Any political alternative in India must have a well-defined ideology
Ofcourse, the ground-level realities in the State too matter!

India is at a vulnerable point of time!chandrababu-naidu-295
In the domestic sphere. In the international arena
Our Prime Minister on  one more US jaunt
His countrymen don’t know for what purpose or goal?
No open articulation, no public opinion building either.
Every citizen is in the dark.

An open democracy, an open society should be doing things differently.
Why the system has degenerated?

What else? There is a paucity of talent at the highest level.
Leaders are groping in the dark and no one is able to articulate, think or speak or share ideas and opinions. This, in my view, is a dangerous trend. When we, the people back in the country are reading about the targeted snooping of USA National Security Agency. The Snowden’s latest files revelation shows, reported The Hindu newspaper (September 23,2013) that among the Bric countries, India tops the list in such, if we can say, illegal and unfriendly manner.

And we see that among the Bric countries the one took offence at such unfriendly acts is Brazil and the Madam President, after  20 minute conversation, we believe that Obama initiated,the conversation came to an end without the visit taking off. So, the The Economist magazine article concludes we can take it as the summit, long before planned, was called off.

What about India?
We don’t have the   guts nor even the minimum protest and on the contrary we rush off at the mere mention that our PM might meet only on the “sidelines” a word often used by our diplomats that might mean anything, depending upon your own sense of self-importance or otherwise.So,this is India and it is where we are today in the international arena.

Do we have friends and ideological cousins in the outside world?Who they are,if any?
As I see around and survey the world I find no one is outwardly of course discourteous, who would. No one, of course. But that the same time to any sensible and self conscious Indian of some standing and some pride for being Indian, I find the way our leadership is leading India gives me so many disquiet feelings.

For the simple reason I find that India doesn’t have any well-defined or well-definable set of values to stand by. I was almost to say that we have no values to cling by!

Yes, such is the disarray in which India finds itself.First, the unsettling day to day developments. For instance, take the coal gate files miss case.  Where are we now?

Judiciary in India and China
Is the Supreme Court of India independent enough to pursue the case to its logical end? The guilty would be fixed? The guilty would be published?

See what is happening in a supposedly Communist country like China.
The high profile Bo Xilai is brought to the open court, the trial was conducted in open court, he is now punished and given life sentence,hand-cufffed and led away!

Has the world’s most open and biggest democracy ever brought a minister to book?

The two high profile corruption cases today are the 2-G and the Coalgate files missing cases. The whole country is waiting in bated breath, so to say.

Where do we go from here?

From now to the coming 2014 general elections?
The Opposition BJP party is in a tearing hurry to capture power. Fine. But then there are also emerging dissidence within the Opposition ranks.

Mr.Chandrababu Naidu, the Andhra Leader, had met the President of the BJP Mr.Rajnath Singh and the next day he had also met the non-Congress party leaders  Mr.Sharad Yadav,the president of the JD(U),the Janata Dal and also the CPI leader and also, the senior Communist leader.
Mr.Naidu,is a past master in the negotiations with the Third Front formation and as such many expect Mr.Naidu to forge a Third Front this time too.

The very important point, ideas and thoughts, here before me are: will the Third Front this time produce any viable, real alternative to the Congress and its allies and also to the BJP and its allies?

I have always felt, of course as a long time Congressman myself, that the Indian polity is such, such as it has matured, has also fallen back on some rational political evolution as far as political ideologies are concerned.

Yes, the Congress has a long, 128 year history and traditions.
In its long innings, first it was petitioning body, then after 1900s, under Dadha Bhai Nowroji, R.C.Dutt it came out with a sense of ideology, the long exploitation of Indian economic resources.
This was a powerful theme.

Then came Gokhale and Tilak.This was the second phase. The third phase was when Mahatma Gandhi launched his non-co-operation movement and the breakaway of the three stalwarts who formed the Swarajya Party.

The fourth and last phase, according to my study of events and issues, was the Second World War and the 1942 Quit India movement and the coming of the Cripps mission, finally the partition and freedom.

I have been reading a lot lately about the Second World War, the role of the countries and also the two theatres, one in the West, the other in the Far East.

After a recent visit to China and Philippines only I find lots of new information about how the Second World War was fought and won. The role of Japan, China, Philippines, Burma and India. Here I have so many misgivings.

