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Asomiya Samaj – A New Socio-Economic Movement for the People of Assam

By Dr Dhruba Hojai,
Guwahati, India

The Asomiya Samaj emblem
​The Asomiya Samaj emblem
A new "God-centred" socio-economic movement in the name and style of Asomiya Samaj for the progress and prosperity of Assam, India, will be floated very soon. The Asomiya Samaj is one of the 266 samajas of this planet and 48 samajas of Bharat Varsha (India) respectively as propounded by Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, otherwise known as Shrii Shrii Anandamurti by His disciples. The Manifesto is being drafted in pure Assamese and will be published after registration with the Election Commission of India.

Salient features of Asomiya Samaj

  • The definition of Asomiyas will be settled as "those people who have assimilated or merged into the Asomiya Society; culturally, traditionally, socially, linguistically  and economically (viz, the profits earned in Assam must be reinvested in Assam for the economic progress of the state viz-a-viz,the profits earned in Assam shall not be taken elsewhere to develop other states).
  • The minimum requirements of life and increasing purchasing power must be guaranteed to all, the power to make all economic decisions must be placed in the hands of the local people, and outsiders must be strictly prevented from interfering in the local economy — all this for the universal well being of all, including plants and animals.
  • All cultural expressions, traditions and languages of the various ethnic groups of Assam will be preserved and developed in a separate Cultural University to be set up in Assam.
  • The economic planning (State Budget) will start from Block Level – District Level – State Level and presented to the National Level (for approval).
  • The Cooperative Model of Economic Decentralisation to be implemented in every sector and every scheme in order to involve every person in the society. This model will solve the unemployment problem and bring in economic self sufficiency in the state.
  • 100% job guarantee for all.
  • Capitalists invariably produce at the lowest costs and sell at the highest profits. They prefer centralized production, which leads to regional economic disparity and imbalances in the distribution of the population. On the other hand, in the decentralized economy of PROUT, production is for consumption, and the minimum requirements of life will be guaranteed to all. All regions will get ample scope to develop their economic potentiality, so the problems of a floating population or over-crowding in urban centers will not arise.
  • Unless a country attains optimum development in industry and other sectors of the economy, it is impossible for it to be highly developed. If more than 30% to 45% of a country’s population is engaged in agriculture, there will be excessive pressure on the land. Such a country cannot become highly developed, nor can there be balanced, decentralized development in all sectors of the economy. India is a classic example of this. About 75% of India’s population is dependent on agriculture for its livelihood.

Here are two of the promises in the Manifesto which will throw some light into the intentions of the "Asomiya Samaj":

  • Permanent solution for floods in Assam which has a large number of rivers:
    – Dredging rivers and throwing rich soil on riverbanks in order to deepen the river beds.
    – Growing expensive plants like teak and fruit trees on the shore of the rivers for controlling soil erosion.
    – Further away from the river grow cheap trees for firewood, construction, etc., in order to regenerate the forests (afforestation) and ecological balance.
    This will generate jobs and solve the problem of flooding. No place has implemented Sarkar's Prout programme but Assam needs this most as it has the largest rivers.
  • The problem of Sick Tea Gardens will be taken up by the Asomiya Samaj by alternative farming such as rubber plantation which is an upcoming and prospective farming in Assam in order to save the tea garden tribals. The tea garden tribals will be given the right to own the rubber plantation in a cooperative way.

The Union Budget had nothing for tackling the flood and erosion problem of Assam. “Though Assam has been plagued with this alarming erosion problem and it has so far permanently lost 4.27 lakh hectare of land due to river-bank erosion, the central government has announced nothing for the state,” Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi inister said. The Budget had not fully restored the earlier funding pattern to 90:10 despite strong protests from the Northeastern states, the CM added. – See more at: http://indianexpress.com/article/business/budget/jaitleys-budget-great-disappointment-for-assam-ne-tarun-gogoi/#sthash.k541M4od.dpuf

Krishnanagar Prout UTC

Picture above: A section of the audience enjoying the street theatre performance of Mukta Bhumir Meye ("Daughters of Liberated Land") downtown Krishnanagar during the Prout UTC

(Krishnanagar, 21 December) – A five-day Prout utilisation camp (UTC) was conducted at Krishnanagar in Nadia District, West Bengal from 17 to 21 December. More than 300 students, youth, Prout leaders (BPs, UBPs and various committee members) attended the camp.

A Prout UTC is a multifaceted educational platform oriented towards the all-round progress of participants. Essential activities include meditation, yoga asanas, ideological training, discussions on current issues, and cultural programs. More than 80 youth from Odisha, Tatanagar, Purulia and several districts of West Bengal were initiated into meditation during this UTC.

