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Workshop from 5-8 January 2004 to determine


“India's Liberal Political Strategy: 2004 and beyond”



Under Clause 8(c) of the Trust Deed, as part of IPI’s plan, and given that the Board of Directors of IPI firmly believe that public benefit in India will arise from the liberal policies advocated in its draft People’s Manifesto, IPI is hosting a networking session for Indian liberal organizations and liberals1.  The workshop from 5-8 January 2004 will propose “India's Liberal Political Strategy: 2004 and beyond” for consideration of the wider public of India. This will be followed by a Seminar for interested liberals on 9 January 2004. You are invited to attend this seminar.     (Participants in the Workshop)


For Workshop participants: Crucial group skills |  Reading material | (Word docs - Issues Register,  Facilitation Plan , Stages)


NOTE – The agenda is flexible and participants will dictate the flow.



   5 January 2004 Commitment to work together and strategic review


  • Welcome by facilitator (3 minutes): What is strategy, what are we doing in this workshop, how we will do it. Facilitation. Ground rules. Helpers.

Rules for introductory comments - Half minute on introduction, then

-- (Expectations) why are you here, ie., what would you like to "take back" home, ie., your most preferred scenario

-- Key political aspects of the Indian situation and the role of liberal politics (demand and supply side)

-- Key obstacles with your key recommended solutions

No repetition.

  • Introductory comments by 20 participants on their expectations (5 minutes each = 100 minutes).  [Sh. Joshi may wish to speak for half an hour and tell participants about Swatantra Bharat Party efforts]


  • Poll of participants – 20 minutes
  • Defining the key question before us - 10 minutes
  • Resolve to work down a decision tree. First we examine feasibility of a political party. If not, we look at alternative political platforms. If these are not viable, then ...
  • Finalization of agenda for the day
  • Who are we?  (10-25 minutes) High level dot points compiled (see also Assumptions of a Liberal (Word document), and the Liberal checklist)


  • Strategic Review: Historical (till 2003) Key learnings from Liberal efforts of the past 180 years  (particularly lessons from Swatantra party and prospects of SBP)

Rules - First Sh. R.K. Amin speaks, then participants give their views, then S.V. Raju responds, then Sh. Joshi, then open discussion and wrap-up. Incidental discussions to happen later in different, relevant sessions, if necessary.


SUBGROUP ACTIVITY: Strategic Review - 2004.

  • Brainstorm to gather all issues

4 groups with 4 methods: (a) Environmental Scan (b) SWOT (c) Competitive analysis

(d) Fishbone analysis of electoral success (once finished, participants can move to other groups)

  • Subgroup Reports and final organisation of issues and ranking
  • Brainstorm of solutions: How to overcome barriers

Strategic review: (PPT, 350KB)

7:30 – 10 pm

  • Dinner for Workshop participants

   6 January 2004  Strategy formulation


  • Deciding the day’s agenda and review of previous day’s work
  • Brainstorm of solutions: How to overcome barriers (contd. If necessary)
  • Final decisions on where we want to go: Vision, Mission, Methods, Values, Goals, Objectives


  • Determining how we will get there: Road map: 2004-2011: brainstorming key steps


  • ‘Big picture’ Road map: 2004-2011: consensus


  • ‘Big picture’ Road map: 2004-2011: documentation of all strategies (S1,S2,S3 ETC)

  7 January 2004  Action Plan and Design issues (“filling out the elements of strategy”)


  • Deciding the day’s agenda and review of previous day’s work
  • Action Plan for 2004: Detailed steps for 2004, consensus and documentation 



SUBGROUP ACTIVITIES (TBA, based on action plan)

Key messages/ slogans | Sketch of Constitution | Membership document | Donation | Policy process | Liberal College or strengthening of IPI | funding mechanisms

Sketch of alternative political strategy based structure, etc.



  • Reports of small groups and documentation

   8 January 2004 Actions going forward (based on Action Plan and strategy)


  • Deciding the day’s agenda and review of previous day’s work
  • Formation of action teams and agreed responsibilities: Formative Executive Council (if necessary) | International branches | Organising Committee for next meeting | Policy Committees | Flyer writers| Web management | Pamphleteers | Fund raising in India and abroad | Spokespersons in India and abroad


  • Resolution summarizing agreements and future steps.
  • Signing the resolution (Outline STRATEGY approved)


  • Preparation for the Seminar: PPT presentation, Speakers, press release etc.


  9 January 2004 Seminar