Friends of BJP: The Road Ahead: Three Questions

A new year, a new BJP President, and a new beginning for Friends of BJP! We hope to continue the work we began almost exactly a year ago in getting Middle India more engaged with politics, public policy and governance. We also hope to provide the right inputs to the BJP as it seeks to recover lost ground and build a new foundation to challenge the Congress in the battle for minds in the coming years.

Here are the three questions we wanted to address first:

  1. What are the 2-3 big issues that will present the most challenges and opportunities for India?
  2. Which ideas/issues would resonate most with the youth in this decade — those issues which will fire them up to actively work towards their own and India’s development?
  3. Which matters should we focus on in the next 10 years? These should be achievable and must be important for India’s development?

Look forward to your inputs. I will publish my answers on Monday.

75 thoughts on “Friends of BJP: The Road Ahead: Three Questions

  1. I think the big question to ask is what does BJP represent today? Over past couple of years, it is left with a fractured leadership and a fractured ideology.

    Why “Friends of BJP”? Its a fresh start – create a fresh platform. One which is free from the constraints and quibbling that have brought BJP where it is.

    But that would have to be really courageous…

  2. challenges/opportunities: 1) corruption in politics 2) focus on basic necessities 3) more Rs. on research and development in every sector

    what will fire youth : 1) corporate involvement in sponsoring inter college competition on science, games, adventurous activity 2) frequent international fairs/ seminars on enginerring/ technology/ science/music/movies anything in india that enhances overall knowledge of the Youths on whats happening around the world and have them ready to be self employed or be an innovator when steps out of college. (something of that sort in grand style is happening from May to October 2010 in china)
    3) government should introduce a must must subject of professionalism in every sense for youths.

    plan for next 10 year. 1) make changes in constitution that allow anyone involved in corruption and food adulteration to be tried in court fastest and honest way and be sentenced death if required. 2) create best infrastructure for safe clean and fastest cities of 21st century like China 3) spend top research $$ on smart weapon development that enhances India’s security 3) engage youths to understand social and civic responsibility 4) make youth ready to face world market competition

  3. My 2c…

    (1) Issue 1: Corruption is a cancer that is destroying India from inside. It has even breached the last frontier too – Judiciary and the army. 🙁 Can we act now please?
    Issue 2: More strident and aggressive posturing by China. A failed state in Pakistan (it is no longer a question of if but when!) will pose a major security challenge for India.
    Issue 3: Growth imbalance in the country leads to increased regionalism and boosts the Maoist movement.
    (2) Gone are the days when youth took active interest in politics. There is no compelling rallying call for them to show any interest. Leadership based on example will help. Issues are plenty, we need a strong leader to rally around! 🙂
    (3) (1) should cover this.

    In general, I would like BJP to spell out clearly what Hindutva means to them. Is it a call to arms only at the time of election only to be forgotten soon after? I am opposed to the notion of running down other religions and blaming them for the woes that befall the Hindu community. Is BJP willing to take BOLD and progressive steps to address the divisive effects of casteism in the Hindu community? Why blame others if we can’t set our house in order?

    Regards
    –Santhosh

  4. i think a face like rahul (beleive me i am amazed the kind of respect/love he enjoys among youngsters),

    need to offermuch more to business community which is there backbone like totally abolish income tax and implement 2% turnover tax across all india or 10% income tax and getaway from all expemptions,atleast english news chaannel will give them their due.they need to be on the front page with some daring steps like this,no of otherways to increase revnue without incresing taxes
    u cannot remove corrruption in 3_5 years and everybody needs money(doesnot matter which party,it is blunt truth) and your and mine vote does not count this is decided by different category of voters
    bjp should also remember that it fights only 300-350 seats out of which they can never win majority
    in order to create more awareness where they do not exist create local regional parties as they can focus on local issues and later on tieup with them

  5. Hi Rajesh,

    Here is what I think on the very important questions you posed.

