Here are the demands, and I write/link in my support as appropriate. You may read the original letter including these demands here.
~~~~~ Three (3) demands ~~~~~
1. To bring back in the nation Rs. 400 trillion (US$ 9 trillion) of black money which is a national wealth. ~ I see no problem with this.
1.1. Create a law to declare money stashed in foreign accounts as national assets. ~ Good idea. I would go a step ahead and say politicians/other scamsters who are not able to return the funds they scammed the country out of should have their personal properties auctioned to cover deficit. You have a problem with that?
1.2. Create a law for foreign account policy where each citizen having a foreign account has to disclose complete information. ~ Seriously, I mean we have people being forced to use their Paypal accounts to incur losses over this obsession. Then why should this law not be enacted?
1.3 Sign US Convention against Corruption, thus paving way for getting black money back. ~ This is long overdue. It can’t even be called a demand. It is a stupidly neglected action that is hindering the country’s ability to recover assets stolen from it. The only reason this hasn’t happened so far, because some Sherlock sitting somewhere didn’t want it to, because it makes their stolen funds vulnerable. Enough of that shit. *note* There is an error. It is the UN Convention against Corruption. Not US.
1.4 Recall high denomination currency i.e., 500 and 1000 Rupee notes and make 100 Rupee note as sparse as possible. ~ This isn’t such a big deal for me, though I do get the logic. Paying a street cop a quick five hundred bucks becomes conspicuous and awkward if you you count money, he counts money, etc. But I’m sure the ingenuity of our criminals won’t be hampered long for this. So whatever. We can try it out or leave it out. I rarely have enough money for it to matter anyway.
2. To stamp out corruption fully by enacting stringent laws for a capable Lok Pal Bill which should have three important points? We spoke of this at length during the Lokpal protests.
2.1 It should be able to punish any official irrespective of designation if found guilty. ~ Good idea. One stop shop.
2.2. Any person should be able to file FIR against corruption and if proofs are provided then Lok Pal should be able to take action against the guilty. ~ yes
2.3. Once fast track court declares a person guilty of corruption then he or she should be given harsh punishment like death sentence or life imprisonment if corruption involves crores or lakhs of Rupees. It should have provision of declaring all assets of such person as national assets. ~ I am not particularly fond of death punishment, but I am not fond of people who sabotage my country either, so whatever. Probably cheaper to kill them, but I don’t know…. kill someone over money… life imprisonment is better. I will laugh for years to know that the bastards are miserable and the country is prospering. Maybe they will wish for the country to prosper finally if nothing for better fans and food.
3. To end foreign laws, customs and culture prevailing in the independent Bharat so that every Indian can get economic and social justice. We should follow Mahatma Gandhi’s book namedHind Swaraj mentioning that after independence we need to remove British system and adopt Bhartiya system. ~ I have not read Hind Swaraj but I do think that our current political system is the pits. I have written a detailed article about how the political setup itself is the root of a lot of problems we have, where the power struggles between political parties consume a hideously disproportionate amount of time, money and attention.
3.1. We need to abolish Land Acquisition Act 1984 because by using this Act the government is exploiting farmers. A farmer who is the producer of food is not respected and is getting killed daily by wrong government policies. We need to impose complete ban on genetically modified food which is dangerous for the health of citizens of this nation. ~ Yeah, the act was probably a good idea, to acquire land with minimum fuss for large scale projects. However, the government has consistently shown itself to misuse this power. It must go. BTW, the genetically modified food isn’t such a great idea. Its killing farmers and its long term safety is unknown. It is not renewable, which means recurring expenses for much more expensive seeds which can’t even be regenerated for next year. This is good business for the lobbies, but it is wreaking havoc with local economies, family finances, mental health, physical well being, etc. Its is harmful.
