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Re: Mode of funding of Lok Satta



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> JP responded to the query raised on the IPI debate forurm by MV regarding
> the mode of funding of Lok Satta (see below). Further correspondence on
> this issue by MV, also relevant to the IPI debates, is being forwarded to
> the IPI debate, below. He has raised a relevant issue of how a democratic
> party should raise its funds. Something of this nature is already included
> in the Constitution of the Ideal Political Party, placed on the IPI web
site.
>
> The problem in all societies is that only a few people actively contribute
> to the political process. The rest are mere spectators, and some do not
> even vote. Therefore expecting a 5 crore membership of a political party
in
> India is almost out of question. Contributions therefore have to be
> transparently raised from private firms and interested associations. In
> India the latter does not happen; hence funds for parties are raised from
> funds meant for the poor, for roads, dams, guns, etc. through corrupt
> practices (i.e., from our taxes both official and unofficial). We live in
a
> crude and primitive democracy.
>
> Sanjeev
>
>

It may seem little out of reach initially, but
it is very much possible today.

If someone had suggested this 20 years back i
would also have said it is not possible, but
today techology makes it possible to enrol and
manage 5 Crore membership with acceptable
overheads.

MV.

>
> From: "MV" <maxv@vsnl.com>
> To: "Dr Jayaprakash Narayan" <loksatta@satyam.net.in>
> Cc: "Sanjeev Sabhlok" <sanjeev@sabhlokcity.com>
> Subject: Re: Democratic political funding....
> Date: Sun, 4 Feb 2001 20:52:50 +0530
>
> Dear Jayaprakash & Sanjeev,
>
> I very much appreciate the work both of you are
> doing. Wish i could join you actively, but i have
> set other priorities for next few years, till then
> can only participate passively.
>
> -----
>
> Any democratic movement that depend on funding by
> donations can be easily compromised/influenced/controlled
> by the contributors. This is exactly what is happening
> today with the major political parties.
>
> True democratic political movement should be funded
> equally by all the members else it will lose it's
> democratic nature in a short time.
>
> It is actually *possible* to build a democratic political
> movement in India with democratic membership based
> funding.
>
> Here is some simple arithmetic.....
>
>
> Number of Members          = 5 Crores
>
> Membership fee             = Rs.100 per year
>
> Membership fee collection  = Rs.2500 Crores
> in 5 years
>
> (calculate the interest and the sum will be
> much more, i leave it out since the membership
> mobilization will take some time)
>
> A membership based political party that can
> grow to 5 crores members (5% population of India)
> in 5 years, can win the parliament/state elections
> and rule India in 10 years, if the party sticks to
> democratically electing it's leaders/candidates.
>
> Such a democratic party can/should pay it's district
> level and up leaders what a top private co will
> pay it's officers in similar positions.
>
> I welcome your thoughts....
>
> Regards,
>
> MV.
>
> > Dear Sanjiv & MV
> >
> > Thanks for your email. Foundation for Democratic Reforms / Lok Satta are
> > tax-exempt under Section 80 G of I T Act. We accept contributions only
> from
> > Indians or persons of Indian origin, but not from foreign foundations.
> > Details are available on our Website: www.loksatta.org. We get a lot of
> > support in the form of volunteer time and in kind.
> > With regards,
> > Jayaprakash
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "MV (by way of Sanjeev Sabhlok <sanjeev@sabhlokcity.com>)"
> > <maxv@vsnl.com>
> > To: <fonderef@hd1.vsnl.net.in>
> > Sent: Friday, February 02, 2001 10:30 AM
> > Subject: Democratic political funding....
> >
> >
> > > Dear JP, could you respond on the IPI debate, pl.? Thanks, and with
> > > regards, Sanjeev
> > >
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> > > >From: Dr. Sanjeev Sabhlok
> > > >
> > > > Solve the root of corruption - else face the ongoing tragedy of
India.
> > > > Attack the roots through electoral reform and working with
> organizations
> > > > like Lok Satta. Show the people their rights. Assist them in getting
> > > > corruption-free services. Join into social groups in each city to
work
> > > > toward reform. Then join together and  contest the electoral battle:
> > show
> > > > the people the path free of corruption.
> > > >
> > >
> > > It will be interesting to know the funding model
> > > of Lok Satta.
> > >
> > > MV.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
>



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