April 15, 2013
India should support Modi from the outside – conditionally
A copy of my email in response to a separate email from Mr Promod Joshi (I've edited a major attribution error I had made in a hurry, and a few typos):
Kejrwal, a hard core socialist is going to take India back to the 1970s of era of licence raaj along with his communist friends Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav. He and Congress are of one piece, and all the pretence that he differs from them is mere wishful thinking. His policies are EXACTLY what Congress implemented in the 1970s and ruined India.
The solution to India's innumerable problems lies not in socialist ideas (that ruined USSR and Mao's China and India for 65 years, but also modern USA and Europe which are on their knees because of subsidies and welfare which has made parasites out of their youth) but in liberty and ideas based on scientific and evidence-based policy analysis. You might like to review the slides I presented at the Governance Reforms Conference:
Conferences/Governance- Conference-Sabhlok-13- 14April13.ppt
Modi is, in my view, a FAR BETTER option for India today than Kejriwal in terms of proven ability to deliver results as well as broadly liberal economic ideas.
Sadly, this young upstart Kejriwal, totally ignorant of basic economics, is also, as a person, one of the most arrogant and irresponsible persons I've come across in my life. Despite my many persistent and helpful attempts to personally contact and discuss (and challenge) his ideas, he rejected any offer to discuss such ideas, and then sent out a VERY nasty email to me in response. A man totally unfit to be a leader, leave alone the leader of the great nation that India will ultimately become.
I agree with Swami Ramdev now that Modi is the best leader India has got today (among a very poor set of leaders), but that does not mean I support BJP – not one bit! – it being an absolutely corrupt outfit, on par with Congress.
The solution for India is therefore an alignment of independent forces around Modi who support him (and indirectly BJP) but only conditionally. I retain many personal concerns regarding Modi but we should now support Modi SO LONG AS he delivers system reforms (vyavaastha parivartan) of the sort outlined in the vision and agenda for change at http://sonekichidiya.in/.I am currently preparing a comprehensive plan for change including detailed strategic plan and bills that need to be acted upon on the FIRST day when the new government comes to power.Swami Ramdev has rightly made a determination about supporting Modi (not BJP!). Let us collaborate with Modi even as we retain our independence (questions/ differences regarding Modi's handling of Godhra, etc. can be parked for a while, as the law takes its own course). Please see my position here: http://www.sabhlokcity.com/2013/
I am trying to build a platform for such independent forces to assemble together, since I cannot stomach the idea of any good person joining BJP. But that platform is definitely NOT Arvind Kejriwal's AAP.
On Sun, Apr 14, 2013 at 11:42 PM, AKA wrote:
Since I too am a member of AAP party since its inception, I know the realities;and when it comes to actual voting – I fully agree & support support what Commnader VK Jaitly has saidIf at all Arvind Kejriwal is going to split only the non-UPA votes, helping raul vinci onlyAK
—– Original Message —–From VJSent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 8:51 AMSubject: Re: [iitkalumniouterdelhi] Fwd: Appeal from Arvind Kejriwal
Dear Pramod ji,I have all the regards for Sh Kejriwal. And I walked with him in a black march protesting murder of Sh Satyendra Dubey. II was a Ramlila Maidaan when Annaji was on fast. I organised daily candle march at Noida during those days.Anna ji+ Swami Ramdev + Kejriwal is dynamite.Separately, they are nothing. And particularly Kejriwal will in fact be helping Rahul Gandhi INDIRECTLY to come to power. If you have decided to support Rahul, then you are most welcome to support Kejriwal.My full force is with Narendra Modi.I am convinced that India need Modi today. There is no match as of today in our country.rgds
On Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 5:20 AM, Pramod Joshi wrote:
Dear friends,Some days back I had circulated an email that was essentially the acknowledgement receipt of my joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) online. Many of you responded with appreciation (one of my good friends suggested I join a mainstream party and try and begin reforms from there. To clarify, I have not jumped into any political fray, nor am I joining the AAP to fight elections. I just felt that this party needs all the support we can muster for it, and signed up. That is it.Many of you wrote back asking how one could become a member. I am therefore imposing myself again on all of you with this email. Please see the email appeal below, and if keen, go ahead and do as articulated therein. Parivartan India, the NGO that Arvind Kejriwal started, is in the cc list. Those of you who do not belong to the yahoogroups in the "To" field are in the "bcc" field, so that no individual email addresses are made public through this transmission.Sorry if this comes as an intrusion. The risk of displeasing you is worth the potential benefit of you getting convinced to back this movement. :-)Cheers!