Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Political Infants

We read with interest about the birth of a new political party, Paritrana, founded by a few recent IIT graduates. It has gotten much press play and buzz in the IIT circles.

With what little information there is to read, the founders seem idealistic, their heart seems to be in the right place, are smart individuals, seem to be people of integrity, and have some relevant experience working for social and political causes. There is also a deep reservoir of discontent, at least among the elites, with the current political choices. All major movements start with a small group of committed individuals, and there may be hope here.

On the flip side, they lack funding or serious backing, and maybe naive in their idealism. It remains to be seen if they have the ability and means to fulfill their vision, or will go down as unrealized potential. Executing on their plan will involve the usual startup challenges, compounded by political intrigue and deeply entrenched vested interests who will stop at nothing, including violence, to retain their power.

We admire their idealism. And we sincerly hope they can execute. They'll need much more than what IIT taught them to win this one.

4 comments:

Kathiawadi said...

Here is a link to an interview with Paritrana's national treasurer:
http://www.arthshastra.com/archive/paritrana-getting-to-know-a-little-bit-more

vinu said...

is it going to be just hope??

Sidharth said...

Visit www.bharatudaymission.org

They seem to be a little more organized in their approach and they have a vision statement atleast..

And they've already started doing some wonderful work in Hyderabad and Pilani.

libertarian said...

I hope they succeed big time, but I'm not holding my breath.

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