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Please provide comments on this preliminary draft Executive Summary for the SKC agenda.

I'd value your comments at sabhlok@gmail.com. 

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Executive Summary

When we became independent and when we declared ourselves a democratic republic, it was hoped that India would make unprecedented progress. India started with a reasonably good liberal democratic Constitution, based on principles of classical liberalism.

However, this foundational liberalism was the first casualty of statist and illiberal forces. At each stage liberty was pushed back, till today virtually none exists. But even after the liberalization of the 1990s, when one form of illiberalism (statism) has slightly receded (leading to spectacular improvements in many aspects of life), other forms of illiberalism (e.g. religious bigotry) have strengthened. India can be said to be independent but is definitely not free.

On most international benchmarks of good governance and liberty, we rank near the bottom in the entire world. Our democracy has almost entirely decayed, with corrupt and criminals entering Parliament and good people shunning politics. Many of the best Indians continue to flee India for lands with higher levels of liberty and opportunity. This is not a good news story.

A fundamental overhaul of our governance system and policies

To recover the purpose of gaining independence (liberty), we need a complete overhaul of our governance systems and policies. This agenda presents a comprehensive package to bring about world-best levels of integrity, freedom and prosperity to India. It can be conservatively stated that if the recommendations of this agenda are followed these would be worth around $50 trillion to India by 2050.

This agenda, underpinned by the philosophy of liberty, proposes:

  • a two-pronged reform of the governance system: first, to ensure that only honest politicians are motivated to join political system, and second, to ensure that our bureaucracy is accountable and competent; and
  • economic and social policies that will enhance the liberties of the common man while bringing to India the world-best regulatory models and frameworks.

The combination of these reforms will drastically change the incentives in our governance system. These will also radically liberate Indians and enable them to achieve their potential.

Following this agenda will quickly put India on the path to becoming with the world’s most prosperous people (on per capita income basis), underpinned by the highest levels of liberty in the world, which are priceless. Our very existence is undermined when liberty is taken away.

Key reforms

Detailed reforms are outlined in the agenda but the key reforms include (subject to appropriate transitional arrangements):

1.State funding of elections on per-vote basis, fast track courts to dispose all cases elected representatives within one year, and high salaries (but no perquisites) for politicians to ensure good people enter politics and criminals and the corrupt are put behind bars.

2.Consolidation of departments into ten, contractual appointment of each secretary (selected from the open market), and all further senior appointments made by the secretaries on contractual basis with no natural justice rights upon dismissal. Incremental replacement of the IAS and all other tenured services by contractual, accountable executives at senior levels of government.

3.Implementation of world-best policy and regulatory frameworks (including regulatory impact statements, cost-benefit analysis independently validated and prepared in consultation with the public; and competition policies that maximize competition and ensure that government enterprises maintain competitive neutrality). This will mean that in general, the government will directly provide almost no service but allow the private sector to do so, subject to stringent incentive regulation.

4.Urgent establishment of law and order and the rule of law, including security for everyone, particularly women; and quick and effective justice for all. This would include ensuring freedom of speech at the level of the First Amendment of the American constitution, and religious freedom with the state and religion being kept entirely separate.

5.Total elimination of corruption within three years, with an end to black money in all vitiated aspects such as real estate, through complete modernization of the governance system and checks and balances, independent third party monitoring, and transparency.

6.Pruning of the state to reduce the burden of government indebtedness and unnecessary taxation (while broadening the tax base to bring into the system those who do not pay taxes). This would significantly reduce inflation, achieve AAA rating of government debt, thus allow rapid funding of key infrastructure.

7.Economic reforms to further enhance opportunities for entrepreneurs, including removal of all unnecessary obstructions on production and trade, thus creating vast job opportunities. For farmers, this would involve untrammeled freedom of access to market and technology while eliminating MSP (incrementally) and suspending  agricultural loans during the policy restructure period.

8.Equal opportunity for all, including access to high quality school education even for the poorest (through entire privatization of the school system and targeted vouchers for the poor), health cover for the poor (with the government getting out of direct supply of health services) and total elimination of extreme poverty in three years through targeted negative income tax.

