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28 January 2011

Protests Map in the US – Support the Egyptian People

18 events will take place starting from tomorrow Friday Jan 28th, If you have a protest in your area or have any questions please email us on media@eacusa.org, we will keep updating this list, please join the facebook page for continuous updates and news.

Please share and forward to everyone in the US.

In front of the White house
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Friday, January 28th, 2:30 pm - 4 pm
event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=174324905944409
3521 International Court Northwest
Washington, DC
Saturday, January 29 · 1:00pm - 3:00pm
event link: http://on.fb.me/fpdUHP | http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=137171303012160 | http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193993390613503
New York
In front of the UN Building
1st Av with 44th street
Saturday, January 29 · 1:00pm - 3:00pm
events links:
http://on.fb.me/eiszGS  | http://on.fb.me/g5MztF  |  http://on.fb.me/fvmJh5
New York, Steinway (Astoria)
At Steinway street with 25th ave
Astoria, NY
Friday, January 28 · 2:00pm - 4:00pm
event link: http://on.fb.me/fthGCM
New Jersey
Journal Square, Jersey City
Friday, January 28 · 2:30pm - 4:30pm
event link: http://on.fb.me/g4U0Wr
Washington State
Downtown Bellevue
Bellevue Way
Bellevue, WA
Sunday, January 30 · 12:00pm - 3:00pm
event link: http://on.fb.me/htvrFs
Harvard Square
Boston, MA
Saturday, January 29 · 12:00pm - 4:00pm
event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179718358733818
Egyptian consulate in Houston.
Capital One tower 5718 westheimer rd,77057
Houston, TX
Sunday, January 30 · 2:30pm - 3:30pm
event link: http://on.fb.me/dKDsmC
California, LA
Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd
LA, CA 90024-3602
Saturday, January 29 · 11:30am - 4:30pm
event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136377153093178
California, LA
Egyptian consulate in LA.
4929 wilshire blvd.
LA, CA 90010
Sunday, January 30 · 12:00pm
event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159205344132419
California, San Fransisco
Market St & Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA
Friday, January 28 · 12:00pm - 3:00pm
event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196049647077338
California, San Fransisco
Market St & Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA
Saturday, January 29 · 12:00pm - 3:00pm
event link: http://on.fb.me/g3NILQ
County Court House
101 East Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Sunday, January 30 · 11:30am - 1:30pm
event link: http://on.fb.me/h80Byv
Virginia Tech University
Blacksburg, VA
Friday, January 28 · 2:00 pm
Portland, OR
Pioneer Courthouse Square
Portland, OR
Saturday, January 29 · 2:00pm - 5:00pm
event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184702604895795
Minneapolis, MN
Infront of coffman memorial UNION
Minneapolis, MN
Friday, January 28 · 1:00pm - 2:30pm
event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=179628022076449
Cincinnati OH
Corner of MLK and Clifton Avenue by the University of Cincinnati main campus
Cincinnati OH
 Friday, January 28 · 2:30pm - 3:30pm
event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=158974317485601
Dayton, OH
High Street in front of Wexner center
Dayton, OH
Friday, January 28 · 12:00pm - 4:00pm 
event link: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=162055743841794

Geography of the Universal Human Nation

The Spokesperson of World without Wars and Violence writes a series of articles envisioning how a future society based on peace and nonviolence could be. The Argentine philosopher and author, Silo, called this world the Universal Human Nation. In this first article the political geography is dealt with, outlining possible new foundations for such a society.
Image by: Wikimedia Commons
Earth from Space
Krakow, 1/27/11 

Over the coming months in our international bulletin we will start to outline some positions regarding what we’re trying to achieve with World without Wars. From the name of the organisation everyone knows that we are to do with the eradication of wars and the eradication of violence, most people (but not everyone) would understand that this also implies eradication of nuclear weapons and the conversion of military expenditure into economic production and development, others will also make the logical step that this means improved human rights, eradication of poverty and a new economic system. I wonder how many people would be able to take the further steps of imagining a world without borders, without passports and without money?

Silo gave a name to this strange, new, non-violent world we are aiming for. He called it the Universal Human Nation. In this series we will start to picture how this world could be. We know that we’re capable of achieving anything we can imagine, so let’s try to create some inspiring images. Maybe if we have it clear where we’re going then we’ll be able to see more clearly how to get there.

In the first article we explore the Geography of the Universal Human Nation.

