be allowed to merge into the greater Assamese,Bodo and Lepcha Samajas of the North Eastern Region.The Lepcha language was developed in the research universities of the United States of America which is found to be an extremely rich language.The Lepcha language can now replace the foreign language \'Nepali\' being adopted as the official language of Sikkim at present.That way,the Lepcha language will be natural for the large sections of Lepcha origin people present in Sikkim.The national leaders should draw such examples from various corners of the country and decentralise the economy of the country on socioeconomic lines in order to develop themselves in the cooperative way which is the future of the country.We must draw lessons from Gujarat Cooperatives which are the epitomes of economic progress in India.It is pertinent to mention that the Country\'s first Cooperative University \'The Rajiv Gandhi State University of Cooperative Management\' at Sibsagar in Assam under the guidance of IIM-A has been proactively established by the Government.Since the cooperative management in Assam and other states excepting Gujarat are very poor,the university will benefit in building cooperative managers who can breathe in life to the defunct cooperatives of the state and the country.In my opinion,the oppressed indigenous people don\'t need reservations.What they need is exposure and socioeconomic development within the purview of their socioeconomic zones.We must not forget that the author of the Indian Constitution,B.R.Ambedkar, was an SC and the first direct IAS officer of Assam without reservation who became the Chief Secretary of both Meghalaya and Assam was J.C.Nampui,was tribal from Haflong .






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The emergence of an alternative economics to the present failing systems in vogue.2014-10-04


     Dr. Ravi Batra,Indian born professor of economics at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, is the author of five international best sellers. He was the chairperson of his department from 1977 to 1980. In October 1978, because of dozens of publications in top journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Review of Economic Studies, among others, Batra was ranked third in a group of “superstar economists,” selected from all the American and Canadian universities by an article in the learned journal, Economic Enquiry. In 1990, the Italian prime minister awarded him a Medal of the Italian Senate for writing a book that correctly predicted the downfall of Soviet communism, fifteen years before it happened.

     Dr Ravi Batra derived most of his ideas of his famous predictions from the teachings of our Guru,Late P.R.Sarkar better known by the spiritual name as "Shri Shri Anandamurtiji",the propounder of  Progressive Utilisation Theory otherwise known as PROUT.Anandamurtiji said that spirituality is an intuitional science which, if  practiced correctly,will benefit mankind,especially in the present stage of spiritio-psycho,socio and economic crises which the world is facing during the present wheel of social revolution transforming the age of Acquisitors or Capitalists into the age of Intellectuals.Anandamurtiji had explained during one of his many discourses that communism would fall like a house of cards and capitalism would vanish like a burst of crackers because these two philosophies were not based on spirituality and hence defective and bound to fail in this era.That is what we saw when the great communist power like USSR disintegrate and capitalism is also showing signs of cracking up.The liquidation of corporate financial giants,AIG,Lehman Brothers in 2008 and the impending financial disaster of the famous Ford Motor Company are the early signs of the swift but inevitable end to the present capitalism thriving on borrowed time.
 
       Dr. Batra has a remarkable ability to take something very complex and make it seem remarkably simple .Dr. Batra was able to untangle the economic mess the USA is aain today and explain it as a failure of previous economic policies, primarily promoted by Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank.As Batra explained, during the 1990's and early 2000's, productivity rose at a tremendous pace but wages didn’t rise with productivity. This created an increasing supply of goods without creating additional purchasing capacity to buy it.Shareholders demand for increasing value forced corporations to maximise profits at all costs. This pressure kept wages down. Profits rose, share value rose and executive compensation rose. The supply of goods increased with increasing productivity but purchasing capacity stagnated with the failure of wages to rise along with productivity.Workers were forced to increase debt to keep demand up. The Fed, under the guidance of Alan Greenspan, helped by encouraging subprime mortgage lending so people without sufficient credit could buy homes and then borrow against these pseudo assets with pseudo credit. As long as home values continued to rise, no one was asking any questions. When the housing bubble burst, we saw the cascading collapse of economies built on this pseudo credit. With credit drying up, wages stagnating, and asset values plummeting, purchasing capacity vanished and demand for goods along with it. The result of this excess inventory was loss of jobs, which further depressed demand.