How our freedom  fighters failed to negotiate with the British   and there is a view, strong view  that India should have properly assessed the war as progressed in the South East Asia, America’s role.

If only India had met and negotiated with the Americans, with Roosevelt (as very much wanted by the Chinese sidesChiang Kei Shek and even Mao who wanted to do so desperately) etc. who knows that India would have remained united today!

Now, why such a long story?
I believe that India, right now, is passing through a poor patch of leadership shortage.India is a mature democracy. Our youngsters of voting age are now in the majority in the population.

But they are young. They might not be quite aware of the very serious news of the trauma that India went thought because of the tragic happening of the India-Pakistan Partition. There is so much pent-up anger at the very many communal passions. The anti-Muslim sentiment is also on the rise, owing to certain recent developments.

McCarthyism: no reconciliation to issues?
I needn’t elaborate.Also the 1984 Sheikh riots are still there.
On the other side, there is no maturity in the present leadership ranks, in both ranks, either to seek reconciliation or some peace initiative.Instead, they talk of temple building or rewarding the suspected rioters.

In this atmosphere, there are also dire warnings from outside the world. In a recent article, a book review (Frontline,Oct 4,2013) A.G.Noorani warns about poor diplomacy that led to many disasters. One he refers, reviewing a book on the US diplomat (John Paton Davies Jr) assigned China in the 1930s to Chiang Kai-shek, the Americans didn’t understand and so the Nationalists lost, the Communists won. Even lately, the Taliban wanted to befriend Mac USA but the Americans (Karl Inderurth) spurned and so they went with the Al Quaeda.

The point is that how India should conduct its diplomacy with the USA.
USA can’t be taken for granted, right?

Our PM’s diplomatic skills?

Or, our own diplomatic culture? Mr.Noorani has much to say and it will pay much for the intelligent reader to know and benefit. The point is that the BJP is very McCarthyism, a sort of divisiveness, not for any reconciliation.

The Congress party on the other hand is becoming more and more authoritarian, more arbitrary and of course totally undemocratic in its functioning. No one individual need to be accused, as it is too late in the date. The situation today is such in both the camps. Now, for the Third Front.

I know Mr.Naidu brielfy, once I had met in Hyderabad and talked with him when he as the AP CM. I was impressed and my impression to this day is that he is the most balanced leader. So too Mr.Nithish Kumar. There are others too.

Third Front ideology:Janata Dal to recapture the democratic values
The point is that the Third Front must have clear articulations about its basic ideology and also its agenda of action, if it is voted to power. The ideology, if I can say so, is what the original Janata party, and then Janata Dal stood for. To do away with thrill that came to haunt the Congress under Indira Gandhi. To restore the old values, democracy, freedoms, secularism etc.

So, a right or left-centrist economics and social agenda. Public- Private Partnership capitalism, of course. To restore the confidence of the foreign investors. To compete with China in economic growth. Inside India and outside India.

Our domestic policy in shambles. Our foreign policy, the less said the better. India is nowhere in the international scheme of things. On any of the major international issues. Why Indians are shy and tongue-tied all the time?

I have already indicated the nuclear deal can wait after the elections. So too the pursuit of corruption in high places cases to their logical end. Pass the Lokpal bill, restore Lokayukta to all states.

With these commitments if the parties approach the electorate, then, it is, in my opinion, a very credible alternative and agenda. I hope this articulation finds echoes across the political divide.

Any political alternative in India must have a well-defined ideology

India is at a vulnerable point of time!
In the domestic sphere. In the international arena. Our Prime Minister on a one more US jaunt. His countrymen don’t know for what purpose or goal?
No open articulation, no public opinion building either. Every citizen is in the dark.
An open democracy, an open society should be doing things differently.
Why the system has degenerated?

chandrababu-naidu1What else? There is a paucity of talent at the highest level. Leaders are groping in the dark and no one is able to articulate, think or speak or share ideas and opinions. This, in my view, is a dangerous trend.

When we, the people back in the country are reading about the targeted snooping of USA National Security Agency. The Snowden’s latest files revelation shows, reported The Hindu newspaper (September 23, 2013) that among the Bric countries, India tops the list in such .if we can say, illegal and unfriendly manner.

And we see that among the Bric countries the one that took offence at such unfriendly acts is Brazil and the Madam President, after 20 minute conversation, we believe that Obama initiated, the conversation came to an end without the visit taking off. So, the The Economist magazine article concludes we can take it as the summit, long before planned, was called off.

