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Partial list of participants at the National Reform Summit at Patanjali in April 2013

Came across this list in my records. I needed it for something. Putting it out my blog for easier reference in the future. This is a PARTIAL list. Many others are not listed here.

Bhaleram BeniwalRetired Principal Rashtriya Adhyaksh Jat Mahasangh (Regd.)
G. LeelaHyderabad
Hem Raj JainVeleraus of Ivelia
Amar G. ChoudharyB.Sc. & C.A.
Ca Atul DeshmukhTrustee Arthkranti
B.S. BunghaVishva Shanti Party
Vardan KabraFTI
Prasoon Kumar MishraAdvocate, Supremen Court of India President, “Global Rights & Justice Welfare Society” President, Vishva Shakti Party
Dr. Pradeep Kumar Saxena (M.Tech., Ph.D. MBA)Professor Computer Science, Management
Dr. Natthu SinghKendriya Lekha Nirikshak Bharat Swabhiman, Patanjali
Dipender SekhonFTI
Vivek GargBJP External Affair Cell, Head Ofice (Africultural Exporter)
Bhushan PatilArthakranti
Ashish Roy Loksatta Party
Gajendra DewanganWorking in the field of farming
Mrs. PreetiWorking in the field of Yoga & Woman Empowerment
Dr. Wange Harish ChandranSurgical Practice, Political, Social Aesthetics
Acharya PankajVyavastha Parivartan Manch
Chabbil Singh SisodiyaVyavastha Parivartan Manch
Pramod VatsalyaVyavastha Parivartan Manch
Suneeta DhariwalFTI
Dr. Mahinder Kumar
Indra SinghalPYP Houston U.S.A.
Shantanu BhagwatFTI
Dr. Jaideep AryaPatanjali Yog Peeth Bharat Swabhiman Nyas
Anurag KejriwalLok Satta Party
B.B. TewariLok Satta Party
C. Dinakaran BoseLok Satta Party
Ram Ratan Sharma, former MLAPermanent Avas Patanjali
Kunwar Kamal BhaiiIndian Eternal Society
Gauri ShankarBharat Swabhiman
Dr. Surender SangwanB.S.T.
Ramesh GuptaNRI, Bharat Sudhar Manch
Dr. Sarvadanand AryaFormer Vice Chancellor, MDU, KU & HAU ex. World Bank Executive
Pradeep MathurYuva Bharat Delhi
Ram Narayan ChaudharyNagaur (Rajasthan)-342902
Anirudh Dhoundiyalstudent
Shivam DhoundiyalRudrapur
Kapil GuptaCEO-OMLogic
Ruchi JayaswalHR-OMLogic
Neha JainCS-OMLogic
Ashutosh PhalkeArthakranti
PankajVolunteer with Bharat Swabhiman(Trust)
HarisharanVolunteering with Bharat Swabhiman, Haridwar.
Maj. Gen. Narendra Bahadur (Veteran)Retired in 2006 from army, convenor SSSM etc. Member BST Andolan Samiti.
Srijan BandyopadhyayCentre for Civil Society
Arvind KamranFTI
Navendra Singh AryaJAT Mahasabha of India (Delhi Pradesh)
Narender Singh DabasKisan Panchayat Delhi, Bharat Swabhiman
Dr. Harpal S. SangivanKisan Rights “AGRICOS”
Mukesh SharmaBusiness Enterpreneur
Dr. Robin MalikBharat Uday Mission Youth for equality
Surveer GulleriaBharat Swabhiman Andolan
Ran Singh ShokeenPresident Delhi State Jat Aarakshan Sangharsh & former retired Asst. Commn. Of Police.
Dr. Kamal Kishore SharmaFTI
K.K. VermaFTI
Ramvir ShresthJournalist A to Z TV, Delhi
Ramesh ChaubeyLok Swaraj Manch Bihar, Chattisgarh
Rishi DwivediSelf Employed
Bajrang MuniBusiness, Social Worker
Rajendra ShuklaSocial Worker
Nagesh Kumar SinghEngineer, Govt. Service
Dilip KumarBharat Swabhiman



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Summary of my key political trips to India

This is a note to myself. Will add links, photos, etc. in the coming days if I find time.

1999-2000: Met JP in Hyderabad to discuss political action. Met Parth Shah (at his first CCS home+office, Barun Mitra (at his original Liberty Institute) + Madhu Kishwar (at her house) a few others like Subodh. Meeting

January 2004: The IPI liberal workshop + seminar (see IPI website) + national launch of Sharad Joshi’s Swatantra Bharat Party on 26 January 2004 (all photos/ videos with Rakesh Wadhwa)

[Gap period: writing BFN, engaging with Anil Sharma’s London efforts, personal visit to India in 2007 + write-up in TOI on reforms + meeting with retired officers in Palam Vihar – a total waste of time; met Ram Atri on this trip – he came over with a cameraman and recorded something; no idea where that video has gone]

February 2010: The first FTI conference, held in Mumbai. Interactions with Somnath Bharti in Delhi. Spoke at small event CCS Delhi about FTI. Met Meera Sanyal, SV Raju. Event organised by Liberty Institute in Delhi to explain FTI to the people.

February 2012: The third FTI conference, held in Mumbai again. Visited SV Raju’s office in Mumbai. Met Arvind Kejriwal via Somath in Ghaziabad. Met Justice Tewatia via Ram Atri. Spoke at a slightly larger event in CCS regarding FTI. That was my last trip to CCS since NO political leader has ever come out of any think tank.

December 2012: The six week trip to Ramdev’s Patanjali in Dec 2012/Jan 2013. Included the Nirbhaya havan at Patanajali + speech at Jantar Mantar Delhi speech with Ramdev.

