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Modi’s vendetta against Phillip Adams. Australia should severe ties with Modi.

A few days ago I noted my views against India’s denial of visa to Phillip Adams.

Adams is one of the very best writers in Australia. He was also co-host at Gurcharan Das’s talk in Melbourne in the Telstra Theatre in 2007 that I had at least partly helped organise.

Phillip Adams has now written about his experience here.

Twenty years ago we received every professional and personal courtesy. This time visas weren’t forthcoming. Not officially denied, just unavailable. Despite interventions at the highest level, involving the support of both Indian and Australian high commissioners, we encountered a toxic blend of bureaucratic assurances, endless delays and official obfuscation. One ominous aspect: we were asked who we intended to talk to.

Phillip is no promoter of terrorism. He is a member of the press in a free country.

His alleged “crime” (everyone can only surmise, given total official silence) is to speak the truth about the innumerable problems with Adani. I fully agree with Adams on this. Adani should not be allowed to set up shop in Australia – and definitely not with Australian taxpayer funds.

Modi has been an abysmal failure in every way, but with this he is also reverting to form as a man of vendetta.

I believe the Australian government should now consider severing ties with the Modi government. None of his ministers or BJP members should be allowed entry into Australia.

By the way, this is one more piece of evidence about the way Modi and Adani work – and should be a clear warning to Australia to NOT allow Adani to set up shop in the country.

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The severely misguided business leaders who insisted that Modi’s government is less corrupt than the UPA

I sent this email out a couple of days ago. Also posting it on this blog:

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At the Horasis conference last year I said in the main forum that corruption starts in India at the very top. The business leader chairing the session simply glossed over my comment (apart from a foolish laugh at the idea that the IAS must be replaced) and one of them came up to me later and even scolded me for saying such a thing in public at an international event. This man was a BJP crony capitalist and insisted that Modi had reduced corruption at the Ministerial level. Of course that is pure nonsense. Crony capitalists would say that.
The reality is that NOTHING HAS CHANGED ON THE GROUND. And the latest Transparency International global rankings confirm this.
Not only have the people of India not experienced any change from UPA’s third rate performance, there is no difference to the kinds of criminals coming into politics or the corruption among Ministers and bureaucrats. What was said in this talk in 2011 by a Western academic continues to hold true (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-YJEDxJE8g). CRIMINALS are being selected by every major party to rule India. And then people wonder why things are so bad. (Of course, things aren’t bad if you benefit personally from the corrupt system.)
But the world is not, and cannot be fooled by mere slogans. Or by Modi’s pet crony capitalists spreading disinformation about India’s “great” reforms.
Swarna Bharat Party has been saying this for many years now – that Modi’s BJP is a replica of UPA. Its policies are 100 per cent the same. How then can anything change?
It is now up to the country to understand this and look for a real alternative that will involve changing the incentives in the governance system.
SBP is a platform where the corrupt or criminal have no chance of being fielded in elections and if ever found to be corrupt, will not only be ejected from the party but publicly shamed. But that’s not the main thing. We will change the governance system so that there is NO CHANCE of corruption at the top (or at any level). Yes, that is quite possible even in a miserably corrupt country like India.
If you are still dithering and continue to supporting corrupt socialists, you do so at your own peril. Your own life can be endangered one day by the horrid consequences of India’s hopelessly corrupt system. Even the great James Tooley was imprisoned in India. Surviving among crocodiles is not always guaranteed to succeed.
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A public warning against Anand Prasad’s “Liberal Party of India”

I have no time or inclination to discuss the many thousands of individuals who’ve connected with my work over the past 20 years and then turned out to be far less than what they said they were.

But I make do an exception in a few cases, to illuminate the public record.

This is one such occasion. This post is mainly about the highly questionable person by name of Anand Prasad, a lawyer.

I received an email today from one alleged Liberal Party of India (screenshot here). Anand Prasad owns the domain liberalpartyofindia.org  – see screenshot taken today. (Btw, I owned this for 13 years but allowed it to lapse after we decided on SBP as the name of India’s liberal party. See archival records of this domain on archive.org.)

