Seems like the geeks are diversifying from being entrepreneurs in high tech to being entrepreneurs in politics. They are forming political parties. Aditya Pancholi alerted me to “PARITRANA, the Political party for the Bharat of 21st century” started by a group of very young professionals who share the common background of having gone to IITs.
Paritrana, which means “complete relief from a state of distress,” has set itself the lofty mission
to resuscitate and restore the great traditions of Bharatvarsha’s glorious Golden Age based on the eternal values, and to transform Bharatvarsha into a prosperous and powerful nation and reestablish Bharatvarsha to its rightful place in the world as ‘JagadGuru’.
Transforming India into a great nation is a great idea. But bringing back past glory? I am not qualified to categorically state whether there ever was a “Golden Age.” I think it is a sort of nostalgia, a sentimental attachment to the idea of an imagined past when we were great. Whether India was a world leader (‘JagadGuru‘) in the past or not is irrelevant, actually. Whether India would be a world leader in the future is also irrelevant to me. What I am concerned about is the state of India’s children. If I ever join a political party, it would be one that has the simple goal of emancipating the children of India.
Startups are good, whether in the high technology space or the political space. It is a marketplace of ideas and ideals. Another startup in the political space is Bharat Uday Mission which has as its mission
to create the self-perpetuating cycle of economic and scientific development, by destroying the present self-perpetuating cycle of corruption, population explosion and poverty in our country and we appeal to all patriotic Indians to support Bharat Uday Mission whole-heartedly in attaining this goal .
I am very gratified to note that they have mentioned corruption, population explosion and poverty in their mission statement because I believe that these three related evils are the primary brakes to India’s development.
Swami Vivekanand’s call to the youth of India a hundred years ago has still not been answered. Here is that call mentioned at Bharat Uday Mission:
“Even the least work done for others awakens the power within; even thinking the least good of others gradually instills into the heart the strength of a lion. As you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. Otherwise, what is the difference between you and the trees and stones ? What our country needs are some young men who will renounce everything and sacrifice their lives for their country’s sake. Only such men can do some real work. I too believe that India will awake again, if anyone could love with all his heart the people of the country – bereft of the grace of affluence, of blasted fortune, their discretion totally lost, downtrodden, ever-starved, quarrelsome, and envious. Then only will India awake, when hundreds of large-hearted men and women, giving up all desires of enjoying the luxuries of life, will long and exert themselves to their utmost for the well-being of the millions of their countrymen who are gradually sinking lower and lower in the vortex of destitution and ignorance.”
Where have they gone, the heroes such as Swami Vivekanand and Sri Aurobindo? The lions have departed and the asses and baboons hold court.
I should mention that there is another group called Samudai Bharati based in the US and India which is also in the process of forming a political party. (Will post a link when I get it.) I have had contact with the people of Samudai Bharati. A very motivated and idealistic group.
I wish all these startups success.
Update: Thanks to Praveen, I have the link to Samudai Bharati which states its purpose as:
Based on the principles of Open Society, Free Economy, and Limited Government, Samudai Bharati will participate in electoral politics, to bring about a more transparent, accountable and responsive government, to transform India that is Bharat into a Knowledge Society based on the Rule of Law (DharmaRaj)