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Rumble, Tumble, Mumble…

Just one year after it folded its government after a mere 49 days at the helm of the city-state of Delhi, the upstart Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stormed to victory in fresh state elections, capturing a historic 67 of 70 seats on offer. The victory is a blow to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and represents another nail in the coffin of the once dominant Indian National Congress.

Read Here – Foreign Affairs

Right Instinct; Uncertain Times

Rahul Gandhi’s instinct is right: Without long-term reforms that rally Congress around something other than the figure of himself or his mother, Sonia Gandhi, the party is doomed. If he can’t somehow translate that mystique into victories now, though, there will be little left for him to reform.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Reinventing Politics In India

Indian democracy took a turn toward ancient Athens this week after the Aam Aadmi Party (“Common Man’s Party”) went to the people a second time in an attempt to resolve a political dilemma.

Read Here – Bloomberg

The Indian Volcano

Multiple Indias have always existed in Gandhi’s land of 700,000 villages, but never perhaps in such proximity or with such access to one another, a rising class of conspicuous consumers hoisted through a decade of now faltering growth hard by villages where unemployed men dim boredom with alcohol.

Read Here – New York Times

The Left is Bereft

The latest cover of the Economist, the weekly news magazine that likes to call itself a newspaper, featured inequality, which it believes is the new big problem facing the world at large. Belatedly, the world is finally beginning to acknowledge an endemic problem, which is so anecdotally visible in the new India defined by glitzy malls and ostentatious consumption and yet rarely debated. The unbridled rise of corruption, its ceaseless expose and the inability of the system to expedite prosecution of the accused only reinforces the perception divide between the haves and have-nots, writes Anil Padmanabhan

Read Here – Mint

Old Wine in India’s New Antigraft Bottle

In terms of symbolism, Arvind Kejriwal could scarcely have chosen a better date to found a new political party dedicated to ending corruption in India. On Oct. 2, the birthday of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the 44-year-old activist announced to a gaggle of followers and a battery of cameras, “We declare that from today this country’s public is jumping into electoral politics. Corruptors, you start counting your days!”

The as-yet unnamed party marks a milestone in the evolution of India‘s recent antigraft movement. These activists burst into national and international consciousness 14 months ago when the movement’s iconic leader Anna Hazare went on a hunger strike to force the government to create a powerful new anti-corruption ombudsman.

Read Here – Wall Street Journal

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