Why India Cannot Have an Obama?
November 8, 2008

Letter written to Indian Leaders

November 8, 2008

Sub: True democracy is possible only if the constitution is amended to mandate party primaries to choose leaders.  

Dear honorable leaders,

Mr. Barack Obama’s victory is a triumph of forces that have longed and pursued for true democracy for prosperity amid stability of humanity. 

True democracy is impossible in India until the constitution is amended to mandate party primaries to choose leaders.   Our constitution was unfortunately scripted by and for the vested interests to protect their own constituencies with no vision for true democracy and prosperity amid stability of the vast majority. 

Foisting leaders on Indian masses from Delhi durbars leads to a seething political cauldron simmering all over the nation. I foresee eruption of serious violence across the nation with the artificially fostered constituents-based on language, caste and religion-pitted against each other.  Such violence can consume Indian nationhood.  Our constitution thwarts Obama type non-violent phenomena that could to absorb and obviate the looming violence.

I beseech you to take up this memo with the thinking parliamentarians to amend the constitution to mandate transparent party primaries by freely importing the laws from the U.S. 

For over a decade, CFD has pursued for establishment of true democracy for prosperity amid stability of humanity:

1.      Since 2003, I have written many letters to leaders globally including you, President Bush, and several U.S. Congressional leaders who entered the American presidential race eventually. 

2.      CFD has dedicated a website, pro-prosperity.com, to disseminate the new economic paradigm of Stability amid Prosperity for Democratic Capitalism.    

3.      Only one leader, Mr. Barack Obama, responded with heart-felt agreement on the philosophy of stability amid prosperity, starting in 2005.  My goal was to introduce legislation to amend many lopsided U.S. laws by which only the sponsors of the law can accumulate massive credits usuriously by financially enslaving the vast majority of real producers and goods and services.  Mr. Obama perhaps felt that such laws could be changed only if he became the president.  I hope he proves right.

4.      The system of primaries in the U.S. gave Mr. Obama the real chance to win on a message of real democracy.  He rubbished the current economic theory that enriched only a few, in favor of the new paradigm of stability amid prosperity of the vast majority, which he articulated in his own language. 

5.      To be fair, after receiving my first memo in 2005, even President Bush has taken a U-turn.  My memos made even the Republican presidential candidate angry on the greedy Wall Street and demand firing of the Chairman of the Security and Exchange Commission for permitting illegal trading practices. 

6.      The whole American establishment responded to all my memos after noticing how they had failed to act on my Safe Banking policy proposal made to the Congress in 2003 that could have saved at least 12 trillion dollars of lost American wealth. 

7.      The final nail in the coffin of usurious usurpation, needed to usher the era of real democracy, was my memo on how lending taxpayer insured deposits to hedge funds was financially suicidal to taxpayers.  The Government Accountability Office responded by issuing directions to insured banks to withdraw such lending in early 2008.  Then many hedge funds collapsed.  The GAO directives vanquished top investment banks like Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, which are mega hedge funds.  Even the most profitable investment banks like Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley tottered.  The government had to infuse taxpayer funds to save these two mega hedge funds by reincarnating them as bank holding companies.  They will very likely fall.  I had written a long ago to you about their potential fall. 

8.      As the hedge funds fell, capital markets nosedived globally.  Usuriously usurped wealth has evaporated to a great extent.  But artificially inflated food and energy prices have fallen to benefit the vast majority as professed in my memo on optimal policies for taxpayers.    

9.      More importantly, real democracy has won power in the most powerful nation on earth by vanquishing the established beliefs, traditions and institutions.  A new era of real democracy has been ushered around the world. 

10.  Wealth will now be accumulated by the real producers of globally competitive goods and services at least in USA. It is these producers who can protect and feed the poor as well as the rulers.

Shouldn’t our leaders support real democracy to empower the real producers in India by amending the constitution?  Doesn’t the head of a good household support the most productive children for feeding and protecting the others in the family?  I have to only dream-not demand constitutionally-that our leaders do to their country what they practice for good at home.  I have to dream that they amend the constitution to mandate party primaries.  Only then can an Obama emerge in India to usher in true democracy to transfer wealth to the real producers to feed and protect the poor and the unproductive. 

