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  • Razi Raziuddin
    Note: Please read a very interesting article on AAP--it invokes you for thinking and re-thinking..the article is below my long letter....Razi ASAK all, Missing
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      Note: Please read a very interesting article on AAP--it invokes you for thinking and re-thinking..the article is below my long letter....Razi

      ASAK all,

      Missing the Aurat in AAP. And I will add TWO other important missing(s)  - the missing Muslims in AAP , and the missing Vision/policy in AAP. One thing that we know which is not missing is --corruption ,as their agenda.

      This below article ,thoughtfully, addresses precisely that --whether rooting out corruption alone will change the course of Indians for a better tomorrow? May be it will, but for whom? I guess for those who "have things, the possessors, the earners, the job-givers and job-takers, etc etc".

      But what for those -who do not have much --neither income, nor education, nor jobs, nor protection, coverage, guarantees of any kind?
      How a corruption-free India ((--where corruption is mainly defined and understood as ; not doing the designated jobs properly and also taking bribes to do a job improperly)) --will help the "marginalized" communities like Muslims, poor and less educated ones?

      While rooting out corruption is extremely important, equally or even more important is --a clear Vision ( and Mission) of where this AAP wants to take the citizens of India ?  In other words --how all citizens, and in particular who are more vulnerable and meek and weak, would get benefited or taken care of?

      A clear Vision and a goal-post must be defined by the AAP in terms of jobs, security, safe-guarding interests of minorities, education, providence for societal uplift, women's interests, etc,

      One also must remain conscious of the fact that other parties too have their dream agendas posted. The difference should not only be in the Agenda but also how it will be carried out and what will happen if the Agenda is not implemented -accountability --whether they will behave differently -resign, go back to people to reconsideration (referendum vote?), etc etc.

      North Indian Muslims (in particular the UP-Bihar belt Aligs) seem to have found a sort of "maseeha" in the emergence of AAP ---although AAP has not uttered a single word about "protecting or promoting or safeguarding of Muslims' interests".

      Their only war-cry is rooting out corruption so that the common man can live peacefully, pay their bills properly --all Indian ,including Muslim Indians benefit from this. But only those Indians who "have" benefit from this crusade. Those who "do not have", they don't.

      And it is this important missing"no Agenda, no Vision, no Mission" for "what about them who do not have much, and who look for help" , which is scary and which needs to be told --not only in words but through acts/actions. Words have been uttered by many, acti9ons have been missing so far.

      AAP did take a good start, but soon started showing a disturbing trend, and which made most Indians very uncomfortable. It is clearly their acts (and not Congress or BJP propaganda), and those acts are not any good omen for any good governance or any stable long lasting mission.

      I too am all for it, but only after we are told what more it stands for besides rooting out corruption?

      Thanks and regards.

      wa-ssalam,

      Razi


      Missing the aurat in AAP

      Jan 15, 2014

      All the convent educated members of the AAP talk like Hindiwallahs in globalised India. Its Gandhi topi flaunts letters in Hindi. For this aspect alone it is not likely to find acceptability in south India.

      It is nice to see men who would normally not like to be seen wielding jhadoos at home brandishing brooms in public like trophies. The aam aurats of India must be feeling good that, at least, some middle class aadmis have snatched their jhadoos, if not to sweep their homes then at least to sweep away old, fogy parties and politicians.
      The emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party, as the second best performer in Delhi Assembly elections, has created euphoria about political change in several parts of the country. So the question is whether the AAP experiment would get replicated across India with the middle- class youth and so called conscientious people supporting it to displace all other parties? It is often said that the AAP has set aside all divisive politics — caste, gender, communal, regional — and a change of radical nature has ushered in. I would say, not yet, not in its current avatar.
      Let me cite two historic examples of success and failure of earlier such experiments. The first is the Paris Commune experiment of 1871. An organised working class group took over political power in Paris with the support of the middle and working classes. It tried out the first-ever socialistic distributive administration in the world. It was a short-lived experiment yet it taught the world how class politics could be organised. It threw up the first women’s liberation ideology because it was totally pro-women. It restructured the taxation system. That became a model for later communist parties of the world. It, thus, was a short-lived success.
      The second comparison could be with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) coming to power in West Bengal in 1977 on the main plank of land distribution. It believed in non-casteist class transformation and distributed land under Operation Barga. It did not recognise the social justice principle, never acknowledged the caste background of leaders and cadres. That resulted in only the Brahminic bhadralok ruling the state for 35 years. The CPI(M) rule is also known as corruption free, but the wealth remained only in the hands of bhadralok. The life of the working class, slum dwellers and Muslims in Bengal, including Kolkata, is worse than any of those living in southern Indian states where social justice through reservation has improved the lot of all sections. The CPI(M) experiment was a long lived failure.
      Now let’s look at the AAP. The AAP is categorically a male-centred party and, so far, this aspect has not been criticised by women activists, within or outside the party. The very name of the party suggests that the women’s movement that challenged the man-woman equation has been set aside, and this fact is reinforced by the fact that the forces around it haven’t yet uttered a word about the long pending Women’s Reservation Bill. Their agenda was and remains the Lokpal Bill. The women of this country need to think about its name, form and non-ideological rhetoric of settling women’s issues.
      But if the rhetoric of anti-corruption is a revolution, then the concept of revolution itself should be removed from the dictionary of political science.
      The AAP is a party built on Hindi chauvinism. And this was obvious in its janambhoomi — the Jantar Mantar — where Anna Hazare unknowingly fostered its birth to chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Those days, recorded for posterity, smacked of neo-fascism, as does their favourite slogan. All the convent educated members of the party, including founder Arvind Kejriwal, talk like Hindiwallahs in globalised India. The AAP’s Gandhi topi flaunts letters in Hindi, not English. For this aspect alone it is not likely to find acceptability in south India.
      The AAP leadership comes from the middle- class intelligentsia with an agenda of moral politics. The main anchor of that political morality is corruption. But elimination of corruption is not an ideology in itself, like abolition of class or annihilation of caste. Corruption has been a cultural practice of the Indian castocracy for centuries. The roots of corruption are not in political system; they are in Indian social system. The AAP has no programme to change the social system at all.
      Unlike many European and American countries, India adopted a political democracy over the social system of castocracy, which sustains the caste centred corruption in the society. Despite a constitutional democratic system in place, some castes never do productive work but acquire the maximum wealth. A vast number of lower castes carry out tedious tasks related to production and the returns they accrue is hardly enough for survival. The super rich in India hail from the same unproductive castes and the poorest from the lowest castes. Caste divide and class exploitation make the lives of people more miserable. The entire life of the rich depends on the historically evolved mechanism of corruption. Yet the AAP wants to treat corruption as an independent variable, a thought process that cannot sustain a political party. Nowhere in the world a political party could survive for long, working around only issue of corruption.
      The AAP’s key leaders, who hail from the same upper caste-middle class, do not want to treat corruption as a historically evolved cultural and social practice. They want to treat corruption as an accidental residue of immoral rulers of other parties.
      It, at least, does not have school educational reform that can change the very base of the society in their agenda. Even in this realm they are not clear whether like the children of AAP leaders all other slum children have a right to English medium education or not. Can they tell the nation that the Delhi school education would be uniform and bilingual in public and private schools? So long it does not touch any basic issues it cannot go anywhere near the short- lived Paris Commune experiment either.
      The writer is director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

