Are you fed up with the sea of poverty in the midst of plenty, and the deeply entrenched corruption of our public life? Have you been contemplating a platform that can offer this generation of Indians a chance to take India to true greatness?
A group ordinary Indians has decided that “enough is enough!” We have decided that we can’t allow things to continue as they are. Our continuing apathy is not going to make things better for India. Burying our heads in the sand as we usually do, and letting the current state of affairs go by unchallenged is not going to get us the India of our dreams: a land which is proudly honest, immensely prosperous, and considered by the world as the land of opportunity.
For India to achieve its true potential, ordinary people like us need to come together and challenge the ideologies and practices of governance that have led us to this state of affairs. We believe and know that solutions are readily available in world best-practice both in the field of policy and public administration. It is time for us to collect these solutions and to offer them to the people of India.
We are calling this effort the ‘Freedom Team of India’. Some of you may well ask – why ‘freedom’, as India is already a free country? Yes, India is free from colonial yoke, but that only amounts to being independent. It is not free to the full extent of the meaning of the word FREEDOM. Freedom means the freedom to act even as we remain accountable for our actions. It means creating a society where everyone can live with self-respect and dignity, and can achieve their true potential. It is mental state where all citizens are equal stakeholders in determining the rules of the society. Freedom cannot exist amidst ignorance, illiteracy, and penury, and so these must be banished. But these are not to be banished through the government operating and running businesses. These are to be banished by our own enterprise as citizens, enabled by a well-governed state.
This effort is called a “Team” because on this group all members are equals; partners in the design and delivery of its activities.
Good leaders won’t emerge from the sky
We have frittered our independence and failed to convert it into an opportunity to achieve freedom. In this, we are all equally culpable through our inaction; by waiting for a ‘leader’ to descend upon us from heaven and save us. We know this is not going to happen. We have to stop criticising and blaming our netas. We have to offer ourselves as leaders. This has to be a movement of the People, each of whom rises to a new role as a genuine citizen of the great country that will be India.
Politics is a field for the attainment of the highest faculties of man. It is a noble profession, in which the best people of a country should aspire to. Politics is not the haven for the corrupt and shameless, as it has currently become, through our neglect. To change this image of politics YOU will have to come forward! We are sorry, we can’t offer you a cushy seat as a spectator. You have to enter the ring and fight!
All people of integrity, competence, and humility, who wish to contest parliamentary and state elections and to promote the policies of freedom by forming government, are requested to join the Freedom Team of India. Once at least 1500 potential leaders have joined, and have agreed to key documents and plans, a focused roll-out of an awareness campaign will be launched, culminating in offering one candidate per parliamentary constituency to the people of India.