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My key message on system reforms for India, in a nine minute Youtube video

I've recorded and uploaded a short 9-minute video on youtube today (in Hindi). It explains the two major reforms needed in India: who" (should govern) and "what" (they should do). India's system ensures that criminals and incompetents govern us and our governments do what they should not (while avoiding what they should).

This is a home production but is perhaps functional enough. I aim to do more of these – on different reform topics. Please provide your thoughts/ feedback. And share widely so the message of system reforms percolates to more people.

 

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Political commitments that Ramdev made (but never kept), and request for information about his activities

I've recently started looking at probity issues regarding Ramdev. 18 months ago I had tried to get basic financial information from Balakrishna and Ramdev but decided to hold off given their view that data is open to the public and that the GOI had failed to find anything

It is important to emphasise that I've switched off Ramdev after the April 2014 incident in which he clearly and publicly supported black money use by a BJP candidate. For a man who said he was against black money to hide the seizure of black money by a BJP candidate was extremely shameful.

I led a 4-day reform summit in Ramdev's Patanjali campus in April 2013. The entire strategy for this summit, including the role of Sone Ki Chidiya Federation, was discussed in great detail with Ramdev's key nominated person: Jaideep Arya, prior to the summit. Also with Ramdev briefly over the  phone (from Melbourne). I also met him in a private meeting (with Shantanu) in Delhi in early April before leaving for Hardiwar where the entire political strategy was discussed. Around 100 people attended. The summit launched the SKC federation and the SKC agenda.

After the summit I met Acharya Balakrishna on 9 April 2013 to discuss progress – particularly regarding the political party. Ramdev was out of station in this period. I believe Ramdev changed his mind re: forming the party sometime during this period. This was the time when Modi was to visit Acharyakulam (on 26 April 2013). Maybe Ramdev had come to a deal with Modi by then. All I know is that during April 2013, he supported the 4-day summit but kept pushing back decisions (already taken in the past) regarding the launch party (including its registration).

Upon returning to Melbourne, I documented the perplexing situation in which actions were no longer proceeding as smoothly as they should have. I'm publishing my email to Acharya and Ramdev's gatekeepers, below. Members of my group were told by him (in person) in late May in Haridwar that we should go ahead and register the party (later renamed Swarna Bharat Party), and that he would support it in due course. Of course, that was a lie

The reason I am providing this information publicly now is that I am increasingly convinced that Ramdev's activites are not above board.

As far as I'm concerned, nothing has been lost through my engagement with Ramdev. The liberal movement has continued to advance. We (FTI) are the creators of the Swarna Bharat Party and Sone Ki Chidiya movement and will continue to advance these institutions. We believe in TOTAL INTEGRITY and will never associate with someone of questionable integrity.

Let me add that if I find after my investigations that Ramdev is innocent I will say so publicly. But at the moment my job is to ask questions – like I did in September 2013 to investigate Modi publicly. Help me find out the truth about Ramdev by providing me information you may have. I also ask Ramdev to provide me the information I asked him more than 18 months ago – and the further information I asked Jaideep in April this year.

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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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