|| Satyameva Jayate ||

Dedicated to “Bharat” and “Dharma”

About Me

Micro-profile: Political Activist, Advisor to start-ups. Impact Investor and ex-IFS (’91 batch).  Occasional ToI columnist & blogger. Currently involved in “Reclaiming India” – One Step at a Time.

Thank you for visiting my blog. If you have the time (and the patience), this is a good place to start understanding a bit more about me: Coming Out of the Closet – Who is B Shantanu?* (Caution: Long Post).

Media Coverage:  Asian Voice (Aug ’13), Dainik Bhaskar on Indore-PAC (Jun ’13),  Maharashtra Times (Apr ’13), Naidunia, Rajasthan Patrika and others, Indore Editions (Apr ’13), 

Business Standard (Oct ’12),  Asian Voice (UK), Aug ’12 (also here),  Dainik Bhaskar, Jun ’12,

DNA, Indore edition Sept ’11,  Times of India, Chandigarh edition, Feb ’11 and  Amar Ujala, Delhi edition, Feb ’11 .

Here is some coverage from the past (mainly around the outreach in Indore, Jul ’09) from Free Press Journal, Dainik Bhaskar, NaiDunia etc

Interviews:  My Interview in Spark Magazine (Aug ’10), in League of India (Dec ’10), Quest4Fame.org (Mar ’11),  Coffee with Sundar (Sept ’12) and the most recent one on Centre Rright India, post my departure from AAP (Apr ’14)

Videos: Pl check my YouTube channel and click this link for short video snippets from various meetings

Photos: Here are some photographs from outreach efforts starting 2009 (including some media coverage). See them on Picasa or click here:  http://j.mp/Shantanu_Albums

Presentations: Here are some recent presentations (and a few from an earlier life)

Touch Points: Please join the page on facebook or subscribe to my blog. You can follow me on Twitter here or leave a comment below. Alternatively, just email me..

Below, one of my favourite quotes, from Swami Vivekananda:

Since you have come into this world, leave some mark behind…otherwise what is the difference between you and the trees and the stones?

Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!

For more background, please have a look at my recent interview in the League of India by Anshuman Rawat. Also, read Looking Back – Two Years of Living Dangerously.

P.S. This page was revised on 30th December 2010.  Many of the comments below refer to the earlier “About Me” – the post titled, “Coming Out of the Closet – Who is B Shantanu?“.

June 22nd, 2006 Posted by | | 140 comments

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  1. व्यवस्था सुधार संघर्ष समिति (प्रस्तावित)
    संरक्षक- मा. के. एन. गोविंदाचार्य
    माननीय बंधु / भगिनी,
    सादर नमस्कार।
    व्यवस्था सुधार की आवश्यकता को रेखांकित करते हुये उस दिशा में पहल के लिये एक संगठन- व्यवस्था सुधार संघर्ष समिति बनाने का प्रस्ताव सभी समदर्शी संगठनों को भेजा था। उस प्रस्ताव को उत्साहजनक समर्थन मिला। अतः प्रारंभ में कुछ संगठनों के प्रमुख कार्यकर्ताओं की एक बैठक आयोजित की है, जिसमें प्रस्तावित संगठन के ध्येय, स्वरूप, कर्यपद्धति और विस्तार पर सर्वस्पर्शी चर्चा होकर संगठन की औपचारिक घोषणा हो।
    यह बैठक 20-21 अगस्त 2010 को गांधी शांति प्रतिष्ठान, नयी दिल्ली में होगी। आप सभी से अनुरोध है कि बैठक में संपूर्ण समय रहकर आपका सक्रिय योगदान दें।
    आपके इंतजार में-
    आपका,
    सुरेंद्र बिष्ट
    (कार्यकारी संयोजक)
    व्यवस्था सुधार संघर्ष समिति- प्रथम राष्ट्रीय बैठक
    समय- 20 अगस्त 2010 को सुबह 10 बजे से 21 अगस्त 2010 को
    दोपहर 3 बजे तक।
    स्थान- गांधी शांति प्रतिष्ठान, दीनदयाल उपध्याय मार्ग, इन्कम टैक्स औफ़िस
    के पास, नयी दिल्ली।
    संपर्क- सुरेंद्र बिष्ट, (कार्यकारी संयोजक)
    मो- 09323196743 ईमेल- samagra2020@gmail.com
    संलग्न- सभी समधर्मी संगठनों को भेजा गया पत्र।
    व्यवस्था सुधार संघर्ष समिति (नियोजित)
    संरक्षक- मा. के. एन. गोविंदाचार्य
    संपर्क- एच/ 103, अशोक नगर, वझीरा नाका, बोरीवली –पश्चिम, मुंबई-400091
    मोबाईल-9323196743 ईमेल- samagra2020@gmail.com

