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Draft Manifesto : Suggestion III

Postings not related to the writing of the Manifesto or policy chapters
are likely to be summarily rejected. Thanks for your understanding. IPI
Fundamental Principles
15.Electoral Reform

   One very important point is missing, and that is : Clear guidance
   to protect the fundamental rights of every citizen of the country
   of political representation. There has been lot of impulsive and
   actions taken by various governments to legislate labeling "Reserved
   Constituencies" for specific castes, gender (Women) etc. While the
   politically popular aspects of such actions are highlighted, the
   violations of rights of those affected by such legislation's, are

   While there should be complete protection for those who do not feel
   to exercise their political rights of participation due to social
prejudice, meaning, the government should ensure that nobody is
effectively a weaker section by way of caste, religion or gender, but
the exercise of reserving constituency for a caste or gender in order to

force diversity in the parliament should be made unconstitutional as
this clearly violates the fundamental rights of those affected.

On 1.Administrative Reform
Section C: Raising the salaries

This point is not very clear, and I fail to understand why this language

belongs to a policy statement. It could be changed to something like :

"Ensure that the Compensation of the Government Staff, is, to a minimum,

 sufficient for decent living, and is, comparable to what a similarly
 qualified individual would earn in a similarly demanding job in the
private sector. This is required to retain the best talent for executing

the very important functions of the government"

Section D.Cutting down the needless tasks performed by government, and
           bringing down the size of government to half.

"Half of what? It is a very relative term. I think it is already stated
elsewhere that the size of ministry in a government should be strictly
limited to a certain percentage of strength of the elected body. I think

this extra reference is redundant. Instead, another line should be added

to the earlier reference of limiting the size of the government to
specify the limitation of a reasonable ceiling beyond which the
governments should not be allowed to spend without a 2/3rd majority
approval of the elected representatives"

On another important issue of
1.Strengthening democratic institutions
Section B: Remove government control over the media

While there is widespread agreement on the basic philosophy, and even
various governments have tried to implement some versions of this
philosophy, Prasar Bharti is very distorted, yet basically an attempt to

satisfy such a demand. The current Government's stand of advocating
control over media "Because it is funded by the Government" is very

Some language needs to be written to guide the funding arrangements of
the media in order to protect it from the shekels of the governments. I
think a government funded media should have no business showing Amitabh
Bacchan's movies. Such a portion/Channel Bandwidth can be fully
privatized for commercial purposes, and private corporations would be
happy to fund it. Something like a C-SPAN organization can be created,
which would be funded by mandatory contributions from the private
commercial media corporations and Cable Operators just like it is done
in the United States. Having public/private funded Public
Television/Radio stations with minimal grants from the governments can
also work well. Some detailed language about media funding policy is
necessary before initiating any meaningful talk about media freedom.

C & B ministry ought to be about granting communication bandwidth to
multiple enterprises to increase competition and quality of service,
regulate adherence to socially acceptable norms, and force the
benefactors of the communication  bandwidths, meaning the private Media
owners and distributors, to provide an advertisement-free separate media

organization independently governed by separately elected people's
(non-political) governing body to ensure Citizens get to watch their
democracy function, uncensored!

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