Wednesday, April 1, 2009

RK Walks the Talk - Enters active Politics - Joins BJP

RK Misra, founder of Change India, has always been advocating that educated civil society must engage and align with the political class to remain relevant and meaningfully contribute to the issues of policy and governance.

Following his own advice and conviction, RK decided to enter active politics and has decided to join BJP on 21st March in Bangalore in presence of Mr. Arun Jaitley & Mr. Ananth Kumar, National General Secretaries of BJP.

RK firmly believes that to get competent and committed political leaders, we, the educated civil society, must align with the political parties and give them the confidence that GOOD candidates too are winnable because the middle class, youth and working professionals will come out and support the good candidates. This will motivate political parties to give tickets to honest and committed individuals, who are genuinley interested in public service and good governance.

"Failure of governance and lack of development are the two most important issues which our elected representatives and bureaucrats need to focus on. But if educated people who understand and are concerned about these issues do not engage with the political class, they will continue with the vote bank politics of caste, religion, favours and appeasement.This is the primary reason for me to join active politics", said RK Misra.

He added, "we have chosen parliamentary democracy system of government and are proud of being the largest democracy. An educated and well informed civil society making the right choice of political leadership is the foundation of a robust democracy. Unfortunately, given the much maligned image of our political class, educated civil society has chosen to stay away and disengage, which is unfortunate. We need to have role models among our political leaders, which our educated civil society can look upto and engage with, and I hope to work towards this objective."

"There is no ideal option in today's political system but I chose BJP for it's Nation First approach and focus on development and good governance, both during NDA rule and in the states run by BJP and their allies. I will work towards making BJP more inclusive and acceptable to all the sections of our society. I will strive to regain respect and admiration for our political class with utmost sincerity and commitment", added RK Misra.

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  2. Sir,
    Congratulations and all the best for your nation building efforts.


  3. All the best Misra saab, i have been following politics for quite some time now and you have taken the right decission. I agree to most of what the BJP does... go full steam ahead to achieve the best results...

  4. huh.....BJP finally..anyway goodluck...whatever..i didn't follow the lead india either..and i'm glad i didn't.

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  6. Hi Rk.. I had seen your interview in Tuesdays TOI.. You had really turned into a 'Politician'

    Do you still believe that the Varun Gandhi's tapes were doctored ? 99 % of the general public doesn't feel so ..

    Are still with the educated civic society ?


  7. If the man says that the tapes are doctored, what is the harm in getting them checked?
    It takes only one day to get the tapes examined, why is it not being done? If he is guilty, he will be punished. But in case the tapes are doctored, what will be your response?

    Don't underestimate the power of media which makes us believe what we see. Looking at media reports I too feel the same as you, but as a responsible citizen I do not want to go by media reports, we must have a verifiable proof which can stand the trial in a court. That is the law of the land, is it not.
    You mentioned Educated Civil Society, Educated people think logically not emotionally.
    BTW, Varun is not my Role Model.


  8. Congrats and Good luck for getting into active Politics.
    I would like to know your view on these issues.
    How do u justify sops announced by BJP in its manifesto like Rice etc etc just to grab votes and the party which initiated Nuclear deal took a back step when it really mattered, wasnt it Opportunistic. well i wish u answer this logically :)
    I dont take sides of a political party, i just go by candidate. i am not opposing ur association with BJP, but would like to know ur views on the above 2 questions

  9. Will R.K Mishra Change BJP? OR BJP will Change R.K Mishra?

    You would be Second Sangliana!!!!!!!!

  10. RK. Congrats to you on joining BJP.
    Is Advani, your role model ?

    Babri Masjid demolition is the gratest defamation for India as a secular country in the world. Advani was the man behind that atrocity.

    How can you project such a person to the leader of the coutry ?

  11. I don't believe in leader worship. I found more positives in BJP on internal democracy, meirt based approach, development and good governance front. And yes I did find some negatives too. This is true for other national party too. I had to choose one. I will work towards improving on areas where we lack.We all pay for our sins and deeds in our life time.

  12. Congratulations on Joining BJP !!

    BJP has started digging up Ram Mandir issue for the election again! Dont you think building an IIT or an IIM instead of temple or masjid would resolve this issue forever.
    Doesnt even a section of well educated and urban BJP think this way? Can you take this up as a challenge to change the outlook of BJP?

  13. I agree and that is my objective - focus on development and good governance. Joining a national party increases my chances of success but will see if I get a chance to put my ideas into practice.
    In fact majority of the people in BJP too think like you and me. Voters will force the politicians to focus on development and good governance as they no longer get fooled by unproductive slogans and promises.


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