It was the brave sons and daughters of mother India who had the courage and conviction to challenge the might of the British and fight against their brutal exploitation and oppression. In the course of the struggle they bore hardship, torture and indignation with an indomitable spirit. There were many who sacrificed their lives. Their sacrifice was made in the hope that an independent India would be committed to freedom, justice and fraternity; that there would be no fragmentation on any ground and all would live in peace and cooperation; that there would be no room for exploitation in any sphere – political, social, economic or spiritual; that there would be all round development which would uplift even the most downtrodden. In short, they imbibed the spirit of the great poet, Rabindranath Tagore, who spoke of his dream in his timeless patriotic song:
Where mind is without fear
Where the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world is undivided by narrow domestic walls
Where the clear stream of reason is not lost in dead customs
Where tireless striving stretches towards perfection
INTO that heaven of freedom, my Father
Let my country awake.
Eventually we did achieve Independence and with the above noble intentions we established India as a Republic on the twenty-sixth of January 1950. But alas! The dreams and aspirations of our great martyrs have been systematically betrayed and democracy has been hijacked by the cunning, criminal, greedy and capitalistic forces. What we witness today is injustice, exploitation, dadagiri, criminality and corruption in every phase of life and every aspect of political structure. Consequently unemployment, gross poverty, want and wretchedness, neglect and dereliction of duty have become the rule while the poor, the masses, the aam aadmi look on helplessly.
The greatest mockery is: to ward off the scare of any agitation against this hopeless situation and to continue their sway over kursi, society has been shrewdly divided into scheduled classes, dalits, backwards and so on through the allurement of supports in the form of Reservation which have further fragmented the already fragmented society. Thus, instead of social cohesion Bharat stands today divided against itself and there appears no chance of fraternity and cooperation.
Divisiveness, sectarian and communal hatreds have raised their ugly heads. In this chaos and confusion, undoubtedly a great nexus has developed between the wily politician, the greedy businessman and the arrogant bureaucrat. This alliance has further aggravated the ugly situation and accelerated the wheels of exploitation, corruption and injustice. There appears no light at the end of the tunnel.
To dispel this darkness, bring solace to the suffering masses, and make independence and democracy meaningful, PROUT stands for a balanced and decentralized economy, free from exploitation, which will help eradicate unemployment, poverty, inflation and injustice, end social, economic and political torture and establish a strong system of governance responsive to the aspirations of aam aadmi. To achieve this objective PROUT DECLARES:
Since God is the sole Creator of the entire Universe, He alone is the owner of all animate and inanimate objects and we are all His children. Therefore, we share a common fraternity which entitles us to equal rights, as in a joint family, to utilize all the resources of this planet. Hence all existing wealth such as rivers, streams, mountains, land, forest and subterranean and oceanic resources such as minerals, metals, coal, petroleum, etc. belong to all. No individual, group, region or country can have sole claim over them. Rather, it is the common property of the entire human race. As such, their utilization must be for the welfare of all.
There are abundant resources for the survival and well-being of all forms of life, whether plants, animals or human beings. Death and deprivation are the result of poor utilization and unequal distribution. Therefore the need of the hour is proper and maximum utilization of these resources and their rational distribution.
Since all the physical resources (land, forests, mountains, rivers, oceans, etc.) have been created by Parama Purusha and Parama Prakrti for the benefit of all living beings, the produce derived from them – food, clothes, fruits, vegetables, petroleum products, metals and minerals, etc. – belong jointly to all. Hence, we have to work unitedly to fulfill the wants of all sections and all individuals in the following manner:
We need a socio-economic ideology which eliminates the differences of caste, creed, class and community so inimical to the all-round progress of our people and which establishes an egalitarian society infused with the spirit of fraternity and cooperation.
Prout believes that this can be possible only when our ideas have the Cosmic (universal) perspective derived from a spiritual orientation. Hence, it advocates a system which is spiritually centered.
We have to establish a system which guarantees basic needs – food, clothes, housing, education, health-care, water, electricity, transport and communication, etc.. For this sufficient purchasing power must be guaranteed to all according to the needs of the times.
According to Prout: Yugasya sarvanimna prayojanam’ sarves’a’m’ vidheyam. “The minimum requirements of the age must be guaranteed to all. “
Prout believes in granting special facilities and privileges to talented individuals and persons at high places engaged in essential public services such as education, higher administration, judiciary , scientific & technological research or who are otherwise specially qualified. However, such facilities and privileges are to be arranged only from the surplus remaining after the basic needs of all have been satisfied.
According to Prout: Atiriktam’ prada’tavyam’ gun’a’nupa’tena. “The surplus wealth should be distributed according to merit.”
(Note: Point D safeguards against the suffocation of talent and retardation of progress which resulted from the communist fallacy of equal distribution or ‘to each according to his needs and from each according to his capacity’. Point C protects us from the rampant inequality characteristic of capitalism. In short, by combining C and D a harmonious balance is struck between individual and collective needs).
