May 9, 2013
Request to join SKC Federation as a first step for consolidation of all REFORM efforts in India
Edited extracts from a private email I sent out just now, plus from a public comment
I had already visualised EXACTLY what is going to happen with these smallish haphazard efforts (LS/AAP, etc. etc.)
So the solutions I offer are well thought out and robust. Shortcuts WON'T WORK. Period.
Ideological clarity is the first step. Arvind Kejriwal is a total socialist so there is no question of working with him or AAP. (In response to someone who said we should try to work with AAP). Having said that, if AAP broadly accepts SKCF's vision then it can be part of the story.
In any event I'm not referring to merger with these little outfits (like AAP) at all. I'm talking about quite a different thing. Some LS members came to the Reform Summit in Haridwar and know what I'm referring to.
I'm talking about merging LIBERAL leadership with strong semi-liberal grassroots movements.
At the minimum such a new party should have one lakh registered members across the country within three months, else there's no point in doing it.
A first step is going to be for LS (and other such entities) to join the SKC Federation. That's all. No consolidation/merger needed at this stage.
Only when we have hundreds of groups/parties on SKC can we consider consolidation.
Plus we must have the really big grassroots reformers like Swami Ramdev on board, and key commercial leaders, else this won't work.
Already a number of grassroots organisations have joined SKCF.
Let's first TENTATIVELY start working with each other on the basis of a common ideological framework (Vision).
Take baby steps. Start engaging on a SINGLE platform. Find out about each other. Leverage each others' strength.