        Batra stated that in the US economy, 15% of GDP is based on investment and 70% on consumption and 15% on government spending. The current government program to bailout the banks and stimulate the economy with government spending only takes care of 30% of the economy without any effort to increase consumption. The economy will move into depression unless consumption is increased.

       What to do?Create purchasing power among workers. They needed to increase the purchase of US assembled autos in order to slow or stop the coming depression. Dr. Batra suggested that the government should give a 20% tax credit to anyone who buys an auto assembled in the USA and a 20% tax credit for home buyers. But whatever the government did, Dr. Batra predicted that it is too late to stop the coming depression. Now they have to look toward slowing and reversing the depression as soon as possible. But this will require elimination of widespread corruption in business and government and the implementation of new economic models.Dr. Batra further suggests that to counter the corporate tendency to maximise profits by suppressing wages and minimising product quality, employees should become majority owners in big corporations. For example, there is about $2 billion worth of General Motors stock. Instead of spending 20 billion to bail out GM, the government can spend $2 billion buying all GM stock and giving it to GM employees. We know the GM employees know how to design and build cars. This would solve most of the problems facing GM and be a much better value for taxpayers.Dr. Batra explained that the source of all depressions is a growing gap between the rise in productivity and wages. The way to overcome this problem is through the process of economic democracy. This would be accomplished through worker cooperative ownership of businesses or at least majority ownership with management by professionals accountable to boards set up by employees.One of the major problems we have now in overcoming the current crisis is widespread corruption of public officials due to the massive amounts of money injected by large corporations. If this corruption is not rooted out, our officials will be powerless to prevent or reverse the coming depression.
 
          How to survive the coming depression? Take shelter of the Supreme and meditate. Batra says the coming changes will be very difficult for everyone and he recommends the practice of yoga meditation to help maintain mental balance during times of change. He also said that meditation helps develop a spiritual outlook on life which gives the courage to fight against corruption.The new economic model should be based on PROUT (Progressive Utilisation Theory). Dr. Batra explained that in a PROUT economy, the government doesn’t have to do much for the economy. Economic democracy keeps control of the economy on the local level. With local control over the economy, wages and demand will increase with productivity.

       India is the land of spirituality.But,we must be vigilant against exploiters who in the disguise of spiritual exponents  exploit the society for capitalist gains.These spiritual exploiters may be termed as Avidya Tantrics amd the clever tactics devised by them can be termed as "Spiritualism" which is opposite to "Spirituality".These types of people are very intelligent and lead the suffering society into a state of helplessness and extreme dependency on them.Many of these present exponents misinterpret YOGA for yogic exercises.Anandamurtiji said YOGA is a scientific process to merge into GOD  and the yoga postures are called incersisis or exercises of the internal organs and endocrine glands of the body.That is why,Vidya Tantra or Spirituality should be practiced for an equipoised mental and physical state of every individual of the society in order to face the crises during the change of the era into the so called Batra's optimistic prediction in his latest work "The New Golden Age".

      However,India doesn't have this gloomy picture painted on its economy as yet.India has very rich human resource investment in the West as professionals which we had thought was a brain drain.These resources combined with spiritual leadership will take India and the world into the new golden age; into the new world of bliss for one and all.The world is looking towards India for the leadership.





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THE IRONY OF OUR LOVE REVOLUTION.2014-10-02

 To lack the courage for satyagraha and revolution is natural. However what is unnatural and evil is to focus our outrage on weaker and innocent people based on prejudices we learned in childhood of caste, religion, language, etc. We all know how a child who is bullied, instead of confronting a bully, will often themselves bully someone smaller than them so as to vent their anger. This is what has been happening since the Indian economy was so-called “liberalized” or sold to the highest bidder. The result of this has been that most of India’s population has become poorer and a small amount of people have moved into the middle class. This middle class, we know so well, is afraid to confront the criminals and corrupt government officials. However their anger at their victimization is exploited by politicians who focus their rage on a particular caste or religion. This is how fascism is building up in this country. Fascism comes from the yearning for a strong, dictatorial leader who will teach a lesson to the corrupt people and the people we are taught to hate. We all know that the Indian middle class is attracted to such fascist leaders as well to religious extremists that have taken over every religious group. Even the renowned universal-minded Ramkrishna mission has come under the control of religious extremists who have forced it to participate in their functions. This final coup de grace to the soul of Indian democracy coming after the body blows to democracy described above renders the nation truly piteous as described by Khalil Gibran,

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave,
eats a bread it does not harvest,
and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.
Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero,
and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.
Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream,
yet submits in its awakening.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice
save when it walks in a funeral,
boasts not except among its ruins,
and will rebel not save when its neck is laid
between the sword and the block.
Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,
whose philosopher is a juggler,
and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.
Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
and farewells him with hooting,
only to welcome another with trumpeting again.
Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years
and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.
Pity the nation divided into into fragments,
each fragment deeming itself a nation.






