Janaagraha Bengaluru Feb 10


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Presentation at the Janaagraha Event in Bengaluru, 15th Feb 2010 on "New Age Political Movements".
Includes introduction to FTI

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  • Chandrayaan Image: http://www.isro.org/Chandrayaan/htmls/resources_image.htm Dhanush image: http://beta.thehindu.com/multimedia/dynamic/00017/dhanush_17394f.jpg Infosys Image: http://www.infosys.com/newsroom/journalist-resources/Pages/infosyslogo.aspx Tata Nano: http://tatanano.inservices.tatamotors.com/tatamotors/index.php?option=com_content&task=gallery&id=17 Iflex image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Iflex51.JPG Middle class image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Greatindiaplace.jpg
  • The two worlds (mentioned in two slides of India 2010) are colliding and we do not know what the end result will look like.. We do know that in 40 years time, we will be the most populous country on earth.. But how would India look then?
  • We do not know how it is going to look.. But lets ask ourselves the questions (click to slide): 1] are we prepared and 2] Where are the leaders Because how India will look like in 2050 will depend on its leadership…the leadership’s vision, its capabilities and its commitment. So the question I would like all of you to focus on today is this challenge of leadership. So what is FTI?
  • Screenshots// TALK about why is it different: Different because – WE ARE ABOUT LEADERS AND LEADERSHIP – unlike any other party 1500 is a notional number/ it represents critical mass/ the actual number may be 500 or 1000 but the key thing is for enough people to get together and then catalyse
  • “… A government which generally leaves us alone ”* - Atanu Dey, Economict http://deesha.org/
  • Our approach may appear slow but it is steady and very likely to be more sustainable… How can you help? Get involved?? Segue to the next slide…
  • Janaagraha Bengaluru Feb 10

    1. 1. <ul><li>“ So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor, who having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them” </li></ul>A Thought for Today… <ul><ul><li>Source: From “Modern India”, NCERT, 1986, Pg 219; Image Courtesy: Mohan Chandran </li></ul></ul>
    2. 2.   Shantanu Bhagwat June ’09
    3. 3. India, 2010… <ul><li>Rising, shining, thriving… </li></ul>
    4. 4. India, 2010… <ul><li>Poor, dangerous, ungovernable… </li></ul>
    5. 6. India, 2050 <ul><li>The most populous country on the planet </li></ul>
    6. 7. India, 2050 <ul><li>The most populous country on the planet with </li></ul><ul><li>A vast frustrated, restive and deprived population </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>The largest pool of talent anywhere in the world </li></ul>
    7. 8. India, 2050 <ul><li>A shining example of a successful democracy </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>A country on the edge of chaos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>facing insurgencies in borders regions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… and breakdown of law and order </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. India, 2050 <ul><li>The second-largest economy in the world </li></ul><ul><li>OR </li></ul><ul><li>An economy being choked due to infrastructure bottlenecks </li></ul>
    9. 10. India, 2050 <ul><li>Are we prepared? </li></ul><ul><li>Where are the leaders to lead India in 2050? </li></ul>
    10. 11. FTI is about leaders <ul><li>Leaders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>with courage and determination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>to fight it out </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with empathy and sensitivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>towards the unfortunate and the deprived </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>…having the realisation that </li></ul><ul><ul><li>this is going to be a very hard… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and a very long path to walk on </li></ul></ul>
    11. 12. FTI is a platform <ul><li>For leaders with shared beliefs to come together towards a better India </li></ul><ul><li>FTI may transform into a political party </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But only when a critical mass of leaders assemble </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>…and agree to contest on a shared platform, on a common ideological basis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FTI is a “Coalition of the Willing” </li></ul>
    12. 13. <ul><li>It is not (yet) a political party </li></ul><ul><li>Its members are all committed to contesting elections </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>with extensive prior preparation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>As a team of leaders, it does not have a hierarchical structure </li></ul>How is FTI different?
    13. 14. <ul><li>Classical Liberalism </li></ul><ul><li>Equal opportunity </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum (individual) Freedom </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject to accountability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom - not a license but a civic responsibility </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Minimum but strong, enabling government </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Law and Order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Justice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul></ul>FTI Philosophy
    14. 15. FTI Approach <ul><li>Step 1: Agree broad philosophy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Philosophy of Freedom (Classical Liberalism) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Find outstanding leaders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1500 members able (& willing) to contest in all parliamentary seats </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Agree on detailed policies </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4: Consider contesting elections </li></ul>
    15. 16. Questions, Comments... Jai Hind, Jai Bharat! Shantanu @ Satyameva- Jayate.org