02 October, 2020

Country For Young Men

Our country can’t have more of the present. AAP may have an answer.

Illustration by Sorit
Country For Young Men
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This general election will be remembered for the return of the BJP, a centre-right political force under the leadership of Hindutva icon Narendra Modi, the decimation of the Congress-led UPA and the rejection of the claims of Rahul Gandhi to be a worthy successor of the Nehru-Gandhi lineage. The Americanisation of the campaign process—its focus on personalities, rather than policies—is another game-changer. Also remembered will be the unusually active media-money nexus. The resilience of regional political parties in eastern India is another feature. But it will also be remembered for the entry of a new all-India party—the Aam Adami Party—with claims of engaging in “alternative politics tow­ards participatory democracy through citizen activism”.

AAP is a party in the making. It aims at ‘swaraj’ through a second freedom movement. It promises to provide constructive and ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions to the twin challenges of communalism and corruption. It doesn't stand for any pre-existing ideological formulas and...

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