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PROUTist Economics in a nutshell.2014-10-02


“Economics is by definition a form of housekeeping. This is why one of the meanings of oikanomia is thrift or prudent and wise use of resources, saving as much as possible in the pre-production and post-production stages. So we can see that economics is essentially part of family dynamics and family growth. Hence economic decisions are then made with the welfare of the entire family foremost in mind. This family includes the animals and even the trees.”

In his moving Noble Prize acceptance speech, the master of parables exposing religion and capitalism, Jose Saramago,Nobel Laureate in Literature,1998. described this kind of loving atmosphere:

"The wisest man I ever knew in my whole life could not read or write. At four o'clock in the morning, when the promise of a new day still lingered over French lands, he got up from his pallet and left for the fields, taking to pasture the half-dozen pigs whose fertility nourished him and his wife. My mother's parents lived on this scarcity, on the small breeding of pigs that after weaning were sold to the neighbours in our village of Azinhaga in the province of Ribatejo. Their names were Jerónimo Meirinho and Josefa Caixinha and they were both illiterate. In winter when the cold of the night grew to the point of freezing the water in the pots inside the house, they went to the sty and fetched the weaklings among the piglets, taking them to their bed. Under the coarse blankets, the warmth from the humans saved the little animals from freezing and rescued them from certain death...Amongst the peace of the night, amongst the tree's high branches a star appeared to me and then slowly hid behind a leaf while, turning my gaze in another direction I saw rising into view like a river flowing silent through the hollow sky, the opal clarity of the Milky Way, the Road to Santiago as we still used to call it in the village. With sleep delayed, night was peopled with the stories and the cases my grandfather told and told: legends, apparitions, terrors, unique episodes, old deaths, scuffles with sticks and stones, the words of our forefathers, an untiring rumour of memories that would keep me awake while at the same time gently lulling me...and this Jerónimo, my grandfather, swineherd and story-teller, feeling death about to arrive and take him, went and said goodbye to the trees in the yard, one by one, embracing them and crying because he knew he wouldn't see them again."





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Scientific Fasting.2014-10-02

 Ekadashi,also spelled as Ekadasi, is the eleventh lunar day (Tithi) of the shukla (bright) or krishna (dark) paksha (fortnight) of every lunar month. Anandamurtiji explained that as our body is a biological machine,the internal organs also need complete rest to recoup.Therefore,observing an (ideally waterless) fast from sunrise of the day of Ekadashi to sunrise on the next day is advocated. Two Ekadashis occur in one month according to positions of the moon. One Ekadashi coincides with the times when the Moon is the closest to Earth (perigee) and the times when it is farthest from the Earth (apogee). These are also the times of high tide and low tide respectively. During Ekadashis in the Krishna paksha, the Moon is at its closest to the Earth and during Ekadashis in the Shukla paksha at its farthest from the Earth.Therefore,observance of fasts during these two positions of the moon in relation to the highest and lowest gravitational pull of the moon is what I believe to be scientific fasting.





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ASSAM RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY OF COOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT in Sivasagar2014-09-30

 The establishment of the ASSAM RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY OF COOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT in Sivasagar, Assam, under the provisions of the THE ASSAM RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY OF COOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT ACT , 2010,is a welcome step in the right direction taken by the Government of Assam, under the leadership of Shri Tarun Gogoi, Hon'ble Chief minister of Assam. Though the University faces an uphill task at this moment with only the appointment of a Vice Chancellor of the University, infrastructure development and appointment of faculties should be taken up expeditiously because of its importance in the present global scenario of failure in the systems favoring corporate business. In the USA, the corporate giants like the AIG and Lehman Brothers have already been liquidated and the giant General Motor Company which once bragged out turning out the best cars in the world is sinking like the Titanic.

