5th Apr 2018
Rajesh Jain seems to have given up on hardcore socialist Modi. My suggestions to him.
Thanks to the SBP leadership team that finds out information on all relevant new developments, I’ve been made aware of Rajesh Jain’s further work (and presumably Atanu Dey’s) on political liberalism.
A BIT OF BACKGROUND
In 2010 I met Atanu Dey along with a few members of the nascent Freedom Team of India at dinner in Mumbai. It seemed Atanu and his friend Rajesh Jain (whom I’ve not met) were genuine liberals who wanted fundamental changes to India’s governance system. Neither joined FTI but I asked Atanu to join FTI speakers panel. I also exchanged a number of emails with both of them over the years.
By 2013 things had become very problematic. Both Rajesh Jain and Atanu Dey had become actively engaged in promoting Modi – a man whom I have proven at length was a major abettor of mass murder in Gujarat, apart from being a hardcore socialist.
Atanu Dey objected to my truthful characterisation of Modi as an abettor of murder. I provide him with detailed proofs but he was smitten with Modi and dissociated with the only liberal political group in India at that time: the Freedom Team. I understand that Atanu has since recanted but he has not reverted to me. One must assume therefore that he is a Hindutvawadi at heart and supporter of the murder of innocents.
I kept Rajesh Jain in the loop on a further emails as FTI formed Swarna Bharat Party. But upon not getting many responses, I assumed he too is basically an illiberal man like Atanu – who had no problems with the massacre of hundreds of innocent Muslims and was willing to support Modi. (Btw, JP’s support for Modi cost him my belief in his being liberal, as well. I CANNOT TOLERATE ANYONE WHO PURPORTS TO SUPPORT LIBERTY BUT WHO ALSO SUPPORTS KILLING INNOCENT INDIANS).
Anyway, things seem to be changing and I’m not one to hold a grudge if people change their mind and accept the truth.
WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW
Apparently Rajesh Jain is now thinking of supporting candidates AGAINST MODI. (See this news item.)
His new website is Nai Disha: https://www.nayidisha.com/
It states that: “The core objective is to unite us on an agenda of freedom, equality and wealth creation. Nayi Disha’s Prosperity Principles and Mission 543 will usher in a new model for governance and politics in India”.
The Nayi Disha’s plan of action is unclear- or whether it is a political party or a generic platform.
Moreover, it currently has the hands of only one man on the website – Rajesh himself. It appears to be a one-man show on the lines of Anand Prasad’s “work”. Its “manifesto” is a shade better than Prasad’s but demonstrates ignorance about how governments work. It is also (therefore?) extremely light on detail and one can’t make out how any of it will ever get implemented. The devil is always in the detail.
I will forward this blog post to Rajesh and Atanu with the following comments:
Rajesh, I’ve come across Nai Disha. I appreciate your attempts to improve India’s policies over the past decade (even though I differ viscerally with your erstwhile support for criminal socialist Modi) but am disappointed that you have chosen to bring forward a one-man document instead of working with the only team of political liberals that exists in India – the Swarna Bharat Party. The broad principles of Nai Dissha are not bad and I support them, but the devil is always in the detail.
That’s why Swarna Bharat Party’s 100-page manifesto (which is continuously being improved) is the way to go – where all key high level policy and governance changes are detailed. This manifesto follows from my 2008 book, Breaking Free of Nehru in which I detailed the precise reasons behind India’s colossal failures. SBP’s manifesto represents the best ideas consolidated from around 1000 persons over 20 years (including the extensive discussions on India Policy Institute in 1998-99 and Sharad Joshi’s excellent manifestos – and some of the world’s best manifestos).
Good governance is a highly developed skill and a matter of great detail. One reason Modi failed is that he knows NOTHING about governance. The West is where it is not because of the broad principle of liberty but because of the detailed design of its institutions – which are continually being improved.
I invite you to study SBP’s manifesto and the work we are doing in UP to awaken the youth and the people – see our Facebook page.
I will be holding detailed (interactive) training camps for SBP leaders across India in the coming months and if you are interested, you can join in as observer/participant.
There is no short cut to political and policy reform in India. All those who have taken short cuts (including you in 2014-2017) have badly failed.
I had organised a major 5-day workshop of all Indian liberal leaders in 2004 and told them that this is going to be a long journey, but some people wanted shortcuts. That failed. Can never work.
In 2014, RK Misra and Shekhar Tiwari started their one-man band called Navbharat Party and bombed badly. They spent a lot of money. Likewise, JP of Lok Satta tied up with Surendra Srivastava (both well-to-do persons) but both bombed badly and lost vast amounts of money. These two political enterprises have shut down and we don’t hear a peep from any one of them. They refused to listen/ work together as a team. That’s a sure way to fail.
I’ve been in this business of liberal reforms for OVER 20 years now and have seen many liberals take short cuts at each step. Unfortunately, this is a very long journey. It has be preceded by 10 years of serious grassroots evangelisation.
If something is worth doing, it is worth doing well. We need a very detailed and powerful manifesto. We need a candidate selection system, a training system, a mass education system.
I suggest you review your new approach and if you are really serious about liberal reforms, join Swarna Bharat Party and help build the institutions that are essential before electoral success can be achieved. We need a national liberal party, and SBP is it. See my TOI articles.
I have a 20 year time horizon for SBP (from 2018). If you can join hands, we can shrink it to 10 years, but don’t expect to form national government before 2029.
This (serious) work should have been started in 2004 but the (few) liberals of India were all busy taking short cuts. If the work had been started then, we would have formed government by now.
But now, let’s get on with some serious work and target 2029.
ADDENDUM: RAJESH’S RESPONSE ETC.
Rajesh responded promptly to my email. His aim is “to form the next government by garnering support of 15+ crore Indians in the next few months.”
I think this is pretty much as delusional as it can get. Clearly Rajesh is completely divorced from the Indian reality in which the socialists are entrenched badly all across India, along with feudal forces (in the bureaucracy/ general community).
I know of many “wealthy” persons who have struggled to get even 2000 votes in any constituency no matter how much money they throw into the effort. Even Nilekani failed.
Rajesh wants a short cut. He doesn’t see the need for years of extensive grassroots work to build each leader in each constituency.
AK was an exception – but even then, they only won where they had good grassroots leaders + in Delhi where he had spent 10 years, building all kinds of local teams.
There are a few other exceptions that come to mind, as well (like AGP), but Rajesh is not in that group. AGP had conducted a mammoth mass movement for 6 years (including the death of hundreds of students/ volunteers/ innocents who got caught up in the process), before they came to power.
Politics in India is not a simple matter of waking up one day, putting a few crore rupees, and getting a majority in parliament.
I guess one has to write off Nai Disha as one more wasted effort by Rajesh Jain.
Some of my previous blog posts on Atanu Dey and Rajesh Jain:
List of India’s many questionable “classical liberals (22 July 2015)