Revival of the global economy calls for the Principle  of Needonomics: Professor M.M. Goel

Vice-Chancellor Starex University Gurugram Professor Dr. M.M. Goel, known as the founder of Needonomics as Needonomist spoke to this correspondent  on the principle of ‘Needonomics’

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Revival of global economy calls for the Principle  of Needonomics: Professor M.M. Goel

The global leadership and their think-tank have to accept the realities of the economic crisis in terms of slow growth rate, recession if not depression. Is there any mantra to fix the problems in the Indian economy? Should we think of Atamnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan as a panacea for reviving the economy?

Vice-Chancellor Starex University Gurugram Professor Dr. M.M. Goel, known as the founder of Needonomics as Needonomist spoke to this correspondent  on the principle of ‘Needonomics’

  • Conceptualize Needonomics with its scope in present times?

Needonomics (economics of needs) is based on Bhagavad Gita as an ‘Idea of India’ which is nonviolent, ethical, and spiritual in nature confining to needs. It says no to greed which falls in the domain of greedonomics (economics of greed ). It authenticates economic thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi to a considerable extent.

I believe that ‘needonomics’ is necessary and sufficient for solving the economic and non-economic problems anywhere in the world including India.

Needonomics is required for saying no to most of the problems caused by Greedonomics (economics of greed) including violence, terrorism, exploitation, deprivation, discrimination, discontent, and corruption of all kinds prevailing in the society. Endless greed is the real menace facing the world today.

To my mind, an economist who speaks and argues needonomics is known as Needonomist.

  • Which strategy should be adopted to implement the principle of ‘Needonomics?’

To implement the principle of ‘Needonomics’, I believe that strategy of spiritually guided materialism (SGM) flowing from Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India’s slogan seen in the logo ‘yogakshemam vahamyaham’ is in Sanskrit which loosely translates into English as “Your welfare is our responsibility” derived from sloka no 22 of chapter 9 of Bhagavad Gita “ananyāśh chintayanto māṁ ye janāḥ paryupāsate teṣhāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ yoga-kṣhemaṁ vahāmyaham”. Meaning thereby “There are those who always think of Me and engage in exclusive devotion to Me. To them, whose minds are always absorbed in Me, I provide what they need and preserve what they already possess”

Recession in the global economy including India is a reality to be accepted by all the stakeholders in an economy. It needs proper diagnosis by the economists of all shades and creed with Gita-based wise words of wisdom (www) to create a conducive climate and work culture with the honesty of purpose. It needs to be understood, analyzed, and interpreted that spiritualism and materialism are complementary to each other and not substitutes. To mitigate the miseries of materialism, modern economics must consist of spiritualism which is necessary and sufficient for the ethical behavior of economic actors including consumers, producers, distributors, traders, and above all policymakers and facilitators. Economists have a unique responsibility towards the moral empowerment of all the actors in the economy.

  • What is the concept of consumer psychology to adopt Needonomics?

A consumer as a hero of economics is always interested in heroin (goods and services) and all those who pollute the relationship are called villains in the real drama in the market. Everyone is a consumer and is expected to behave in the market with rational behavior which falls in the domain of consumer psychology.

Consumer psychology is the study of why and how people buy things in the market (online and offline). Every consumer should consume the goods and services as per their needs. It is unfortunate that leading economists of the world promote greed as the basis of economic growth, turning it into “Greedonomics”. Economics should be based on need, not on greed. It should be a “Needonomics”, and not a “Greedonomics”.

  • Conceptualize Street Smart person in present global dynamics?

A person is street smart with attributes including simple, moral, action-oriented, responsive, and transparent (SMART) along with needonomics in the present economic scenario of materialism and consumerism. We have to adopt the SIMPLE model of empowerment consisting of six human development activities such as spiritual quotient (SQ) development, intuition development, mental level development, love oneself attitude development, and emotional quotient (EQ) development. The synergy of these six aspects is an essential requirement for us to emerge and realize our full potential.

To ensure public participation in Atamnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, we need to become street smart in using smartphones under digital India for most of the activities online.

  • What is your perception about globalization in present times of Covid created economic crisis?

To my mind, globalization is the internationalization of Indianization which I have been promoting since 1991.

To implement the vision of ‘Atamnirbhar Bharat Abhiyan announced by the Indian prime minister, we should avoid overemphasizing ‘vocal for local’ and be little diplomatic and use the wisdom for ‘Glocalization’ meaning thereby think globally and act locally for promoting Vasudhiava Kutumbakam (the world is one family) as the Indian ethos.

  • What are your take on the epic Gita and its relevance in needonomics?

Bhagavad Gita is a treatise on welfare economics and management and needs to be accepted as a Sacro-secular epic for the entire humanity. For me, Gita is my guru which is the heart of Krishan. The economy can be people-friendly and socially beneficial only if undertaken in accordance with the NAW approach (Need, Affordability, and Worth of the goods and services). The pertinent questions before the people ‘Do one Need the good or service, which has been so glamorously advertised? Is the good or service Affordable? Is the good or service Worth its price?’ The market should satisfy the essential needs of the people, create employment opportunities and be utilitarian. We have to understand, analyze, interpret and adopt the NAW approach for goods and services. To create a work culture, there is a need of converting holiday culture into holy-day culture. I firmly believe that the rate of progress in spiritualism is faster than the rate of progress in materialism. Therefore, there is a need of accepting spiritually guided materialism (SGM) making a case for ‘needonomics’ which is nonviolent, ethical, and spiritual (no to greed ‘greedonomics’) as a solution to various problems in any economy. Believe in the Indians as street smart who can do wonders. Efficacy and esteem should be the belief to shape the economy which calls for zealous (not jealous) human resources with spiritual input. To make it happen we should adopt an evolutionary approach and should not expect miracles.  All kinds of deficits including fiscal, revenue, budget, primary, trade, and above all trust can be addressed by adopting needonomics which can reduce the coefficient of distrust in all the sectors of the global economy. We have to be aware, alert, and awake with Vivek ( rationality) for the challenges and remain enthusiastic to work without worries for the revival of the global economy by adopting needonomics.

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Revival of global economy calls for the Principle  of Needonomics: Professor M.M. Goel
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Vice-Chancellor Starex University Gurugram Professor Dr. M.M. Goel, known as the founder of Needonomics as Needonomist spoke to this correspondent  on the principle of ‘Needonomics’
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