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FTI’s Policy Competition: The Results (and seven prizes)

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on April 27, 2013


Date of Announcement: 27 April 2013

Background

The Freedom Team of India’s policy competition, announced on 15 November 2012, attracted over 400 registrants. A total of 20 entries were received. One competitor had applied to join FTI. Although he has since left, he is not an Indian citizen hence ineligible for a cash prize.

General comment on quality of entries received

The rules specified that “FTI may decide not to award prizes on policy topics in which no entry of a minimum acceptable standard is received”. This provision was not expected to be used since FTI was hoping for a very strong field. It turns out that many competitors did not use the mandatory competition template (which provides a systematic framework for analysis). Many of those who used the template didn’t demonstrate basic diligence and evidence-based policy thinking, hence failed to meet a minimum standard.

FTI doesn’t blame this unfortunate state of affairs on the participants, but on the lack of even a single good school of Governance and Public Policy in India. Policy makers in India are therefore left to their own devices, leading to extremely poor public policy. It is our hope that this deplorable state of affairs will be addressed through the ongoing efforts of the Freedom Team of India (which has also recently launched the Sone Ki Chidiya Federation to bring about total reforms). competition participants are encouraged to join the Federation to support good governance in India. They are also encouraged to understand the slides presented at the Governance Reforms Conference at Indian Institute of Public Administration recently.

Seven participants are being acknowledged and/or awarded prizes

Despite the low average standard of policy entries, three did meet a minimum standard (although much was still left to be desired – e.g. proof of assertions made).

One of these policies has been judged to be of sufficiently high standard (despite limitations) to act as a minimum benchmark for future policy design in India. This policy is being awarded the overall best prize of Rs.1 lakh.

The remaining two (out of the three that met the minimum standard) were in the same policy area (school education), so only will get the prize of Rs.20,000 and the second is being acknowledged through a consolation prize. (Although there was no provision for consolation prizes in the Rules, the Board of Directors of FTI has decided to acknowledge/ award five small additional prizes to encourage the participants.)

The Results

The policy entries

FTI has previously published the policy entries without disclosing participant names. The entires are now being published with participant names (without addresses and other private details) here.

Disclaimer: Awarding a prize to a policy does not bind FTI in any way to its recommendations. FTI continues to develop world-best policies for India through its own extensive analysis and wide discussions with the community.

1) First (and overall best) prize: Rs.1 lakh

The first prize goes to Supratim Guha and Amudavalli Kannan (C17: Policy No. 17: Water (including rivers policy and potable water supplies).

Title of competition entry: River-Basin Management

Affiliation: Undergraduate Law Students at Gujarat National Law University

FTI believes that this policy is good enough to act as a minimum benchmark for all policies made in India. Much better policies can be designed with due diligence and effort. However, currently no actual public policy in India even meets this minimum benchmark. The Planning Commission spends HUNDREDS of crores of rupees on consultants, only to make truly bad policies. If India were to follow the diligence and effort put in by Supratim Guha and Amudavalli Kannan in such a short time, it could achieve wonders with the resources currently spent (wasted) on policy making.

Download a PDF version of the Guha-Kannan First Prize winning policy below (Word version here). Please also pass on this link as widely as you can. Well done, Guha and Kannan.

2) Prize for best policy on school education: Rs.20,000

The only other policy area in which a minimum standard was met was school education. The prize in this policy area goes to Poorvaja Prakash and Radhika Maloo. (C13: Policy area no. 12: School education (including early childhood education)). Download this prize winning entry here (Word | PDF).

Title of competition entry: Education For Learning

Affiliation: Poorvaja works in Teach For India, Radhika works in IPE Global Consulting

3) Two consolation prizes of Rs. 3,000 each

The following competitors are being awarded Rs. 3,000 each as a consolation prize for their effort.

Padma Karri (C12/ 11_Padma_karri.doc – download from zip file here)

Avi Aggarwal (C09/ 2_aviaggarwal.doc – download from zip file here)

4) Three encouragement prizes

The following two are being awarded Rs. 1,000 each as encouragement prize.

Akriti Bhatia: C19/ 16_Akriti Bhatia.doc – download from zip file here)

Rahul Gupta (C20/ 2_rahulgupta.doc – download from zip file here)

FTI also wishes to encourage the following competitor. He is not a citizen of India, so will not receive any cash prize. But well done:

Sandeep Datir (C04/ health policy.doc – download from zip file here)

Congratulations to everyone!

The Freedom Team of India congratulates not just the prize winners but all contestants – for putting in the time and effort to think about public policy. This is a highly neglected area of thought and study in India, and the results of such neglect are self-evident to anyone who lives in India. Even “reform” movements are led by people who have not the slightest clue about good public policy.

Through the efforts of Freedom Team of India, its supporters, and competition participants we hope that India will finally arrive at good policies. We hope that all competitors learnt something useful from the competition – regardless of whether they won a prize. We wish them the very best in their future plans in the field of public policy.

We invite you to work together with us to ensure better public policy in India through world-best governance and policy frameworks.

Now it is your turn to support this effort

FTI is a fledgling effort that is trying to reform India’s deplorable governance. We need every Indian’s support. If you think that FTI is on the right track, please support FTI actively through cash contributions and voluntary work. Those who wish to lead India should join the Freedom Team. Those who wish to India to achieve genuine reforms should participate in the Sone Ki Chidiya Total Reform Movement by joining the Sone Ki Chidiya Federation – which has been created by FTI as a platform for all reformers and reform organisations in India to come together.

FTI wishes to thank those who contributed prize money for this competition. We will soon be in touch with them with proposals to best use the remaining contributed prize money for preparing good public policy documents for India.

Note: Cheques to prize winners

Cheques to prize winners will be mailed out to the addresses they have provided, in the next 30 days. Should you not receive your prize by then, please contact Supratim Basu at xsupratim@gmail.com and Ajay Anand at ajayanand7@gmail.com.

Board of Directors, Freedom Team of India

जय भारत!