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      Those who are thing AAP is a

      Jitendra suna

      20 Jan 2014 - 15:29

      Those who are thing AAP is a 'AVATAR' of change the all existing system, they are in a illusion. In our history when the neo-imperialism,liberalism failed in India which was a savior of poor according to our Brahminical ruling class, same type of movement emmerged from within Brahminical ruling class which we all know that is JP movement and it was came with the NARA(slogan) of "TOTAL REVOLUTION" . We all know the result from that, and AAP is the same phenomena which is emerged out of crisis of ruling class as well its economy.

      Corruption is only a

      Sukumaran C. V.

      18 Jan 2014 - 15:25

      Corruption is only a symptom
      The critique of AAP’s lack of an ideology has so far come from the right and the left and the centre of the right political parties and the so called intellectuals affiliated to those parties. And their criticism smacks of the ire on the AAP’s phenomenal success which thwarted the calculations of the corporate servile BJP, Congress and the conventional Left parties.
      Kancha Ilaiah’s brilliant analysis shows that AAP can usher in no farfetched and comprehensive social changes by concentrating only on corruption. Corruption is not the disease; it is only one of the many symptoms of a vicious system. AAP should formulate an ideology which should have neither right nor (the conventional) left orientation, but gender-sensitive, environment-friendly, pro-poor anti-corporate and anti-caste (and even anti-religious). Without such an ideological framework, the grand success of the new outfit will end as an ephemeral phenomenon.
      The dire need of the time is a progressive ideology which is against the so called progress and development of the nation at the cost of its environment, the poor, the farmers and the females.

      The critique of AAP’s lack of

      Sukumaran C. V.

      18 Jan 2014 - 15:19

      The critique of AAP’s lack of an ideology has so far come from the right and the left and the centre of the right political parties and the so called intellectuals affiliated to those parties. And their criticism smacks of the ire on the AAP’s phenomenal success which thwarted the calculations of the corporate servile BJP, Congress and the conventional Left parties.
      Kancha Ilaiah’s brilliant analysis shows that AAP can usher in no farfetched and comprehensive social changes by concentrating only on corruption. Corruption is not the disease; it is only one of the many symptoms of a vicious. AAP should formulate an ideology which should have neither right nor (the conventional) left orientation, but gender-sensitive, environment-friendly, pro-poor anti-corporate and anti-caste (and even anti-religious). Without such an ideological framework, the grand success of the new outfit will end as an ephemeral phenomenon.
      The dire need of the time is a progressive ideology which is against the so called progress and development of the nation at the cost of its environment, the poor, the farmers and the females.

      Very well written article by

      Shweta

      18 Jan 2014 - 03:28

      Very well written article by Mr. Kancha Ilaiah. The part about not touching the basic issues and not considering the historical and social context of corruption is an aspect that most of the people are ignoring.
      I do not doubt the intentions of Mr. Kejriwal. But if he really wants his "movement" for social and political change to be what he intends it to be, he must aim to work on the social fabric of the society first, before he starts polishing the surface. He needs to study the historical context of the very problems he wants to uproot from the system.

      The question of woman in

      kameswara rao

      17 Jan 2014 - 12:49

      The question of woman in party name is missing is correct.. I have asked Yogendra yadav in one meeting at Secunderbad., the question about party name. But he also felt, some thing is missing, in his explanation. But registration is over. Again AAP committee has to sit and think about the name.
      Yes many upper caste people are corrupt Their money is in Swiss banks, Venkateswara Swamy , Padmanabha, mantralya temples. That should be brought from Swiss bank and should be used for education, health, housing, development of industries. And further the wealth in temples should also be used for education, health, housing. then there is no need of going to loans for World bank. Our India can give loan to other countries. for their development. .
      However AAP contribution to stop distribution of money liquor is to be appreciable. Previously, communist parties,BSP have done. But they are not working seriously, to stop for distribution of money and liquor. .AAP has done in Delhi.
      The parties and so called leaders who distribute money and liquor to the people for votes are anti people, anti democracy, anti Constitution. And hence they are anti nationals. AAP tried to stop these parties. We have to welcome AAP.

      AAP is preplanned to maintain

      vishalvhande

      16 Jan 2014 - 23:39

      AAP is preplanned to maintain power within ruling class people beacause
      #congress and BJP has looses its credibility
      #Give room to people's intense dissatisfaction
      #Prevent to get power into hand of SP, BSP, DMK if they unite

      Argument that castocracy is

      Rajeev Nidumolu

      16 Jan 2014 - 03:59

      Argument that castocracy is responsible for corruption in India is not valid . Are the Dalit bureaucrats and politicians less corrupt? Famous example is that of Babu Jagjivan Ram who was in Nehru's cabinet who "forgot "to pay taxes for many years

      It is a way to show the power

      Sajeev

      24 Jan 2014 - 14:51

      It is a way to show the power that they can also do corruption to get equal with Upper class ....
      It is a kind of psychology one should understand with Indian context.....

      First remove misconception

      vishalvhande

      16 Jan 2014 - 23:22

      First remove misconception mind that Babu Jagjiwanram was leader of oppressd.

