What are the assessments by the supporters and critics?
Supporters many, few critics are no ordinary persons.
Yes, Modi’s one year is being celebrated over much geography. Press conferences and other publicity means.

one-year-of-modi-govtMr.Modi who has been very much on the international stage all these months and also playing  to the theatrical style performances  and making some bold and sometime excessive publicity postures, otherwise called he had been a sort of a rock star or a poster boy for the many hues of BJP claims and counterclaims.

What is the role of the  RSS? What sort of substantial inputs the organisation has brought to Modi’s achievements?

We are sure Modi’s international tours and performances are not the handiwork of the RSS. The organisation hasn’t, it seems, travelled beyond its  narrow confines to imaginary claims to build a Ram temple or  restoring other places of Hindu worship or some other marginal tinkering with the school syllabuses and introducing some fancy theories of Hindutva past.

Yes, there is a case  for making alternative ideological articulations for an Indian perspective to things. Indian history needs to be re-read and a wholesome picture of Indian renaissance needs to be articulated.
But then this is a serious, much-debated articulation.

Now, by simply leaving out the respected historians and other thinkers and independent thinkers what sort of big picture the RSS and other outfits  are capable of doing.

Simply picking up the thread somewhere in the 1920s and also picking up Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy  in a twisted manner what sort of credibility we can hope to gain by taking to a route that is bound to fail historically speaking or otherwise.

How can you escape from the impact of the Westernisation process altogether?

These are all of course larger issues that won’t go away.  As for the PM’s publicity attack on the public opinion he is unlikely to succeed. There are serious issues.

Take the RTI Act implementation. The PM seems deliberately keeping the chief information commissioner’s post vacant for all these months?
Yes, he is not really open-minded. He seems to have his own narrow agenda. He wants to shut the doors on the public’s right to know how his government is doing.

As per the latest statistics, the number of petitions that have accumulated so far is 39,364,this for 2015,the year Mr.Modi is in power. The number of petitions that were disposed of in 2014 is 20,967.

What sort of efficient government, maximum governance he is proving?
Also, there are many such issues that make one suspect the PM’s motives behind such delays. Lokpal, Lokayukta are other sensitive issues. The election manifesto promised an @efficient Lokpal@. Where is it? Is it too much for anyone with minimum common sense to suspect the PM’s motives here?

Mr.Arun Jaitley claims there has not been one corruption charge so far! Fine. But where is the outlet for the citizens to ventilate their grievances.
This is certainly not an open society government, we can say.

This is a very active government. But not the activists-governance.
The judiciary is under stress. Apart from the Judicial appointments act, the issues is now pending with a 5-judge bench working on it, there is the huge accumulation of the pending litigations.

The law minister is grappling with the problem. The budget and finance minister’s budget cuts, the individual ministries grievances are only now coming out slowly, ironically, on the eve of the second year of the government!

We are conscious that faster economic growth is not brought about by any magic wand. So, we have to give some more time for things to unfold. But as some experts who know the government, it seems, from inside said that Finance Minister is not having things easy for him.

But then there are enough indications to believe that some of the well-respected intellectuals, some media men and journalists who sided with the BJP government in the hope of seeing things change in their way are getting disillusioned by the way the PM had utilised their talents.
This government is obviously running short of talents in diverse fields.
Even the bureaucrats, some at least, also minister, at least some among them are giving vent to their frustrations.

Things are not moving as fast as everyone expected. In the political fields one good impression this government has made is to make the Parliament work harder. The productivity of Parliament has improved.
As for the criticisms of the Congress party is concerned  the Vice-President Mr.Rahul Gandhi has managed to stir up the issues lie Land Acquisition Bill as anti-farmer.

This is only small comfort for the party who has a long way to go. As for other parties, the Janata Parivar merger hangs fire. This is not good for Opposition unity.

As for the other state parties, the AIADMK in TN, Trinamool Congress in West Bengal and Biju Janata Dal have some roles to play.

Let us hope Mr.Modi, the Prime Minister of the country manages to see the larger picture of India’s unity and also India’s role in a changing world.
We have to remain optimists, after all. That is the only way forward. Jai Hind.

