Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
One of the great advantages of the malkha process of cotton textile production [besides the others] is that it uses much less energy than the conventional process to convert cotton fibre to cloth.
As Kannan's poster puts it "If just 1.5% of India's cotton textile production were to come from Microspin-integrated [Malkha] units we would save more power that the capacity planned at Kudankulam." "At zero cost!" "With zero hazards!" the poster excitedly proclaims. And being broken up into small units, there is great scope for malkha production to convert entirely to alternative, renewable energy use, which might use solar, bio-mass, or others.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Gandhi promoted a synthesis of Hindu, Jain & Buddhist philosophies and was also influenced by Christian tradition*. He insisted that fundamental principles could & should be practically applied at all levels in all fields, personal, political, economic & social, and that a philosophy was valid only as far as it was practiced.
Gandhi’s ideas were in tune with the Anarcho-syndicalist philosophy of his day# but clashed with neo-classical economic theory, which is built around individual self-interest, and denies the possibility of any evolution to a higher social & moral plane of the submission of individual self-interest to the greater benefit of society in a word, unselfishness. For Gandhi, society too like the individual, must always strive to reach a higher evolutionary level.
* ‘My young mind tried to unify the teaching of the Gita, The Light of Asia, and the Sermon on the Mount’
from M K Gandhi 'The story of my experiments with truth'
# 'For the anarchist, freedom is not an abstract philosophical concept, but the vital concrete possibility for every human being to bring to full development all the powers, capacities, and talents with which nature has endowed him, and turn them to social account.
…For Rocker, "the problem that is set for our time is that of freeing man from the curse of economic exploitation and political and social enslavement"; and the method is not the conquest and exercise of state power, nor stultifying parliamentarianism, but rather "to reconstruct the economic life of the people from the ground up and build it up in the spirit of Socialism."
From Noam Chomsky ‘Notes on Anarchism’
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