Archive for the ‘India’ Category


Can India’s youth change the course of its political history?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 No Comments
It was painful yet poignant to see Mr. Jaswant Singh of the BJP burst into tears and fight back against the party that he has served for the better part of his political innings. On the one hand, it was clear that the new leadership of the BJP under Mr. Modi was “cleaning house,” slowly phasing out people they didn’t care for. It’s a sign that the new team lead by Modi is not averse to playing tough and decisive ...

Helicopter netas in the age of retail politics

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 No Comments
In the early 1990s when Bill Clinton was campaigning for the US Presidency he permanently transformed the way Americans (and to a large extent the world) looked at Presidential campaigns. Hailing from a relatively small southern state, Bill Clinton turned on his rustic charm and reached out to people at coffee shops, fast food joints, restaurants, parks, malls you name it. He was indulging in “retail politics” like no politician had managed to do before. A product of a small ...

Only in AAP’s India: The story of Maya Vishwakarma

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 No Comments
It was January 2014 and Maya Vishwakarma had just quit the cosy comfort of her job in California to pursue her idealitic dream of cleansing her motherland of corruption and nepotism. Riding on a high wave of optimism following the unprecedented success of the Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi elections, and inspired by the noble vision of its leader Arvind Kejriwal, this young woman landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport airborne on the wings of hope. As Maya passed through ...

Delhi Government Resignation Re-visited

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 No Comments
Is the middle class starting to have second thoughts about the Aam Aadmi Party? A key issue that seems to be bothering their minds is the recent resignation of the Kejriwal government in Delhi. There are some who say, “You had an opportunity to govern but you threw it all away because you were too ambitious and wanted to grow bigger, faster - let the BJP govern in 2014 and we’ll vote for you in 2019.” A simple thought comes ...

The Misled, Misinformed Middle class

Saturday, March 15th, 2014 No Comments
The middle class which heavily backed the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) during the Delhi elections appears to be having some second thoughts for a whole host of reasons. Let me address two of these pet peeves in this piece: We don’t like the subsidies for power and electricity, AAP is the B-team of the Congress and is being used by them to stop the Modi juggernaut. I’ll start with the last one first, as it’s the easiest and the more ridiculous ...

Bijlee, paani awareness

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 No Comments
I met up with a handful of friends at a social gathering recently. Most of them were IIT-ians and invariably the topic of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and of Arvind Kejriwal came up. It was only a matter of time before one of them brought up the issue of water subsidies introduced by the AAP while in power in Delhi. He was referring to an observation made by a columnist that the 700 L of free water was a ...

Our media must strive to get to the facts

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 No Comments
As India evolves and communication technologies improve by the day, the role of the media in India’s future is becoming increasingly critical. The tendency to report based on unverified information is fast becoming the norm, as you will see in the case of the various articles referenced here. Take the example of this news report on Kumar Vishwas’ rally in Amethi. It clearly says that the event was a success despite some hiccups. Now, take a look at this report that deems it a flop! ...

Adapting to change as AAP continues to re-define Indian politics

Monday, January 13th, 2014 No Comments
There is always a lot of talk about how technology is evolving in the world we live in- how new technologies are emerging while old ones fall out of favor. If you want to see how technology is changing the world, just look at how kids and the younger generation use it. For instance, they collaborate on Google docs, they stay in touch via text and Instant Messaging, they take pictures and share them instantaneously via Facebook and Snapchat, they ...

It’s the message, not the messenger, for Lok Sabha 2014

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 No Comments
Our media has been going gaga over the last several months positioning the upcoming Lok Sabha election as some kind of “beauty contest” between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi. With the Congress party receiving a drubbing in the recent assembly polls, Rahul Gandhi’s leadership is being questioned by one and all. Meanwhile, the AAP after its electoral success in Delhi, has now captured the imagination of the media. Slowly but surely, the media appears to be re-positioning its discussions now ...

Outfoxing the foxes at their own game

Thursday, December 26th, 2013 No Comments
After the Delhi elections, the BJP with 32 seats was clearly within striking distance of forming a government. The Congress party, with 8 seats, was completely battered and in no position to stake a claim. The AAP stood at second place with 28 seats. No sooner had the results been announced, the two major parties began their political posturing while the AAP stuck to its pre-election stand of, “We will neither take nor give support to either the Congress or ...