Featured: S. R. Ramaswamy (contd from Page 2)
Bangalore High School, Bangalore
The National College, Bangalore
Honorary Chief Editor, "Utthana" - Kannada Monthly
"Shatamanada Tiruvinalli Bharata"
and many more
"Kannada Sahitya Akadami Prashasthi"
"Karnataka Rajyothsava Award"
"Honoris Causa Doctorate - D.Litt" from KSOU
S. R. Ramaswamy
S. R. Ramaswamy's 1995 work "In The Woods of Globalisation" dealt in detail the effects of Globalisation on a predominantly agrarian Indian Economy. The book was set in the backdrop of the "Liberalisation" policy embarked upon by then prevalent Congress government. His astute analysis and comparative deductions help clear the air on many of the accepted dogmas of our time. An outspoken supporter of the "Swadeshi" movement, S. R. Ramaswamy moulds the pre-independence "Swadeshi" movement to better suit contemporary economic realities. A few excerpts from the said book are shown here:
S. R. Ramaswamy (1970s)
".....What one now sees is not a mere aberration or a temporary phase. The majority of people have realised that this is institutional failure of the policies pursued so far. The 'Solutions' of yesterday have turned into 'problems' of today. The world trade, which was once considered to be the mother of all solutions, has itself been creating a plethora of problems. That vehicle has been damaged, parked on the wayside and stood on its jack, awaiting repair. The western countries, never tired of preaching 'liberalisation' to the entire world, themselves are creating trade barriers like NAFTA. The U.S. and Japan are now engaged in an open trade war (1995)...."
On a renewed "Swadeshi" movement
".....The Swadeshi movement came to be identified as a part of our freedom struggle. Swadeshi, which long ago had been propounded by personages like Mahadev Govind Ranade and later Lokmanya Tilak, was used as a war cry by Gandhiji. Even at that time he made it clear that his idea of Swadeshi was not confined to the immediate context but that it was a pervasive concept. He called for the re-establishment of the natural values of our civilisation which had been eroded for various reasons. The boycott of foreign goods, salt satyagraha, non-cooperation
S. R. Ramaswamy
S. R. Ramaswamy with S. L. Bhyrappa at Bangalore (2013)
It is therefore not wrong to say that the government has been the chief broker of Westernisation...."
On Price-Determination, Taxation
"....Some decades ago it was felt that the perversions of the 'licence-permit' raj (as described by C. Rajagopalachari) would be taken care of under the competitive 'open-market system. Perhaps in a geniunely 'free' market such distortions would have been controlled. But it is only monopolies which have been parading themselves under the banner of 'free market' for the last many decades. Consolidating their monoply has been the major endeavorur of the industrial and trade barons. Shukraniti and other Hindu texts have said that downward moving price is a sign of a healthy economy.
campaign, and finally the 'Quit India' movement - all these were different expressions of the struggle for restoration of the self-identity of Bharat.
It was not merely for their foreignness that Gandhiji protested against the institutions of the British. He opposed the very idea of anyone's imposing of an idea or institution on others. He made it clear more than once that he would oppose even the national government if it imposed its policies against the will of the people. At that time, of course, the government was not representative of the people at all.! Attempting to internationalise economics while retaining the nationalistic shape of politics is an impossibility. Our government has not only accepted such policies paving the way for more Westernisation of society, but also has been arrogantly propogating them through the government machinery. This has at the practical level been complemented by reduction of import duty, slackening of regulations etc.
Another directive of the smritis is that taxes must be at the lowest possible level. Lower taxation is possible in the Swadeshi economy since the role of government would be limted......"