Highlights included classes by Proutist Universal Secretary General Dada Kalyaneshvaranandajii, and senior Proutists Acarya (Ac.) Dhyaneshananda, Ac. Trayambakeshavarananda, Ac. Raviishananda, Ac. Prasunananda, and Ac. Tanmayananda, Ac Satyasvarupanandajii, Dr. Bhaskar Jena of Baleshvar, Odisha, and Bakul Roy, the Samaj Secretary. 

An impressive procession on 19 December led to a street theatre performance of Ac. Tanmayananda Avadhuta's Mukta Bhumir Meye ("Daughters of Liberated Land") performed by the Lavanya theater group of Kolkata. The Krishnanagar public is culture loving and was present in thousands, so that the artistic proceedings went beyond the time slot formally allotted by the municipal authorities. On 20 december there was a public symposium well attended by intellectuals of Krishnanagar.

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Inspiring songs ahead of UTC opening proceedings

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A Prout UTC places great importance on local resources and culture

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Women being instructed in yoga at the Krishnanagar UTC

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Men being instructed in yoga asanas at the Krishnananda UTC

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Prout procession moving through Krishnanagar during the UTC

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Members of the the Lavanya theater group​ performs Mukta Bhumir Meye ("Daughters of Liberated Land") — street theatre downtown Krishnanagar

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A section of the audience at a public function during the Prout UTC

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The stage during the public symposium

 

10 Points Demand Presented at 6000 Strong Amra Bengali Meet

Photo above: Amra Bengali crowd at Dharmtala, Kolkata

(Kolkata, 19 November 2015) – The socio-economico-cultural movement Amra Bengali (AB) declared the rudimentals of its program platform when presenting a 10 points demand at a public meeting at Dharmtala, downtown Kolkata. The demand included:

  1. Like Marathi, Punjabi, Jats, and Tamils are given respective homelands in the federated structure of India, Bengalis should be given their homeland — Bangalistan.
  2. Bengali language should be used in all official and non-official work all over Bangalistan within and beyond West Bengal.
  3. A Bengali regiment should be reintroduced into the Indian Army, like Maratha, Sikh and Rajput regiments
  4. All Bengali immigrants should be granted Indian nationality without a question mark.
  5. The amendments to citizenship charter that were done in the years 1986 and 2003 need to be cancelled.
  6. The local Bengali youth must be given 100% employment as per Prout.
  7. Block level planning has to be introduced and agro industries and agrico industries have to  be established. Agriculture has to be given the status of industry.
  8. The publication of advertisements and showing of TV serials, cinemas, etc., which are disrespectful to the dignity of women have to be stopped forthwith.
  9. The GTA agreement promoting outsider Nepalis' self-interests has to be rejected forthwith.
  10. In the entire north-east including Manipur-Assam, there is a systematic conspiracy to cancel voting rights of Bengalis and place them in outsiders' camps -this has to be stopped forthwith.

The Members of Bangali Mahila SamajThe AB Mahila (women) Samaj section at Dharmtala, Kolkata. Women form a strong, essential part of the AB movement.

Following the recent election of Mr. Bakul Roy as AB Samaj secretary, the AB movement has resurged throughout Bengal. The 6000 strong gathering at Dharmtala even included representatives from the samaja's border areas including Assam's Silcher, Manipur, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha etc.

After a chorus on Bangalistan by Spandanik (the cultural forum of Proutists samajas), representatives delivered power-packed lectures. Samaj worker Sadhan Purakayastha of Silcher informed the gathering how Bengalees are being subjugated in Silcher and Manipur area where an open campaign has been launched to oust Bengalees who have lived in this area for decades. Shri Tarapada Biswas (the Asst. AB Samaj Secretary), Bikash Biswas (Movement Sachiv) spoke very well. Also speakers from Tripura and Manipur were very effective. Sister Sagarika of Bangla Mahila (Women) Samaj was very strong in her elaboration of exploitation by pseudo culture.

The Rarh area speakers vividly pointed out how Rarh area is the starting point of human civilization and how the people there are being exploited for ages. They pointed out that Prout's propounder Shri Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar has appealed to humanity at large to help Rarh to come up. But it is clear now that the Rarh itself has to rise up and fight the exploiters.

Singing and Saluting BangalistanSinging the hymn of Bangalistan at Dharmtala, Kolkata

The daisRepresentatives addressing the meet at Dharmtala, Kolkata

Successful PROUT Field Effort in Midnapur, WB

Picture above: The PROUT Parikrama at Goaltor village, Midnapur District, West Bengal

(PROUT Globe) – A four-day Prout Parikrama ("moving around") in Midnapur district of West Bengal was held to promote Prout in this significant cadre-producing district. The Parikrama started on 12th October from the Kerani tala Ananda Marga School campus. A motorcade of five four-wheelers and a bus carrying Proutists were led by 30 motorcycles. More than 50.000 leaflets were distributed. More than 130 proutists travelled together in this four-day Parikrama. Shri Asit Dutta, Proutist Universal Bhukti Pradhan of Midnapur, led the Parikrama on its first day to Chandara village, Dhedua, Baita, Basantpur, Beltikri, Kurkutshol, Binpur, Belpahari and finally Shilda. A public meeting was held at every village. 

