Political party By IITians – Bharat Punarnirman Dal (BPD)
Bharat Punarnirman Dal is a political party started by a bunch of IITians. Now they are planning to fight the upcoming Uttaranchal, UP and Punjab elections.
Young men like Ravi Kishore and Ajit Shukla – who both studied aerospace engineering at IIT Mumbai – are now hoping to engineer a social change through their party, the Bharat Punarnirman Dal (BPD).
Mainstream politics, dominated by money and muscle power can be a scary place to be for the educated middle class, but these young IITians are changing all that.
Says BPD spokesperson , Ravi Kishore, “The time has come when we stopped talking and instead start acting. We are creating a platform for people who want to make a change now and we have come here to deliver that change.”
These young men don’t have a fixed ideology, money or cadre to call their own.
They say all they have is integrity and big plans for the country – plans to hire people who will be solution providers, make sure the administration is clean and most importantly, retire politicians at the age of 60.
Says BPD President, Ajit Shukla, “It’s not about the money. Everyone has to begin somewhere. People will ultimately follow you if you have the conviction.”
And it’s on this belief that they are fighting the upcoming Uttaranchal, UP and Punjab elections.
I always wanted that a new party should be formed by intellectuals to take on the big political parties of today. The existing parties have very little good to offer to the nation and whatever they do have to offer comes only after their own benefit is taken care of. Politics first and nation later.
I hope BPD might be able to make a difference. If they are successful in only a couple of states then it might encourage the educated sensible youth to take up politics. If they start the process right and guard their integrity well and still achieve success it will be beginning of a new era in Indian politics.
Their attitude seems to be that of a corporation and they want to run their party as that. It is good that they want to retire politicians after 60. I would think that it would be a retirement only from active politics but they could still be part of the think tanks.
Now only time will tell if the IITians can make good politicians or not. I think it might be interesting to keep an eye on them. If they do what they say they will do I think we all should support them for that.