WHENEVER THE last bastion of defense falls then the battle really begins, is how I would put it while analysing Anna's disbanding Team Anna. The existing political system shuddered at the news of Anna Hazare’s announcement of forming a new political party to tackle not only their main demand of Lok Pal Bill but the entire rotting politcal system. A brave front warranted a still braver action but at the end the decision taken was long overdue.
Iron only cuts Iron as the old saying goes. This after the majority of the public wanted it in place and had vented out their frustration of the last 30 years to make see the bill see light of the day through Anna Hazare. Surprisingly, the media which also is a part of the huge public forum, proved to be deadly against Anna Hazare’s movement by design or by behest.
The big question in everyone’s mind is who will make this party see the light of the day? Similarly, there are other linked questions warranting answers such as - who would be its leaders and how will the party decide its members; what would be the Party’s manifesto or agenda; what kind of base will the political party adopt i.e. religious, socialist, communist, democratic or fascist; would Anna Hazare be part of it; or Anna Hazare will opt to become the 21st century Father of the Nation and not be directly a part of the political structure?
The Digital Party System – The way ahead
The first step would be the party’s name - the ‘Indian National Party’ or the ‘Nationalist Party of India’ or something similar. Then would come its base or HQ followed by its manifesto and the erection of its systems of management. I consider that the system unlike other political parties would be Electronic or Digital in spirit and revolutionary in body – a completely web-based political ERP system, the first of its kind in India ensuring transparency at all levels. This would ensure minimum usage of resources as its member will log in or log out by using their own resources i.e. internet connection and computers.
Political contribution can also be by way of paid membership and also selection of its members can be decided by its ERP protocol and control systems with minimum physical interaction. All orders and political decisions would be open to public vide a Facebook-type forum. This system would require minimum resources to obtain as a small unit would suffice for its server and maintainence. It can also be maintained by entities such as Infosys, WIPRO, and HCL, etc. It would hold virtual offices throughout India reporting to their respective command centers, which can be from houses of its elected members. Right to reject can be used efficiently vide this system as a required number of votes can have Anna’s party remove the member immediately or take strict action such as suspension, and expulsion, etc.
The party members would shun official cars, housing as these would again alienate themselves from the very people who have elected them. The digital system would ensure minimum resources in fighting elections also.
All decisions regarding governance would be subject to open virtual internet based debates. All audits and accounting would be publicly maintained and accessible to all the citizens and its members alike. This would give transparency like never before to the citizens. Complaints and redressal also would be virtual against all its elected members. Statewide data basis can be maintained by linking UID cards to its membership and forums. Somebody said that the political system is now totally linked with money economy. This statement would no more hold water with such a system in place.
The members’ salaries, funds, expenses would easily and transparently be accountable and manageable. All their activities via this open ERP could be monitored. This system would ensure transparency in each and every step and level thus keeping the Parties fundamentals and principals intact. Annaji’s party will become virtually accessible to one and all. I hope that they adopt this new revolutionary system and give due credit to the holder of this innovative idea i.e. the author of this article ‘Manu Sharma’.
The biggest change that our Indian system of governance would see by adopting the above system would be the rise of a Public forum system for electing candidates, collection of funds and introduction of bills after due public debate and opinion. This would go a long way in ensuring fair governance. The party of course would deal with other issues of constitutional amendments to give us Indians an efficient and modern system of governance in accordance with the times and agenda of the party. There might be a revamp of our colonial-style bureaucracy followed by archaic judicial and police reforms. This government would be truly for the people, of the people and by the people - both in spirit and body - if they follow it to the hilt.
I hope and wish that it’s a roaring success. I would advise the public to be patient and give it a fair chance t prove itself. I am happy that I will finally have a VIKALP in the forthcoming elections from the mafia style UPA and NDA political party systems.
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