9.Procuring (not directly creating) or motivating (through private enterprise) the creation of high quality infrastructure including transport, power, water, sanitation and broadband.

10.Strong and entirely independent tier of local government with complete powers to employ CEOs on contractual terms to deliver high quality local services.

Next steps

The Sone Ki Chidiya Federation believes that no approach other than that outlined in this agenda canhelp India become free. Without the radical change in its governance system outlined in this agenda, India will continue to be a Third World country, losing its best minds to the West – which offers dramatically higher levels of freedom and accountability.

We invite you to:

  1. actively debate these policies (and if you are from the media, consider raising this debate through your newspaper or magazine);
  2. if you are persuaded, demand these policies from all political parties;
  3. join the Sone Ki Chidiya Federation to spread the message of liberty across India;
  4. contribute funds to help spread the message;
  5. if you are willing to lead India to directly deliver this message, join the Freedom Team of India. [1]

The agenda is work in progress, subject to continuous improvement. In 2015 detailed policies on various issues will be prepared. Suggestions for improvement are invited and can be sent to Sanjeev Sabhlok at sabhlok@gmail.com.

The Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Movement

Preparatory work for the reform movement began at a 4-day National Reform Summit in April 2013 during which around 100 reformers from across India discussed a preliminary version of the agenda. Since then, thousands of people have been consulted and tens have contributed detailed inputs to this agenda. The movement was launched on 4 June 2013 at Jantar Mantar to take these reforms to the people. Since then, the agenda has been further refined and early drafts of the agenda circulated to major political parties.

Sone Ki Chidiya Federation

The movement is managed and coordinated by the Sone Ki Chidiya Federation (‘SKC Federation’), a trust registered in New Delhi in March 2013.[2] The Federation (with around 170 members as at December 2014) is a creation of the Freedom Team of India. In addition to promoting the reform agenda, the Federation undertook significant work during Uttarakhand flood relief work in 2013. You are invited to join the Federation. Currently there is no joining fee (details at http://sonekichidiya.in/).

To take this message to the people, significant funds will be needed. Please contribute generously to:

Account Name: Sone Ki Chidiya Federation

Bank: ICICI bank

Branch: Laxmi Nagar Delhi

RTGS/NEFT IFSC Code ICIC0000831

Account No. 083105000859

1) No income tax exemption is available (given the early stage of this work) but we aim to seek appropriate permissions in 2015.

2) Please note that the SKC Federation believes in transparency and reserves the right to publish the names and township (not detailed address) of donors.

For any questions regarding the Federation, please write to info@sonekichidiya.in.

 


[1] The Freedom Team of India (FTI) is a team of leaders committed to contest elections under the banner of liberty. FTI has also separately formed (on 1 June 2013) and registered (on 19 June 2014) Swarna Bharat Party: a political party committed to liberty and to implementing this agenda. FTI’s website: http://freedomteam.in/

[2] The Trust deed of the Federation was based on certain assumptions which did not flow through. The deed will therefore be revised during 2015 in consultation with members.

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Fund raising for printing the SKC agenda: Thanks to contributors. More funds needed.

The SKC Federation issued a fund raising appeal a couple of days ago. Thanks to the three people who have committed, to date, to making a contribution (funds will be called only after the SKC audit, currently underway, is completed).

That adds up to Rs.9,500.

Here is the current list of donors: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jRSIc7L0XLAwEqu9MO9KfNq0uNiTjrswE0dRtv35t_0/edit?usp=sharing

Rs.1 lakh is needed, so another Rs.90,000 or so.

​Please contribute your mite, so formal printing of the agenda can be done in December 2014 according to plan.

This agenda contains policies (and a commitment to liberty) that will change India's growth path from a Third World socialist nation to a First World free nation. 

These policies need to be more widely discussed and understood in India, so more people can abandon their passion for socialism and revert to many of the principles of good governance first articulated by Chanakaya 2500 years ago.

Your support in printing the agenda will help the reform message reach a targeted and influential audience.

Sone Ki Chidiya reform movement is committed to SYSTEM REFORMS and LIBERTY.

If you can't contribute directly at this stage, please share this fund raising appeal as widely as you can.