      Argument that castocracy is

      Rajeev Nidumolu

      16 Jan 2014 - 03:59

      Argument that castocracy is responsible for corruption in India is not valid . Are the Dalit bureaucrats and politicians less corrupt? Famous example is that of Babu Jagjivan Ram who was in Nehru's cabinet who "forgot "to pay taxes for many years

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    • Ghulam Muhammed
      @Razi Raziuddin Big corruption like 3G manipulations, Kalmadi s sport bonanza, coal block loot, mean big amounts that is public money. Similarly thousands of
      Message 2 of 4 , Feb 3, 2014
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        @Razi Raziuddin

        Big corruption like 3G manipulations, Kalmadi's sport bonanza, coal block loot, mean big amounts that is public money. Similarly thousands of crores written off by Nationalised Banks that had loaned to big businesses and corporates, are part of national wealth. However, mean the share that comes to  or should come to the 'have-nots', it is in the interest of everyone, be that haves or have not to see the nation not going to dogs with this kind of impunity available to people in power. If you are opposing AAP on its corruption agenda, you certainly lack any vision, how national causes are linked to the complete eradication of corruption and the corrupt.

        As for other measures that have to be looked up by any responsible administration, it is too early to set the train of demands roaring down the rails, when the rails are not yet in place for the journey.

        Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai
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        On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 9:03 PM, Razi Raziuddin <razi24@...> wrote:
         

        Note: Please read a very interesting article on AAP--it invokes you for thinking and re-thinking..the article is below my long letter....Razi

        ASAK all,

        Missing the Aurat in AAP. And I will add TWO other important missing(s)  - the missing Muslims in AAP , and the missing Vision/policy in AAP. One thing that we know which is not missing is --corruption ,as their agenda.

        This below article ,thoughtfully, addresses precisely that --whether rooting out corruption alone will change the course of Indians for a better tomorrow? May be it will, but for whom? I guess for those who "have things, the possessors, the earners, the job-givers and job-takers, etc etc".

        But what for those -who do not have much --neither income, nor education, nor jobs, nor protection, coverage, guarantees of any kind?
        How a corruption-free India ((--where corruption is mainly defined and understood as ; not doing the designated jobs properly and also taking bribes to do a job improperly)) --will help the "marginalized" communities like Muslims, poor and less educated ones?

        While rooting out corruption is extremely important, equally or even more important is --a clear Vision ( and Mission) of where this AAP wants to take the citizens of India ?  In other words --how all citizens, and in particular who are more vulnerable and meek and weak, would get benefited or taken care of?

        A clear Vision and a goal-post must be defined by the AAP in terms of jobs, security, safe-guarding interests of minorities, education, providence for societal uplift, women's interests, etc,

        One also must remain conscious of the fact that other parties too have their dream agendas posted. The difference should not only be in the Agenda but also how it will be carried out and what will happen if the Agenda is not implemented -accountability --whether they will behave differently -resign, go back to people to reconsideration (referendum vote?), etc etc.

        North Indian Muslims (in particular the UP-Bihar belt Aligs) seem to have found a sort of "maseeha" in the emergence of AAP ---although AAP has not uttered a single word about "protecting or promoting or safeguarding of Muslims' interests".

        Their only war-cry is rooting out corruption so that the common man can live peacefully, pay their bills properly --all Indian ,including Muslim Indians benefit from this. But only those Indians who "have" benefit from this crusade. Those who "do not have", they don't.

        And it is this important missing"no Agenda, no Vision, no Mission" for "what about them who do not have much, and who look for help" , which is scary and which needs to be told --not only in words but through acts/actions. Words have been uttered by many, acti9ons have been missing so far.

        AAP did take a good start, but soon started showing a disturbing trend, and which made most Indians very uncomfortable. It is clearly their acts (and not Congress or BJP propaganda), and those acts are not any good omen for any good governance or any stable long lasting mission.

        I too am all for it, but only after we are told what more it stands for besides rooting out corruption?

        Thanks and regards.

        wa-ssalam,

        Razi

        1:26 PM, Friday Jan 24, 2014

        Missing the aurat in AAP

        Jan 15, 2014
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        All the convent educated members of the AAP talk like Hindiwallahs in globalised India. Its Gandhi topi flaunts letters in Hindi. For this aspect alone it is not likely to find acceptability in south India.

        It is nice to see men who would normally not like to be seen wielding jhadoos at home brandishing brooms in public like trophies. The aam aurats of India must be feeling good that, at least, some middle class aadmis have snatched their jhadoos, if not to sweep their homes then at least to sweep away old, fogy parties and politicians.
        The emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party, as the second best performer in Delhi Assembly elections, has created euphoria about political change in several parts of the country. So the question is whether the AAP experiment would get replicated across India with the middle- class youth and so called conscientious people supporting it to displace all other parties? It is often said that the AAP has set aside all divisive politics — caste, gender, communal, regional — and a change of radical nature has ushered in. I would say, not yet, not in its current avatar.
        Let me cite two historic examples of success and failure of earlier such experiments. The first is the Paris Commune experiment of 1871. An organised working class group took over political power in Paris with the support of the middle and working classes. It tried out the first-ever socialistic distributive administration in the world. It was a short-lived experiment yet it taught the world how class politics could be organised. It threw up the first women’s liberation ideology because it was totally pro-women. It restructured the taxation system. That became a model for later communist parties of the world. It, thus, was a short-lived success.
        The second comparison could be with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) coming to power in West Bengal in 1977 on the main plank of land distribution. It believed in non-casteist class transformation and distributed land under Operation Barga. It did not recognise the social justice principle, never acknowledged the caste background of leaders and cadres. That resulted in only the Brahminic bhadralok ruling the state for 35 years. The CPI(M) rule is also known as corruption free, but the wealth remained only in the hands of bhadralok. The life of the working class, slum dwellers and Muslims in Bengal, including Kolkata, is worse than any of those living in southern Indian states where social justice through reservation has improved the lot of all sections. The CPI(M) experiment was a long lived failure.
        Now let’s look at the AAP. The AAP is categorically a male-centred party and, so far, this aspect has not been criticised by women activists, within or outside the party. The very name of the party suggests that the women’s movement that challenged the man-woman equation has been set aside, and this fact is reinforced by the fact that the forces around it haven’t yet uttered a word about the long pending Women’s Reservation Bill. Their agenda was and remains the Lokpal Bill. The women of this country need to think about its name, form and non-ideological rhetoric of settling women’s issues.
        But if the rhetoric of anti-corruption is a revolution, then the concept of revolution itself should be removed from the dictionary of political science.
        The AAP is a party built on Hindi chauvinism. And this was obvious in its janambhoomi — the Jantar Mantar — where Anna Hazare unknowingly fostered its birth to chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Those days, recorded for posterity, smacked of neo-fascism, as does their favourite slogan. All the convent educated members of the party, including founder Arvind Kejriwal, talk like Hindiwallahs in globalised India. The AAP’s Gandhi topi flaunts letters in Hindi, not English. For this aspect alone it is not likely to find acceptability in south India.
        The AAP leadership comes from the middle- class intelligentsia with an agenda of moral politics. The main anchor of that political morality is corruption. But elimination of corruption is not an ideology in itself, like abolition of class or annihilation of caste. Corruption has been a cultural practice of the Indian castocracy for centuries. The roots of corruption are not in political system; they are in Indian social system. The AAP has no programme to change the social system at all.
        Unlike many European and American countries, India adopted a political democracy over the social system of castocracy, which sustains the caste centred corruption in the society. Despite a constitutional democratic system in place, some castes never do productive work but acquire the maximum wealth. A vast number of lower castes carry out tedious tasks related to production and the returns they accrue is hardly enough for survival. The super rich in India hail from the same unproductive castes and the poorest from the lowest castes. Caste divide and class exploitation make the lives of people more miserable. The entire life of the rich depends on the historically evolved mechanism of corruption. Yet the AAP wants to treat corruption as an independent variable, a thought process that cannot sustain a political party. Nowhere in the world a political party could survive for long, working around only issue of corruption.
        The AAP’s key leaders, who hail from the same upper caste-middle class, do not want to treat corruption as a historically evolved cultural and social practice. They want to treat corruption as an accidental residue of immoral rulers of other parties.
        It, at least, does not have school educational reform that can change the very base of the society in their agenda. Even in this realm they are not clear whether like the children of AAP leaders all other slum children have a right to English medium education or not. Can they tell the nation that the Delhi school education would be uniform and bilingual in public and private schools? So long it does not touch any basic issues it cannot go anywhere near the short- lived Paris Commune experiment either.
        The writer is director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

