Q.1 Why Shadow Cabinet India? What are you trying to achieve?
Ans. There is a crisis of governance in India. Our country is great, people are great, but the level of corruption and inefficiency is not letting us achieve the desired status of “Sone ki Chidiya”.
Q.2 There is already a democracy in India. Elected governments are in place. Elections happen and things run smoothly. What is your problem?
Ans. You are right! India proudly is a democracy. But, the meaning of democracy has been reduced to mere elections where the public votes once in 5 years and we are made to understand that we have a robust democracy. We want to increase the level and quality of Democracy in our country so that we can be a competitive force at the global level.
Q.3 Do you want to bring revolution? Aap kranti laana chahte hain kya?
Ans. After 7 decades of freedom from the clutches of the Britons, the country is passing through a time where incremental changes will not help. We need radical changes to catapult the country to the world map. Politicians make us believe that all is well, our democracy is ‘mahaan’ and all is working well and sunny days are ahead and you just keep voting. They shower praise on us when we dutifully cast our votes every five years, but believe us, they do not want more active participation from you than this. This kind of democracy suits them which we call a ‘festival of democracy because in this festival our politician is at the center stage and s(he) is the king. However, real democracy lies in the hands of the people. We need a kind of governance that is transparent, and accountable.
Q.4 What is your focus? Change of government or something else?
Ans. The way it is we need a radical change, and that will not come without REFORMS. And reforms are something the political parties and elected representatives do not want to happen as it goes against their own selfish and myopic aims and objectives.
Q.5 What is your top agenda?
Ans. A] Make political donation transparent (electoral bonds including)
B] Bring political parties under RTI
C] To work towards a higher goal of Partyless elections and partyless democracy. Many consider it a utopian task, but needless to say, a greater sphere of our democracy can work smoothly on non partsian principles. But the country and our democracy have come under the grip of party-based politics. The political parties are acting like organized gangs (“Giroh”) and in the name of democracy, what we are witnessing is just the ‘party-baazi’. We can surely get rid of much of partisan politics.