Open Letter 1 to #Arvind Kejriwal from #Mike Rana

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23 thoughts on “Open Letter 1 to #Arvind Kejriwal from #Mike Rana

  1. Mike, Your blog was good for most part in VOWs and Good Luck. However as the truth is coming out, it seems that the OOPS you allude to may in fact be good points and not blunders, as suggested below.

    1. On free water and price cut for electricity up to a certain amount is brilliant:

    i. AAP has said they would review the amount after getting all facts, while providing immediate relief

    ii. this action promotes immediate conservation steps.

    iii. More disposable income to middle class and poor will stimulate Delhi Economy.

    iv. Impact on budget (60 crores or so) is small and very manageable in Delhi (compare it to 2500 crore Sardar Patel statue in Gujarat, 300 crore Mayavati statues in UP, etc, which does nothing for people or economy)

    v) On subsidies as populist, no one talks about the hundreds of crores of subsidized land lease to Delhi Golf Club amounting to tens of lakhs per member. The media just talks about the paltry sum that go to the poor to make their life easier, and in fact help the economy and education of their children.

    2. On vanity light issue,
    Both traffic woes and simplicity were highlighted, so there was no blunder, and this not qualify even as a small omission let alone a blunder.

    3. On security issue, IMHO this is a plus not a blunder:

    i) Is it security or vanity? Does it really help security? In US except for President, Governors, congressmen, senators do not have this. Indira Gandhi’s own bodyguards shot her. Kennedy was assassinated despite top security, and Reagan and Ford were shot but survived.

    ii) Do security forces and bodyguards enhance security, or not having these make it safer? There is no clear cut answer. If you don’t have security, it is not a challenge, opposition does not want to make you a martyr (RSS was banned after Gandhi’s assassination by Sardar patel). People protect you. IMHO this is a wash. In any case plainclothes security is better, and every citizen should have security.

    iii) Visible security and squad cars prevent you from mingling with people, and keeps leaders distant and aloof.

    4. On residence issue, this is good to set a simplicity tone.

    i) The opposition and media would pounce on anything, 5 Br with adjoining office flat is too much, etc..

    ii) So any reasonable accommodations would be fine. it is tone setting of every one getting acre plus residences in Delhi (BTW, in US Congressmen and senators have to rent their own residences).

    iii) Jerry Brown, Governor (like CM) of California the largest state in US, in all his three terms (1972-76, 1976-80, 2010-2014) chose a small apartment and not the Governor’s mansion, and a drove in a beatup old car rather than elaborate government vehicle, had no security) and he has been the most effective governor California has had.

    5. On Free Flowing Statements
    These are important. Non-free flowing managed, rehearsed speeches that we see from other politicians are not the answer. This is a refreshing change. Paid media will criticize anything. Don’t fall for it. Well thought out positions on every issue will be coming out, like the Delhi manifesto for AAP. Also official statement on party positions will be made. Having said that, it is good to be cautious in this election season when opposition as you said is well versed in playing the blame game aided by the paid media.

    CORE TEAM:
    The core team is being strengthened every day as new and brilliant people join AAP. So have patience.

    Remodeled Socialism:
    AAP is coming with a practical policy that works, comprising where socialism works and where capitalism works. Each have a place. This is a good approach. You can provide your input.

    On Lok Sabha Bid
    The common man, believe it or not, seems to see through the tricks being played by rivals and pumped by media. For example, when I discussed the infamous “sting” which was overplayed by the media, with people in the Delhi Jhuggis, Jhopris and smaller quarters and the common people on the street, they had seen the sting on TV, but rightly come to the conclusion that this was a trick, as their heart was with AAP. On the other hand the more educated people in middle class seem to be falling for this propaganda. It should have been the other way around. I can’t quite explain it. Perhaps the educated read too much and analyze too much and use their head (which is more influenced by propaganda) than the heart which goes on gut feel and instincts. The common man seems to have a sixth sense as to who is sincere and who is working for their interests.

    I hope this trend continues, and the common man keeps faith in Aam Aadmi Party which is looking out for the interest of the masses, rooting out corruption, making them breathe easier, and bringing a little power to them. They can see how their lives are being directly helped.

    We also know that the common man votes in larger percentage in India than the middle class or the rich, who often shirk their civic duty to vote, and take the day off (election day is a holiday in India) to go on a trip, to enjoy and to see movies.