        Comments

        Those who are thing AAP is a

        Jitendra suna

        20 Jan 2014 - 15:29

        Those who are thing AAP is a 'AVATAR' of change the all existing system, they are in a illusion. In our history when the neo-imperialism,liberalism failed in India which was a savior of poor according to our Brahminical ruling class, same type of movement emmerged from within Brahminical ruling class which we all know that is JP movement and it was came with the NARA(slogan) of "TOTAL REVOLUTION" . We all know the result from that, and AAP is the same phenomena which is emerged out of crisis of ruling class as well its economy.

        Corruption is only a

        Sukumaran C. V.

        18 Jan 2014 - 15:25

        Corruption is only a symptom
        The critique of AAP’s lack of an ideology has so far come from the right and the left and the centre of the right political parties and the so called intellectuals affiliated to those parties. And their criticism smacks of the ire on the AAP’s phenomenal success which thwarted the calculations of the corporate servile BJP, Congress and the conventional Left parties.
        Kancha Ilaiah’s brilliant analysis shows that AAP can usher in no farfetched and comprehensive social changes by concentrating only on corruption. Corruption is not the disease; it is only one of the many symptoms of a vicious system. AAP should formulate an ideology which should have neither right nor (the conventional) left orientation, but gender-sensitive, environment-friendly, pro-poor anti-corporate and anti-caste (and even anti-religious). Without such an ideological framework, the grand success of the new outfit will end as an ephemeral phenomenon.
        The dire need of the time is a progressive ideology which is against the so called progress and development of the nation at the cost of its environment, the poor, the farmers and the females.

        The critique of AAP’s lack of

        Sukumaran C. V.

        18 Jan 2014 - 15:19

        The critique of AAP’s lack of an ideology has so far come from the right and the left and the centre of the right political parties and the so called intellectuals affiliated to those parties. And their criticism smacks of the ire on the AAP’s phenomenal success which thwarted the calculations of the corporate servile BJP, Congress and the conventional Left parties.
        Kancha Ilaiah’s brilliant analysis shows that AAP can usher in no farfetched and comprehensive social changes by concentrating only on corruption. Corruption is not the disease; it is only one of the many symptoms of a vicious. AAP should formulate an ideology which should have neither right nor (the conventional) left orientation, but gender-sensitive, environment-friendly, pro-poor anti-corporate and anti-caste (and even anti-religious). Without such an ideological framework, the grand success of the new outfit will end as an ephemeral phenomenon.
        The dire need of the time is a progressive ideology which is against the so called progress and development of the nation at the cost of its environment, the poor, the farmers and the females.

        Very well written article by

        Shweta

        18 Jan 2014 - 03:28

        Very well written article by Mr. Kancha Ilaiah. The part about not touching the basic issues and not considering the historical and social context of corruption is an aspect that most of the people are ignoring.
        I do not doubt the intentions of Mr. Kejriwal. But if he really wants his "movement" for social and political change to be what he intends it to be, he must aim to work on the social fabric of the society first, before he starts polishing the surface. He needs to study the historical context of the very problems he wants to uproot from the system.

        The question of woman in

        kameswara rao

        17 Jan 2014 - 12:49

        The question of woman in party name is missing is correct.. I have asked Yogendra yadav in one meeting at Secunderbad., the question about party name. But he also felt, some thing is missing, in his explanation. But registration is over. Again AAP committee has to sit and think about the name.
        Yes many upper caste people are corrupt Their money is in Swiss banks, Venkateswara Swamy , Padmanabha, mantralya temples. That should be brought from Swiss bank and should be used for education, health, housing, development of industries. And further the wealth in temples should also be used for education, health, housing. then there is no need of going to loans for World bank. Our India can give loan to other countries. for their development. .
        However AAP contribution to stop distribution of money liquor is to be appreciable. Previously, communist parties,BSP have done. But they are not working seriously, to stop for distribution of money and liquor. .AAP has done in Delhi.
        The parties and so called leaders who distribute money and liquor to the people for votes are anti people, anti democracy, anti Constitution. And hence they are anti nationals. AAP tried to stop these parties. We have to welcome AAP.

