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Swarna Bharat Party
A party committed to your liberty – and prosperity
India’s governance is in shambles but most existing parties have let us down. India’s governance failure is systematic but our major parties are part of the problem by refusing to implement reforms, pandering to caste and religion and to the lowest common denominator. Claiming socialist goals of helping the poor, they subsidise the rich and are hands-in-glove with corrupt businesses. Crony capitalism is rife. And our politicians are actively blocking the voice of the people through numerous anti-free speech laws. No one in the elected assemblies of India speaks for our freedoms.
In this doldrums of under-performance, China is fast rushing ahead of us in many fields and poses a strategic threat. We urgently need to get our act together to become a major power committed to human rights and liberty. We will soon have the world’s largest population. We need to quickly become the world’s greatest nation in every way, before totalitarian and medieval ideas now on the ascendant pull us down into the level of many of our Middle Eastern and Asian neighbours.
Swarna Bharat Party
Swarna Bharat Party was created on 1 June 2013 (and registered by the Election Commission on 19 June 2014 ) by a group of classical liberals led by the Freedom Team of India (FTI) to fill a deeply felt void in Indian’s political offerings. We came to the regrettable realisation that virtually none of the current existing political parties in India are capable of providing corruption-free governance that will ensure freedom, equality of opportunity, rule of law, and justice to every citizen of the country. This realisation was the outcome of over a decade of searching for solutions to India’s disappointing performance and quality of life.
We believe SBP has an excellent constitution but are open to total restructuring of the constitution should we receive better ideas.
As far as policies are concerned, we are keenly aware that without addressing the basis flaws of our electoral and bureaucratic system, no genuine change can occur. We fully support the Sone Ki Chidiya (SKC) total reform agenda, being created under the aegis of Sone Ki Chidiya Federation, which is managed by FTI. We believe the SKC agenda has assembled world-best policies, and we are committed to working with the Federation to improve the agenda. We will work with the people of India to demand reforms that are both desirable and feasible. We are aware that reforms need to be suitably transitioned so there is minimal disruption to society.
It is time to bring sanity into Indian politics.
SBP rises well above religion, regionalism and caste. We are a nationalist classical liberal party: committed to India and liberty. Our aim is to bring Rabindranath Tagore’s dream of Heaven of Freedom, Gokhale’s and Tilak’s dream of Swaraj, Sardar Patel’s dream of a strong and powerful India, Gandhi’s dream of non-violence (of the strong: for the weak have no other option) and Rajaji’s and Minoo Masani’s dream of liberal government – to India. In doing so we appeal to India’s long held traditions of scientific temper, open debate, free speech, and tolerance.
We are determined to make India once again a Sone Ki Chidiya. We are committed to fight for your liberty and to ensure every Indian gets a real chance to make his or her dream a reality.
Activating the party from August 2014
Despite registering the party, we were not keen to activate it, should any other alternative be found. There was great hope in July 2014 that all liberal parties will agree to a process to merge. But that hasn’t happened – yet.
But given absence (at the moment) of any common liberal platform which those who are committed to liberty can join, it has been decided in late July 2014 to activate SBP. We remain acutely aware of the need for all liberals to come together. Unless India’s various small liberal parties merge and jointly undertake national-level actions, they cannot impel real change. It remains our hope that in the near future SBP and other liberal parties will come together on a common platform with a common agenda. We hope that the Sone Ki Chidiya reform movement will create an agenda acceptable to all classical liberals of India.
Once all liberal parties agree to a common agenda and principles of democratic functioning, total transparency, and ideological clarity, we can work out ways to merge under one umbrella.
SBP’s initial national executive committee has evolved from the 5-day meeting in late July 2014 and has started functioning as an initial body for the party. There are around 20 people on the national executive. The plan for SBP is the following:
1. We are getting our PAN number and opening our bank account.
2. We are preparing a new website.
3. We are trying to build a membership system.
4. We are trying to build an accounting system, with accounts being as public and transparent as possible.
Only after the membership system is established can we give formal membership to members. Further, only after the basic systems are established can we start various state and local branches.
In the meanwhile the Delhi branch has been started with the process for building up the party country-wide being conceptualised. Liberals from Delhi are invited to come on board.
Join Swarna Bharat Party
Although Swarna Bharat Party is very small at present, it represents the GREATEST IDEA IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF INDIA: our liberty and prosperity. Please lend your support to build India’s most modern and ambitious political party. You can indicate your expression of interest by visiting http://swarnabharat.in/membership/. Someone will get in touch with you.