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Great news: Swarna Bharat Party PAYMENT GATEWAY now operational – Please contribute

SBP is delighted to announce that a portal for payments through credit card and internet banking has now been operationalised on SBP’s website.

A number of persons were waiting for this day, to make contributions/ become members. Here’s your opportunity to join and/or contribute to make India a truly great country.

Step 1: Please review SBP’s donations policy here: http://swarnabharat.in/donation-policy

Step 2: For all credit card and internet banking payments, please go here:  http://swarnabharat.in/donate (THIS IS THE LINK TO THE PAYMENT GATEWAY)

(For ICICI bank, you’ll need to make payment directly using NEFT. Please visit: http://swarnabharat.in/donation-neft. )

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask – write to info@swarnabharat.in.

Note that all donations received to date are listed here: http://swarnabharat.in/sbp-donor-list. Details of donors will be provided to the Election Commission in Form 24A of the Representation of People Act 1950.

With this, SBP has now finished creating a comprehensive platform to bring liberty to India. All that is now needed is leadership and the demand from THE PEOPLE OF INDIA for urgently needed governance and policy reforms.

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Agriculture must be liberated so our farmers can flourish, says SBP President, Vishal Singh

Just released by Swarna Bharat party.

National Press Release – to be released across India

28 March 2016 – for immediate release

Swarna Bharat Party President, Mr Vishal Singh, said that Indian farmers live in a Kafkaesque world of self-defeating government interventions that are divorced from the imperatives of technology and economics.

Farmers are held back by restrictions on access to technology and on trade, including on the movement, storage and processing of agricultural commodities, and through bans on exports. They are sheltered from global competition, such as through restrictions on imports on grounds of ‘dumping’. And the government sets low and volatile agricultural prices for key commodities, making farm returns even more unpredictable.

Into this obstacle race the government has thrown in the “sweetener” of farm subsidies, but these go largely to fertiliser manufacturers, to corrupt government functionaries and to rich farmers. Subsidised Indian fertiliser is smuggled to neighbouring countries, transferring Indian wealth abroad. Subsidised power has helped deplete groundwater by promoting water-hungry crops, putting India’s future food security at risk. Subsidies also harm poor farmers in another way: through budgetary deficits and inflation.

Mr Singh said that this perfect storm of bad policies has led to an inefficient farm sector stricken with poverty, indebtedness and unemployment. Agriculture has become a losing vocation. Farmers are prematurely abandoning the farm. Most deplorable of all: these policies are part of the reason for India’s high levels of farmer suicide.

But objectively, India has everything going for it on the agricultural front. India has some of the world’s most fertile land and more irrigated land than any other country. By unshackling agriculture, we should be able to supply not only our domestic needs but also meet demand in China and rapidly growing African countries.

Mr Singh said that the solution is two-fold: (a) broad-based governance reforms, and (b) radical liberalisation of agriculture policy. The government should get out of agriculture almost entirely and create markets, instead. All restrictions on the production, movement and pricing of agricultural inputs, as well as restrictions on post-harvest treatment, including on marketing and exports, must go.

In addition, we must streamline environmental regulation (e.g. water table, biodiversity, biosecurity) and the regulation of logistics and crop insurance to create deeper markets in agriculture support services. Market-based reforms will allow vast amount of new investment to flow into the agriculture sector, such as large-scale investments in logistics chains and crop insurance. Businesses (such as mining) should be allowed to operate agricultural subsidiaries. This will give hundreds of millions of farmers a new lease of life.

Mr Singh said that SBP’s manifesto provides details of all policies India needs. He asked the Modi Government to implement these policies. Farmers can wait no longer, said Mr Singh. If the Modi government won’t do it, SBP will. SBP is committed to making India a Sone Ki Chidiya, once again.

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Notes for Editors

SBP is India’s only liberal party, committed to defending liberty and promoting prosperity.

Contacts:

Sanjay Sonawani (Pune), Spokesperson, +91 9860991205

Vishal Singh, President (Bengaluru), President, +91 9920613669

Madhusudhan K. (Hyderabad), Joint Secretary, +91  9885496473

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Perhaps the one main thing I agree with Marx: the point is to CHANGE the world. Join SBP to change India.

This is the inscription on Marx’s grave:
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“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.” –  his eleventh thesis on Feurbach. [See this for details].

Much as one disagrees with Marx’s legacy – of ruin, evisceration of ethics from human society, and death – on this one must agree with him: that is it essential to focus on change. Change is ever-present, ongoing. Change, like politics, tolerates no vacuum. There are constant, ongoing pressures for change.

The question before us is this: is the change in the desired direction, or in the wrong direction.

Today (as has happened for over a thousand years now) Islamic terrorists want to enforce the criminal book called “Quran” on humanity. The only way they can do that is by force, since no one in his right senses will ever agree to be converted into the evil monsters that Muslims are expected to become upon following the Quran and Hadith.

So the choice before us is: do we allow this change to occur?

Today, following Marx’s legacy, socialist politicians across the world want to destroy human liberty and force their incorrect view of “equality” on everyone.

Do we allow this change to occur?

Hindutva fanatics – largely illiterate and ignorant about anything and everything – wish to impose their ignorant views (e.g. on beef eating) on the whole of India.

Do we allow this change to occur?

The choice is clear: if we don’t act in a well-organised and well-considered way, the enemies of mankind and of liberty will make change happen.

The socialists, the Muslim fanatics, the Hindutvas have fire in their belly. They are determined to destroy the world – each in their own way.

Do we allow them to win?

I think Marx threw the gauntlet down when he challenged the world to act. His challenge led to the murder of hundreds of millions of innocents in the name of socialism. He DID change the world. For the worse in every way, but it was change, nevertheless.