Human beings prefer progress rather than stagnancy. Therefore the standard of minimum requirements or basic necessities must change with time and be progressive in nature. This will ensure social progress.
According to Prout: Sarvanimna’ manabardhanam’ samaja jiiva laks’an’am. “Increasing the minimum standard of living of the people is the indication of the vitality of society”.
Taking into account that world resources, though vast, are limited, and being sharply aware that excessive accumulation by some results in deprivation for others the PBI will fix the maximum limit of wealth which can be held by individuals in order to guarantee the availability of the basic necessities for all. Holding excess wealth will be considered a crime.
According to Prout: Sama’ja’deshana vina’ dhanasainchayah akartavya. “No individual should be allowed to accumulate any physical wealth without the clear permission or approval of the collective body”.
(This will eliminate the gross inequality of wealth occurring under the capitalist system and promote healthy and Sattvic propensities. It will reduce opportunities for criminality and go a long way towards establishing a perfect society. The resultant redistribution of wealth will stimulate maximum production for the welfare of all.)
In order to provide basic needs for all and make them continually progressive (improving in quantity and quality) we will have to make maximum utilization of all available mundane, rare and causal (spiritual) resources.
Presently many educated people, even highly qualified people, are without employment. At the same time, the resources at hand are either not being fully utilized or are not being properly exploited. The result is stagnancy and lack of progress. Hence, the resources will have to be fully utilized in a sustainable manner i.e., considering ecology and long term impact.
We need moral people in every sphere of life – social, political and economic. The masses of the poor are constantly cheated and deceived by the immoral forces in a systematic way. Therefore Prout puts a strong emphasis on morality.
According to Prout: Cakrakendre sadvipra’h cakraniyantraka’h. “Located in the nucleus of the social cycle, Sadvipras (spiritually-minded leaders) control the social cycle”
Meaning: In the center of the social cycle, there will be Sadvipras who will control the rotation of successive leading groups (representing the dominant psychology of the age) and keep a watch on the overall process of government. History shows that so far all the revolutions have degenerated into chaos and confusion and lost the bright light of the revolution in part because post-revolutionary leadership was not separately evolved and the reins of government were entrusted to the same people who had brought in change but who were unfit for the new role of constructing society. According to Prout’s concept Sadvipras will not be part of government rather they will be the watchdog of the government and its institutions.
(Sadvipras are those who are intellectually keen, spiritually elevated and ready to fight against every kind of injustice and exploitation.)
Essential Concrete Steps According to Prout:
The vast body of economic resources seized by the corporate sector, businessmen, bureaucrats and politicians will have to be decentralized and entrusted to aam aadmi while dividing economic activity into three tiers:
Very large economic institutions and industries such as the railways, electricity generation plants, transport systems, mining and metallurgy etc, requiring large capital and personnel will be run by the immediate local governments.
Medium scale industries will be run as cooperatives
Small scale enterprises can be run by private individuals.
Note that 85% of the world’s wealth is owned by a mere 17% of people. Thus only a mere 15% – crumbs from the table – remains for the majority of the population. This indeed, perhaps more than any other circumstance in the world today, is a crime against humanity. Should the 85% of wealth presently in the hands of the few be re-organized and made available for the welfare of all there would be all-round economic prosperity and the aam aadmi, everywhere, would not have to starve or live in abject poverty.
During the past 64 years we have adopted economic policies in the form of mixed economy and liberalism which have led to gross corruption and glaring disparity. These policies have been favorable to the few and inimical to the people – so much so that while the bulk of the population still languish in poverty there is a growing crop of billionaires and some of the richest men in the world reside in India.
The wages of kissan and mazdoors have been raised by merely 2% per annum during the last 25 years while the wealthy classes have gained by almost 25% per annum. While the Land Ceiling Act limits the tilling of land by an individual to 12 ½ acres, vast amounts of fertile land continue to be acquired from poor tillers in the name of development and bartered to big builders who are minting money at the cost of poor kissans.
Article 51-A of the Constitution has specifically directed the State to make all attempts to narrow the gap between rich and poor but, in total contradiction to this directive , almost everywhere, whether Nandigram, Sangrur or Greater Noida, Jaitpur, the State machinery is actively engaged in dislodging the poor and daridranarayan.
In India today there are 84 crore poor whereas 7 crores are living in abject poverty and can hardly spend Rs. 9/- a day. In 1952 there were only 4 crores in this category. Taking into account our annual GDP growth of 9% we can calculate that the benefits have reached only 3 crore of our massive population of 120 crores. This makes it plain that these 2.5% of people at the top are enjoying at the cost of the sweat and labor of the remaining 97.5%. This criminal situation cannot be allowed to continue.

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