On the following day the Parikrama moved to Ergoda, Parihati, Dahijuri, Zargram town, Palaidanga, Kultikri, Kharipara, Kulbani and ended at Dvipa village. The most important meetings were held at Kharipara and Dvipa villages where proutists in the hundreds joined.

After staying overnight at Dvipa, the Parikrama moved to Keshiari, Hatigaria, Pratibandh, Khajra, Kharagpur town, Debra, Panshkura, Mechogram, Khukurdah, Dashpur, Ghatal, Khirpai town, Neradeul, Keshpur, Anandapur, Godapiashal, Shalbani, ending the day at Chandrakona Road. The most important meetings were held at Chandrakona Road and at Ghatal. 

On its final day the Parikrama moved on to Goaltor, Patashol, Kadoshol, Ramgarh, lalgarh, Pirakata and reached Midnapur early in the afternoon. The best response the Parikrama got was from Goaltor villagers who offered several acres of land to promote Potato farming according to the Proutist system of integrated farming. the local outfit of Proutist Universal Farmers Federation is now planning to take advantage of this offer and start farming in the area. 

In Midnapur, a thousand Proutists joined the Parikrama and took out a procession that moved through the main thoroughfares of Midnapur. The rally converted into a public meeting at the Vidyasagar Institute. Main speakers included Ac. Raviishananda Avadhuta, Ac. Dhyaneshananda Avadhuta, Asim Das, Ac. Saomyashubhananda Avadhuta, Avadhutika A. Rupatiita and Asit Dutta. Rajiv Manna presented the Welcome speech. The Anandam Gosthi sang proutist songs from Prabhat Samgiita. Several hundreds non-proutists attended the meeting.

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The rally in Midnapur

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Meeting in Midnapur

On way to Kharipara
On way to Kharipara

Patasol village
At Patasol village

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At Palaidanga village

Assam Needs a Second Cultural Renaissance

Photo: Women dancing during Assam's annual Rongali Bihu spring festival

By Dr Dhruba Hojai

Assam is a land of rich cultural heritage.The features of offering Tamulpan (betel nuts with betel leaves), Horai (brass plate on a long stand) and Gamocha (a locally woven cloth) are three important symbolic elements which are unique to Assamese culture.

The famous 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 (place of religious congregations) and satire (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, and as we enter into a new age the ethnic groups of Assam, who were sidelined from the mainstream for centuries with their culture, tradition and languages, have now awakened to their need of being recognized after aeons of suppression.

The cultures, traditions and languages of the ethnic groups of Assam including the tea garden labourers, consisting of about one fourth of the population of Assam, will have to be respected and given its due recognition in Assam. These aborigines can be called the Adivasis. Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji said Adivasis were Adi-asomias (the early Assamese) thriving to become asomias (Assamese).

Shrii P.R.Sarkar, alias Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji said that Sibsagar in central Assam is the cultural seat of Assam.The lingua 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 culturally and economically exploited for more than seven thousand years by the upper dominant castes. 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.

The Assamese culture and language as of now is dominantly Aaryan which have culturally sidelined the ethnic groups who had been forced to revolt and form separate political states such as Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh from erstwhile Assam. Other ethnic groups in Assam are also in the mood of political separation from the mainstream.The solution to this complex problem must be addressed to by decentralised economic democracy for the ethnic people of Assam to allow themselves to develop themselves 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 through 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. The unification of Assamese culture is now burning in every Assamese heart.

The state anthem of Assam, India  "O Mur Apunar Dex (অ’ মোৰ আপোনাৰ দেশ in Assamese)" written by Lakshminath Bezbaroa and attuned by Kamala Prasad Agarwala, was first published in 1909 in the Assamese magazine Bahi ("flute"). It was officially adopted as the Assam's state song in 1927 and is the most popular Assamese patriotic song of all time, and is a befitting tribute for unification of Assam.

O Mur Apunar Dex translated in English-

O my endearing motherland
"O my enchanting motherland
So euphonious, so bounteous
So near and dear a motherland

O my euphonious voice
The melodic voice of Assam
Nowhere in the world, you can ever find
even if you scour through life.

O my land of birth
O my mother Assam
Let me have one, look at your face
My heart hasn't been sated."

This, we believe, will be the second renaissance of Assamese culture which is absolutely necessary and without which the development of Asomia Samaj is an impossibility. 

