While all issues regarding the party are addressed in the party's manifesto, a few questions are asked frequently. If you'd like a question to be included here, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is the party's name "Swarna"? Does it mean the party supports the "upper" castes/ varna?
The word “Swarna” in our party’s name stands for golden, i.e. swarnim. This is named after the fabled figurative golden bird, Sone Ki Chidiya, which India can become once our policies are adopted. This fabled bird – Sone Ki Chidiya – is our party’s logo. Swarna Bharat Party has nothing to do with any upper caste organisation
Sometimes people also confuse our party with other upper caste community organisations that use an almost exactly similar name. We are entirely different to such illiberal organisations. We represent all Indians, regardless of caste or religion. Our party was registered with the Election Commission in 2014 and is now engaged in spreading the message of liberty, justice and security across the country. Our message of individual sovereignty and equality under the law is radically different to the hierarchical ideas of these other organisations.
The name Swarna Bharat Party should be changed to something else
The name Swarna Bharat Party was selected by the founders of the party in the absence of availability of names like Swatantra Party and Swatantra Bharat Party. We also chose not to use Liberal Party of India since the name sounds Western, while the idea of liberty is innately Indian. Some people complain that the name "Swarna Bharat" sound like an upper caste party, others complain that it sounds like a party of goldsmiths.
We appreciate that not everyone will be happy with this name but this name is locked in stone and we will never chnage it at any stage. All our branding, articles in the media, Wikipedia, our various social media outlets (Twitter, Youtube, numerous Facebook pages, etc.) have been built at great cost and effort and we are happy with the name. The name represents the outcome of liberal policies - a great and prosperous country. Join us but do not expect us to change the name.
Will SBP merge or form a coalition with other parties?
a) Merger: A party is nothing but its manifesto and internal systems of functioning. We have the world's best manifesto and high quality (and transparent) internal systems of governance. We will never seek to associate with any party with lesser quality and transparency. Any Indian who supports our manifesto is welcome to join us. It may be noted that we will not change our name, either. This name has slowly built up into a brand (although small) and it is meaningful, in that it represents the successful outcomes of liberalism.
b) Coalition: If someone wishes to form a coalition with us, they should not contact us but continue to seek parliamentary representation on their own party's platform. Once various representatives reach Parliament, they can consider any necessary coalition. We do not agree with the idea of any minimum common agenda - since we want the whole of SBP's manifesto to be implemented. We can't compromise on that, else the goal will not be achieved.
Why does the party claim to be "liberal" - a word which stands for socialism in many parts of the Western world?
We use the word liberal in the original (classical) sense, not the way the word has been hijacked by socialists across the world over the past century. The root of the word "liberal" arises from the word liberty. The fact that some stupid people have hijacked this word doesn't mean that its meaning should be allowed to change.
What is SBP's policy on caste/tribe based reservations?
SBP does not have a reservations policy at this stage since we believe the first priority must be given to basic governance reforms. Tinkering with third order things like reservations will not help the country. Let’s first reform the main governance system and ensure that everyone is able to achieve equality of opportunity before we consider what is to be done re: reservations. It is like a baby that is drowning. You don't worry about secondary issues first, such as the boils all over the baby's body. You first rescue the baby and only then start investigating the boils. Likewise, India is drowning because of its totally dysfunctional governance and policies. Let's fix that first, then we can consider secondary issues. In fact, things will change so much once the basics of India are fixed that a lot of things that seem important today to so many people - such as reservations - will fade out of our mind and become irrelevant.
Is SBP going to contest elections? How will people become aware of this party until they do not come into limelight?
SBP is currently a very small and new party. India in the sorry situation where its largest liberal party is very small. That is because for seventy years, the country has been overwhelmed by the socialists, therefore there is very little knowledge in the country of the kinds of reforms India needs. We are definitely going to contest elections, starting from 2019 Lok Sabha elections. We are looking for good candidates. Only good candidates will be offered to the country. Please contact us at email@example.com if you wish to contest elections under SBP's banner.
How can we be confident that SBP will not become like other parties after coming to power?
Policy is everything. Our policies will get the government out of unnecessary activity. All other parties - which are socialist - have policies that require government to "do everything". That creates the environment of corruption. We believe in letting the people achieve the best results for themselves, with the government focusing on core function of justice and security. We also have a stringent policy of accountability of elected representatives and bureaucracy, based on paying people well but holding them sternly to account. We are committed to ensuring that every person in government will remain accountable to the people.
What is SBP's population policy? How will SBP reduce India's population?
It is true that overpopulation appears to be a problem. But in reality, it is not population itself that is the problem but lack of opportunities (education, good jobs) for the population.
A large population is an asset, not a liability. The human brain – ingenuity – is the greatest resource. Furthermore, natural resources are not finite. We are constantly discovering new reserves and alternative substitutes. Likewise, for the production of food. Food prices are constantly falling as a relative share of our incomes, as humans are able to grow more food on less land, by using better technology. Humanity is not in any danger of ever running out of natural resources or food, no matter how much our population increases.
Well-educated people who can employ their skills in meaningful, nation-building, indeed, civilization-enhancing work, are never undesired, no matter how many of them are there. In fact, more such people are there in a country (or the world), better it is for that country. But when learning opportunities and good employment opportunities are limited (which are results of bad governance and bad systems in a country), population becomes a drain on the system. In this case, a person takes more from the country than he produces for it. In that case the person does become a burden.
SBP’s goal is creating more opportunities and setting up better systems so that each and every individual is enabled and empowered to contribute to their maximum potential. With good systems and incentives in place, each and every person can and will become an asset for our great country. The more the number of highly educated persons in India, the greater the scope for innovation.
In fact, under the scenario of policies that SBP will implement, our large population (of capable people) will allow us to progress even faster.
The government should just see to it that they provide essential public goods such as law and order, police, justice, and some infrastructure. It must ensure reasonable equality of opportunity through the facilitation of high-quality education and high-quality vocational training for the poor, and create a business-friendly and business-enabling economic environment for the private sector to create jobs and innovate.
The government has absolutely no role in curbing the population or interfering with a couple’s personal choice to have as many children as they wish.
The size of a country’s population does not correlate with a country’s level of poverty. Even in India, even as our population has grown manifold after independence, absolute poverty has declined after liberalisation of the economy. The richest parts of India, such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, etc. are also the most densely populated. Singapore, Hong Kong, Bahrain and Netherlands are more densely populated than India but are also much richer.