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RE: Policy Implications of the Chandrakant Shourie case



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Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 13:53:54 +0530

POINT OF INFORMATION there is the voluntary action network of India which
would give you lots of information about who is doing good work at community
level. They also know what the impediments are from both illegal elements
and government. There are issues of the right to free assembly and the right
to carry on a profession which are involved. VANI has a project about FCRA
reform and there are others monitoring the treatment of human rights
defenders.
Maja Daruwala

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> prabhu.guptara@ubs.com
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> Subject: Policy Implications of the Chandrakant Shourie case
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>      Dear Professor Roy
>
>      Many thanks for your efforts to establish the facts of the case: my
>      intention in circularising the original press release to all
> of us at
>      IPI was to bring the alleged facts to the attention of IPI
> so that we
>      could consider the policy implications of such a case.  There is an
>      added advantage that through the good offices of you, Professor Roy,
>      and Dr Chowgule, the facts have now been checked out and found to be
>      substantially accurate.
>
>      So we at IPI should return to our task of considering the policy
>      implications of the case.  (I am making some efforts to provide
>      practical help to Mr Shourie; if I succeed, I will inform
> IPI members
>      simply for general interest).
>
>      I agree with Dr Chowgule that whether Mr Chandrakant Shourie is a
>      Christian or a Muslim or a Marxist or whatever has no bearing on the
>      case from a policy point of view.  IPI is blind to such matters.
>
>      The policy implications would seem to me to be as follows:
>
>      1.  There are probably hundreds if not thousands of people
> doing good
>      work in India, for whatever individual motivations they may have for
>      doing so.  Many of them are evidently not linked with organisations
>      (at least Mr Shourie does not appear to be linked with any
>      organisations, or his case (with all its "masala") would surely have
>      been better publicised and not have come to the attention of
> IPI only
>      because I happened to have been sent the press release and forwarded
>      it to IPI).  Is there anything IPI should be doing to collect
>      information about such people and drawing national attention to the
>      work they are doing?
>
>      2.  Like Mr Chowgule, I too have no idea how good the educational
>      efforts of Mr Shourie are.  I cannot imagine that they are very good
>      if one considers the paltry infrastructure he is supposed to have in
>      his school.  But, as all of us know, excellent
> infrastructure does not
>      necessarily mean good education nor does poor infrastructure
>      necessarily mean poor education: that depends on the quality of the
>      commitment and talent that a teacher brings to the
> enterprise.  On the
>      basis of the supposed facts of the case, I do not doubt Mr Shourie's
>      commitment but I have no idea of his talents as a teacher (or the
>      talents of any other teachers who may work with him).  But however
>      good or bad his educational efforts may be, they are undoubtedly
>      better than would have been the case if he had not gone to the area
>      and set up his school, for then the people there would have
> continued
>      to have nothing.  Anyway, the issue is that of the use of
> violence to
>      stop such efforts specifically in feudal areas (which are
> the bulk of
>      the country).  What policies can we at IPI think of which would
>      penalise the use of violence anyway, and specifically in such cases?
>
>      3. You quibble with me, Professor Roy, about the use of the term
>      "fascist".  May I remind you that the term was not mine but was that
>      of the Press Release.  However, I do think the use of the term
>      "fascist" entirely appropriate in this context.  I will therefore
>      continue to use the term "fascists" till you can supply me a better
>      term for such people, Professor Roy.  The question, from an
> IPI point
>      of view, is as follows:  have these fascists not brought the
> fair name
>      of the BJP into disrepute?  Have they not brought the fair
> name of the
>      country into disrepute?  Should IPI not therefore appeal to
> the BJP to
>      expel such fascists from the party?  I do hereby appeal to Professor
>      Roy and Dr Chowgule, and to other members of IPI, to use their good
>      offices to do whatever is necessary to get the BJP to exercise party
>      discipline against such fascists.
>
>      4.  I propose that our Internal Code of Conduct (in the IPI
> Manifesto)
>      , under the section "Minimum qualifications", after the clause
>      regarding "No criminal case pending", add the following clause:
