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First national news coverage of the Freedom Team of India

A different team India to rid what ails the country

Sanjay Sharma, TNN, Feb 23, 2011, 04.24am IST
 

CHANDIGARH: A campaign that was born in cyberspace from London to free India of its ills, is exploring possibilities of taking roots in northwest India comprising Punjab, Haryana, Himachal, Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir. 

The brain behind the campaign, one of the most popular on the net, Shantanu Bhagwat, who quit his lucrative job of an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, to plunge into politics, on Monday met a group of youngsters from the region here. He was accompanied by a former nuclear scientist Dr Akalpita Paranjape and a software technologist Dipinder Sekhon. 

Around 150 such leaders have come together to form a Freedom Team of India (FTI) to act as a "forum for policy, strategy and leadership development to promote the freedoms of the great peoples of India." 

Dr Paranjape who retired from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and Bhagwat said the grouping hopes to offer its leadership to India along with the world's best policies to improve governance in India. 

It is driven by a citizen leadership concept where there is no leader but a collection of bright people who shape policies and prepare citizenry. Adharshila, one of the activities, is focused on preparing citizenship. Adharshila is being designed and may be launched in a few months. 

Bhagwat said, the forum's mission is, "An India where everyone is guaranteed equal opportunities and equal dignity and has freedom to pursue his or her own happiness under an accountable and participative government." He added, "We favour a change in the body of systems to bring about this situation." 

Though during the interaction, they did not offer any specific policy framework, yet they indicated why there should be an electronic accounting system in which each deal is tracked and why tax collection and distribution is left to the lowest bodies of governance. Socialistic policies, according to them, have lost their relevance and a true capitalistic system, unlike the crony one India has, appears to be their guiding philosophy. 

The concept of FTI was proposed in mid-2006 on the internet in the manuscript of a 2008 book, "Breaking Free from Nehru". Bhagwat spends a fortnight in London and India each to run the campaign. 

In an open letter released to citizenship, the team has made it clear that it is a formation away from socialistic framework and wedded to liaises faire to unleash opportunities and freedoms for individuals to grow and the nation to benefit from their growth.


Read more: A different team India to rid what ails the country – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/A-different-team-India-to-rid-what-ails-the-country/articleshow/7552675.cms#ixzz1EkvxQigE

COMMENT

This is the first news coverage of FTI at the national level. Hopefully the nation will start waking up soon!

Good work, FTI members who went to the Chandigarh outreach! And thanks to Suneeta Dhariwal, FTI member for organising this.

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9 thoughts on “First national news coverage of the Freedom Team of India
  1. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Dr Gogoi

    FTI is NOT a political party but a platform of leaders who will first agree on policy and strategy and THEN, if necessary form a new party or (preferably) merge a number of smaller parties into one national force.

    The question of FTI’s failure therefore does not arise. If the people of India don’t want change, then FTI members will NOT contest elections. Unless India pushes from behind and says: “we want you”, FTI members will continue to do their homework – and guide, but not step forward. There is no obligation on FTI members to waste time contesting elections where they won’t get elected.

    Re: your joining as ‘supporter’. That’s most welcome. Please join as a Freedom Partner. You’ll be kept informed of key information re: FTI. Please visit http://partners.freedomteam.in/

    Regards
    Sanjeev

     
  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Dr Gogoi

    FTI is NOT a political party but a platform of leaders who will first agree on policy and strategy and THEN, if necessary form a new party or (preferably) merge a number of smaller parties into one national force.

    The question of FTI’s failure therefore does not arise. If the people of India don’t want change, then FTI members will NOT contest elections. Unless India pushes from behind and says: “we want you”, FTI members will continue to do their homework – and guide, but not step forward. There is no obligation on FTI members to waste time contesting elections where they won’t get elected.

    Re: your joining as ‘supporter’. That’s most welcome. Please join as a Freedom Partner. You’ll be kept informed of key information re: FTI. Please visit http://partners.freedomteam.in/

    Regards
    Sanjeev

     
  3. Manjushree

    Sir,

    Glad that you were able to get this on a national paper. For ignorant, self-indulged people like me, this was a good medium to strike. I am not an avid reader. For that matter, I hardly read, either online or off. But, your approach, your ideas and your thoughts have successfully managed to move, literally, a stone like me. It moved me to an extent that I even read half of your book in a less 3 hrs today. Excuse me for my laziness, ignorance and hastiness in asking this question, but its also a deep routed fear and mistrust of sorts thats making me doubt your approach and intentions: 60 years ago I, the common man, believed what a nehruvian told me. I believed that if he tied my hand to my back and spoon fed me, I wud happy. As it goes unsaid, I am ignorant. So, if today u come and tell me, if we let the common man do what he wants, we will be happy. Should I beleive it. The example of western countries is a good base but is not good enough. What is it that is there in your approach that will make a hurt(now self-indulged), ignorant, lazy common man like me to standup on my feet and actually think of takin the step with u. Keep in mind that I have no knowledge whatsoever of economics, as a matter of fact, I dont even know how bad my country is doing, even with the fact that I am a Master of Science student myself.

    With very high regards,
    Manju

     
  4. Manjushree

    Sir,

    Glad that you were able to get this on a national paper. For ignorant, self-indulged people like me, this was a good medium to strike. I am not an avid reader. For that matter, I hardly read, either online or off. But, your approach, your ideas and your thoughts have successfully managed to move, literally, a stone like me. It moved me to an extent that I even read half of your book in a less 3 hrs today. Excuse me for my laziness, ignorance and hastiness in asking this question, but its also a deep routed fear and mistrust of sorts thats making me doubt your approach and intentions: 60 years ago I, the common man, believed what a nehruvian told me. I believed that if he tied my hand to my back and spoon fed me, I wud happy. As it goes unsaid, I am ignorant. So, if today u come and tell me, if we let the common man do what he wants, we will be happy. Should I beleive it. The example of western countries is a good base but is not good enough. What is it that is there in your approach that will make a hurt(now self-indulged), ignorant, lazy common man like me to standup on my feet and actually think of takin the step with u. Keep in mind that I have no knowledge whatsoever of economics, as a matter of fact, I dont even know how bad my country is doing, even with the fact that I am a Master of Science student myself.

    With very high regards,
    Manju

     
  5. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Manju

    Thanks for your comments. I too come from a science background, and indeed, this is all about critical thinking (scientific is one part of critical thinking).

    So my task is to show the facts, and identify the causes (and solutions). The rest is up to you. You should apply your mind and answer the questions you’ve asked me. Read more (e.g. DOF http://discovery.sabhlokcity.com/). Read others. Find out the answer.

    If you have questions, ask. Once that is all done, know for yourself the right answer.

    As in the physical sciences (such as medicine) so also in society, there is actually only one right answer – which leads to good health (in the case of medicine) or prosperity and peace (in the case of society).

    Regards
    Sanjeev

     
  6. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Manju

    Thanks for your comments. I too come from a science background, and indeed, this is all about critical thinking (scientific is one part of critical thinking).

    So my task is to show the facts, and identify the causes (and solutions). The rest is up to you. You should apply your mind and answer the questions you’ve asked me. Read more (e.g. DOF http://discovery.sabhlokcity.com/). Read others. Find out the answer.

    If you have questions, ask. Once that is all done, know for yourself the right answer.

    As in the physical sciences (such as medicine) so also in society, there is actually only one right answer – which leads to good health (in the case of medicine) or prosperity and peace (in the case of society).

    Regards
    Sanjeev

     

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