22nd April 2018
I’m planning to hold a two week training program (with 2 days in the middle for field visits) on political liberalism and public policy.
Potential dates: 13 August to 25 August 2018 (to be finalised), venue: the village library in Bhadohi district started by one of the founders of SBP. Participants must be members of Swarna Bharat Party. Everyone must pay their own cost (including travel, lodging and food). I will be the sole “teacher” but the training will be held in an interactive/ open discussion format. I will ask questions and prompt the participants to search for the appropriate answer. The medium of instruction will be Hindi (but with a mix of English).
Prior to the attending the training, participants should have at least tried to read BFN, DOF and SBP manifesto. Participants are also advised to read at least some of Hayek’s, Mises’s and Milton Friedman’s works before the training program.
The program will (illustratively) include the following topics:
- The history of economic development of the world and India’s predominant place for 18 out of the past 20 centuries
- The meaning of individual freedom and the difference with the ideologies of collectivism
- The history of the development of liberalism
- The key requirements of a liberal society
- Basics of the price system (invisible hand) and the use of knowledge in society (Hayek’s insights)
- The impossibility of the socialist calculation (Mises’s insights) and the millions of lives lost from socialism.
- The public policy making process – problem identification all the way to cost-benefit test
- The shortcomings of a cost-benefit test
- India’s history of liberalism (a bit of pre-independence, Shenoy, Rajaji and Masani, Sharad Joshi) – and the uselessness of think tanks.
- The control over India since independence by collectivist ideologies like socialism and Hindutva. Historical relationship between Hindutva and Nazi fascism.
- What is wrong with RSS and Deendayal Upadhyaya? What is wrong with AAP and such “good” efforts?
- The distortion of the institutions of India by the collectivists and the inevitability of mass-scale corruption
- What distinguishes the West (including Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong) from India?
- How has China progressed so quickly?
- What can we learn from Singapore?
- The design of a good governance system
- Local government
- Judicial reforms
- Defence policy and foreign policy
- Freedom of speech
- Freedom of trade and occupation
- Property rights
- Example: Agriculture policy
- Example: Education policy (primary, secondary, vocational, tertiary)
- Example: Urban planning
- Example: Transport (roads, rail, air)
- Example: Health
- Example: Environment and waste management (including “Swachh Bharat”)
- Example: Energy (electricity, gas, oil), water (including ground water)
- Example: Heritage and archaeology
- Example: Mining
- Example: Defence production
- Example: Equal opportunity and reservations
- Any other relevant policy/ strategy topic
A training manual is being prepared for the party. This manual will be refined through this training workshop.