    1. What are the 2-3 big issues that will present the most challenges and opportunities for India?

    A.
    1. 1st impression and everyday impression of country:
    a)Sanitization for all – No public defecation, no spitting, women get privacy, sulabh * million, etc.
    b) Building paint codes so buildings (near marine drive and other places don’t look as shabby as they look now and even poors spend money to paint ther house every 3 years.
    c) Traffic management within existing resources
    d). Waste Recycling
    2. Technology
    a) Bandwidth and mobile data plans
    b) 1MBPS unlimited internet connection for Rs. 200 per month
    c) More monetization ideas execution on internet and mobile where people are able to make money or save money by going online.
    3. Process management
    a) public service
    b) safety and security
    c) transparency
    d) speed of execution
    e) caping the ever lasting debates and decision making process

    Which ideas/issues would resonate most with the youth in this decade — those issues which will fire them up to actively work towards their own and India’s development?
    1. Division of states (Telengana and Vidharbha)
    2. Regional and religion bigotry (Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, hindu, sikh, pathan, etc.)
    3. Ability to participate in position with prospects of extra income thru corruption or leaving india for other countries or get rich quick schemes
    4. Delusions of greatness of india and pre occupation with china and pakistan and general arrogance

    Which matters should we focus on in the next 10 years? These should be achievable and must be important for India’s development?
    1. Public Process Management and Kaizen
    2. Public Process Management and Kaizen
    3. Public Process Management and Kaizen (continuous improvement)

    Thanks
    Rohitaash

  6. 1. What are the 2-3 big issues that will present the most challenges and opportunities for India?

    a) Corruption reduction by making power brokers irrelevant, babus more accountable & government rules and regulations simple and transparent. Narendra modi has solid track record as far as corruption reduction is concerned.

    b) Vision for all around development. India desperately needs cheap energy for superfast development. India should focus and invest heavily in alternative energies esp. solar, tidar, hydro etc. India desperately needs superb education system at all levels from primary, secondary to higher. Education right used gives maximum return on investment.

    c) Security and safety. India has external as well as internal threats. External threats are neanderthals on west and Chinese on east. Maoist nut heads and Islamic fundamentalist are grave internal threats. India needs to immediately mitigate external threats and crush the internal threats.

    2. Which ideas/issues would resonate most with the youth in this decade — those issues which will fire them up to actively work towards their own and India’s development?

    a) India youth wants to see himself on par with people or youth in developed countries. We need opportunities to make money, live exciting and fun life. Everything that can helps us achieve that is welcome.

    3. Which matters should we focus on in the next 10 years? These should be achievable and must be important for India’s development?

    Answered as ans to question 1.

  7. 1. What are the 2-3 big issues that will present the most challenges and opportunities for India?

    (a) Scaling up infrastructure in the areas of Health, Education, Power sector and mass transportation would present a huge challenge in India.

    (b) The large number of people working in unorganized sectors would hamper reforms in the labour sector and rationalizing taxes. India also needs to address the imbalances in its workforce. For example 50% people working in agriculture account for only 17% of the GDP while 34% of workforce working the services sector account for a much larger 60% of the GDP. This issue has to be addressed while keeping the supply side in agriculture sector strong ensuring self sufficiency and lower food prices.

    (c) India’s foreign policy needs to be far more assertive specially vis-a-vis Asia. Its time India assert itself as a regional superpower by having far more meaningful relations with Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and other South East Asian countries which are culturally closer to India. Japan and South Korea would also be natural partners. They could manufacture their goods in India which could be shipped to South East Asia. This would also keep China on its toes.

    Which ideas/issues would resonate most with the youth in this decade — those issues which will fire them up to actively work towards their own and India’s development?

    (a) Establish numerous tie-ups with reputed educational institutions overseas to offer quality courses across different areas (Engineering, arts, medicine, economics) in India with emphasis on R&D. This should make the issue of reservations in Education irrelevant. Also this would ensure Indian talent stays on shore. Promoting entrepreneurship would enable the youth to be more aspirational and help in nation building by offering indigenous solutions.

    (b) High quality Government services which are hassle free and devoid of red-tapism and corruption. This could also be debated in the context of privatization and disinvestment.

    Which matters should we focus on in the next 10 years? These should be achievable and must be important for India’s development?

    (a) Promoting an aspirational society while promoting the values of nationalism, liberty and kindness. Putting it in the other way, the discourse has to be turned away from the concepts of “Aam Aadmi” and “masses” to “Khaas Aadmi” meaning individuals in society can have a dream and work towards scaling it unrestricted.

    (b) Social sector schemes/cons like loan waivers and NREGA have to repackaged to add economic value to the system. This would give a lever to tackle inflation as well because we are not pumping money into a project which adds nothing making the money worthless.

  8. Hi Rajesh,

    Everybody know what’s the issue now is the time to act and i think its beyond party and now its totally depend on the leadership and for that we should support Rahul Gandhi he thinks beyond mumbai and delhi and really go on field and visit third India.

  9. Even though I agree with all that he says KRK says it best. Corruption, Education, Security, these topics are always in fashion, mainly because in these areas, government face practical constraints on abrupt action and will not act unless dictated by cultural or political exigencies.

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