A little personal and a little political

For Loksatta to win in 2014

Two years to go for the general elections. If Loksatta party wins big in the elections, it will not only be a modern day political-Cinderella story the world will be proud of, but it has the potential to change the politics forever. Below article is written in hope that LSP will make adjustments to win the 2014 elections, not to discourage or insult anyone.

Banjara Hills:

Change Leadership (Style): Since Dr JP decided to step down the presidency at the end of his term in 2012; it is really interesting to see who will be the new leader who will drive the party into the next general elections. Are we going to see Dr JP’s clone who would be an expert in any topic, who can win any debate, or will we see a leader who will attract the mass and attack the biggest names in the state. I think LSP certainly needs a game changer. Status-quo will not get them anywhere. Once Dr JP steps down, he should leave Hyderabad, and tour the state relentlessly; may be take up a Ratha Yatra like several successful predecessors did.

Change in Attitude: The biggest challenge for LSP is to get out of the NGO mindset, and accept that they are a political party, and just that. Somehow saying that all other parties except LSP is corrupt; people vote for other parties because they are ignorant; media doesn’t cover LSP; one day LSP will come to power because Mamata Benerjee also took a long time…all these are BS words.  The rule of the world is survival of the fittest. Either rise above, or release your resources, they have their families waiting for them.

Change Solgans: LSP voter base seems to be the middle class and the students. Both of these sections are not known for turning out on the election day. To win most votes in any constituency, LSP should certainly penetrate into the poor voters. The poor voters will not care about the Lokayuktas and Decentralization of the power. So to win elections, LSP needs to pick different slogans. They need to pick slogan which will resonate with the bottom most of the food chain, not only because it will get the votes, but fighting for them and giving them a hope is the right thing to do.

Change Modes: LSP leaders also give a good boy impression. People don’t believe good boys will solve their problems. They want to see rough and tough guys. People don’t think preaching will work. They want to see some rasta rokos, darnas, nirahara deeksha’s etc. At the end of the day, you should be remembered as the guys who fought for the people honestly with all your guts, whether you are able to bring the result or not. People don’t care how many speeches you gave and how much lobbying you did to make things happen.

Fire up the Base: Currently several leaders and volunteers across the state seem to give up any remote hope of wining in elections (of course there are some exceptions like Babji, Babu, Sridhar, Vazeer among others). They hardly know what is going on in the party. They hardly hear from their high command (HC). HC seems be in a strange mind set that local leaders should be self motivated. Come on; give them something to fight for. HC doesn’t help their base by confusing them with neutral stand in the no-confidence motion, or unquestioned support to FDI etc. It’s good that they are doing training sessions, but the local guys want more motivation than training. They want to see Dr JP, and they want to talk to him on the phone. May be video conferencing is not a bad idea.

Local Level:

LSP has too many local “leaders” who have no political ambitions or no fight in them. They are content to be the flag barriers and wait for the next leader who will magically come and give them a victory in the elections. For most of them politics is not the primary concern. They either consider this as a part-time, or time-pass. You can’t win anything with this attitude let alone the elections with the biggest parties and most serious people in the contest. LSP needs at least 100 full time politicians, who will take the elections as do-or-die.

They need leaders who not only go head-to-head with the traditional politicians, but they need leaders whom the volunteers can trust to their safety. So called leaders who come to the party office everyday, drink some coffee, read newspaper and tells some good things; are good to look like alankaram to the office, but that’s all they are. For all such “leaders” – please get out of the way for next generation.

Other factors:

Unfortunately LSP fans on facebook (like me) will be not be a factor in the elections. Probably most influential factors will be out of LSP control, but to be able to gain advantage from them, LSP should ready be cleaning up their house first.

Election samikaranalu both locally and in the state-level will be the biggest factor. Of course no one will come to you, unless they think you are strong and can help them.

The decision to give TG or not should also have a big impact. Will the Jagan be in the jail or outside? Will there be a miracle and CBN, and all major congress leaders facing corruption charges end up in the jail? Will the Yuva Kiranalu fire back? Will the voters stop taking money and alcohol to vote, and reject the freebies? Will there be a revolution by the farmers, SCs/STs? Will the oceans water level rise really high from global warming? What else?

