The price of crude petroleum oil has shot up to
USD 110 last week in the international market.
Let us imagine the effects of this on the common
man in India, or for that matter in any other part
of the world. Petrol, Kerosene, naphtha and other
petroleum products have touched our lives to an
extant that the world would come to a standstill
with in a matter of 24 hours if the supplies are
stopped. It is the same story with other power
and energy sources such as electricity. Electricity
to some extant is dependent on petrogas but
largely electricity is produced in many parts of
India and abroad by coal-fired plants and by
falling water-force. Food being vital for our
existence, there are many inputs in agriculture
that depend upon chemicals such as fertilizers
and pesticides. Some of these fertilizers and
pesticides are developed from petroleum
products.
Our staple food rice is produced by our farmers
who have to use fertilizers and pesticides to bring
out good crop. Only abundant food supplies can
bring peace and calm in our cities, towns and
villages.
Abundant supplies of petrol, kerosene, electricity,
and water will provide peace and stability to a
nation. If the transport of these essentials from
the farms to the markets is not maintained then
there will be chaos. Distribution of electricity is as
important as providing water and fuel. Road and
rail movements of food and other supplies also
depend upon power and fuel.
In the past there was no railway, and the roads
were unpaved. There were no motor vehicles.
People depended on animal drawn carriages.
Some people used horse to ride to travel from
place to place.
There was no electricity to light the homes and
oil-lit lamps were used in large numbers to create
visibility during nights. That was the period when
the needs of the people were provided by locally
available materials. Food and other items were
bartered in the market. Therefore even coins
which formed money to buy food were in short
supply. People paid taxes in the form of produce
rather than with money.
Adyar Gopal Parivar
News Items published on this website on 2nd March 2008
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Now there is need for money for everything
we live with. We earn money by offering
either service or material.         
The farmers have been exempted from
paying income tax. This was unheard of in
the past. Every citizen is required to work
in one manner or other to contribute to the
gross national product.
In the past the children in a household
learnt the occupation of his or her parents
and acquired skills to provide for his or her
livelihood. Now the children have to be
taught skills in schools and colleges so as
to make them capable of earning their
livelihood.
      Today life is complex and every living
being is a component of a very vast
network of society. The social network
works in an orderly manner if each
component functions as expected.

The GSB community forms an important
component in the social network of the
world. The members of the GSB
community will lead a peaceful and
prosperous life if they would contribute
their mite to the social network of Indian
society or any other society in the world
where they live. No one need doubt that
they contribute more than their mite.
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