A Citizen’s Manifesto

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The 642 pages book, “A Citizen’s Manifesto,” A ray of hope, by Mike Rana caters to the need of information for students, teachers, citizens, leaders, managers, and budding politicians. It gives a kaleidoscopic perspective on the social, political and economic life of our citizens. Forty years of socialistic post-independence governance followed by twenty years with liberalized economy has given India a mixed bag of results. The Indian system is now poised for some bold steps in governance for tackling the four major issues of a growing nation, population, education, poverty and corruption. A Citizen’s Manifesto is a condensed reflection of how ‘disciplined democracy’ is perceived by the citizens of India. A 26-page manifesto of a mock up political party, gives a good overview of what the politicians need to do for the citizens.”

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It is a simple book, not really recommended for reading by the historians, economists, sociologist or the Indian Administrative Services (I*S) officers who need a much heavier dose to satisfy their intellect ; in fact it should be banned for them. This book deals with ideas, emotions, and feelings and not with statistics, reports, tables, numbers or references and quotations. Those in the seats of power or in administration of the country generally are guided by their perception of the society by looking at it from their ivory towers. Reading this book from the viewpoint of a common citizen gives them the advantage of being closer to reality as seen by an average citizen.

Unique Main Messages in the book

  • Introducing a 4th wing “Regulatory” in the government for overseeing Legislative, Executive and Judiciary
  • Reducing the number of national parties to 5 and regional to 3 per state
  • Using media power to promote transparency in governance and establish dominance
  • Limiting the progress and GDP in order to conserve natural resources and control inflation
  • Restructuring and revitalizing our cities and getting back to villages and Maha-Grams
  • Reduction of laws, but intensification of its enforcement
  • Delegating funds to Panchayati Raj level for empowerment of villages
  • Discarding the ills of religion and indulgence in watching cricket
  • Getting away from reservations, subsidies, and policies that weaken the society
  • Engaging our enemies in knowledge warfare where we can excel, instead of military or physical warfare
  • Introducing compulsory army tenure and compulsory rural service by doctors
  • Installing a good leader and politician but when in opposition establishing a shadow government
  • Creating a real time intelligence correlation network (RICN) to tackle terrorism
  • Recovering from the bad designs of IT systems and data capture forms
  • Tackling corruption using the new rules of money circulation
  • Controlling the demands on energy generation
  • Generating wealth in villages instead of consuming wealth by social schemes

Chapter Break Down

  1. Prologue
  2. Country on the march
  3. Protecting our Sovereignty
  4. Constitution – Use or Misuse
  5. The Credibility of Parliament
  6. Governance with Purpose
  7. The Spaghetti of law
  8. Redefining Land Use
  9. Restructuring our Cities
  10. The Rural Potential
  11. The Dream of Natural resources
  12. The Identity Crisis
  13. The Shackles of Religion
  14. Diversity or Disparity
  15. Education at Crossroads
  16. Corruption – A living monster
  17. The Menace of traffic
  18. Heritage – The pride of India
  19. Media – Articulated Transparency
  20. The Manifesto – Jansatta
  21. Scams of India
  22. Abbreviations
  23. List of Hindi words

 

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