        AAP is preplanned to maintain

        vishalvhande

        16 Jan 2014 - 23:39

        AAP is preplanned to maintain power within ruling class people beacause
        #congress and BJP has looses its credibility
        #Give room to people's intense dissatisfaction
        #Prevent to get power into hand of SP, BSP, DMK if they unite

        Argument that castocracy is

        Rajeev Nidumolu

        16 Jan 2014 - 03:59

        Argument that castocracy is responsible for corruption in India is not valid . Are the Dalit bureaucrats and politicians less corrupt? Famous example is that of Babu Jagjivan Ram who was in Nehru's cabinet who "forgot "to pay taxes for many years

        It is a way to show the power

        Sajeev

        24 Jan 2014 - 14:51

        It is a way to show the power that they can also do corruption to get equal with Upper class ....
        It is a kind of psychology one should understand with Indian context.....

        First remove misconception

        vishalvhande

        16 Jan 2014 - 23:22

        First remove misconception mind that Babu Jagjiwanram was leader of oppressd.

        Argument that castocracy is

        Rajeev Nidumolu

        16 Jan 2014 - 03:59

        Argument that castocracy is responsible for corruption in India is not valid . Are the Dalit bureaucrats and politicians less corrupt? Famous example is that of Babu Jagjivan Ram who was in Nehru's cabinet who "forgot "to pay taxes for many years

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      • Kaleem Kawaja
        Dear friends: I agree with Mr Ghulam Mohd that today AAP is one year old and is like a one year old infant who is learning how to stand and then take a few
        Message 3 of 4 , Feb 9, 2014
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          Dear friends:
          I agree with Mr Ghulam Mohd that today AAP is one year old and is like a one year old infant who is learning how to stand and then take a few baby steps.  At this time it is the duty of all right thinking people to help this infant stand and walk and grow.  Just as you do not make demands from a infant, we should not start making demands of AAP.

          It is for the minorities and women to join AAP, help it grow  and make sure it walks properly and on the straight path.  Indeed this has started happening.  In  the last one month several very capable and experienced minority and women have joined the party.  Ms Parveen Amanullah, minister of Social Works in Nitish Kumar's Bihar ministrey has left her position and party and has joined AAP.  She is one the highest ranking political leaders in the country to join AAP so far.  Previously two women activists Shazia Ilmi (AAP spokesperson and national executive member) and Rakhi Birla ( a minister in Delhi govt) had joined AAP at its inception one year ago.  Many other women and minority people have also joined  AAP as volunteer  in the last one year and last one month.

          In the last one year AAP leaders have often pronounced their vision which is to cleanse the governance and political-social system of the deep seated dirt that has accumulated over the years.  What are we looking for a grandiose convention at Vigyan Bhavan attended by luminaries who give thundering speeches and glorious visions, and then forget them promptly.

          So it is in correct to say that AAP lacks minorities, women, vision.  Was creating a wave in the huge country not an achievement?   

          Unfortunately many well educated people suffer from the same malady, the penchant for grand and glorious events, the beating of drums and repeated high sounding words. 

          It is a new form of politics; it is a social revolution.  Come and join it.  Do not make comments from the sidelines.

          Kaleem Kawaja    


          On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM, Ghulam Muhammed <ghulammuhammed3@...> wrote:
           

          @Razi Raziuddin

          Big corruption like 3G manipulations, Kalmadi's sport bonanza, coal block loot, mean big amounts that is public money. Similarly thousands of crores written off by Nationalised Banks that had loaned to big businesses and corporates, are part of national wealth. However, mean the share that comes to  or should come to the 'have-nots', it is in the interest of everyone, be that haves or have not to see the nation not going to dogs with this kind of impunity available to people in power. If you are opposing AAP on its corruption agenda, you certainly lack any vision, how national causes are linked to the complete eradication of corruption and the corrupt.

          As for other measures that have to be looked up by any responsible administration, it is too early to set the train of demands roaring down the rails, when the rails are not yet in place for the journey.

          Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai
          <ghulammuhammed3@...>




          On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 9:03 PM, Razi Raziuddin <razi24@...> wrote:
           

          Note: Please read a very interesting article on AAP--it invokes you for thinking and re-thinking..the article is below my long letter....Razi

          ASAK all,

          Missing the Aurat in AAP. And I will add TWO other important missing(s)  - the missing Muslims in AAP , and the missing Vision/policy in AAP. One thing that we know which is not missing is --corruption ,as their agenda.

          This below article ,thoughtfully, addresses precisely that --whether rooting out corruption alone will change the course of Indians for a better tomorrow? May be it will, but for whom? I guess for those who "have things, the possessors, the earners, the job-givers and job-takers, etc etc".

          But what for those -who do not have much --neither income, nor education, nor jobs, nor protection, coverage, guarantees of any kind?
          How a corruption-free India ((--where corruption is mainly defined and understood as ; not doing the designated jobs properly and also taking bribes to do a job improperly)) --will help the "marginalized" communities like Muslims, poor and less educated ones?

          While rooting out corruption is extremely important, equally or even more important is --a clear Vision ( and Mission) of where this AAP wants to take the citizens of India ?  In other words --how all citizens, and in particular who are more vulnerable and meek and weak, would get benefited or taken care of?

          A clear Vision and a goal-post must be defined by the AAP in terms of jobs, security, safe-guarding interests of minorities, education, providence for societal uplift, women's interests, etc,

          One also must remain conscious of the fact that other parties too have their dream agendas posted. The difference should not only be in the Agenda but also how it will be carried out and what will happen if the Agenda is not implemented -accountability --whether they will behave differently -resign, go back to people to reconsideration (referendum vote?), etc etc.

          North Indian Muslims (in particular the UP-Bihar belt Aligs) seem to have found a sort of "maseeha" in the emergence of AAP ---although AAP has not uttered a single word about "protecting or promoting or safeguarding of Muslims' interests".

          Their only war-cry is rooting out corruption so that the common man can live peacefully, pay their bills properly --all Indian ,including Muslim Indians benefit from this. But only those Indians who "have" benefit from this crusade. Those who "do not have", they don't.

          And it is this important missing"no Agenda, no Vision, no Mission" for "what about them who do not have much, and who look for help" , which is scary and which needs to be told --not only in words but through acts/actions. Words have been uttered by many, acti9ons have been missing so far.

          AAP did take a good start, but soon started showing a disturbing trend, and which made most Indians very uncomfortable. It is clearly their acts (and not Congress or BJP propaganda), and those acts are not any good omen for any good governance or any stable long lasting mission.

