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Swarna Bharat Party declares its intent to enter electoral politics – by announcing its first Lok Sabha candidate for 2019

I’ve widely shared the SBP media release on this subject today. Also sharing it here. Source. I would like to congratulate Rabi Kant on his being selected as SBP’s first candidate.

National Press Release – to be released across India

19 October 2017 – for immediate release

Swarna Bharat Party announces Rabi Kant Bharti as its first candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Mr Rahul Pandit, Working President of Swarna Bharat Party, India’s only liberal party, today announced Mr Rabi Kant Bharti as the party’s first candidate for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Mr Bharti will contest from Bhadohi in Eastern U.P.

Mr Pandit said that India’s socialist parties – such as Congress, BJP and AAP – oppose reason and have destroyed incentives for integrity. Without the exercise of reason and freedom, India will remain a Third World nation that ranks at the bottom of the world on all human indicators. Corruption is merely a symptom of the diseased thinking of these parties.

Even at the administrative level, these parties blindly follow the British colonial system of governance, such as the IAS. Today, India’s governance system is undoubtedly one of the worst in the world and is entirely unaccountable. India’s outdated civil services must be replaced with an accountable machine of governance.

Only a liberal party – committed to liberty, individual rights, accountability and world-best policies – can lead India out of this morass. Mr Pandit said that 2019 will be the first time since independence that a comprehensive and detailed liberal manifesto will be offered to the people of India. SBP offers India the way forward to compete with the best nations of the world on quality of life and prosperity.

Mr Rabi Kant Bharti has been working hard over the past three years to explain the ideas of liberalism to the people of Bhadohi. He offers a completely new way of thinking and a completely new way forward for India: liberalism is the polar opposite of India’s dominant ideology, socialism. Rabi’s biodata, including his priorities for his constituents, is available at

Mr Pandit said that every journey starts with the first step. India has now taken the first step to freedom and prosperity. He invited everyone to join in this journey by joining SBP and stepping forward to contest the 2019 elections.

Notes for Editors

SBP is India’s only liberal party, committed to defending liberty and promoting prosperity.


Rahul Pandit (Hyderabad) National Working President, +91 9703425422

Rabi Kant Bharti (Bhadohi), candidate for the 2019 elections, +91 8576088695

Sanjeev Sabhlok (Melbourne),

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After nearly 20 years of work, an updated strategy for political liberalism in India: SBP MUST go on

In February 2018 I will complete 20 years of work to advance political liberalism in India. I won’t go through the details of my long journey; I just want to highlight a few key next steps.

A few observations first.

First of all – these 20 years did not go waste. We now have a liberal party (Swarna Bharat Party) with which I am personally and closely associated.

Second, this is the first time in a long time that there is a real prospect for liberalism taking root in India. People have experienced socialist parties like Congress, BJP and AAP, and found that these cannot deliver. I’m getting reports that people are willing to listen to an alternative. No, I’m not saying that things are easy. Communists and socialist activists still have the upper hand – there is no end to the amount of nonsense that most
“political” Indians continue to spout.

As you are aware, I had been very reluctant to form a liberal party without first having at least 1500 leaders on hand. But that never materialised. Now I think that forming SBP – and deciding to put real effort to make it grow – turned out to be a good decision.

The key point I’ve decided is that SBP must not stop. It remains the only ray of light in the darkness that surrounds India.

Goethe reportedly said: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

And there is the well-known theory about learning by doing. Just the act of “doing” SBP has taught me a lot:

  • how to start and register a party
  • the entire logistics and paraphernalia – the huge amount of organisational work involved
  • the challenges of building the organisation
  • production of a high quality manifesto and (now underway) training material
  • production of videos; getting many others involved; identifying and being associated with brilliant people like Sanjay Sonawani

I know many people are despondent that SBP is still so small. One of our founder members left SBP yesterday. He was very pessimistic. I can understand his pessimism.

But human history shows us that social change takes time. SBP has a lot of work to do to communicate and promote the message of liberty.