Indian agriculture is still a monsoon-dependent activity. 181.98 hectares of land is unirrigated, rain-fall dependent. So, we have to strengthen our scientific management of agriculture with season-relevant seeds, short-term seeds and also soil health, nutrition rich and  barriers-free all Indian market. Not the least is of course agriculture exports in which India is becoming competitive and also the Western major exporters like the USA,EU also are now realising the potential of the Indian agricultural sector alert’s competitive edge in some crucial products like milk powder and milk products, horticulture products like grapes, starwberries and now mangoes and other fruits and vegetables.

In fact, there is a need for a high profile face in the agri ministry in charge exclusively for the agri exports. It is not out of place here to mention that Indian must delegations of farmers, we mean genuine farmers to such high profile agri exhibitions in Israel, Germany and even in EU and USA.

Our farmers must be exposed to high-tech agriculture, why not even in floriculture, a sector that showed lot of promise some years ago and now there is some slackening.

Floriculture in select flowers, as it is realised from the experience of flower farmers in such places like Hosur in border of Tamil Nadu and even in Karnataka needs special attention.

Certainly, we need some new policy announcements for floriculture. Also in promotion of grapes cultivation and wine making India had done some good work and this sector needs to be supported.

There is a new spurt in small grains agriculture. There is potential for exports of these valuable small grains. Of course the agriculture minister Mr.Radha Mohan Singh is doing his part well, we have to say considering how the government had come out of the recent untimely rains and how the government dealt with  the issue.

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On a range of issues!
One year performance review of the Indian government.

11modiThere is a mixed sense of elation as well as criticism over one-year of Modi government.  It is time we make a fresh new debate on Indian political and economic ideologies. Our economic future depends upon how our people look forward to a vigorous economy, vigorous economic growth that takes India its place as the top country among the top three: USA, China and India.

We need a new economic philosophy. Given our IT strengths, we need a new study of capitalism, we have to study the history of capitalism and see how the new capitalist system fits into the new world, knowledge economy where the educated and the skilled are placed on equal footing in terms of equality of opportunities.

We need a responsible capitalism where laws of the land are observed scrupulously. In politics, we can’t but have a liberal democracy where too the last man feels equal to the top man.

The economic ideology, if we can say so, needs some basic clarification. India’s economic future calls for a national consensus on the direction of the economy. PM Modi talks of faster economic growth. Fine. His is this to come about? Is it through just more investments in the manufacturing sector? Or, “make in India” is about more joint ventures, as it is envisaged, for instance in the joint production of air force planes of the French Rafale brand?

Or, the more basic industries like steel making by the MNCs like Posco.
Or accelerating the hundreds of pending projects in a wide variety of areas, awaiting various clearances from forest, environmental and land acquisition delays? Or, finally is it all about the private sector or the private sector along with the public sector, say, like in the oil and gas exploration?

Finally, what all this leads to? A more pronounced emphasis on the private sector with the disinvestment process leading to shedding the government(read bureaucratic)involvement in what is really a future course, more and more private sector participation, both domestic and MNC investments playing the dominant role in economic growth.

As we have seen in China, it is after all the role of the government that would play a crucial role in the building of infrastructure in a range of sectors, from highways, railways, airports and ports, not to speak of other critical urban infrastructure like metros, urban services and even smart cities. Some of these topics are now increasingly talked about but very little indication is there to hope for a faster and determined progress in all these frontier areas of the future.

Mr.Modi is really lucky to have come to play a central role in making the modern India of our times. But then his one year period in office gives not much of a robust hope that the PM can do all these things as he seems to give people the impression.

He has already invited criticism from within his own camp. One such criticism is from Mr.Arun Shourie, an old hand. Also, are there similar indications from BJP ranks, mostly of the more intellectually gifted ones?
Intellectuals have to play a critical role in any polity.

In fact, in the previous regime too there were intellectuals who were critical of the Congress party and the government. But their voices were silenced or subdued for various reasons. The party paid a heavy price for having trusted its Prime Minister. In India we have the dubious character of believing academic degrees and qualifications of long government service as proof of delivery on the promises.