          I too am all for it, but only after we are told what more it stands for besides rooting out corruption?

          Thanks and regards.

          wa-ssalam,

          Razi

          1:26 PM, Friday Jan 24, 2014

          Missing the aurat in AAP

          Jan 15, 2014
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          All the convent educated members of the AAP talk like Hindiwallahs in globalised India. Its Gandhi topi flaunts letters in Hindi. For this aspect alone it is not likely to find acceptability in south India.

          It is nice to see men who would normally not like to be seen wielding jhadoos at home brandishing brooms in public like trophies. The aam aurats of India must be feeling good that, at least, some middle class aadmis have snatched their jhadoos, if not to sweep their homes then at least to sweep away old, fogy parties and politicians.
          The emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party, as the second best performer in Delhi Assembly elections, has created euphoria about political change in several parts of the country. So the question is whether the AAP experiment would get replicated across India with the middle- class youth and so called conscientious people supporting it to displace all other parties? It is often said that the AAP has set aside all divisive politics — caste, gender, communal, regional — and a change of radical nature has ushered in. I would say, not yet, not in its current avatar.
          Let me cite two historic examples of success and failure of earlier such experiments. The first is the Paris Commune experiment of 1871. An organised working class group took over political power in Paris with the support of the middle and working classes. It tried out the first-ever socialistic distributive administration in the world. It was a short-lived experiment yet it taught the world how class politics could be organised. It threw up the first women’s liberation ideology because it was totally pro-women. It restructured the taxation system. That became a model for later communist parties of the world. It, thus, was a short-lived success.
          The second comparison could be with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) coming to power in West Bengal in 1977 on the main plank of land distribution. It believed in non-casteist class transformation and distributed land under Operation Barga. It did not recognise the social justice principle, never acknowledged the caste background of leaders and cadres. That resulted in only the Brahminic bhadralok ruling the state for 35 years. The CPI(M) rule is also known as corruption free, but the wealth remained only in the hands of bhadralok. The life of the working class, slum dwellers and Muslims in Bengal, including Kolkata, is worse than any of those living in southern Indian states where social justice through reservation has improved the lot of all sections. The CPI(M) experiment was a long lived failure.
          Now let’s look at the AAP. The AAP is categorically a male-centred party and, so far, this aspect has not been criticised by women activists, within or outside the party. The very name of the party suggests that the women’s movement that challenged the man-woman equation has been set aside, and this fact is reinforced by the fact that the forces around it haven’t yet uttered a word about the long pending Women’s Reservation Bill. Their agenda was and remains the Lokpal Bill. The women of this country need to think about its name, form and non-ideological rhetoric of settling women’s issues.
          But if the rhetoric of anti-corruption is a revolution, then the concept of revolution itself should be removed from the dictionary of political science.
          The AAP is a party built on Hindi chauvinism. And this was obvious in its janambhoomi — the Jantar Mantar — where Anna Hazare unknowingly fostered its birth to chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Those days, recorded for posterity, smacked of neo-fascism, as does their favourite slogan. All the convent educated members of the party, including founder Arvind Kejriwal, talk like Hindiwallahs in globalised India. The AAP’s Gandhi topi flaunts letters in Hindi, not English. For this aspect alone it is not likely to find acceptability in south India.
          The AAP leadership comes from the middle- class intelligentsia with an agenda of moral politics. The main anchor of that political morality is corruption. But elimination of corruption is not an ideology in itself, like abolition of class or annihilation of caste. Corruption has been a cultural practice of the Indian castocracy for centuries. The roots of corruption are not in political system; they are in Indian social system. The AAP has no programme to change the social system at all.
          Unlike many European and American countries, India adopted a political democracy over the social system of castocracy, which sustains the caste centred corruption in the society. Despite a constitutional democratic system in place, some castes never do productive work but acquire the maximum wealth. A vast number of lower castes carry out tedious tasks related to production and the returns they accrue is hardly enough for survival. The super rich in India hail from the same unproductive castes and the poorest from the lowest castes. Caste divide and class exploitation make the lives of people more miserable. The entire life of the rich depends on the historically evolved mechanism of corruption. Yet the AAP wants to treat corruption as an independent variable, a thought process that cannot sustain a political party. Nowhere in the world a political party could survive for long, working around only issue of corruption.
          The AAP’s key leaders, who hail from the same upper caste-middle class, do not want to treat corruption as a historically evolved cultural and social practice. They want to treat corruption as an accidental residue of immoral rulers of other parties.
          It, at least, does not have school educational reform that can change the very base of the society in their agenda. Even in this realm they are not clear whether like the children of AAP leaders all other slum children have a right to English medium education or not. Can they tell the nation that the Delhi school education would be uniform and bilingual in public and private schools? So long it does not touch any basic issues it cannot go anywhere near the short- lived Paris Commune experiment either.
          The writer is director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

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          Those who are thing AAP is a

          Jitendra suna

          20 Jan 2014 - 15:29

          Those who are thing AAP is a 'AVATAR' of change the all existing system, they are in a illusion. In our history when the neo-imperialism,liberalism failed in India which was a savior of poor according to our Brahminical ruling class, same type of movement emmerged from within Brahminical ruling class which we all know that is JP movement and it was came with the NARA(slogan) of "TOTAL REVOLUTION" . We all know the result from that, and AAP is the same phenomena which is emerged out of crisis of ruling class as well its economy.

          Corruption is only a

          Sukumaran C. V.

          18 Jan 2014 - 15:25

          Corruption is only a symptom
          The critique of AAP’s lack of an ideology has so far come from the right and the left and the centre of the right political parties and the so called intellectuals affiliated to those parties. And their criticism smacks of the ire on the AAP’s phenomenal success which thwarted the calculations of the corporate servile BJP, Congress and the conventional Left parties.
          Kancha Ilaiah’s brilliant analysis shows that AAP can usher in no farfetched and comprehensive social changes by concentrating only on corruption. Corruption is not the disease; it is only one of the many symptoms of a vicious system. AAP should formulate an ideology which should have neither right nor (the conventional) left orientation, but gender-sensitive, environment-friendly, pro-poor anti-corporate and anti-caste (and even anti-religious). Without such an ideological framework, the grand success of the new outfit will end as an ephemeral phenomenon.
          The dire need of the time is a progressive ideology which is against the so called progress and development of the nation at the cost of its environment, the poor, the farmers and the females.

