“It is not about good governance but giving freebies. Where there are erroneous bills, these should be fixed, but socialist goals being promoted are harmful to India,” Sabhlok writes in his blog which has a tagline: “India I dare you to be rich”.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has claimed that it collected 6.38 lakh letters till Saturday night from people of Delhi who had refused to pay their high electricity bills. The party is urging chief minister Sheila Dikshit to cut power tariff.
“He (Kejriwal) is taking India into the 1950s and 1960s – bad socialist policies,” adds Sabhlok in his commentary. Sabhlok authored the book “Breaking Free of Nehru: Let’s Unleash India!” where he was critical of socialist policies initiated by India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
In an earlier article, Sabhlok wrote that he agreed with Kejriwal that decentralisation is crucial for any system of good governance. “There is NO reason why a government should dabble in anything apart from defence, police and justice…Let there be a thousand local experiments. 80 per cent of the powers of state governments should be devolved to local bodies, and departments of education/health purely act as regulators, not as direct providers of services,” he wrote.
But Sabhlok has serious differences with Kejriwal regarding the latter's policy towards trade and economics. “On this matter – of economic policy – Arvind needs to go back to the drawing board at once before uttering one more word – for he is making comments that are seriously at odds against liberty,” he writes.
Sabhlok suggested Kejriwal to read Nandan Nilekani’s Imagining India, and also writings of Hayek, Friedman, Demsetz and Masani.
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