Your Actions Connect to the Four Pillars
The four pillars are the overarching goals of the Jai Jagat. They are the vision. In any situation they are the normative from which we measure the extent of the application of nonviolence. For instance in the case of the COVID-19 period, let us say that there is an increase of poverty because of ‘lockdowns’ and the lack of daily wage labour employment leading to increased hunger. To carry out Jai Jagat we need to address this situation to eradicate poverty. This first pillar guides our action. The same applies with the other three pillars: removal of social exclusion; halting climate change; stopping war and conflict.
The Jai Jagat website is a space for informing others of the nonviolent actions that you are taking up. These can be local actions, cross-border actions, advocacy actions, global actions. THEY ARE ACTIONS.
As Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to see in the world”.
It is what you do ‘nonviolently’ that makes this action different.
As Rajagopal says: “ Between silence and violence is active nonviolence”
We are creating a map of all your nonviolent actions: it will help us to see how many actions are in different countries and across the world. Once this becomes larger, it will be converted to a portal. Gradually we anticipate that this map will help us to link local actions to global issues.
There are many that have undertaken local actions that can be aligned with Jai Jagat. There are also those beginning new actions. The common theme is that we are #onthemoveforjusticeandpeace.
Justice and Peace are big words. What is meant by this in the Jai Jagat Campaign?
We have devised four Areas of Convergent actions that bring Justice and Peace Together. These are:
- Nonviolent Governance and Conflict Resolution
- New Economic Development Paradigm
- Micro-Sustainable, Eco-Friendly and Climate-Just Initiatives
- Developing Capacities for Justice and Peace
One these four areas of action converge, they achieve a holistic peace.
Why the need for a new economic and development paradigm?
Politics is the art of organizing the society.
Economics is derived from the Greek word Oikonomia which means household management.
We have forgotten the meaning of these spheres of action in the race for social progress. Economic self-interest, private property, the market as central to all political economy, a globalization based on lending and growing money, are characteristics which are being challenged today.
This looks challenging because of what we are used to for so many years, but in looking at the fragile realtionship with nature, this is a prudent choice in the medium and long-term. WE have seen by the trends of environmental unsustainability, the climate crisis, and how increased poverty, social exclusion and war and conflict (what we call four pillars).
A well-organized economy will enhance the happiness and well-being of individuals and the society. (See President of Jai Jagat International Association, Olivier de Schutter’s analysis in Happiness within Boundaries.)
What are some of the components of this new economic and development paradigm from which we are advocating global policy change?
- To base the economy on the community, the neighbourhood with an access to basic needs within a 100 kilometer radius;
- To refocus local needs based on sustaining (regenerating) local resources, and regarding the use of local skills, capacities and traditional knowledge as fundamental to development;
- To reinforce trusteeship attitude towards use, protection and regeneration of nature (eco-resources);
- To reinforce trusteeship in production of goods and in limiting excessive consumption and minimizing the value chains between production and consumption;
- To enhance mutual cooperation between communities;
- To create relations with the state (government) for them to facilitate local economic planning and linking across borders;
- To make the state accountable for “bottom-up” development with consideration to cross-border exchange and trade;
- To enhance a post-fossil fuel economy working to enhance green energy; and
- To privilege and subsidize small cottage industries and small and medium enterprises as opposed to large infrastructural and industrial businesses.
Below you will find a chart which indicates various actions that relate to New Economic Development Paradigm. They are divided into Actions, Advocacy and Training/Learning: