Here is an e-mail I have received from Mr. K. Gopal, a former colleague. (To be frank, he did not claim authorship. He has probably received it in what the mainstream media pejoratively likes to call a 'chain-mail'.) I have tweeted the points mentioned in it twice, the whole message in the Twitlonger format a few days ago and as individual tweets yesterday. Mr. Rajendra Shukla, a friend on Twitter, suggested that it is worth sharing with all. I am therefore reproducing it here with slight editing.
Winds of Change....
If you agree with this please pass it on. If you are RIGHT don't GIVE Up...
Please share it with a minimum of twenty people among your contacts and in turn request each of them to do likewise.
In three days, most people in India will have this message.
This is one idea that really should be passed on.
REFORM ACT 2013
NO TENURE / NO PENSION Parliamentarians collect a salary while in office but should not receive any pay when they're out of office.
NO RETIREMENT PLAN Parliamentarians should purchase their own retirement plans, just as all Indians do.
NO RIGHT TO VOTE PAY RAISE Parliamentarians should no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Their pay should be linked to the CPI or 3%, whichever is lower.
NO SPECIAL HEALTHCARE Parliamentarians should lose their current health care system and participate in the same health care system as the Indian people.
NO LEGAL IMMUNITY Parliamentarians MUST also abide by all laws they impose on the Indian people.
ANNUL CONTRACTS All contracts with past and present Parliamentarians should be void effective 1/1/13.
NO DYNASTIC / FAMILIAL SUCCESSION Total ban for five years of any family members of elected members of Parliament / Legislature becoming members of Parliament and state Legislature during and for 3 years after cessation of membership. Any violation will attract penalty of withdrawal of recognition of party / right to stand for election of the individuals!
The Indian people did not make this contract with them. Parliamentarians made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Parliament is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.
If each person who receives this message contacts a minimum of twenty people then it will only take three days for most people in India to receive the message. Don't you think it's time?
If you agree with this, please pass it on.