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Atanu Dey, rabid illiberal, spat on liberty and fawned on murderous, socialist Modi. Modi is no longer his great hero, it seems.

Many years ago, I held a positive opinion about Atanu Dey and even included him on FTI’s Speakers Panel. But this is the email that this man wrote to me on 11 October 2013, spitting on the work on political liberalism that I’ve been undertaking for two decades.

Hello Sanjeev:

As you may know, I am a supporter of Narendra Modi. Not just an average supporter but someone who passionately believes that Modi is likely to rescue India from the hole that Nehru and his bastards have put it into. I trust Modi. I think he is the best leader India has — and probably ever had since 1947. Everyone I work with is working on making Modi’s campaign a success. Everywhere I go, I campaign for Modi. Much of my writing is devoted to persuading people to support Modi. I do whatever I can to make sure that he becomes the PM of India. I respect him and hope that he is successful in his objective of making India strong and prosperous.

Your position is diametrically opposite mine. You believe Modi to be the biggest monster around. You have mounted a vicious campaign of calumny against Modi. You hold him in contempt. This disagreement is not just a matter of superficial differences. It is a fundamental difference. I am sure that you would not want to be associated with an ardent supporter of Modi.

Therefore I request you to please remove me from your mailing list, my blog listing from your sabhlokcity.com, etc. I do not wish to be associated in any way with FTI or its office bearers. Thank you.

Best wishes for your continued success.

Sincerely,

Atanu

I’m now informed by someone that the man has “changed” his mind re: Modi’s performance. Apparently this is what he has written:

“The sad truth is that instead of change, India in essence is still on the same old path India has been on since 1947. Heavy handed and inept government interference into the economy had prevented India from reaching anywhere close to its full economic potential. Though the realization that the needed structural reforms are unlikely to happen has dawned on most serious observers, it is politically incorrect to voice that concern for fear of antagonizing the powers that be.” [https://deeshaa.org/2016/06/15/squandering-indias-greatest-opportunity/#more-12935]

MY VIEW

Such illiberal supporters of Modi (his employer Rajesh Jain is a maniac supporter of Modi) are best ignored. They are two-faced liars (about their alleged “support” for liberty) and hence a blight on India’s face. I don’t wish to have anything to do with people who have SPAT on liberty and LICKED the boots of criminal socialists.

It is people like Atanu Dey and Rajesh Jain who have kept India from rapidly becoming the world’s most free – and prosperous – nation. They align with the destroyers of liberty and reject the honest pursuit of liberty. Please spare me these fake “liberals”.

The liberal movement CAN’T have ACTIVE supporters of socialists, criminals and crooks like Modi in its midst.

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The email of 23 December 2007 that started the Freedom Team of India

One fine day in December 2007, after having mulled over it for many months (FTI had long been been proposed in my draft book, BFN), I decided to take the plunge for the last time, to look for a liberal alternative for India. No one told me to do it. No one except Anil Sharma – among those I had initially invited – was 100 per cent dedicated to such an idea. But the team moved incrementally from then, as people like Shantanu incrementally got persuaded.

For the record, [a copy of the mail without names of the 28 persons to whom it was sent is available here: http://freedomteam.in/initial-email]:

==[from my Eudora records, which contain sabhlokcity.com emails from October 1999]==

From: Sanjeev Sabhlok <s@sabhlokcity.com>

Subject: Do you want to join the Freedom Team of India?

To: [email IDs removed]

1. Anil Sharma

2. Antony Joseph

3. Ashok Desai

4. Atindra Sen

5. Babu Joseph

6. BV Talwar

7. Barun Mitra

8. Bibek Debroy

9. JP (by then he had started the LS Party)

10. Nirvikar Singh

11. SV Raju

12. Rakesh Wadhwa

13. Suresh Anand

14. Parth Shah

15. Gurcharan Das

16. Sauvik Chakraverti [Note – I had tried to maintain good relations with him despite incidents of 2004-2006 or so]

17. Mehta (forget his first name)

18. Jal Khambata

19. Madhu Kishwar

20. Mohit Satyanand

21. Deepak Lal

22. Raj Cherubal

23. Ramesh Ramanathan

24. Shantanu Bhagwat

25. N Sriram

26. Yazad Jal

27. Swati Ramanathan

28. Ajay Gandhi

Dear Friends

I am starting a Yahoo Groups platform to support the potential Freedom Team of India that I refer to in my forthcoming book 'Breaking Free of Nehru' which is due to hit bookstores mid-2008. See details at http://www.sanjeev.sabhlokcity.com/breakingfree.html).  

The Freedom Team is a group of potentially 1500 or more selected people who will come together to spread the message of freedom in India over the coming years and decades. Membership will be by invitation or personal screening only. The preliminary criteria of membership are available at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freedomteam-india/ . Being a non-citizen, my role will be exclusively as a non-political facilitator. If things go well, the Freedom Team of India will attract high quality talent over the course of the coming years.