Dr Dhruba Hojai,
House # 24,Prashantika,,
Sankar Nagar,Lakhimi Path,
Beltola Tiniali,
Guwahati-781028.
Assam, India.
Contact # +919678098099.

Samajas of India

The below linked document (pdf) gives an outline of some samajas of India. It was published by the New Delhi Prout Research Institute. In spite of numerous inaccuracies as regards the detailed blocks and districts (and the fact that new districts and blocks have been created since this review was carried out), to the knower of India's languages, various cultural expressions and socio-economic potentialities the document gives an idea of the fundamental thoughts and principles that go into the formation of PROUT samajas.

Samajas of India, New Delhi Prout Research Institute (pdf 11 MB)

The below sketch provides an outline of 44 proposed samajas of India, names underneath.

Detailed outline of one of India's samajas, Kashmiri Samaja:

The Proutist Samaj Movement

By  Dr. Dhruba Hojai

DHojaiThe nature of the human mind is expansion. That's why it is restless. It longs for the infinite. The narrow domestic walls of our social and political mindsets are some of the many hindrances to the universal brotherhood and sisterhood.

"There is an urgent cry for moralists to unite."

Poet Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel laureate, wrote in Gitanjali,

"Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls, into that heaven of freedom, father, let my country awake."

The great assamese literary exponent and icon of Assamese music, Dr Bhupen Hazarika, sang in one of his famous songs, "Manuhe Manuhar Babe" (the first verse translated into English),

"If human fails to help humanity,
Who will think for humanity?
With a feeling of li’l sympathy
Won’t be a matter of indignity?"

All great thinkers of modern times want the sub-societies created in the past to merge into one universal society which is the human society. But,what is the way to achieve this goal?

The 'budhijivis' or intelligent classes from all walks of life realise the defects in the present systems but, unfortunately, lack the abilities of showing the way for a universal cure. Constitutions of countries are being amended by politicians throughout the world on and off to rectify the existing systems in vain. These remain merely as laws of the respective countries but the basic human right which is to live without exploitation remain violated everywhere. Human beings have tried religion, communism and capitalism on this planet which are now just passing phases.

The present economy of this planet is in chaos. We ought to realise that philosophies based on religion, communism and capitalism have proven to be defective and not natural because they have divided the human race into castes, creeds, communities, the rich nations and the poor nations. It is but high time to realise that the existing systems have failed to address the problems of the societies and any further expectations of revival of these systems will be a folly and detrimental to the very existence of mankind.

So what is the way out? The merger of all the societies into one universal society for the good of mankind is not a one step matter. Shri Prabhatrainjan Sarkar, otherwise known by his spiritual name Shri Shri Anandamurtiji to his devotees, propounded a unique system in accordance with the movement of wheel of the 'yogs' or ages as a viable alternative. His economic theory termed Progressive Utilisation Theory or PROUT is unique and most acceptable today because it's just natural.

Anandamurtiji said that spirituality is an intuitional science which, if practiced correctly, will benefit mankind, especially in the present stage of spirito-psychic, social and economic crises that the world is facing during the present wheel of social revolution transforming the age of acquisitors or capitalists into the age of warriors.

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. That is what we saw when the great communist power like USSR disintegrated 25 years ago, and capitalism is also showing signs of cracking up. The liquidation of corporate financial giants, viz. AIG and 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.

P.R. Sarkar divided the world into 266 socioeconomic units or 'samajas'. The economy of a particular zone is dependent upon the social behaviour of the people. As for example, the money earned in a particular samaj should not be invested outside but reinvested in the same samaj for it's development.

These samaj movements are very important. The socioeconomic zones are related to the microvita that flow through the cosmos and, therefore, are in accordance with the laws of nature. We should realise that the American economics cannot sustain until the language, culture and the economics of the indigenous American indians are  developed. The socioeconomic developments of these samajas are the stepping stones towards the foundation the universal human society.

The Amra Bangali is one of these samaj movements on line of the Proutist ideology, which particularly seeks socioeconomic development of indigenous people of Bengal without which the social, cultural and economic development of Bengal is an impossibility. However, these samaj movements will not be successful without the active participation of the moralists. That's why there is an urgent cry for moralists of the world to unite.

Dr Dhruba Hojai
http://drdhrubahojai.in
House # 24(Prashantika), Sankar Nagar
Lakhami Path, Beltola Tiniali
Guwahati-781028
INDIA

Drive for Industrialization of Agriculture of Poor

Picture above: Kannada samaj leader Ghanesh Bhat (right) at a farmers meeting at Allapur, Hubli in Karnataka, India.

The Kannada samaj-movement of Karnataka, India, focusses on generating awareness among farmers about giving industrial status to agriculture. Kannada representatives are conducting meetings in villages and interacting with farmers.

