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A Citizen’s Manifesto – A Ray of Hope

A Citizen’s Manifesto – A Ray of Hope by Mike Rana


Non-Fiction – India

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 and take over control
·       Limiting the progress and GDP in order to conserve natural resources and control inflation
·       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
·       Tackling corruption using the new rules of money circulation
·       Generating wealth in villages instead of consuming wealth by social schemes
·       And many others

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Progress versus Retreat

When I was very young, I had a chance to visit Yol Camp, a Brigade township constructed by the British during the Second World War. Amongst other nice things about this town, what I vividly remember is the spurt of cool fresh air that swept past my face as I climbed down the pent-up bus on reaching here on my first visit. A gushing stream of crystal clean water in the brook within meters of our residence was many shades cleaner than the bottled drinking water that we purchase these days. I happened to re-visit this place after fifty years in the year 2010, and was miserably depressed to see its transformed profile. One cannot but appreciate the professional maintenance by the army that has sustained its cleanliness, yet the niceties are now missing. Gone is the aroma of mulberry and oak plantation, the transparency of the stream; its place been taken by dust and smog from the increased traffic due to the widening of the road to Dharamsala.

There is this eternal question to be answered, whether progress is desirable or detrimental. The conservative and prudent view is that progress extracts energy from natural resources for short-term benefits and consumes them for an eternal loss. So unless one replenishes the natural resources by whatever techniques, the bargain is that of losing. If we decide to exploit our natural resources for short-term benefits like GDP growth or balance of payment etc, its long-term consequence cannot but be disastrous. We may milk the nature but we should leave something behind for the calf.

In very recent speeches of our leaders, the GDP growth is being sidelined due to the overwhelming pressures from the inflation. The increases in interest rates have failed to register decrease in inflation in the last two quarters. As a matter of policy, it will not be a bad idea to reduce progress slightly, if the citizens concerns about rising prices can be laid to rest by this policy. Moreover, something tells me that retreating from progress will also lessen the burden on our natural resources.

Moving on towards 2047

Whether India will catch up with the projections for the year 2047, lag behind or lead will depend on the following factors.

  • Can we lay to rest our sovereignty related problems, both external and internal
  • Can we avoid controlling our population; instead harness it for utilization
  • Can we improve the character of our citizens and politicians
  • Can we rewrite our constitution to take care of the modern necessities
  • Can we re-establish the credibility of our parliament by suitable election reforms
  • Can we change our orientation from enacting laws on the drop of a hat, to the enforcement of existing laws
  • Can we introduce professionalism in our governance methods Can we streamline the processes related to land acquisition, restructuring of cities and development of rural areas so that the pressures on cities and people can be reduced
  • Can we discard the parochial tendencies gifted to us by the language based States and religion based culture
  • Can we change the norms of our professionalism so that they are directed away from pleasing the immediate boss
  • Can we persuade women to deploy their overall superiority to men in a complimentary instead of confrontational manner
  • Can we normalise the disproportionate advantage provided by the one-sided laws to the women
  • Can we make our education relevant in the context of society and industry
  • Can we prevent the commercialisation of education, health services and real estate services
  • Can we use our media as an enabler of progress rather than a profit seeking instrument running with different types of biases

Are we ready to move towards the future, or we are moving towards a burnout. The bottom line is that after hundred years of independent self-governance, in and beyond 2047, our grandchildren should be able to enjoy the desired quality of life without constraints of lawlessness, energy, water, food or breathing the fresh air.

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 Rana, Manmohan Kumar

Rana, Manmohan Kumar is an electrical, aeronautical and computer engineer from Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay. His experience of 30 years in the Indian Air Force and 10 years in the international corporate world has motivated him to direct attention to address the political, economical and social ills that plague India, with the aim of highlighting the changes that are required in the society and systems, for moving towards prosperity.

Mike Rana has received several awards of the highest level by the Government of India for his work on several projects on large database systems, real-time air defence systems and missile systems. He has the distinction of receiving repeated awards for his writings on information technology by the Computer Society of India. His first book ‘A Citizen’s Manifesto’ has been well received.


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One Response to A Citizen’s Manifesto – A Ray of Hope

  1. mikerana says:

    In India we are waiting for the second book, the 5th generation, a vision of the year 2047