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Minutes of the FTI’s Fourth Annual Conference at Delhi

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 25, 2013


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Minutes of the FTI’s Fourth Annual Conference,
February 16 and 17, 2013 (Delhi)
 
Venue – ISTD Hq, B-23, New Mehrauli Road, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi – 16
Preliminary dinner (February 15 evening)
The general accommodations were arranged at DSOI, Dhaula Kuan for the participants coming from outstation. In the evening get together to know each other, four members joined the meeting – Akshay Shah, Anil Sharma (both residing at DSOI guest house), KK Verma and Sureshan. Later Mr Ram K Atri along with Mr Anil from Mumbai also stayed in the guest house. KK Verma and Anil Sharma had a quiet dinner in the DSOI restaurant.
Day 1 (February 16)
Participants:    Akshay Shah, Aman Tiwari, Anil Sharma, Arvind Ilamaran, Dipinder Sekhon, K.K. Verma, LK Kandpal, Rahul Pandit, Rajan Mehta, Saurabh Shekhar, Sudip Shetty, Sureshan, Swapnil Khandelwal, Vidyut Jain, Ram K. Atri
Welcome
Dipinder welcomed the participants and explained rules of conversation along with the housekeeping. Those present introduced themselves and reiterated their commitment towards nation building. Sanjeev Sabhlok welcomed all the participants of this year conference on Skype. He emphasized the critical role of building the Sone Ki Chidiya movement this year as key part of FTI’s next stage of development. A few salient points covered were –
·       This is an exciting time for FTI. We should maximise this opportunity for reforms. We are glad that BST is broadly supportive of the reform agenda we wish to see in India.
·       We need to define SKC and make an action plan to execute this people’s movement.
·       There are 200 of us, and we must aim for 2000 this year. We should aim for 50 chapters by year end.
·       We have to “occupy the internet”, showing the country a vision for reform.
Review of FTI actions in 2012
Moderated by Arvind
Arvind took quick snapshots of the actions taken in 2012. PowerPoint presentation with projector was used for viewing the point by point actions. Arvind informed and explained participants about the following –
Internal FTI processes
  1. New logo approved by General Body
  2. New FTI website – awaited, some action needed.
  3. Membership process/fee – ready for implementation, some have deposited; others were requested to deposit Rs 1500 for 2012-2013. Anybody needs waive off, may send request on forum.
  4. Elections to Secretary position – It was done as per the FTI rules.
  5. Significant increase in FTI chapter activity/ new chapters – some successes has been achieved but still more work to be done in this regard.
  6. Public annual report for three years – done; publication awaited
Participation in seminars/conferences
  1. Asia Liberty Forum – FTI members must involve themselves in various activities related to achieving FTI goals. Collaboration with other institutions or group must be done on regular basis. The similar effort was done with Asia Liberty Forum. It gives exposure to FTI members
Policy work
  1. Policy on Lokpal approved and published in April 2012
  2. Electoral reforms “cause”. Policy published in late 2012
  3. Policy competition – Rs. 5 lakhs raised, competition launched. Last date 28 Feb 2013. Most of the activities are done by Sanjeev and other designated group of FTI members. All members are to be involved in assessment of good policy entries.
Engagement with other organisations
  1. Team Anna including meeting with Anna (Delhi chapter) – FTI members like Dipinder Sekhon, Sureshan and KK Verma met with Anna in Delhi to work on future strategies.
  2. Swami Ramdev including extensive discussions in Haridwar (many FTI members) – Sanjeev Sabhlok had personal meeting with Ramdev for many days and shared the plateform to address the people. The same was available to woder audiences through Astha Channel. Subsequetly, Dipinder, Shantanu, Sureshan, Supratim also visited Haridwar and made some collaborative discussion.
  3. Arvind Kejriwal by Sanjeev in Feb 2012 – There have been regular discussion with AAP and their leaders on various issues. Somnath worked as active member to ensure smooth collaboration.
  4. JP of Lok Satta by Sanjeev in Feb 2012
  5. Sharad Joshi of Swatantra Bharat  Party by phone/email
  6. CCS/Liberty Institute, etc.- Arvind and Dipinder are working to enhance collaboration useful to FTI and its members to achieve its objectives.
Public interface and mass movement
  1. Outreach events (e.g. speeches at Patanjali/ Aastha by Sanjeev/ in Dec 2012 plus others, speech by Sanjeev at Jantar Mantar)
  2. Media coverage of FTI (e.g. Business standard article/ TOI blog – by Shantanu)
Action plan for FTI
Moderated by KK Verma
KK Verma explained Kurzweil’s Law and Singularity (a situation when machine become equal to human brain, probable time of such phenomena is 2045) to emphasize the need of bringing a change through well orchestrated movement. The intricacies of such movements must be thought extensively by all FTI members (top brains of the country to save the nation). We need to do this with convictions and without fear.
Objective: To expand FTI dramatically in 2013, support SKC and find people to contest in 2013/14. Target of 2000 members by end-2013 (we are currently about 200).
It was reiterated that the person who raises an issue must (generally speaking) lead or participate in the project to resolve the issue.
1) Raising Rs.5 crores– for full time office and general increase in activities. Discussed by Dipinder. He explained the need of fund raising. The responsibility of different activities taken up by FTI members is given below.
  • Membership fee from 2012-13 [Status update]  – need to be followed up by Supratim and Sachin
  • Projects to raise funds (e.g. Holding policy conferences in Haridwar [to help/organise] – Arvind, KK Verma, Sureshan
  • Commercial consultancy by FTI members   — Sureshan, Akshay, Varshaa
  • Donations (with information pack, and easy method to donate by internet) – this need to be taken by someone but it could not be decided. Arvind may assist.
  • Micro-donations from thousands of people of Rs.100-500 each through internet – task need to be taken by some. Akshay Shah need to monitor.
  • Public appeals to be launched by end February [the sooner the better] – Arvind, Sureshan
  • Have FTI members explored all their contacts? – Arvind to follow up with other FTI members and motivate them for taking up these tasks.
  • Generating fund through Leadership Training – K K Verma, Dipinder
  • Generating fund through CSR – Akshay Shah (Ram Atri explained that organizations are to spend around 2% of their revenue on CSR totaling more than 500 crores. In big or medium level organization including public sector, CSR money can be used to raise funds.)
2) Full time office to be operational from March. It needs funds.
  • Funding to be part of the public appeal – It was felt that full time office is necessary to take the FTI causes further. Arvind and Swapnil are to work for this.
3) Policy competition. 3 entries received to date. About 350 registered participants.
  • On 1 March, all entries will be acknowledged (by Sanjeev) and copies forwarded to entire FTI team on Google group.
  • Members can read and provide comments. – Arvind, KK Verma
  • Shortlisted (with multiple recommendations) will be into final round in which General Body will vote. Number of entries for final round to be decided. Sanjeev, Vikram
  • Publication of winning policies / informing donors- Sanjeev
  • Event for winners? Publicity/ press release for results? Getting the winners interested in joining FTI? Sanjeev, Sureshan, Dipinder, KK Verma
4) Key FTI documents for 2013
  • Publication of best policies – Arvind
  • Policy Handbook that consolidates and improves policies. Arvind to coordinate and try to complete the task by 15th Aug 2013. Dipinder, Rajan, KK Verma agreed to provide support.
  • Public report on FTI (by June 2013): Summary of what FTI has done since inception, including crediting all key people for their contributions? – Sanjeev
  • “What Freedom Means to Me” FTI publication? – Vikram
5) Outreach efforts – It was felt necessary that outreach efforts are streamlined to achieve FTI objectives. To achieve real impact, we need professional touch to our website, media management. So a professional media manager needed.Anil and Rajan are to find this person. Overall media/outreach in charge will be Anil.
  • Possibly budgeted as part of fixed-monthly-expense in the office
  • Need to bring out an ‘overall outreach/media strategy’ (eg. Which #tag to use)
  • Website [Improved website awaited] – Supratim, Vishal, Anil, Anubhava to give feedback and propose next steps. Most agreed to outsourcing
  • Social media [Massive increase in FTI’s social media presence] – Vishal Swapnil, Dipinder, K K Verma, V Srikanth
  • Public events [talks about FTI] – eg. In colleges – Shantanu, Swapnil (125 colleges + 10-15 new/month)
  • Print Media, TV Channels, Online Media – Rahul Pandit, Varshaa, Suneeta Dhariwal (Press Conferences), Rajan
  • Leverage Freedom First via Arvind to brief other members and invite entries. Arvind will talk to SV Raju and get articles from FTI members to publish.
Action plan for SKC
Moderated by Anil Sharma/Dipinder
Anil Sharma explained the necessity of SKC and discussed various issues. Dipinder talked about his visits to Haridwar and his experience. He suggested we put emphasis on this movement as support is likely to be available.
Objective of session: To fully understand SKC movement and prepare an Action Plan
a) Time frames and deliverables
- internet presence by end-April (website/key docs)
- networking from March onwards (summit, but also direct)
- ground level outreach from May (synchronized commencement through standardized script)
b) Who’s going to do what
- While FTI will be the backbone we’d want to achieve extensive involvement from the people of India.
(1) Liberal vision:
 
