Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson Gopalakrishna Gandhi said that India was better following a different economic policy to deal with the coronovirus epidemic, which is causing heavy urbanization and migration of farmers towards cities.
He was speaking in Hindi through video conferencing at a function organized on the occasion of the 101st Foundation Day of Gujarat Vidyapeeth in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Mr. Gandhi said as a need to rethink the country’s economic policy, it encouraged industrialization and urbanization, which caused “large population discontent” and forced farmers to migrate to large numbers of cities Turns out, only the COVID-19 epidemic promoted.
He said, “The economic policy of liberalization, privatization, or globalization, as we call it, is the cause of the dissatisfaction of a large population, and not the resettlement. The way the population is growing in cities is epidemic today (COVID-19) . “
He said, “Will the epidemic not increase as the population increases towards the city? It is necessary to rethink our economic policy today.”
“If we had followed a different policy, we would not have got more hospitals, hostels for nurses, lab technicians and huge industrial projects at the government level, and a large number of temples, mosques, at the social level.
The retired diplomat, who also served as the Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009, said, “If we had followed a different policy, we would have been much better off fighting the epidemic.”
He adds, “When this epidemic goes away, there will still be a threat of a new epidemic, unless the issue of mass population displacement, urban class, lack of sanitation and carelessness of the people is addressed.” “
“This pandemic has come after 100 years, but who knows, a new virus can emerge every year,” said Mr. Gandhi, who is poor because of those who suffer social disturbances during the outbreak. Forget, wearing masks, sanitation in the name of festivals etc.
“Our country, and the whole world is trying, and succeeding to some extent, (COVID-19) in controlling the disease. But if we forget the rules in the name of festivals, who is most affected Will? Those who are poor ?, who have six to ten people living in a room, those who live in slums etc. will be the most affected.
In his speech, Mr. Gandhi said that the farmers had addressed the issue of food security of the country, but the policies adopted by the government forced them to migrate to the cities.
“We must accept that we have made a big mistake, one we have been doing since independence. Who can be against industrialization? But there is a limit to industrialization.”
“If there is anyone saving our country today, they are our farmers. At the medical level, our doctors, nurses, lab technicians, sanitary workers are like God to us. When they work at risk of their lives , Then they are like God. ” “If we look at the economic, political and social level, our farmers are saving the country,” he said.
However, Mr. Gandhi said, a policy had claimed that the number of farmers is increasing and there is a need to move away from agriculture, such a situation has arisen, and all those who do nothing to improve this policy are criminals. .
Mr. Gandhi said that India needs to adopt the policies of Ila Bhatt, Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapeeth, who has empowered women through his organization Self-Employed Woman’s Association.
“If we had followed similar policies at the national level, we would not have been in such a situation,” he claimed.
Gujarat Vidyapeeth was established on 18 October 1920 by Mahatma Gandhi and in 1963 was granted the status of a deemed university.
After Gandhiji, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Drs. Rajendra Prasad and Morarji Desai served as its vice-chancellors.