My favorite economist, Dr. Raveendra Nath "Ravi" Batra, an Indian-American economist, author, and professor at Southern Methodist University and author of six international bestsellers, two of which appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list, with one reaching #1 in late 1987,explained, that during the 1990's and early 2000's, productivity rose at a tremendous pace but wages didn’t rise with productivity. This created an increasing supply of goods without creating additional purchasing capacity to buy it. Shareholders demand for increasing value forced corporations to maximize profits at all costs. This pressure kept wages down. Profits rose, share value rose and executive compensation rose. The supply of goods increased with increasing productivity but purchasing capacity stagnated with the failure of wages to rise along with productivity. Workers were forced to increase debt to keep demand up. The Fed, under the guidance of Alan Greenspan, helped by encouraging subprime mortgage lending so people without sufficient credit could buy homes and then borrows against these pseudo assets with pseudo credit. As long as home values continued to rise, no one was asking any questions. When the housing bubble burst, saw the cascading collapse of economies built on this pseudo credit. With credit drying up, wages stagnating, and asset values plummeting, purchasing capacity vanished and demand for goods along with it. The result of this excess inventory was loss of jobs, which further depressed demand.

Dr. Batra further suggested that to counter the corporate tendency to maximize profits by suppressing wages and minimizing product quality, employees should become majority owners in big corporations. For example, there is about $2 billion worth of General Motors stock. Instead of spending 20 billion to bail out GM, the government can spend $2 billion buying all GM stock and giving it to GM employees. The GM employees know how to design and build cars. This would solve most of the problems facing GM and be a much better value for taxpayers. In fact, a capitalistic country like the US, has now realized that the only solution left for them to revive the economy is to turn cooperative. Otherwise, with the present impending economic depression and severe recession which the world is experiencing on the dollar is like getting a one way ticket to hell. There is a tremendous weight on the Wall Street to give in to the pressure of the people to occupy it with reformation with cooperative outlooks. In India, we are also seeing the failure of giant corporates. The Hon'ble Supreme Court of India had expressed its fierce displeasure at the Sahara group for ignoring its order to refund Rs 27,000 thousand crores to it's investors in December 5,2012.The Sahara was directed to refund it or face the music. Multinational giants like the Reliance, Tata, Birla, etc are already signs of cracking up and living on borrowed time. The present system of corporate economy whether capitalistic or socialist cannot survive the economic recession which the globe is facing today.

The first step towards establishment of a Co-operative University was the declaration made by the Honorable Chief Minister Shri Tarun Gogoi in the budget speech on 15th March of 2010 to establish a "Regional Institute of Cooperation and Management “at Sivasagar. Accordingly a Budget Provision of Rs. 1 crore was made in the budget of Cooperation Department for the year 2010-11.

The University is named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is coming up in upper Assam’s Sivasagar district. The university will offer courses on co-operative management and, at the same time, will train existing manpower in both the government and the private sector to manage the cooperative sector.

The Assam state assembly passed the Rajiv Gandhi University of Cooperative Management Bill, 2010.The university will offer courses on co-operative management and, at the same time, will train existing manpower in both the government and the private sector to manage the cooperative sector. The university will also carry out research and studies on government projects in the cooperative sector as well as suggest measures for proper management and implementation of schemes. The move comes amid demand for proper management of co-operative agencies under the government. Several co-operative banks and development agencies in Assam are on the verge of closure due to poor management. But the state government has seceded to take up steps to rejuvenate the co-operative agencies to boost the state’s rural economy.

The core value of a cooperative enterprise system is "coordinated cooperation," in which free human beings with equal rights and mutual respect work together for the welfare of each other. This differs from "subordinated cooperation," where people work individually or collectively but are under other people's supervision. Subordinated cooperation occurred in state socialist communes that were formed through forced collectivization. True coordinated cooperation does not exist as a prevailing value in any present economic system.

The principles of Cooperative Enterprise are:
1. Membership is open and voluntary. Workers are able to become members, usually by nominal holdings of share capital.
2. There is democratic control at all levels of the enterprise, on the basis of one member, one vote.
3. Interest paid on share capital is limited.
4. Workers share in any surplus, usually in proportion to each member's work contribution.
5. Some part of cooperatives' surpluses is devoted to worker education.
6. Cooperatives cooperate among themselves.