1.     The vision document has already been published.
2.     SKC’s agenda for change – first draft circulated among a few FTI members for comment. Should be ready for Forum soon.
3.     Detailed policies (Policy anHanHandbook) –if possible publish this year or else in 2014.
(2) Mission:
SKC is a people’s platform and federation of nation building organizations the sole mission of which is to bring about total reforms in governance to bring security, justice, integrity and prosperity to India.  (Sureshan, Akshay)
SKC’s mission is to bring about total reforms in governance to bring security, justice, integrity and prosperity to India by building a people’s platform and federation of nation building organisations.  (Anil, Kandpal ji (if it stops at “…. prosperity to India”)).
SKC is a platform for nation building with the sole purpose of bringing about total reforms in governance for delivery of freedom, dignity and prosperity to India. (Aman, Vidyut, Saurabh)
To create a platform to bring about reforms in governance by way of transparency and delivery of justice. (Kandpal ji)
To safeguard freedom by providing security and justice through good governance by leaders with integrity.
Mission- To create a federation of nation building organisations. (Arvind, Dipinder, Sudeep)
Most agreed that we should split into vision and mission statements
(3) Key strategies for the movement:
Strategy 1: FTI to be a catalyst and secretary to a new India 
·       After 5 years of internet preparation we are now ready to move to the ground
·       Our job is to organise, lead, and empower
·       We are largely back-end support, but in due course will come to the front
·       India needs solid brainpower to establish systems to awaken and unite India
 
Strategy 2: 99 per cent of the leaders of SKC will be from outside FTI
·       Grow the SKC-main Google group (only 83 members as at 13 February). We should aim for at least 10,000 by April.
·       Grow the SKC Facebook page (only 390 “likes” as at 13 February. Target 50,000 by April) – Aman Tiwari took responsibility to work on this.
·       Grow SKC twitter handle skcindia. Aman Tiwari to handle.
·       Expand Citizens’ Government platform for IT savvy people (about 500 members to start with)
·       Reach out to NRIs/PIOs/OCIs – both IT experts and others
 
Tasks/ projects will be lead by FTI members – Anil (Overall lead and coordination), Dipinder to support.
 
1.     SKC website management – Akshay to look into SKC website management. Most of the members suggested to outsource it to someone professional freelancer. Vidyut suggested to add a form (or missed call service to collect this info) to capture Name, Voter ID#, phone, email, address etc of supporters. This is to create a database which can be useful for elections in case FTI members contest in future.
2.     Google group management – Arvind to get in touch with some Adharshila applications to train for this exercise.
3.     Twitter & Facebook account management – Vishal Singh, Arvind, Aman and Sureshan to manage Facebook, Akshay Shah to manage Twitter account.
4.     How to reach out to NRIs/OCIs/PIOs – Anil and Vikram to work out the strategies. Need to focus on getting Budget Projection, finalizing the vision document and making eBrochures.
5.     CGOV website management –
6.     Citizens’ government google group management – Arvind to manage
7.     Information pack (FAQ) to explain SKC – Sanjeev to prepare the final document.
Special Comments:
  • Team feels we need to do a fund raising exercise for making SKC website professional. – Fund raising team – FTI fund raising team to coordinate this.
  • Budgeting to be done in the next 1 week. Total preparation for promotion. Arvind, Anil to manage it.  – Arvind, Anil – 23rd Feb 2013
  • Anil to approach experts for branding. He need to update FTI members on this by 3rd week of March.
  • SKC trust registered and opening a bank account.  Finalization of draft trust deed. Check in the legal document, compare the FTI Trust Deed. Sureshan to update.
  • For online payments (donations) we could look at integrating SKC website with Paypal. Akshaya Shah and Swapnil agreed to find the intricacies and provide updates.
  • Vision Document & ePhamphlet to be translated into local languages.  Content of ePhamplet – What? Why? Who? Aims and Objectives? How to contribute? Contact numbers (region wise) Put on forum to ask / check. All to contribute.
    • Rahul – Telugu, Sudeep – Kannada, Stalin – Tamil, Mr Kandpal – Hindi, Dr Akalpita – Marathi, Sureshan – Malayalam, Akshay – Gujarati and Urdu, Sudeep – Bangla, Oriya, Dipender – Punjabi, Assamese, Kashmiri.
    • Pamphlet Distribution can be done to offices, societies. Adhar Kendras, Ration shops etc.
    • Advertise in Magazines / Newspapers / Online. Huge fund may be needed for this.
    • Region team leaders have to lead the printing and distribution.
    • SKC micro adverts on Aastha Channel to start from a couple of weeks from now – 17th Feb 2013. – Arvind to work out strategies.
Project for the workshop: Key questions for FAQ and draft answers.
(e.g. what is SKC? Why is it different to other movements? How can people join? What can they do? Etc.
Arvind is to prepare these with help of other FTI members and submit to Forum by April first week.
Strategy 3:  Phase 1: Most of SKC’s initial leaders will be internet savvy
 
