Friday, January 30, 2009

Close Encounters of the Politician Kind (with due apologies to Steven Spielberg!) Part 1

As a part of our pre launch initiative,we wrote to 3 politicians holding office,requesting them to demonstrate their approval/ encouragement (thereby adding steam and bestowing blessings:-)) for the NEVER FORGET endeavor by making available to us their party/personal manifesto/promises.

There were reactions from all three but the “happy face” inducing was the one keyed in personally by the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir,Mr.Omar Abdullah…….

“Our common minimum programme is a work in progress at the moment.

I will forward your email to my party colleagues in the National Conference to make available to you our manifesto & our agenda for governance.

Best wishes,
Omar Abdullah”
Sent from my iPhone

More Power to the youthful,savvy,accessible,progressive achiever face of the Indian Politician ?

p.s.:Part 2 and Part 3 coming up soon!


  1. Waits for a couple of 'I told you so-s'....and smiles in anticipation of more from OA. :)

  2. Good to see that we have such tech-savvy politicians as well. However, I hope that OA has a pragmatic side to his politics as well, since we all know what happened to the hi-tech governance of Chandrababu Naidu by focusing only on a select population of his state and dreaming that everything else will automatically fall in place.
    Moreover, why contact only three politicians? I hope that there are plans to contact more, not just through e-mails, but also regular post. I recently read the transcript of a chat by the octogenarian LK Advani with users. Although he did not type himself (as expected), this definitely shows that even older politicians accept the power of 'awakened young citizens.'
    Finally, given that there are two more politicians whom you contacted, let me guess who they are (I allow myself three chances which should be fair!): Sachin Pilot, Naveen Jindal and Jyotiraditya Scindhia. Let me know if I'm correct! :)

  3. Loony Toon

    The NC manifesto reads as a well rounded agenda of development in the state , be it addressing youth aspiration,education,human rights,admin reforms, focus on rural upliftment, inviting industry, basic infrastructure etc...what is needed is keeping tabs on its successful implementation in the medium term. NEVER FORGET has a role here ? :-)

    We are in the process of contacting politicians of all hues (and ages). And you have 2 more chances to guess the names of the other two. Best of luck!

  4. As we all know that National Conference is planning to replace existing J&K RTI Law with a new powerful law which will be at par with its central version ie RTI Act 2005.People of j&k demand a public consultation before tabelling the new RTI bill in state Assembly.This will be an example of real democracy.
    Dr Muzaffar Bhat
    Budgam Kashmir

  5. We want parts 2 and 3!!!
    Please, pretty please :-)

  6. It is a foolish notion that youth only wants youth. The young want someone who can offer a future, which is quite a different matter. Age is incidental, neither an asset nor a liability. Ability, backed up by a successful track record, is essential. Tomorrow's electorate will vote on merit, not reservation.

  7. Agreed, Shashwat!

    The emphasis was on "YOUTHFUL" approach which would connote bouyancy,enthusiam, vigour and the rest of the attractive traits of the youth.Of course not in the restrictive sense and absolutely not binding on the age.

    It is PERFORMANCE which should the arbitrator!