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43 comments on “For Loksatta to win in 2014

  1. Vivek Gopinath
    January 19, 2012

    I completely agree with “Change of Slogan” point. Albert Einstein said, “If you cannot explain something to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

    While every point of LSP appeals to people like you and me, voting public don’t take it as a viable alternative. Why? There is something wrong.

    Research says that humans are prone to choose an easy option out when faced with complexity. LSP has brought a complex choice to the table. It is making people think but not act. It needs to be simplified. The slogan needs to be short but should carry a sting.

    • atluris
      January 20, 2012

      Well said Vivek garu…..if our product is not selling, there is no point in blaming the customers.

  2. Uvn Pardha Saradhi
    January 20, 2012

    Perfect articles SRIHARI JI, which I guess time and again I told multiple times in my posts in LOKSATTA FORUMS, some how ppl argued that present status Q will serve LSP good, atleast u have a good changed different perspective, which is good.

    U talked about a lot of Multiple external factors that is not in control of LSP to win elections.but I will tell one simple FACTOR that is in LSP hand.

    Every 1 knows ppl r vexed with scams, corruption, non-governence etc from Congress governments in both state and Centre, that too there will be definitely a lot of anti-incumbence wave against Congress due to its 2 stints at both state and Govt and ppl r and will be looking for an alternative party.

    So Wt LSP can do and is in it’s hand is prove that LSP is the alternative not only who can solve the issues for ppl, but can form the Govt on it’s own or with the help of like minded people agiant Congress government. At the end of the day, Winning elections and winning with the required numbers is tha Election Arthmetic and to make some things happen and force a change that LSP is dreaming , u definitely need that ARTHMETIC. one man armies r not goign to force the result in the way it supposed to bring in. 🙂 JP needs VOICE support in ASSEMBLY and PARLIAMENT.

    CAN LSP build that COINFIDENCE in PEOPLE or not its in it’s hand, so forget about the multple factors which is not in LSP hand and better concentrate on the single factor and how that comes up 🙂

    • atluris
      January 20, 2012

      You have more patients than me, I stopped arguing/convincing such people. This is a great party and platform, which needs some major changes for them to win. We will contribute in whichever way we can for those changes and to improve the winning chances. But unless LSP change their ways, winning is not possible.

      Winning is not ultimate, but that sounds more like an excuse. The question should be, if our concept is correct, why can’t we win?

  3. Bala muppala
    January 20, 2012

    // to get out of the NGO mindset, and accept that they are a political party//
    — I would not agree. I believe politics is the best charity. So what ever political party does is a charity, but in a different way. LSP should help people solving their problems and lead them in this process. A leader should be able to solve the problems of the people. A good boy is not an option (to vote) for the common man, but an efficient (and if available a honest) person is an option. So we prepare/promote/encourage efficient & honest persons to take active part in politics.
    //to win elections, LSP needs to pick different slogans.//
    —Winning is required, but it is not ultimate goal. It is only a means of reaching the goal. Our motto should be to find out the ways with our creativity to get sufficient votes by going to all sections, ( leaving middle class and going behind the poor, just because, the poor can be easily attracted with some slogans is not a good stratagy – this is what all conventional/sara parties do)
    //They hardly hear from their high command(HC)//
    — Having a HC is completely against LSP principles. If there exist any HC in LSP, we should see that it is avoided sooner. I am sure we will not achieve anything great with HC concept. I do not expect every one with same vision and capacity(thought process wise) so there need to be ward / village level leaders, constituency level leaders and then few roles for party executive committee consisting of these constituency level leaders. We are now lacking both Constituency level leaders and ward level leaders. With out these leaders no big achievements are possible.
    //Unfortunately LSP fans on facebook will be not be a factor in the elections.//
    — There will be major and minor factors, but these are not universal truths. When there is a will there is a way. People like us who are not able to be on the ground can also make some impact, if only we try. Keep trying without loosing hope.

    All suggestions (criticism) directed to party should be given in party meetings by representations from PFL, etc. Then they will reach the correct recepients in proper way. Online forums / blogs may not help much in my view. Promote and propogate only positive messages which helps boosting morale of others.