“Though there are hundreds of problems faced by farmers, we are focusing on giving industrial status to agriculture,” Kannada leader Ganesh Bhat says. “There is widespread ignorance about this rational concept, right from the top. If the agriculture of the destitute farmers of India is developed as an industry, it would liberate farmers and their families from poverty and from the lack of knowledge about their own potentialities and those of their fields.”

According to PROUT, agriculture should be given the status of industry. Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar, the founder of PROUT, stated:

“In industry raw material costs, labour costs, interest on loans, depreciation, maintenance costs, profit, the rate of outturn, etc. are fixed and included in costing. In agriculture this has not been done, so produce is usually priced uneconomically.

“Farmers are forced to sell their produce at low prices due to the pressure of circumstances (otherwise known as “distress sale”). If agriculture is treated as an industry, all the conditions of industry should apply to agriculture. When this occurs farmers will not be neglected and there will not be any differentiation in the style of development and costing of agriculture and industry.”
– From PROUT in a Nutshell, Part 14

farmersmeetingAllapurKarnatak Kannada samaj farmers meeting at Halyal, Kundagol in Karnataka.

News Clippings of Amra Bangali´s Movement re: Claims for Gorkhaland

“The Gorkhaland movement, which is demanding a few districts in the northern part of West Bengal, has reached a climax. The Gorkhas, who had settled there from outside the state, are now demanding the formation of a separate state by taking advantage of their Indian citizenship. They have launched regular agitations, called strikes, looted, plundered, burnt property, murdered and virtually brought the law and order situation to a stand still. In fact, the barbaric call for “An eye for an eye” has been the dominant political slogan, and now there is no rule of law in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. – P.R Sarkar, “Gorkhaland”, read the whole discourse
The below are recent news clippings featuring native PROUT activists campaigning against the establishment of a Gorkha (Nepali) state in Bengal.

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Children of Vena: Fourth World Rising

Adivasi woman and child, Chhattisgarh

When our hearts hearken unto the history of injustice that is metastasizing in our global body politic today what do we learn? We find the greatest crimes are those committed by pseudo-civlizations against indigenous civilizations. The propounder of PROUT, Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, developed the novel but natural vision that in fact, civilization does not depend on the sophistication of one’s material lifestyle. Civilization can be judged by the level of social harmony and peace and that in this sense the indigenous peoples in Africa, South Asia and elsewhere are the truly civilized people.

“PROUT seeks to revive this legacy by uniting all indigenous peoples in the world to fight against the maddened rage of the dying beast of global capitalism.”

With characteristic candour, Shrii Sarkar said that those pseudo-civilized nations who use atomic weapons and threaten others with them, need to sit at the feet of indigenous people in India and elsewhere and learn how to be civilized. Academic studies of the most peaceful societies in the world have found the majority of them to be indigenous societies as the online Encyclopedia of Peaceful Societies shows. Yet we find all over this planet of ours, story after story of indigenous peoples being robbed of their lands and being killed when they resist. These indigenous peoples who are known by many names such as First Nations, adivasis, etc are what is called the Fourth World or people with no nation. And the rudimental mission of PROUT is to form a world government based on regional economic democracy to end once and for all the cultural, economic, social and military violence against these higher civilizations.

Ashis Nandy has commented that there are two contrasting social polarities: first there are people with history (i.e. culture, language, etc) but no geography (no place of their own) and second there are people with no history but who have geography. The later especially refers to nations like the USA, Canada, Australia and the other nations that mimic them such as in Europe and new nations in the Third World. And so we are realizing that the campaign of linguistic, cultural, economic, political, ecological genocide by the pseudo-civilizations of our era is the heart of what Arundhati Roy has referred to as nations (and hence the global body politic) eating their own nether parts.

Doctrines that advocate and celebrate such genocide can be found in the scriptures of the four main Aryan religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism (the Vedic-cum-Puranic religious matrix). Therein we find prophets of genocide like Moses and Samuel as well as avatars of genocide like Parashurama in the name of jihads that are based on the belief that God is the actual killer through these fanatics. Based on these scriptures, thousands upon thousands have been killed and thousands more will be killed in the current global religious wars. However it is the indigenous peoples who are the primary target as they are the easiest to convert, rob, rape and murder. By far the oldest legacy of this juggernaut of global indigenous genocide is found in the Indian subcontinent.