          The critique of AAP’s lack of

          Sukumaran C. V.

          18 Jan 2014 - 15:19

          The critique of AAP’s lack of an ideology has so far come from the right and the left and the centre of the right political parties and the so called intellectuals affiliated to those parties. And their criticism smacks of the ire on the AAP’s phenomenal success which thwarted the calculations of the corporate servile BJP, Congress and the conventional Left parties.
          Kancha Ilaiah’s brilliant analysis shows that AAP can usher in no farfetched and comprehensive social changes by concentrating only on corruption. Corruption is not the disease; it is only one of the many symptoms of a vicious. AAP should formulate an ideology which should have neither right nor (the conventional) left orientation, but gender-sensitive, environment-friendly, pro-poor anti-corporate and anti-caste (and even anti-religious). Without such an ideological framework, the grand success of the new outfit will end as an ephemeral phenomenon.
          The dire need of the time is a progressive ideology which is against the so called progress and development of the nation at the cost of its environment, the poor, the farmers and the females.

          Very well written article by

          Shweta

          18 Jan 2014 - 03:28

          Very well written article by Mr. Kancha Ilaiah. The part about not touching the basic issues and not considering the historical and social context of corruption is an aspect that most of the people are ignoring.
          I do not doubt the intentions of Mr. Kejriwal. But if he really wants his "movement" for social and political change to be what he intends it to be, he must aim to work on the social fabric of the society first, before he starts polishing the surface. He needs to study the historical context of the very problems he wants to uproot from the system.

          The question of woman in

          kameswara rao

          17 Jan 2014 - 12:49

          The question of woman in party name is missing is correct.. I have asked Yogendra yadav in one meeting at Secunderbad., the question about party name. But he also felt, some thing is missing, in his explanation. But registration is over. Again AAP committee has to sit and think about the name.
          Yes many upper caste people are corrupt Their money is in Swiss banks, Venkateswara Swamy , Padmanabha, mantralya temples. That should be brought from Swiss bank and should be used for education, health, housing, development of industries. And further the wealth in temples should also be used for education, health, housing. then there is no need of going to loans for World bank. Our India can give loan to other countries. for their development. .
          However AAP contribution to stop distribution of money liquor is to be appreciable. Previously, communist parties,BSP have done. But they are not working seriously, to stop for distribution of money and liquor. .AAP has done in Delhi.
          The parties and so called leaders who distribute money and liquor to the people for votes are anti people, anti democracy, anti Constitution. And hence they are anti nationals. AAP tried to stop these parties. We have to welcome AAP.

          AAP is preplanned to maintain

          vishalvhande

          16 Jan 2014 - 23:39

          AAP is preplanned to maintain power within ruling class people beacause
          #congress and BJP has looses its credibility
          #Give room to people's intense dissatisfaction
          #Prevent to get power into hand of SP, BSP, DMK if they unite

          Argument that castocracy is

          Rajeev Nidumolu

          16 Jan 2014 - 03:59

          Argument that castocracy is responsible for corruption in India is not valid . Are the Dalit bureaucrats and politicians less corrupt? Famous example is that of Babu Jagjivan Ram who was in Nehru's cabinet who "forgot "to pay taxes for many years

          It is a way to show the power

          Sajeev

          24 Jan 2014 - 14:51

          It is a way to show the power that they can also do corruption to get equal with Upper class ....
          It is a kind of psychology one should understand with Indian context.....

          First remove misconception

          vishalvhande

          16 Jan 2014 - 23:22

          First remove misconception mind that Babu Jagjiwanram was leader of oppressd.

          Argument that castocracy is

          Rajeev Nidumolu

          16 Jan 2014 - 03:59

          Argument that castocracy is responsible for corruption in India is not valid . Are the Dalit bureaucrats and politicians less corrupt? Famous example is that of Babu Jagjivan Ram who was in Nehru's cabinet who "forgot "to pay taxes for many years

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          Prof Kancha Iliah is in error in branding AAP as a movement of convent school/English school educated upper middleclass Hindiwala North Indians. The Delhi
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            Prof Kancha Iliah is in error in branding AAP as a movement of convent school/English school educated upper middleclass Hindiwala North Indians.  The Delhi election and other events demonstrate that the overwhelming majority of AAP supporters are poor and in most cases illiterate people who live in jhuggis, who are common labors, rickshaw pullers, auto rickshaw drivers etc.  These are all low caste people; definitely not upper caste Brahmins.  Yet the movement is being supported by a lot of emancipated upper caste and Brahmin Hindus.  What is wrong with that?  Is it not good for the nation that so many upper caste Hindus are supporting a grassroots movement that cares to make society fair to the poor people.

            Yet AAP is not a irreligious, communist movement of Godless people.  It respects the religious feelings of all people and their faith in their respective religions.

            To be in the leadership in any movement even the Dalit movement one has to have some decent education otherwise you can not articulate and formulate policies or manage movements etc.  But the educated leadership of AAP is doing its best to consult with the illiterate in the management of its affairs.

            Unlike some caste based parties that want to create confrontation between lower castes and higher castes, AAP wants to integrate people of various castes.

            AAP people speak in Hindi because it is the language of the common man on the street.  Spoken English is the language of the upper middleclass Indians in North India. Prof Illiah is in error in looking at this as a north Indian movement that does not care about South Indians who do not speak in Hindi.  For sure AAP people in South Indian cities are wearing caps with inscriptions in Telagu, Tamil, Malyalee, Kannada and in English when needed, just as they wear caps with Hindi inscriptions in north India.

            It is time for those southindians and low caste people who have suspicions against AAP to dialogue better with AAP people and understand what they really are like and that they are inclusive of people from all regions and subcommunities.  Remember that AAP started from Delhi and only very recently; they are still in infancy.  Give AAP a chance to grow.

            Kaleem Kawaja     


            On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM, Ghulam Muhammed <ghulammuhammed3@...> wrote:
             

            @Razi Raziuddin

            Big corruption like 3G manipulations, Kalmadi's sport bonanza, coal block loot, mean big amounts that is public money. Similarly thousands of crores written off by Nationalised Banks that had loaned to big businesses and corporates, are part of national wealth. However, mean the share that comes to  or should come to the 'have-nots', it is in the interest of everyone, be that haves or have not to see the nation not going to dogs with this kind of impunity available to people in power. If you are opposing AAP on its corruption agenda, you certainly lack any vision, how national causes are linked to the complete eradication of corruption and the corrupt.