Dr.Manmohan Singh proved such a disaster. Poor man he proved simply not the person to lead the party or the government or the country as well. He was not a political personality. It is a lesson that a Prime Minister has to be a political person in the first place.

Having said this much, it is now an open question whether the incumbent PM is a genuine alternative. Only time can tell.

But we can make some observations here. Justice R.M.Lodha, the then CJI, presiding over a 5-judge bench made the observation that the PM under the Indian Constitution has a great role to play. It all depends upon the incumbent. Or some such observation.

In the case of the incumbent PM he has created such a great impression on the people. So too his one year in office didn’t bring about the expected buzz so to say.

There are indications, why even there is a sort of broad consensus that the government lacks lot talent and expertise to run its crucial ministries.
Let us be fair and admit certain realities.

The Modi Cabinet has lot of talents. Some of the Ministers are first rate. As good as the previous Congress Cabinet, why some are much better too.
We needn’t name names here but the front-runners are too many. In crucial ministries like highways, railways and defence, not to speak of some others the Ministers carry lots of hope and trust.

So, we have to give time and show some patience as well. But there are some duds. It is time they are changed sooner than later. But then a Prime Minister in India must cast himself in a wider perspective.

Now, the PM leads the entire sections of society. So, why not he taps the best talents from all fields. So, I would take this opportunity to make the suggestion to the government that it draws talents from a wider net.

The PM can really afford to invite even his critics as well as his well-wishers from a wide spectrum of fields. Higher education really cries for sound advice and guidance. So too science and technology fields.

Even such fields like railways, aviation need bold and decisive approaches.
The PM is a doer. So he has to show some urgency in calling for strict monitoring of big projects.

Already we started hearing of deadlines missing for several areas.
Strict deadlines and almost round the clock monitoring would produce results. Again, China is a good example and we need more efficiency in governance.

Agriculture is another area. So too health and some other areas.
The PM seems to have embarked on creating the impression of being pro-poor. So, many of his latest pro-poor schemes. Fine. This too needs to be done in a democracy.

But creating a positive impact is much more productive of enduring impression. There are real questions of an ideological clarity. The Modi government is widely seen as Centre-Right. Why not? But then you have to also make clear the misconceptions that come with such an ideological stance.

Centre-Right is not the same as crony capitalism. Transparency in governance is the critical test. Also, fighting corruption. Yes, corruption in India is widespread and deep-rooted. This Mr.Modi has to attend to. Lokpal and Lok Ayukta are very urgent. Also, governance issues. The IAS/IPS cadre are not enthused. There are very many issues here.
There must be much sagacity and fairness in selecting and posting and guaranteeing fixed tenures.

Capitalism is always not a happy word among the elite of all countries. At all times! This is a big issue. The PM can invite the best minds from all countries. He, in our view, must have already invited the best talents, Prof.Amartya Sen, Dr.Jagdish Bhagwathi and other great economists for face to face exchanges of ideas and policy choices. The PM’s image only would get a boost.

Some recent actions of the Cabinet, Cabinet Appointment Committee decisions are plain silly. Why remove the chairperson of the Lalit Kala Akademi? Why remove the Director General of the National Museum, right at the centre of the national capital.

Culture is a very sensitive issue. Already, some 130 odd artists and culture critics have petitioned the government over its recent reversal of acts.
So, please consult the best in the field. Already the culture leaders have petitioned the PM.

Also, the judiciary reform is also a touchy issue. Go slow is all we can say.
It is not of place to say that even in the past, even the big monarchy-rulers like Catherine the Great and the Fredrick the Great cultivated intellectuals like Voltaire. And what glory they attained! So, we say: please take the initiative and invite the great minds for tea! The gain is that of the PM’s only!

The Hindutva tag is a bit of a bother. So too the communalism issues.
The PM has a baggage of the past. So, he has to tread carefully.
The media is another area.

India has a very vigorous private sector TV and print media industry. This has to be “managed” carefully. There can’t be any hasty way to drive public opinion in a particular direction.

