This is going to be very short comment here, since i am going to write just my opinion about the village economy and not presenting any data here. Rather I just want my respected reader to think on it once again and then we can next time come up with data and other relevant things from different sources. I am just talking here as a lay man and the practical things we can do or improvise rather than the hard core economy in those terms.
What comes in your mind when you hear the word ‘Village Economy’? Please, take a long breath and think over it for a while because it is still very important for us, for the sustainable development and many more things which may bring a better life for us and generations to come.
Well!! I always keep on thinking on things like this or anything else under the sky, so just thought of writing that here. This is just a start and I promise to my valuable readers that in future you are going to get better and amazing posts for sure, please keep guiding for the corrections as well.
Yes, so exactly most of you are also thinking on the same lines as i am, here. As soon as we hear this word we get an image of a village with small huts/ houses in the vast green fields (but people Like me who come from desert area can see a different picture as well). This was a picture of a village, but what next? What about the economy? Poor farmers roaming around/ ploughing the fields/ a hat market where people are trading with a barter system? Well you can see many more pictures like this.
What I see is the picture of my village where I spent my childhood. That is a picture of a village with small huts in small fields, which are green during rainy season and all sand dunes visible for the rest of the year, where one farmer used to plough with the help of his ox/ camel, while singing songs devoted to the local deity. Once his grains used to come out, he used to celebrate the biggest festival (of India) called Diwali, a festival of lights. He sold his grains and purchased many house hold things for that. He got all the repair works done with help of woodsmith and gave him grains. That lady with the big tokari on her head used to come with all the stuff needed for females and interior decoration and my grand mother used to give her grains in return, that nat used to come with stories and used to get grains.
What this picture showed me was that everyone connected to the village was happy in his/her small world and they were not bothered about any bank going bankrupt or taking big loans every year for their seeds and crops and medication and what not, economy never went down in those years because it had the power of being self dependent but now it goes down every now and then, taking all of us down together and the poor get hit the most and we the middle class people are never stable in terms of economy. In 1980s or 90s when the world economy was falling down and India was begging in front of the world bank, then also most of the villages were not effected because they were still not dependent on the modern means of economy or banks.
In the race of being developed the most affected person is the farmer and those who used to provide him services for the grains in payment, no money can ever do that, but I do not know when will we realise this. Now all those decorative things are created in the name of traditional way of interior decoration or antique pieces at the sky touching prices but we never bothered about the reason behind this. It is high time when we need to thing about those reasons and to see that there are many traditional arts/ skills which are dying with those people only, but if we can save them then we can save this earth in many ways, because those were the people who had run their economy in a nature friendly way, we can even use technology in different ways then we are doing it now, if we learn those old traditional skills. Also, at times we use technology necessarily in a harmful way, we need to focus on that as well.
Again, we are now coming up with some natural solutions, after making huge expenses on research and technology, but we could have simply save our time, energy and funds if we could observe the skills and behaviours of our ancestors from villages. For eg. the rain water saving projects we are coming up with now in cities, our villages are following them smartly since many generations by now.
Now I want to share that what inspired me to write this post was, Delhi Hatt and the Kala Ghora festival of Mumbai and some artisan shops in London, they have so many things which are created by the left over things and people buy them like crazy and they get surprised that ohh! there are so many beautiful things can be created by the waste. But, I find no surprise in that because I have seen that in my village every so called waste was used so beautifully, which surprises these city generations now, rather I am surprised to see the reactions of these so called developed people who are running behind the crowd without knowing that where to go and what to do.
Please please do not run in this blind race, PAUSE for a while, THINK of your goal and then choose your way, may be that you are leading the world in an amazing way rather than running after them. We have a lot to learn from our traditional village economy.
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