What about India?

We don’t have the guts or even the minimum protest and on the contrary we rush off at the mere mention that our PM might meet only on the “sidelines” a word often used by our diplomats that might mean anything, depending upon your own sense of self-importance or otherwise. So, this is India and it is where we are today in the international arena. Do we have friends and ideological cousins in the outside world? Who they are, if any?

As I see around and survey the world I find no one is outwardly of course discourteous, which would. No one, of course.

But that the same time to any sensible and self conscious Indian of some standing and some pride for being Indian, I find the way our leadership is leading India gives me so many disquiet feelings. For the simple reason I find that India doesn’t have any well-defined or well-definable set of values to stand by. I was almost to say that we have no values to cling by!

Yes, such is the disarray in which India finds itself. First, the unsettling day to day developments. For instance, take the Coalgate files miss case. Where are we now?

Judiciary in India and China
Is the Supreme Court of India independent enough to pursue the case to its logical end. The guilty would be fixed? The guilty would be published?

See what is happening in a supposedly Communist country like China. The high profile Bo Xilai is brought to the open court, the trial was conducted in open court, and he is now punished and given life sentence, hand-cuffed and led away!

Has the world’s most open and biggest democracy ever brought a minister to book?
The two high profile corruption cases today are the 2-G and the Coalgate files missing cases. The whole country is waiting in bated breath, so to say. Where do we go from here? From now to the coming 2014 general elections?

The Opposition BJP party is in a tearing hurry to capture power. Fine. But then there is also emerging dissidence within the Opposition ranks. Mr.Chandrababu Naidu, the Andhra Leader, had met the President of the BJP Mr.Rajnath Singh and the next day he had also met the non-Congress party leaders Mr.Sharad Yadav, the president of the JD (U), the Janata Dal and also the CPI leader and also, the senior Communist leader.

Mr.Naidu is a past master in the negotiations with the Third Front formation and as such many expect Mr.Naidu to forge a Third Front this time too.

The very important point, ideas and thoughts, here before me are: will the Third Front third time produce any viable, real alternative to the Congress and its allies and also to the BJP and its allies?

I have always felt, of course as a long time Congressman myself, that the Indian polity is such, such as it has matured, has also fallen back on some rational political evolution as far as political ideologies are concerned. Yes, the Congress has a long, 128 year history and traditions. In its long innings, first it was petitioning body, then after 1900s, under Dadha Bhia Nowroji, R.C.Dutt it came out with a sense of ideology, the long exploitation of Indian economic resources.

There was a powerful theme. Then came Gokhale and Tilak. This was the second phase. The third phase was when Mahatma Gandhi launched his non-co-operation movement and the breakaway of the three stalwarts who formed the Swarajya Party.

The fourth and last phase, according to my study of events and issues, was the Second World War and the 1942 Quit India movement and the coming of the Cripps mission, finally the partition and freedom. I have been reading a lot lately about the Second World War, the role of the countries and also the two theatres, one in the West, the other in the Far East.

After a recent visit to China and Philippines only I find lots of new information about how the Second World War was fought and won. The role of Japan, China, Philippines, Burma and India.

Here I have so many misgivings. How our freedom fighters failed to negotiate with the British and there is a view, strong view that India should have properly assessed the war as progressed in the South East Asia, America’s role.

If only India had met and negotiated with the Americans, with Roosevelt (as very much wanted by the Chinese sides<Chiang Kei Shek and even Mao who wanted to do so desperately) etc. who knows that India would have remained united today!
Now, why such a long story?

I believe that India, right now, is passing through a poor patch of leadership shortage. India is a mature democracy. Our youngsters of voting age are now in the majority in the population. But they are young. They might not be quite aware of the very seriousness of the trauma that India went thought because of the tragic happening of the India-Pakistan Partition.

There is so much pent-up anger at the very many communal passions. The anti-Muslim sentiment is also on the rise, woing to certain recent developments.

McCarthyism: no reconciliation to issues?

I needn’t elaborate. Also, the 1984 Shikh riots are still there. On the other side, there is no maturity in the present leadership ranks, in both ranks, either to seek reconciliation or some peace initiative. Instead, they talk of temple building or rewarding the suspected rioters.