Religious Origins

In the Vedic scriptures right from the earliest Rg Veda we find the earliest forms of racism in world literature. We find in this and later Aryan scriptures celebrations of heroes like Indra who hate and kill the dark-skinned savages. This is why Shrii Sarkar has said that despite the benevolent parts of the Vedas, a new India cannot be built on the legacy of the Vedas, because they are full of racial sentiments. This racism continued in later scriptures and is prevalent in modern day India where indigenous Indians are encouraged by the media to buy face-whitening creams. This racism mushroomed during the series of invasions of Iran and India by Aryan tribes. While contemporary scholars date these invasions to 1500 BC and Hindu fundamentalism engage in Aryan Holocaust denial, Shrii Sarkar puts the date of the start of the Aryan invasion at approximately 5500 BC. It is from this time that the peaceful indigenous Indians (adi Bharatiyas) of the Austronesian, Oriental and Dravidian (mixture of Austric and African) races faced the onslaught of Aryan imperialism and genocide. These indigenous Indian in fact were highly civilized not just socially but also in Tantra yoga as Shrii Sarkar has shown in the treatise, “Tantra and Indo-Aryan Civilization”. The victorious Aryan enslaved the surviving indigenous peoples as shudras which, as Shrii Sarkar says, means, “slaves of a black complexion”. It is from this first Aryan conquest that the legacy of human imperialism began and while this legacy was partially lost during the Buddhist age, it was re-incarnated with a vengeance in the succeeding Puranic or Hindu religion. As Shrii Sarkar says,

In the varnáshrama [caste] system, women and Shúdras as groups were segregated. That was a dark chapter in human history indeed. Human beings conspired against their fellow humans to deprive them of their legitimate human rights. It can be said that the seeds of exploitation, imperialism and colonialism were sown at that time. (Discourse 10, Shabda Cayanika Part 2)

Just as analysts have explored the imperialism of Christian and Muslim imperialism through a story from their scriptures so we are now exploring the story of King Vena as a symbol and metaphor for the violence against indigenous Indians – adivasis – that has plagued India for millenniums. According to the earliest Vedic legends and the later Puranas, Vena was the first King of the world. However he was considered a wicked king because he did not bow down to the high priests (brahmins) but rather tried to make them bow down to him. In addition King Vena stopped all performance of yajinas. Yajinas are complex ceremonies of ritual animal slaughter. As per Vedic religious beliefs, the entire structure of the universe depended on this “sacred” violence or himsa. Shrii Sarkar has commented on these yajinas as follows,

In the Vedic era, the Aryans used to steal food grains and animals from the non-Aryans to perform their sacrifices and rituals (yajin’as). In retaliation, groups of non-Aryans used to attack the Aryans to recover their possessions while they were performing their rituals. These attacks were grossly distorted in the Vedas, which gives the impression that the Aryans were good while the non-Aryans were evil. In fact, the non-Aryans were forced to attack the Aryans to recover their food to ensure their survival. Did the non-Aryans do anything bad? No, they did the right thing. (“Religious Dogma”, PROUT In a Nutshell Part 16)

We can note that the same drama happens today as mining companies and other corporations steal the land of adivasis and when the adivasis resist these yajinas of “development” they are called anti-national terrorists. In any case, for these crimes of refusing to worship the upper caste priests and refusing to commit mass slaughter of animals, King Vena was killed by the brahmins. The brahmins then churned the body of King Vena from which came an ugly, black dwarf named Nishada who was banished to the forests and mountains. Nishada was the ancestor of all the adivasis of India and in fact in the Indian scriptures, Nishadas are the name of a non-Aryan tribe. Also from the churning of the corpse of Vena came fair-skinned Prithu who was the first Aryan king who respected the brahmins and conducted the yajinas. To end a famine caused by the “sins” of Vena, Prithu chased the earth goddess. The goddess changed into a cow but finally was cornered by Prithu. Then Prithu milked the goddess (now called Prithvi) who gave all the trees and other vegetation and all the food crops as her milk.

This is indeed a profoundly revealing myth. We see the racist demonization of the indigenous Indians as well as the exploitation of the Earth by the Aryans. Today the holy cow of Mother Earth and Mother India have been milked to death in the rampant ecological destruction that is prevalent in every state of India. Those who oppose such destruction are routinely murdered. However, the high priests of development only demand further sacrifices as they now start to slay the famished but fattened (on steroids of urbanization) calf of Mother Earth.

Children of Vena

With the existing corporate regime again restored to power, in 2009, there began a rush to hand out the remaining undeveloped lands of the country to the highest bidder either openly or covertly via payoffs to government officials.Today, this government is widely regarded as perhaps the most corrupt in Indian history. That in itself, is a major accomplishment. While the colossal corruption of various ministers to the tune of tens of millions of rupees is widely condemned, the relentless land-grabbing both legal (by paying off the government) and illegal, remains the real corruption that no one talks about. This is because the seizure of land goes to the very heart of the structural violence or himsa upon which Indian society functions. As the great French revolutionary Blanqui said, society is nothing more than organized cannibalism. And there is perhaps no other country on earth to which this saying applies than India. To seize an adivasi’s land is practically a condemnation to starvation, exploitation and routine violence that is part and parcel of life for the landless tribal and lower castes in India. Dr. Binayak Sen has said that there is more than enough food and money to feed all of India’s people and that the current malnutrition and starvation (worse than most African nations) in India is a deliberate genocide. For this, and for protesting the government violence against adivasis in Chattisgarh, he was thrown into jail for sedition in one of the many fraudulent cases against justice activists that India is famous for. To add to the misery of the adivasis, there are Maoist movements in these regions. The presence of these Maoists justifies routine rape and murder against adivasis by the government forces. The Maoists despite their militancy remain faithful to Indian tradition by the fact that all their leaders are only upper-caste hindus. So the adivasis are caught between upper-caste, venial, government violence and upper-caste maoist violence. A reporter from the Christian Science Monitor who some years ago visited Chattisgarh remarked that though he had been to Iraq, Afghanistan and many other places, he had never ever seen a people more completely without hope and crushed spirits like in Chattisgarh.

