4. Changing village to change the world

In May 2020, India was under the terrible spell of the 1st Corona wave. There was a lockdown all around. It was impossible to go anywhere. So while living in the confinement of my Delhi NCR flat, I started to understand the thoughts of Govindji’s afresh. I had a special fondness for his thoughts on ‘System Change’ i.e Vyavstha Parivartan. In the year 2014, my publication house ‘Samvad Media’, had published his book ‘Vyastha Parivartan Ki Raah’.

Many people consider political power and system (Vyavastha) to be synonymous. But this is not the case. In fact, the role of political power is much limited. It is similar to a limb in the human body. It may be very important, but it can’t be the whole body. When Govindji talks of system, he means the set of all those institutions, practices, and beliefs by which our life, both individual and collective, is governed. He says that in the context of a given time frame, there are many systems working together on this earth. All these systems are governed by a superior system which we may call a universal system. The content and the extent of this universal system are constantly changing. While on the one hand, it influences its constituent systems, it is also influenced by them in turn.

Today, not only in our country but in the whole world, the system which is dominating everything was born out of the industrial revolution experienced first in Britain. It originated from the factories of Britain, but gradually spread everywhere. It thrives on the peculiar concept of ‘Profit’. It manifests itself in innumerable forms with a tendency towards homogenization, centralization, and marketization. Our thoughts, our behavior, our institutions, our traditions, our lifestyle, everything is under its influence. Modern information system is the weapon by which it is controlling the whole world. Governments all over the world are knowingly/unknowingly bowing down in front of it.

A very good article describing the reality of this terrible scenario was written by Late Kailash Budhwar, former head of BBC Hindi Service. I had the opportunity to publish this article in the London-based magazine Purvai, where I was serving as executive editor at that time. Kailash ji had written that how this system intends to pull the ever-flowing ideas of the entire human race into a well and draw profit from it. It wants a world where everyone will think alike, speak the same language, sing the same tunes, cook the same food and sing the same lullabies to their children.

Explaining the danger of homogenization caused by the current System, Budhwar Ji further wrote, “I fear whether we and the future generations of millions of people like us, will lose everything that human genius in every corner of the world has developed for thousands of years. Will the diversity that adorns our earth become flat, will all the colorful flower beds be buried in the ashes of volcanic fire? Will we, like the rest of the animal world, be transformed into a single species devoid of all diversity?”

It is very often asked as to who controls this powerful System? Most people consider Britain, America, and the super tycoons there as its controller. There are plenty of conspiracy theories that allege that the family of Rothschild is the actual controller of this System. But I do not believe in any such theory. In my opinion, this system is no longer under anyone’s control. It has taken the form of Bhasmasura. Countries and institutions that once controlled it are now frightened by it themselves. British Government faints with the memory of Black Wednesday (September 16, 1992) when it had reached very near to the state of bankruptcy. George Soros is said to be responsible for this, but he was actually a part of the system that caused everything. Similarly, the Lehman Brothers scandal that shook America on September 15, 2008, was also a result of this system.

Every sensible person in the world is troubled by the destructive nature of this system. Therefore, system change is becoming a top priority for them. In India, Shri K.N. Govindacharya Ji is at the forefront of the campaign striving for system change. He insists to leave this perverted system and opt for a system where Dharma (duty) will be the guiding philosophy. With the tendency of diversification, decentralization, and market-liberation, that future system would express itself in the form of nature-centric development.

Govindji says that the people who wish to bring system change should refrain from the electoral politics. He out-rightly rejects the idea of ​​changing the system by entering the government. For the last 17 years, I have heard him repeating it over and over again that the battle for system change is quite a different game. To succeed in this endeavor, one requires a different type of fighters, a different set of weaponry, and completely different methods of waging the war. If someone wants to fight the system with conventional tools, he/she will not be able to give a simple scratch, let alone the talk of change and its destruction.

Govindacharya, who played a major role in three instances of power changes in Delhi, has closely observed how the vehicle of system change gets punctured as soon as it enters the corridors of power in Delhi and other capitals. Therefore, he wants that whenever in future the vehicle of change moves in the direction of system change, it should take the route of villages and alleys of the country instead of heading towards the corridors of power. In his opinion, villages of the country alone hold the key to any system change in the future.

In the process of appreciating and understanding the thoughts of Govindacharya Ji on system change, my mind took me towards a new possibility. I suddenly started thinking that why not make Mission Tirhutipur the starting point of system change? Why not take out such a Gangotri from Tirhutipur which washes away the filth of the present system and ushers in a new system? Before I think a little further, my mind raised the question, is it possible…?

Vimal Kumar Singh

Convener, Mission Tirhutipur

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