In this atmosphere, there are also dire warnings from outside the world.
In a recent article, a book review (Frontline, Oct 4, 2013) A.G.Noorani warns about poor diplomacy that led to many disasters. One he refers, reviewing a book on the US diplomat (John Paton Davies Jr) assigned China in the 1930s to Chiang Kai-shek, the Americans didn’t understand and so the Nationalists lost, the Communists won. Even lately, the Taliban wanted to befriend Mac USA but the Americans (Karl Inderurth) spurned and so they went with the Al Quaeda.

The point is that how India should conduct its diplomacy with the USA.
USA can’t be taken for granted, right?

Our PM’s diplomatic skills?

Or, our own diplomatic culture? Mr.Noorani has much to say and it will pay much for the intelligent reader to know and benefit. The point is that the BJP is very McCarthyism, a sort of divisiveness, not for any reconciliation. The Congress party on the other hand is becoming more and more authoritarian, more arbitrary and of course totally undemocratic in its functioning.

No one individual need to be accused, as it is too late in the date. The situation today is such in both the camps. Now, for the Third Front.

I know Mr.Naidu briefly, once I had met in Hyderabad and talked with him when he as the AP CM. I was impressed and my impression to this day is that he is the most balanced leader. So too Mr.Nithish Kumar. There are others too.

Third Front ideology: Janata Dal to recapture the democratic values

The point is that the Third Front must have clear articulations about its basic ideology and also its agenda of action, if it is voted to power. The ideology, if I can say so, is what the original Janata party, and then Janata Dal stood for. To do away with the ills that came to haunt the Congress under Indira Gandhi. To restore the old values, democracy, freedoms, secularism etc. So, a right or left-centrist economics and social agenda. Public- Private Partnership capitalism, of course.

To restore the confidence of the foreign investors. To compete with China in economic growth. Inside India and outside India. Our domestic policy in shambles. Our foreign policy, the less said the better.

India is nowhere in the international scheme of things. On any of the major international issues. Why Indians are shy and tongue-tied all the time?

I have already indicated the nuclear deal can wait after the elections.
So too the pursuit of corruption in high places cases to their logical end. Pass the Lokpal bill, restore Lokayukta to all states. With these commitments if the parties approach the electorate, then, it is, in my opinion, a very credible alternative and agenda.

I hope this articulation finds echoes across the political divide.

Sir,

I read Ft regularly. The latest issue of Saturday July 13, 2013 I read on my blog as well in print the next day in India.

On Amertya Se and Jean Dreze, I am afraid what Ramchandra Guha says is only partly relevant and the rest is readable for what it is worth. The book by Sen and Dreze is neither pure economics nor purely policy analysis.

It is also doesn’t boldly face the realities that is India. Now, at this point of time after some 9 years of Manmohan Singh tenure to ask for a more activist state is something of a Leftist bogey. Nor to leave out the real achievements is also to score points over the fellow economists who are now a large number.

India is now compared with China, Sen himself has been doing this for long. China is a Communist country while India is an open democracy. This no one points out again openly. Of course, there are deficiencies in the Indian context. But this is mainly owing to the peculiar nature of the Indian polity where the Congress party head, Sonia Gandhi is exerting disproportionate influence over the governance of the state. It is now governance by ordinance. What India needs is a revival of the governance traditions with of course, the current issues taken into account.

Indian democracy getting stronger with regular five-yearly elections. This is the strongest case for the state as it is evolving. Private sector is gaining ground and this is what is making the economy more stronger.

Even in education and health, two issues on which Sen puts so much emphasis, what he misses is the growth of the private sector. Private schools at the elementary level have given much competition and also in health services, there is a vigorous private medical sector. And more important, there is the latest statistics to show that poverty in India is in steep decline, to almost 16 per cent in some states.

The most backward states include Sen’s own state and where there too his own district (where I went to college at almost the same time as Sen!)it is still much backward where school teachers don’t come in time!

But you see, Sen and Guha confuses what is being done by the government by way of heavy subsidies to a range of services to what is getting done in the pure economic sphere where there is a growing inequality, disparity of wealth. Then, this is a worldwide phenomenon; billionaires are growing in all emerging economies! The point is that there is widespread economic growth in all part of a vast country like India. Let us recognise and welcome this positive development.

V.Isvarmurti,
Chairman,
Vadamalai Media Group
Bangalore, India

Bangalore
Date : 29.06.2013

The Hon’ble Sri Nitish Kumar,
Chief Minister,
Government of Bihar,
Secretariat,
Patna,
Bihar State

Sub: Your break from BJP alliance: what next?  “Nitish Kumar at historic cross-roads!”