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Fund raising appeal: Rs. 1 lakh to print and distribute the SKC agenda in December 2014. Please commit funds.

The SKC Federation has issued  a fund raising appeal. I'm reproducing it here.

Date of fund-raising appeal: 21 October 2014

Sone Ki Chidiya Federation is happy to announce that after more than 18 months of hard work, the First Edition of the Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Agenda will be ready to be published in December 2014.

It is planned that 1000 copies will be printed, of which around 500 will be distributed by post to the media and eminent people, and 500 copies will be retained for distribution during the year 2015. If all goes to plan, an improved second edition will be publised in end-2015, and so on till 2019. In the meanwhile translations of the agenda will also be prepared. But at this stage we intend to only publish the basic English edition.

To allow the First Edition to be printed, we have estimated that around Rs.1 lakh will be needed. 

At this stage we are only seeking commitments. SKC will call on the committed funds only after its audit for the previous year is completed. The audit is currently in progress. Once the audit is published, we will send a message to donors with details of how to send the money.

Please do not donate if you are not an Indian citizen. NRIs can donate but not OCIs/ PIOs. Note that donating to SKCF does not currently provide the donor with any income tax exemption. 

Any funds raised above Rs. 1 lakh will be retained by the Federation for future work of the reform movement. 

PLEASE CLICK THIS to complete a short form to make your commitment. Or visit http://goo.gl/forms/sEzpj5VzsV

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Full text of Administrative Reforms Commission reports: not worth the paper they are written on.

I get deeply annoyed when someone tells me that "We have already got all the answers in our various Commission reports. All we need is to implement them." (I won't name anyone but this includes some very well known people in India).

We have a FUNDAMENTAL PROBLEM here that people must try to understand: Our "Commissions" have been manned by well meaning people with absolutely no idea of how incentives and accountability work. India would have done well to undertsand Arthashastra, instead. 

I've compiled the entire 15 reports of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission into a single Zip file (around 90MB). Download here

But most importantly, I've compiled the OCRd version of all 15 reports into a single Word document. Download it here. (There are some problems with OCRing these PDF versions, but this is the best I could do. We will need to wait for even better software. I use Omnipage 18 but that's not yet perfect.)

The main reason why I consider these reports not worth the paper they are written on, is that they don't even ONCE discuss the need to eliminate the IAS and other tenured services. There is nothing here about contractual appointments and accountability.

These reports therefore qualify as garbage. Any first year university student can assemble these longwinded essays that mean nothing.

What we need – first and foremost – is an ACCOUNTABLE SYSTEM of governance. That's what we don't have.

And that's rpecisely what the SKC agenda aims to deliver.

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217 people have endorsed the SKCF agenda to date. Have you endorsed it? I

217 people have endorsed the SKCF agenda to date. Have you endorsed it? If not please do so asap.
 