·       Due to cost limitations (time/ money) of connecting individually over phone, focus must be internet based
·       Local chapters with grassroots links to be established in Phase 2.
·       We must have plans to implement synchronised activity on the ground from May
 
Strategy 4: Internet based service of people/ accountability of government
·       Preparing info pack/s for citizens (e.g. drivers license, Election Cards, Aadhar cards etc.) or links for government services (most government websites have something; need to consolidate on cgov.in/skc website)
·       Developing mobile phone systems of accountability
·       Holding government to account (citizens’ government/ shout.do type effort) – Lalatendu Dash is team leader. Some work underway. More help needed. Proposal to link with BST at grassroots level to pilot/test. Anil to work on this further.
 
Arvind to monitor and remind (not just this but all?)
 
Strategy 5: Preparation of script/plans for town hall type events from May
  • Logistics pack: How to organise (raise local funds/ book hall/ invite, etc.)
  • Tips for successful event.
  • Document pack: Invitation, speeches, press release
Arvind and Dipinder to initiate.
Strategy 6: Preparation of governance reform pack (vyavastha parivartan) before May
·       Electoral/administrative/judicial/police reforms including Bills
·       This pack to be distributed at grassroots meetings along with agenda for reform
Comment – Not enough time to build in detail, can make policy briefs. Dipinder to prepare and update members.
Strategy 7: Building SKC Federation by around April-May
  • Federation draft documents prepared
  • Connecting with key groups and preparing potential membership
  • Eminent citizens’ meeting on 2 and 3 March (about 3 FTI members to participate)
  • Reform Summit in Haridwar, 5-8 April is the key.
1.     Liberalism and Bharat Swabhiman Trust: common points (Dipinder briefed participants).
2.     Dealing with many public concerns re: Swami Ramdev. Due diligence at a personal level.
 
Sureshan and Sanjeev are to start working on these and brief members subsequently.
 
Strategy 8: Develop media strategy and prepare spokespersons
1.     E.g alternative budget by April – Media manager as discussed earlier along with Delhi office need to be tasked with media strategy.
2.     Preparing list of spokesperson from among vast group of SKC members
Will SKC become political?
 
No one can say, but let’s keep preparing.
1.     SKC party constitution – draft under preparation
2.     Party formation process – details of how this is done being investigated
3.     Public face/image of key FTI members – Sanjeev, Shantanu, Anil, Akalpita, Akshay, etc.
4.     Who will contest elections? What support is needed? – The discussion to start on forum and members need to volunteer. Update to be prepared by Arvind.
5.     Public rallies, etc. need to be planned – Shantanu, Dpinder, Sanjeev.
Plan B: What if the SKC movement doesn’t take off?
If after 4 months SKC movement uptake is low, it will continue as FTI’s vehicle for 2019. Plan B was discussed briefly, but the major discussion was postponed till at least June 2013. FTI members should remain alert and focused on SKC for now.
DAY 2 (February 17)
Participants: Akshay Shah, Aman Tiwari, Anil Sharma, Arvind Ilamaran, Dipinder Sekhon, K.K. Verma,LK Kandpal, Rahul Pandit, Rajan Mehta(joined in the afternoon), Saurabh Shekhar, Sudip Shetty, Sureshan, Vidyut Jain, Ram K. Atri (only in afternoon),

Joined on Day 2: Shantanu, Somenath Bharti (after 11.30am)

