2nd October, 2019! Today the whole world is proudly celebrating 150th Birth Anniversary of the Mahatma Gandhi who laid the foundation of freedom of India demonstrating the Policy of Non-Violence. Every Indian recognizes him as “Bapu” and “Rashrapita” because of his phenomenal efforts that he initiated and sustained throughout the struggle for freedom. Moreover, he succeeded in that efforts because of his firm beliefs and values in “Ahimsa and Truth” that he emulated throughout his life.
In this astounding and selfless journey, Gandhi Ji travelled to various places in the world and stayed with local residents of those area with the view of knowing different people and to figure out ways in which they can be benefitted. In Mahatma Gandhi’s opinion, in any scheme of development, man should be at the centre. Man has to make a judicious use of natural resources. The ecological balance should not be disturbed. The objective should not be to build the islands of prosperity in the ocean of poverty; but to lead simple life and make endeavour to combat poverty. According to Gandhi Ji, every member of the society is the trustee of the wealth generated out of the collective efforts of all. This was the start of his basic idea behind Responsible Tourism.
Responsible tourism is like sustainable tourism, however as often the word sustainability is often overused and not understood, responsible tourism has been adopted as a term used by industry
Responsible tourism is any form of tourism that can be consumed in a more responsible way.
“Responsible tourism is tourism which:
- minimizes negative social, economic and environment communities.
- generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well-being of host communities
- improves working conditions and access to the industry
- involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
- makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity
- provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
- provides access for physically challenged people
- is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence
– Cape Town Declaration, 2002
Carrying the Legacy Forward:
In order to carry forward the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, we need to inculcate his beliefs and practices in almost all walks of our lives. Since the modern man today is usually on the move, so the idea of injecting his beliefs in the way we travel can never be neglected.
The concept of tourists staying in Indian homes or Bed and Breakfast Stays i.e., BNBs, is a complete blend of Gandhi Ji’s beliefs and the idea of Responsible Tourism with innovative doctrine of “Shared Economy”. We have come up with the exclusively exquisite link between the Golden Trio i.e. Gandhi’s values, Responsible Tourism and BNBs.
SATYA – The idea of Truthfulness
It is always good to know the true culture of any place that we are visiting. According to Mahatma Gandhi, India can be seen in it’s homes and villages. BNB Nation offers you comfortable accommodation in the local households of the places that you are visiting. At BNB Nation our basic aim for the same is to make you aware of the culture and traditions with incredible way of life at different places and people around you.
ASWADA – The Idea of Controlled Diet
The basic requirement of every human being is “food”. Unfortunately, it is also the biggest problem that people face when they are travelling to new places. The wrong and uncontrolled choice of food have a lot of unhealthy effects on the health of travellers. On the contrary, we at BNB Nation ensure you authentic hygienic breakfast with an idea of Aswada in mind to kick start your day on a healthy note while you are on the move.
Swadeshi – The Idea of using Local Goods
Gandhi Ji advocated for “Swadeshi” clothes like “Khadi” which is not a uniform but a simple living concept. Whether to buy products for your daily use or to get a gift for your loved ones back to home, living in a BNB accommodation will ensure that you get proper guidance from the local residents to buy goods that are healthier for your pockets and more precisely “Made In India”.
Sparsh Bhawna – The Idea of a United Nation
India is a country that is proudly known for its diversity. Therefore, it becomes necessary for the citizens of India that they know each other’s culture in a profound way. BNB helps you achieve that purpose. Through the ideologies of “Atithi Devo Bhava” and “Vasudev Kutumbkam” , at BNB Nation you will be living with people belonging to different cultures which will ultimately result in more awareness of different cultures to flourish the idea of a United Nation
Hind Swaraj and today’s scenario
We are aware of the fact that it takes a lot of natural & human resources to build up and manage a 3 or 5-star hotel having an average cost of 3.5 million and 10 million respectively and thereby creating a lot of burden on our limited available natural resources.
Gandhi wrote in the first decade of 20th century in ‘Hind Swaraj’ that a relentless quest for material goods and services and civilization was driven by endless multiplication of wants is ‘Satanic’ and defined civilization in terms of the preferences of duties; ‘adherence to moralities and exercise of restraint’, thus limiting greed. Hind Swaraj became the manifesto of sustainable development after the first ‘Satyagraha’. For eight years (1906-1914) it became a movement against the exploitations of modern western civilization. In a much broader sense, it had the challenging and compassionate vision of saving the planet earth.
Keeping these ideas in mind, it can be well concluded that the concept of BNB is not only important for maintaining cultural diversity but also managing ecological sustainability. Today, while we are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of a great legend, just think about how our world would look like if we start contributing towards cultural diversity and also ecological sustainability.
This blog has invaluable contributions from Dr GG Saxena and BnBNation team.