India is a liberal society, right? As such we have to recognise what it means. It means, among other things, a vigorous civil society and the role for NGOs. In this case, the Indian Prime Minister is seen as a bit authoritarian, he brooks no criticism and this is reflected in his delaying tactics or some other reason why he couldn’t fill up vital position, be it the Chief Information Officer and also the Lokpal and Lokayukta.

As the current on-going 5-judge Bench of the Supreme Court arguments show that even the RTI Act could also become part of the basic structure of the Constitution argument. Why not? Democracy gives the common man the right to scrutiny and know of the government functioning.

India is also a much diversified society. Religion and cast had played a historic role. You can’t abolish caste in a day and so too you can’t restrict freedoms of the religions hat have been there for long.

Also, very important, you can’t have the same party rule in all the states.
Each state has its own uniqueness and rhythm of its own. Economics, politics and society has their own spheres.  It is the elite and the classes that give character to a country. In that aspect India has been lucky. It has a reputation for an open society and many of its democratic credentials like fair elections, electoral reforms, RTI, why even RTE in education are all lauded as Indian contributions to an open society. India’s neighbours look to India for guidance and much regional security and much else. I was in South East Asian countries and I could sense how much India matters in this part of the world. So, we have to keep our optimism in place and look forward to a bright South East Asian future.

Who is pro-poor: BJP or the Congress?

bjpcongPrime Minister Mr.Modi, after his very path-breaking 10-day, three nation tour to Europe and Canada has come to find himself fighting a battle of sorts, this time; it is all about the, public perceptions of his government. All his strenuous efforts so far, from the day he took charge of the country he is really working hard on a host of fronts to activate things, to restart the economy from where his predecessor had left, he left it in a mess, this much the public have come to realise. So, some amount of charity is called for in view of the great challenges ahead. The whole world would look to Mr.Modi’s leadership and as such we, the Indian people, cutting across the party lines, irrespective of our own reservations and scepticism, we have to give a supporting hand to what the PM is doing on many fronts.

Now, after Mr.Rahul Gandhi’s unjustifiable absence from the affairs of the state, his return might have gladdened the hearts of one section of the party, yes, the other section, mostly seniors and as such with some stake in the future of the party, Mr.Gandhi chose to address the farmers’ rally and the next day he also went to Parliament (which he is known to neglect to the chagrin of the party veterans) and there he made an impressive speech, we have to concede. Fine! Mr.Gandhi you did a good job, we admit.
But then what you wanted to achieve?

You wanted to show that the Congress party did well in the farm sector and the BJP doesn’t measure up to its promise? Is this what you wanted to convey?

Even if we concede that much, there still remains your credibility gap. Yes, in the interest of the country’s long term good, why, even in the long and short term interest of the farmers in whose name only we are promoting this magazine, we have to say things and invite the views of thousands and lakhs of farmer-readers and visitors to our largest agri website (www.agricultureinformation.com) we won’t be truthful to our commitment.

We know well and we are sure our readers would also agree with us that agriculture is the very backbone of the country.

It is a vast field of concern for everyone and only in India, of all the countries of the world that still more than 50 per cent of people are still engaged in agriculture for their livelihood.

Poverty is still a big challenge to our planners and we are sure that Mr.Modi, more than anyone else, knows this very well.

And to remove and reduce poverty is no joke. It is also a fact that other parties, specially  the Left parties, more so the parties left-aligned and also from states like W.Bengal and Kerala where the left parties, the Communist parties had been in power had remained backward in the sense there is not much modern day industrial development, no new, new generation big industries and manufacturing.

The Communists have a mindset of anti-capitalist, anti-big industry focus. More workers’ tilted claims like industrial workers and kisan, farm workers claims for higher wages. In a strict sense of the term, the Left-oriented parties are anti- urban and pro-rural rhetoric.

Even now, under Trinamul what do we see in Bengal?

Who can take Mamata Banerjee after her track record on industrialisation in Bengal countryside? The Bengal rural hinterland is trapped in a medieval dark ages. People really would contrast Bengal and Gujarat when it comes to industrialisation or even developments on a whole host of fronts, from education, health and other infrastructure, rural electrification. Tata’s car factory fiasco sums up what Mamata Banerjee can do and can’t do.

The future won’t welcome another Mamata Banerjee medicine!