Apology on Day 2: Swapnil Khandelwal
Guests who joined after 2.30pm – Mohan Philip, Col Bijender Khokhar, Alok Kumar Singh, Nisha Singh
Action plan for SKC
Moderated by Anil Sharma
This session discussed in detail about SKC movement and allocatedkey action items/questions/ issues.
Specific points on SKC action plan discussions
Participants had a long discussion on the idea of SKC as a lot of unanswered questions still exist. Here are the key points raised:
  1. How are FTI and SKC related? In broad terms SKC is a project that has been launched by FTI. FTI should drive tangible milestones in April summit.
  2. SKC might succeed or fail but FTI will keep on going.
  3. Political implications (if any) of SKC are not up for discussion at this stage
  4. SKC is an opportunity for FTI to influence policies in India.
  5. Dipinder explained his discussions with BST. FTI should continue to build trust with key partners.
Focus is to create a buzz in next month and half so that people start talking about SKC. Majority of action will be online.
Update on meeting between Shanatanu and Arvind Kejriwal
Shantanu Bhagwat and Somnath Bharti joined the conference at 11.30 am after meeting Arvind Kejriwal at Kaushambi. Sanjeev heard about the update on Skype.
More than 200 people and various organizations are meeting Arvind every day. AAP party is working hard for Delhi 2013 Election. Somnath Bharti also provided his input. In Sanjeev’s view, it is incorrect for AAP to think that Swami Ramdev is aligned with BJP. He wants good governance and dislikes corruption by any organization. Somnath assured that liberal ideas are developing on AAP.
The Haridwar conference is aimed at creating an umbrella organisation first, to set up the secretariat for the reform movement. Once established, further thinking/action will occur from Delhi. And that will be done by the entity (SKC Federation?), not by FTI. We hope to be the secretaries of SKC and therefore influence its decisions to the extent possible. But none of this is given. It is something to be tried and achieved. These are only hopes and plans at this stage.
Engagements with other national reform groups
The following participants joined this session.
  1. Adarsha Rashtriya Vikas Party Mr Mohan Philip
  2. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Mr Somnath Bharti
  3. Bharat Uday Mission Mr. Akshay Shah
  4. Team Anna – Col. Bijender Khokhar
  5. Loksatta Party Mr. Alok Kumar Singh
  6. Nisha Singh – Independent Councillor (Gurgaon)
Shantanu moderated. Invitees were given ten minutes to speak.
Shantanu
Briefed about the SKC movement.
Mohan Philip
After his retirement from Indian Air Force, he worked actively to bring the change in society. He is passionate to work for social upliftment. He is so pained that even after more than 60 years of independent India many citizens are unable to get two time proper meal in this country. Our youth are unemployable and that is the biggest curse to humanity. Because of his passion, he has formed a party named Adarsha Rashtriya Vikas Party (ARVP). He sees himself as a ‘reluctant politician’ but with a mission and has vision. He wants to bring change in India and its villages through his noble work. He strongly feels that our children should get proper education and only good governance can provide these in remote areas. He strongly feels that corruption is a symptom not a disease so we must try to eradicate disease. The corruption can be removed through awareness and development.
Somnath Bharti
If you worship ‘Neem’ tree, you cannot get the fruit of ‘mango’ from it. No change has taken place in India at ground level after British left around 60 years back. The system makes everyone guilty and guilty person can never be part of positive movement. We have weak judicial system in the country and because of which Manmohan Singh could win Rajya Sabha election on forged address of Assam. If there is a strong legal system, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could have been in jail. He felt the need of a strong movement and in such situations; all groups should come forward without being abusive to each other. Movement will weaken and existing parties will take benefit from the divide in movement. However it is important to remember that movement will not solve problems, electoral politics is the alternative. He requested all to join hands with Arvind Kejriwal and bring a change in 2013 Delhi assembly election. Arvind is very serious in his endeavor and working very hard sometime 15-18 hours a day to achieve his goal. We all should support him.
Akshaya Shah
Bharat Uday Mission don’t feel that system is bad, but people are bad. We do not want professional politicians but we want professionals in politics. He narrated his experience with Mumbai 77 and listed difficulties in contesting election as independent and without money. He invited people to get united and not allow wrong people get elected.
Col Khokhar
He retired from Indian Army in 2011 and joined team Anna with a sole purpose to do something good for the country. He likes to be part of bringing a change in India. He claimed that FTI like activities are in fashion in India. Politics is a place for the people with gut feelings. Weak people should not try to join politics. He felt that fat people talk hot like we do in FTI. There is a real market for good politics in India however he termed FTI members as pop-corn people. He agreed with few of the FTI policies. He likes some SSB kind of selection for leader as used in the selection of defense officers in armed forces. Unemployment is a curse to society and because of this we have many social ills. So movement like SKC may have no impact but we should try to address burning issues like unemployment to raise movement.
Nisha Singh
She feels that coming together is impossible and may not be required. As her experience demonstrates that 20-25% voters are required to win election, we all need to focus on small group to win election. She gave example of her village in Gurgaon where she does not speak against illegal construction and allow people to construct. To bring change, we have to change the system which is done at higher level like MLA and MPs.
Alok Kumar Singh
People want Anna and Arvind should come together. India will get benefitted from this joint movement and we shall be able to get some real change. He feels that leftism is in our blood and it’s in our DNA. We must set two types of goals – for immediate impact and for long term.
Concluding remarks
Shantanu summarized the discussion and asked FTI members to speak their views. On his request, members spoke their mind and a healthy discussion proceeded. KK Verma strongly presented that all small groups should come together without seeing weaknesses or drawback in individuals and start a strong movement. Strong public movement will bring a change in the mind set of Indians. Society will become prosperous and citizens will fight for their human rights.
The meeting ended with note of starting a strong movement in India to bring necessary change to eradicate ills from Indian system and societies.
Shantanu along with Dipinder summed up the conference and noted that this was an extremely successful and crucial conference. We are ready to take FTI to the next level. Our dreams can become reality if actions arising from this two days conference are implemented.
All participants promised to devote significant time to ensure movement a success.
Dipinder asked participants to write about how much they would like to devote which varied from 10-20% to 100%. KK Verma confirmed that he is already devoting 100% of his time for social upliftment through his research and writing. Many members agreed to devote more time this coming years. They agreed that once momentum is build, it will be easy to work.
Summary:
The conference went well in spite of few absences. All felt that FTI needs to move beyond the internet and the time is ripe. We all have to enhance momentum.
Following steps need to be initiated by FTI members, to the extent possible:
1.     Decide your constituency, nurture it and work on ground to bring change.
2.     Let’s bring 2000 leaders into FTI by end of this year.
3.     We need regular meetings and training of new members in leadership. Senior members should groom new leaders. New members should be given a chance and responsibility to grow.
4.     Maintain high quality leadership and imbibe in new members too. This must be demonstrated in thinking, action and reactions.
5.     Initiate extensive work to make SKC a successful movement. This is not a political movement, this is people’s movement. Mass movement is necessary to bring significant change. No system has ever changed without a mass movement. India needs a movement today much bigger than America’s revolution, lets us make SKC becomes bigger than American’s revolution.
6.     Prepare necessary policies and documents. Volunteer wherever you can contribute.
7.     Collaborate with other like minded groups to ensure that a potent force can be formed for 2014 elections. Collaborations of good people is a necessary to eradicate bad leaders.
8.     Ensure fund raising of the tune of Rs 5 crores.
9.     Test drive in Delhi 2013 elections and join parties to ensure good candidates.
On FTI all leaders are at same level. As Sanjeev said during his comments, “all of us should want to become PM”. Today India is waiting for good and strong leaders. FTI leaders have tremendous responsibility and opportunity.
Vote of thanks

Participants gave a round of applause to the Delhi team for organizing the wonderful conference. Special thanks goes to Mr Vijay Mohan who contributed Rs 10,000/- for this conference and KK Verma for organizing accommodation for outside members, venue arrangements at Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD Hq) and other administrative functions.

The support of Dipinder and Swapnil to bring arrange Skype was well appreciated.
All appreciated the efforts of Sureshan, KK Verma and Dipinder to bring outside group members for future fruitful collaboration.

Jay Bharat!

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Urgent fund raising request: Rs. 2 lakhs needed for Sone Ki Chidiya movement

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on March 10, 2013


Date of fund raising request: 06 March 2013

Purpose: To request small contributions to Freedom Team of India (FTI) to support Sone Ki Chidiya, India’s total reform movement .

FTI, founded in July 2009, is a forum for policy, strategy, and leadership development, focused on the defence of life and liberty in India. Its members will lead India, through elections, to unprecedented prosperity.

Soné Ki Chidiya (SKC) was launched as a concept for a new reform movement on 26 January 2013 by a few well-meaning individuals.

