Economics Of Mahavira ► 03 ► [03.18] Economics of Non-violence and Peace - The Theory of Distribution

Posted: 28.01.2006

Another dimension is the doctrine of distribution. Since the time of Mahavira, the population has been increasing and resources have been diminishing. At the same time, state control on the resources has been intensifying. This has led to the problem of distribution.

In olden times, the call for equitable distribution was not a problem at all because population itself was small, the resources required for the fulfillment of the primary needs were also not so difficult to secure and the expectations were small.

At that time, means of transport and communications were also limited.

It used to take a lot of time for a message to reach a distance of even twenty miles. On the other hand, today's fast means of communication and velocity of advertisements have generated artificial wants. At that time, each village used to produce the things needed for consumption, and there was no problem of distribution. The divergence in all these dimensions then and now is so great that the two sets cannot be compared at all.

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