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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
To: executive@liberalpartyofindia.org

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
>From: ASHOK DESAI
>To: “Sanjeev Sabhlok”
>Subject: Re: [SBP-Exec-support] Babu Joseph’s material, and Ayn Rand
>Cc: executive@liberalpartyofindia.org

>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
decision?
>
>Ashok V Desai

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My December 2004 email in which I make some suggestions for Sharad Joshi to better manage the party

Date: Tue, 28 Dec 2004 11:18:55 +1100
From: Sanjeev Sabhlok <s@sabhlokcity.com>
Subject: Re: [SBP-Exec-support] Re: Executive Digest, Vol 1, Issue 5
To: executive@liberalpartyofindia.org

Dear Sh. Joseph,

We succeeded in arriving at a political strategy in January this year (see:
http://www.indiapolicy.org/swatantra.html) and I have no problems with
that, nor the subsequent events where the national executive of SBP decided
on 26 January to fully empower Sh.Joshi to form alliances if absolutely
necessary (see: http://liberalpartyofindia.org/writers/sanjeev1.html). I
must reiterate that I see this year’s alliance as an unavoidable decision
that Sh. Joshi must have had to take, and support him on his decision, but
I cannot see myself part of a group which cannot stand on its own merit in
the eyes of Indians.

All I am stating at the moment is an expectation that as our President, Sh.
Joshi take **all** Indian liberals into confidence including those who
disagree with his decisions, communicate his reasons to them – particularly
when requested, display haste in setting the highest accounting standards
for SBP, and consult with all concerned in preparing the party’s (shadow,
private members’) legislative agenda and in asking questions in Parliament.
That is the only way to grow as a party and to gain credibility as a viable
alternative for the future.

To continue to work as a party (eg. SBP’s web site states that Sh. Ashok
Desai is a member of the national executive – at
http://www.swatantrabharatparty.org/members.htm), without appropriate
communication and interaction with its members – and supporters, is likely
to be misunderstood widely. That is my concern. I hope better communication
will get us to where we all want to go.

Regards,
Sanjeev

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Notice by Sharad Joshi of the first meeting of the National Executive of Swatantra Bharat Party on 26 January 2004

From: “Sharad Joshi” <sharad@mah.nic.in>
To: “Nitai Mehta” ,
“Jayaprakash Narayan” ,
“Bibek Debroy” ,
“Ashok Desai” ,
“Gurcharan Das” ,
“Madhu Kishwar” ,
“Parth J Shah” <parth@ccsindia.org>,
“Rakesh Wadwa” ,
“Sanjeev Sabhlok” <sanjeev@sabhlokcity.com>,
“Sharad Joshi” <sharad@mah.nic.in>,
“Antony Joseph”

Subject: Venue of First Meeting of SBP Executive
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2004

Venue of
First meeting of the Ad-hoc National Executive Committee of the Swatantra
Bharat Party

Dear Sir/Madam,
This is continuation to my mail dated 20th January 2004 inviting all the
members of the National Executive Committee of the Swatantra Bharat Party.

Date & Time of the meeting:
26th January 2004 at 16.00 hrs.

Venue of the meeting:
Satya Sai International Center
Lodhi Estate, New Delhi
Phone: 011 2436 3221
Any detail information about the venue, if required, can be obtained from
Mr. Parth Shah – Mobile: 9811145667

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely,

– Sharad Joshi
National President, SBP

Camp: Village: Kinhi, Dist. Nagpur (M.S.)

————–
Shetkari Sanghatana
Central Office
Vill. & Po: Ambethan, Tal. Khed
Dist. Pune (M.S.)
India – 410501
Fax: 91 2135 252354 Phone: 91 2135 252295
e-mail: <sharad@mah.nic.in> OR <sharadj@pn2.vsnl.net.in>

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Sharad Joshi campaigning for the 2004 Maharashtra Assembly elections

From: “Sharad Joshi” <sharad@mah.nic.in>
To: “Executive_Liberalpartyofindia” <Executive@liberalpartyofindia.org>
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004

Dear Colleagues and friends,

The Campaigning for Maharashtra State Assembly Elections 2004 will really be
kicked off today. Yesterday was the last day for withdrawal of candidatures.
Swatantra Bharat Paksha (SBP) has seven valid candidates in the field.

Sr.No. Name of Candidate Constituency District
1. Adv. Vamanrao Chatap Rajura Chandrapur
2. Mrs. Saroj Kashikar Pulgaon Wardha
3. Dr. Mrs. Shobha Waghmare Mudkhed Nanded
4. Shri. Anil Ghanavat Shrigonda Ahmednagar
5. Shri. Dilip Mandhare Wai Satara
6. Shri. Chandrakant Patil Bhilvadi-Wangi Sangli
7. Shri. Raghunath R. Patil Walva Sangli

Since SBP does not have a reserved symbol one of the candidates lost the
toss and the election symbol of Aeroplane to another registered unrecognised
party. Mrs. Saroj Kashikar will be contesting on the symbol of ‘Cup &
Saucer’; all other candidates of SBP will be contesting on the symbol of
Aeroplane.

The SBP has prepared a separate manifesto (in Marathi) for these elections
in Maharashtra. Unfortunately it has not been possible to get it translated
into Hindi or English.
In most of these constituencies our candidates are facing adversaries from
Congress and the Nationalist Congress parties’ candidates with large
resources. It would be very useful if liberals and sympathizers of SBP from
outside Maharashtra would come forward to provide funds as also to volunteer
to address public meetings (in Hindi) and conferences (in Hindi as well as
English), particularly in urban areas.

I shall be grateful if the volunteers get in touch with me on my e-mail
address <sharad@mah.nic.in> or <sharadj@pn2.vsnl.net.in> immediately since
the campaign comes to an end on the 11th October evening.

With regards.

Yours sincerely,
—————————–
Sharad Joshi, MP (Rajya Sabha)
National President,
Swatantra Bharat Paksha
Angarmala,
Vill. & Po: Ambethan,
Tal. Khed, Dist. Pune (M.S.)
PIN 410 501
Phone: 02135 252354/252509
Fax: 02135 252354
Website: <www.shetkari.org>
<www.swatantrabharatparty.org>

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