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A New Political Party – The ConAm Party

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After witnessing the Indian politics for the last few months, I am pretty sure that just about anything can happen here. And I mean ‘anything’. We always knew that ministers do take money (here, at least) to switch loyalties. But to show it, in full live broadcast, to the entire nation? Pathetic!! I don’t know who all were involved, but does it matter? The so-called intelligentsia of the Indian society does not even go for voting. We idiots don’t even have an opinion to voice. We always have excuse of being unbiased. But please, this is the place to show your bias. Show your opinions or get people like today’s politician again in the future elections. And by the way, who all do go to vote? It’s the poor class. These are the ones who will give vote to whosoever gives them a blanket or food to eat then and there. They have their own set of problems.

And I must admit that even I am a part of the problem, as I am not bringing in anything substantial for the solution.

So for the sake of emptying my head and heart’s chronic guilt of staying out of politics, I suggest the establishment of a new Indian political party, which I think can be labeled as ‘above average’. But unfortunately, the average in India has hit the nadir. But still…

I call it The ConAm Party.

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What does ConAm stand for? It stands for Controlled Ambition. There is no point in saying that we are going to do this and that and blah blah…. We all know our system’s limitations, red tapes involved and the unfortunate and vast availability of an unbiased population.

There is no paperwork involved if you want to join my party, and you don’t even have to stop being a supporter of any of the present parties, be it Congress, BJP or whatever. Here I take the liberty in selecting my candidates at will. I may take them from present ones or from those outside the field of politics too. But I will make an effort to take them from political arena itself. My party will have its own set of agendas, most of which would be to uplift the poor and start reforms in the needed field.

So lets take up the major agendas.

 

More vibrant and aggressive approach for energy self sufficiency

We will open energy and power sector to much more FDIs to promote competition in the sector and much cheaper energy rates. We shall take every step to double the power capacity within the next 5 years. We swear to reduce dependence on fossil fuels to less than 30% within 8 years. 30% power would be sourced from hydroelectric power, as they already have a head start and have a historical presence here in India. 20% would be derived from Nuclear power. Rest 20% would come from renewable sources like wind, solar, tidal and geothermal energy and companies operating in the renewable energy sectors would be on a 10-year tax holiday.

Absolutely no subsidy will be provided in fuel prices for vehicles priced above Rupees 6 lakhs.

All logistics related vehicles shall be run on CNG and not liquid fuel. This will be achieved within 5 years

 

More practical tax policies

The tax rates for individuals would be kept at a flat 10%, with arbitrary cess levied as and when required. For corporates, the rate of taxation would be capped at 15%. Certain industries like oil and gas, power, capital goods should be taxed at lower rates as this would help in providing the end consumers with goods and services at a better price.

 

Strong education policy

Education would be made free till class 12th and private institutes offering the education should be adequately compensated by the government. Higher educations should be subsidized and loans may be provided at negligible rate of interests. Research works in enterprising fields would be adequately funded

 

Reduction in all types of reservations

The level of caste-based reservation would be capped at 10%. More reservations should be introduced for chronic poors, but even it should be capped at 10%. Government will establish monetary institutes for the purpose of providing cheap loans to poor with longer repayment periods.

 

Turbo charging the agricultural sector

We have not been able to increase our foodgrain outputs as fast as our population. This needs to be addressed. And addressed fast. We will make efforts to help the sector adopt better practices of using GM crops and provide better irrigation resources. This will eventually help the economy by providing self-reliance in foodgrains and later on, it will help India become an exporter of foodgrains.

 

Make abortion legal

 

Cutting red-tapism in infrastructure development and establishment of Higher Order Infrastructure Support Fund (HOISF)

Delays in all grants of permissions, licenses and tenders shall be reduced. HOISF shall be funded from our foreign exchange reserves as well as a cess of 1% shall be levied on income tax from the individuals, from time to time.

Question arises that how will we, as government going to fund all our policies. SWF is the answer. Yes Sovereign Wealth Funds. Indian government has been avoiding it for the last few years. But it does not make sense to park all our foreign reserves in low yield investment vehicles. Part of the current reserves of above 300 billion dollars can be used to invest in equities, which have a better yield potential.

All this does seem to be an agenda for an economy that is entirely capitalist in nature. But the point is, that we are not. We need to take into account that more than 600 million Indians need to be taken care of. These are from the lower section of the society. So we need to be ready to make some exceptions for humanitarian reasons. For example, if a natural disaster hits a part of the country, which is not developing fast enough, it might be cheaper to let everyone die, but you have to put life ahead of money at every point.

