April 11, 2014
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.