27th May 2017
A sound blog for those interested in finding out why India is such a total basket case – and how governance and policy frameworks can be improved to achieve a real improvement.
27th May 2017
There is no limit to the absurd comments that “educated” Indians make. This is a placeholder post for such stuff.
When showing that India has real problems
“But the West is in turmoil”
When showing Indians that socialism explains everything
“Socialism does not mean free doles, it actually means equal n balanced playing field, and state intervenes to ensure this. Freebees is an Indian aberration.”
When showing Indians that policy making involves consideration of governance
“Our culture is like this; Indians will always be corrupt”.
“We need to invent our own path”
When showing Indians some “foreign” examples of good policy processes
A recent example was my citing an Australian policy. Responses included:
“That country (Australia) is an continent with no external threat don’t compare it with us. At war for last four decades.”
“Don’t give me the reason because it is done so in Australia ! Australia and Singapore are different countries, with a different level of societal maturity and different ease of access to capital and cash”
When showing Indians new policy that is far superior to what is followed in most parts of the West
At that time the West becomes the “gold standard”!!
“Most european countries have these facilities provided for.”
“Governments all over including USA run schools and hospitals as social welfare.”
27th May 2017
Someone was asking me about examples of a good policy. I responded: Pick up ANY policy in developed countries and it is almost certainly guaranteed to be at least a tolerably good policy, if not a great policy. That’s unlike the case of India where there is ZERO good policy.
Policy making has to go through an extensive policy logic. Thereafter there is an assessment of costs and benefits.
And note that NO policy can possibly succeed without a very strong and accountable governance system. So Policy = policy + governance.
India has the world’s worst governance system, therefore no good policy can possibly be made in India. Further, even if you were to make good policy in India, it will fail because the governance system is totally rotten.
The policy logic guidance is available here for Victoria. Please read the guidance carefully. (And don’t forget to read and understand the governance framework: Public Administration Act and my article published by the Cabinet Secretariat of India).
Then consider any one example of policy and find out how it is made.
Let me take the example of recent environmental policy reforms underway in Victoria, reforms which are likely to take it even further into the world-best policy category
- There was an election commitment made by the government
- A review was commissioned and its report is available here. (452 pages, after extensive consultation)
- The Government then responded to the report, here (32 pages)
Thereafter, detailed processes are underway to implement each and item of the reform. I won’t go into detail since these are currently underway and I am incidentally and sporadically involved in some of them.
But let me note that at each step, extensive thought is given into all aspects of the policy-making process.
This is not something India even REMOTELY understands. And the results are self-evident. India is a JUNK country with the environment almost entirely degraded and destroyed. Australia continues to have one of the most pristine environments in the world (despite many mistakes made in the first two centuries of settlement due to ignorance which was natural at that stage).
I hope I’ve succeeded in outlining the key policy process here adequately.
Once you’ve read the entire references I’ve provided, we can discuss further.
With zero capability in policy making India is destined to rot at the bottom of the world, and its rivers and lakes and air will necessarily be toxic and unliveable.
There is really only one choice for India: join SBP and make good policy, or rot at the bottom of the world.
25th May 2017
Three years ago, when Modi came in, I made a small video and showed why he will TOTALLY fail since he has not the slightest clue about governance.
In this 10 minute video I outline in Hindi why with the current governance system NO improvement is possible, and every single policy will fail.
Two days ago I explained to Amina that policy is like a bullet and governance is like the gun. You can have the best bullet in the world but if the gun is rusty and with holes, the bullet will blow up in your face. That is why every policy is a combination of two things: governance and policy. If you don’t have the right governance, forget about policy.
I think I need to record the same or similar message again, and try to speak a bit more slowly, in the future. But really, this is not going to do anything if only a few of us are speaking this message. We need thousands of leaders who understand this basic point and will speak this message
21st May 2017
I’m informed that one of the former leaders of SBP has now been consorting with a character-less moneyed person.
This former SBP leader had told me that he had very severe kidney disease and so was going to retire from all work and stay at home to cure his disease. But apparently he is quite fit and is actively participating in a range of political meetings in Delhi with this character-less person – as we speak!
This so-called “leader” (whom I trusted and tried to support in every way) lied to me through his teeth! This is truly a sorry situation that such characterless persons (and this one claims to be a “spiritual” man, in addition!!) are found in abundance in India.
I will not disclose this person’s name at this stage but I am keeping close watch on both these characterless persons who are masquerading as “liberals”. I will discuss the lying character of these persons if they ever try to get into the public eye. I will NOT let them cheat the people of India.
I will now block these two persons across all forms of communication. They will NEVER again be able to communicate with me – and warn them to NEVER claim (in any public space) to be liberal. They are NOT. They are liars.
If they try to masquerede as liberals I will unleash the truth about them and let the people know them for what they are.
(This “sick” person with “kidney disease” has also taken SBP membership booklets and given to another person. I ask him to RETURN these booklets at his own cost to the party. )
The one thing liberals have is character. Without character and personal integrity no one should come even close to Swarna Bharat Party.
This is all very sad, but such is India.
And that is why India rots while the whole world flourishes.