Chattisgarh is a historical place of PROUT revolution. Right from the 1960’s when there was open killing of workers by corporations, the founder of PROUT, launched a cultural, economic and political movement to liberate the area from exploiters from other parts of India. Shrii Sarkar referred to the exploitation there as psycho-economic exploitation as it involved crushing the people’s language and local culture in order to crush the capacity to resist. This is why Shrii Sarkar worked to create a renaissance in the Chattisgarhi language and give the people pride in their culture and heritage. Shrii Sarkar also demanded that the many tribal languages of Chattisgarh and elsewhere be preserved through education. Shrii Sarkar famously said that to deprive a person of their mother tongue is akin to strangling them. Chattisgarh is the home of the Gonds or the most ancient Indians from whom the word Gondwanaland came. Their language is spoken by over two million people in India. Shrii Sarkar also gave programs to make Chattisgarh economically self-reliant based on the principles of economic democracy.

Today, in Chattisgarh, the violence has reached levels unprecedented in Indian history as the state government (ruled by Hindu fundamentalists) has created government militias like those in Colombia that routinely rape and murder adivasis with impunity. When social workers like Binayak Sen and Himanshu Kumar have protested these crimes they have been either imprisoned or made to flee by violence. When adivasi women are raped the government both state and central brazenly claim that the women were immoral women like most of tribal women.

To understand this culture of blaming the tribal victim for being raped, we can again refer to another ancient legend in the ancient Indian epic called the Ramayana. Surpanakha was an adivasi who was the sister of the Dravidian King Ravana. While she was young, her grandmother, a “demoness” had been killed by the young Prince Rama whom Shrii Sarkar has called, “the apostle of Indian capitalism and Aryan supremacy”. Later when Rama was exiled to the forests where Surpanakha lived, according to legend she is supposed to have sexually propositioned Rama and his brother Laksmana. When she would not take no for an answer, Laksmana cut off her nose and this sparked the epic war between Rama and Ravana.

We can also note that on February 6th 2011, a 16 dalit (untouchable low caste) girl had her nose, ear and part of her hand chopped off as a punishment for resisting rape. We can also note that in the month of October there were 19 rapes of dalit women in just one state of Harayana. We should also note that as per investigators, 90 percent of such rapes are not reported. In such states as Rajasthan the conviction rate for such rapes was less than ten percent. Finally we can note that Surpanakha lived in Dandak Aranya which is presently located in Bastar District of Chattisgarh and is the epicentre of the government and maoist war on the adivasis. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International have all issued detailed reports on the crimes in Chattisgarh.

In the state of West Bengal, in what is called Jungle Mahal or the tribal populated regions of Purulia, Bankura and West Midnapore Districts a people’s revolt began in 2009 against the rampant violence of the ruling communist party (CPIM). The revolt began in Lalgarh. This movement saw women taking up arms and for the first time saw ordinary adivasis liberating their lands from outside exploiters and setting up their own social welfare programs. The response was to send in Central Governmental troops. Currently reporters who do not toe the new government’s line are prevented from entering Jungle Mahal. What reports that do emerge show the violence has abated and the government has tried to buy the people with poverty ration cards but the exploitation and violence against those who resist still prevails. West Midnapore was another pioneering area in which the propounder of PROUT, Shrii Sarkar, worked so hard for so many years presenting new facts about the culture of the general region of Rarh, creating newspapers and countless farming and educational service projects as well as economic plans based on participatory economic democracy. Shrii Sarkar has called these tribals as the primal Bengalis or Adi Bangali.

Also in 2009 there began another adivasi liberation movement in the nearby state of Orissa. In Orissa, it is estimated that nearly ten million adivasis have been driven off their ancestral lands and made to wander homeless and a prey to economic predators. We should also not that this part of Orissa has suffered from chronic starvation deaths for the last thirty years. The great novelist in Oriya, Gopinath Mohanty, has chronicled the rich culture and exploitation of these adi Oriyas. In 2009 adivasis in part of Koraput decided that the violence and plunder had become unbearable. An adivasi organization called Chasi Muliya Adivasi Sangha seized back lands occupied by corrupt exploiters.