Dear Sri Nitish Kumarji,

This is a letter from one of your many admirers and sympathisers. As I often introduce myself to strangers I want to say that I grew up under the shadow of Pandit Nehru and Kamaraj.

I was elected as an MLC to the then Madras Legislative Council, from 1968-75. I had known most of the old time Congress leaders and also most of the then Socialist leaders too. I was a long time friend and associate of the late Chandrasekhar.

Now, I am active in TN politics, very much a Congressman, though the Congress in TN is totally in disarray, more so just now after the Congress came around to vote for the DMK in the Rajya Sabha elections, Mrs.Sonia Gandhi came all the way to TN in a special flight to admit him into the Congress Party!

I may not know about other states, more so in the North. The point is that we live in such a degenerate political culture and you now have to shine like a lonely star on the planet!

So, there must be many to be sceptical as to what is your next direction, your next alignments?

As a thinker and intellectual I can say straightaway, you at a deeper level must stand for some ideas. As one philosopher writes in an introduction to Plato’s Republic that “people live by ideas and the rise and fall of ideas by which people live. Ideas are like freedom and democracy, or justice, citizenship or knowledge “Simon Blackburn: Plato’s Republic” 2006. Again the critical point is that today ideas don’t matter in politics. It is real politik; it is the Machiavellian pursuit of naked and even aggressive power for the sake of power.  So, to come to the point that Rahul Gandhi will be the dynastic heir to the Congress party, a party that had grown for 128 years and survived. If you look at the India’s long past history, this is a drop in the ocean and we can’t be sure whether India will remain united for long. This is a historic question that has to be asked by everyone who wants to play the role of political leaders today.

But then what are your choices?

You have an unenviable task and a challenge. My point is to ask questions and also give some tentative answers, though very tentative to be of any immediate use. You have to articulate your ideological vision. You come from the Gandhi-Nehru tradition and also the JP, Lohia and other Socialists path.

Today, we can’t talk of an egalitarian society vaguely. We have to pitch our tent in a highly corrupt corporate world. Corporate corruption both fostered and protected by an aimless power-seeking enterprise the Congress party has become today.

Most central Congress figures are outsiders, some plain traitors to the cause and most are adventurers. So, you have to have a very broad canvass to seek out regional, ego-centric leaders. They won’t come so easily. The Congress will be your toughest challenger than even your own Third Front partners! Much tougher than even Mr.Narendra Modi.  How to impact the public perception?

About becoming more sensitive to growing corruption and also utter cynicism to do anything about it?

You may have to draft even such public faces like Anna Hazare and other prominent civil society members. How to rouse the middle classes and the youth?

Of course, I am optimistic and also we can draw up an action strategy keeping in mind the new tools of mobilisation, like Face book and other tools. We have also been seeing what is happening in other countries like Turkey and Brazil where popular agitations have taken a new dimension. We have to defend democracy, democratic changes, Constitutional Reforms and Electoral Reforms etc.

A perceptible change is also taking place in public opinion for a serious and credible change in the polity, for a clean and open society in India.  So you might have to work hard at many levels.My one suggestion is to call a think-tank of sorts of broad-minded intellectuals and draw up a civil society-inspired development vision. Secularism and anti-corruption might lose their appeal once the din of power seekers assemble.  So, we have to have some refreshing jargon and new priority agenda of action. Lokpal too has to be carefully put forward. Let the ideas come from the front leaders, from individuals. CMs and other state level heavyweights. So, there must be a broad-based thinking and even some contradictory ideas might do contribute to some orchestration, so to say.

I have attached herewith some of the recent letters I exchanged with some senior leaders here in the South. You might go through the same.

My other journals are also attached herewith for your perusal.

With warm regards,

Yours sincerely,

V.Isvarmurti

Copy to :
1.  Sri Sharad Yadav.P, President, Janata Dal(United), Jantar Mantar, New Delhi
2. Chandra Babu Naidu, Hyderabad, AP.

Bangalore
Date : 25.06.2013

Sri Anna Hazare,
Ralegaon Siddhi P.O.,
Pune District.
Maharashtra State

Dear Respected Anna Hazareji,

Sub: Your letter to the Prime Minister

I saw your letter to the Prime Minister threatening another fast if the government doesn’t pass the Lokpal Bill.  Why this government, even other governments haven’t put the Lokpal bill on their agendas!