ENDORSE HERE
 
Bhanu Kiran,Tirupati
AVIGYAN MITRA,DELHI
Raghu Teja,Bangalore
Prem Kumar Sinha,Delhi
monu verma,indore(mhow)
RAMESH WANGNOO,GHAZIABAD
Honish,Baroda
Varadaraj Acharya,Bhopal
Ramarasu Perumal,Neyveli
Sandeep datir,"Hull,uk"
Rakesh Pujari,Sydney
Rajamani Muthuchamy,Bangalore
PRIYARANJAN PRASAD,GURGAON
Professor Prabhu Guptara,London
paresh das,cuttack
Loknathn Rao Bodipudi,Pune
Vishal Singh,Bangalore
R.K. Vinaik,Ghaziabad (UP) Delhi NCR
santosh kumar choudhary,NEW DELHI
K K Verma,New Delhi
Anil Sharma,"Bihaspur, Bhadohi"
Sanjeev Sabhlok,Melbourne
Varun Arya,Jodhpur
Anubhava Srivastava,Bangalore
P. Sureshan,Delhi
Vivek Goyal,Dehradun
Naozer Jamshed Aga,Mumbai
Dalip Kumar,Ahmedabad
CARLOS DESOUZA,Mumbai
LK Kandpal,New Delhi
Rajat Desikan,Bangalore
Vidyut Jain,Darjeeling
Kiran Ramachandran,Mumbai
Rakesh Agarwal,Delhi
Y. R. Palia,Sultan Batheri/ Chethalayam.
Prem Kumar Sabhlok,Gurgaon
Surajit Dasgupta,Delhi
K.K.Sharma,Delhi
Rahul Pandit,Hyderabad
Sanjay Samarth,Jaipur
Harsh Vora,Vadodara
ASHISH Jauhari,Chennai
JAGJIT SINGH AHUJA,Secundrabad
Chandra Bose,Chennai
Sandeep Narayan Shelke,"Dhanora, Ashti, Beed Jilha"
Nitin Sham Karani,Bombay
Rahul Rana,Chino
Abhijeet Sinha,New Delhi
Abhishek Nethrakere,Mumbai
Abhishek Singh,New Delhi
Ajay Anand,Indore
Ajay singh,New Delhi
Akshay Shah,Mumbai
Alok Kumar Singh,Ghaziabad
amar choudhary,Pune
Amarjit Singh,Mohali
AMBIKA HANCHATE,Haveri
Amit Bansal,Mumbai
Anil,Bangalore
Anirudh Dhoundiyal,Naintal
Ankita Variava,Surat
Ankush Varshney,New Delhi
Arpit Jain,Faridabad
Arun Goyal,Delhi
Arvind Ilamaran,Chennai
Ashish Kumar Shrivastava,Dantewada
Ashish Patil,USA
Ashok kumar sharma,Palwal
Atul Agarwal,Ranchi
Atul Agarwal,Ghaziabad
B S BUNGLA,Delhi
Balraj Malik,New Delhi
Bhagvanji Raiyani,Mumbai
"Bhalchandra Hari Patankar, popularly called 'Bhal Patankar'",Mumbai
Bhoopendra Singh Kanaujia,Ghaziabad
Bhushan Patil,Pune
BIMAN MISTRY,Mumbai
Binod Kumar Pati,
BINOD SHARMA,Mughal Sarai
Bipin R Dubey,Nalasopara
Capt. Sagar Bhatia,New Delhi
CHANDAN KUMAR SINGH,New Delhi
chandra kumar jain,New Delhi
"Commander BB Khilari,",Bangalore
Commodore (retd) Ashok Sawhney,Noida
D K SINGH,Ghaziabad
d s ranga rao,Thane
Dharmender,Badli
Dipinder Sekhon,Noida
Dr Asha Mishra,Bokaro Steel City
DR Mithilesh Kumar,New Delhi
DR Mithilesh Kumar,New Delhi
Dr R K Suri,New Delhi
Dr Ritu Saxena,New
Dr Shailendra Pratap Singh,Delhi
Dr Vidya Kumari,New
Dr. Prem Singh Rana,Gurgaon
Dr. Tarun Kothari,Delhi
Dr.Rashmi Choudhary,Indore
DVS Raju,Visakhapatnam
Gaurav Pahuja,California
H.P.Agrawal,Ghaziabad
Harish Krishna V,Tiruvallur
Harsha Matadhikari,Bangalore
Hemanth Kumar R,Chittoor
heramba aligave,Hyderabad
HIMANHSU SINGH,New Delhi
Himanshu Jasvantray Trivedi,New Zealand
HIMANSHU SINGH,New Delhi
Hiriadka Vishwanath Rao,Manipal
Indira Iyer,Chennai
