- The Party
Until Prof. Amarthya Sen received his Nobel Prize in Economics for establishing through his extensive research from Cambridge University, that education and health are the basic building blocks of development, the world of economists did not wake up to the simple formula which was chosen by the Christian Missionaries centuries ago. The impact of his message was so strong that the rightist and fundamentalist groups were critical of any recognition given to Amartya Sen opining that any recognition to Amartya Sen’s contribution will be indirectly the recognition of the contribution of the Christian missionaries to the Indian society. That is where the wisdom of certain groups in India stands today – very unfortunate!
The Indian Christian Secular Party is launched and nurtured by the Christian Social Forum (CSF). Like the CSF, the ICS Party is committed to promote unity, preserve identity, and protect the socially disadvantaged groups and empower them socially, to lead a life of confidence and dignity which is the hallmark of this movement.
History is the philosophy of nations. And the ICS Party has a very clear conception of Indian history. Here was a great civilization whose influence and imprint spread from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, from south to north, from one side of the coast to the other. It withstood the storms of invaders and British colonization. It fought and resisted external oppression and its essential civilization and culture survived great challenges and attempts at effacement. The glory of Christian Missionaries and the committed efforts of social revolutionaries like William Carey and Mahatma Jyotirao Phule respectively, are testimony to the upliftment of socially disadvantaged groups who have been suppressed right from the Aryan invasion.
In more recent times, this torch of Integral Humanistic Nationalism and Humane identity was carried forward by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and the Blessed Mother Teresa. From 1510 A.D until the present century the Christian Missionaries’ contribution to India’s Nation building has been carried out by a large number of Christian Ministries, Associations, Missionaries, Societies and others. The CSF, founded in 2013 sees itself as the legatee of this historic movement.
The ICS Party’s philosophy, vision, mission and values relate to all Indians, irrespective of religion, caste or color. To the ICS Party all Indians, irrespective of religious background, are equal.
“Do Unto others...So whatever you wish that others should do for you, do also for them.”
“Do Unto others” or Integral Humanistic Nationalism presents the ICS Party’s conception of Indian nationhood. It must be noted that “Do Unto Others” is a nationalist, and not a religious or theocratic, concept. The following descriptive on philosophy explains in greater detail, the concept on which the party took shape and will continue to execute its values.
ICS Party’s philosophy has a strong and consistent emphasis on helping the weak, the poor, the needy and the sick. The philosophy directs us in giving consideration for helping the poor. This translates into our policies, ensuring that we have strong defences for the poor, weak and sick - maximising the breadth of healthcare availability, ensuring adequate welfare / safety nets are available and giving voice to the voiceless weak, marginalised groups and minorities amidst a political climate where money buys influence.
ICS Party’s philosophy is a call to respond to the tremendous amount of absolute poverty, injustice and the remarkable impact we can make on reducing such poverty. With the national perspective of justice in mind, our general budget priorities are even more tragic when contrasted with the huge spending on our military, which basically serves to keep us a little safer, while millions die each year of poverty. ICS Party’s philosophy is to take up an unassailable allegiance to the pursuit of love, peace, truth, justice, liberty, fraternity, equality, humanity and dignity, above any other narrow national pursuits.
ICS Party’s philosophy is a call to proclaim liberty to the captives of poverty, recovering of the sight to the blind and to set at liberty those who are oppressed. The Christian missionaries have brought truly substantive benefits to the poor, the captives of poverty, the sick, and the oppressed throughout the nation as part of their mission, partly through their influence and advocacy to the British-India government. ICS Party’s philosophy is based on that contribution done by the Christian missionaries and to focus on real opportunities for affecting change.
ICS Party’s philosophy is driven by a singular goal – “Do Unto Others...” and this reminds us with a great reality that we are people of limited time and money and we only have so many challenges that we can effectively engage in. If we really care about achieving meaningful goals, it is required that we prioritise. Decisions on public policy are really about priorities as well, virtually every policy decision comes down to weighing one priority vs. another (for example, many are a question of monetary cost vs. group benefit). We care about really benefiting people. We have prioritised the issues that we can make a difference in and focus on them. Thus the policies, and focus areas, aims and party manifesto are finalised with this philosophy.
Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity, enshrined in the Constitution of India, are the guiding principles for all political parties governing this democratic country.
