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By Rajni Bakshi

Bapu Kuti, at Sewagram Ashram, Wardha, is the dust hut which used to be Mahatma Gandhi's final domestic. part a century after Bapu was once killed, the Kuti is alive with gatherings of people that proportion his goals. they don't name themselves 'Gandhians'. but, as they look for the options to the various difficulties of recent India, those activists locate themselves coming to a similar conclusions as had Gandhi. during this assortment, Rajni Bakshi explores the realm and lives of twelve such those who have grew to become their backs on profitable professions to embark on a look for functional and humane methods of political and social transformation, rooted within the religion that new India with prosperity for all will be equipped at the strengths of cooperation and neighborhood.

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Soon after the public hearing, the acting EDO, an IAS officer under training, filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the junior engineer and the gram sevak. A few weeks later a jan sunwai in Bhim revealed the existence of a fraudulent company that had siphoned off Rs 36 lakh over one year, through illegal payments in just one block. The owners of the company were family members of the block officials. Renuka Pamecha was an old hand at conducting public meetings. On 25 April 1996, she was chairperson of the fifth jan sunwai, held at village Thana in Bhilwara district.

The hundred dollar question is, is there a philosophy that can challenge this concept of economies of scale? In order to pursue this question more systematically, Karuna shifted to the Chennai IIT in 1982. There he could work closely with the IIT’s Centre for Rural Development, an interdisciplinary centre established to carry out rural development through employment generation. This gave Karuna an opportunity to train himself in a wide variety of disciplines. Over the years, he taught electrical engineering, mathematics, control engineering, management and civil engineering relating to water resources.

My naive thoughts and vague theories always coincide with shadows of the profound poetic, philosophic thoughts of Kumarappa. ’ Yet Karuna was careful not to hero-worship his philosophical mentor. ‘JCK’, as Karuna refers to Kumarappa, ‘was a die-hard idealist, totally uncompromising, while mine is a pragmatic Utopia. ’ Before searching for solutions, Karuna attempted to understand why the simple vision of plenitude for all eludes modern society. This led him to identify a central villain, or ‘poison’, known as ‘economies of scale’: The cost of a consumer product has two components: one, the fixed cost which includes overheads; and two, variable cost depending on the volume of production.

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