3.2. On the language issue the whole nation is suffering because 99% of people do not know English. When countries like Japan, China, France, Germany, Denmark, Russia, etc. educate their citizens in their own language and produce doctors, scientists, engineers, etc. then why we cannot do so in our own national and native languages. Each of our languages has more words than any foreign language. Why we are neglecting and giving such a low importance to our own languages. Technological innovations and inventions do not depend upon a language, it is a function of human intellect and mind and the world is a witness that Bhartiya’s thinking and mind is one of the best in the world. Language of law, justice, science, engineering, medicine, etc. should be in our national or regional languages then only smart kids of poor people will be able to become scientists, doctors and engineers. ~ While I am totally comfortable in English and have been struggling for months to find a way to offer this blog in regional languages, I am in agreement with this demand. A vast majority of our population need the products of engineering, medicine and other aspects of education on a daily basis, while English is quite irrelevant to their lives. It doesn’t make sense to force people to learn the language of colonizers long gone in order to educate themselves in their own land. I am not disputing the utility of English, but the fact remains that a vast majority of the population have no use for it, and those who do, learn fast enough when faced with the need. It is ridiculous to imagine that learning is dependent on one language in the world. Translation gets easier by the day in any case. As for viability… The population of France is 65,821,885. The population of Maharashtra is 112,372,972. Do the math. In my opinion, this demand is practical, it is doable and it is likely to be a huge help to the people.
3.3. Why are we given Macaulay’s education system which was created to make Indians as Englishmen and why 34735 laws are created by British still imposed on this nation? Why people of this country are still tortured and humiliated by using those laws in the same way as British used to do. ~ I have very recently written about how we are imprisoned and rendered increasingly stupid and unparticipative through esoteric, ununderstandable laws. While not specific to the British laws, my opinion is that we have too many laws that seem to be too specific and too arbitrary to be useful. About our education system, and other British hangovers, I love their India is worth a read.
3.4. When Bharat has given the world physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, all social sciences, law and justice system, astrology, astronomy, astro-physics, social structure, time –days, years, etc., names of planets, economics, a cultured society and highly advanced philosophy, and spirituality to the whole world then why are we always taught that everything is developed by western world. We ought to give highest preference to our own culture. ~ I like this demand. I have recently written two articles. One of which focuses on child abuse and how current schools are a form of child abuse (among other things). In another article, I describe how a learning environment that actually encouraged learning could be like. Both are seriously worth a read if you have or plan children, regardless of what you think or do about this situation with the demands. For the sake of your child. I totally support a restructuring of the whole education system, and the second article goes to great lengths to point out many specifics that would really enrich children.
3.5. Although democratic system is best in the world but it has its demerits too. Had we not have this faulty law and order system in our country then such a big conspiracy would not have been created, and so much corruption and such a bad condition of our people would not have happened. So those people who are doing this conspiracy in the name of democracy and are looting this nation by corruption, it is imperative to change them and such a system. Funding of election, mandatory voting and electing the Prime minister directly by the citizens of this nation should be there. Thus only honest people will come to power and then only strong democracy and high value parliament will be formed. We want to make it clear that we do not want to change the Constitution of India created by Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar but want to change the system created by British and still followed. Example Land acquisition act was not created by Late Shri Bhimrao Ambedkar but by the British and so was Macaulay’s education system. ~ This is something I have written extensively about as well. I am of the opinion that democracy and elections are not synonymous, and this method of electing representatives has dangerously polarized our country to the extent that almost nothing in the public space can be conversed about without political undercurrents. I would be glad if we got rid of the election system.
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I want to take a minute here to say that each article linked from this one has been written by me [except for references from Wikipedia. Outlook Magazine and United Nations website], and based on extensive thought on the subject. I take ownership of the thoughts presented there. I am not a Baba. I am not religious at all. Beyond atheist. Religion is irrelevant for me. Not even bothered to deny God. Get it? Ok. I am saying here loud and clear that I support the things Baba Ramdev is asking for. No, I don’t know him from Adam. He’s asking a good thing and I’m supporting that. I would be happy if anyone could actually engage on the subject and help refine ideas further rather than live a politics of fear, where things are hideous, but we don’t have the guts to change because we don’t believe we can live to the standards of integrity the change will demand of us.
My invitation to you is to raise your opinion of yourself and live up to it.