State of Parties
I have written previously about United Voters of India (UVI) as the alternative to all of India’s existing political parties. India’s politicians and their parties are India’s greatest enemies, as they have chosen to restrict freedom and continue with perpetually planned poverty. The parties have concentrated power at the top in the “high command”, silenced the voice of the people, created authoritarian regimes, continued with dividing Indians in their quest for staying in power, and extraction and exploitation of the people – just like the British colonisers did for almost 200 years. In other words, India’s freedom movement failed – it delivered Independence but did not free the people. All it did was replace the white-skinned rulers with their brown-skinned inheritors.
Fourteen Indian Prime Ministers have perpetuated the legacy of British Governor-Generals by denying freedom and prosperity to the Indian people. The rulers changed but the rules did not. India shining and stock market highs notwithstanding, India is still a poor country. Hundreds of millions of Indians are still dependent on government handouts for daily survival.
Every political party in India started out claiming to be different from the Congress but has ended up cloning its structure: one or two people at the top who concentrate power and glorify themselves, eliminate any form of inner-party democracy (from discussion to elections), invite with open arms defectors from other parties who until the previous day subscribed to a diametrically opposite political ideology, whimsically decide on state Chief Ministers riding roughshod on the wishes of the local MLAs, and indulge in horse-trading of elected MLAs and MPs. Economic policies are more a continuity rather than the change that is needed for a transformation; almost every underlying idea can be traced back to the Nehruvian era, which in turn continued with the British rules. The result: a continuity of the kakistocracy (where the worst rise to the top) and anti-prosperity machine, which together deny both freedom and prosperity for the masses.
India’s positions in global economic indices says it all.
Indians need to unite in a new movement – a political and economic revolution – to put the nation on an irreversible path to freedom and prosperity. This is where Nayi Disha comes in – with UVI as the vehicle for political power, and Mission 10-20-30 as the agenda for prosperity for the new government.
UVI enables all those not committed to supporting any of the existing parties – the non-aligned and non-voters (NANVs), comprising two-thirds of eligible Indian voters – to come together and create a genuine alternative to the Congress clones. UVI should be a decentralised platform where Independents chosen by local voters via primaries should be contestants – and presuming they win, we would have a Lok Sabha of Independents, uncontaminated by present day politicians and their parties.
The big question: how to create such a political platform that cannot be hijacked by a single leader and ensure that the people have a voice through their representatives, rather than career politicians helming the parties. This is where the idea of UVI as a blockchain-based political platform comes in. Think of UVI as a decentralised autonomous organisation (DAO), which Wikipedia defines as “an organisation represented by rules encoded as a computer program that is transparent, controlled by the organisation members and not influenced by a central government.” 2022 will see many state and local body elections. Can UVI’s encoded rules offer an alternative to disillusioned voters, as a template for the 2024 national elections?