The same might apply to the Bengal Left-front politics. Mr.Sitaram Yechury is a fine person. But that is all. What a CPI (M), however he could rejuvenate the party, can do in this time of globalisation when the global capitalism, a favorite phrase of our comrades, itself is in a sort of decline or in a not growth cycle.
It is a big issue. Not easily amenable to rhetoric-wielding platform orators, politicians.

Economics is a serious business, right?

There is no big industrial investments. So too even in Kerala where there is a tradition of Communist protests against every other factory!

Of course, it is a complicated and complex issue. The issue of economic development. It had fallen to the lot of Mr.Modi to come out with a new set of rhetoric to defuse the standard attacks from Opposition parties.

Mr.Modi can’t be accused of any right-wing conspiracy. He has to face up to the grim reality of restarting the economy. Certainly, Mr.Rahul Gandhi ‘s charge that Modi is trying to take away poor farmers’ lands and gives away to rich corporate houses, it is not a “pay-off” as Mr.Gandhi has termed is wrong.

Mr.Gandhi has some serious issues himself to contend with. First he must get rid of his shoulder the albatrosses of many kinds. Manmohan Singh is now a great liability to the party. So too his creations, G-2, coal scam that too need to be taken off from public mind. He has his hands full with other issues too.

The Land Acquisition Act is landmark legislation and it is everyone’s view that the Indian Parliament must be able to enact it through mutually agreeable way. That is the essence of democracy. Also, Parliament must not be disrupted purposely to block the passage of the Bill and the country would now see how the Congress conducts itself in the Rajya Sabha.

There is a vast consensus on some of the basic features of the Bill. Land for many development needs, roads, railways, airports and irrigation projects are essential. So too in many instances land for new projects like big steel projects, coal mining and many other such criti8cal issues.

We have to create a favourable investment climate for the foreign investors. Of course, Mr.Modi had urged his MPs and party men to become more active and stand upright and see people in their eyes and tell what the government has done and intends to do more.

Yet, as Mr.Modi would realise and he also looked defensive, as the media put it, because in this country there is a tradition of left-wing tilt to all parties. So too the Janata Parivar and the newly elected CPI (M) general secretary Mr.Sitaram Yechuri  has also talked in some assertive manner.

The media is not also very friendly, it is rather diffident but not forthcoming in support of the BJP government which talks, in the words of Mr.Modi, more about “rashtraniti”, not as much about” Rajniti”.

The point here to be emphasised is that India needs a new land acquisition law. We need land for development.

Also, it is pertinent to point out that no economic development can come about without big investments and also if we can so put it, without private capitalism playing a pro-active and confident role.
But we want a “responsible capitalism”, not “crony capitalism”.

May be the future of the debate might revolve around how the government explains its position and how it is able to swing the public opinion and public perception to its side.

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Notified hardly 48 hours as the Supreme Court takes up hearing the batch of petitions challenging the Act!
Confrontation or conciliation ahead?

NJACThe Modi regime is surely doing things about the independence of judiciary in unusual ways.

Much more explicit language might not be appropriate for this journal!

There is a batch of petitions challenging this NJAC which seeks to replace the existing collegiums system that appoints judges by judges themselves. One advantage of the existing system is that gives complete freedom to the judiciary. Why the government now wants to replace this system?

One reason seems to be that the judiciary doesn’t seem to give any freedoms to the executive to speed up development projects like speedy clearance of environmental and first clearance of big infrastructure projects etc.

Of course, the notorious judicial delays   are common place. Once you approach the court there are no way you can get an end to it?

This judicial delay has become a scandal and invites public ire. Yet, the real reason behind the government move is to have its own men and women as judges!
We have had the bad memories of Indira Gandhi’s legacy.

Also, a series of judgements have come to give certain solidity to the Constitution which has basic structure which can’t be touched by parliament.
Mr.Modi, in his brief stint as PM has also seen how his moves and actions have been stalled by the higher courts. His attack on the “5-star activists, a reference to Teesta Setalvad and also Priya Pillai of the Green Peace, whose  cases had been upheld by the High Courts and as such Mr.Modi feels his writ does run freely.
Now, many legal luminaries are of the view that the NJAC might not stand the test of the Supreme Court scrutiny as it directly attacks of independence of the judiciary.