    • atluris
      January 20, 2012

      Thanks for the feedback. I am a fan of your positive attitude. Btw, internal ga kooda feedback icham, ala ani norumusukomante kastam 🙂 India lo corruption jaruguthundi ani US lo yatralu chesevallam manam. Public party lo criticism vunte private ga cheppamanatam correctaa sir.

      Facebook lo vallu factor kaadu ante, they will be a factor when they go out and contribute in other ways also. But only by making comments in FB will not bring any good for LSP, or any other party.

      We can agree to disagree on the NGO mindset and Slogans comments. I think my article is a positive article, you can disagree with me. Yentha sepu manam chankalu guddukuntene positive message kaadu ani naa abhiprayam.

      LSP might be against HC concept, but that is the hard perception in the local cadre today.

      • Bala
        January 22, 2012

        Dear Srihari, Irrespective of direct interactions between us, we both are part of same forums since long, so I took liberty of telling only points which I disagree from this article. Because I put only disagreed points, it does not mean I am totally disagreeing to your article or thoughts. I did never consider this as a negative article, after all we are only discussing how LSP can win in 2014.
        PFL is doing great work and I am sure if the feedback is given to party in right context, manner & channel, it would have been considered already. a democratic institution should be adjusting its actions and strategies through proper mechanisms and not by individual feedbacks. A blog becomes individual perceptions, but if it represented as feedback from a group of people it should be respected more.
        If local cadre carry still some perceptions like HC, etc, it shows the need of more trainings motoring, but if we give their perceptions in our blogs, it could lead to a wrong interpretation as if it is the perception of the leaders like you.

    • Uvn Pardha Saradhi
      January 21, 2012

      Bala Garu,
      My replies.
      // to get out of the NGO mindset, and accept that they are a political party//
      ======— I would not agree. I believe politics is the best charity. So what ever political party does is a charity, but in a different way. LSP should help people solving their problems and lead them in this process. A leader should be able to solve the problems of the people. A good boy is not an option (to vote) for the common man, but an efficient (and if available a honest) person is an option. So we prepare/promote/encourage efficient & honest persons to take active part in politics.
      ======== SARADHI======== To make the charity, u dont need to enter Politics, u can be a NGO, Charity best fits with NGO, not a political party. 🙂 by becoming a polical paRTY, U BECOMES ELIGIBLE TO CONTEST AND U WILL CONTEST TO WIN, NOT TO MAKE CHARITY. 🙂 ESPECIALLY WHEN U PUBLICLY ASK PPL TO VOTE FOR YOU. 🙂

      //to win elections, LSP needs to pick different slogans.//
      —Winning is required, but it is not ultimate goal. It is only a means of reaching the goal. Our motto should be to find out the ways with our creativity to get sufficient votes by going to all sections, ( leaving middle class and going behind the poor, just because, the poor can be easily attracted with some slogans is not a good stratagy – this is what all conventional/sara parties do)
      =============SARADHI============== AGAIN, I DONT AGREE THE PT THAT WINNING IS NOT ULTIMATE. lf Winning is not ultimate goal, then u need to be a NGO, not a party; when u said I am transforming NGO into a party and asked ppl to trust you and vote, then u need to transform fully into the party, When u said LSP has been transforming from NGO to party and asked for Votes, as a political party, u r not doing justice to the hope ppl put on u as a political party. if winning is not ultimate goal, then Dont Contest as well, why do u want to split the votes here and there and wanted to be a destructor of another party candidate than getting more votes , win and become a Constructor party. Sorry for my blunt feedback, but I guess u need to really understand the difference being a NGO and being a POLITICAL PARTY. :):):
      ===============================Saradhi==========================
      //They hardly hear from their high command(HC)//
      — Having a HC is completely against LSP principles. If there exist any HC in LSP, we should see that it is avoided sooner. I am sure we will not achieve anything great with HC concept. I do not expect every one with same vision and capacity(thought process wise) so there need to be ward / village level leaders, constituency level leaders and then few roles for party executive committee consisting of these constituency level leaders. We are now lacking both Constituency level leaders and ward level leaders. With out these leaders no big achievements are possible.
      =================================Saradhi===========================
      Its not abt HIGH COMMAND, wtever COMMAND, but the communication from top to bottom as a team is very important, if some of the prominent leaders, supporters who worked well and is advertising and giving more publcity to the Party do not know wt their leader is going to do in assembly and were surprised with his decision, then there is a problem most ppl see in the structure and communication model to both external & internal stake holders of the Party. 🙂
      ========================================================================

      //Unfortunately LSP fans on facebook will be not be a factor in the elections.//
      — There will be major and minor factors, but these are not universal truths. When there is a will there is a way. People like us who are not able to be on the ground can also make some impact, if only we try. Keep trying without loosing hope.

