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Democratic Revolution

January 21, 2009

Democratic Revolution

 By the people, of the people and for the people.

It was a day in July 2008, when political corruption was demonstrated in the central hall of Indian Parliament. I felt so disturbed I wrote a blog giving my thoughts on electoral reforms that could put democratic process back on track in India. (https://lvnaga.wordpress.com/category/indian-politics/)

One of my friends, who read the blog, appreciated the suggested reforms. But he said that these reforms have no chance of being implemented because it is basically against the interests of those who are supposed to implement the same. They will kill these proposals with glee. Even the honorable speaker looked the other way when the enquiry was ordered for money-for-vote scam in the parliament in July 2008. The present political system should be dismissed lock, stock and barrel before we can introduce any reforms in our political process. We cannot wish away the politicians. We the people will have to work within this system to overthrow the same. It has to be done democratically and that is what I call democratic revolution. General elections for choosing the next parliament is just round the corner. This is the best time for us the citizens to act. We should defeat all political parties in these elections!

Can we do anything at all? Yes We Can!

If at all any body can do any thing about this it is only we, the citizens. We can consider it as the second freedom struggle- freedom from the tyranny of politicians, freedom from the biased press, freedom from the pseudo intellectuals, freedom from thugs and criminals who are given free entry into our political process, freedom from corrupt bureaucrats and freedom from greedy business men.

Can we fight these people? Yes We Can!

It is not sufficient for India to have one Obama. We need many Obamas. Let us think of a few ways how we can defeat this system with the resources we have. The biggest resource we have right now is “The Parliamentary Elections – 2009”. This is the best tool we have to drive out this political mafia from our system. We should remember the present government is already a minority government. In the last elections only about 58% of the eligible voters voted. Congress party led by Italian born Sonia Gandhi obtained only about 26% of the votes polled, i.e., only about 15% of the eligible voters. The BJP led by Lahore-born Advani polled even less than this. Other smaller parties shared the rest of the spoils. 42% of the eligible voters did not vote at all. Assuming only half of these people voted for good independent candidates, the political parties would have all lost the elections. Under these circumstances, if we use the full potential of the electoral tool we have, we can drive out all these people who are colluding with each other to sustain this defective, fault-ridden, corrupt system to their advantage.

But can we do it? Yes We Can!

I have evolved a process to take this democratic revolution to its ultimate success. It can ofcourse be refined further by greater minds and be executed by stronger leaders. I have summarized the process of democratic revolution in the following ten steps.

1. Let us all take a vow not to vote for any political party in the next elections. At worst we will only vote for the best of the independents who are contesting.

2. Let us form small groups of activists within our parliamentary constituency. This citizens group will, from right now, search for a suitable independent candidate and encourage him to contest the elections with our support. You may evolve a set of criteria for selection which may include- educational qualification, social awareness, record of service, popularity with the local people etc.

3. The man we select will naturally not be able to spend as much as a political party. Hence we should start a constituency-wise Election Fund on his name and obtain donations from the people of the constituency. This will make the people feel that the candidate is a ‘people’s candidate’, owing allegiance to People and not to any political party or leader.

4. We should give widest publicity to the asset-statements supplied by all the political candidates at the time of their nominations. People should know the so called representatives of the poor people- how wealthy they are and how did they obtain this wealth. We should educate the public – how much the political candidates are spending for getting themselves elected and how do they propose to earn them back.

5. During campaigning we should publish periodically the running expenses on elections as incurred by our ‘people’s candidate’. Make the people understand how much others could be spending compared to the expenses of ‘people’s candidate’.

6. The citizen’s groups in each parliamentary constituency should meet and draft a people’s charter, which will become the election manifesto for ‘people’s candidate’.

7. All over India there are many organizations like AGNI (www.agnimumbai.org) who wish to empower the people in the political process. We should approach them for help in this process.

8. All the inducement (legal and illegal) to the gullible voters are paid out of money illegally obtained by the political parties from the governmental process. They are people’s money both in the case of ruling parties and the opposition parties. This fact should be brought to bear on people’s minds as a major reason for rejecting them.

9. People should be educated that their vote is secret. Even after accepting inducements forced on them (some times by taking a satya-praman in return), they can vote freely to any one he or she likes without any fear or guilt.

10. The citizen’s group should keep close touch with the local election officer and apprise him of the election irregularities committed by political parties.

Can we really do all this? Yes We Can!

We should be able to suggest some independent, good and efficient people around India who could be supported to contest the next lok sabha elections as an independent. I am starting the list with ten people – I expect others to add to it and make it at least to three hundreds.

1. Kasturi Rangan – Aero-space scientist, Scientific Adviser to GOI.

2. Narayana Murthy – Chairman Infosys.

3. Justice Srikrishna – Retd. Supreme Court Justice

4. Medha Phatkar – Environmental activist

5. Burkha Dutt – Journalist

6. Rahul Bose – Actor

7. Revathi – Actress, had contested elections earlier as an independent.

8. Chandrashekar – Former Thane Municipal Commissioner responsible for Thane development.

9. Prof. M S Swaminathan – Agricultural Scientist and Ecologists, Magsaysay award winner.

10. G R Khairnar – Former Deputy Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

Let us add more people to this list. Let us include people from rural areas also all over India. Let us add this up to at least three hundreds.

YES, WE CAN!

Jai Hind

L V Nagarajan

 

Addendum: Date 02 Aug 2017

Situation in Tami Nadu is far worse. If we, the people do not act now then we can write off Tami, Tamil Nadu and Tamil Culture to become a part of history. Hence the the above process of DEMOCRATIC REVOLUTION should be adopted urgently by Tamils as elections to TN assembly may be called much sooner than we think. We are very lucky to have two popular figures Thiru Rajinkanth and Thiru Kamal Hasan on our side. Both are apolitical with an unsullied image. My own suggestion to them will be not start any political party but support more people with unsullied images and not to support any political party as such. Even if they find some current politicians to be acceptable, they should ask them to resign from the party and contest as independents. Thiru Rajini should select some 100 independents only on merit, without any consideration for caste, creed, religion, gender and to some extent even ideology. Similarly, Thiru Kamal may select another 100. The remaining 35 may be left to be selected by some influential supporters of both  Kamal and Rajini. In my original blog I have started the list with 10 people, though a few of them are out of my favour now. Similarly I am starting the list of ‘good’ indepedents for the next  TN assembly elections. The methodology for this democratic revolution will be on similar lines as mentioned in my above blog.

1. Kasturi Rangan – Aero-space scientist, Scientific Adviser to GOI.

2. Justice Srikrishna – Retd. Supreme Court Justice

3. Revathi – Actress, had contested elections earlier as an independent.

4. Tamizh Aruvi Manian – Political activist

5. Sahayam – Former Collector

6. T M Krishna – Carnatic Vocalist

7. Mani Rathnam – Film Director

8. Swami Omkarananda – Theni

9. R Ashwin – Cricketer

10. N Gopalswamy – Former Chief Election Commissioner

You may add many more such people from where Rajini and Kamal may select and support. Let us add more people to this list. Let us include people from rural areas also all over TN and other Tamils outside Tamil Nadu also. Let us add this up to at least three hundreds.

YES, WE CAN!

வாழிய செந்தமிழ், வாழ்க நற்றமிழர்
வாழிய பாரத மணித்திருநாடு

 

L V Nagarajan

 

 

 

 

 

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