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Religious Minorities and other Marginalized sections together constitute a sizeable population of the country. They have contributed considerably to the nation building, but have hardly had any place or share in the public affairs of this country. The underprivileged of the society have been given a number of Constitutional rights, with the hope that they will lead a life of dignity and self respect in due course. But these sections of the society are not yet able to enjoy these constitutional rights completely, and are unable to usher in for themselves the social-transformation and economic independence; injustice is still being heaped on the marginalized sections of the society (especially the women). This will continue as long as the governance of the country remains dominated by politics of rich upper classes of the society.
Even after sixty three years of implementation of the Constitution, most of the citizens in India still suffer from the pangs of discrimination of birth and descent, and are not able to fully utilise the available opportunities provided under the constitution. As such their true potential remains unrealized. The “preservative” political culture of the present does not suit the aspirations of our younger generations, who vehemently try to unshackle the burden of their past, in order to conquer the future.
Today the politics of the country is increasingly becoming the exclusive ‘preserve’ of a new class of entrepreneurs who are abusing public office for private gain. Ineffective implementation of Laws has resulted in the marginalization of certain sections of the society in the governance of this country. Autocratic political parties exercising their power without accountability, with distorted priorities, is resulting in undue benefits to the politicians and their men which is leading to the ‘perverse’ political culture and pervasive corruption in general.
The middle class, who should be the vanguard of polity of the country, is increasingly alienating itself in despair from political process. Deprived and disadvantaged groups, who constitute mainly Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Most Backward Classes (MBCs), Minorities and Bahujans therefore need to inculcate and nurture a new ‘political culture’, staking their claim to govern the country and impact with their presence, the competitive fields of business, bureaucracy and politics. With Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization of the economy, the poorer sections of the society are losing out to the economically rich in all the areas. The economic growth of the country is resulting in undesirable concentration of wealth in a few hands without equitable distribution among the citizens.
In order to overcome the ills of the present political culture, with concomitant economic environment, we need to build a society completely free from all forms of discrimination based on birth, descent, religion and caste. All the power of governance of the country should be re-structured and it should be based on principles of sovereignty of the ‘citizen’ with concern for the marginalized and weaker sections. Corruption and private gain at public cost must become things of past. The governance of the country should be transparent and accountable. The State needs to focus on creating conducive environment for peace and order, to create opportunities for all, to fulfill their true potential and lead a decent life with dignity.
Politics hence forth shall not become the preserve of only the rich. Common man too shall be empowered politically. The ordinary people must stake claim to their due place and share in politics and public life of the country to prevent concentration of wealth in only a few hands through:
With this shared vision, a few likeminded people have decided to come together to form a new political party - ‘INDIAN CHRISTIAN SECULAR PARTY’, to rejuvenate our republic and to promote inclusive politics.
A nation transformed into a casteless and a classless society, pluralistic in character with every individual enjoying justice, liberty, equality and human dignity with love ruling supreme
To serve our nation with spirit of love concern for equality and with a strong sense of justice.
By educating all the citizens enlightening about their rights namely birth rights/human rights/ constitutional rights and also the duties as the citizens of the country.
By organizing people into a united socially conscious society with a deep commitment and concern for the upliftment of all the oppressed, exploited, ill-treated, persecuted, socially handicapped and disadvantaged sections of the society like women, S.C, S.T, most backward castes, marginalized and the minority communities and By agitating in the constitutionally valid ways for social and economic prosperity, individual liberty, preserving the social, cultural and religious ethos of every people group and fighting for reservations to Dalit’s irrespective of they converting to any religion of their choice and to other deserving weaker sections and thus make the nation strong with unity but not uniformity in order to achieve a heaven on earth, where all people love another
LOVE A revelation of God’s love for us is foundational to all else. Love is the fulfillment of the law. We are told to “go and learn what this means, I desire compassion and not sacrifice”. God is love. We cannot give what we have not received. We learn love as we experience the Lord’s patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness towards us despite our propensity to fall short of His glory. We know love by this that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for each other. What our fellow man needs now, is our sacrificial love and the deeds it prompts; often walking the extra mile. PEACE The duty to respect the dignity of each human being, in whom the image of the Creator is hidden, means in consequence that the person cannot be disposed off at will. Those with greater political, technical, or economic power shall not use that power to violate the rights of others who are less fortunate. Peace is based on respect for the rights of all. Whatever the progress in technology and economic life, there is neither justice nor peace in the world, so long as people fail to realize how great is their dignity; for