      =================================Saradhi===========================
      Again idealogies , FAN BASE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER freinds dont bring you votes. 75% of these ppl dont come for voting; stats says only 40% of urban population votes where as almost 80-85% of the rural population come for voting. How much Coinfident that LSP cracked this Rural population???? SAVE FARMERS project shld have been done some good, but SRIHARI Garu is the Project lead for it and If he is not coinfident , then that only tells how LSP was able to get out of thast program. Again dont say WE did our job, its upto PPL to realise, it never happens in this way. Some marketting and repetetive programs r necessary repeatedly to be in the PEOPLE. Sorry again, i guess that is not there
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      All suggestions (criticism) directed to party should be given in party meetings by representations from PFL, etc. Then they will reach the correct recepients in proper way. Online forums / blogs may not help much in my view. Promote and propogate only positive messages which helps boosting morale of others.

      • Bala muppala
        January 22, 2012

        Hello Sarathi garu,
        If a political party is not doing charity, should it be doing business??? YS and CBN, etc etc are doing very good in terms of political business. LSP is not formed for that purpose. LSP was not transformed from NGO to politics. Loksatta as NGO still exists. They still do the similar activities like earlier. Some part of them taken some additional responsibilities to take active part in politics.
        I consider politics as a social responsibility (better than charity). This should be taken up by the society, and every one of us are equally responsible for the present state of our Indian politics at least (I mean we are equally responsible for the situations around the globe otherwise). The people on online forums are not in different world. as much as the awareness spreads, this reflects also in direct political results (or votes), but may not be clearly visible. I also agree most of the work in politics in India at present should be done on the ground.

  4. Uvn Pardha Saradhi
    January 20, 2012

    In Continue to my previous post, LSP shld bring in that coinfidence that its not a party who gets 8 or 10 or some X% votes and becomes more of vote splitter (happended in 2009 and indirectly helped Congress to come back to power 🙂 ) than it is the party who will get 25+% votes and gets close to the number it is able to form the govt on its own or with the help of like minded parties or some independents. For it, LSP need to have a strategy, direction, communication with the ppl. For it, they need to first identify the 290+ ppl for MLAs and 42 MP contestents immediately. Tradiitonal parties always had its consistent Vote Base, cadre by which if you give a ticket to a candidate at the last minuite also, they can survive, however parties like LSP who wants to get into ppl’s without money, liquor + other distribution, u need the contestents work with the ppl and ppl, should know those ppl in advance, atleast an year before. I dont C atleast 10 prominent leaders today whom LSP coinfidently say these r my contestenents as of now 🙂

  5. medchal vidyarthisatta
    January 20, 2012

    Loksatta party Grameena pranthalalo chala venakabadi vundi , Urban areas tho paatu Villages lo kuda party drushti pettali

    • atluris
      January 20, 2012

      You are correct sir!

    • Uvn Pardha Saradhi
      January 21, 2012

      75% of these ppl dont come for voting; stats says only 40% of urban population votes where as almost 80-85% of the rural population come for voting. How much Coinfident that LSP cracked this Rural population???? i thing we r not 🙂 there lies big problem for LSP, but i dont see a road map to solve this issue, which is evident from SRIHARI’s FRUSTRATED ARTICLE 🙂

  6. K B Murthy
    January 20, 2012

    First of all the mindset of the top leaders of LSP should change. They should come out of the inbuilt rooms and do some sort of outdoor work which they are not doing for so many years. This is exception to some of the leaders who are excellently working hard enough. Then only the lower cadre of LSP will hear the top.

    • atluris
      January 20, 2012

      Thanks for your feedback sir. We salute your contributions to the LSP. We need more people like you both at the top and at the local level.

