Freedom First
Freedom First

Home » Archive

Issue No.: 573 | March 2015

Sone Ki Chidiya

Supratim Basu
Dear Friend,

It is my privilege to forward to you the first edition of the Sone Ki Chidiya total reform agenda for your consideration.

The agenda has been prepared by the Sone Ki Chidiya Federation, a Trust in Delhi, formed in 2013 to promote liberal values in public life. It emphasizes freedom comes first, but with accountability. Our government must be small but strong. We should have low taxation, free enterprise (state owned enterprises should be largely privatised), and corruption should be eliminated.

The agenda is recommended for adoption by any Indian political party, fully or in part. We note, though, that there is a crying need for a liberal-conservative political party, to fill the vacuum created after the dissolution, in the early 1970s, of the erstwhile Swatantra Party, founded by C. Rajagopalachari (Rajaji) and MinooMasani. Some of our members are (separately) supportive of ongoing efforts to develop such a party.

You may prefer to first read the Executive Summary on pages 1 and 2, and the remaining at your leisure.

The second edition of the agenda will be published next year. Any suggestions for addition/alteration are welcome and should be sent to Sanjeev Sabhlok at

We seek your in-principle endorsement of the agenda and any public comment you may wish to make in support of this approach. Your endorsement can be made either through an email to or at our website.

In addition, any donation, small or large, is welcome to keep this effort going. No tax exemption is available at the moment, but we commit to publishing our audited accounts on our website. Bank remittance details are given below:

Account Name: Sone Ki Chidiya Federation
Bank: ICICI Bank
Branch: Laxmi Nagar, New Delhi
Account No. 083105000859

With warm regards,

Yours sincerely,
January 26, 2015

Supratim Basu, Senior member, Mumbai,
Sone Ki Chidiya Federation 
 Phone: +91 9702898585
Sone Ki Chidiya Federation Email:





Other Articles in this Issue

Between Ourselves...

Between Ourselves


The Magna Carta

800th Anniversary of the Signing of the Magna Carta

R. Srinivasan

A Tribute to Jamsetji Tata on his 175 Birth Anniversary

Jamshetji Tata Commemorative Coins – A Gesture of the Country’s Gratitude

Dattatraya R. Pendse

Honouring Jamsetji Tata on his 175th Birth Anniversary


Thank God for the TATA’s – A Tribute

Lakshmi Mittal

Narendra Modi and Governance

Thoughts on Recent Political Developments

B. Satyanarayana

BJP and Narendra Modi

S. Arunajatesan

Obama Visit: An Era of Modi Doctrine

Nitin G. Raut

The Delhi Elections

What We Are Worried About

Dharmendra Nagda

Muffler Man Muffles Modi's Roar

Dharmendra Nagda

The AAP Victory

N R Bala

The Spectacular Victory of AAP

Vappala Balachandran

Political Paralysis of BJP and Congress

B. N. Mehrish

The Anti-Renaissance of Kiran Bedi

Firoze Hirjikaka

Delhi Election Result

Phiroze Jhaveri

Campaign Financing


Point Counter Point : Every issue has at least two side

The Obama Visit

Ashok Karnik

The Delhi Jolt

Ashok Karnik

Freedom versus Licence

Ashok Karnik

The Rural Perspective (1)

Union Budget 2015-16 : Taking Care of Farmers’ Interests

Yalamanchili Sivaji

The Rural Perspective (2)

Union Budget 2015-16 Exploitation of Agriculture

Sharad Joshi

Foreign Relations in the 21st Century

Global Power Structure in Transition: A New Bipolar World Underway? Part Two

B. Ramesh Babu

Will Merkel and Hollande Succeed in De-escalating Conflict in Ukraine?

R. G. Gidadhubli

People to People Contact – Cant’ Resolve the Indo-Pakistan Conflict

Suresh C. Sharma

Political Transition in Sri Lanka and Its Impact on Asia Balance Of Power

B. N. Mehrish

On the Eve of the Union Budget 2015-16

Distortion, Damned Distortion and National Accounts Statistics

Sunil S. Bhandare

Educating Adults

‘Nehruvian Ideology and the Indian Celluloid’ Report on a Film Festival in a Mumbai College

Mithilaa Naik-Satam - A Repository for All Indian Liberal Works


Sone Ki Chidiya

Supratim Basu

Sone Ki Chidiya’s Total Reform Agenda : An Executive Summary


Book Review


Sanjiv Agarwal

Not Just An Accountant : A comment by V.Krishna Moorthy


From Our Readers

Freedom First and Always

R C Saxena

In defence of Jawaharlal Nehru’s Foreign Policy

B. P. Rastogi

Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar Reservoirs

T. H. Chowdary

One Airport – Two Names

T. H. Chowdary


Traffic Offenders are not Felons


How to Stop Worrying

Minoo Masani

A Definition of “Political Correctness”


India’s Greatest Ironies


Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

Thomas L. Friedman

Greenpeace Vandalism in Peru

The journal of the Indian Committee for Cultural Freedom
© Copyright Freedom First. All rights reserved.
Freedom First
3rd Floor, Army and Navy Building,
148, Mahatma Gandhi Road,
Mumbai - 400001. INDIA
Freedom First Archives
Quest Archives
Contact Us
About Us
About ICCF
About Freedom First
About Quest
Swatantra Party
Swatantra Party Documents