Jagat Iyer,Bangalore
Jayant Deshpande,Amravati
Jeetender Kumar,New Delhi
Kaku,New Delhi
kamal taori,Greater Noida
Karan Singh Chauhan,Indore
Kaushik Das,South 24 Parganas
KILLAMSETTY ANVESH,Bhubaneshwar
kishore ramchandran,Dubai
KRISHAN CHAND LAU,New Delhi
krishna yadav,Greater Noida
Kshitij Sharma,New Delhi
Kshytia,
M.Vijay Anand,Chennai
Madhavi Kulkarni,Belgaum
Manish Jindal,Jind
manish pandia,Pulasar
Manoj kumar,Chennai
Mitesh Panchal,Ahmedabad
Mohammed Shahid . M . Shaikh.,Nashik
Mohan Khatri,New Delhi
MONIKA JHA,Bangalore
MRS. VARSHA ANUP JAIN,Mumgbai
Mukesh Sharma (Arthkranti Pratishthan),Ghaziabad
Musthafa Valappil,Kannur
NAGESH KUMAR SINGH,Itanagar
Narendra B Adnoor,Bangalore
NARENDRA KUMAR MANGATRAM BHANDARI,Nasik Road
Neeraj Kumar Singla,New Delhi
neeraj sharma,Jaipur
Nikesh Roshan,New Delhi
Nikhilesh Udhani,Ahmedabad
nikita gupta,Varanasi
Nikitha.M,Secunderabad
Nilesh Govindbhai Kamani,USA
Nilesh Kamani,USA
Nitika Kariwala Agrawal,Mumbai
Omkar Padmakar Dabhadkar,Aurangabad
prabhat kumar munna,Patna
Prakash Kedia,New Delhi
PRAKASH VIR SHARMA,Hoogly
prashant bhagat,Dombivali East
Prashant Bhardwaj,Gurgaon
Prashant Singh,Lucknow
Prasoon Kumar Mishra,New Delhi
PRASOON KUMAR MISHRA,Delhi
Prem Sagar Nagrath,USA
Prerna Wadikar,Bangalore
R K Atri,Delhi
RAJ KISHORE VAISH,Sitapur
Rajan Mehta,Chandigarh
Rajesh Chadha,Gurgaon
Rakesh Kumar,Samastipur
Ramarasu. P,Neyveli
Rammohan Nair,Dubai
Ran Singh Shokeen,New Delhi
Richa Sinha,New Delhi
Rishi Kumar Purwar,Noida
Rishikesh Meena,Karauli
S Aftab,Patna
S IDRAMAPPA NAGATHAN,Bangalore
S.V.Divvaakar,New Delhi
S.VEERAMANI,Ariyalur
Sachin Gupta,Gurgaon
Saket Kumar,Mumbai
Sanat Pandey,USA
SANCHIT ANAND,Saharanpur
Sandeep Agrawal,Nagpur
Sandeep Garg,Bangalore
sandeep vasudeo bhagwat,Raipur
Sanjay Gadhalay,Secunderabad
Sanjay M Bobde,Pune
Sanjay Seth,Tokyo
sanjeev vig,Jagadhri
SANTIMOY GHOSHAL,Thane
Saransh Aggarwal,Chandi'
Shailesh Giri,Kolkata
Shantanu Bhagwat,Pune
Shashidhar Reddy,Secunderabad
Shivam Dhoundiyal,Rudrapur
Shrinath Vinubhai Kotdawala,Kotdawala
Siddhant Kumar,Delhi
SIDRAMAPPA .M.NAGATHAN,Bangalore
Soumik Bhattacharyya,Durgapur
sourav mishra,Howrah
Srijan Bandyopadhyay,New Delhi
Sunil Kumar,Greater Noida
Supratim Basu,Mumbai
SWAMI VISWASANANDA,BAHRAICH
Swapnil Khandelwal,New Delhi
Tanoj Ramnarayan Morya,virar west
Tapan Patnaik,Panaji
TRILOK KUMAR JAIN,Jaipur
Trupti Rajpurohit,roorkee cantt
Tushant Suri,New Delhi
Tusharendu Kumar Singh,Bangalore
Umesh Garg,USA
Venkatesh Geriti,Hyderabad
venugopal naredla,"warangal,"
Vijay Sheel,New Delhi
VIKAS KESHRI SADHU,Jhajha Jamui
Vinay Kumar DC,Hyderabad
Vinay Nunes,Vasai
vinay saraf,Mululnd
Vinit Vichare,Badlapur(East)
vipin kumar mishra,Satna 
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A powerful message for all leaders of India from Swami Om Poorna Swatantra

