India needs you!   - An introduction to the Freedom Team of India Outline of a proposed talk  by  Sanjeev   Sabhlok Februa...
Post-independence score:  Corrupt : 62 goals.  Honest : 0. <ul><li>The reason :  </li></ul><ul><li>The honest have deserte...
You must be in the game  in order to win <ul><li>To stand a chance of winning a game, you have to be  in the game . You ha...
My personal journey for the  reform of India’s governance <ul><li>Indian bureaucrats are asked to serve the interests of t...
What I have found  in these 12 years <ul><li>Three things: </li></ul><ul><li>One:  Mother India does not create leaders bu...
What I have found  in these 12 years <ul><li>Two:  Indians are not trained to work in teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Democrac...
What I have found  in these 12 years <ul><li>Three:  Indians hate the hard work to negotiate a common strategy with others...
Why am I here today? <ul><li>There is a huge amount of  negativism and cynicism  among educated classes in India. </li></u...
Why is FTI different? <ul><li>The Freedom Team of India reduces the effort and risk involved in becoming a leader. It is a...
So what, legally, is FTI? <ul><li>FTI is a  not-for-profit Trust  registered in Indore. </li></ul><ul><li>It has a bank ac...
FTI strategy <ul><li>FTI members will begin political work on the ground  only after: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1500 leaders w...
FTI is focused on results <ul><li>FTI is extremely strategic. It doesn’t waste its resources and time on frivolous activit...
FTI and Freedom <ul><li>Freedom  is a paramount political good: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>economic freedom  </li></ul></ul><ul...
ARE YOU READY? <ul><li>Do you have something significant to contribute to India’s  governance ?  </li></ul><ul><li>Are you...
What if you can’t  contest elections? <ul><li>Without enough people to contest elections, FTI will die. It will be able to...
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India Needs You! An introduction to the Freedom Team of India

  1. 1. India needs you! - An introduction to the Freedom Team of India Outline of a proposed talk by Sanjeev Sabhlok February-March 2010 at different venues VERSION 0.2 DATED 25 JANUARY 2010
  2. 2. Post-independence score: Corrupt : 62 goals. Honest : 0. <ul><li>The reason : </li></ul><ul><li>The honest have deserted the battle </li></ul><ul><li>They refuse to contest elections </li></ul><ul><li>They have handed over India to criminals </li></ul>
  3. 3. You must be in the game in order to win <ul><li>To stand a chance of winning a game, you have to be in the game . You have to contest elections and change the policies of India. They won’t change on their own. </li></ul><ul><li>Honest Indians can’t abandon the fight and still hope to live in a great India. </li></ul><ul><li>Why does India have such bright people but such dismal governance? There is clearly no prize for guessing! </li></ul>
  4. 4. My personal journey for the reform of India’s governance <ul><li>Indian bureaucrats are asked to serve the interests of the corrupt and incompetent. In February 1998 I concluded that I could not do any more of this. </li></ul><ul><li>The only role I would henceforth play in India would be a political role, or no role at all . </li></ul><ul><li>Since 1999 I tried thrice to form a liberal political party in India to oppose corruption. I failed repeatedly since India does not have leaders who want to bring about change. </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the learnings from the failures over many years I proposed my fourth and last attempt (Freedom Team of India) in my book Breaking Free of Nehru . </li></ul>
  5. 5. What I have found in these 12 years <ul><li>Three things: </li></ul><ul><li>One: Mother India does not create leaders but clerks and sheep </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve hunted for leaders for so many years </li></ul><ul><li>But hardly anyone is willing to contest elections and lead India </li></ul><ul><li>Educated Indians seem to have nothing to offer to India but subservience to India’s corrupt </li></ul>
  6. 6. What I have found in these 12 years <ul><li>Two: Indians are not trained to work in teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Democracy citizenship is about working with others in a team: asserting one’s views but deferring to the team’s shared view </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But India doesn’t have team players </li></ul></ul><ul><li>So we get lots of one-man “shows” that sprout and die in each election </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No team efforts to propagate agreed solutions </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What I have found in these 12 years <ul><li>Three: Indians hate the hard work to negotiate a common strategy with others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To get to a common strategy and policy, a lot of give and take is required; lot of hard work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>But Indians are petty individualists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They hate listening to others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They hate give and take and open discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hence can’t arrive at common goals and strategies and shared policies </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Why am I here today? <ul><li>There is a huge amount of negativism and cynicism among educated classes in India. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Defeatism, shortcuts and escapism is the norm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Sab chalta hai” we are told. This is India!” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>My goal is to break this cycle of cynicism and show you how good people can actually work together for India’s future </li></ul><ul><li>I have a message of hope and success </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why is FTI different? <ul><li>The Freedom Team of India reduces the effort and risk involved in becoming a leader. It is a joint effort of many citizens. We are committed to working together. </li></ul>Solution Obstacle FTI is a team: everyone is an equal. It is critical for FTI to have leaders, not just one leader. No one is indispensible Lack of team work FTI works to gain agreement on policies amongst its leaders Lack of agreement FTI finds leaders who are in-principle committed to contesting elections and offers them a platform Lack of leaders
  10. 10. So what, legally, is FTI? <ul><li>FTI is a not-for-profit Trust registered in Indore. </li></ul><ul><li>It has a bank account and a PAN number. </li></ul><ul><li>Its members comply with a Code of Conduct. There is also a disciplinary process. </li></ul><ul><li>Its rules and processes (and policies) are made through extensive discussion. All decisions are made democratically. </li></ul>
  11. 11. FTI strategy <ul><li>FTI members will begin political work on the ground only after: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1500 leaders who are ready to contest elections have joined FTI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These 1500 leaders have agreed 100% on detailed policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sufficient legal funds have been collected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adharshila (a grassroots movement) is active in each corner of India </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is time for leaders to propagate their message before elections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Earliest expected date of political action: 2014 </li></ul>
  12. 12. FTI is focused on results <ul><li>FTI is extremely strategic. It doesn’t waste its resources and time on frivolous activity </li></ul><ul><li>FTI members will contest elections only to win </li></ul><ul><li>That requires a tremendous focus and no distraction from the goal </li></ul>
  13. 13. FTI and Freedom <ul><li>Freedom is a paramount political good: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>economic freedom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>strong property rights </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>strong defence and law and order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>religious freedoms subject to accountability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reasonable equal opportunity, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To join FTI you must be committed to the principles of freedom and good governance . </li></ul>
  14. 14. ARE YOU READY? <ul><li>Do you have something significant to contribute to India’s governance ? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you a leader deep inside ? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you afraid to contest elections independently and do not want to join a corrupt political party? </li></ul><ul><li>If so, you may be the person FTI is looking for. Go to FTI’s website, read FTI’s brochure and conditions for joining. Then apply. </li></ul>
  15. 15. What if you can’t contest elections? <ul><li>Without enough people to contest elections, FTI will die. It will be able to do nothing. That much is clear. </li></ul><ul><li>So finding leaders is paramount. </li></ul><ul><li>But even if you can’t contest elections you can support FTI thus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>contribute 1 per cent of your earnings to FTI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>write for Adharshila </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>start a local branch of Adharshila </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>organise outreach events for FTI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>write about FTI on your blog, etc. </li></ul></ul>

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