Mr.Modi also didn’t make his case fool-proof for he is using his language not in a restrained way and he attends the conference of the Chief Justices of the High Courts and Supreme Court and asks them face to face as to why five-star activists are taking the government for a ride. The tone of his extempore speech says so much.

So, there is unease in the government and legal circles. Unfortunately in India, in New Delhi in particular there is a big crowd of very clever lawyers who are always crowding the corridors of the successful political party that captures power and you can see always a bunch of high-fee lawyers lapping up high-profile Cabinet ministers’ posts.

Under Sonia Gandhi, this phenomenon reached ridiculous limits. A whole lot got these political offices and once the party lost where did these high-earning lawyers ended up? Straight right into the Supreme Court lawyers wearing their black gowns! It created another scandal. That is the Congress party ended up with no one to work for the party! The party offices were found to be suddenly deserted.

Yes, there is a scandal about corruption and influence in the higher judiciary. There are about 100 tribunals as the PM himself noted and there is a big drain of public money on these tribunals, once set up they perpetuate themselves.

So, there is a need to reform the judiciary. But not the PM’s way. The Supreme Court for its part, soon after the CJs conference, after the Pm made his controversial remarks, didnt not stay the NJAC), as people expected nor the government notified the Act. Testing the waters? There are many ways in which the government could curb the owners of the judiciary, one is of course funding the judiciary, and another is for the courts to delay judgements.

There is a gray area here and much is being done, as in the past, by moving cautiously step by step!

Let us see how the issues resolve it. Will there be a prolonged fight or will there be wisdom and mutual understanding to keep the judicial independence untainted?

Only time can tell.

Churnings in the Indian political parties
Congress, Janata parivar and the AAP
Splits, imminent splits and also survival unity efforts!
Janata Parivar merges into one party!
Yes, it is a positive change for more open society
Democratic Socialism can be restored!
But great efforts in resolving contradictions and fighting the personal ego of leaders are critical!
Also, responsible Capitalism should be one critical objective!
Speedy economic growth and social justice could get a boost!

Mulayam Singh Yadav at luncheon meeting with opp leadersThe six parties, all former allies in one form or other, which worked as the Janata party and government under Morarji Desai and then split into various factions and separate parties in due course, mostly in UP and Bihar as Samajwadi party under Mulayam Singh Yadav and under Nitish Kumar as the JD (U) and under Lalu Prasad Yadav as RJD and down South In Karnataka under former Prime Minister Deve Gowda, as JD(S) have all now come together.

This is a very good development in the Indian political scene. The Indian political scenario is now in some basic confusion. The Congress is in total disarray as we write the party heir Rahul Gandhi, 44, is not in the scene for the past 56 days! He might pop up at any time. Not even his mother knows! Not to speak of other senior leaders.

As on date at least some six of them, Captain Amarinder Singh, the Deputy Leader at the Lower House, Lok Sabha, has called for Sonia Gandhi to continue in the post of Congress chief. She has already been there for the last 17 years. How long she can continue?

The 130 year old grand party has not taken its party Constitution seriously. This is the case since the days of Indira Gandhi. Indira Gandhi split the party into two.
Now, it looks Sonia Gandhi’s dithering, popor lady, she doesn’t know which way to turn or what way forward is there for her to step down and hand over power to someone who is willing to take over!

So, the major party like Congress is itself is a crisis of identity. The other parties are no better. The Left, the CPI (M), the pure-bred Marxists, are always known for their ideological confusions and contradictions. As we write the party is in session in Andhra Pradesh in its 25th party Congress and the party is also in a sort of internal power struggle! It has openly admitted it is not any more in formulating any “alternative politics”, always with the Congress as its obsession! So, what is left?

It is the AAP, which in its two year avatar is already split. Now, the BJP?

Is it fine, in fine fettle?