Swami Om Poorna Swatantra is one of the finest individuals I've met: to the point, clear about what he stands for and what he wants for India. 

I visited his ashram on the outskirts of Pilani in August, and he prompted me to take the plunge (to help reform India's governance through grassroots work) and not worry about the family and such matters. In his view, such things always get taken care of. I have been mulling over his advice.

In the meanwhile he sent this powerful message which I'm publishing with his kind consent. I believe this message must be read by all Indians who wish to see a New India – a Nav Bharat, a Swarna Bharat.

Please read and widely share.

I invite readers (you are all leaders of a New India) to rise to the challenge.

But first, a photo that I'd taken of Swamiji at his ashram (click for larger image). He is seated in the front, along with key leaders from surrounding villages.  

The Way to New India 

[Download Word version here]

The Way to New India

A Leader is the corner stone of national edifice, he bears the burden of entire structure, he is not only its foundation but also the architect of its destiny. In the history of the nation what we are faced with today as central problem is the crisis of leadership.

Before 1947 when we were poor, mostly illiterate and under the subjugation of a foreign power, we produced a galaxy of great leaders — in all walks of life, spirituality, literature, politics, science etc. — , several of them were of world class stature of whom we feel proud even today. These leaders galvanized the decrepit nation and built a force of indomitable courage and will which empty handed threw the super power of the world to the other shore of the ocean. This was a unique action and achievement in world history. It not only won freedom for India but also set an example of successfully fighting a battle against a material and military power with moral Force and that too in a so called age of materialism. Following this approach so many countries in the third world achieved freedom in the second half of 20th century. That is the measure of the quality and caliber of our pre-independence leadership.

After Independence our focus shifted from human to economic development and although some development took place but it was uneven, it divided the country into two categories: few became extremely rich and many became extremely poor. Secondly, as money became the supreme value and man was ignored, the quality of life suffered a great loss, man became sub-servient and a means to the end of money-earning. This negative equation led to degeneration and all round corruption in society. This is a very dangerous development and if not checked where we as a nation would land only God knows. This is the question of our survival, so this national cancer will have to be controlled at all cost by reversing the trend of life from downward to upward.

In a historically most revolutionary action man will have to be freed from his slavery to money and matter by focusing his attention on himself as the object of ultimate Value. And finally he will be made to realize that he is the master of all the world created by God: human and sub-human as he is the Son of God. The whole exercise of upward movement will begin with the heart and soul of the nation whom we term as the Leader.

Who is a Leader? What are his characteristics and qualifications? A true leader is one who stands at the head of the past, epitomizes the past achievements; represents the present, is the embodiment of the truth of the present time-spirit and constitutes the foundation of the future, that is, is the source of future creation, out of him springs the vision and action which shapes the future of a nation or a world. In simple terms our leader must be capable of acting as a driver as well as an engine of the train of India. He must have the driver’s vision to look into and see the future of nation and the strength of the engine to carry the load of the entire nation to the destined goal on his single shoulders.

By infusing the fire of his spirit into his co-travellers and passengers through his words and actions he must be capable of enlivening his nation and set it on march. This leader is not an isolated individual, he is identified with the whole nation, he is the India himself, India individualized. India is his family and home, he lives its life. This is his public as well as personal life, he does not have any personal life apart from it.

This is our new leader who acts as the central column of new India, his emergence marks the beginning of the work: Building a New India.

Now two things are required: a comprehensive and integral vision of the India to be built, a blue-print of New India and a work Force to translate this vision into action, a physical reality. The new leader will play these twin roles: formulate the vision and generate the force.

The Blue-Print of New India : The blue-print will consist of the seven aspects viz. spiritual, moral, culture, educational, social, political and economic.