The purpose of SKC is to deliver good governance to India, so we can put the era of corruption and injustice behind us and start achieving our potential. Sone Ki Chidiya is what India was in the past. And what it will be in the future.

Initial work to conceptualise this movement is being done by a few interested individuals including by FTI. SKC is a broad-based movement for everyone in India. Its platform is available to everyone who wants liberty and good governance in India, based broadly on a draft vision.

Why this urgent need to raise funds?

These funds will be used to add to SKC awareness-building efforts currently underway, in preparation of the National Reform Summit in early April 2013.

Your small contribution will help us reach out as widely as possible. Suggested minimum contribution of Rs.5,000 but smaller contributions will also be accepted. Please contribute generously.

How to donate to FTI:

i) Only Indian citizens are eligible to contribute to FTI, and all contributions will need to be made in Indian rupees electronically into FTI’s bank account.

ii) FTI will publish the names of all its donors, and the amounts they have donated.

Account Details

Payee Name: Freedom Team of India

Bank name:  Axis Bank

Payee Account number:   909020039016803

Payee Account Type:  Current Account

Payee Branch/Branch code:  Indore (043)

NEFT code / IFSC code:  UTIB0000043

If you have any questions about this, please write to Anil Sharma at aks321@gmail.com.

 

Jay Bharat!

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‘सोने कि चिडिया’ आंदोलन – विकसित आणि स्वयंपूर्ण देश घडविण्यासाठी (FTI initiative)

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on February 12, 2013


ftilogo-new-300x183सर्वांना जाहीर आवाहन,

विकसित आणि स्वयंपूर्ण देश घडविण्यासाठी “सोने कि चिडिया” ह्या आंदोलनात सहभागी व्हावे. 

“समृद्ध, स्वतंत्र भारत” हा संदेश सर्वदूर पोहोचविण्यासाठी अथक परिश्रम घ्यावे लागणार आहेत. आणि ह्या आंदोलनाचे नेतृत्त्व करण्यासाठी पुढे यावे लागणार आहे.

खूप झाले आता भ्रष्टाचारी लोकांना शिव्या देणे, मेणबत्त्या घेऊन गल्लोगल्ली फिरणे. आता सूत्रे स्वतःच्या हाती घेणे गरजेचे आहे.

राजकीय बदल अनिवार्य आहे.

चला सगळे मिळून “सोने कि चिडिया” या व्यासपीठावर एकत्रित येऊ आणि देशाविषयीचे आपले स्वप्न पूर्ण करण्यासाठी काम करू. जर २०१४ हातून सुटले तर २०१९ पर्यंत ह्याच नालायाकांची अरेरावी, चोरी, गुंडगिरी, सहन करावी लागेल. आणि आपल्याला वाया घालवण्यासाठी खरच वेळ नाहीये. त्या ५ वर्षात आपण १० पटीने अधिक समृद्ध आणि वैभवसंपन्न होऊ शकतो.

जागृत भारती! सशक्त भारत!

जय भारती!! जय भारत!!

या स्वतंत्र भारत संघामध्ये सामील व्हा.
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National Level Policy Writing Competition by FTI

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on November 20, 2012


Launch date: 15 November 2012

Last date for submission of policies: 28 February 2013

The Freedom Team of Bharat is pleased to announce an All Bharat Policy Writing Competition with Rs.5 lakhs in prize money. The first prize for the best policy is Rs.1 lakh, with total prize money of Rs.5 lakhs.

Individuals or teams can participate. Only Indian citizens (20 years or older) are eligible for prizes. There is no limit on prizes a person can win.

Please download the competition documents. Please also register on the FTI Competition Google Group. You can ask questions on FTI’s Public Forum.

1) Download competition documents

Competition Rules (PDF)
Policy Template (Word)
Colour poster (A4) for notice boards (PDF)
Black and White Poster (A4) for notice boards (PDF)

2) Register to get regular updates

Please join the FTI Policy Competition Google Group to register. FTI will use this group to send updates.

3) Ask FTI for help

Please ask questions about the competition on FTI’s Public Forum. FTI may selectively respond on the Google group.

Who has contributed to the prize money?

Only Bharatiya citizens are permitted (under the Bharatiya law) to contribute to FTI. Click here for the list of prize money donors. If you wish to contribute funds for FTI activities, details are provided here. You can also support FTI in many other ways.

If you are not an Bharatiy citizen but wish to assist FTI, you can consider the options listed here.

Jay Bharat!

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आमच्या प्रस्तावित धोरणं लिखाण स्पर्धेसाठी तुम्ही आशीर्वाद द्यावा हि विनंती

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on October 22, 2012


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प्रिय भारतीय,

भारतीय स्वतंत्रता संघ (FTI) संपूर्ण भारतीय स्तरावर धोरण लिखाण स्पर्धा नियोजित करण्याचा प्रस्ताव ठेवत आहे. या स्पर्धेसाठी आम्हाला रु. ५ लाखांचा निधी जमा करायचा आहे, पैकी जवळपास रु.९५,०००  (अधिकतर) FTI सदस्यांमार्फत गेल्या ३ दिवसांत जमा झाला आहेत.

प्रस्तावित स्पर्धेसाठी निधी विषयीची सविस्तर माहिती जाहीर केली आहे. कृपया पुढील दुव्यावर भेट द्या: http://freedomteam.in/blog/content/request-to-fund-indias-first-ever-all-india-policy-writing-competition

या टप्प्यावर आम्ही आपल्याकडून केवळ वचन मागत आहोत, आम्हाला पैसा लगेच नको आहे तो फक्त स्पर्धा निश्चित झाल्यावर पारितोषिकाची रक्कम देण्यासाठी लागेल.

आम्ही तुम्हाला या लहानशा उपक्रमाला आशीर्वाद देण्यासाठी आमंत्रित करीत आहोत. FTI लोकशाहीची राजधानी निर्मितीसाठी वचनबद्ध आहे. आम्हाला असे वाटत नाही कि कुठल्याही एका व्यक्तीने रु.३०,००० हून अधिक निधीचे सहकार्य करू नये. हे एका नव्या, वेगळ्या भारताच्या प्रतीनिधीत्त्वाविषयी, मालकीविषयी आहे. जर तुम्ही कुठल्याही मूल्याचे सहकार्य करू इच्छित असाल तर मला जरूर कळवावे.

कृपया हि माहिती तुमच्या सहकारी, मित्र-परिवाराला न चुकता कळविणे.

जय भारत!