  7. Prakash
    January 20, 2012

    The answer lies in the last para.We will have to bring about all of them to win elections.Will the voters stop taking money and alcohol to vote, and reject the freebies? Will there be a revolution by the farmers, SCs/STs? Will middle class voters get motivated enough to vote? if we can push all of them to break their mental barrier we will win.How can fans help==> talk to as many as you can and create a need of change of politicians.Fusion of ideas happen if there is a need.We need to change every elements in society like education,law & order,judicial you name it you need change.

    This is understood by poor but they dont understand we can do it.So we need to talk to them as of yesterday.Create the need then answers will lead to LSP.

    • atluris
      January 20, 2012

      “We need to talk to them as of yesterday”…haha…well said. I think some sections of voters are addicted to taking money (and some are addicted to giving). It will take a long time to change these voters. Strict enforcement of laws will make it faster, than education of the people. Of course both are much needed.

      • Uvn Pardha Saradhi
        January 21, 2012

        SRIHARI, I had heard enough statements that ppl should be educated to bring in changes. 🙂 please ask LSP AND ITS LEADERS to put that in practice. To educate ppl, they wont come to you and LSP office. LSP need to go to PEOPLE 🙂

  8. K. Gangadhara rao
    January 21, 2012

    Srihari garu,

    While I appreciate your concern for LSP, I am a little disappointed of your reply to Bala.

    Coming to your article, I believe it lacks in its depth. You need to study more at the ground level as well as the functioning of the party before you make such sweeping comments. Having been at the HQs of LSP for the past three years and working for the past three months at the ground level in Musheerabad constituency, I believe that your view totally lacks LSP character.

    You are more carried away by traditional parties thinking. There is no need of LSP if we start
    thinking their way. We wil be beaten to pulp if we play their game as happened in 2009 elections. We are no match to them.

    As you said rightly we need to think differently.

    Yes, you need to change your marketing strategy, if you are not able to sell your products. But if you want to copy somebody in marketing, then you can only sell their products, not yours. We need to develop our own marketing strategy, if our product is different.

    Coming to my observations-

    POSITIVES:

    1. We have a very good leader beyond comparison.
    2. Our party’s agenda is excellent and is understood by everybody.
    3. People have lot of respect for LSP.

    LOOPHOLES TO BE COVERED:

    1. Our local leadership is appalingly at low esteem. We need to develop leadership at all levels, Viz., booth level, station level, ward level and constituency level. The state level leadership will develop a little latter.
    2. We need to develop a network of party workers who can work for us on the election day and the previous week. We can only counter the money, muscle and liquor power of the traditional parties with this strong dedicated, committed and well learnt (of the party ideoogy) party workers network only.
    3. We need to learn the art of converting the party support and good will into votes on the election day.

    I believe even this study of mine is premature and I will be adding much more in the coming months as I observe more at the ground level in the coming days

    Till that time, please have some patience. It isn’t magic and it is a herculean task ahead.

    Let us hope to tread the right path.

    Regards
    GR.

    • atluris
      January 21, 2012

      Thanks for the feedback and the valuable information Gangadhar garu. When I attended Dr JP’s meeting in Los Angeles, I had a much different impression about LSP. Every time I get deeper and deeper my impression changed (whether good or bad). As you mentioned, I will probably have a different impression if I see from a very close distance as you. But then how many voters and volunteers, get a close look at how things are in HQ? People are motivated by perception, more than reality, and so do voters.

    • Uvn Pardha Saradhi
      January 22, 2012

      Gangadhar Rao Garu,
      U never answered the pts given in the article, but just striked them as sweeping comments. 🙂 if a more closed person like SRIHARI cant understand and can make sweep comments, imgaine a person in a village who dont know LSP can do. I thinkj u havent still realized the problem LSP has, is going to have and striked down the pts raised. 🙂 We need simple solutions to Complex problem,s not complex solutions for complex problems. 🙂 WT LSP bringing in complex solutons to the complex problems and leaving to the ppl to understand the Complex Problem & solutions. if ppl cant understand a complex problem, how can they understand complex solution.

