A New Policy Formulation Think-Tank for Expat-Nationals I have been thinking on the lines of a new think-tank, to tap into the potential of some expatriate-nationals out there. It will be an open-source organization submitting papers to the Government of India on a whole range of policy-fronts. I think DFI should take the initiative in this direction. And I want your thoughts on its feasibility. * The organization will be open-sourced, purely voluntary and comprised of Indian nationals residing abroad. * The organization will initially be lose. After a core membership or critical mass is attained, members will be verified for access and further new members will be issued a unique pin / ID by the Government of India, after confirmation of their residence and nationality. We will need to work with the Government of India for this. * The purpose of the organization, will be to bring western expertise, gained abroad to the Indian policy environment. * The organization will primarily be web-based and can operate out of one of the offices of our members in the United States. In time, given funds and the availability of manpower, personnel and favourable responses, we can take it to a whole new level. * The organization will initially comprise of a series of editors, who will take responsibility for formulating ideas and opinions into policy papers. I have experience in penning policy papers, and I volunteer to become the first founding editor. * The organization will be divided into several departments: i) economic, military, intra-party political, domestic n'tnl security, international institutional diplomacy, etc.; ii) based on availability of personnel with technical expertise in these fields; and iii) subject to their willingness to pen, and work with others in penning, ideas, opinions and policy-alternatives in a coherent fashion. * Members will work together with others with technical knowledge in their fields. The technical knowledge of field will correspond to their profession of choice, usually their careers. Or any other field, they feel they have a sufficiently demonstrable interest or expertise in. * Members of each department will work on one, or several, policy issues together depending on who wants to work on which. These will, then, be submitted to editors who will work in tandem to produce a policy alternative, that is coherent and readable by bureaucrats. * The policy papers will be presented to the government on an ut exigo <as completed> basis. There will be no pressure on members to complete papers or coherent drafts on time or in particular time frames, but they will be encouraged to do so. * The idea is an open-policy formulation to add nuance to the Government of India, and its policy formulation. The idea initially enveloped as one for expat-nationals, based on the fact that they have an education not usually attained in India, but will be extended to those resident in India as well, based on response. * There is no commitment. And once we have critical mass, members can freely move in and out of departments. I urge you all, to take this opportunity to do something for your nation. And to contribute to it, in your own small way. So, what do you think?