The ConAm Party would be committed to change its policy recommendation whenever the need arises.

 

Lets now take an attempt at populating the ministries, if our party does make it to power. Mind you, being a politician is not mandatory but recommended.

Another relaxation would be that a person who has already occupied a more powerful ministry may be allotted to a lower ranked ministry.

Though not much in our control, our party vehemently proposes the name of Mr. Abdul Kalam for the post of President of India.

 

Prime Minister

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Unanimously it would be Narendra Modi. His meteoric rise as the chief minister of Gujarat has laid the foundation of him becoming the CEO (read PM) of India. His greatest asset is that he is uncompromising on his principles. Under his aegis, Gujarat has started registering double-digit GDP growth rates, making it one of the most prosperous states of India. He always keeps friends and foes at an arms length when they try to come in the path of Gujarat’s progress. His leadership qualities were proved when he single handedly won the last Gujarat elections, when everyone from media to oppositions and even his own party had written him off. If he does make it as the PM, Moditva is going to rock the country!

 

Minister of Finance

P A Chidambram is our choice as he has been in the midst of Indian economy for a decade and so, and hasn’t aged yet. So I would stick with experience.

 

Minister of Planning

In 1991 reforms, it was because of him that Indian economy turned around from the brink of disaster. It was his vision and plans that have made India reach where it is today. Manmohan Singh is the most suitable candidate to plan for Indian future.

 

Minister of Railways

Never has been Indian railways had it such good. I keep Lalu Prasad Yadav as the railway minister for his unconventional approach in managing such a large organization and his knack of adopting latest technological advances and for ‘magically’ creating profit out of thin air.

 

Minister of Defense

Praful Patel would have been good in any ministry, but the defense needs him. Why? Indian defense desperately needs a new lease of life as it needs latest technologies and facilities for fighting the mind battles of the future. Only Mr. Praful seems to have the knack of streamlining the operational management of the organization he is involved with (referring to the formation of Indian Aviation Company, created out of the merger of Indian Airlines and Air India).

 

Minister of External Affairs

She is a leader who can talk people into giving in. No other candidate seems better suited. Sonia Gandhi is my choice.

 

Minister of Youth Affairs

Priyanka Gandhi. She is so sophisticated and cute!!

 

Minister of Urban Development and Renewal

Having converted Hyderabad to Cyberabad and having a passion for development, Chandra Babu Naidu is my candidate for infusing new life in urban development. I respect him a lot, but recently his alliances with Behenji have not impressed me too much.

 

Minister of Education

People having passion for spreading education don’t seem to be available here. So no recommendations from me.

 

Minister of Agriculture

I have not seen anyone as manipulative as Mayawati. The way she handles the administrative personnel is just too dark and remarkable. If she does get into agriculture, she would make the government work more for the farmers, which is the need of the hour. Secondly, she has the so-called-passion for working for the reserved classes, which would be abundantly available in agriculture.

 

Minister of Small-Scale & Rural Industries

The way he helped AMUL become a billion dollar cooperative society leaves me with no choice but to nominate Verghese Kurien as the minister for the said ministry.

 

Minister of Commerce & Industries

He has one of the most brilliant combinations of concern for growth of the industries and concern for the growth of the people affected by those industries. No one has it better than Ratan Tata.

 

Minister of Environment & Forests

We need a visionary and that too fast. I elect R. K. Pachauria before it is too late.

 

Minister of Health & Family Welfare

Being at the helm of McKnisey’s global operations for years and having a remarkable ability to mobilize support from the elite class of the society for a cause, Rajat Gupta is the man. He has a burning desire to serve India, which has already been shown by his educational and health related ventures. No. Nobody else comes to my mind.

 

Minister of Labour & Employment

Of course Amartya Sen!

 

Minister of Culture & Tourism

If anyone can promote India like a pro, it is Shah Rukh Khan. And we can even save money by making him the brand ambassador of India’s cultural and tourism campaign!

 

Minister of Sports

Jagmohan Dalmiya was the man who made BCCI a force to reckon with in world’s sporting map. He has the rare knack of mobilizing and generating huge sums of money for his organization. And India’s different sports (leave cricket out of this) are badly in need of funding. He is the man we need.

 

Minister of Human Resource Development

I lack options here too.

If thirty or forty million people join The ConAm Party, all major candidates would have to start paying attention to us. At the very least, pseudo-voters would become voters and be more opinionated. That seems like an excellent dream.

So are you in?

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