      Dont know how u gauze that LSP earned RESPECT, it might have, but to how many villages it is able to reach??? I dont know u have the answer to that Q. 🙂

      • K. Gangadhara rao
        January 23, 2012

        Dear Srihari garu and Saradhi garu,

        Here the issues are two fold.

        1. Headquarters Srihari garu is too far from Hqrs As such I mentioned that the the comments of Srihari garu as of less depth and sweeping, because whatever information he is supposed to have is through somebody which are subject to that source’s versions or views.
        2.Ground level: The agenda of LSP is well sread at the ground level. Take it at the ward level of a city or vilage level of a mandal people understand LSP. The only roblem is lack of leadership which can face the ground level toughness.

      • Uvn Pardha Saradhi
        January 23, 2012

        OK SiR, lets C how it goes in 2014. But dont blame people if the results r not according to wt u expected. 🙂 As I keep saying to bring in a change in people, we shld reach the ppl, ppl wont come to you and for it, LSP require leaders, this is thin line I keep saying. 🙂 So blaming people wldnt surve the purpose if the change was not forced 🙂

  9. Uvn Pardha Saradhi
    January 22, 2012

    Bala Garu, lets be realistic and not so pick in choosing words. To do charity in political frame, u dont need to Contest. if LSP’s intention is not to win and do charity, why should it contest in elections? Then dont please contest; If you contest, try to win by projecting GOOD leaders who can win 🙂

    • Bala Chandar Muppala
      January 22, 2012

      Dear Saradhi garu,
      I don’t understand the un-realistic part in my idea. may be you can explain a bit.
      In general perception, charity is spending one’s own money (and time) to help others. But I say politics is the best way to do charity as in unselfish people come to public life to use their time by managing the public money to do good to society.
      The government schemes like discounted food grains, discounted power, all these are given to some sections of the people to help them to reach to their full potential. Now most people come to politics either to enjoy the public money or rarely to get name and fame (not money) or help near and dear.

      • Uvn Pardha Saradhi
        January 22, 2012

        BALA garu,
        “The people on online forums are not in different world. as such as the awareness spreads, this reflects also in direct political results (or votes), but may not be clearly visible.” This is an unrealistic statement. How many of ur US supporters comes for voting and u can imagine almost 50-60% of ur FB fanbaSE is out of Country. While we agree that their support is necessary to spread the idealogy, wt is the effort to transform that support into VOTEBASE? Solutions , advises, suggestions will come when 1 realize that there is a problem. If people fail to understand that there r problems, then all solutions becomes obsolute. 🙂 so wt is the need of the hr is to recognioze, define the problem and then work towards the solution. As the says goes ” When we use a catalist to change the substance it is the responsibility of catalist to create an environment but not the responsibility of environment to change itself to accept the catalist.” 🙂 Wtever comments I have seen, it looks like LSP or it’s supporters r comfortable in waiting for the Environment to change rather than becoming an effective catalyst. U can not always blame PEOPLE for not changing. Effort has to groom the leaders who can force the change. 🙂

  10. Bala muppala
    January 23, 2012

    I would agree that all FBers may not be spreading the awareness ( I am not sure if they them selves understand the root causes correctly) but some are surely doing. The rate at which they are coming may be not as big as it can already influence the situation.
    FB messages/discussions in noway can work as an alternative to the ground work. No doubt.
    But point to be noted, this FB work being done (what ever) is not by diverting the resources that could be used on ground, this is any way additional. I mean there are some people who may not be able to directly involve in ground activities, they are on FB mostly. So they are spreading the awareness in FB. Nothig to complain about this…this would not be a drawback (may be this is not helpful in your perception).

  11. Bala muppala
    January 23, 2012

    Sarathi garu, I can give you an example here… Anna Hazare movement and its promotion and organization using the technology. They do have considerable impact on the actual movement. In a way the more people tend to go the the links, and reads the stuff, the more media also gets and projects the matter (for example anti-corruption). The net usage is tracked already by these media organizations.