I invite you to change the world – to advance humanity, ethics, freedom. Sitting on your haunches won’t help. You need to ORGANISE.

I invite all Indians to join Swarna Bharat Party to make India the world’s most free (and thence, necessarily most prosperous) country in the world.

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Replace Censor Board with rating agencies, says Swarna Bharat Party President, Vishal Singh

Swarna Bharat Party published the following press release today. Please share widely IF YOU CARE FOR YOUR FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY. (If you are committed to your own slavery and poverty, please do nothing).

National Press Release – to be released across India

14 March 2016 – for immediate release

Replace Censor Board with rating agencies, says Swarna Bharat Party President, Vishal Singh

Swarna Bharat Party (SBP) has called for the abolition of the government owned Central Board of Film Certification (commonly known as the Censor Board).

The party’s President, Mr Vishal Singh, said that a Censor Board undermines freedom of speech. Its existence is an insult to Indians, as implicit in censorship is the idea that ordinary Indians are unfit to think for themselves. Every citizen is an equal of others under our Constitution, and everyone has the right to view any film without an intermediary trimming or otherwise modifying content.

A Censor Board does not prevent depravity or violence. All Indians remain accountable for their actions under the law at all times and cannot attribute any violent or depraved acts of theirs to a movie. The law does not provide for such a defence. A free society functions smoothly because it is in the self-interest of people to be good, not because of a nanny Censor Board. Further, if Censor Board members don’t become depraved or violent by viewing the films they censor, it is preposterous to suggest that Indian voters (who pay their salaries) will. Censor Board members are not a different biological species.

That we have a Censor Board partly explains the lacklustre record Indian films have in winning accolades at global film events, despite our film industry being the largest in the world. We have infantalised the industry and the nation, and curtailed critically needed debate and education. Our film artists have been forced into puerility.

Abolishing the Censor Board will unleash the film industry’s creative force and allow our films to stand on the same pedestal as international films, enhancing India’s global soft power and boosting the economy.

Of course, we must have a classification system for films that provides information to parents to guide their children’s viewing. Light touch co-regulation can ensure the supply of such a system. The film industry will be able to supply internationally compatible rating standards and agencies.

Mr Singh said that in addition to replacing the Censor Board with rating agencies, SBP will abolish prohibitions on other forms of human expression, such as books. The party will also repeal all laws that limit free speech.

The right to speak and express ourselves is an innate, basic human need. Except where such expression involves incitement to immediate violence or constitutes libel that affects someone’s commercial interests and reputation, it should not be restricted.

SBP is committed to taking India to the Heaven of Freedom that Tagore wrote about a hundred years ago.

Let us be free, not just independent.

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Notes for Editors

SBP is India’s only liberal party, committed to defending liberty and promoting prosperity.

Contacts:

Sanjay Sonawani (Pune), Spokesperson, +91 9860991205

Vishal Singh, President (Bengaluru), President, +91 9920613669

Madhusudhan K. (Hyderabad), Joint Secretary, +91  9885496473

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Liberate India’s mining industry from shackles to create lakhs of jobs, says SBP President Vishal Singh

This press release has been published today by SBP:

National Press Release – to be released across India

4 March 2016 – for immediate release

Swarna Bharat Party’s President, Vishal Singh, said that India’s mining policy needs a total reset. Each mines give jobs (including unskilled jobs) to hundreds, even thousands of people. Mines boost local service sector jobs, leading to improved nutritional outcomes for the poor within a radius of 50-100 kms from a mine. Exploration and mining on a large scale can also create lakhs of downstream jobs in mineral processing and use.

India’s land mass has much in common with Western Australia, which is rich in a range of minerals. Unfortunately, successive governments have restricted exploration and India’s mineral wealth remains largely unexplored after 65 years of independence. The Modi government also remains oblivious to the vast potential of the mining sector.

India remains close to the bottom of the world on indicators of per capita mineral and energy consumption, key indicators of prosperity. India also has no strategic mineral policy, forcing us to import even basic minerals like coal and iron ore, of which India has some of the largest known reserves.

Mr Vishal Singh said that mineral exploration is an extremely high risk venture and needs incentives, not the kind of disincentives we have imposed on the industry. Royalties should be set at a level that allows profitability and viability. Mineral exploration licences should be given on a first-come-first-served basis, except in the case of mineral deposits which are fully mapped: in such cases auctions can be considered. Of course, all licences should comply with requirements for environmental protection and consultation with the community.

The most urgent policy changes needed are to make exploration and mining licences fully transferable in the open market and to require all mineral exploration companies to be listed on the BSE. The stock market will get rid of any unethical companies. In addition, the government should commission and publish large-scale mapping of mineral resources to reduce uncertainty for potential investors and motivate investment.

Unfortunately, we have such restrictive policies that many Indians and international junior exploration companies are investing in mineral exploration in Africa and South America, and in mining in Australia, but not in India. This is an absurd situation. The government must urgently liberate the industry from government created shackles.

Mr. Singh said that in summary, India needs a modern and investor-friendly Mineral Act, a sensible tax structure for mining and a good regulatory regime that ensures environmental protection even as jobs and growth are given a huge boost. He committed that SBP will liberate the mining sector to enable India to become a Sone Ki Chidiya, once again.

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Notes for Editors

SBP is India’s only liberal party, committed to defending liberty and promoting prosperity.

Contacts:

Sanjay Sonawani (Pune), Spokesperson, +91 9860991205

Vishal Singh, President (Bengaluru), President, +91 9920613669

Madhusudhan K. (Hyderabad), Joint Secretary, +91  9885496473

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