RSS kept up its message for 75 years till it saw some electoral success through BJP. In Assam, BJP had no presence 20 years ago (just a handful of people); today it is the ruling party.

Political processes and change can take a long time – particularly when we are talking about fundamental changes to the system.

SBP must be remain in the game for the long haul, subject to the ability to ensure basic compliance with Election Commission laws.

In 2019, SBP should contest a few seats to show that it is a real party. In the coming decades, it should expand incrementally till – maybe by 2030 – it becomes a real force to reckon with in India.

This is going to be a long journey – a marathon. But that’s the nature of reality. We are fighting medieval communal forces (BJP) and ultra-socialist forces (including BJP but also all the other socialist parties). These are very big. They are well-funded – mostly funded illicitly.

Yes, the fight is huge and stacked against liberalism.

But now that the party is in place, it cannot be allowed to dissipate and shut down. It represents India’s last and only hope.

I’m in pretty bad shape physically, with severe side effects of prostate cancer surgery. I don’t know whether I’ll ever recover to even 50 per cent of me pre-surgery fitness.

But I’m now firmly of the view that SBP MUST GO ON.

I will do whatever I can to keep this effort going. That’s my firm commitment – to finish the job that I had started nearly 20 years ago.

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What a total ass, this Alphons – and my misjudgement of people exposed once again

A few years ago I studied the writings of Alphons (publicly on this blog) and came to the view that he might be suitable for joining SBP.

I had once before met him in 1999 or so while I was in the IAS, but that’s history. I wrote to him in 2014 and we met in July 2014 at the India International Centre. Of course, his joining SBP was not going to happen. He was smitten by Modi.

Now this guy has become India’s tourism minister and one of the first thing he says is: “Eat Beef In Your Country Before Coming to India“.

What a total ass, this Alphons. (Sorry, but there’s no word more suitable and descriptive.)


And he is now India’s Tourism Minister. Surely no one in his right senses will travel to India.

Alphons is one of a long string of people whom I’ve misjudged over the past 20 years. I get misguided by reading someone’s writings and assume he/she is liberal but they are NOT!

The list is huge but prominent ENEMIES OF LIBERTY disguised as promoters of liberty include (apart from Alphons):

  • Madhu Kishwar
  • Atanu Dey
  • Deepak Lal
  • Jadgish Bhagwati
  • Surjit Bhalla
  • Bibek Debroy
  • Narayana Murthy
  • JP of Loksatta
  • Nandan Nilekani (I still have some hopes from him – but I know I’m being a fool when I still think he could help India)

Plus hundreds of minor ones – Somnath Bharti, LK Kandpal, Shantanu Bhagwat.

Plus full-fledged crooks like Ramdev.

The sad thing is that I’ve personally met and engaged with all of these people – sometimes at great personal cost (e.g. thousands of dollars, and hundreds of hours of my time) – and have had great hopes from them.

Plus I’ve engaged with hundreds of others like Rajesh Jain whom I’ve not met. But …


As Trump would say, “Sad”.

India has been betrayed repeatedly by its own people.

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Stop your pretend concern for the murder of Gauri Lankesh, BJP/Congress. ABOLISH ALL ANTI-FREEDOM LAWS!

It is a shameful thing that those who have destroyed freedom in India are shedding crocodile tears at the killing of Gauri Lankesh.

Sharing SBP’s FB post:

SBP asks all political parties to get serious about basic human liberties in India.

SBP – India’s only party to stand for absolute freedom of speech, condemns the murder of Gauri Lankesh.

We ask the anti-free speech parties (such as BJP and Congress) to abolish all restrictions on speech.

We ask the anti-freedom parties (such as BJP and Congress) to abolish restrictions on what people can eat.

We ask the anti-freedom parties (BJP/Congress) to decriminalise gay sex.

When for seventy years EVERYONE from top to bottom in India has been attacking all kinds of basic freedoms and have crippled the very concept of being human, why is anyone surprised with these murders?

Let me say that the socialists (leftists) of India are the greatest enemies of liberty – and have been the first to curb all kinds of freedoms and destroy property rights.

The chicken are merely coming home to roost.

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