Geography of the Universal Human Nation

By Tony Robinson, the international spokesperson of World without Wars and Violence

First of all to be clear we are not talking about the physical geography; the rivers, the deserts, oceans and mountains. We may assume that we’ll create this world on the planet we already live on rather than searching for a new planet that can support life and that would accept having us there.

Rather we’re talking about the political geography; the lines drawn on maps, the power accumulated by people within those lines, and the passports and visas that human beings must carry to move from one side of a line on a map to another.

Utopia, the League of Nations, the United Nations
The concept of an ideal society is nothing new. Even before Sir Thomas More—the English philosopher and Renaissance Humanist—wrote his book, Utopia, in 1561, which later went on to symbolise any society governed by an ideal socio-politico-legal system, there have been various proposals for an ideal society, starting with Plato’s Republic in the 4th century BCE, in which Socrates and others proposed a city ruled by philosopher-kings. "Philosophers [must] become kings…or those now called kings [must]…genuinely and adequately philosophize"

Following the German philosopher, Immanuel Kant’s proposals in 1795, the League of Nations was eventually established in 1920, but proved unable to stop the onset of World War II.

The disaster of the 2nd World War led, within weeks, to the signing in San Francisco of the United Nations Charter by 50 States, and came into force shortly thereafter with the final ratification by the five permanent members of the security council on October 24th 1945.
It is clear that today’s global association of States has also been unable to prevent wars. Moreover it has also shown itself incapable of eradicating poverty, halting climate change, achieving universal education, securing human rights, etc, and although some things have been achieved by UN agencies such as the eradication of smallpox, there are few successes of note and as much as we are led to believe by the media that life on the planet has never been better, this is not the daily experience for nearly the entire population of the planet.

Territorial conflicts
Despite the existence of the UN and the apparent end of colonialism in the last century, there are an extraordinary number of territorial conflicts. 200 such conflicts are listed in Wikipedia, including the internationally well-known disputes between the Koreas, Israel and Palestine, the Falklands-Malvinas, Kashmir, etc.

There are others which are just as explosive such as South Ossetia and Abkhazia (which led to a very short war between Russia and Georgia in 2008), Serbia-Kosovo and the Kuril Islands disputed by Japan and Russia.

And there are others that have been going on for so long that they are almost forgotten by the rest of the world like the Western Sahara and Bolivia’s claim to territory lost over 100 years ago in a war with Chile.

Finally there are those that although not likely to lead to conflict appear increasing bizarre in a world advancing towards regionalisation such is the case of Gibraltar.

In addition to these international conflicts, the world is littered with nationalist movements, some stronger than others, in different parts of the world fighting for independence from States which refuse such claims. Such is the case of Scotland in the UK, Quebec in Canada, Catalonia and the Basque country in Spain, Tibet, Aceh in Indonesia and the Kurds in Turkey among others.

And then on top of this there are the peoples, cultures and nations in different countries who cry out for independence and justice and at the very least the right to self-determination from countries created by former colonial powers, illustrated by the Mapuche people in Chile, the Australian Aborigines and the Maoris of New Zealand.

The illusion of the “State”
What is it that makes a man in London say, “The Falklands are British!” so emphatically? What on Earth do these islands 6000 miles away in a different hemisphere have to do with a Londoner? In a world where colonialism is supposedly a thing of the past, what possible justification can there be for such a claim? Yet, we can say the same thing of the PorteƱo in Buenos Aires who says “Las Malvinas son de Argentina!” with the same justification and conviction. Although much closer geographically to the South Atlantic Islands, the Argentine is hardly more likely than the Englishman to even want to go and visit, let alone to live there! Why is it then that people in one territory believe they have the right to claim another territory as their own even if they will never go there?

The reason is that we are under the illusion that concepts such as “the State” are vitally important for our lives and that security is achieved because we have them. We believe that a strong State is the only thing to protect us from other strong States that are out to invade us and take our “country”. Of course this is not surprising because this is the sad path of human history until now. Hundreds of millions of people have died in order to draw lines on maps. But where are these lines? You can’t physically see them. The birds and animals don’t notice them, yet human beings somehow feel that what they see on their side of the line is theirs and on the other side of the line belongs to someone else and they pass on these views on the next generation. And they can even be persuaded to kill others who claim the line is in the wrong place. This is how powerful the illusion is.

