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

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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