“The goal is to galvanise the youth and professionals to engage with the political process to bring about transformational change in India.”
The Friends of BJP is a subset of the educated civil society that is BJP-leaning, and willing to be vocal about it. We are not part of the BJP. We also do not agree with everything the BJP says or does. It is our belief that at this point of time the BJP is the better alternative. It is not a selection between black and white, but opting for the one with the lighter shades of grey.
The subtitle of the Friends of BJP blog says, “Because India Deserves Better.” Is that true? Most will agree that India’s governance has left much to be desired. But merely desiring something does not make one deserving of it. I desire lots of things but I sure am not deserving of them. There’s much hard work between desiring and deserving.
However much India “desires” otherwise, India gets poor governments because collectively it deserves poor governance. This hard fact needs to be better appreciated by Indians. Reality cannot be wished away. Any worthwhile change requires hard work. That is a trite observation and unfortunately for lazy people (and I am a card-carrying member of that tribe) it is true.
You may have heard the joke about the Zen buddhist who goes to the hot-dog vendor. The H-DV asks, “What would you like on it?” ZB says, “Make me one with everything.” ZB gets his hot dog, pays his money and asks for his change. H-DV says, “Change comes only from within.”
Fortunately, change does happen. Not always, but sometimes things unexpectedly change for the better.
Anecdotal evidence of people and organizations reforming are in plenty. Legend has it that Valmiki, the sage who composed the Ramayana, used to be a robber. His personal transformation was positive and extreme. He had to work hard for years before he could work out the consequences of his past misdeeds. That’s karma, neh?
The bad karma that Indians have collectively accumulated over the decades is manifested as bad people governing the country. Things have come to such a sorry pass that criminals routinely contest and win elections. Every society has criminals; but it is only in sick societies that criminals get elected by the people.
Just one example: Sanjay Dutt was associated with Islamic terrorists and got lethal weapons and explosives from them. He was convicted under the Arms Act for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings. Ram Jethmalani, one of India’s foremost criminal defense lawyers actually argued for Dutt’s bail in court. The strong implication is that if anyone other than Dutt himself knows about Dutt’s culpability, it has to be Jethmalani. According to him, Dutt is a criminal.
Sanjay Dutt is a movie hero. His fans adore him for being such a nice guy, a guy who introduced the term “gandhigiri” to millions. The Samajvadi Party wants Dutt as their candidate for the member of parliament from Lucknow. Why would they want to do that? Because the people of that constituency will vote for a criminal and make him win. That’s why.
Ram Jethmalani gave a press statement and wrote an op-ed piece. Here’s a report from the TOI
“He (Dutt) does not deserve to be a Member of Parliament and any political party that sets him as its candidate is totally impervious to the security to the nation,” the noted criminal law expert said in a press release.
He [Jethmalani] being a loner in politics with little influence over the voters was of little consequence for the noted lawyer as he vowed to “fight all the way against him (Dutt) and any party that supports him, the ruling Congress included”.
“I will at least have the satisfaction of having warned the nation,” the lawyer said. Asked what was the provocation for this sudden outburst against Dutt, Jethmalani said from Mumbai that it was because of his personal knowledge and the country’s interest being foremost in his mind.
He said he has written to the Congress leadership over his strong opposition to any support to Dutt’s candidature and expressed his dismay over the SP’s decision to field him as a candidate for the Lok Sabha elections from a constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
The Supreme Court had on November 27, 2007, granted bail to Dutt and 16 others, who were convicted and sentenced by the TADA court in the Mumbai bomb blasts case.
Though Dutt was acquitted of TADA charges by the trial court, he was convicted under various provisions of the Arms Act for keeping an AK-47 given by the conspirators behind the serial blasts and was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment of which he had already served 1 year and 6 months in jail.
Criminals run India because a very very large number of Indians (perhaps counted in the hundreds of millions) are quite comfortable with having criminals run India. India will deserve good a government the day Indians collectively grow a moral sense.
Very strictly speaking, the demand for good government is low. The supply keeps pace with what the market demands. If India wants better government, then it will have to earn that through hard work. The change has to come from within the people.
It’s all karma, neh?