    माननीय बंधु / भगिनी,
    सादर नमस्कार।
    देश की बिगडती परिस्थितियों ने व्यवस्था सुधार की अपरिहार्यता को अधिकाधिक घनीभूत ही किया है। आर्थिक उदरीकरण और मुक्त व्यापार के नाम से अपनायी गयी नीतियों ने अमीरों को लाभ तथा गरीबों को लोभ ही दिया है। आर्थिक संसाधन ही नहीं बल्कि सत्तातंत्र और मीडिया भी निगमों के शिकंजे में हैं। सरकार दुर्बलों की संरक्षक की जगह पर अमीरों के हितों में खडी दिखायी देती है। गत वर्षों में केंद्र की सत्ता पर सभी रंगों के दलों का प्रत्यक्ष-अप्रत्यक्ष कब्जा रहा पर उन सब की नीतियों और नीयत में फरक करना मुश्किल है। विश्व के जिन तथाकथित विकसित देशों की प्रत्यक्ष नकल या अप्रत्यक्ष निर्देशों पर सत्ताधारी दल देश को चला रहे थे, उन देशों में शुरु हुये आर्थिक संकटों ने विकास के उस तरीके पर हमारी आशंका को सही ही ठहराया है। अतः देश को ‘ व्यवस्था सुधार’ की लडाई के मोड पर खडा पाते हैं।
    ‘व्यवस्था सुधार’ की लडाई बहुत बडी है तथा किसी एक व्यक्ति या एक संगठन की लडाई भी नहीं है। देशभर में व्यवस्था सुधार के समर्थक अनेक संगठन हैं। इन सभी संगठनों में नियमित संवाद, अधिकाधिक सहमति तथा कुछ मुद्दों पर सहकार्य से आगे का रास्ता खुलेगा। इस उद्देश्य से “व्यवस्था सुधार संघर्ष समिति” बनाने का प्रस्ताव सभी के सम्मुख प्रस्तुत कर रहें हैं। इसमें आग्रह है कि बिना किसी पूर्वाग्रह के सभी ‘ व्यवस्था सुधार’ समर्थक संगठनों को इसमें शामिल करने का प्रयत्न हो तथा एक देशव्यापी आंदोलन का स्वरूप उभरे।
    ‘व्यवस्था सुधार’ का मुद्दा राज्य-व्यवस्था से जुडा है, तो फिर क्या “व्यवस्था सुधार संघर्ष समिति” राजनैतिक संगठन होगा? समिति स्वयं राजनैतिक संगठन नहीं होगी पर ‘व्यवस्था सुधार’ के लिये अन्य सभी उपाय अधुरे सिद्ध होने पर राजनैतिक विकल्प पर भी विचार होना- भविष्य की गोद में रहेगा। हमारा अंतिम ध्येय व्यवस्था में बदलाव लाना ही रहेगा, अन्य सारे कार्य इस ध्येय की प्राप्ति में सहायक होंगे।
    आप सभी व्यवस्था में बदलाव के समर्थक और हिमायती हैं तथा उस दिशा में कार्यरत भी हैं। “ व्यवस्था सुधार संघर्ष समिति” के गठन का प्रस्ताव आपके सम्मुख प्रस्तुत है। आप सभी से इस कार्य में सभी प्रकार के सहयोग की विनंति कर रहा हूं तथा शीघ्र ही एकत्रित बैठने की प्रतीक्षा कर रहा हूं।

    आपका,
    सुरेंद्र बिष्ट
    (कार्यकारी संयोजक)

    विशेष निवेदन- यह पत्र अन्य किन संस्थाओं को भेजना योग्य होगा, उनका नाम पता भेजने की विनंति करता हूं।