The government response was to send in the military and a police massacre at Narayanapatna occurred. This organization has been suppressed but still the endless fight goes on against such companies as Vedanta. The colossal corruption of the state government has been revealed for the first time in November 2012. We can note that Shrii Sarkar used to take daily reports about the suffering people in these areas. Shrii Sarkar also demanded that this region which has a separate language (Sambalpuri) should form a separate state so that the local people are no longer exploited by outsiders. At present PROUT activists in this area are mobilizing the people in the area to fight the exploitation and violence of the state government.

Fourth World Rising

Thus far we have seen dark symbols of exploitation. However, Shrii Sarkar has revealed another ancient historical legacy lost in legend. As per Shrii Sarkar, when the Aryans invaded India, at that time there arose a powerful Tantric yogi named Lord Shiva. According to Shrii Sarkar, Shiva was born to an oriental mother and an Aryan father. He united the various non-Aryan tribes and fought the Aryans to a standstill. Having then established a peace based on justice and social equality (sama-samaja), Lord Shiva married a wife from each of the main racial groups. He created one of the first cities near modern Varanasi where people of all races and languages lived in harmony based on inner purity arising from the practices of Tantra yoga. Song, dance, medicine, yoga were just a few of the areas in which the first renaissance in human history took place based on social equality.

Today PROUT seeks to revive this legacy by uniting all indigenous peoples in the world to fight against the maddened rage of the dying beast of global capitalism. As the elders of our human family, as the guardians of our planet, it is the mandate of PROUT that there should be a cultural, economic, social, spiritual and political renaissance of every indigenous culture in the world. Furthermore in PROUT’s regional movements to fight for economic sovereignty, it is these indigenous peoples who are to take the lead. The reason for this is that in fact the detailed socio-economic programs of PROUT are nothing but the expansion of the best of indigenous societies.

Finally we also need to understand that the roots of this kind of imperialism arise from the spiritual emptiness of our pseudo-civilizations. Indigenous societies often are rooted in a primal spirituality rather than materialistic intellectuality. As a pioneer in yogic pychology, Shrii Sarkar has noted that when a person’s mind is filled with ideas that come from materialistic existence (carbonic pabula) then this is the very seed of all forms of imperialism and exploitation. The psychic and physical germs that spread this disease are what Shrii Sarkar calls negative microvita. When the mind is dominated by ideas arising from one’s spiritual experience from meditation (non-carbonic pabula) then this is the sign of a civilized person. The struggle to end imperialism will become meaningless unless we fight the innate imperialism arising from materialistic consciousness. We can note that scientists have found that even chimpanzees conduct imperialist wars in which rape and murder is common. So this instinct is innate in human psychology and this instinct becomes malignant in pseudo-civilizations rooted in imperialism against other countries and in genocide against the animal and plant worlds. This is why Shrii Sarkar concludes that,

Imperialism is a negative force, a destructive phenomenon, which generates exploitative and unjust conditions in individual and collective life. Such a poisonous radiation of black force attracts negative forces like negative microvita. Those negative microvita intensify and escalate the demonic activities of imperialism in all aspects of human society – art, literature, education, trade, commerce, industry, agriculture, morality and social relations. They cultivate a psychology based on slavery, inferiority complex, pseudo-culture and psycho-economic exploitation, and in certain cases are the cause of nihilism and cynicism.
In order to wipe out imperialism, which is rooted deep in the human psyche Neo-ethics based on the following points is indispensable:
1) The Macrocosmic Entity must be accepted as the supreme desideratum in human life.
2) There should be happy adjustment and balanced blending between carbonic and non-carbonic pabula.
This is the Neo-ethics of the present age; a panacea for the present imperialistic social ills and a mesh of psychic disorders. The application of Neo-ethics will lead to multi-lateral salvation of human society by removing economic exploitation, political suppression, religious indoctrination, cultural imposition and social subordination…
So we are to unite the entire humanity not only of this land of India or Asia or the globe, but of the entire universe. We must not support any sort of imperialism, any rule of one group over another. If there is any “ism”, any exploitation of one group of humans over another, the peace and tranquillity of the social order is sure to be disturbed. So in the socioeconomic arena, in the spiritual arena, in cultural life – in all the different arenas, spheres and strata of life – we should be very vigilant, extremely vigilant, not to allow any sort of imperialism to invade our psycho-spiritual world by coming through the back door…
And you should also always remember that there must not be any imperialism in the linguistic field, the cultural arena or the socioeconomic sphere. PROUT is based on this fundamental principle. (“Neo-Ethics of Multi-Lateral Salvation”, Microvita In a Nutshell)