Yes and no! Mr.Narendra Modi is of course in a triumphal procession of sorts, abroad at the moment. Inside, the country, after almost one year in office, there are murmurs and apprehensions, from within the party and from outside!
Why? He hadn’t moved forward as he promised and delivered on the ground.
So, the first party to be rattled by the unification of the Janata Parivar which immediately could emerge as the principal challenger of the BJP in Bihar where an election to  the Assembly is due.

Even otherwise, the united Parivar will have its strength to go up to 30 MPs in the Rajya Sabha, the third largest party there.

The Congress is now in majority. That is why the BJP is not able to pass through the Rajya Sabha on its land acquisition bill. Also, the Congress, in particular, Sonia Gandhi is claiming some credit for leading a team, some 100 MPs, one evening to the President’s House from parliament.

You see, politics is half a fantasy and only half the truth, the reality.
Now, what chances for the Janata Parivar?

Parivar has a long history. Unfortunately, this history or its pedigree was not traced by any speaker at the inaugural session. The Janata ideology was basically a democratic Socialist heritage. One can go back as far as one wishes.

The Congress party itself has this democratic, Socialist and even a bit of traditional Indian society values. Let us say like the British Conservative Party.
Now, under Gandhi it evolved. Unfortunately, Gandhi was called as Mahatma and this helped and also hindered to take a historical and ideological analysis of the legacy of the Congress.

We have to undertake this step, either as old fashioned Congress men or even as the old fashioned Nehruite Socialists. Because as it has now come out with the Bose-Nehru government surveillance controversy, we have to go back to the Gandhi-Bose controversy phase when Bose wanted a secular, united India and Gandhi, before he came to Indian in 1914, Gandhi was in some ways equivivocal about the long-term vision for India. Between 1905 and 1911, when the Bengal was divided and after it was united in 1911, the Swadeshi movement was played out and from then on with Gandhi in the picture, the through process of the Congress underwent many changes.

Gandhi was unclear, say observers, whether Indian was willing to get Dominion Status and freedom.

Or, full freedom?

Bose was in one sense the original secularist, didn’t support the communal politics and also other events that brought Indian close to 1945 partition edge.
So, the point here is Nehru Socialist stance was only one such stance. There was Bose stance too.

Anyway, the National Planning Committee was the stamp of Bose Socialism.
Then came other events. One was the Congress ideology. The Congress Socialists under Jaya Prakash Narayan.

JP is the godfather of the Janata Parivar which fought the 1975 Emergency.
So, there is a strong anti-Congress streak to the Janata Parivar ideology.

My point here is the new avatar must clearly formulate its vision, its total ideological vision for the new entity to be taken seriously by its supporters and also no less by its enemies, chiefly, the resurgent BJP under Modi-Shah combine.
The Parivar has to make a survey of what are the priorities? What are the new dangers under the Modi regime?

Democracy itself is in danger of being suffocated by various intrusions.
There is no protection for freedom of thought, freedoms of expression, freedom of the media, both print and electronic. Civil society feels threatened.
We have to highlight the victories won already in the Teesta Setalvad and also Priya Pillai where the country have intervened.

Yet, there is no repute for the citizens. RTA is weakened. Judiciary is now threatened by the NJAA which is also challenged by the civil society.
There is the PMO authoritarianism.

Many ministries are non-performing. Anyway, the Parivar seniors must invite the intellectuals and civil society brains to come out with a credible political ideology for the new entity. Then only the arithmetic will make sense. The chemistry must be correctly got right.

Of course, if I may say so, all the senior leaders must declare they might not seek direct power. They would work for the next generation to define the priorities. Jobs, aspirations, equal and equitable society, rights of the minorities, secularism and the other deprived classes.

Once, the Parivar is put on a solid foundation of new and innovative ideas and ideals and strategies, and then it is shot worth taken seriously by the rest of the society. Good luck for the new entity. Long live Indian democratic socialist ideology.

Centre-Right or Centre-Left? There are various strands possible here.

We can draw parallels from the older democracies from Europe.

New technologies, give new tools for transparency and also a new competitive edge to Mr.Modi’s own big money, new technology pushes.

Money matters but then also new visions and new aspirational thrust also make sense. See the AAP victory in such a short time span.

There is a lesson for the Janata Parivar in AAP’s triumphs.