    VYAVASTHA SUDHAR SAMGHARSH SAMITI
    SAMRAKSHAK (PATRON) – MA. K.N. GOVINDACHARYA
    Ma. Bandhu / Bhagini,
    Sadar Namaskar.
    Day by day deteriorating conditions of the nation have made Vyavastha Sudhar -“Reforming the System” inevitable. Policies adopted in the name of Economic Liberalization and Free Trade has benefited more and more the Haves and Have-nots have been left behind with temptations only. Not only all the economic resources, but the State and Media are also in the strong grip of Corporate Czars. The existence of the Government is based on the primary duty to protect the poor and vulnerable but just opposite is happening in reality. Political Parties of all colours were / are in Power at Centre, directly or/and indirectly but people have experienced no differences in their Policies and Motives. All these Governments have followed the Policies directly or Dictations indirectly of the so called Developed Nations, but now the Economic Crisis in those Nations has validated our doubts about their path of Development. Therefore we find the country with no alternative except the “Reforming the System”.
    The movement of “Reforming the System” is Himalayan task, so it can not and should not be the movement of a single person or a single organization. There are many organizations working for the above cause. There is a urgent need for regular Dialogues, mutual Understanding on more and more Issues and Co-operations on selected issues. This will open the window of future. Here is a proposal to establish “Vyavastha Sudhar Sangharsh Samiti” to come together and march ahead. All the like minded people without any prejudice are requested to consider our proposal to establish a countrywide movement.
    As “Reforming the System” is Political issue, then will the Samiti be a Political Party? The Samiti will not be the Political Party, but if all efforts to “Reforming the System” become insufficient, then formation of a Political Party will be a open issue. Our self-claimed task is “Reforming the System” and all other issues should be considered accordingly.
    All of us are the supporter of the “Reforming the System” and also working towards that Goal. We are forwarding the proposal to consider establishing “Vyavastha Sudhar Sangharsh Samiti” and requesting to give all types of support. Waiting to sit together for further action.
    Yours Sincerely,
    Surendra Bisht
    Acting Coordinator
    ADDRESS-H-103, ASHOK NAGAR, VAZIRA, BORIVALI(W), MUMBAI-400091
    MOB- 09323196743. EMAIL- samagra2020@gmail.com

    Comment by dr surendra bisht | August 15, 2010

  2. Dear Santanu,

    First let me commend you on your blog. Your blog is an excellent source of information for people who dream of being part of a new culture and system where people can live with dignity.

    I have few questions for you since you have worked in the investment community:

    Money is the life line for any business to succeed. And Financial institutions/Banks and Investment communities play a major role in financing new businesses.

    Q1.Why do smart people working in Investment firms invest in businesses that are known to win contracts using unscrupulous means. A great example group for this is infrastructure companies in India. As on date, many investment firms have been queuing up to fund infrastructure companies, while it is a known fact most of the contracts are won through unscrupulous means.

    Q2.Why do Banks/Financial Instituitions lend money to many of the big firms whose credentials are dubious?

    Q3. Doesn’t the smart managers really know how many of the tenders are awarded and can’t they really figure out.

    Q4. If supposedly smart people make such decisions and help perpetuate the theory Growth at any cost….who else can help reform the society?

    Note: I tried to post these queries in few VC – Community circles and to my surprise my post was moderated.

    Comment by Sukhvinder | August 27, 2010

  3. Dear Sukhvinder, Thanks for your comment and kind words…

    I usually avoid talking about personal matters on my blog but perhaps I should make an exception…

    I am in the middle of writing a post touching on another personal matter (why I left India and why I have come back) and I will try and answer your points more fully in that post (it should be ready within the next two weeks)…

    For now, here is my brief response:
    Q1.Why do smart people working in Investment firms invest in businesses that are known to win contracts using unscrupulous means.
    “Smart” does not automatically translate into values…Bermie Maddoff is very smart – as was Harshad Mehta.

    Q4. If supposedly smart people make such decisions and help perpetuate the theory Growth at any cost….who else can help reform the society?

    The task of “reforming” the society needs to be everyone’s responsibility not just some “smart” people (by the way, smart by whose definition?)…By everyone, I mean everyone who is able-bodied, well-fed, well-read, “educated” and does not sleep hungry…that means the vast majority of my blog readers…Sadly we seem to have forgotten about that responsibility…A “nation” cannot be reformed by one person or even a group of people…A society and a culture lives and dies by its people…
    More on this later…

    P.S. The name is Shantanu (with an “h”).

    Comment by B Shantanu | August 28, 2010

  4. Dear Shantanu,

    Thanks so much for your prompt reply. Sorry for the oversight in spelling your name. I corrected it now:)

    I really look forward to seeing your blog post on your experiences.

    On the Investment community decision making front, I do understand that Smart does not automatically translate into values. However, I will be surprised to find that so many well educated and well read people are constrained in their decision making on investment objectives. And most of these people casually talk about integrity and honest management team is what they look for in the companies.