Of course, these positions haven’t come from nowhere. Somehow they’ve entered human consciousness because of someone’s intentionality—given that the lines are abstract human constructions—and they must be fulfilling some useful purpose for someone because they’re still here.

Fortunately the new generations don't see things the same way. They find themselves in an old world, in an old way of doing things. They're not interested in the politics that divide.

They’re interested in communication and connection. Whenever territories are disputed by someone it can be for a number of reasons, first the obvious case of those oppressed who live in a place occupied by a Government that isn’t located in that territory. These people are generally discriminated against and oppressed in all manner of subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Why wouldn’t these people want self-determination and dispute their occupation?
Then there are those in a different territory who feel somehow that they have a right to control another territory, or they believe that expressing this point of view will be somehow beneficial to them. For centuries we have been fed Nationalism in our cultures, in our education system and in our media. In these days it seems to be harmlessly channelled into sport and team sports, especially soccer, take on huge national importance. However, it doesn’t stay in sport, as the list of territorial conflicts testifies.

Politicians of all colours have become experts in using territorial disputes to appear strong, and to deflect the criticism of opposition parties when in Government. Margaret Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister, was heading for a humiliating defeat at the hands of a new opposition party until General Galtierri sent Argentinean troops into Port Stanley. She won the next election and the one after that on the back of the Nationalism generated, with dire consequences for the millions of unemployed people caused by her party’s ideology.

Then there are seemingly more complicated cases where people living in the same territory believe that the government of the territory should be controlled by other people of the same culture/religion/heritage as themselves. Such is the case of the Balkans and the Middle East.
Many groups have for centuries been claiming the right to live on the territory and control it. Their forefathers killed the forefathers of another faction, relatives of these forefathers sought revenge, which led to more revenge, and so on and so on for centuries. For very long periods of time people from one faction, lived and died, set roots, practiced religion and enjoyed their culture, later a war resulted in their eviction and replacement by another faction that did exactly the same, while hatred was growing and revenge being planned by yet a third faction.
However, even here, factions don’t spontaneously reach for their weapons and start killing people. Someone or some group is always there organising, feeding the propaganda and inciting the violence.

The power behind government
Behind any form of government are those in control of the military, the economy and the media. Without these three elements it is very difficult for a Government to remain in power. When these powers feel themselves at risk of losing control they will take whatever measures necessary in order to avoid this. Just as the military, the banks and the media are all capable of bringing down a Government when the Government no longer sings the right song.
So, one of the tactics always used by the power behind government is to resort to Nationalism. Given that the education system has drilled into every nation’s youth the mythical story of a proud and noble Nation, with associated songs, myths, symbols and holidays, the people never fail to respond to the call to protect the nation or to claim for what has been “unfairly stolen”. It would be nice to say that the electorate is a force behind a Government and that the electorate can bring a Government down too, but rarely do we see the people mobilised or acting in this way. Of course Gandhi and Luther King through their spiritual leadership brought about social change by inspiring the people, and the fall of the Berlin Wall and Communist Governments across Central and Eastern Europe was brought about by the will of the people expressed without violence, but this is not the everyday experience. This latter case though is an interesting case of a national illusion suddenly disappearing, the people wake up, they feel the failure, and they act to change the situation. Something like this will be required to create a Universal Human Nation.
In these days we see the protests in Tunisia that although not non-violent, have certainly shown how the people have woken up to the illusion they were living under that they were powerless to change anything. We do not know how events will unfold but this is an interesting moment for the people to reflect on their future and we wish them well in this reflection.

The Universal Human Nation - a world without Borders
Why are the borders and passports required? So that the people within the borders know who to pay their taxes to. Why does a State require bigger borders? So that the Government can raise more taxes and control whatever natural resources exist beyond their borders.
In a UHN we can imagine physical borders are not required because there would be no need to keep people within borders. Where ever people may live or work they will pay their taxes and receive the same quality of public services. Although there may be administrative reasons for lines on maps to exist to mark the boundary between local administrations, the increasingly high quality of public services available should not vary.

The natural resources within the Earth’s crust belong to the entire population of the planet, or to no-one depending on your point of view. The benefits gained from the exploitation of these resources should go to the benefit of the entire world population thereby alleviating the need for one State to appropriate the territory of other States.

Silo’s Fourth letter to my friends says, “It is through power over… the State that violence can be established and perpetuated. Because of this, social organisation will require an advanced type of coordination that is safe from any concentration of power, whether private or of the State.” What better way to eradicate State and inter-State violence, than to eradicate the concept and to create this advanced type of coordination.

