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My December 2004 email in which I request Sharad Joshi to take everyone into confidence

Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2004 11:17:09 +1100
From: Sanjeev Sabhlok
Subject: [SBP-Exec-support] for Sh. Sharad Joshi

Dear Sh. Joshi,

1. I note that Sh. Ashok Desai has had to repeat his request on numerous
occasions now without a suitable response. You’ll agree that everyone
involved has displayed exemplary patience in waiting for you to allocate
time to urban liberals – who do not form your direct constituency but are
the backbone of the Indian liberal political movement. Could I request that
you do the needful in this case, rather urgently? Unless there is a reason
such as sickness or other pressing matter, such delays in communication can
potentially lead to misunderstandings and send a signal that you do not
really care for the larger Indian liberal cause. Let us not forget it was
this constituency that raised significant funds for SBP earlier this year,
and can, and will, do much greater wonders if fully persuaded of the
relevance of the task ahead.

Barun had raised concerns earlier this year about your shift of focus on a
smaller constituency at the possible expense of the greater Indian cause. I
believe inordinate delays such as this can fuel such concerns. We cannot
afford not to work as one team. We are too few of us.

2. I’ve noted your question raised in Parliament of 17 December 2004 (copy
attached). It is attached below for info of others. Not quite related to a
liberal issue, I think. It seems to support a ‘get more from government’
mentality and playing out one group of citizens against the others, instead
of saying: government, get out of our way! Why should people be stranded
anywhere merely because a state government bans “public” transport on hills
during night? Are there no other private operators willing to do that task?
If so maybe it is not an economically viable exercise and in that case
aren’t we effectively robbing some helpless tax payers to fund some
“special” people somewhere in the country? What happens if the time is
changed? Won’t someone else get affected? Why do we want to play off one
group against others? Maybe these people who choose to live in a remote
corner need to stay overnight at the station and then go home the next day.
We should be fighting to privatise the railways completely, I think, and
the abolition of state funded ‘public’ transport companies. Why do we allow
the state to run a transport business and not protest about it? And if it
chooses to run a business why do we tolerate a ban on running its own
chosen (monopolistic) business at night? What a Kafkaesque society do we
live in? Can we ask ‘big picture’ questions in the Parliament, please?

And are there plans to put up private member Bills, as earlier discussed?

Regards, Sanjeev

>Date: 19 Dec 2004 06:05:42 -0000
>To: “Sanjeev Sabhlok”
>Subject: Re: [SBP-Exec-support] Babu Joseph’s material, and Ayn Rand

>For Mr Sharad Joshi
>You will recall your promise that when you were
next in Delhi, you would meet those of us who had misgivings about your
personal decision last March to form an alliance between Swatantra Bharat
Party and the Hindu joint family – the BJP and Shiv Sena. Parliament is
sitting – when the Hindu joint family allows it to. So I presume you are in
Delhi. Would you give me a few dates in the next two weeks so that I can
call a meeting between you and those who had questions about your
>Ashok V Desai

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