ACADEMY OF HONEST POLITICS
CONCEPT NOTE FOR THE PROPOSED
‘ACADEMY OF HONEST POLITICS’
The ultimate aim is to cleanse the political arena and Governmental
administration of corruption, nepotism, and inefficiency ensuring
better governance leading to over all peace and prosperity of the
country with equitable distribution of wealth to all sections of the
society, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, or social status.
The scope of the project is to create honest politicians for better
governance. The proposal envisages setting up of an Institute with the
nomenclature of ‘ACADEMY OF HONEST POLITICS’. Young
graduates in the age group of 20 to 25 will be recruited after a
process of selection, and will be given training in the basics of
governance grooming them for an ultimate career in politics.
Governance is a natural trait. It requires inborn leadership qualities.
Some people have it in them to devote their life, energy and resources
for the welfare of the society without any selfish motive. Leaders of
the country in the past were all of this genre. They had no any special
training for political career. The situation of the Country under
foreign rule was such that it called for sacrifices and there were any
number of patriotic people who were only too willing to subject
themselves to unimaginable trials and tribulations to free the mother
land from the shackles of the foreign rule. India got independence in
the midnight of August 15 1947.
For some period following the freedom, the country was in able hands
and every thing seemed to go on well. But after a period of about two
decades the rot began. New generation of rulers began to surface.
People began to crave for power and more specifically for money.
Elections became a ‘tamasha’. All and sundry
elements saw an easy opportunity in politics to make quick (illegal)
money. Rigging the polls and indulging in rowdysm came to be accepted
as legitimate means to capture power by hook or crook. A lot of money
mostly illegal are spent in the process. Once the seat of power is
captured these people indulge in looting people’s money with
a vengeance to recoup the lost booty and to amass for the future.
Politics became an asylum for goondas, bootleggers and unsocial
elements. The activities of the society came to be controlled by these
undesirable men. Honest and conscientious citizens chose to stay away
from such a scenario, and the few who dared to challenge were literally
prevented from entering in the fray. Thus corruption has found
patronage from those wielding governmental power and poses as a speed
breaker in the development of the country and progress of the people.
This situation calls for some concrete and drastic action by patriotic
citizens to stem the rot before it gets worse.
DR.ABDUL KALAM, India’s great former first citizen has
rightly sensed this. He has thrown an open invitation to students to
come readily and in good numbers to wear the mantle of governance. He
advised them not to shy away from politics which was indirectly the
cause for the entry of bad elements. Today’s young children
in schools are deprived of moral education perhaps by design. The
situation is worse when they enter the portals of higher education,
perhaps misguided by the selfish politicians. The recent chaos in the
campus of Madras law college is a stark example of this malady.
A number of non governmental organizations have realized the need for
clean politics and have been advocating and appealing to the major
political parties to field only deserving candidates, but have not got
any sort of response from the parties. There is perhaps a dearth of
such good and honest people. There is information making rounds and not
being disputed by any authority that there are more than 200 members of
Parliament with criminal background and cases pending against them. How
then can any one expect cleanliness in politics? In such a grave
scenario, this venture is a bold attempt to fill up the vacuum to the
extent possible, by imparting training to aspiring young men to take to
politics seriously sans its prevailing short comings.
The Institute will be set up in Chennai and will be in the charge of a
capable and versatile person from any discipline, preferably honorary
or on a nominal remuneration.
The faculty will consist of well known politicians, well versed
administrators, professionals, disciplined police officers, elite
members of judiciary, college professors, lawyers, noted historians,
famous artists, sports personalities. Consumer activists, social
workers, business men, well the list is end less. Obviously these men
should be of impeccable integrity and should come forward to render
The course material should include
1) History of
2) different forms of
Govts. Their benefits and disadvantages
3) Indian and English
history in brief
4) Democracy, its
origin and development
5) Freedom struggle
6) Independent India
and its progress
7) Five year plans
8) Budgeting and
9) Public welfare
measures. Education, health,
10) International and Interstate relations
11) Power and atomic energy
12) Languages and correspondences
13) Panchayat raj
14) basic provisions of the constitution
It may be decided whether to have few things of every thing or
everything of few things.
An academic council consisting of say about 10 members will be put in
position to finalize the syllabus and course material, and also to
manage the Institute.
Volunteer academicians will be requested to help in preparing the
course contents free of charge.
Not more than 3 months followed by a month’s field assignment
1) Should be an Indian national, and a graduate in any discipline
2) Should be between 20 and 25 years of age.
3) Should have sound moral convictions
4) Should have a basic penchant for politics
5) Should be selfless and society conscious
6) Should preferably have family means for basic sustenance.
Based on interview by a select committee
There will not be any test for pass by the trainees. They will however
be assessed and graded suitably. Crtificates will be issued on
completion of the course and submission of the project report after
PLANS FOR THE TRAINEES
It can be safely assumed that no political party in the current scene,
would like to consider any of the Institute’s candidates as
their nominee in a poll. In fact this attempt is an alternative to the
present clan of greedy and unscrupulous politicians. Therefore the
candidates will have to stand on their own. But the organizers and
various interested NGOs will do every thing and go all out to project
such candidates. Some NGOs have joined together and formed a
‘Peoples’ Alliance for good governance’
and this forum would come to the assistance of the candidates.
In any case, as mentioned in the beginning, this is a bold experiment
and the response of the peoplewill have to be gauged.
Even though this may be seen as a laudable suggestion, no Government
can be expected to buy the idea as they would think it is suicidal.
Actually this project is envisaged without minding about the finances.
It is presented with a fond hope that in this corruption torn country
there will be sufficient men with resources to back up the project if
approached by proper persons in the proper way. In fact when this
proposal was mentioned to a political activist he offered to consider
providing accommodation in a centre place in the city free. The
constituent organizations of the ‘Alliance for good
governance’ and its representatives can be expected to lend
their hand in all the efforts.
Where there is a will there will always be a way.