“But how will we continue to support our national Soccer team,” I can hear people shout as they read these words. Well, why do you need the concept of State or a passport to support a national Soccer team?

Silo differentiated between a State, “an entity that in fact has to do with certain forms of government regulated by law” and a Nation, “What defines a nation is the mutual recognition established between people who identify with similar values and aspire to a common future.”

Once all of us on the planet agree that the value we aspire to is the value of human life: overcoming human pain and suffering in ourselves and those around us; once we agree on the importance of mutual recognition and see each other as human beings and not objects; once we agree to treat others as we would like to be treated; and once we agree that the profound connection between us is greater than the State or any institution then maybe the implementation of this Utopia will be possible and we can make this common future a reality.

Tony Robinson is the International Spokesperson for the organisation World without Wars and Violence

The Master (source of learning)

When one Guru was dying, one of his disciple asked him "Guruji, who was your master?"

He said, "I had thousands of masters. If I just relate their names it will take months, years and it is too late. But three masters I will certainly tell you about. "

"One was a thief. Once I got lost in the desert, and when I reached a village it was very late, everything was closed. But at last I found one man who was trying to make a hole in the wall of a house. I asked him where I could stay and he said 'At this time of night it will be difficult, but you can stay with me - if you can stay with a thief'.

And the man was so beautiful. I stayed for one month! And each night he would say to me, 'Now I am going to my work. You rest, you pray.'

When he came back I would ask 'Could you get anything?'

 He would say, 'Not tonight. But tomorrow I will try again, God willing.' He was never in a state of hopelessness, he was always happy. When I was meditating and meditating for years on end and nothing was happening, many times the moment came when I was so desperate, so hopeless,that I thought to stop all this nonsense. And suddenly I would remember the thief who would say every night, 'God willing, tomorrow it is going to happen."

 "And my second master was a dog. I was going to the river, thirsty and a dog came. He was also thirsty. He looked into the river, he saw another dog there -- his own image -- and became afraid. He would bark and run away, but his thirst was so much that he would come back.
Finally, despite his fear, he just jumped into the water, and the image disappeared. And I knew that a message had come to me from God: one has to jump in spite of all fears."

"And the third master was a small child. I entered a town and a child was carrying a lit candle. He was going to the temple to put the candle there.'

Just joking, I asked the boy, 'Have you lit the candle yourself?'

He said, 'Yes sir.'

And I asked, 'There was a moment when the candle was unlit, then there was a moment when the candle was lit. Can you show me the source from which the light came?'

And the boy laughed, blew out the candle, and said, 'Now you have seen the light going. Where has it gone? You will tell me!'

My ego was shattered, my whole knowledge was shattered. And that moment I felt my own stupidity. Since then I dropped all my knowledge-ability."

 "It is true that I had no master. That does not mean that I was not a disciple -- I accepted the whole existence as my master. My Disciple hood was a greater involvement than yours is. I trusted the clouds, the trees. I trusted existence as such. I had no master because I had millions of masters I learned from every possible source. To be a disciple is a must on the path. What does it mean to be a disciple? It means to be able to learn. to be available to learn to be vulnerable to existence. With a master you start learning to learn."

The master is a swimming pool where you can learn how to swim. Once you have learned, all the oceans are yours.

(my sincere thanks to my dear friend, Satish Gothi for sending this very important story)

27 January 2011

Republic Day - Are we being responsible ?

I wake up and get a call "Happy Republic Day", and I wonder what the person wants to convey. When I ask him, he is surprised by my question and says "Hey, its Republic day and we should celebrate".
To my next question, "What to celebrate ?", he answers in a very surprised voice, "Celebrate the Republic day, what else ? Why do you need explanations to it ?"

My next question to him is, "Well, my friend, I wish to understand your thinking and feeling behind your good wishes. Since I know you quiet well, I know you are not asking me to celebrate the fact we have 82% of India surviving on less than Rs.2000 per month; that, 40% of India is under the control of Maoists and the writ of the Government does not exist there; that, while the Government displays its might on Raj-path, they cannot protect one honest officer who is burnt alive by the oil-mafia; that while we talk of the largest educated youth numbers, we still have gender discrimination of the worst kind including bride-burning, girl-child-killing etc."