  1. Spiritual : The traditional spirituality has been world-withdrawing, not only it did not take interest in the life of the world on earth but positively rejected it as something negative and worthless. Therefore, for the spirituality to serve as the bedrock foundation for the India to be built a revolutionary change will have to be brought about in the spirituality itself first. Instead of moving backwards and away from world life, it will have to change its direction and move towards life, earth and nature and bring about a corresponding change in their constitution along the way. This world transforming spirituality emerges from its base and source in the Divine. In fact, when the Divine descends as a universal Conscious Force, this kind of spirituality is the natural outcome and manifestation of the Truth. It is in the cradle of this spirituality that a new India would take birth.
  2. Moral : The releasing Consciousness of spirituality brings man out of the prison of ego and removes its vitiating and distorting effect from the nature of man and makes him naturally good. This natural goodness reflects in all human endeavour and behaviour. This is true, natural and genuine morality, it is not imposed from outside by any authority based on social custom, religious traditions or convention. It is the manifestation of pure intrinsic human nature. It is like the fragrance of a fully flowered spiritual bud. It beautifies the life of the individual himself as well as spreads sweetness all around.
  3. Culture : The culture is the process of refining, reforming and purifying human nature through various methods, disciplines and practices. Like any natural product man is born as a rough and raw product of Nature which requires constant processing to take him to the final shape of Truth, Goodness and Beauty. In Vedic tradition this process of purification has been termed as Sanskars. But due to criminal neglect of human being instead of moving upwards towards betterment of his quality he has gone downwards and degenerated into a beast and a most dangerous creature. His natural Prakriti in place of refining itself into Sanskriti has defiled itself into Vikriti. In modern context this negative development has made man a threat not only to himself but to the survival of all life on the planet earth. It is therefore not a matter of choice but compulsion of the day that this falling trend must be checked and order of life reversed. The would be new India must centrally focus on this aspect of life as she is the hub of the world. A cultured man is equal to god and cultured India would be the abode of gods because man is potentially divine and culturing is the process of revealing his divinity.
  4. Education : Education is the ‘organic factory’ for man-making and nation building through human cultivation and reprocessing. It is not merely polishing brain and storing information and turning man into an efficient machine through computerization of his system. The new India will develop a scientific system of education which will be universally applicable with local adaptations and variations. It will have three phases:

i)It will scientifically analyze the human organism and discover the ‘formula’ of his constitution with all the components and integral parts of his being.

ii)Then on the basis of this formula provision will be made for the integral development of his life: as an individual, as a member of society and a productive citizen in modern age of computer.

iii)Finally it will undertake to do continuous research in the Science and Technology of Life and thus to rising to ever new heights of consciousness.

From here the work of building a new India practically starts.

  1. Social Structure : The society built on the integral vision of life would be  radically different from the present one. It would not be constructed like a house from outside, it would instead organically grow like a tree from inside. It would be self-generative, it would generate energy from within itself for its sustenance and growth and it would be continuously growing stronger and stronger. But its strength would not be used for the exploitation of others and the destruction of the weak, it would, rather, protect, serve and strengthen them. As this society would be based on self-fulfillment, its natural motive for action would be to give everything to all, not to take anything from anybody.

As integrality of life would be the basic nature of this society, so the competition between the individuals would be replaced by co-operation and the two principles of ‘freedom of individual’ and ‘harmony in society’ which have kept the world divided into two rival blocs of Capitalism and Communism for almost a century due to having adopted contradictory postures would be realized to be complementary. The free individuals will serve the society and bring about greatest cohesion and establish natural harmony in it, whereas the society, on the other hand, will provide for the greatest freedom to its members so that they put force the creativity of highest order and enrich the society in return.

This way the New India society will grow into a national family and materialize the truth-vision of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam of the ancient Rishis.

  1. Political Order : Democracy or the ‘government of the people, by the people and for the people’ which is based on the equality and maturity of the individuals, so that they all not only take part in the constitution of the political authority but also contribute towards shaping its policies in their governance, is the highest political ideal up to which modern society has evolved. That is a different matter that in practice we are no where near the ideal because of our human immaturity.

But our political order in New India would be based on the Unity of Life, not merely the equality of men. Here the law of life, the love is the governing principle which serves, not rules and duty, to give and contribute according to one’s capacity, is the only right, — the return is automatic. The more the capacity — mental and physical — you have, the greater becomes your duty to give and serve and, on the other hand, in proportion to the intensity of your need your right to receive is increased: the strongest is the first servant who constitutes the foundation of the social structure and undertakes the responsibility of nourishing and nurturing the entire human family as a mother or father, and the weakest and the lowliest is the supreme ‘master’ to claim, demand and deserve top priority in service. The power and authority to control and govern comes from your capacity to love, serve and give which again is determined by the degree of your identification with the nation, world or earth, that is, the degree of your realization of the unity of life.