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Request for blessings for FTI’s proposed policy writing competition

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on October 22, 2012


मराठी मध्ये

Dear Bharatiya,

The Freedom Team of Bharat (FTI) proposes to conduct an all-Bharat policy writing competition. We need to raise Rs. 5 lakhs, of which (mostly) FTI members have already raised Rs. 95,000 in the last three days.

The details of the funding request have been announced here: http://freedomteam.in/blog/content/request-to-fund-indias-first-ever-all-india-policy-writing-competition

At this stage we are only seeking commitments, not actual funds.

We invite you to put your blessings into this little project. FTI is keen to build democratic capital. We don’t think anyone should contribute more than Rs.30,000. This is about ownership of a new, different Bharat. If you are happy to contribute a small amount, please let me know.

Please also circulate the link provided above post to your colleagues and friends.

Jay Bharat!

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Jan Lokpal Bill: Freedom Team Position

Posted by संदीप नारायण शेळके on April 7, 2012


I’m reproducing the FTI position on Jan Lokpal Bill here without any alterations. (emphasis as is on original source page)

FTI has agreed to the following draft position on the Lokpal Bill (all FTI documents are draft documents, subject to ongoing improvement).

1. What is the Freedom Team of India?

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The Freedom Team of India (FTI) is a team of leaders who will, with due preparation, contest elections on a platform of world’s best policies to increase the liberty and prosperity of Indian citizens.
FTI’s ideas are based on the philosophy of classical liberalism (which is the polar opposite of socialism). Classical liberalism insists on equal liberty for all, while ensuring accountability. We encourage you to consider FTI’s policy principles at: http://freedomteam.in/blog/draft-policies.

FTI’s members maintain and are required to always maintain the highest standards of integrity in public life. Through its code of conduct and other processes FTI guarantees the quality and integrity of its members.India can confidently entrust its future to FTI members, who are always ready to be held to account. FTI membership is seal of quality in public life.

2. FTI  stand on the Jan Lokpal institution

FTI applauds Anna Hazare, Baba Ramdev and Arvind Kejriwal, among others, for their fight against deeply entrenched political and bureaucratic corruption in India.

For such effort to be effective, however, careful understanding of the causes of corruption is necessary. For instance, a question is sometimes asked: Why doesn’t FTI make its own draft Jan Lokpal Bill and share it online?

That is because FTI does not believe that (under the current system of socialist governance) a Lokpal offers a genuine solution to India’s rampant corruption. Therefore FTI does not wish to offer a draft Bill that will not meet the objective.

Instead, FTI offers more: a package of reforms which is guaranteed to achieve integrity in public life and increase India’s opportunities for prosperity.

This will be explained below.

3. India’s many problems have a common source: socialism

Before a doctor can successfully treat a disease, he must diagnose it correctly. He must understand its cause.

Team Anna believes that corruption arises because too many Indians are bad. If this is right, then the solution should be to punish bad Indians. FTI accepts that there are a large number of corrupt Indians who must be punished through an effective system of rule of law. FTI’s diagnosis, however, is focused on underlying causes, and therefore, in building a lasting solution.

FTI believes that corruption arises from poorly designed governance systems, based on the philosophy of socialism. FTI believes that no Indian is born corrupt but badly designed systems motivate them to become corrupt. The same Indians who are corrupt and incompetent in India often do wonderfully well (and honestly) in the West. A bad system can make a genius look like an idiot. On the other hand, through a good system, even “ordinary” people can perform great deeds.

Since the past six decades, all public policy in India is based on the socialist model, which empowers governments to directly operate businesses as well as to interfere with the free interactions of citizens. This creates strong incentives for politicians to sell favours (rent seeking) and thus become corrupt.

Socialist hypocrisy also permeates India’s electoral system, in which everyone knows that political parties spend tens of crores of rupees in each parliamentary election, but all candidates declare falsely that they spend less than Rs.25 lakhs.

In brief, it is the philosophy of socialism leads to hypocrisy, dishonesty, and corruption. Without removing this dreaded philosophy from India, corruption can never be removed. Witch-hunts to identify “corrupt” individuals won’t solve the problem of corruption.

4. FTI’s solution to the problem of corruption

Under today’s socialistic dispensation, no political party can survive without corruption. Politicians need huge sums of money for elections which they have to raise through corrupt means. They also need the support of corrupt officials.

While an effective Lokpal can reduce corruption, this can only happen when systemic corruption has been first addressed. Systemic reform essentially involves two key steps:

a) Reduce the need for corruption by having an electoral system with a low barrier of entry for honest people, and a system that pays candidates a certain amount per valid vote cast; and

b) Reduce the opportunity for corruption by having policies that prevent governments from unnecessarily directing and interfering in citizens’ lives.
FTI’s recommended set of policies are aimed at systemic reform, not piecemeal patchwork band-aids. Corruption will reduce very significantly should such systemic reforms be undertaken.

Numerous countries have low levels of corruption without any Lokpal or similar body. Examples of policies that reduce corruption (without a Lokpal) include:

  • state funding of elections (e.g. Rs.15 per valid vote polled) to reduce the need to raise funds through corruption;
  • high salaries for politicians to motivate competent people to enter politics;
  • contractual appointments of senior bureaucrats (so they can be terminated if they fail to deliver integrity and high quality outcomes).

India should not vest excessive authority in unelected officials. Such authority can undermine democracy without necessarily improving governance. It is important to build systems that work, not systems that punish.

5. What will happen if we implement a Lokpal without eliminating the socialist policies?

a) Reality: A Lokpal can’t stop the generation of corruption
India’s socialist policies put excessive power and discretion in the hands of decision-makers. Each law that allows a politician or bureaucrat to interfere in economic activity creates an opportunity for corruption. The Lokpal does not change such policies, nor reform the electoral system to reduce the need for corrupt money during elections. Therefore, the Lokpal cannot prevent the continuous generation of corruption. It will be far more effective if we change socialist policies.

b) Reality: The Lokpal can’t catch even a fraction of the corrupt
A Lokpal will become viable and effective if only one per cent (or less) of India’s politicians and bureaucrats are corrupt. But when 99 percent of them are corrupt, then catching a few corrupt people here or there will hardly make a difference. The cancer must be addressed at the source.

c) Reality: Corruption “charges” will increase because of the Lokpal
Because the corrupt will now have to factor in the (presumably slightly) higher probability of being caught, the “rate” they demand for their “services” will increase.

