What are your areas of interest in Auroville, and in what areas have you already worked in?
I have my own commercial unit, called MGEcoduties, that is all related to Natural products without any chemical use. It started very small (just Rs. 30,000/- turnover in 2011), and I have learnt a lot in the last 7 years. Today it contributes in the top 12 monthly to Auroville (almost 1 crore rupees turnover last year), along with in-kind (free-cost) for 15 schools of Auroville and 10 Institutions of Auroville. Auroville Economy, specially related to commercial units, is still in blur in the map of Auroville. Many people has expressed ideas in how to change it, but so far the Auroville units are alone and left to their own luck (good/bad). Conscious Business is priority to Auroville. Business sister/brother-wood should be highly understood and required.
Please mention one or two key changes that you would like to see in the community.
1) In the past Auroville contributions were basically based in Grants from GoI and donations. Lately the main income of Auroville and its future is in the Commercial Units contributions. Special care should be provided on them. Nurture – Regulations – Licenses – Agreements – Taxes – Import/Export – Indian Marketing – Worldwide Marketing – ECommerce, etc. There are lot of things that we are improvising every single day, and not just to see our Balance Sheets/PandLs every 6 months..