Here, the guy got frustrated with me, as if I had mixed poison in his food and he just said bye and hung up the phone, wondering, as to what was wrong with me.

The similar things got repeated on the facebook during he day. And I begin to wonder as to why people greet each other on this day and I try to get behind their words, trying to get their feelings and I am surprised, to say the least. I strongly feel that people are doing just a formality, believing that this needs to be done. Many of the greetings that are going around in SMS are without any sense of the day that it is supposed to have been for us by now. The day, indeed, has a great meaning for all of us, but, in reality, it has turned away from what it was supposed to have been.

I think, we need to ask ourselves "Are we really awake ?"
Do we know the significance of this day ?
Do we remember what we promised/committed on this day in 1950 ?
Do we care for what we have done of that commitment ?
Do we know what is written as our commitments in the Constitution and what have we done to those commitments ?
Do we really care for the country, to whom this day belongs ?
Do we know that 82% of India lives on less than Rs.2,000/- per month income ?
Do we know that 40% of India is under the control of Maoists and the Government does not exist in that big part of the country ?
Do we know that people have to sell their land, their jewelery, homes, etc. for the higher education of their children ? And they still remain unemployed after that, or become criminals.
Do we know that criminals have taken over politics and are in control of the Parliament and the state assemblies and are looting the national resources in collaboration with Industrialists, Media and all the branches of the State who have been compromised in the loot.
Do we know that the honest officers, if they act, are killed, like the latest burning alive of the Additional Collector in Maharashtra who was raiding the oil-mafia ?
There are many more things, but, without boring you to read all of it here, let me ask you, if this is the Republic that our freedom-fighters had dreamt of ? Is this the Republic that we wish to have ? Is this the Republic that we greet each other for ?
Now, please think, if this is the Republic that is worth being called a Republic ? Is it the real democracy that we wish to have ?
Or, is it, that, by wishing each other, we are closing our eyes, like a pigeon, wishing that things will change just because we wish good ? "All is well" is fine, but it needs to be followed by sincere and permanent action in that direction.

To me, it seems that we just want to wish every such occasion, hoping against hopes that things will be fine soon, while we keep running after money-power-sex. Alas! it does not work that way.
But, how will things become fine ? As long as the mafia rules the nation, we can expect only loot and violence to increase as it is already increasing everywhere.
While the advertisements in media show us a "shining India", is it really shining ? Please let me know if I am blind. I wish I was and that someone would help me have the right eyes to see the "Shining India" that they claim to have built.

Friends, it is time to wake up.
We are not very different from the situation in Pakistan, whom we curse for many things.
The racism, the religious-intolerance, the political-criminals, the industrial-mafia, the police-control, poverty, hunger, malnutrition and all other issues that exist there, exist in India also. We have more people in actual numbers facing such issues.
Tunisia was no different and look what happened there ? Egypt is following Tunisia and many other countries are on the same track.
Before such a situation develops in India, for which, all the ingredients are present, we request the people to wake up and take charge of the nation with non-violence.

Personally, when I think of this day, I remember the great people like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Netaji Bose and thousands of others who put their lives to make sure that we became free from the violent British rule. But, at the same time, I come to realize that while we did get free from British rule, we still live in the slavery of Indian mafia that is ruling and looting the nation ever since then, and then I make a resolve to ensure that I work for the complete freedom of India, the way the Mahatma wanted it.

24 January 2011

Hoisting of National Flag at Lal Chowk - what is the real issue ?

By Sudhir Gandotra

The BJP has caught the Congress and its allies in JK on the wrong foot.
While it is clear that the BJP is trying to score its points through this cleverly knit issue, we have no doubt that all these parties are same when it comes to bringing peace and dignity to people's lives. There is absolutely no difference in their central character of being part fo the Mafia that is controlling the people's resource called "the Country". None of them is for peace and dignity to people, as that would create financial problems for the ruling-mafia.

While, we do not support the Congress and their allies on this issue, we would like to remind the BJP that it will find itself helpless if it were asked to hoist the National-flag in the Maoists-controlled areas of Chhatisgarh or Bihar, where it is the ruling party.
This alone should make us (the people) realize, that, all the current Politicians, since 1947, have done only one task - that of looting the Nation and its people of the resources and dignity of the people.

We, Humanists, realize that the current day Politicians, in collaboration with the Bureaucracy and all other branches of the Government, Legislature, Judiciary, Industry, Media, have become the biggest mafia that is looting the Nation of its resources and dignity, and hence, nothing better can be expected form them, till deep-internal-realization dawns on them.

