Let a hundred flowers bloom*
In the last few days, I came across two more movements for political reform, at least one of which I was unaware of.
The first was LokSatta, which I had briefly mentioned before and which appears to be getting more active now; the second is Professionals Party of India (Thanks, Sundeep).
LokSatta appears to have a good base of volunteers, one of whom stumbled on my blog and sent me an email with this information (Thanks, Dnyanesh; emphasis mine):
“…We are a group of professionals in the age group of 35/55 working together under leadership of our National Cordinator,Dr. Jaiprakash Narayan ex IAS (who resigned from services at the age of 38 years in 1996 ) & who leads the movement.
…Most of the solutions that we have so far offered are in the nature of administrative reforms & according to us while they are necessary they are not sufficient. It has been found that the route cause of problems in India are due to the Political System (First Past The Post System) that we have adopted Every other reform will flow from a good political governance be it Administrative , Judicial , Educational or Economical. It has been found in our research that among others, Criminalisation, the level of poverty & corruption are symptoms of lack of political governance arising out of FPTP system..
Our style of operation is collaborative, non partisan and non adversarial. We believe in working as allies with all stakeholders to generate solutions.
…Other details about movement & other reforms that we are working on can be accessed at website www.loksatta.org
We share a common goal to make India a superpower & the best place to live on earth…We need to attain good governance through a peaceful political process rather than wait for a bloody revolution to take place.”
Professionals Party of India believes that the solution to the problems that we face is “A democratic paradigm shift” involving…”the 200 million or so professional Indians to roll up their sleeves and dirty their hands…set up a political party, win elections and form a government….that is perhaps the only way the unrelenting morass of ineptitude, incompetence and corruption our country is sinking into can be arrested.”
Their challenge of course is to get middle-class Indians, professionals involved in this process…define what they should stand for and capture public imagination. The party is habving its second convention this Saturday (16th Feb) in Pune…If you are in Pune, or know someone from Pune who may be interested, email sundeepg AT gmail.com�to find out more.
For the record, here is a quick list of various groups that I am aware of (in no particular order and with only an indicative list of people involved):
LokSatta (Dr Jaiprakash Narayan and others)
Lok Paritran (Chandrashekhar, Tanmay Raj Purohit and others)
Bharat Uday Mission (Santosh Nargund, Aditya and others)
Bharat Punarnirman Dal (Ajit Shukla, Ravi Kishore and others)
Professionals Party of India (RV Krishnan, Sundeep Gupta and others)
Freedom Team of India (Sanjeev Sabhlok & others)
There are many other movements that aim to reform governance and eradicate corruption. What makes the groups mentioned above stand apart is that they are all willing to contest elections to change things.
As I have noted elsewhere, this is essential because it is only through political power, that one will be able to implement the kind of reform(s) that we all wish for…Civil initiatives, NGOs and think-tanks do a great job but there are natural limits to their effectiveness.
I will end this with a humble request to all readers: Please consider at least some kind of participation in one or more of these groups…we need all the strength and support we can get. In case I have missed someone, please let me know and I will happily make amends.
My ambition is to help craft a basic common agenda that could be shared/supported by all these groups…Unfortunately I am in “hibernation”, snowed under work and unable to do much at present…but someday I hope to make it happen.
Together, we can make it happen.