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Issue No.: 550 | April 2013

Children First Party of India Debut

Dilip Thakore
The republic is in deep crisis. On every norm of good governance and practice, the Congress-led UPA-II government, which was returned to power in New Delhi in the summer of 2009 with high hopes and great expectations, has failed. The economy is in serious trouble... With the country running dangerously high current account, balance of payments and trade deficits, there is real danger of a meltdown of the rupee which will drive up domestic prices of all imports, sparking a forest fire of hyper-inflation. On other fronts of governance too, the outlook is grim. Scams and scandals involving mindboggling sums and politicians and bureaucrats in the highest echelons of government, is deadly proof that the slow poison of corruption has seeped deep into all vital institutions of the republic. Simultaneously, repeated bomb blasts in public places countrywide and the continuously rising wave of crimes against women and children which the corrupt police force and ossified judiciary are unable to prevent or contain, reflects not only severe erosion of the law and order and justice machinery, but also an acute socio-economic crisis within the crumbling social order. Tragically the rot is not only within the incumbent Congress party which has (mis)ruled the nation for over 40 of the republic’s 65 years (interrupted by ineffective periods in the opposition), but in all major political parties who have reduced this high-potential nation to this sorry condition. Against this backdrop, beyond writing futile editorials, the sole remaining option available to socioeconomic reformers such as the editors of this publication who have been waging a long cold war for an equitable deal for children — the most neglected and vulnerable section of the nation’s population – is to venture into full-fledged political activism. It’s perhaps too late to save the adult population from the consequences of foolishly electing governments on caste, communal and dynastic considerations for over four decades. But it’s possible to save the next generation by transforming 21st century India into a child-centric society. On March 8 – International Women’s Day – the Children First Party of India was declared formally operational by CFPI president and Editor of Education World Dilip Thakore.

Membership: To fund and build the Children First Party of India (CFPI) I have committed my entire savings of Rs. 10,00,000 to CFPI’s A/c No. 32714840147 in the State Bank of India, Richmond Rd, Bangalore 560025. I want a lesser sacrifice from all citizens who are invited to join CFPI as primary members. The membership fee is Rs.100 for urban residents and Rs. 50 for rural citizens. Corporate members are welcome on payment of a membership fee of Rs.10,000. In a short while, we will offer the facility of electronic payment of membership fees. All members will have an equally weighted voice and vote in Party councils. CFPI membership cards will be issued to all subscriber-members. Please send crossed cheques/demand drafts in favour of Children First Party of India A/c No. 32714840147 to our registered office at 703-704 Devatha Plaza, 132, Residency Rd, Bangalore 560 025. From this corpus, CFPI will fund the election expenses of Party candidates countrywide.

For further details visit CFPI website





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