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ARCHIVES OF THE NATIONAL DEBATE

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Proposed "ideal" Plan of Action

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Color code: Words in red are under dispute, those which are green are the suggested changes, and those in purple are new additions All points are open for debate, in perpetuity.


What needs to be done

Step 1: Getting the best ideas

Ambiguity, uncertainty, and inadequate knowledge do not eliminate strong convictions in political life. Despite the enormous complexity of the world, behavior is driven by normative convictions and basic principles. True believers in any 'ideology' are disinclined to attend to events contradicting their core normative and causal beliefs. Given this harsh reality, that none of us is truly or completely an objective observer of life, and that what may appear to be a 'lesson' learnt might actually be found after a period of time to have been a misinterpretation of facts, or a distortion of history, human beings have the need to act to 'the best of their knowledge and beliefs' at any given point of time.

It is the belief of this forum that better and better ideas will continuously emerge from discussion and debate, but that action cannot be delayed beyond a point as it will amount to a contradiction and a nullification of the sense of urgency with which this effort was taken up by many seriously concerned individuals.

A printed 'version' of the Manifesto should be released to the People of India, with a request for adoption by all political parties and all groups, under the signature of those who believe broadly in the findings of the Manifesto.

In the meanwhile, efforts should be made to expand the debate by involving students and their teachers, and into the villages.

Step 2: Acquire and Develop Leaders

Since ideas without action are as meaningless for the poor and oppressed in India as is action without ideas, one of the goals of IndiaPolicy will be to build everyone associated with IndiaPolicy into a leader. That is actually a very simple task. A leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up, and goes (John Erskine). When Gandhi was kicked out of a train in South Africa , he simply decided that oppression based on race had to go from the world. Nobody told him to take responsibility for the world's racial oppression. He simply took it upon himself. A hundred years down the road, not only did he succeed in booting out the British from India, but his followers, Mandela and King, wiped out racial oppression in other parts of the globe. That's all it takes. To get up and go.

And remember, Gandhi was a very ordinary man, intellectually. Gandhi rightly said, and this will always remain true: "I claim to be no more than an average man with less than average ability [and we know that for sure since Gandhi never lied] ... Nor can I claim any special merit for what I have been able to achieve with laborious research [all he did was read Thoreau and figure out a strategy to retaliate with a very mighty kick for the racial oppressors through non-violence]. I have not the shadow of doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith."

India_Policy would like to remind everyone that all it will really take for us to Change India, is to know where we want to go, then get up, and go.

Other possible steps

  1. Form a political or a citizens group, if necessary. If formed, this should be formed simultaneously all over the country.
  2. Open a training school for members so that people not only understand what the group stands for but they are skilled in organizing public debate.
  3. Propagate and further debate the currently "best" ideas at each level. Have a newsletter, etc. Talk to the people constantly. Reach out to those who will oppose the change.
  4. Start selecting the best people for leadership positions in each state and each district and lower level.
  5. Make clear the penalties for unethical behaviour, and define conduct rules.
  6. If sufficiently large, and sufficiently well-funded, then register as an all-India political group.
  7. Contest the battle for the People's vote.
  8. Implement the ideas like a professionally well-oiled corporation, systematically building a new India, involving all people, i.e., in the spirit of inclusiveness.

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Reference Section

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Publications/ Notes

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Other Manifestos

DRAFT MANIFESTO

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Frontispiece

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The Free Citizen; the Fair Society

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Long Term Vision

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Preamble

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Major Concerns

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Manifesto

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Agenda

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Plan of Action

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Code of Conduct

Volunteer!

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Be a Reviewer of the Draft

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Be a Compiler of Addresses

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Help write a flyer

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Join a Task Force

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Pin this on your Notice Board (Flyer in PDF format)

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY, etc.

Thought for the Day

   Watch out World!!
The Giant is beginning to wake up. The race for the top slot in the world is now officially on!
      Go, India!!



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