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The Arrogant Aadmi Party

Politics is transient in nature. What goes up in politics also comes down. The Congress party, has received a scathing defeat in 4 out of 5 states in the recently held assembly elections, one force which has emerged in these elections and is the current darling of the media is the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
There is no doubt that AAP germinated from the ‘Anna-Hazare Movement’ and most of its identity is based on the Lokpal Bill issue. Taking a cue from India’s political history, an interesting analogy can be built. In the 90’s the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) came up to forefront of Indian politics on a polarizing issue- The Ram Janmabhoomi Aandolan. It is safe to say that for the AAP, Lokpal Bill issue represents the same. 
Let us consider the reactions of Arvind Kejriwal to the current political discourse. AAP has won a good number of seats in the Delhi Elections- 28 of them; they have come second in atleast 20 constituencies. Certainly editorials are being written on them in newspapers,…

A Liberal India

Since the time I start understanding India's Politics ( At the age of 14-15 years) I have always formed my opinion on facts. Facts alone. All my writings on blogs and otherwise,even facebook posts and "status updates" based on India's socio-political fabric are facts.

Facts are Res ipsa loquitur for me, they always do the talking. So whatever I am writing here in the next few paragraphs would also be build on facts, nothing else.

Indian Politics is going through a very challenging time. On one hand there is an almost "discredited"Government in the eyes of the media, "counting its days" mired in Realities of Economics, Realities of Coalition Politics, Realities of an Obstructionist Opposition (to say the least), Realities of Anti-Incumbency. and so on. Neverthless, the Government at the centre is Liberal, Democratic and Secular

Yes these 3 terms - Liberal, Democratic and Secular are the soul of India.

In school, I was extremely attracted to these …

Why I Will Attend this year's Republic Day Celebrations

"We the People of India... " reads our Preamble to the Constitution. Yes "Republic". Republic is the phrase, we need to emphasize here.

A 23 year old girl, a medical student was heinously gang raped in posh South Delhi. There is genuine outrage about it. Our Politico-Social fabric is questioning itself. People were on streets, authorities have taken certain steps. Some steps, yet we all know a lot needs to be done about the 'Safety of Women'. I am royally ignoring all those misogynists statements made by politicos of various hues and colours, because that will deviate the real issue.   There have been a demand, especially in the young people I interact with - and that demand is to boycott Republic Day ! They feel that if the Republic of India has not given us what it stands for - Security, Development, Peace and Prosperity - then why should we indulge in Republic Day Celebrations at all!

I strongly disagree. I will not only disagree with them, but also as a…

When the Head is Held High

“Power (in India) will go in the hands of rascals, rogues and free booters. Not a bottle of water or a loaf of bread shall escape taxation; only the air will be free. All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight among themselves for power, and India will be lost in political squabbles”
-Winston Churchill just before India's Independence.
In retrospect Churchill was a great statesman, but the worst prophet.
When the British Left India , our forex reserves were $2,161 million, Now they are$ 296,540 million.
 In 1950-51 India’s per capita income was Rs 271.60, today it is Rs 67045
Certainly, the Indian National Congress which has ruled India for over 52 years (now) out of 65 years since independence has to be given the credit for this massive turnaround.  Of Course, if it takes credit for the Economic Change, then it should also take ownership for all the failures in our socio-politico-economic conditions…