A brainstorm by the Freedom Team

This draft document is work-in-progress

This early stage is about asking the right questions, exploring the problems and appropriate processes, and trying to get agreements where possible. The platform to bring together 1500 people will have to be very simple. At the same time it will have to sufficiently robust and lead to a detailed implementation plan (blueprint) that can be implemented if and when 300 seats are obtained. This initial stage is therefore more like a brainstorm than a set of formal positions. Ideas are evolving. Everything is a draft. We want to think of and discuss all relevant ideas, and to hopefully keep classifying them into three groups:

a) Things we all agree with as being crucial to the team

b) Things some of us think (not all) as being crucial

c) Things a few of us think (not most) as being important.

Risk of having too detailed a position: That other groups who may have been close enough to our initial ideas and would have otherwise joined will not find these over-detailed positions attractive and resist aligning with FTI.

Risk of having positions that are pitched at too high a level: That people with totally incompatible views will join FTI, thus leading to wasted effort. If the 1500 people don’t agree fairly comprehensively on a common platform, the effort won’t take off.

This brainstorm looks at a range of ideas from a range of perspectives with patience with each other as a potential structure or process of agreement tries to emerge from these discussions.

a) Must have

  • commitment to freedom
  • commitment to sovereignty and integrity of India

[Alternative suggested: Commitment to the sovereignty of each individual in India

and to the integrity of India.]

  • commitment to present a clean, honest and capable alternative to present political leadership

1. Guarantees Individual Freedom
2. Upholds the Rule of Law
3. Provides Efficient mechanisms for Justice
4. Eliminates Discrimination of any kind
5. Promotes healthy, sustainable Environment
6. Does not restrict Opportunity

In order to have a broad appeal I seek that the group remains Open – Minded on all issues in the sense that we do not wed ourselves to a particular dogma, philosophy, author or doctrine such as Socialism,
Liberalism, Hinduism, Capitalism etc.

I seek that decision making in this group and any subsequent organization is based on democratic principles.

I seek that we conduct ourselves in a civil manner, the way we want to conduct the business of our country.

there is a compelling need to lower the bar for people to appreciate liberalism and see its practical, immediate implications, in their own lives, if possible.

Emotions are the easiest hook to persuasion and action: “the perfect is the enemy of the good”.

We should probably produce a statement of intent agreed upon and signed by a 100 people or so. Till then we can grow by referral and word of mouth.

I feel the need of an advertisement and press conference.

1500 people must assemble and must agree to a platform based on world best policy

Platform must be based on freedom (with accountability)

Policy must be designed to achieve the greatest impact with the least possible change of existing arrangements.

The problems have taken proportions of cancerous tumour. No band-aid solution can be effective. The common denominator of these problems is MISGOVERNANCE. We have to seek the solutions with good governance alone. We want a broad based inclusive ideology that promotes:

  • Freedom with responsibility
  • Supremacy of rule of law
  • Equality before law
  • Accountability with authority
  • Separation of power between (Legislative, Executive and Judiciary)

The role of state has to be that of legislating, enabling & facilitating and then regulating and enforcing.

The underprivileged masses have to be empowered by providing for basics like education, health care etc, so that they can take their rightful place in society and contribute to the growth of nation.

We must also provide for the needs of our urban masses that have been driving the growth of our country so far by providing a system of basic infrastructure that empowers them.

Administration and judiciary needs to be reformed for providing good governance.

Constitutional reforms

b) Want to have

c) Would like to have but can live without

Various details which I know will be invaluable but which I realise not everyone can agree with given different perspectives.

OTHER IDEAS

National Unity (nothing against this premise need be discussed, like interstate migration, settlement…)

Sub-continental co-operation/Union….a possibility, considering EU ( we need cheap labour from Bangla as Bihar moves up)

25 year plan: in 4 year parts with an year as reserve for delays/catch up/fall backs

Population control

Secular freedom

Resurrect Rule of Law

Sensitise existing Political system

Reinvigorate Administrative system

Resetlle uprooted population (like in ’48) due to calamity, industrial development, SEZ..etc

Food security

Work generation

Health safeguards

Devolution of powers & Funds (Taxes, developmental funds…)

Smaller States

Regional co-operation amongst them

Social security

Lower taxation

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SOME DEBATES ON THESE IDEAS:

To include ‘population control’ in an agenda of would insult life itself. A question could well be asked: why don’t those who want population control first commit suicide and help reduce India’s population? Alternatively they could start by not having any children. Why should someone else’s population be reduced, through force of some sort (China/Sanjay models), not our own? The language of population control is anti-freedom. It cannot form part of FTI’s agenda.

Second, ‘work generation’. There is no ‘right to work’. The government of a free society doesn’t generate work. Free peoples generate their own work. A free society government simply establishes the rule of law and good governance.

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