    Apart from Politics, financing is another area that needs reforms to ensure lasting changes in the society. I really do hope Bernie Madoff/Harshad Mehta are exceptions in the Investment community and majority of the educated people are constrained.

    Since you have worked in investment community, do you see any hope in bringing the finance community to tackle these kind of issues. Right from Project financing to investing, if the investors show that they really do not fund projects that are known to be acquired through unscrupulous means, good businesses can be created. Ofcourse, always there will be exceptions.

    Comment by Sukhvinder | August 29, 2010

  5. Sukhvinder…no problem about the spelling :-)…
    Will attempt a response to your questions in my forthcoming post…Stay tuned.
    Thanks

    Comment by B Shantanu | August 30, 2010

  6. Dear Shantanu,

    You are doing really nice work! Your blog is a great source of inspiration.

    Thanks for it.

    Just a thaught: I think it will be really nice if you can sort the comments in descending order of date, latest at top.

    Comment by Girish Sakhare | September 12, 2010

  7. India is a rich country? With a per capita income among the lowest in the world, devoid of natural resources, dependent on expensive oil to meet its energy needs – how is it a rich country? Remeber “satyameva jayate” – look at figures before calling it a rich country.

    How can the progressives bring about a change in policies – the political power rests with the poor majority who is manipulated to vote along regressive lines. When India tried SEZ – it was a good policy – yet was opposed by the people themselves as well as their opinion leaders.

    The educated class does not take responsibility – I don’t agree with this kind of a politician type of politically correct (“anti elitist”) statement. The educated class analyses the problems of the country and reads and writes a lot – like what you are doing here. But they don’t mould or shape the policies. The poor class does which is played upon more easily by the political oportunists.

    Read my book – which is coming up in a few months time – Democracy on Trial, All rise – a citizen questions democracy. I’ll let you know details when it is out.
    satyamev jayate – not homilies and false blame games.

    Comment by Anu | September 13, 2010

  8. @Anu: Hurried comment since I am travelling…India is *not* devoid of natural resources (short of oil, perhaps); it has one of the largest (I think the largest) fertile land amongst all countries in the world…I can go on…but India is poor because our leadership has failed NOT because of any other reason (think Japan – truly devoid of almost any resource you can think of)…

    As William Nanda Bissell (MD, FabIndia) said:India is not a poor country, it is a poorly managed country.

    I will look forward to your book. Thanks

    Comment by B Shantanu | September 14, 2010

  9. Hi Mr. Shantanu.
    I appreciate your zeal to do something for India. A nation made of many people. Indigenous as well as foreign.

    I would recon you are a zealot from West Bengal? I maybe wrong. But I really feel exactly what you feel in your opening statements. Infact not only you but most of INdia feels the same way. IN general we are all human and 1/3rd corrupt. IS there a cure for corruption. Thats the root cause of this problem “India Suffering”.

    The corrupt are not born overnight. Its a phenomenon that has been ruining this country for Millennia.
    It all has to do with power. Power in the form of Religion [Streams of thought] that aligned with the kings to rule and benefit from the meek. The same powers killed Shivaji, Lok Manya Tilak. They know it too.

    Corruption in cultures – Religion preaches this _ “Fear the lord or You will die in Hell”. “Offer Puja of face the curse”. “Fear Allah of Go to HEll [Jahanum]”
    I am an ardent subscriber of the Vedas. Though not indigenous, but a great trove of wealth. I was born a Catholic, I wandered around the charismatic Christians, but the VEdas never let me down. Im not Hindu. If i thought i was then it would be “Sindhu” to be politically, historically and geographically correct. The reason i mention this point is i see a lot of ‘Hindu’ view points raised here. [Lokmanya Tilak’s – “The Arctic Home of the Vedas” is a must read]. These view points have already separated your ideology or thoughts from the main stream [Dalit, Muslim, Christian, Sikh]. I was wondering if that was the objective.

    Its not the Hindu thought that will mobilise the counrty, nor will the Christian thought that will mobilise the country, not the islamic thought that will mobilise the country. It will be the indigenous peoples that will make this happen. They allowed all streams of thought to flourish here wiping their own pre aryan, pre – missionary, pre islam ways of life and thought.
    Its these people who will come to the rescue of the land. “The land recognises its true masters.”

    Its ironic that you make a statement that “… with our belly’s full we sit in the comfort of our homes…” aren’t you doing exactly that?