d) Reality: Corruption will be driven even more underground
The Lokpal, under the current system, will merely drive corruption more underground – into more hidden methods. Greater outflows of corrupt money from India will occur to Switzerland or other tax havens. In this “game” of corruption, it is best to stop corruption in the first place, not to waste precious time and resources in chasing corrupt people across the world.

e) Reality: The big fish will escape
Under the current system, big fish can easily access various sophisticated methods of corruption. They can also hire expensive lawyers to exploit loopholes in the legal system to delay and subvert justice, should any case be launched against them. In general, the big fish will escape scrutiny (or punishment) and the Lokpal will be forced to focus on small fry.

f) Reality: Government inefficiency will increase
The Indian Constitution provides extraordinary protections to public servants. There is therefore virtually no way available for governments to punish public servants who do not perform their work properly. If their opportunities for corruption are reduced then public servants are likely to even further slow down their work, leading to total paralysis of governance. The Lokpal (if it becomes even slightly effective, and therefore reduces corruption) will end up putting a severe brake on India’s economic growth.

h) Reality: Lokpal could itself become corrupt
Corrupt politicians and government servants have plenty of money to bribe investigative agencies – and judges. Under the current dispensation there is very significant corruption both in the government and judiciary. It is not difficult to see a situation, particularly with lowly paid Lokpal employees, when the Lokpal officials start accepting bribes.

i) Reality: Lokpal can’t deliver results because of India’s court system
The Lokpal cannot deliver results because it does not control the courts. As Swami Aiyar has pointed out:

Even if the Lokpal controls the CBI, it will have no control over the courts. These seem incapable of convicting any resourceful person beyond appeals within his or her lifetime. Little will be achieved if the Lokpal initiates a thousand cases that then drag on for decades, with the accused out on bail.

FTI does not recommend scrapping the principles of natural justice for those charged with corruption. We need systemic reforms that include the policies outlined earlier, as well as a strong justice system to quickly and effectively punish the corrupt.

6. Other questions people have regarding the Lokpal

a) What are the mechanisms apart from Lokpal to stop corruption?
Alternative mechanisms to reducing corruption have been outlined above. These are far more effective and involve two key changes:

(i) Reduce the need for corruption: ensure electoral reforms that motivate good people to enter politics, and pay a certain amount per valid vote cast to candidates; and

(ii) Reduce the opportunity for corruption:  remove socialist policies so that people can undertake economic activity without unnecessary government regulation.

Currently, no political party offers such systemic reforms in India. Without political leadership, however, such reforms cannot be implemented. FTI is a platform for those who understand such reforms to step forward and contest elections. Only then will such systemic reforms be introduced, bringing an end to corruption.

b) Why does FTI not support the Lokpal, given that Hong Kong has a Lokpal-like model?
Hong Kong is highly ranked on Transparency International rankings (currently No. 12, below countries like Australia and New Zealand which do not have any Lokpal).

Not very long ago, Hong Kong was a very corrupt country. Its reforms, do not include just an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC, which started in 1974), but a wide range of policy initiatives such as good governance, world-best economic policy and high quality education. The existence of ICAC should not be seen in isolation from these broader reforms. Indonesia has tried to copy the Hong Kong model and has failed, because it has not adopted the free market economic model of Hong Kong.

As Offstumped has pointed out:

“Indonesia’s corruption eradication commission, one message screams out —Indiadoes not need to makeIndonesia’s mistakes with the proposed Lokpal Bill. It has been nearly 10 years since the KPK was established by law in Indonesia. Ten years on, no surprises: Corruption has not been eradicated from Indonesia. Far from eliminating corruption, KPK continues to be at the centre of political intrigue in Indonesia.”

A Lokpal cannot succeed in removing corruption without a host of far more basic reforms. FTI believes that there is a place for Lokpal in India’s governance, but not today. Only in due course, as part of an entire suite of governance and economic reforms.

c) Won’t a Lokpal help create new government jobs?
Indeed, the Lokpal will create new jobs but creating government cannot be a valid reason to have a Lokpal. Economic growth & prosperity is never created through government jobs. India needs policies of liberty that will create opportunities for millions to earn their livelihood.

d) Since the poor have to constantly interface with the state, won’t the Lokpal provide a check to corruption at lower level of bureaucracy?
Unless economic policies and the system of governance is changed, villagers in India will not be able to escape from chronic corruption (such as corrupt tahsildars and other land records staff). Villagers, being illiterate, do not have the capacity or resources to lodge (and pursue) complaints with the Lokpal.

Villagers have not been able to utilise existing institutions like state vigilance bodies and police because of inability or fea. The Lokpal’s rules and procedures will preclude the possibility of justice for villagers. The corrupt will go scot free even if complaints are lodged against them, due to the sheer numbers involved.

Far better to build systems that preclude corruption in the first place. Trying to fix the problem of corruption after it has established itself is a far more difficult (even impossible) task.

e) What is FTI’s view on the level of corruption that can a Lokpal can reduce?
The jury is out on this important question. However, for reasons given above, FTI believes that Lokpal will not reduce corruption, and will probably increase it and drive it underground.

f) How much will the Lokpal cost the taxpayer?
This will depend on the nature and design of the Lokpal. But it will not be cheap. Unfortunately, there will be almost no social gain from this institution. So taxpayers will spend money on the Lokpal, even as the corrupt officials and politicians ofIndia continue their loot.

Conclusion

All Indians all angry with our corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. However, we should use our head, not our emotions.

FTI agrees with and supports, in principle, IAC people’s movement against corruption. But FTI believes that (at this stage – i.e., without changing the policies of socialism, and ensuring that good people are able to contest elections) the Lokpal will make no difference to the lives of Indians, and could even make things worse in a number of ways.

FTI therefore asks the Indian people to seek solutions that will actually work.

The people of India have awakened due to the IAC movement. But it is important to understand that the solution does not lie in a Lokpal, but in a package of reforms that will essentially abolish socialism and make Indians free.

FTI invites you to support the team to provide India with modern, effective governance.

It is hard to remove the socialistic mindset of Indian politicians who think that voters want such policies. It is up to the educated class to show voters that demanding subsidies and handouts from politicians is not the right way to eliminate poverty. They voter must demand good governance, good education, not charity.

The poor will become prosperous through freedom. On this journey, a social minimum (which includes high quality private school education for all children and a guaranteed top-up to eliminate poverty) will support those who falter on this journey towards freedom, integrity, and prosperity.

In simple language, let’s drain the swamp so that mosquitoes don’t breed. It is not a sensible idea to kill the mosquitoes, one at a time.

जय भारत!

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