    • Uvn Pardha Saradhi
      January 23, 2012

      WELL. movements r different, winning elections is different. this post is completely relaTED TO 2014 ELECTIONS, in that context, we need to talk abt ppl who r vote base, leaders who can bring that votebase. 🙂

      • Bala muppala
        January 23, 2012

        Sorry Sarathi garu,
        I am ready to talk about elections and LSP’s stand (the more of my perception), but I am against to vote bank politics where leaders have their own votebank. We just need some successful people (in their areas of profession) who have sense of responsibility about society to come to politics, to be able to spend their time if not resources, a kind of a small sacrifice for a big change. Vote base automatically gathers over time. These people are getting ready through out the country, but we may not be in a position to visualize them now. They keep growing and the change will be more faster as the rate of accumulation of such people.

  12. K. Gangadhara rao
    January 23, 2012

    In continuation to my earlier post, I would like to state that we are very much at the reality but the efforts that are being put in take some time before we get the results. It isn’t that easy at the ground level. And once we get the command over the ground, nothing more is left – it is and will be LSP everywhere. For now, it’s a dream.

  13. Aravind (@arav_m)
    January 23, 2012

    Srihari:

    Leadership: valid comments but we do not have a state level leader who can connect with masses. Did JP or any party leader visit and spend time in Kukatpally slums to solve their problems? This is not to discount all the efforts put in to solve other important problems. Beyond, speeches, people and media are going to look at Kukatpally before making a decision. Dignity for poor (andaru thalethukoni bathakagalgali) is one of our key points yet we ignore the bane of our urban localities: slums.

    Attitude: spot on. JP, despite winning an election, is not a politician. He started a party extending NGO to politics. That does not make people in the party as politicians. There is no ‘political culture’ in the party i.e. no sense of direction to get political power. People look at killer instinct, emphatic leadership (no neutrality about anything), ‘walking the talk’ given an opportunity. As Saradhi mentioned, we’re in it for power. The attitude to get power at all costs is important.

    Slogans: Yes, required but the follow up in people’s mind is did we offer them to poor in Kukatpally. Are the residents of the slum living in a healthy, cleaner place with drinking water, toilets etc?

    Modes: yes, we see in some cases with Babji, Yuvasatta etc who have made efforts to take public causes. But there are other important issues at state level where we could have galvanized a state-wide movement. e.g. illicit liquor, farmers, lokayukta for states etc. JP campaigned but no sustained pressure on govt to force decisions.

    We are all probably doing armchair analysis that is easier than ground work facing realities. However, we somehow need to inculcate political culture in the party HARD and QUICK. Kukatpally is a showcase for our campaign, if we see it as a one-time opportunity. How JP thinks he will be able to attract voters for the party without spending time with residents of all areas, beats me.

  14. K. Gangadhara rao
    January 24, 2012

    Aravind garu,

    I understand that you aren’t exacty following what JP is doing in Kukatpally.
    please see kukatpallynow.com or sambireddy’s postings. We are doing excellent work there.

    Saradhi garu,

    we need not wait till 2014 to know what people will decide for LSP. It would be a whitewash, unless we create a mechanism to turn the goodwill into votes at pollingbooth level.

    What I am trying to stress here is that – it is true that LSP has certain fatal shortcomings. But the lacunas are different and your diagnosis is different. LSP due to its principles cannot overcome certain requirements which curb its electoral prospects on the elections day. For that it needs to develop an alternate mechanism of committed partyworkers/ symathizers to work at booth level, which will effectively nullify the money, muscle and liquor power of traditional arties on the election day and its previous day.

    • Uvn Pardha Saradhi
      January 24, 2012

      Bala muppala :Sorry Sarathi garu,I am ready to talk about elections and LSP’s stand (the more of my perception), but I am against to vote bank politics where leaders have their own votebank. We just need some successful people (in their areas of profession) who have sense of responsibility about society to come to politics, to be able to spend their time if not resources, a kind of a small sacrifice for a big change. Vote base automatically gathers over time. These people are getting ready through out the country, but we may not be in a position to visualize them now. They keep growing and the change will be more faster as the rate of accumulation of such people.

