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Aam Aadmi Party and the demise of hope

Aam Aadmi Party and the demise of hope

Aam Aadmi Party was born of hope. The Lokpal movement of 2011, led by Anna Hazare, was a watershed event in India’s recent history. A diminutive mild mannered 70 something former soldier and social worker, Anna caught the nation’s imagination and inspired following like only Mahatma Gandhi had before him. It was half-way into the second tenure of UPA government, and each new day brought with it news of another scam, each bigger than … Read entire article »

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Danda Democracy

Danda Democracy

I always regret not having studied Political Science, having been schooled in a day and age when it was sacrilege to even think of anything except PCM (Physics Chemistry Math) if you were a boy and PCB (Physics Chemistry Biology) if you were a girl. So my knowledge of what comprises a Democracy is very basic, gleaned from the little Civics studied up to tenth grade. Subsequent attempts to expand that knowledge by reading Fukuyama … Read entire article »

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A Modi voter replies

A Modi voter replies

Dear Aakar Patel, I am a Modi voter, and I will try and answer some of the questions you put to me yesterday (A few questions for the Modi voter). First a little bit about myself, just to clear your apparent misconceptions about who I am. I am one of the 167.5 million Indians who voted for BJP / NDA, primarily to see Modi become the prime minister. Contrary to what you seem to believe, I am … Read entire article »

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Aam Aadmi ko gussa kyon aata hai?

Amidst our obsession with the gladiatorial standoff between the prime-ministerial hopefuls of the two leading political parties in India, the events in Bulgaria last month went largely unnoticed in the country. They did not even catch the fancy of the more eclectic twitterati, let alone mainstream media. That’s quite a pity, because they could serve as food for thought for the political class in India, on either side of the political divide.  That is, if their thoughts ever feel hunger pangs. The people of Bulgaria, fed up of a weak, corrupt and apathetic government, took to the streets to demand the Prime Minister’s resignation.  Seven weeks of continuous protests failed to move the government, the PM refusing to resign. Frustrated and exasperated, thousands of protestors surrounded the parliament, with a sizeable … Read entire article »

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Swordtoons – Incurable Disease – and more

Filed under: National Issues, Politics

Mango Shakes Politics

Mango Shakes Politics

The turnout at the rally to launch Aam Aadmi Party at Jantarmantar, held on the 63rd anniversary of the adoption of our constitution, was an indicator of popular sentiment prevailing in the country. That it happened on a day when the major political parties were busy imparting spin to stories justifying corrupt acts by their leaders and minor parties busier making a nuisance of themselves in parliament and state assemblies only underscored the need for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Aam Aadmi, Agitation, Common man, Corruption, Democracy, Elections

Shortage of Officers – a Simple Solution

Image via Wikipedia The shortage of officers is  a live problem  the army is facing today. Unfortunately, the realization has not dawned on many people that this is not merely the army’s problem, but the concern of the nation. Army is after all, a national asset, and any degradation in its efficiency is detrimental to national security and national interest. The efforts to overcome this problem therefore needs to be made at a national level. While articles on the subject continue to appear with regularity in national media and websites, practical solutions are hard to come by. This article on Meri News, for instance, even suggests better looking spouses for army officers, improving their social standing. One wonders the efficacy of such moves, but it is heartening to note that thought is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Military, Reforms, Shortage of officers