  1. Economic Production : It is rightly said that India is a rich country inhabited by poor people. Nature has given us everything: vast area of land, abundance of natural resources, huge man-power capital to invest and a developing technology. But after 2/3 of a century’s struggle we are still one of the poorest nations in the world. Why? There is something basically wrong with us. Though we have two powerful centers of production, farm and factory, where the Kisan and Mazdoor are constantly at work, yet we have not been able to translate the potential into actual. It concludes that our approach has been wrong.

The wrong in approach was that we started building the national edifice from the top whereas naturally it must have been started from the bottom, started from outside instead of starting from inside for the development to be organic, steady and sustainable.

India is a rural country and agriculture is the back-bone of its economy and the main source of its employment generation. So we should have made agriculture as the launching ground for our economic revolution and liberation and the Kisan as its vanguard. Then Kisan’s younger brother Mazdoor could have carried the movement of economic development upward through small scale and cottage industries in rural sector and medium and heavy industries in co-operative and public sector. This is also the pattern which economic development has followed in world history.

This order of development which has been followed since Independence will have to be reversed for the removal of disorder and establishment of Order. This process of integralization through awakening to the Truth of life will make Rishi and Mazdoor one, God and Nature one, You and I one, — and it would be the nucleus of new India. Besides this, you will have to take care of the balance between production and consumption keeping a check on population.

After the blue-print of new India, a comprehensive outline of the India to be made, the what to be done, has been drawn, the question comes about the how and the who will do it.

Our Leader, as described earlier, who would be fully equipped and thoroughly versed with the above vision of new India will act as the architect and undertake to build the India envisioned.

How will he act? History is replete with the re-occurrence of the fact that the period of renaissance precedes the great epochal action, the Revolution: John, the Baptist prepared the ground for the advent of Jesus, the Christ; Hegel’s generation sowed the seed for the birth of Bismarck; Nietzsche  was the smithy on which Hitler was forged; and without Karl Marx there would have been no Lenin and the Russian Revolution. The age of humanism and enlightenment went before the French Revolution; the great Awakening laid the foundation of the American Revolution. The modern Indian Renaissance created the field for the installation of Indian Independence. Therefore, the great, radical and transformatory action of the birth of new India will be preceded by a mass movement of national Awakening along the aforesaid lines.

The Movement would work on five fronts simultaneously:

1.Spiritual Front: The central function of this front would be to conduct research in the Science and Technology of Life which will lead to the discovery of ever higher principles of consciousness and to the development of appropriate technologies for their application to the physical life of India and the world.

2.Scientists’ and Thinkers’ Front : This would constitute the movement’s communication link between the laboratory research and the field work. The thinkers’ job is to formulate the vision in a language which is understood by modern man: in scientific terms for the elite and in simple terms for the common man. They will be the leaders of the awakening movement. They will not be merely guides and philosophers but architects and engineers to fashion a golden body and divine soul of New India.

3.Youth Front : The youth are the building material for future India. The quality of their life will determine the nature of India to be built. Therefore, the vast ocean of raw youth energy will have to be thoroughly processed, illumined and awakened and infused with the vision of the truth of life. They will be led to the realization that they are not the children of the old but the ‘fathers’ of the New India.

4.Masses Front : The masses are the monolithic base of our life. If this remains asleep and inert, if its dormant genius is not stirred up, nothing positive can happen to this country. We must realize that the masses are not only the lowest strata of our society but they are also the masters of our destiny and it is with them that rests the future of this nation, they can make or mar it depending upon their condition. So if we want to rise as a nation, we shall have to raise them up and make them makers as they constitute the bulk of India.

5.Women Front : The women are not only half of the world but as mothers they are the creatrix of all the world. And as the kind and quality of the creation is determined by the kind and quality of its creator, so the condition of the women is responsible for the state of the Indian nation. So if we want to raise the nation to the glory of heavens, we will have to uplift its mother, the women to the status of a goddess as she is supposed to have been in some golden days of its ancient history.

When the Awakening reaches the point of ‘critical mass’, the New India shall take Birth, — it is as natural and inevitable as the birth of a child at the ripe time.

Swami Om Poorna Swatantra

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