      WELL, when u say “”people are getting ready through out the country, but we may not be in a position to visualize them now. They keep growing and the change will be more faster as the rate of accumulation of such people””. thats the whole pt of this frustration that comes from LSP supporters. when LSP wants to win differently, mixing themsleves , spreading themeselves with the ppl, u need more time than other tradiitonal parties for those leaders to mix with the ppl. its almost just less than 2 years left. 🙂 Some of the top LSP leader’s response seems to b that we just need booth level leaders, no u need 295+ 42 leadres first and then ask them to work with the booth level leaders, Suppose if u got booth leader leaders, does this afirms votes to LSP directly? Not at all. WHY JP only won despite of leaders like KATHARI, LAVU RATTAIAH contested in 2009? because ppl thought only JP is the only guy who coems close to implementing the Party’s core ideology, not every TOM & DICK and hence all others cldnt even come close to getting WINNING. THIS is wt LSP need to spread, leaders at each CONSTIUENCY LEVEL, JP can only be a direction, its the leaders that need to take thast direction. SOONER LSP understands this and work on it , better for it. Otherwise, u again see accusations cming to LSP that it just helped the party in power to split the votes again. 🙂

      • Bala muppala
        January 25, 2012

        Dear Sarathi garu,
        There are always multiple ways of achieving any thing. For example, number one the “big bang” model, where you identify 295 + 42 leaders and they work respectively build in their areas. Number two incremental method. You begin with what ever leaders you have (10 + 2, or 40 + 4, just taking random numbers) and build confidance on others to keep increasing / growing required change. The first one needs enormas resources, which clearly is lacking now with LSP. I keep promoting the second approach irrespective of quantum of resources at any point in time.
        Winning and losing have very less impact in long run. Many leaders win and lose and win and lose which may be a cycle. No impact on their credibility over a period of time.
        The conventional parties lose basically because status quo is no more sustainable ( That is why Chiru came in, ofcourse could not sustain). I have no doubts of LSP coming to power (or at least showing a great impact) sooner or later.
        But I insist SLP should not use any of wrong tactics like freebies, deviding people by caste/religions, etc, etc . The 50 gurantees which are given themselves are very comprehensive and some could be added to them if required.

    • Aravind (@arav_m)
      February 22, 2012

      Gangadhar Garu,

      I am aware of JP’s and Loksatta efforts in Kukatpally.In my comments, I was referring to slums of Kukatpally where JP needs to visit and solve their problems with the help of the team. I appreciate all the hard work they are doing but unless we can show development in poorest neighborhoods like slums, it will not catch public imagination. We need to see pictures or videos of JP visiting slums and interacting with residents and our team solving problems.

  15. Bala muppala
    January 25, 2012

    Its clear, if we go with incremental model, 2014 may not seem so exciting, which is the context here. But I clearly see there are more elections in coming years, I mean the frequency will be less than 5 years surely till LSP takes lead role. We can as well show more impact in local elections as well. Just LSP need to work through, without stopping till we achieve the goal.

    • Uvn Pardha Saradhi
      January 25, 2012

      then wldnt be prudent if LSP says we will context only may be in X (100 or 125) and concentrate only on those Constiuencies and not whole of state? wldnt that be more result oriented than contest in all and then dont get many leaders who can inluence? 🙂

      • Bala muppala
        January 25, 2012

        No, I don’t see any reason why we should not contest in places where we have smaller leaders. splitting votes is not so important criteria compared to keeping the supporters and small leaders motivated by contesting. local leadership at constituency level can take the call if they don’t want to contestant, but not central leadership. Mentoring is possible / reasonable. Decentralization of power is the core concept of LSP.
        Unlike other conventional parties, LSP resources can not be diverted from one place to other place. So if we don’t contestant in one place, we may not be able to carry that advantage to places where we are contesting.

  16. radhesh
    April 7, 2012

    If elections are held today even JP loses kukatpally today..how many of you challenge this?

    • atluris
      April 7, 2012

      I am sure a lot of people would both agree and disagree with you. See above comments.

    • ridhan
      May 24, 2013

      I agree with you…JP will loose kukatpally ..I like his administrative style but he completely lacks dynamism like Aravind Khejriwal…

  17. raghavendra
    April 26, 2013

    Bullshit. This article is totally flawed. LSP is setting new standards for other political party. Others need to raise to LSP’s standards. Probably LSP may fail in andhra. Becuase people of andhra are only interested in settling america. Just watch LSP will surely become big hit in karantaka in coming days

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