The Co-operative Movement of the Russian Far East

This page is made up Russian Far East Association of Co-operative Movement for accumulation, collection and systemization information of Russian and Foreign Scientists, experts, practicians, representatives of co-operative society and all who will be interested make prove and develop Co-operative movement in Russia, Russian Far East Aria and all countries of our small World.

Asian Values- their relevance for cooperatives

Whatever may be the political controversy about the Asian Values, there is no denying the fact that some of the Asian values like honestly, truthfulness, concern for the community, brotherhood, tolerance, non-violence, coexistence etc. are the universal values which are essential and the foundations of a sustainable socio-economic development and thereby of the cooperative functioning.

The value system propounded by Gandhi and Tagore as mentioned earlier and which combines both social and economic values and ethics is quite relevant today for the success of cooperative movement.

It is however, a matter of introspection whether the so called Asian values are being practiced and followed in the actual working of the cooperatives in Asia. In most cases they are not.

The need of the day is to imbibe and inbuilt the value system alongwith the economic principles of business and management in the working of the cooperatives for a sustainable development. Infact, wherever the cooperatives have failed in Asia, it is because of the negation of these values. Philosophers lay down the philosophies, but it is for the cooperators to follow and practice.