Technology has metamorphosed our lives. It is time we change the way we do politics also well with the help of technology.
To make Dhan Vapasi a reality, we will need to make political parties irrelevant with the use of new power — made by many, pulled in, shared, open and based on relationships. In this talk, I will tell you how we can use technology to make that happen.
Technology has changed how we live, work, buy, sell, communicate and entertain. Internet and mobile technology is what I have used for the past 25 years to touch millions of Indians worldwide. And now I will use technology to help us break the chains that bind us.
Just consider the example of Ola.
Earlier, the taxi drivers were hostage to the car owners and fleet owners. Now, with Ola, the drivers have control over their work and their lives.
The same technology has done much more for the passengers. Competition has kept prices low and ensured continuous improvements in services. There is complete transparency in pricing. Passengers also have the ability to give instant feedback on the driver.
In short, it’s a win-win change – for the drivers and the passengers. That is the power of platform technology.
We need to do the same in politics. We need to use platform technology to break free from the chains that the political parties have used to bind us.
Just like Ola connects drivers with passengers, the Dhan Vapasi platform will connect us with those who want to contest elections as independents.
For those among you wanting to contest – this is a new way to enter public life, without the need for money power or political godfathers. All you need is the support of the people.
We, the voters, will choose from among ourselves who will represent us. We will do that through internal elections we organise using our mobile phones and the Dhan Vapasi tech platform.
It will be our choice, and the people we choose will be accountable to us, not to the leaders of political parties.
The people we rate, review and finally choose through our internal elections will contest the general elections as independent candidates who will be answerable to the people of the constituency, not to political bosses.
By electing these independent members of parliament, Lok Sabha will mean what its name says — an assembly of independent people.
Our team is putting together rules for how an assembly of independent people can function together, how the Prime Minister will be chosen, how decisions will be made. This happens in many countries already.
Over the years, India has become a dictatorship with total power concentrated in 1 or 2 people at the top.
With the Dhan Vaapasi tech platform and with a Lok Sabha of Independent MPs who are not puppets in the hands of the political party bosses, we will finally be able to implement true democracy — the rule of the people, by the people, for the people.
In the general elections if we all vote for the candidate we have ourselves chosen through internal elections via the Dhan Vapasi platform, our independent candidate is sure to win. Our mission therefore is to get 543 independent candidates elected to the Lok Sabha. Your mission is to get your independent candidate to win in your constituency.
In simple words: “Lok Sabha Jeeto, Dhan Vapasi Karo.”
One of the first duties of this new Lok Sabha – a Lok Sabha of Independent MPs – would be to pass the Dhan Vapasi bill.
Dhan Vapasi’s technology platform will make that happen. And this innovative platform to transform our politics and future, to ensure prosperity and freedom will launch on Dassera, October 19.