Rejuvenating Gandhian Arguments: Importance Of Self-Sufficient Village Economy During Pandemics

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Dr. Ruolkhomzo , Dr. Nameirakpam Bijen Meetei


The present paper focussed on understanding Gandhi’s views on the self-sufficient village economy and its possible relevance in pandemics like the COVID-19 Pandemic and lockdowns. In order to explore this, the researcher collected primary data from 250 villagers of the five villages of the hill areas of Manipur. The researchers have used questionnaire tools as a means of primary data collection. Data was collected using the random sampling method. Sample sizes of 250 responses were collected on the basis of convenient sampling. The collected data were tabulated and interpreted using the simple percentage method as a data tool. Besides, in-depth interview with 30 persons was also conducted to better understand the need for a self-sufficient village economy in the remote villages of the hill areas of Manipur particularly that of the five villages i.e. Rovakawt, Leisen, Parvachawm, Parbung, and Kangrengdawr. The paper argues that the main problem for the villagers during the lockdown was when they were seriously ill. During the field visit, it is found that there is a lack of infrastructure like electricity, road connectivity, etc. in the study area. Therefore, the concerned authority should look into the matter and provide at least the basic infrastructure required by the villagers. If modern health facilities accompany the idea of a traditional self-sufficient village as favored by Gandhi, the economic and social damages of pandemics like Covid 19 can be reduced substantially.

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