Surdasa, a medieval saint poet describes the essential nature of bird and its connection with the root, though in deep metaphorical sense – जैसे उड़ि जहाज कौ पंछी पुनि जहाज पै आवै. The working translation of this line convincingly explains the association of mobility of humans and coming back to the root: “The way birds fly from the ship and come back again”.
Humans, as social animals, have been learning, improving and shaping their cultural strength from the nature and its creatures. They must have learnt the art of migration from the migratory birds. Sadly, we have failed to learn the art of coming back to the root. North American Arctic terns, for example, fly 40,000 kilometres every year, and, finally they come back to their roots. We, the humans, need to learn this universally accepted practice from the migratory birds. This is essential because with every possible luxury and comfort of life, we feel isolated, frustrated, and helpless. We the people of world have been facing and experiencing collective physical-emotional trauma, self-imposed banishment in our work places, where we all the times dream of our home –root but live in exile. One needs emotional eyes and psychological ears to see and hear the pathos and pangs of separation of such Diasporas.
This concept – connect to the root, therefore, is a new way of searching the pleasure of living and connecting with the people of their own historical background, habitat, culture and ecology. It is a movement to regenerate the native charm and search the meaning of life with connecting with the people of roots. The pace of development gives us everything- higher professional, technical, traditional education, skills, employment opportunities, job satisfaction, respectful salary, house, car, luxuries life etc. Our job and over engagement with the modern life in urban centres and work place, however, compels us to get detached from our root. We miss our roots – schools, cultural place, agricultural fields, village houses and settlements, water bodies, natural surroundings, birds, reptiles, fish, green pastures and pristine blue sky in its virgin form. We miss our elders, young children, habitat and raw foods. We miss the complete charm of our childhood days we spent in the fearless atmosphere and learned the primary education in the schools, and practical lessons of life from the elders. We all miss those things – many of us, however, miss them in our subconscious mind and some of us miss them in our conscious mind.
This trend is universal. Our villages look deserted. Old people, some young children and a few unproductive youth dominate the population. The rate of outside migration is alarming. In many cases, the schools where we studied with great admiration and charm to shape our carrier look completely isolated and unproductive. Buildings are now not shining the way they were looking years ago. The youth, students and children of the village need us. They want to know the secrets of success in academic and professional life from the successful people of their village, settlements, small towns and surroundings. The senior citizens, the women, the young students, the retired schoolteachers, the postman, the local healers and the habitat want their established sons and daughters of their land to come back and get connected with them. The migrants also feel the same way. They want to go back to the root, not for spending his remaining life with the villagers but to interact with them. They want to go there to feel the problems and pathos of the local people. They want to go there to get the emotional-casual bliss from the people and nature.
We have experienced from our personal life that every one of us has to pay back to our root. It can be, in the beginning, in the form of physical presence of the migrant and interacting with the people, schoolteachers and other people. Second and third phases and in the coming phases it can be financial, influential, in the form of guidance, training, advocacy or in any kind, cash, or intellectual cultural giving to the root society.
Sadly, most of us do not connect with the root. This has a serious impact. Our dullness encourages our children to get disassociated with the root. It happens universally everywhere in the world. Why should a child go to his/ her parent’s native land and interact with the people if he/ she knows that his/ her father / mother does not care for them? So, by way of not going back to our root we are ruining everything. We are creating a culture without root and without backbone. This is dangerous, fatal, mechanical and viral. It is this serious concern that has encouraged us to form this group and create an integrated web portal to encourage the people across the globe to connect with their respective native land and people. Our approach, therefore, is universal, our mission is global, our concern is human and emotional, and our philosophy is cultural and emotional. We aspire to create a web of people all connected with their root and living happily.