Popular movements in Egypt, Turkey and Brazil
This is a subject on which we have to deliberate once again to find effective alternative ways. There are alternative ways. This is my firm belief. We have to see other countries in this regard. Both the developed and developing countries, like USA and China. There have been popular movements in recent years, Egypt, Turkey, Brazil and we can learn lessons for our use here.   Knowing your great sacrifices to the cause of India, I like to take this opportunity of paying my respects and want to join you in the noble cause. The whole country wants you to succeed in your mission.

I am a Congressman from 1962 onwards; I grew up under the shadow of Pandit Nehru and Kamaraj. I was also an MLC in Madras from 1968-74 for a term. I wanted to come and see you for a long time. But time and other constraints have come in the way.

However, I met not long ago, the hon’ble Sri Justice Santosh Hegde in Bangalore and we had a long discussion. We felt the need for constant action on the part of the movement for anti-corruption action. Somehow, there is a slowdown lately. What next is our agenda? I suggested to Sri Hegde that the Anna movement for the Lokpal Bill can do many things, with not much effort or money.

Here are my suggestions:
My plea is that you needn’t threaten another infinite fast. Your earlier fast had done enough to rouse the public conscience. There is now an awakened public opinion and public perception as to what to do in a democracy. After all, there is democracy in the country in the post-Independent India, for 66 years. The outside world, in a way, admires Indian democracy.

Election process can be strengthened
Our people only need guidance as to how to vote for the good candidates and how to defeat the corrupt elements, be it candidates or parties. In my opinion, there are many alternative ways. There are enough intellectuals, why, even election experts and we can sit together and devise more efficient ways in which our aims and goals can be met.

You please reconstitute the Anna Hazare Action Committee with some independent-minded intellectuals, experts and active public figures (I can also help to identify some names) who should be drawn from all the states and with each state must have a core committee you can name and announce.

The anti-corruption movement you had initiated drew heavy support for the simple reason it was a noble cause that the entire country sympathised with and as such we have to expand and give directions to people at large and in particular to activists of all sorts committed to banish corruption in our public life. The youth and the middle classes are now sensitivised. This is so in India and also in other  countries. Even USA and China are afraid.  Why I write this letter is also because of the fact that all over the world in almost all developing countries and why even in the USA, there are popular agitations (as in the Wall Street crisis) for urging the elected government to take urgent actions. the latest of countries, from Egypt to Turkey and  Brazil  you see the youngsters using the Internet, the Face books and Twitter and other latest tools they are able to mobilise the people on a vast scale without physically going out and mobilising people. There are now   new IT tools, Facebook etc., and also causes for people gathering and agitation in democracies as well.

In India, this cause, the cause for fighting corruption that now rules our democratic governance in a very serious manner; we need more such direct actions. Your goodself has emerged as a symbol of the new type of direct action in a Constitutional democracy. This is a type of new Gandhism and we can really feel proud of what we have done so far. Now, my suggestion is that Anna Team must have some people who can be drawn from known parties and even other established NGOs. There are such bodies like Election Watch and Democratic Reforms etc.

Elections in a democracy are the critical moments. So, we can prepare the citizens and with the information at the command of the Election Watch and other bodies we can easily find out the details of the backgrounds of the candidates (both state assemblies and Lok Sabha) and Anna Team must issue a list of the names that form the data with the movement we can recommend voters to vote for the relatively clean candidates.

Candidates to Lok Sabha and even Rajya Sabha must have sound credentials. Candidates must have reasonable qualifications so that we can be sure of their capacity to perform. Of course, character, no corruption or criminal charges are the first criteria!

Anna Team and the affiliates, we need as many people as they are willing and available for free/part-time service, so that Anna can release a list of the candidates for whom the voters can vote.

We can enlist some of the distinguished ex-MPs, ex-MLAs, Gandhians, even others who would help us to vote for the best possible candidates. The Anna Team must be able to release periodic press releases and give direction to the various movements towards creating a parallel citizens’ movement to keep alive the active interest in the election process.

Please let me know when you will be in the South, in Bangalore so that I want to meet and discuss the details of my suggestions.

With warm regards,

V.Isvarmurti

CC : Justice Sri Santosh Hegde, Bangalore