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Clear headed thinking needed, not confusion

Here's an example of the many examples of confused thinking that I keep coming across. This is an email interaction just today: 

The apparent "chicken-egg conundrum"

Mr XX wrote to me: "If every citizen of India determines it is indeed a very easy task to fix any problem. For this we need right education, right upbringing, prosperity, and resources.  This is a very precarious situation like what comes first chicken or egg. It is vicious circle just like without vegetation and forest there is no rain and without rain there is no vegetation and forest.  So may God people help India." 

My response:

The process, Dear Mr XX is very simple, not circular (as you suggest – chicken/egg).

1. The right leaders first who agree on the solutions/policies/strategies

2. The right support and funding

3. Ask the people of India if they want to change? 

4. If guaranteed of majority in parliament, contest elections and offer to transform India with the agreed policy platform. 

5. ELSE LEAVE INDIA. If the people don't want to change nothing can be done. Just leave! 

The policy solutions are offered in BFN (http://bfn.sabhlokcity.com/). The platform exists now – FTI (http://freedomteam.in/). Leaders are assembling and have agreed to basic principles (http://freedomteam.in/draft-policies).So Step 1 is happening. All key strategies have been agreed: http://freedomteam.in/content/ftis-strategy

Freedom Partners are assembling (http://partners.freedomteam.in/). So Step 2 has started. 

I suggest people give up their confused thinking (circular thinking/chicken-egg/character problems to be fixed, etc.), and get on with the job of FINDING LEADERS who understand policy. 

[I'll post this on my blog as well – need to repeat this basic simple process (which is detailed in BFN) for everyone.] 

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I trust that the people of India will start seeing the logic of this basic process. If not they are doomed to continue to repeat their failures of the past 60 years.

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4 thoughts on “Clear headed thinking needed, not confusion
  1. Armchair Guy

    Sanjeev

    It seems this post arises out of frustration with things in India or sarcasm, because I have a tough time believing this is serious.

    Before you say that my thinking is muddled or confused or not clear headed, let me explain.  I think there are at least two issues with your answer.

    The first issue: you are misstating the problem. 

    The problem is NOT "Assuming a majority of Indians wants change and already knows what is good for them in the long run and will act rationally to achieve it, how do we proceed?"  If that were the problem it would be easy indeed. The real problem is "Assuming a majority of Indians wants change, how do we educate people about what is good for them in the long run, how do we convince them to rationally act to achieve it, and how do we proceed?"

    The problem is simple only if you consider the easy version. For the real problem, the "chicken and egg" problem identified by Mr. XX exists.  It will arise in steps 2 and 4 of your solution. It won't be too hard for people who don't really share your thinking to infiltrate the FTI. To guarantee a majority in Parliament in step 4 you will need to educate people about your ideas and convince them the FTI is the organization for the job WHILE other parties try to convince them otherwise by incentives or deceit or even rational argument.  Other parties will misuse their official positions or criminal connections to persecute FTI members.  The press will be hostile to the FTI.  How will you (or the FTI) handle this? (That was a rhetorical question intended to show the chicken and egg problem exists.)

    Maybe your answer will be, "If the voters are so ignorant they believe those lobbies and not me, I'm better off leading a good life in a different country."  Fine.  You've (vacuously) solved the easy problem but not the real problem.

    The second issue: your essential claim is that if  someone can't achieve things using the blueprint you've laid out, then everybody should give up and emigrate.  Why shouldn't they try to solve the problem differently?

    I've read a bit (not much) of your stuff, so I think I (at least partially) know your answer.  You believe there IS no solution other than your blueprint.  But there may be other solutions, possibly slower than yours.  Educating the population may be one such.

     
  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Armchair guy,

    That's a better analysis than the more common garden variety analysis. FTI members will need to educate (campaign). They will need to be fearless (I note in BFN (http://bfn.sabhlokcity.com/) that some may be killed): 

    "Now, why 1,500? This is the number of leaders India needs to kick-start a freedom movement. This number is roughly equal to three outstanding leaders for 550 constituencies. That way, if one of them can’t contest the elections at the last minute, two others will be ready to stand up. And if that second one is killed by the mafia, then the third will rise. Whoever is left will contest the assembly elections."

    Yes, this is not as easy as contesting elections. Note, thought that FTI members would NOT contest elections unless the preconditions are met. That may take 4 years, 10 years or a 5000 years. In the meanwhile they will need to educate. That's what they are doing. That's what Shantanu Bhagwat did at IIT Delhi on 2 August (see http://bit.ly/dgZJQC).

    I'm not even remotely implying that my solution is the only solution. I'm saying that it is A solution. The FTI must work out a viable solution in great detail and the offer it to the people of India. Step 1 can take as long as 5000 years if the requisite number of leaders don't exist in India.

    Note that this will have to be the ONLY way ultimately to change – by overthrowing the corrupt socialist leadership of India and replacing it with ethical, well-controlled (checks and balances based) capitalist (liberal) leadership.

    This can be made easy (in just 4 years from now) IF the people of India want to change. That's all I say. 

     

     

     
  3. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Mr XX responded to my email thus:

    Very True. LEAVING IS NOT AN OPTION, one can and will drink clean water but what will happen to billions others.  That certainly is not dedication and patriotism. Are'nt we selfish?  Service before SELF is the answer, and that comes from within and not from outside. 

     
  4. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    My response to Mr XX thus:

    Sorry, XX. People have left. That option has been exercised by some of the brightest Indians over the past 60 years. They did not even try to change things. Just left. At least I am still trying to improve things. 

    When India is ruled by thieves, no one is obliged to hang on and get his wealth (e.g brainpower, property) stolen. Slavery to goondas is not my idea of patriotism. I'd rather get rid of them and put them behind the bars, not serve them like the spineless MMS. Patriotism involves creating the country that you are proud of, and locking up all the crooks.

    Regards

    Sanjeev

     

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