I am writing to you based on our previous interactions and my understanding of your work. If you are interested in being a part in this endeavour, please let me know. I'll then send you an official invitation  to join the group. Names of potential invitees whom I have missed out may please be sent to me.

Regards
Sanjeev
sanjeev sabhlok

 

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My message to FTI: Waiting for ONE person in India who believes in liberty

I just sent out this email to the Freedom Team of India.

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I've had the level-5 leader hypothesis for a long time, and it probably still makes sense. But the defining character of a successful political leader (perhaps even a business leader) is BELIEF.
 
Without TOTAL belief that you are right, you can't move people. 
 
Modi has a total belief in Hindutva and so he can move people. Arvind Kejriwal has total belief in his brand of socialism, so he can move people. Rahul Gandhi has no belief so he fails to move anyone; even himself.
 
India doesn't have a single leader on the ground who totally and WITHOUT ANY DOUBTS believes in liberty. The problem with liberty, of course, is that it is rather complex. Unlike simplistic ideas like Hindutva or socialism, it requires deep understanding of why liberty is needed, and why it TOTALLY superior to all other "goods". 
 
I've written a blog post today on this topic. I invite your attention to this post.
 
The vast majority of people I've come across are 2nd tier 'leaders'. They are a tail, that wags for anyone and everyone, and changes direction with the wind.
 
The day ANYONE in India forms a clear and 100 per cent belief in liberty, we'll start making huge progress on the ground. That day, (some) FTI members will stop doing "strategic" stuff and trying to piggy-back other groups comprising 2nd tier 'leaders'. That day, these FTI members will become TRUE LEADERS. That day, their FB posts and tweets will show they BELIEVE that their idea is RIGHT.
 
I firmly believe that SKC agenda is RIGHT. While I'm happy to take input from others for improvement, its direction and content is right. 
 
And ALL others are  WRONG. That too, is a very important point to note.
 
Unless each FTI member forms this 100 per cent belief – and is explain ALL details of the SKC agenda to the people of India – Indian liberals will remain onlookers to the CONTINUED DESTRUCTION of India by the socialists.
 
All those who fully and totally and comprehensively believe in the liberty (and the detailed system outlined in the SKC agenda) should remain with FTI. 
 
ALL OTHERS SHOULD LEAVE .
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Freedom Team of India no longer approves Lok Satta Party for its members

The Freedom Team of India has, after consideration of the actions taken by Lok Satta Party towards the end of its campaign in the 2014 General elections – of blindly singing praise of BJP and Modi – has decided to delist Lok Satta Party. This means FTI members joining LSP will now be automatically disqualified from FTI membership, and any existing FTI member of LSP will need to resign from LSP.

In early 2013, FTI had specifically disapproved socialist AAP for our members, leading ultimately to the termination of membership for three FTI members. (Our basic requirements do not possibly allow any FTI member to join Congress or BJP, or other such corrupt socialist party – just in case you are wondering why these "mainstream" parties are not mentioned).

The resolution passed by FTI in May 2014 reads:

FTI resolves that its members can join one of the following parties if they wish to pursue politics in advance of the 500 members assembling:
 
Tier 1 Party (totally committed to FTI's Sone Ki Chidiya reform agenda): Swarna Bharat Party
 

Tier 2 Parties: (Broadly liberal but where FTI members should influence towards SKC agenda) Swatantra Bharat Party and Navbharat Party
 
Tier 3 Parties: (Some liberal ideas, but not consistent and not to be directly supported. FTI members should either be able to change these parties towards SKC agenda and total integrity, or resign from these parties at the earliest): Bharat Uday Mission and Jago Party
 
Joining any party not listed above will lead to the automatic termination of FTI membership."

 

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Complete rejection of the JP model of politics. All Lok Satta Party leaders should consider alternatives

Lok Satta is effectively dead, becoming a branch of BJP. JP has not only directly supported BJP without ANY common minimum programme (completely contrary to his declared policy), he has pulled out all LSP MP candidates except in Malkajgiri.

"pulling out of the candidates from all MP seats except Malkajgiri constituency from where he was contesting the elections".

He has effectively joined BJPI invite LSP senior leaders to let JP go his own way. Resign from LSP and work towards the liberal party India needs. It is time for them to demonstrate that they stand for some principles.

Let's meet in July and work towards a liberal party.

I will NOT be inviting JP (or LSP) to this meeting now. It is over. JP is not a liberal and does not support liberty in India.

On FTI, as well, I'll amend my draft resolution that demoted LSP to the third tier of acceptable parties, to now seek the total removal of LSP as an approved party from FTI.

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