In sum, developing a well-functioning cooperative sector requires moral people with cooperative values, similar material needs, and mutual respect for each other; appropriate organizational and management structures; and a conducive political, social, and economic environment to support small and medium scale cooperative industry and the development of a local economy.

In attempting to establish a viable cooperative economy, it must be considered whether cooperatives can develop in the absence of a sufficient moral base. In other words, must strong moral values first be in prevalent for cooperatives to flourish, or do cooperative enterprises themselves help create moral and cooperative values among those participating in the cooperative.

In addition to fostering collective cooperation, cooperatives have the following advantages:

1. Cooperatives are inherently just enterprises: they broaden the base of property ownership and distribution of wealth. This is particularly important for creating democratic institutions and true political equality. Otherwise, those who have the wealth control access to resources, the media, and political power, which acts to corrupt democracy.

2. Cooperatives have demonstrated that they can outperform comparable private sector firms if they have access to sufficient means of production — i.e., capital, labor, and entrepreneurial and managerial talent. Productivity increases for two reasons. First, workers have greater motivation and morale because of greater individual rewards and because of elimination of the conflict between labor and management. Second, there is greater flow and use of information concerning production efficiency and there is greater scope to bring forward and use workers’ insights for improving production.

3. Cooperatives enhance worker satisfaction and job fulfillment because of participation in decision-making, equitable sharing of profits, greater opportunity for self-expression and dignity, and an environment of mutual respect and social equity. Cooperatives are one component of what is known as "psycho-economy", a branch of economics recognized in PROUT that is concerned (among other things) with increasing the psychic rewards of individual and collective work activity.

4. Cooperatives provide greater job security than private enterprise. In cooperatives, when it becomes necessary to cut back on production, workers are not immediately fired or laid off. Cooperative members can collectively arrange to reduce work hours or wages in order to maintain the employment of all members of the enterprise.

After the Co-operatives becoming a state subject, the first state co-operative law in the state was enacted in 1949 by the name. The Assam Co-operative Societies Act 1949.The Cooperative movement in Assam started with state patronage in the year 1904. During the period
only credit cooperatives were organized. But with the progress of time the need for applying Cooperative Organization in other field of activities was felt. The first law on cooperatives was enacted in 1904 under which only credit cooperatives could be organized. Thus it became a hurdle in the way of organizing cooperatives in other field of activities.

That is why, the present cooperative system in the country needs tremendous reform which could not show much impact on our economy. The cooperative system cannot function effectively in an environment of exploitation, corruption, and materialism, nor where they are forced to compete with large corporations for markets and supplies. For cooperatives to succeed, they must have morality among the worker-members, strong management of the enterprise, and community support for the cooperative system. Furthermore, cooperatives need ready access to suppliers and markets for their goods and services. And the members of a cooperative must be able to work in a collective spirit and must share similar material aspirations.

A cooperative is a legal entity owned and democratically controlled by its members. Members often have a close association with the enterprise as producers or consumers of its products or services.

However, experience in Western economies shows that cooperatives do not survive as isolated enterprises. They must operate together as a system of enterprises with a supportive infrastructure. These cooperative support institutions provide cooperative enterprises with financing, technical and management assistance, joint marketing and purchasing of supplies and services, research and development of new products, cooperative education and training, and lobbying and public relations services. Cooperatives tend to be relatively small enterprises in order to function democratically. The only way they can afford these services that larger companies can provide internally is through mutual cooperation.

It is noteworthy that the first Co-operative Society in Assam was the Shillong Co-operative Town Bank. By 1913-14, 229 Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies, 16 urban Agricultural Cooperative Societies and 6 Cooperative Central Banks were organized in Assam. As on today there are 10134 Cooperative Societies in Assam covering almost every field of economic activities.

Thus ,the Government of Assam in the year 2010 took the greatest initiative in the entire country to establish and constitute a teaching and residential University in the state of Assam to secure all the stakeholders of the Cooperative Management, education for widening knowledge and learning, training for enhancing skill and managerial capacity, research for searching innovative spheres, promotion for building cadres of professional managers, functionaries to man, organize, develop ever growing numbers of cooperatives and to make efforts for all-round development of co-operative movement and rural economy.

The Cooperative economy is the in thing of the day. We are just in the initial stage now but we've made a very good beginning for the state of Assam, especially with the Government of Assam with it's proactive action.





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