Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Idea of a Phone bank: - Sandip K. Dasverma

"Please leave the "invitation making" to a phone banking group, led by a Vice Chairman of Communications. He phones 7 group members and they call 7 each. And each of those each call another 7. It has a tree like structure, where each of them make 7 calls. All(400) will be covered, in a span of 7 calls (1*7*7*7+1 +7+49 =400) in two evenings, and in urgent cases even one."
NOTES: I request the secretary/President to not do it yourselves. Use the help of recent batches, who are shy but savvy in IT. Request them to go to NITR database and find phone numbers and down load them. Or ask Gen Secretary to download and send the excel sheet to the leader. The leader(Vice Chairman communications) sorts it by Postal Area code and finds who are located where. Then finds 7 who are primary contacts (and volunteer for one year). He e-mails them the seven names they need to call, and another 7 names who each of those called, will call.
They report to you, every day to vice chair/Secretary, who they called and send a spread sheet giving results. (how many - Yes & how many - NO).

I wish each chapter should have
Vice Chairman of Communications (essentially phone bank group leader) and a team of 7 volunteer team, who do it, regularly. They shall be divided geographically, so all calls are local.

This will help the freshers to lose the tongue tied habits, (being shy), to go away, soon. Talking to some one unknown over phone and persuading him over phone is a skill every Engineer must learn. The best part is: with less than 10 calls/ each person, one can execute the whole thing in less than a week.

Leader ----- to 7 sub leader (who each has a list of volunteers to call.).
Each of 7 gives 7 calls reaching 49 volunteer callers.
49 of them call 5 to 7 each in their locality reaching 245 to 343 after that it will automatically spread.
(Evite cards after an initial phone banking is a good way to get confirmation.)

Monday, March 17, 2008

Bureaucrats new Avtar as public representatives..- Sandip K. Dasverma

Todays Tathya is agog with the news of many retired IAS/IPS officers trying to get elected themselves as the MLAs and MPs of Orissa.
In our younger days the politicians kept Goons to protect them. And had favorite businessmen and agents who they nurtured.
A decade later these goons and the businessmen became the king makers, as the quality of politicians deteriorated. In the later times the king makers realized they could became the kings and soon started to become the kings. No sacrifices, no risks, no imagination about people land - just naked greed is what they possessed. But these people soon found that the skill these people had was insufficient to run the Govt, because they did not know and never learnt how to administer. Though they were good at cleaning up the coffers, they found they could not erase the foot prints. Soon as the Govts changed these rascals started getting caught. Scared they found out who among the bureaucrats around can be relied on and the booty shared. This took us to the next phase - when bureaucrats found they are running the Govt and are king makers. After a few years and couple of crore of private resource creation - the wheel is again turning. Now the baboos(bureaucrats) want their pound of flesh. It may be better, because for the 1st time they will have to take the responsibility of their misdeeds or credits for their good deeds.
I guess this is the bottom and it can't go worse, because they ruled us, already, albeit they did so without authority. Now they will rule taking both authority and responsibility for their actions, unlike the previous situation. In my opinion there should be a 2/3 years, hibernation period between the roles as an IAS or IPS and contesting for electoral office.

BJP's utter contempt for Orissa: by Sandip K. Dasverma

Bharatia Janata Party was born out of ashes of Jan Sangh, which Indira Gandhi had decimated to the ground in 1971 election. With the assistance and encouragement from Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan, they rose again and joined Janata Party before the epic 1977 elections. Hanging on to JP's court tails by accepting "Gandhian Socialism" they rode to national scene incognito and to power in 1977, under Janata Party banner. Then on the duel membership issue, they parted, when the loose coalition fell apart only in 18 months, disappointing millions of Indians, who pinned their hopes on Janata Party. The issue was the membership of Rastriya Swayangsevak Sangh (RSS) and Janata Party at the same time, which created a clique / party within a party. The other members of the party did not like, it. They clung to the old RSS membership and voted as a block within Janata Party, which was resented by other groups within the Janata Party.
Using socialists Raj Narayan, one time her nemesis, Mrs. Gandhi broke the Janata Party and came back to power, in the middle of 1980. In that election only BJP which was formed by the RSS cadre enblock and a few ex-socialists like George Fernandez and Sushma Swaraj, did comparatively well. However having moved away from communal politics, and congress having adapted soft communalism, they lost their shirts (2 members in Lok Sabha) in the 1984 election, fought in aftermath of Indira Gandhi assassination in 1984. Then they moved back to their root, of hate politics and did much better in 1989 and were part of V.P.Singh's coalition, ministry. This ministry fell apart when to counter Devi Lal's backward caste agenda, VP Singh, implemented Mandal Commission recommendations. This hurt VJP's upper caste base and Advani undertook the "Toyota Rath Jatra" or "Blood Jatra", across India, arousing communal sentiments and inciting a series of riots. The result was spectacular rise in BJPs fortune. They were back on their old: "Hindutwa" or "Expand hate" agenda. They had earlier created a lot of sister organizations like VHP, Bajrang Dal, Vanaasis Kalyan Kendra etc, to have a deniability of their hate crimes, they were later to commit. Encouraged by the election results, they embarked on Babri Masjid demolition, using mythology as history and faith as logic. This further divided the country and caused a ripe atmosphere for them to come to power. The post Indira Gandhi, soft communalism of congress party and it's predominant culture of corruption and nepotism, had turned people away from that party. Particularly the kowtowism of the party to Nehru-Gandhi faimily created an atmosphere - where people bought BJP's "We are different - slogan". BJP claimed they were green horn and people gave them benefit of doubt. Strong leaders don't kowtow (to the Nehru-Gandhi family). But weak leaders don't win elections. So in the congress party we see a lot of leaders, either standing in constituencies away from home, (Narshing Rao getting elected from Gunupur constituency in Orissa) or getting elected thru Rajya Sabha, eg. Pranab Mukherjee, who never own an election to Lok Sabha between 1966 to 2004. Mukherjee got elected for the 1st time to Lok Sabha only in 2004.
Well how did the BJP do or the "We are different" group do?
They elected Mr. Lodha from Orissa, who was dismissed from Parliament and left in disgrace, because he charged money for asking parliament questions. Now Mr. Punj. I ask how are BJP different?

It is a matter of great concern that the most important projects in Orissa like the Bolangir - Khurda Railway line can't be completed because we don't have a voice in New Delhi. No one listens to the affected Tribals and KBK area's demand for connectivity. Why? Because we don't have strong voices in the Indian Parliament. And now even that voice is being snuffed out by a party, claiming to be different?
Give me a break.
I want to tell Mr. Advani, we are not a colony. If you impose such monstrosities on Orissa, you better be ready for people of Orissa's wrath for you and your party. If you flout the spirit of representation of the people's Act by not selecting a person genuinely resident in Orissa, we are ready to throw BJP out, for such injustice and colonial attitude towards us.