    I would like to ask you, what makes a ruler or a politician?
    * Strength
    * Cunningness
    * Political correctness
    * Some amount of Power in the form of [gunda power] say something against them and you will be killed.
    * Alignment with nefarious people. [Again asserting power]
    * A good front of being Noble
    * Getting approval from others on being Noble.
    * Most start off as being Noble but end up somewhere else altogether.

    If philosophers ruled, then we would be secure. They are not aligned with any caste or religion.
    If the saints who have given up the ways of this world ruled then we would be in a better shape.
    Vishnu – Being the symbol of Wisdom, ruled then there is hope. But they are not here and we are.
    The hand of God will never intervene in our mess. We will have to sort it out ourselves.

    I know you already dislike me because of my views. But that is the truth. Streams of thought [Religions] are there for social order. They are a necessary element. They are all good. Some better than the rest.

    If you would come out and say im heading to Shivaji park for a meeting all those like minded people should be there.
    I would follow you there. If you asked me to come to the Mantralaya and help in overthrowing the occupants out, I would join you there.

    Just like Shri Krishna told Arjun… Its action.. either forward or backward. THe action is what counts. And not be unhappy with the results, but plain action.

    I dont mean any disrespect Mr. Shantanu, but start a party, spread the Vision statement, Get people like me to join you. As well as be open to criticisms. They are always healthy and a growth booster.

    Wish you greatest of Health

    Reg
    “Om Tat Sat”
    Satyameva Jayate
    God bless.

    Comment by Ekulda | September 15, 2010

  10. Hi,
    Very inspiring!
    It is said “Seek the Truth and Truth Shall Set you Free”
    But remember “Partial truths are partial falsities”
    GOD Bless You.

    Jai Hind

    Comment by Nithin Gomez | October 12, 2010

  11. @Ekulda: Thanks for your comment and for sharing your thoughts. A hurried reply:
    Re, “Its ironic that you make a statement that “… with our belly’s full we sit in the comfort of our homes…” aren’t you doing exactly that?” – Actually, no. I am spending a very significant part of my time in political activism these days.

    As for your remarks on corruption, a post is coming soon. I took the rest of your comments in a positive spirit..believe me, they did not make me angry or upset me (or made me dislike you!)…

    As for “I dont mean any disrespect Mr. Shantanu, but start a party, spread the Vision statement, Get people like me to join you.“, this is very much happening…Pl do join the facebook page which is a more up-to-date with regards my activities.
    http://www.facebook.com/SatyamevaJayate.BShantanu

    Finally, “As well as be open to criticisms. They are always healthy and a growth booster.”, I agree!

    ***
    @Nithin: Thank you for your kind words…I hope we will have your support in our mission to “Reclaim India”. Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!

    Comment by B Shantanu | October 15, 2010

  12. A brief profile
    ***
    A political activist by choice and an engineer by training, Shantanu Bhagwat is also a one-time diplomat and a venture investor.

    These days he divides his time between UK and India, working on raising political consciousness and improving political processes with a view to bring about systemic reform in India. A major part of his present activities relates to building networks and relationships across nascent political movements in India and on raising political consciousness amongst the educated class in India.

    In a career spanning two decades, Shantanu has worked across geographies and industries, including several years in Japan and in the UK. Until recently a Partner at a venture capital firm, he has also worked at a strategy consulting firm in London. Prior to that, spent several years in the Indian Foreign Service, working in New Delhi and Tokyo.

    Shantanu is a graduate in Computer Engineering and holds an MBA from London Business School where he was a Chevening Scholar. He is also a Charter Member of TiE-UK in London and on the Board of Directors of India Policy Institute in New Delhi.
    ***

    Comment by B Shantanu | November 22, 2010

  13. Good to know you Shantanu. I am still in the cocoon, almost ready to come out. I Strongly believe in working on my neighborhood first and at the same time connecting to a country wide like minded social activism.

    I also strongly believe that politicians themselves are a victim in this chaos. It could be difficult even the noble ones to sustain. So my intent is never to fight them, not the people.

    I will be engaging with you more and more going forward. All the very best and Keep going :)

    Comment by Sugumar | November 28, 2010

  14. shantanu’s USP is his deep rooted hate for each and every muslim on this earth along with the islamic faith.

    Comment by peacemonger | November 29, 2010

  15. @Sugumar: Thanks a lot…I am sure our paths will cross sometime soon…

    @peacemonger: Good try but does not wash…I am way past the point where I get needled by these remarks. But next time you say this about someone else, read a bit more widely before making such a statement…Try and make your point using facts and supporting evidence…bland statement(s) like these do not help you look (and sound) credible..and finally understand nuance…It helps.