they have been created by God and are God’s children. TRUTH Truth is found in the person of Jesus. The Lord desires truth in our inward being. The enemy of our souls dwells in the darkness of error, false concepts and lies. Yet Jesus promises that if we abide in His word we will know the truth and the truth will make us free. Not only our words and actions reflecting His name, but even more - we are to possess the very nature corresponding to His name. This is true integrity where others can behold His glory in us, full of grace and truth. JUSTICE Love for neighbour is an absolute demand for justice, because charity must manifest itself in actions and structures which respect human dignity, protect human rights, and facilitate human development. To promote justice is to transform structures which block love. Social Justice can be obtained only in respecting the dignity of man. The person represents the ultimate end of society. Every perspective on economic justice must be human, moral, and eternal. LIBERTY Liberty provides us with a better and more effective means of serving the society through our freedom as matured human-beings. It is neither self-indulgent, nor license to do as we please. And it refers neither to lawless living, nor to absolute freedom. Liberty provides us with a choice to serve others and thus glorify God. In fact, because we are matured human-beings, the responsibility of using our liberty wisely is even greater. Liberty is conformed, and even sometimes confined by love. Without it, liberty is selfish. “Do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh,” “but through love serve one another”. Love is always the framework under which the value - liberty operates. EQUALITY Together with equality, in the recognition of the dignity of each person and every people there must also be an awareness to continuously safeguard and promote human dignity which is possible only as a community as a part of humanity. Since all men possess a rational soul and are created in God’s image, they have the same nature and origin, and having been redeemed by God, enjoy the same divine calling and destiny, the basic equality of all must receive increasingly greater recognition. DIGNITY We believe that the Christian view of life, including economic life, can transform the lives of individuals, families, schools, and our whole culture. We believe that with reflection, service, and social action, our economy can be shaped well so that human dignity prospers and the human person is served. Work gives us dignity! Those who work have dignity, a special dignity, a personal dignity: men and women who work are dignified. Instead, those who do not work do not have this dignity. But there are many who want to work and cannot. This is a burden on our conscience, because when society is organized in such a way that not everyone has the opportunity to work, to be anointed with the dignity of work, then there is something wrong with that society: it is not right! It goes against God himself, who wanted our dignity, starting from here. There is a growing awareness of the exalted dignity proper to the human person, since he or she stands above all things, and his or her rights and duties are universal and inviolable. Therefore, there must be available to all people everything necessary for leading a life truly human, such as food, clothing, and shelter; the right to choose a state of life freely and to found a family, the right to education, to employment, to a good reputation, to respect, to appropriate information, to activity in accord with the upright norm of one’s own conscience, to protection of privacy and rightful freedom even in matters religious.
Mr. M. Udaia Kumar is the Founder and Managing Director of SHARE Microfin Limited. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and has been trained in development studies at Selly Oak College, University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom and in microfinance from the Economics Institute Boulder, University of Colorado.
Mr. Paul Devapriyam Pulla is the Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, Aradana Broadcasting International Pvt Ltd (ARADANA TV). He is a first generation entrepreneur. He is a strong visionary and an experienced management professional in the fields of International Trade, Marketing, Finance and Construction.
A Management Graduate from Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, Paul was awarded the "Young Manager of the Year" in 1994 by "Hyderabad Management Association" in recognition of his all-round excellence in performance, leadership skills and contribution to the growth of his organisation.
Paul is born and bought-up in Christian faith and always had the driving passion to play a greater role in strengthening the Christian Community. Paul strongly believed Community development is "asset building that improves quality of life".
The Party Logo comprises of a Dark Magenta colour circle, with a "White colour Dove with olive stem in her beak" in the centre. The party initials "ICSP" are inscribed below that.
Dark Magenta colourMagenta represents universal love at its highest level. It promotes compassion, kindness and cooperation and encourages a sense of self respect and contentment in those who use it. Gentle and caring in its approach, it generates acceptance, tolerance, support and patience. DoveDove is a white colored bird and is the most ancient symbol for peace, tranquility, harmony, gentleness and innocence. It can swim, walk on earth like human beings and also fly in the sky. It symbolizes relationship with the sky and the soil. Olive BranchOlive tree is the symbol of peace and peace comes through obedience to the laws. Olive Tree is also the symbol for a "New Beginning".
The Party Flag is rectangular in shape. The ratio of the length to the height (width) of the Flag is 3:2. It is divided into three strips of equal width. The top strip is orange and the bottom strip is green in colour. The middle strip is white in colour with the Party logo in the centre. Orange colour symbolizes courage, confidence and competitive spirit. White colour symbolizes truth, peace, purity, and also the unity and integrity of the citizens despite the diversity of their religion, caste, language and beliefs. Green colour symbolizes the prosperity of the Nation and its relationship with soil.