With profound regards,

Sankarshan Acharya

A new president for the New World


Maura Moynihan Posted: Nov 10, 2008 at 0031 hrs IST

The Bush years have been painful for millions of Americans, and especially tough on my neighborhood. I’m an Irish Catholic Liberal Democrat Female Smoking Vegetarian from Manhattan. For 8 years I wondered if I’d better find a new habitat before I am officially extinct. But on November 4th, 08, the streets of New York City went wild. This manic fusion of the Five Continents, on the island that houses the United Nations, this urban dreamscape of the New World screamed and danced and wept until dawn. 

It’s a miracle. Once more, the people have wrested power from the plutocrats and restored the nation’s honour and promise.  Once more, democracy prevailed, and the American people can feel proud, and relieved. Throughout that warm November night, our cell phones were jammed with exultant calls from friends around the globe. A voice from India said; “The world can forgive America all that has happened, because the world needs it.”

The American people have weathered a storm created by bad governance and driven by a worldview that venerates militarism and plunder. We saw our tax dollars siphoned into a insane war; we saw our rights attacked, our votes stolen.  We The rich got tax cuts as the poor suffered. Polar ice caps are melting, but we were told the global warming was a farce. And our young men and women still perish in foreign wars, far from home.

Let us thank some God out there that the financial crisis hit before the election and the plunder came clear. Let us celebrate the End of the 80’s, a tawdry decade in American life, when the power elite began its campaign to annihilate the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. For 28 years it was a smashing success. Not much is left of the Roosevelt legacy these days, except for my neighbour’s social security checks and the FDR Drive, a crumbling beltway to the east of Manhattan. And yet, here in New York, we have the words and faces of those New York Democrats beaming an antique nobility from photographs hanging askew on a tavern wall. How proud they would be of their Democratic Party today.

Indeed, one of the most pernicious elements of the right wing political machine was their demonisation of Democrats. During the 2004 election a man from Virginia quite literally lunged at me with a clenched fist when I said I was voting for John Kerry. It was cause for concern. I wondered, why do so many of my fellow Americans hate people like me so much? Didn’t we all grow up watching “My Favourite Martian” together?  What are we doing in the same country? Are we in the same country? But this election year, at last, negative ads failed to deliver results. The American people resisted the manipulations of spin doctors and voted for change, by voting for the better candidate, not the slickest package.

Change was embodied by the brave young senator from Illinois, Barack Obama. His mother took him round the world from his childhood, his grandparents nurtured his scholastic gifts, his teachers rewarded his talents, as did his constituents from Illinois. His victory on November 4 was achieved by extraordinary discipline and a talent for leading and inspiring people: first his campaign staff, and then the nation, and now, the world. He is the man for the New World, a shifting universe replete with peril and promise.

Many Americans of Obama’s generation were given the gift of an international childhood. In the early 1970’s I moved to India with my family, and graduated from Hindi High, the American International School in New Delhi. Living in India liberated me from ignorance about a great many things, principally a cloistered, First World ignorance about basic needs. (If living in India doesn’t raise your consciousness, then you are one tough customer, or maybe you didn’t leave the hotel). As much as I love Indian art and culture, I admire India’s democracy. India is the most honest country I know. India does not lie to itself about its struggles, neither does it endeavour to deceive the world about its problems. John F. Kennedy once said; “Democracy is a difficult form of government. It requires courage, but above all, it requires knowledge.”  Many of us feared that the US had lost the will to examine itself, to be honest with itself and the world, to guard its democracy.  The Democratic Party, which my late father, Daniel Patrick Moynihan was so hopeful about, had been dealt so many death blows by the radical Right, that I wondered if it was a corpse.

It’s not dead. It’s alive. On November 4, sanity returned. Let us hope that America may yet be an example to the world, and not a lesson to it.

The writer first lived in India in the 1970s when her father, the late Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan served as US ambassador