    Right now in my opinion, AAP is thriving on chaos, and growing rapidly in its own chaotic way. I have seen this in rapidly growing start-ups, where they can’t even count the revenues coming in as they are coming in so fast. Order follows the initial chaos, brings increased controls and stability but slows down expansion and innovation. So it is a trade-off. Currently, the need is to get as many people involved as AAP can. Surely mistakes will be made, and they are learning experiences. The biggest mistake is not to try, to give up before trying.

    AAP will fight the good fight. Win or lose, AAP has already made a big difference in India, and will continue to do so.

    Sure mistakes will be made, AAP will learn from them and move on. Biggest mistake is inaction and being afraid to make any mistake, which stops learning.

    Without going full steam in Lok Sabha 2014, the dream of Lok Sabha 2019 will become elusive.

    I say to AAP: Go boldly forward, full throttle!

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    • Dear Abhay,

      I am glad that you analysed my recommendations and enhanced them. This is exactly what we all need to do. I mean not to be distracted by the noise, and stay on course of your thoughts. As I mentioned, I am trying to put in my 2 cents, but we need to become a critical mass to see results or to have our voice heard.

      I also mentioned elsewhere, we need to boycott the TV channels in order to reduce their TRP and their bungling of the news and views.

      Thank You very much for your inputs, we need to prepare presentations .. letters will not be read by people.

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    • Dear Abhay,

      I am glad that you analysed my recommendations and enhanced them. This is exactly what we all need to do. I mean not to be distracted by the noise, and stay on course of your thoughts. As I mentioned, I am trying to put in my 2 cents, but we need to become a critical mass to see results or to have our voice heard.

      I also mentioned elsewhere, we need to boycott the TV channels in order to reduce their TRP and their bungling of the news and views.

      Thank You very much for your inputs, we need to prepare presentations .. letters will not be read by people.

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    • he has ignited the country, and millions are now active on the social media. You and me are communicating because of him. Imagine if he had never arrived on the scene, what would we be doing now ?

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  2. Hello Mr. Rana,

    Gr8. I agree with ur views. However, I feel AK should focus on governance in Delhi. First AAP need to prove their credentials at state level before going to Lok Sabha. They can plan for upcoming elections in other states.

    regards

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    • Naresh Ji,

      What is governance and how it is proved.Tthere is a list of about 20 things released by Manish Sisodia about what they did in 2 weeks. Does governance mean taking a stock after 5 years and find nothing in the kitty ? We have to get used to their style of functioning, and they have to ensure that they stay away from communism and anarchy. Things today are crony-capitalism, they must move towards Remodeled Socialism .. Participation of civil societies in governance … not in law making ..

      Thank you for sending your views

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    • Hi Nitesh and Benu Kumar,

      Media should have been ‘peoples voice’ in letter and spirit, and should have realized and supported the unique experiment in true democracy undergoing in our great country. They should not have acted as pawns in the hands of other established political parties to crush and down play the great experiments of AAP.

      AAP is not here to play ‘politics’ as other political entities are here filling democracy with. They are here to bring an end to democracy getting degenerated into mere POLITICS, ignoring people and governance. Were the entire residents of Khirki extension lying and the police was telling the truth? We all know our police force for decades, and how people-friendly they are !

      The incident gave the players of ‘politics’ a convenient weapon to tarnish the image of the minister and AAP. In politics, it is the first and foremost duty to destroy the opponent than govern the country and look after the welfare of people. Every open minded citizen must realize the above plain truth about political games, and the changed role that AAP is trying to usher-in.

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      • Abraham, You could not be more right. The media and the panelist they marshal are the real culprits. Can we reduce the TRP of watching them .. we are all the time seeing a distorted picture and we are hearing un-necessarily the wrong people. we need an official site of the AAP party whose content is well articulated by matured people.