    Oh, and pl do read the comments policy.

    ***
    Please note I may be delayed in responding to and/or moderating comments as I am travelling for the next few days

    Comment by B Shantanu | November 29, 2010

  16. Hi Shantanu,

    Pleasantly surprised to come across a blog that’s been created with the right intentions.

    This page also gave me a sense of deja vu. Let me explain why.

    You said – “..During the last few months, it felt that this cycle of anger, frustration, despair and deep desire to do something radically different was being repeated ever few days…Somewhere down the line, sometime in the last few weeks, these feelings turned into something positive – a positive determination to do something…a positive determination to bring about change…a positive determination that we will succeed..”

    I went through a phase like that several years back and I wanted to do something about it. But unlike your focus which is much wider in scope, mine was related to a niche area – Higher education opportunities for Indians in the management sphere.

    After completed my MBA from a top university, I started an initiative (avoiding the gory details and URL links to respect the commenting rules of this forum) to make it a level playing field for Indian applicants to the top universities. Going by the appreciation and the response the initiative has received so far, I’m planning to quit my corporate role and move into it full time in the next couple of months (slight quiver in my fingers as I type that last part).

    But I also harbour another hope. Many of the guys I help out will get into the top univs and graduate to get some great jobs. I just hope a fraction of them come back to India and make a difference back home. You did it. I am trying to do my bit as well. So I don’t think it’s an impractical wish. Every bit counts.

    Just wanted to share my immediate reactions with you. I could’ve sent you a private email as well (with tons of links), but I wanted to share my story with others as well. If any of this sounds inappropriate to be posted, feel free to delete the entire comment.

    Great work. Keep it up, Shantanu. If you need to use our online platform (and we get quite a few mature, high-potential, intellectual AND action-oriented readers just like your site) to send across any message, I’d be happy to help out.

    – Sameer

    Comment by Sameer | December 1, 2010

  17. Dear Shanthanu,

    I heared your speech at Bharathiya Vichara Kendram, Trivandrum. It was very useful and I stopped reading newspaper, watching Television news and started reading internet news. Thank you very much for your speech in Vichara Vedi.

    Ajith kumar P

    Comment by Ajith Kumar | December 2, 2010

  18. Sameer: Thank you for your comment and for sharing your story and experience…I would love to leverage your online platform..I will send you an email once I am back from my travels sometime next week and we can take it from there…
    P.S. There are a a very few things that I consider inappropriate for posting here (as you may have noticed!). This certainly is NOT in that category. So please do continue to share your thoughts and ideas…

    @ Ajith: Thanks Ajith…Becoming aware about whats happening around us is a crucial step in this process and I am very glad to see that you are already broadening your reading(s).

    I hope to see you here more often.

    Comment by B Shantanu | December 4, 2010

  19. wonderful initiative SB. Most of the educated middle class feel the same about our Bharat but as you rightly said, we need to work to feed our family. Let me know if you are in Hyderabad. We have JP here who works on similar lines and runs a party called Loksatta.

    I am here to be part of change process….

    Comment by Shyam Reddy | December 20, 2010

  20. Why is that NRI’s show the most virulent support for the RSS and other right-wing outfits combined with a distasteful hatred for Muslims?

    This “blog” comes across as the ramblings of a man who seems to have had a very disturbed childhood.

    We dont need NRI’s telling lowly natives back home why this party is good or bad. If Mr.Bhagwat really cared, he would be coming down here and staying with the “natives” and working with us to make this country better, instead of promoting hatred and half-truths about a certain dynasty.

    You, Mr.Bhagwat need to step down from your high pedestal. And yes you need to GROW UP. You are no longer the pimply fat kid in school who nobody wanted to play with.

    And another thing: Not all Hindus are appreciative of the RSS and their types. I am hindu, but i dont support the RSS at all! Infact I have a deep seated worry that the RSS will do to our culture what the Lashkar and Jamaat did to the Muslim community.

    Comment by Ashish Prabhu | December 22, 2010

  21. @ashish prabhu

    “Why is that NRI’s show the most virulent support for the RSS and other right-wing outfits combined with a distasteful hatred for Muslims?”

