intro’d to Varun here (basic income earth network):
@BasicIncomeOrgINDIA: MP from largest political party endorses basic income ow.ly/ntwc501YxHR
begs bi be placebo/temporary.. otherwise remain in broken feedback loop
Varun’s full article linked in tweet:
Even India has seen its share of basic income experiments. A pilot in eight villages in Madhya Pradesh provided over 6,000 individuals a monthly payment (Rs.100 for a child, Rs.200 for an adult; later raised to Rs.150 and Rs.300, respectively). The money was initially paid out as cash, while transitioning to bank accounts three months later. The transfer was unconditional, save the prevention of substitution of food subsidies for cash grants. The results were intriguing. Most villagers used the money on household improvements (latrines, walls, roofs) while taking precautions against malaria — 24.3 per cent of the households changed their main source of energy for cooking or lighting; 16 per cent had made changes to their toilet. There was a seeming shift towards markets, instead of ration shops, given better financial liquidity, leading to improved nutrition, particularly among SC and ST households, and better school attendance and performance. There was an increase in small-scale investments (better seeds, sewing machines, equipment repairs etc). Bonded labour decreased, along with casual wage labour, while self-employed farming and business activity increased. Financial inclusion was rapid – within four months of the pilot, 95.6 per cent of the individuals had bank accounts. Within a year, 73 per cent of the households reported a reduction in their debt. There was no evidence of any increase in spending on alcohol.
Before moving ahead, we would need more data to prove its applicability in the Indian context.
There have only been eight large-scale pilot programmes testing the impact of a universal basic income on human well-being. Social context too matters — what might have worked in Manitoba or Kenya might not necessarily be applicable to India. We need a greater depth of pilot studies, focussed on ensuring universal access and covering minimum living expenses. With more pilots planned in Oakland, Netherlands, Germany and India, insights developed can be used to modify welfare policy.
A regular unconditional basic income, scaled up through pilots, and rolled out slowly and carefully, seems ideal for India. It can help improve living conditions including sanitation in our villages, providing them with access to better drinking water, while improving children’s nutrition. Regular basic income payments can help institute rational responses to illness or hunger, enabling households to fund their health expenses instead of encountering a vicious cycle of debt. It can help reduce child labour, while facilitating an increase in school spending. It can transform villages, enabling the growth of productive work, leading to a sustained increase in income. It could cut inequality; grow the economy; all while offering the pursuit of happiness.
this is what i refer to above as his lists.. and where .. if we don’t see bi as placebo/temp.. we’ll just perpetuate not us ness..
a story about people grokking what matters.. let’s facilitate that..
Varun Gandhi (born 13 March 1980) is an Indian politician, he is a member of Lok Sabha, the lower house of Parliament of India, representing the Sultanpur constituency. He is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and was inducted into Rajnath Singh’s team in March 2012 as National General Secretary, becoming the youngest General Secretary in the history of the party. Varun Gandhi is a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family.
Gandhi wrote his first volume of poems, titled The Otherness of Self, at the age of 20, in 2000. His second volume of poems, titled Stillness was published by HarperCollins in April 2015. The book broke sales records and became the bestselling non-fiction book, selling over 10,000 copies in the first two days of its release
stillness et al
need to read more of him
taking more of Varun in..
from 2015 (part 1):
in real life.. an overlapping consensus.. into a sort of half way house.. a model relative ism.. that then becomes justice.. this shouldn’t be the case.. but that’s what it’s become..
3 min – how can we talk about justice w ie’s like this.. 17 000 killed.. 50 000 harmed… 5 000 women no longer able to have children…
5 min – on jailed injustices… 70% of convicted in jail are functionally illiterate.. (then talks on that injustice)
so.. perhaps we redefine literacy…
7 min – on how medieval the system we are living in is.. on how many are killed because of injustice…
9 min – if justice is not even available w/in the system..
10 min – right to ed act.. does it work.. no
12 min – on shelter.. water source.. purchasing power.. can we really expect justice..
3rd time i’ve heard him quiet someone in the crowd
13 min – farmers killing themselves at rate of one a week
14 min – what’s justice to you and me is not justice to the poorest of the poor
15 min – what is justice to a poor person.. .leakage is 98% yet we do nothing about it.. just say it’s a tragic state..
17 min – 6 and 7 yr old children are working.. in fields everyday.. and not getting educated… not going to get fed otherwise.. so what justice are we talking about
great.. but education ness… needs to change as well…
19 min – how deep are the stakeholders in our country – about 5% actually have a deep stake..
20 min – if told you aren’t good enough… from day born.. will never believe in the system.. 50% of phone calls we get are to deal w police.. not just because police are corrupt.. but because common man sees police as the .. other.. a clandestine network of privileged classes that always seek to demean.. his existence..
22 min – if you go to people and say.. junk your identity and i will give you a better future.. they will be frightened..
is education merely the achievement of tasks.. the completion of rote learning.. skill development.. equipping you to get a job… no.. ed must be value based.. where you learn empathy..
23 min – ed is failing us… because in our ed we are not taught to respect difference.. the other..
24 min – our ed system should be equipping us to question/transform these hierarchies.. to tell us.. that our worth doesn’t depend on ie: where we are born..
25 min – so really.. who is the indian that we are creating…
everybody is competing for who can be more medieval.. no one is competing for new ideas (election going on)
27 min – ultimately in this country.. patronage networks still rule.. we’re not talking about meritocracy.. et al.. because we’re not taught how to think in india.. we’re taught what to think
that’s everywhere… that’s Ed.. ness
this is huge.. we have to quit thinking Ed is good.. and that we are just not doing it right where we are..
with this mindset.. we spend our days.. trying to do Ed like other countries.. who don’t do it right either.. because Ed isn’t right..
in the west they start teaching children at 5 yrs of age… (then talks of how much need to be like them)
whoa.. west is same at ed.. no?
29 min – in india.. what is the last man in society that we’re building… forget justice.. can he even live the life of a human being..? no.. max farmer suicide has been here.. and yet..
31 min – annual state of Ed report – then talks of reading/writing results… the challenge is do they understand what they’re doing.. this point.. it relates Ed to justice.. ie: let’s say i’m told this is wrong in a class… can i conform the behavior i’m seeing .. let’s say i know constitution tells me there should be no discrimination. and i’m seeking around me only discrimination.. can i make connection between two… to exercise rights we first need to understand them..
or disengage from rights ness.. and just focusing on all of us.. living a nother way
34 min – ends this section on the need for competition.. and hitting ball out of park.. and meeting maslow’s hierarchy of needs
from 2015 (2 part):
everybody today is equal in their dreams/aspiration.. and that is where justice really kicks in
1\ need a proper delivery/distribution system.. if aren’t going to do that.. can’t get to live of human being
2\ needs to be a rigorous campaign.. naming/shaming injustice.. everyone today dealing in injustice.. feels they can navigate the system..
what is important.. is for you to challenge the system..
then asks to raise hands if any had filed.. forms..
are you going to be part of group that watches or group that initiates the change..
4 min – my advice is .. never give flowers.. instead as those who come to plant a tree.. all you have here is surrounding me w dead things.. we have to think outside of the box
5 min – use/challenge the media/the judicial system
8 min – no citizenry involved.. how many here have gone to pm – zero
don’t react act.. dream big dreams..
and this from 2013 – Brilliant Varun Gandhi Interview
3 min – on his upcoming (in 2013) book – the ecstasy of the tragic
4 min – life haunts me.. but not my name
is that a servant..? dishing his food..?
only the weak hide their scars …..how do you know what you know when you know there’s nothing