“Clean Politics” in India – Guest Post by Dipinder Sekhon

Dear All: It is my pleasure to publish this guest post by friend and FTI colleague, Dipinder Sekhon. In this post, Dipinder has identified a number of  ‘clean politics’ initiatives and compiled them in a list. He has also compiled a list of candidates with “clean” credentials who have been successful in electoral politics (mostly against massive odds).

I am grateful to Dipinder for this list – and making this a placeholder for all initiatives connected with “clean politics” and “clean candidates” in India.

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The list of initiatives below is in no particular order. Pl do leave a comment below if we have missed anything – or if you believe any name(s) should be deleted. Note that besides these ‘groups’, there are a large number of ‘clean politics’ independents – some fairly successful.

Freedom Team of India
Nav Bharat
Loksatta Party
India Against Corruption’s – Political Alternative
Bharat Swabhiman Andolan
Bharat Uday Mission
Bharat Punarnirman Dal
Jago Party
Professionals Party of India
Humanist Party
Indian Nationalist League
Lok Paritran
Samudai Bharati

While it is difficult for a clean person without much political/social lineage to bootstrap and win in elections, it is not impossible as many people believe.  Here are some examples of electoral wins of “clean candidates” in recent Indian politics.

2011 –    Nisha Singh, Municipal Corporation                – Ward 30, Gurgaon, Haryana
2011 –    Dr Ajay Kumar, Lok Sabha                                – Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
2010 –    Chhavi Rajawat, Village Panchayat                      – Soda, Malpura, Tonk, Rajasthan
2009 –    Dr J P Narayan,  State Legislative Assembly        – Kukatpally, Hyderabad, A. P.
2007 –    Adolf D’Souza, Municipal Corporation                – Ward 63, Juhu, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Let us look at these as case-studies, extract best practices, disseminate in the clean politics community and replicate successes. Please help us add to this list if you know of more such examples. Kindly also help us do detailed analysis of these wins to extract best practices.  If you think, anyone above does not really qualify as a ‘clean politician’, please let us know.

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In a subsequent post, Dipinder will attempt to identify best practices, develop possible case studies and hopefully trigger a discussion around what made some of these new candidates win and analysis of each of the specific elections cited (e.g. number of votes, preparation strategies and time-frame, funds, core team.. etc.). Comments and thoughts, most welcome. If you can help with any of this, please leave a comment below – and stay tuned!

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