The Song ‘Self-Reliance’

The song ‘Self reliance’ in the midst of an ongoing pandemic is a clarion call. The mantra now can best serve us in healing socio-economic wounds. Self-reliance beyond an announced policy deserves more care to take in it properly. It has its origin in the formation of life; a religious belief pattern had been foiled by ancient sages. And today chanting the mantra of self-reliance afresh add fresh air to livelihood. Practicing the exercise in a religious way is crucial and realising it will be most religious. It is a primordial quintessence of life. It is our birth right above all.

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Now comparing the nation with a physical body and people, society, agriculture, industry etc as its organs how and where can the self-reliance be practiced? The organic bondage of every organs of nation’s body can never be denied. I here like to give a primordial preference to first three organs people, society and agriculture. Industry comes then. It has more susceptibility to external comforts which the basic survival urge does not bother about that much.
On the edge of today’s modernisation and life’s perpetual habituation with it may misguide the understanding of the aspect in real sense. Apparently it can not merely be a policy to train the way of survival during the time of turbulence. As a policy it will lose its sheen in value and vigour as it needs recognition from ‘freedom of realisation’. To feed owns’ need can never be the ethic of self-reliance. Practising it is our life long demand and right. And can never be seen in a trivial sense. Self-reliance within the perimeter of a given policy pursuit thus may be maligned.
Anyway for the sake of an interim comfort we could exercise it on area-specific mode. Despite a massive growth of industries since nineties agriculture predominantly holds bit higher capacity in bearing the brunt of population growth. But migration of mass from rural area to urban area during last two decades mainly due to low wage rate, inadequate infra facilities and alarmingly low price of produce. So practicing the self-reliance in manufacturing along with enhancing provisions in rural areas so as to accommodate bigger mass comfortably may bring us better results. To take all marginal concerns into account for the time being is not easier. Agriculture is our traditional advantage and trying to reap fruits out of it may be wise move. In such a turbulent time a comprehensive cure may not be possible given the plunging fiscal strength of country.
The pink transition of industry will take an uncertain time to be streamlined in a full swing. Now it is in a slow recovery mode. A Lion share of industrial workers is now sit idle with a pink slip. And those who still surviving very miserably are bargaining with a salary cut. It is now fully uncertain how the situation will be reinstated. Bearing with this huge macro downfall is every moment getting intolerable.
At this fatal injecture survival can’t be denied in anyway. Therefore wisely opting for a potential option where we yet have a comparative advantage may produce the best result and agriculture here stands first. So a better farming policy together with a justiciable allocation could balm the pains. An assured effort to validate the requisite of ‘minimum subsistence’ will thus be a best stimulus to tune the song ‘self-reliance’ well.
Self-reliance is a call of consciousness and to be practiced in all stratum of life. And trying to apply it just to get out of the crisis is nothing but a baloney. The basic parameters of livelihood have been sullied for long and now we are in a critical trap of ignorance and folly. With all given constraints to rightly imbibe it is beyond impossible and to validate the song in the soil of ignorance thus need a sustainable practice and patience. Let us stand firm on the ground of optimism and participate in a democratic way to sing the song ‘self-reliance’ in a generous voice. Agriculture is our ethnicity; self-reliance is our birth right and now let us take pledge to not be victim of self-abnegation. Beyond commercial practice we must play the song in sync with the cosmic consciousness.    




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