    Perhaps it is because of the penchant of assorted quislings like yourself to sell the country out to the lowest bidder from ideologies like communism, socialism, secularism, islamism & christism. People like yourself who claim to be natives have nothing but contempt for natives – you are part of an english educated class who look down everything native including native customs, culture, philosophy, thought and history – and whatever you claim to respect has to be whetted first by your ideologies. Is it any surprise the likes of you adopt fashionable foreign ideologies. Under your watch India has been systematically stripped of her pride, her identity, her wealth and her virtue.
    It is amusing to see you slandering NRI (who put thier hard earned money and spare time to preserve whatever is indian about india) while you keep supporting the imported “memsahib” and her moppet under whose watch the country has been looted, and a free run provided to islamists, christists and maoists. Ironically it seems (courtesy wikileaks) your memsahib is more comfortable speaking to other assorted whites (Shrive et al) than with natives – including wannabe whities like yourself.

    Funny you dont seem to have noticed your own ilk, communists, christist and islamist NRI who raise funds abroad in order to undermine hinduism (if you have any sympathy left for it at all). Your lot is not only blind, but malignant, thriving within the country while undermining its natural values, mores and social and institutional structures,. Hindutva is a homegrown (native) reaction to cancerous elements like yourself. Ultimately Hindutva will extirpate your venom. Make no mistake about that.

    Comment by moonclan | December 25, 2010

  22. Namaste.

    I am happy to mention that some of the posts in “Satyameva Jayate”
    are forwarded/link provided to my Google Group : http://groups.google.co.in/group/foundation-for-indian-scientific-heritage?hl=en?hl=en-GB

    We need to join our heads, hands and hearts together with our souls to reassert our Bharatiya Identity and Ideal.
    Satyam Jayate Eva! Indeed, Truth Alone Shall Win!!

    Comment by Dr S Ramakrishna Sharma | March 16, 2011

  23. Hi Shantanu — I wanted to contact you, but couldn’t find your email address anywhere on the website. I wish to join you in your campaigns to educate people about politics and the need for transformation. Can you please send me your email so that I can discuss more? Thanks!

    Comment by Harsh | April 14, 2011

  24. Namaste Sri Shantanuji. Have you heard of Breaking India – Western Intervention in Dalit and Dravidian fault lines written by Sri Rajiv Malhotra and Sri Aravindan Neelakandan. Would like you to join the Breaking India e-group if possible and share your insights on some great discussions happening in the breaking India e-group.

    Hari Om

    K P Ganesh

    Comment by K P Ganesh | May 25, 2011

  25. dear sir
    Thanks for sharing your comments with us . A day will come when we see our country without corruption .I had read about you it really wonderful . every one in our country must realise about corruption then India will become a developed country
    keep on going like this

    jai bharth

    Comment by harika | June 3, 2011

  26. Dear Shantanu,

    Please allow me to congratulate you on the wonderful work you have done in creating this site. It is truly unique and one of a kind. You have, for you truly deserve it, the grace and the blessings of your Mother India. Your humility and your sincerity shine through. I hope that this site is the seed of a mighty tree of the future for “…there is no beginning so mean, which continued application will not make considerable” (Plutarch, Life of Caesar)

    Gratefully,
    G

    Comment by G | June 8, 2011

  27. ”I have only just come across this blog…. All that you write resonates with me.Your journey is really my journey and I guess it must be so for many many hindus .”
    Thank Shri Shanatanu..its not u its me..
    Bharat mata ki jai
    jai sriram

    Comment by Rajesh | July 18, 2011

  28. From Rats all: Why leaders prefer to hide from their people by R Jagannathan:”..India and the world need leaders who are wysiwyg (what you see is what you get), not those who are afraid of the people

    So very true.

    Comment by B Shantanu | October 11, 2011

  29. Dear Sir,

    Your workshop at Kalina university was really inspiring and an eye opener to many more youngsters like me.
    But what i believe and have been learning is that a leader may or may not be intelligent but he has to be capable of gathering intelligence from his resources. He must posses Aanvishiki to differentiate between good and bad and has to have a foresight which will enable him to streamline the future of the country.He may not be excellent but an uncommon in common.
    You have shown us how to think and I am thankful to u.
    We expect your frequent visits.Please take an initiative.
    Thank You.
    Ashish A Pimple
    CIPL, Kalina University

    Comment by Ashish A Pimple | December 27, 2011

  30. first of all congratulation for this job.
    i feel proud that someone is their to help us in future.i want to stand against the corruption. In today’s life i afraid of applying any job any where because applying is lose of money, as political powers are involved. i m afraid that me myself and my bf are waiting to marry if we get a job but what to do we r not because till now we thought it is our bad luck but we came to know after applying near about 100-150 application that it our luck but its our bad luck that we don’t have any political hand to go ahead.
    Once again thanks to the team and congratulation for this work.

