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Understanding FTI’s strategy in three simple steps

Three simple steps of "gap analysis" underpin FTI's strategy:

First gap: Bad policy is the cause of India's problems. This is the policy gap.

How can we address this gap? Well, policy can't be changed except through the democratic process. Hence we need a majority of seats in parliament to start the ball rolling. That explains FTI's goal of winning at least 300 parliamentary seats – OR NOTHING.

[Note that this gap states clearly implies that India's problem is NOT bad implementation of good policy; it is policy itself that is bad; bad policy simply can't be implemented well, anyway]

Second gap: Good people (who are ethical, and understand good policy) often avoid politics in India. This is the leadership gap.
Hence we need to identify and bring together good people who are willing to contest elections. Hence FTI's focus on finding at least 1500 outstanding leaders who are committed to contest parliamentary elections.
Third gap: If we do find a few good people willing to contest elections, these people seem to be lone rangers and rush in to contest elections without preparation. This is the credibility gap.
By not working together closely in a systematic manner as a single team, these few good people blow their electoral chances, being overwhelmed by the organised force of bigger, corrupt parties. Hence FTI's strategy of  pursuing a systematic path – of policy agreement, fund raising, and building grassroots support.


Gap analysis easily shows why FTI's path is well-chosen, and its strategy robust. It therefore has an almost project-managed approach, with critical milestones to be met without which certain next steps can't be undertaken. 
The problem, of course, is that this simple approach seems to be just too hard for most people to understand! Fortunately, most good people do ultimately get it, when they realise there are no shortcuts. That is why FTI has by now got some truly outstanding leaders, and is following a path that is GUARANTEED to change India.
If you can understand what I'm saying, then you might be ready to join FTI! That's good news for everyone. So please apply. 
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15 thoughts on “Understanding FTI’s strategy in three simple steps
  1. Shanthala Damle

    Dear Sanjeev,
    I have been an FTI observer – mainly through your blogs and Shantanu's.
    I like how you have explained FTI strategy based on 3 gaps. It makes sense.
    I do see one more gap, though. I don't understand how exactly FTI plans to implement the planned strategy. Particularly, how does FTI plans of implementation steps for building grassroots support. It would be a great help if you can explain some outlines of your vision (of the implementation).  
    If I understand correctly, FTI is now in policy agreement phase of the systematic path. It has gained about 126 members after a few years of efforts. Let's say it would hit the critical mass very soon and then recruiting remainder of 1500 will be faster. Then, what happens? Will FTI begin fundraising and building grassroots at the same time? or will FTI's 1500 team members raise funds first from weathlier people – and then begin building grassroots support? Also, what is the expected time for reaching various milestones, in your view?
    Thank you,

  2. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Shanthala

    a) While FTI has about 100 members today, not more than 15 are ready to contest elections immediately. When I refer to 1500 it refers to people willing to contest elections in the near future. At the rate at which people are joining FTI, this could take 200 years to assemble. There simply AREN’T people willing to contest elections in India. (In the meanwhile many will die, so this figure could go out to 500 years.)

    b) When these leaders do assemble there will be a massive roar generated. I’ve discussed it here:

    c) Re: reaching out to the people. That will be a natural outgrowth of the critical mass that has been assembled. I have no doubt that it will occur through multiple means.

    Let’s not worry about what you are ‘worried’ about. Things have a natural process. The first thing is the seed. Then the tree.


  3. ramesh

    Dear Sabhlok,
    1.      Well, policy can't be changed except through the democratic process. Hence we need a majority of seats in parliament to start the ball rolling. That explains FTI's goal of winning at least 300 parliamentary seats – OR NOTHING.
    2.     There simply AREN’T people willing to contest elections in India. (In the meanwhile many will die, so this figure could go out to 500 years.)
    500 years and still you believe in the democratic approach? Are you sincere in establishing FTI raj?
    By about next 500 years world would may get destroyed two or three times by the extreme militancy of Muslim, Christen or Hindu and impatience of Pakistan, China, US etc.
    A process which may get delayed upto 500 years or more needs a relook at its principles, fundamentals, philosophy of human nature. Otherwise it will be too late.
    And responsibility will be of those who claim to be scientifically advanced and rational thinkers. Either save world/india with modern thinking or refine the ideas of the past (e.g. Hindu culture) except technological developments.

  4. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Ramesh

    The kind of person India needs is very hard to find. Either the extreme corrupt or bigoted, or those who run away from politics. If Mother India doesn’t produce leaders in sufficient number then not much can be done, really. We already have a democracy of some sort. Some useless corrupt leaders at all levels. And so India continues to under-perform. The change can’t start without a very strong leadership team. Time is immaterial. The quality and number of leaders is ABSOLUTELY critical.


  5. Dr Tenzin Gogoi

    Jo Garajte Hain Woh Baraste Nahin Hain!!

    Same I feel by reading your this post you already have given up and living in Fantasy One day 1500 Hardcore Liberals Would Join FTI !! In present you are Roaring in your blog I don’t know how many people would this roar reach to.

    All 100 FTI leaders aren’t good if they can’t even Persuade others to join 100 people=100 Familes=1000 others knowns keep on
    multiplying !!Among such high number some people could be at par with your level or with desirable traits that You want.
    Attitude is Everything I see Caliber in just people with positive outcome you see it in a Negative outlook just mere 100people.

  6. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    Dear Dr Gogoi

    The problem is that the Indian educated middle class has never bothered to understand the fundamentals of economics and politics. They are more into “professions” like engineering and medicine. Therefore there are VERY FEW who understand the concept of liberty. Second, those who do understand it (somewhat) REFUSE to join politics.

    Therefore FTI will remain open for those who both understand liberty and are willing to join politics.

    If such people don’t exist, then it will not “fill up” and India will continue to suffer.

    If such people exist, they’ll find it, and we’ll launch a political movement, in stages.


  7. Sanjeev Sabhlok

    And note, you can’t rush some things in life. A seed takes its own time to grow. The bigger the tree, the longer it takes. I’m not fussed if FTI doesn’t deliver results in my lifetime, since the results are like a mirror reflection. FTI is essentially going to deliver what India is capable of delivering. If India’s educated people are not fit to rule themselves, as is the case presently, then FTI can’t do much. Let them grow and mature as citizens first. Let them (e.g.people like you) understand liberty. Then we’ll know that India is ready.

  8. kl sharma

    I need you to answer this one question: What do you think ,would u do if you were a student of a middleclass community,whose parents are thriving to provide better life for their child…?
    i need u to provide an outline as to how a student should progress keeping in mind that he plays his part in developing his country…….

  9. seema sinha

    People say that good people avoid politics.How can a middle class person with the full responsiblity of family can take politics.He can not persue cricket,music or dance.These things sound good but at the end of the day,you have to earn money.

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