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If AAP had continued governing Delhi...

If AAP had continued governing Delhi...

The media wittingly or otherwise has been a key player in stymying the AAP. It is not so much the rivals, but the media, mostly the television and from its cues, large sections of the print segment, who got the trophy. The political parties, especially BJP and Congress, can now laugh in their sleeves, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Canvassing votes in Chandigarh, Aam Aadmi Party candidate Gul Panag makes a point. For long, most Indians disillusioned with the system as run by politicians had wanted to ..., 2 days ago

Vote-buying kills democratic contests

Despite a strong anti-corruption mood, where election costs are seen as the driver for graft, politicians don’t change their spots. Unsurprisingly, this trend of unleashing cash can be expected to continue in this Lok Sabha elections too, says Mahesh Vijapurkar Sounds odd, but had it not been for the Reserve Bank of India, the rampant use of black money in elections this season would not have come to light so quickly. Since it pre-2005 Rs 500 currency notes were being withdrawn, ...
 Rediff.com2 weeks ago

Why the media anger at Kejriwal is not justified

But by picking on Kejriwal for his threats, unfortunate as they are, and ignoring the appreciation he gets is missing the woods for the trees. Hopefully, the media would introspect and infuse more vigour, not mere hype, in democratic debates, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. It can be argued that objectivity is impossible in journalism. The choice of the subject, the people a reporter talks to about it for information, their sequencing, and which part of it all is highlighted are all subjective ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

It's no solution to Mumbai's slum problem

The Slum Rehabilitation Authority, an idea born during the saffron regime in 1996 to get rid of Mumbai's slum problem, has been a dud thus far. While the Prithviraj Chavan-led government has extended the cut-off date for slum regularisation to ...
 Indian Express1 month ago Why Mumbai's slum rehab plan does not work  Rediff.com1 month ago

Sena slams doors on Joshi

Mumbai : The long drawn tussle between former chief minister and Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi and Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray has culminated in the former being omitted in the first list of the party's Lok Sabha nominees. In the ...
 The Freepress Journal1 month ago

How Parliament is being sabotaged from within

It is quite likely that the Parliament itself could now attract people’s scorn. That would be terrible, and not the people but the politicians would be responsible, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. When did we last hear a good speech in Parliament, even if not of the same distinguished content and resonance as Jawaharlal Nehru’s Tryst with Destiny speech? Or, when did we hear a speech that stirred the country in the past two decades except perhaps A B Vajpayee’s when he quit after 13 ...
 Rediff.com1 month ago

Lack of patience may wreck AAP's Lok Sabha dream

Perhaps Arvind Kejriwal got it right when he described the party as Shivji ki baraat. In other words, without the pejorative sense associated with it, a ragtag. New, and new to the business of government, it is faltering, notes Mahesh Vijapurkar. We don’t know the Aam Aadmi Party’s fate yet. Notwithstanding the extreme viewpoints aired for or against it on the social media, pumped up by its rivals, several possibilities exist. It could, and this I admit is a bit far-fetched, sweep ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

Image crisis hits AAP too early in life

A party of newbies which  had anger as fuel and hope in its own capability to work wonders suddenly finds itself not only in government but put on fast forward by everyone. These are heavy burdens for a fledgeling party, to perform under a microscope. Transparency is what they promised, and they are in a glass house now, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. Yogendra Yadav has been speaking of four television cameras that followed Somnath Bharati that infamous night when he was raiding the African ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago

Untoward leaders, but the AAP is on course

Dismissing Kejriwal as an anarchist and trying to corner him on that score is unfair because the AAP is unlike any other party we have so far seen. It takes its strength directly from the people not just by way of votes but being participatory in its decisions, says Mahesh Vijapurkar. When a crowd, however well-meaning, becomes a party, there are bound to be wrinkles, or even problems. The Aam Aadmi Party is encountering that in an in-your-face manner, two of them being Somnath Bharati and ...
 Rediff.com2 months ago
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