    Comment by monika | May 6, 2012

  31. Hi sir,
    you are doing very Nice work.
    Good Bless you
    “jai hind”

    Comment by sharad pawar | July 22, 2012

  32. How can I contact you? I am a journalist and wanted to speak to you regarding the corruption issues being raised today. You have spoken favourably about the anti corruption movement too. Kindly tell me how to get in touch. I dont know your email id or your phone number. Please drop me an email. I am told you were responsible for Rang De venture too. In fact the couple who worked on it were once in touch with me and I had written about the site.

    Comment by lata | October 25, 2012

  33. Dear Shanatanu,

    I came to know about you by your blogs in TOI. I am 55 years, an engineer having my own small business in New york. I work from home. I can’t tell you how similar our thoughts are!! When I read your introduction, I felt as if you were giving words to my feelings.

    I have been praying almost every day for the last about 2 years seeking guidance and strength from almighty to steer me to doing something for my beloved motherland. When I saw IAC movement in 2011, I felt like joining them leaving USA. But I have still not been able to muster enough courage unlike you to come out of my comfort zone and devout full time to Nation building. But let me tell you -I am physically in USA but my heart and soul are in India. I am still Indian citizen. For me it is my umbilical chord with Mother India.

    When I chanced upon your blog here and read about vision and things you are doing, I feel like my prayers have been answered. I am at a right place. I am willing to contribute in whatever way you wish me to. I have made a small donation to start with.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Vande Matram.

    Jayesh

    Comment by Jayesh | October 28, 2012

  34. Thank you all for your kind words of support and encouragement..I am deeply humbled..
    Pray that we get enough numbers and strength to stop the loot in our country..
    I shall respond to some of you who have wished to get in touch, as appropriate.
    Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!

    Comment by B Shantanu | October 28, 2012

  35. Hi Shantanu,

    As promised in the TOI blog today, I came to take a quick look see and my quick look turned into a detailed read!

    It is great to see you do this stuff. It is the stuff one dreams about but is perennially worried about running out of material resources midway in the process. Typical middle class insecurity I must add.

    I have been toying with the idea of starting a modern school that is intertwined with hindu morals and spirituality, but unfortunately not taking the plunge yet. Hopefully following your writings will clear my thoughts and inspire me to better deeds. It is indeed refreshing to see so many people commenting on your blog wanting to do something positive. Take care and thanks again for your efforts.

    Comment by Venkatesh | November 26, 2012

  36. SHREEMAAN BHAGWAT JI
    SAADAR PRANAAM . AAP KI ILLUMINATE WORKSHOP ME BHAAG LENE KE BAAD SE MERE JEEWAN KE MAAYENE HI BADAL GAYE HAI, AAP KE BAARE ME JAANKAR MUJHE EHSAAS HUA KI AATM SANTUSHTI HI SARWOCHYA SUKHDAYI HAI.MAIN AAP KE HINDUTVA AUR HINDUSTAAN KE VICHAARO SE PRERIT HU.
    MAIN AAP KI DHARM AUR RAJNITI SE SAMBANDHIT CHARCHAO KO SUNNE KI ICHHA RAKHTA HU.
    AASHA KARTA HU KI AAGE BHI AAPKA MARGDARSHAN MILTA RAHEGA.
    DHANYAWAD

    JAI HIND JAI BHARAT

    Comment by priyam | February 11, 2013

  37. Hi,

    I am a Strategy consultant with over 6 yrs of work ex and have cleared the recently announced UPSC 2012 exams. I decided to pursue the Civil Services career because of a combination of three main reasons: a)Disenchantment with the current public services delivery system b) Opportunity to add value to people who need it most and a chance to understand problems of the guy on the road and connect with him c) Diversity of roles that a corporate career can’t offer!

    But all along, I’ve also been having my misgivings on making the transition from a reasonably long MNC kind of working to the trials and tribulations of bureaucracy! And reading your blog, just accentuates that feeling!

    I would really like to speak/write to you if possible, considering that I have to make up my mind and decide to join the service I will be alloted (IAS/IFS) pretty soon!

    Comment by Karthik | June 5, 2013

  38. sir,
    good to know that even today there are some people who still remember that there are youth in this country and how important it is to cater our needs.

    Comment by Abhishek Sharma | June 15, 2013

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