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Delhi unit of Swarna Bharat Party formed – and some further thoughts on liberal parties/ politics in India

I’m delighted that a small team of excellent persons has come together to create the Delhi unit of SBP, India’s only liberal party.

There is no doubt in my mind that when the superb ideology and agenda of SBP is explained to the people of Delhi, they will welcome this new party in their midst.

The socialist parties have made life hell in India. All of them are the same. SBP is like a breath of fresh air – and promises a proven agenda – that will make the life of the people of Delhi better in every way.

It is true (as I mentioned here) that there have been a few sporadic semi-liberal efforts in India over the past decade. But these efforts – such as Lok Satta Party (LSP) and Navbharat Party (plus Sharad Joshi’s Swatantra Bharat Party) – have failed to provide a genuine liberal alternative.

Not only is LSP a social democratic outfit (not classical liberal), JP lost me with his full-throated praise of Modi. If JP can’t distinguish between good and bad, or between liberalism and illiberalism, then he and his team can’t really help India.

Navbharat Party was my next hope. But it let India down, as well. RK Misra seems to have disappeared altogether, anyway.  Navbharat.org no longer exists. Shekhar Tewari of Navbharat had repeatedly told me that he supports the SKC agenda (which is now the SBP manifesto) but managed to avoid acknowledging it as the Navbharat party’s own manifesto on the party website. I find it hard to trust such people any more.

It is good that since July 2014 I have decided – along with a small team of leaders, mainly from the Freedom Team – to NOT work with any other party henceforth. Not even any coalitions or “working together”.

All my effort – and all Indian political liberal effort – is now concentrated on SBP – a party that a small team (in which I played a key role) built by accident in June 2013, and registered with Election Commission in June 2014.

While SBP came up by accident, it was a “good” accident. The further good thing that happened is that Ramdev stepped out from the plans for the launch of the party and so he is not a baggage for the liberals – given he is a man without any integrity.

The folly of trusting Ramdev and thinking he was an honest man who genuinely wanted a corruption-free India became clear to me towards mid-2013. It is clear he has chosen the path of blackness and corruption – which suits his temperament and style. He is an enemy of India, a traitor.

The July 2014 decision to go alone also relieves me of the burden of trying to engage and work with those who do not engage, who are confused, or who do not support the liberal manifesto that I have been instrumental in drafting.

SBP is now the ONE AND ONLY liberal party for India. There is no confusion about this. It is time to show India how a good liberal party should be run. SBP should build the best systems inside the party and create an ideal platform for good leaders to join.

By July this year, we’ll have a better understanding of whether SBP has been able to bootstrap into a viable political option.

Much will depend on the work that the Delhi team puts in in the next four months.

I’m also hoping that the Maharashtra and Telangana units will put in strong effort in the coming months. The Rajasthan unit has much potential – but has still to get off the ground. As far as the others – there is very little going on there.

It is time for Indian liberals to come forward and build the party.

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One of the things I found over the years was that many Indian “liberals” are skin-deep liberals; more in this for their own personal glory and careerism. Most were looking for short cuts.

One of these – Munish Raizada – I have decided is completely unsuitable to even talk to. He recently met Subramaniam Swamy and posted that picture on his FB profile. If someone can degrade himself to that extent: first jumping after Arvind Kejriwal, then running after Swamy – it only shows that he is beyond redemption. Munish cannot be trusted in any way in the future. We have to let such alleged “liberals” go.

There are others who’ve had serious lapses of judgement in the past few years – people like Shantanu Bhagwat (who jumped into AAP, then jumped out) and Sandeep Shelke (who became a hardcore Modi fanatic). If these people have learnt their lesson and are willing to put in the hard work for the growth of liberty in India, they can be welcomed back into the fold.

And there are those like Surajit Dasgupta who could potentially become leaders BUT they have a huge illiberal streak. I’ve already raised concerns re: Surajit on this blog, and believe he can only be part of a liberal team IF he cuts out his violent streak – his threatening to beat up people if they disagree with him. He is currently trying to persuade me that it is OK to make such threats; I’m continuing the dialogue.

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Mr. Modi why can’t you improve women’s safety in India? Because you REFUSE to implement governance reforms.

WHY IS INDIA ONE OF THE WORST PLACES IN THE WORLD FOR WOMEN’S SAFETY? AND WHY IS IT THAT MR. MODI IS HELPLESS ABOUT IT.