March-April 2013: Governance reforms conference in IIPA Delhi + National Reform Summit at Patanjali. Varun Ayra helped organise the first, Ram Atri helped in the second.

July 2014: 5-day liberal parties conference in Delhi (at Ishwar Dayal’s place) (parties invited included Nav Bharat Party, Swatantra Bharat Party, the Rajendra Palugudu effort, note – JP’s Lok Satta did not send any delegate) that decided that SBP will go ahead, and go it alone. Trip to Om Poorna Swatantra’s Pilani ashram + extensive trip across Haryana and Rajashthan with Ram Atri to meet farmers + farmer leaders including the “cow guru”. I think I also visited Varuy Arya’s Jodhpur place during this period (to check).

July 2016: SBP’s National Conference in Karol Bagh Delhi that decided to launch the party at the grassroots. First trip to Bhadohi and Mirzapur with Anil (plus Alok and Ram Atri) + trip to Jaipur where Sanjay Garg held a meeting with activists. + Trip to Pune in which I met Sanjay Sonawani and also spoke at an event.  + Trip to Bangalore for a press conference + trip to Hyderabad for a press conference.

July 28, 2016 (Thursday) Jaipur – meeting with local SBP team
August 1, 2016 (Monday) SBP national conference (post lunch session), Karol Bagh, Delhi
August 2, 2016 (Tuesday) Mirzapur/ Badohi/ Allahabad – local SBP team meetings
August 3, 2016 (Wednesday) Mirzapur/ Badohi/ Allahabad – local SBP team meetings
August 6, 2016 (Saturday) Pune – local SBP team meetings and public talk
August 8, 2016 (Monday) Bangalore (post lunch SBP and other meetings)
August 9, 2016 (Tuesday) Hyderabad (Press conference and SBP meetings)

June 2017: Interlaken Horasis and London trip + SBP national conference at India International Centre Delhi – made a number of video recordings (on party’s youtube channel).

October 2018: Private trip to Kerala + Trip to Pune where I met Mahesh Gajendragadkar, Amar Habib etc. and spoke at event + Second trip to Bhadohi that got good coverage in the local newspapers). Trip to Jaipur for detailed discussions regarding IT systems with Abraham.

January-February 2019: Private trip to Kerala + third trip to Bhadohi (mainly to coaching centres and villages + Allahabad + inauguration of SBP centre + speech at a Gyanpur event) and Kanpur (met young leaders) to Guwahati (Met Pankaj, visited low cost private schools, met Samujjal Bhattacharjee). Visited Haryana etc. extensively with Ram Atri. Met Om Poorna Swatantra twice, one at an event in Bijwasan and again at an event in Haryana where he gave me a shawl. Spoke with farmers at a number of places.  Ram Atri had organised a talk at Gurgaon as well.

 November-December 2019: Private trip + SBP’s National Conference at India International Centre Delhi on 23/24 November + to Jaipur where met Sanjay + Abraham.


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Sardar Patel’s vigorous opposition to RSS and strong support for secular India

The following short extracts from WAS SARDER PATEL COMMUNAL?: AN EXERCISE IN HISTORICAL DEMYSTIFICATION by Bhupendra Yadav, Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, Vol. 63 (2002), pp. 778-790 are very important.


Patel declared “…. The future of a minority, any minority, is to trust the majority. It will be a misfortune to this country if the majority does not realize its own responsibility. If I were a member of a minority community, I would forget that I belong to a minority community, why should not a member of any community be the Prime Minister of this country?…”


“We have just heard people shouting that Muslims should be removed from India. Those who do so have gone mad with anger. I maintain that I am a friend of Muslims.” [In the article it is mentioned that Patel retained a distinction between the Muslim Leaguer and the common Muslim till the very end.]


a loyal Muslim must be treated as your own brother. If you think you can go on constantly troubling loyal Muslims because they happen to be Muslims, then our freedom has not been worthwhile”


In February 1949 he said, “Hindu Raj was a mad idea” and added that “it will kill the soul of India.”


He said, “it is our determined resolve that we will not allow RSS or any other communal organisation to throw the country back on the path of slavery and disintegration.”

Patel wanted RSS to “know that Hinduism would not be saved by rowdyism.” Patel did not understand “the manner in which the organisation had been working,” how “the entire work of RSS was directed” or why the leadership was so selectively drawn. He said, “Anyone who wanted to start a movement should do so openly. But there was something secret about the RSS. It had no constitution of its own. Its provincial heads, the Sangh chalaks, were all Mahratta Brahmins.”

His strongest words were reserved for the para-military nature of RSS. He said, “The RSS had an army of its own. I can understand the existence of an army outside India, but the raising of an army, whatever name it might be given, within the boundaries of India, could not be permitted. Such an army was a potential danger to the State and, therefore, had to be put down.”

in a speech he advised RSS members to join the Indian National Congress, “if they had the good of the country uppermost in their hearts”,

Patel in this letter dated September 11, 1948 [to Golwalkar], said there was no objection to the service of Hindu society. The Sardar accepted that “young RSS workers protected, Hindu women and children and strove much for their sake.” But the objectionable part arose when they, burning with revenge, began attacking Mussalmans. Organising the Hindus and helping them is one thing but going in for revenge for its sufferings on innocent and helpless men, women and children is quite another thing.”

The distribution of sweets on Gandhiji’s death by RSS men was something Patel never forgot or forgave them for.



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Compilation of RSS-BJP’s well orchestrated violence against protesting students of JNU

There’s a lot more out there. Just had time for this.



JNU violence: Before mayhem, WhatsApp chatter suggests planning

JNU violence: Delhi Police watch as ambulances smashed, leaders heckled
















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