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International strategy for the Sone Ki Chidiya reform movement: Melbourne, Sydney, London

The SKC movement needs a number of levels of action. Farmer cells are being established (more about these later), but internationally we need to establish cells of the Sone Ki Chidiya reform movement I am hoping that some work can begin in Australia and UK, two countries with a reasonable presence of SKC/FTI members outside India.

The cells would comprise people who are interested in liberal reforms in India. These cells could meet periodically, but mostly would operate over email.

I'd like to invite those interested in such activity in Melbourne, Sydney and London to write to me, in the first instance.

More later once these cells are formed.

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Request for comments/ input on the Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Agenda

Based on decisions at a 5-day liberal workshop in Delhi a couple of weeks ago, the Sone Ki Chidiya Federation will now  prepare revise its total reform agenda by October 2014 and print 1000 (or more) copies for wide circulation across India. It is hoped that the revised agenda would be endorsed by a good number of eminent Indians. In every way, India is an under performer, and there is no remedy in sight except this agenda.

Please consider providing your valuable comments on the draft agenda by 30 September. The agenda can be downloaded from http://sonekichidiya.in/ – a Word and PDF copy are available. Tracked changes in Word are ideal, but a simple email to me would also work (at sabhlok@gmail.com).

Please share this email among friends and well-wishers. Let India get involved in preparing a high quality agenda for governance and policy reform. (I'm bcc.ing a few people, with a similar request).

I'd also like to thank the hundreds of people who have provided various inputs to this agenda to date.

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Request for inputs to improve the Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Agenda – by 31 August 2014

As a result of the decisions taken in the recent 5-day liberal strategy workshop, I have been charged with compiling the next version of the SKC agenda.

Timeline

  • All public inputs received by 31 August 2014
  • Revision: During September 2014.
  • Provided to eminent Indian liberals across the world for their written endorsement: 30 September 2014.
  • Revised internet version including publication of endorsements: 30 October 2014.
  • Reformatting and printing commissioned: 1 November 2014.
  • 1000 copies printed: November 2014.
  • Distribution of 1000 copies along with forwarding letter: December 2014.

REQUEST

Please review the agenda carefully and provide your comments/ tracked changes to me by 31 August 2014. Download the current draft (including in Word) from here

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Further updated Sone Ki Chidiya reform agenda – for comment

I've incorporated a number of comments received in this next version of the draft agenda, and also briefly included relevant information from the manifesto of the Australian Liberal Party (download from here: http://1drv.ms/1gaeZ5M). 
 
In particular I've included material on:
- domestic violence laws (498a of IPC)
- integrity of judges and strict enforcement of perjury laws
- polymer currency notes
- identity checks at time of registration of land
- bringing back our best scientists from abroad
- strong system of public assessment of infrastructure project cost benefit analysis
- imparting training in the basics of the legal system to all school children
- replacing licencing system with compliance certification, to dramatically reduce red tape and corruption.
 
The PDF and Word version are available from the SKC website.
 
As usual, comments are sought. Thanks to those who have commented so far.
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Updated version of Sone Ki Chidiya agenda

After review of the US Republican Party manifesto I've prepared an updated SKC agenda, more focused on liberty than previous versions. 
 
Download the Republican Party manifesto: http://www.gop.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/2012GOPPlatform.pdf. This manifesto is a reminder of the shoddy quality of Indian political party manifestos. It constantly reaffirms its commitment to liberty, to the need for a small but strong government. And it is beautifully written and comprehensive. On the pattern of the Republican manifesto, I'm going to include the names of those who have contributed significantly to the SKC agenda at the back of our document.
 
In this update I've added capital punishment for judges who take bribes (and those who bribe them). Modi bribed 33 High Court judges with prime land at 1/20th the market price(http://www.sabhlokcity.com/2014/04/modi-bribed-gujarat-high-court-judges-with-land-worth-rs-1-lakh-per-sq-m-which-he-have-them-for-rs-5000-per-sq-m/). It was a gift worth crores of rupees. (Justice Akil Qureshi is the ONLY honest judge in the Gujarat High Court). When such bribed judges sit in "judgement" on life and death matters involving government ministers, we know what happens: the innocent are often jailed, the guilty go scot free. India's (orignally liberal democratic) Constitution has been converted into toilet paper. The idea of justice is now a mirage. Pakistan, Zimbabwe, India are in the same league.
 
I've also restructured the justice and defence sections. 
 
The revised SKC agenda (clean version without tracked changes) is available here:http://sonekichidiya.in/Documents/SKC-totalreformagenda-draft.pdf
 
Please send your comments/tracked changes asap (Word version: http://sonekichidiya.in/Documents/SKC-totalreformagenda-draft.doc
 
NEXT STEPS:
1) I will now start reviewing the Australian Liberal Party's manifesto for any useful inputs. 
 
2) My proposal to convene a 5-day workshop for Indian liberals remains on the table:http://www.sabhlokcity.com/2014/04/preliminary-proposal-for-workshop-ii-indias-liberal-political-strategy-2014-and-beyond/. I will continue promoting liberty in India regardless of whether there is an immediate desire or 'felt need' for such ideas. It is up to India to decide what it wants. 
 
The choice is stark: slavery (of the state – socialism – or of a "religious" delusion – Hindutva) or freedom. 
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The four requirements of political success, like the four wheels of a car

A car without ALL four wheels won't go very far at all. 

These are the four wheels. They are self-explanatory.

After identifying leadership as the key gap, I established FTI to focus on leaders first. That has provided the greatest "bang for the buck" so far among all liberal political groups. Not much of a 'bang', you say, but look at the extremely limited inputs so far, and consider the outputs. The leverage is quite significant. FTI, being the clearest of all on ideological positions, has continued to make progress, despite temporary setbacks. It is CRUCIAL to maintain ideological clarity, and not get confused on the way.

But FTI was never A one wheel car. It was the first step. The idea was that once a critical mass of leaders has been assembled, other 'wheels' will fall in place.

Lok Satta has focused on grassroots work and ONE leader. That model has obvious limitations, and Lok Satta's struggles attest to the limitations of this strategy.

Jago spent a lot of resources, mainly through ONE leader. That, too, failed.

Navbharat focused on grassroots work for a very limited time plus ONE leader. That model, too, has serious limitations.

It is clear that without a national reform movement, the liberal agenda won't go very far. Resources will come AFTER the national movement.

So the successful sequence will be (broadly speaking):

LEADERS > NATIONAL MOVEMENT > SOME local work etc. + resources > success.

FTI's sequencing is correct. Leaders first, then movement (SKC movement), then other things. All this may take time, but there is no short cut to success. ALL other methods will fail.

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