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  3. HI MIKE
    THIS COUNTRY IS INDEED GREAT. BETTER THAN SO CALLED DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.
    THE ONLY THING WE ARE LACKING IS SYSTEMS EVERY WHERE. WE CAN LEARN HOW THE DEVELOPED COUNTRIES ARE ADOPTING SUCH SYSTEMS. THERE IS A BIG BAMBOO ABROAD FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT FOLLOW THE SYSTEMS. THE CASE OF OUR IFS OFFFICER DEVAYAANI CAN BE SEEN. IF SHE VIOLATED THE LAW USA WILL NEVER BUDGE.
    KEJRI WAL SHOULD TRY INTRODUCING SYSTEMS ONE BY ONE IN DELHI FIRST. THE WHOLE COUNTRY WILL FOLLOW IT. IF NEED BE AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION WILL BE REQUIRED. HE SHOULD NOT JUMP TO FIGHT LOKSABHA ELECTION. HE WILL BE NO WHERE .
    OVERALL HE IS SINCERE AND WANTS TO DO SOME THING FOR THE COUNTRY. WE SHOULD BE WITH HIM.
    RAM
    GURGAOM

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  4. Hi Angela,

    The book has been handed over by the publishers to the print shop, and it should not be long before it is released. may be by the end Jan .. There is a book show, a large one, in Feb in Delhi. Hope to see my book exhibited there.

    Corruption, Arvind Kejriwal, found a magic wand for this. Since he is sincere and willing, he has released a phone number to the public, to report corruption, and this would be followed by sting operations. Many sting gadgets have been procured and installed. People are now afraid to be caught and punished.
    Already 2000 calls have been to this phone number and already a few people have been suspended or transferred. if this goes on thins will improve.

    In essence what he has done is that he implemented implemented remodeled socialism; took the citizens in the organisation that deals with eradication of corruption. The news about crime is less because the TRP on the media channels is for the election fever.

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  5. AAP is slowly and steadily becoming just another political party. Once again promises are being made which cannot be kept. Activities are being done to get votes.

    1. Promised a telephone number to call for corruption. Promised to deliver in 2 days. Changed promise (yes it happens in politics) and made it 2 weeks. 2 weeks have elapsed and no phone number and no new promise!

    2. Said that AAP will not parter with the most corrupt party (MCP) of the world. But went ahead and partnered.

    3. AAP says that it will not field a PM canidate. But choses to run Modi down. Hmmm, I wonder why? Allegiance to the MCP or self?

    …..the list goes on. I was very impressed with the AAP. But since we have no proper opposition party there is no one keeping a track of all the lies AAP is spitting about. Kedriwal is looking more and more like a great con-man. I was hoping AAP will be the party which will finally resolve the cancer the MCP started. But when the medicine joins the cancer do we have a cure?

    AAP seems to be a prop of the MCP. With all due credit to the MCP. Antonio Maino is a brilliant strategist. AAP was born to ensure BJP never gets back into power. Once the objective is achieved in 6 months time i.e. when the elections are over, Raul Vinci will be the PM and AAP will merge with Congress, all the big shots like Kedriwal will become part of the MCP and rake in their crores and a great country will continue to be plundered and looted for 100% selfish gains.

    I really hope I am wrong.

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  6. Angela, RS is a concept with no bounds, so I guess it will rope in people like Brahmakumari Shivani, Representatives of OSHO ..and they will make difference. Abraham I like your observations.

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  7. Hi Mike, God initiative that you have conveyed your enlightened mind to the new, young leader of AAP !

    I would like to comment on your few oops items. The essence of Arvind’s movement was to initiate an altered politics, or even abandoning ‘politics’ from the peoples form of government, ie. democracy. He expressed it recently when he stated; ‘ the job of other political parties is to spend their entire time discussing issues like who would be the PM, totally ignoring country governance’.

    Our existing democracy is 99% politics, and 1% country governance. Politics simply is cleverly ‘using’ democracy to capture the POWER-THRONES once left-off by the masters of old authoritarian regimes. Arvind, in whatever he does and speak, is aimed at a shift from this old tradition of democratic politics, we should be patient, and allow him to manage the job in his own way ! Please do not criticize him for shunning red-beacons, VIP security, or luxury residences for him ! These are essential symbolic gestures showing his, as well as his country men’s aversion and even hatred towards the old kinds of politics !

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    • Dear Who cares, I do care …

      Hope your predictions go wrong. We must not criticize everything that someone does and shows results. we never questioned Congress or BJP for 66 years, why question AAP in 6 days. And they have done wonderful things already, unheard of in the Indian political history …

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      • Hi Mike,

        I hope so. How are you? How is your book doing? Lately, not much good news out of India on human rights, surprising given the strong sense of family and community.
        I often wonder what would eliminate corruption, ..maybe remodeled socialism. 🙂

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