It is essential to discuss the kind of leadership of this alleged “liberal” party, so no one in India is possibly confused and it is clear to all that SBP is the ONLY liberal party of India.

DEEP SEATED PROBLEMS WITH ANAND PRASAD’S IDEOLOGICAL STANCE AND ABILITY TO KEEP HIS WORD:

Exactly one year ago, Anand Prasad showed a lot of interest in joining Swarna Bharat Party. I spent many hours on the phone with him, despite his tendency to ramble endlessly and not stick to the point. He also had some seriously flawed ideas and could only barely be called liberal. But I was happy to engage with him – I like to encourage everyone to become a liberal leader of India.

He then sent me a document which contained his ideas. It was absurd and half-socialist. One of our party members reviewed it and wrote: “I would like to state that the document leaves a lot to be desired as a classical liberal document, as it has a lot of opinions and objectives that can only be best described as socialist.” Further, “These are all classic socialist mumbo jumbo.” This party member’s review of the Anand document here (in Word, tracked).

I’m very kind to people, so I provided him with firm but polite feeedback (This is the link to my feedback (in Word, tracked).

After this,I spent many hours again with Anand over the phone. He needed to agree broadly with the SBP’s manifesto before he would join the party. He also had to specifically point out where he disagreed. I recall discussing this and he soon said that he agreed entirely with our approach. ONLY THEN was he invited to join the party.

But while he had agreed with the SBP manifesto, at a meeting of some people in Delhi, he again put forward his own manifesto – that too without incorporating the feedback we had already provided. Basically he had PRETENDED to agree with SBP’s manifesto.

Almost immediately after his joining we had a regular Skype call among party members in which he was also present. At that meeting he suddenly raised the issue of the party name. I explained the long history of how the party name came about and said if he wished he could, within a week, provide a set of options that had been tested with the grassroots. It is amazingly difficult to change party names, but I was once again encouraging and agreed with his proposal to test alternative names.

He said he would. There are many witnesses to that skype call, in which there was agreement that despite the great challenge involved in changing the party’s name, we would once again consider an alternative. We went over BACKWARDS to accommodate his concerns.

Then, within a week of that call (and of joining), he resigned.

AFTER HE RESIGNED he started calling all SBP leaders across the country over phone, asking them to resign from SBP and join him, instead. NO ONE LEFT SBP.

Clearly, the entire time he spent engaging with me was a pretence, designed to better understand the party from within, and to find out all details of its key leaders. ANAND HAD BEEN CLEAR FROM THE BEGINNING THAT HE WOULD RUN A PARTY WHICH HAD HIS AGENDA AND WHICH HAD THE NAME HE WANTED TO GIVE IT.

That’s not how we function on SBP. Everything is decided by vote. My preferred name since 2000 or so has been Liberal Party of India (and I even launched one in 2005 for a short while) but I have always deferred to the opinions of the team and this name was chosen after a number of voting processes.

I would like to warn everyone therefore that they engage with Anand Prasad’s “Liberal Party of India” at their own risk.

a)  IT IS NOT A LIBERAL PARTY and has close to ZERO understanding of liberty or economics.

b) IT IS RUN BY SOMEONE WHO’S WORD MEANS NOTHING.

That’s all I wanted to say.

Note that even though the Liberal Democratic Party of Prodyut Bora is not a liberal party, I have no reason to provide any adverse comment about his party or about him. Prodyut’s character is impeccable. Out here, the situation is different.

FINALLY, to anyone who has been misled by Anand Prasad, I say this: join SBP if you are a genuine liberal. We have a lot of work to do to liberate India. Don’t distract this work with fake parties.

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Modi’s new Vikas Yojana: Make Pakoras in India

I am looking for a cartoon in which Modi (as tea seller) is talking to his (imaginary) child: “Beta, I have a dream for you when you become big – that you will become a pakora wala”. Anyone able to make such a cartoon?

–Well, I’ve made a meme —

 

In the meanwhile, the following cartoons/ takes on Modi’s Pakora Vikas Yojana:


 

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