It is time that people of India wake-up, and instead of running after their careers (money-power-prestige), they pause and set the house (the Country) in order and complete the process of Independence that stopped on 15 August 1947 itself.
This process needs a new education system and a new economic system based on the new Value system of selfless-giving (instead of looting), active-non-violence and no-discrimination, that would have the following starting points :

  • Free Education to all of same quality, without any discrimination whatsoever;
  • Free Health facilities to all, ensuring quality of life, at the door-step;
  • Housing for all;
  • Jobs for all and a Dignified unemployment grant to those who cannot be given a job immediately;
  • Roads and Internet connecting each and every village of the country as a priority;
  • End of all speculations, hence ensuring that prices remain stabilized;
  • Promotion of real Co-operative of people in all fields of economy, while stopping support to private industry and to pseudo-people's-enterprises;

The detailed Humanist agenda is available at www.humanistparty.org/index.php/hp-manifesto

02 January 2011

In Democracies, when rulers become corrupt & violent, is there a way out ?

In such a situation, there is no option but a revolution.
having said that, the revolution this time, will have to be different as compared to the ones that took place so far.
The revolutions in the past were ad-hoc (not well planned and organised), they were violent, and they just aimed to changed the ruling people with another lot who opposed them.
In these revolutions (and history is an evidence of that, the violence of one group was replaced by the violence of another group; the discrimination style of one group was changed by another style.
There was no real change in the "mental direction" of the people who replaced the violent ones.
Hence, once the euphoria of change was over, the society realized that nothing had really changed.

Now, the times are different.
The communication revolution has brought he whole world closer and what happens at one place, has immediate (almost instantaneous) effect on the whole world. The world has become a small village in the sense of being connected. This has never been the case in the history of man-kind so far.
Due to this, we are able to see that corruption, violence, discrimination are the same things every where. That the politicians with the partnership of judiciary, industry, media have become the joint-ruling-mafia and are doing everything to their own selfish interests which are always at the cost people.

While the crisis is global, it has no global controls. Things falling at one place will make others also fall. That makes the change also possible in a new way and at global levels.
We need to understand that changes in any one country will have effect on the whole world. It is a positive point, because, realizing this, people can come together as a strong positive force.

The change will have to be through active-non-violence and without discriminating against anyone whatsoever. People will have to be given equal dignity for the fact they are all human beings.

But, for this change to happen in a true sense, the people who wish to bring change, need also to change themselves. They need to realize the true meaning of their lives. They need to move in the direction of becoming truly selfless references for others around them. They need to become the real "changemakers".

When people start behaving with true responsibility towards the society, this can move masses, starting with the few around them. They will need t connect with their environment at grass root levels and spread the message that should bring a real change in the "mental direction" of those around them.
Before we point a finger at the other one, asking him to change, we need to show the change (atleast the direction of change that we take ourselves) to others.
We have no right to ask others to change, if we cannot change ourselves.
Just by becoming a member of an NGO, Movement or Party, one does not change, one does not become a better person.
Following that route, we get a Morarjee Desai, Laloo, Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh, Mayawati, and the others who came in after the one-party rule of Congress started breaking in 1980. All these and others who replaced Congress at different levels, have shown us that just like the change from British-violent-rulers to Indian-violent-rulers, we got another change from Congress-violent-rulers to non-congress-violent-rulers.

So, in short, the change needs to be simultaneous : Internal change and external change.
While we convoke and organize people for a nation-wide change, we must start a process of inner-change for each one of us. This is possible. And, it is possible, without bringing-in or clashing with any religion. Religion can and should be kept as a personal matter of everyone, taking it as a possible path to realize the Divine within oneself.

With these changes happening, and people organized in a transparent way in every neighbourhood/village/mohalla, and with leadership arising from the common people from grass-root level and not from those who start this process, and with people realizing the sense-of-responsibility, a selfless responsibility towards the other one, things can change.

Yes, all this can be clarified in terms of a clear plan, on which a million people across the world are working already, quietly. Quietly because the inner change takes time, takes frustration, takes struggle. Its not easy to let go of the Ego, of the " I ".

But, yes, with those who wish to understand it, we can share it, without wanting anything in return - not even by making them our followers. We are not looking for followers. The world needs Change-makers, the real leaders.