>
>                " * All members forswear the use of violence in settling
> disputes; any members found to have used violence will be automatically
> expelled from the party till they make amends to the victims of their
> violence and forswear further use of violence."
>
> 5.  As a result of reflecting on this case, I have come to the conclusion
> that the greatest threat in India at present is not socialism but the
> continuance of feudalism and the use of fascist violence to perpetuate
> feudalism.  It appears to me that "socialism" simply became the
> convenient
> label by which feudalism could continue to be perpetrated in our
> country.
> We never had socialism and we can never have socialism or free markets as
> long as the feudal/fascist nexus continues.  IPI-type policies
> can provide a
> conducive environment for liberating our people from feudalism, but it is
> the personal efforts of people such as Mr Chandrakant Shourie which are
> necessary before people who have been oppressed for centuries can
> have the
> fire of hope lit in their hearts and can be inspired to exert
> themselves to
> study or work to improve their prospects in the face of fascist
> violence at
> their efforts to improve themselves.
>
> 6.  At IPI, we need to consider what we can do to encourage others,
> specially young people, to do for at least a one or two years of their
> lives, what Mr Shourie has done for 20 years.  Retired people are another
> group who could be encouraged to give at least a year or two of
> their lives
> for similar good work.  What policies can we think of which would
> encourage
> this?
>
> With my thanks, again, to you Dr Roy (and through you to Dr Chowgule)
>
>
> Professor Prabhu Guptara
> Director, Executive and Organisational Development
> Wolfsberg Executive Development Centre
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> Subject: UNAUTHENTICATED: Fw: Chowgule talks to Chandrakant Shourie
> Author:  sroy (sroy@vgsom.iitkgp.ernet.in) at unix,mime
> Date:    17.01.2000 16:45
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dr.SubrotoRoy <sroy@vgsom.iitkgp.ernet.in> To:
> debate@indiapolicy.org
> <debate@indiapolicy.org> Cc: Ashok Chowgule
> <ashokvc@giasbm01.vsnl.net.in>
> Date: Monday, January 17, 2000 8:00 PM
> Subject: Chowgule talks to Chandrakant Shourie
>
>
> >I have received the following message from Mr. Ashok Chowgule.
> It states
> >that Mr. Chowgule has spoken to Chandrakant Shourie, who is evidently
> >related to Mr. Arun Shourie though the latter does not know it.    Mr.
> >Chandrakant Shourie is evidently doing good work, and is a convert to
> >Christianity.   He was evidently assaulted, and there was some local BJP
> >politician involved.   The enclosed speaks for itself.
> >
> >My own complaint had to do with the term "fascist" being used by Mr.
> >Guptara, and that has been explained I think as a metaphorical use. >
> >Subroto Roy
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: AskchGoa <ashokvc@chowgulegoa.com> >To: Roy Dr. Subroto
> <sroy@vgsom>
> >Date: Monday, January 17, 2000 11:52 PM >Subject: Chandrakant Shourie
> >
> >
> >>To: Prof Subroto Roy.
> >>
> >>From:  Ashok Chowgule.
> >>
> >>17 January, 2000.
> >>
> >>Dear Prof Roy,
> >>Pranam,
> >>
> >>I spoke with Shri Chandrakant Shourie today in the evening.  He
> says that
> >he
> >>is related to Shri Arun Shourie and that Shri Chandrakant's grandfather
> and
> >>Shri Arun's father are brothers.  So in that sense, it would
> appear that
> >the
> >>relationship of uncle/nephew is correct, once or twice removed. >>
> >>Shri Chandrakant confirms that the attack did take place.  He also says
> >that
> >>the whole area is feudal, and he says that the BJP and Congress have
> >divided
> >>the feudal families between themselves.  Though, he says, the 'prime
> >>attacker' in this case is a member of the BJP.
> >>
> >>Shri Chandrakant volunteered that he is today a Christian - I did not
> >>inquire from him when he converted.  I said to him that I have
> never had
> >any
> >>problem with anyone who is doing good to the society,
> irrespective of the
> >>person's religion.  The objection that I have is when the
> social service
> is
> >>used for the purposes of conversion.  (To my mind when a social
> service is
> >>done with an expectation of something in return, it becomes a
> commercial
> >>transaction.)  Shri Chandrakant says that during his twenty
> years of stay
> >in
> >>the area there have been no conversions to Christianity.  I said to him
> >that
> >>since I do not know him or his organisation, I have no basis of
> commenting
> >>on the value of his service to the people of the area.
> >>
> >>I have given Shri Chandrakant the telephone number of Shri Arun, and
> >perhaps
> >>the two may get in touch with each other.
> >>
> >>One thing that still intrigues me is the fact that this
> incident did not
> >>make it to national news.  Given the various personalities
> involved, there
> >>would appear to be a lot of 'masala' in the whole thing.
> >>
> >>Namaste.
> >>Ashok Chowgule.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >
>
>
>
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