Shashi wrote a few words about my work here. My comment, below:
Thanks for this article that gives me some useful background about your past. I'm glad that I was helpful in my first avataar (India Policy Institute) in assisting your understanding of the Indian liberal movement.
My work was not at all still born. Instead, for about four years since late 1998 I suffered atute RSI and was essentially out of circulation.
My return to liberal work in 2003/04 was low key, and led to the formation of Swantatra Bharat Party as India's national liberal party under Sharad Joshi's leadership.
Sharad Joshi joined Parliament, not [a] mean outcome. It would be good if you could read some of his speeches. Since independence there have been few speeches with more sense than his.
Upon recovering from RSI partially, I wrote BFN and then founded FTI. And am writing a few other things at the moment.
Note that neither BFN nor FTI were/are "still born"! Indeed, BFN has been read by more Indians than perhaps any serious non-fiction work since decades. And FTI has gathered some truly outstanding leaders – brilliant children of India – who will do India proud in the coming decades.
I've contributed whatever I could given my health constraints (I'm much better now, and working actively to further improve my health), but I'm saddened when people, in their ignorance, write off the importance of genuine freedom in India, or underplay their own responsibility in India's sad plight.
I suggest that it may do you some good to read BFN (which it appears you haven't – an indication of this perhaps being that you can't spell my name correctly yet – even after knowing me for over 14 years).
My work is intended to bring a moral and ethical resurgence in India, based on freedom and self-realisation. There is a long journey ahead for India to become a MORAL superpower (it is a pygmy today).
Let me suggest that this moral journey will not be supported by the likes of BJP or Congress, no matter how good Modi may be (in your opinion). Btw, I have no issues reading 'dense' Hindi, but would like to get Modi's worldview in a few succinct recent articles.
In my view, the basic philosophy of these parties is seriously contaminated and poisonous. As a result, these parties have destroyed India. There is an urgent need for ETHICAL leadership. And freedom. My views are consistent with India's ancient traditions, and consistent with Chanakya's broad approach to the economy.
In my book is the kunji to India's ETHICAL prosperity and leadership. It distils key reform findings for India after decades of unparalleled experience (and some learning).
FTI does not take, as erroneously suggested by you, " intellectual positions deeply disconnected from the political realities". This, too, indicates lack of any attempt to read about FTI or its principles/ polices/ discussions.
I'll continue doing what I need to, and hope that one day good old friends like you will seriously try to understand my work. There is value in presenting the truth, in the meanwhile, even if people aren't prepared to hear it at the moment.
When every alternative has been tried and has failed, the obvious alternative of truth, freedom, and integrity will remain.
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