In this video I explain (in English) why the governance system of India is not designed to support and provide safety to the honest citizen. It only supports molesters and other criminals.

The ONLY way to improve safety is to fundamentally change the design of the system:

1 (a) State funding on per vote basis so that honest people can start entering politics + high salary (no pensions and perks) for MPs and MLAs.

1 (b) Abolition of tenure for senior government officials (e.g. IAS/IPS) and contractual appointments (associated with high pay) at all senior levels. People must perform or be dismissed.

2. Getting the government out of roles it has no business to be involved with. This includes getting out of public sector enterprises but also drastically curtailing government’s role in most social policy.

99 per cent of these reforms are within the ambit of the Central Government.

Mr Modi is squarely responsible.

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For your consideration – Two short videos that summarise all reforms needed in India

Email I sent out a few minutes ago:

A young volunteer of Swarna Bharat Party has compiled some of my previous videos (in Hindi) into two short videos which I agree with him can be shared widely. These are merely six minutes in all (both of them combined).

I appear to be quite passionate in these videos (recorded a few years ago). That passion is reducing every year since India seems determined to remain a Third World corrupt nation. However, you can help change this, if you wish.

I assume by now you’ve finally realised how hopeless is the government of Mr Modi. It is as bad as the hopeless government that Mr. Manmohan Singh provided. And Mr Kejriwal is guaranteed to perform as badly as any of these.

Why is this so? Because these people don’t intend to change the incentives that operate in India’s governance system.

Anyway, here are the videos, below. You can choose to watch these (and change India), or you can choose to enjoy corrupt India. Your life, your country. Your choice. Over to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDcz-QQvHCA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjtTsyIi2MU

Btw, this is precisely the same message that I’ll give to some of India’s topmost business leaders and diplomats, Ministers, etc. at the Horasis India meeting in June 2017 – but in English.

Regards
Sanjeev

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Swarna Bharat Party asks the PM to implement state funding of elections on per vote basis

National Press Release by Swarna Bharat Party

13 December 2016 – for immediate release

Mr Sanjay Sonawani, President of Swarna Bharat Party, India’s only liberal party, welcomed Mr Modi’s proposal for state funding of elections. As explained at length in SBP’s manifesto, state funding of elections on a per vote basis is an urgently needed, vital reform of governance.

It is in our interest to ensure that honest and competent candidates contest elections. Good candidates are a public good, more important than any other public good. We, the people, must be willing to incentivise such candidates to contest.

While the level of electoral expenditure is never the only determinant of electoral success, good candidates are defeated in our system even before they start. Honest competent middle class or poor persons refuse to contest elections since they stand to lose their hard earned savings if they lose the election. To add to the conundrum honest people face, honest political parties – which do not sell their soul to corrupt businesses – receive almost no funding.

State funding on per vote basis is a simple and transparent solution. It is transparent. It is incentive-compatible. It has been successfully implemented in many countries. SBP suggests a reimbursement of Rs.20 per valid vote cast to the relevant candidate up to a maximum of Rs. 70 lakhs per parliamentary constituency. This calculation can be refined.

Along with this, the security deposit will need to be increased significantly to ensure that only serious candidates contest elections. MP and MLA salaries will need to be significantly raised, while eliminating all perks and pensions.

Some people object to state funding, arguing that politics is a social service. It is preposterous to suggest that those who serve us as electoral representatives should be required to lose their lifetime’s savings “for the country’s sake”. The current system is fundamentally misguided. The results are there for all to see. Everyone who comes to power is guaranteed to become corrupt.

In the reformed system, even though corrupt candidates will probably still outspend honest candidates, good candidates will start participating since their risk of bankruptcy is reduced. That is enough to start changing the system. Such a payment by taxpayers is excellent value to taxpayers, for the opportunity cost of corruption and incompetence is in the tens of trillions of dollars – more than ten times India’s GDP. We have been short-changed by corrupt and incompetent representatives for seventy years. Let’s give the honest people of India a chance.

Mr Sonawani said that SBP strongly supports Mr Modi’s suggestion for state funding – but only on a per vote funding basis. It is important, however, to emphasise that it is not sufficient to implement only this reform. A range of fundamental reforms, as detailed in SBP’s manifesto, are needed in order to make the country 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), National President, +91 9860991205

Alok Kumar (Ghaziabad), National Vice President and President UP State Unit, +91 9999755334

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