            As for other measures that have to be looked up by any responsible administration, it is too early to set the train of demands roaring down the rails, when the rails are not yet in place for the journey.

            Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai
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            On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 9:03 PM, Razi Raziuddin <razi24@...> wrote:
             

            Note: Please read a very interesting article on AAP--it invokes you for thinking and re-thinking..the article is below my long letter....Razi

            ASAK all,

            Missing the Aurat in AAP. And I will add TWO other important missing(s)  - the missing Muslims in AAP , and the missing Vision/policy in AAP. One thing that we know which is not missing is --corruption ,as their agenda.

            This below article ,thoughtfully, addresses precisely that --whether rooting out corruption alone will change the course of Indians for a better tomorrow? May be it will, but for whom? I guess for those who "have things, the possessors, the earners, the job-givers and job-takers, etc etc".

            But what for those -who do not have much --neither income, nor education, nor jobs, nor protection, coverage, guarantees of any kind?
            How a corruption-free India ((--where corruption is mainly defined and understood as ; not doing the designated jobs properly and also taking bribes to do a job improperly)) --will help the "marginalized" communities like Muslims, poor and less educated ones?

            While rooting out corruption is extremely important, equally or even more important is --a clear Vision ( and Mission) of where this AAP wants to take the citizens of India ?  In other words --how all citizens, and in particular who are more vulnerable and meek and weak, would get benefited or taken care of?

            A clear Vision and a goal-post must be defined by the AAP in terms of jobs, security, safe-guarding interests of minorities, education, providence for societal uplift, women's interests, etc,

            One also must remain conscious of the fact that other parties too have their dream agendas posted. The difference should not only be in the Agenda but also how it will be carried out and what will happen if the Agenda is not implemented -accountability --whether they will behave differently -resign, go back to people to reconsideration (referendum vote?), etc etc.

            North Indian Muslims (in particular the UP-Bihar belt Aligs) seem to have found a sort of "maseeha" in the emergence of AAP ---although AAP has not uttered a single word about "protecting or promoting or safeguarding of Muslims' interests".

            Their only war-cry is rooting out corruption so that the common man can live peacefully, pay their bills properly --all Indian ,including Muslim Indians benefit from this. But only those Indians who "have" benefit from this crusade. Those who "do not have", they don't.

            And it is this important missing"no Agenda, no Vision, no Mission" for "what about them who do not have much, and who look for help" , which is scary and which needs to be told --not only in words but through acts/actions. Words have been uttered by many, acti9ons have been missing so far.

            AAP did take a good start, but soon started showing a disturbing trend, and which made most Indians very uncomfortable. It is clearly their acts (and not Congress or BJP propaganda), and those acts are not any good omen for any good governance or any stable long lasting mission.

            I too am all for it, but only after we are told what more it stands for besides rooting out corruption?

            Thanks and regards.

            wa-ssalam,

            Razi

            1:26 PM, Friday Jan 24, 2014

            Missing the aurat in AAP

            Jan 15, 2014
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            All the convent educated members of the AAP talk like Hindiwallahs in globalised India. Its Gandhi topi flaunts letters in Hindi. For this aspect alone it is not likely to find acceptability in south India.

            It is nice to see men who would normally not like to be seen wielding jhadoos at home brandishing brooms in public like trophies. The aam aurats of India must be feeling good that, at least, some middle class aadmis have snatched their jhadoos, if not to sweep their homes then at least to sweep away old, fogy parties and politicians.
            The emergence of the Aam Aadmi Party, as the second best performer in Delhi Assembly elections, has created euphoria about political change in several parts of the country. So the question is whether the AAP experiment would get replicated across India with the middle- class youth and so called conscientious people supporting it to displace all other parties? It is often said that the AAP has set aside all divisive politics — caste, gender, communal, regional — and a change of radical nature has ushered in. I would say, not yet, not in its current avatar.
            Let me cite two historic examples of success and failure of earlier such experiments. The first is the Paris Commune experiment of 1871. An organised working class group took over political power in Paris with the support of the middle and working classes. It tried out the first-ever socialistic distributive administration in the world. It was a short-lived experiment yet it taught the world how class politics could be organised. It threw up the first women’s liberation ideology because it was totally pro-women. It restructured the taxation system. That became a model for later communist parties of the world. It, thus, was a short-lived success.
            The second comparison could be with the Communist Party of India (Marxist) coming to power in West Bengal in 1977 on the main plank of land distribution. It believed in non-casteist class transformation and distributed land under Operation Barga. It did not recognise the social justice principle, never acknowledged the caste background of leaders and cadres. That resulted in only the Brahminic bhadralok ruling the state for 35 years. The CPI(M) rule is also known as corruption free, but the wealth remained only in the hands of bhadralok. The life of the working class, slum dwellers and Muslims in Bengal, including Kolkata, is worse than any of those living in southern Indian states where social justice through reservation has improved the lot of all sections. The CPI(M) experiment was a long lived failure.
            Now let’s look at the AAP. The AAP is categorically a male-centred party and, so far, this aspect has not been criticised by women activists, within or outside the party. The very name of the party suggests that the women’s movement that challenged the man-woman equation has been set aside, and this fact is reinforced by the fact that the forces around it haven’t yet uttered a word about the long pending Women’s Reservation Bill. Their agenda was and remains the Lokpal Bill. The women of this country need to think about its name, form and non-ideological rhetoric of settling women’s issues.
            But if the rhetoric of anti-corruption is a revolution, then the concept of revolution itself should be removed from the dictionary of political science.
            The AAP is a party built on Hindi chauvinism. And this was obvious in its janambhoomi — the Jantar Mantar — where Anna Hazare unknowingly fostered its birth to chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai. Those days, recorded for posterity, smacked of neo-fascism, as does their favourite slogan. All the convent educated members of the party, including founder Arvind Kejriwal, talk like Hindiwallahs in globalised India. The AAP’s Gandhi topi flaunts letters in Hindi, not English. For this aspect alone it is not likely to find acceptability in south India.
            The AAP leadership comes from the middle- class intelligentsia with an agenda of moral politics. The main anchor of that political morality is corruption. But elimination of corruption is not an ideology in itself, like abolition of class or annihilation of caste. Corruption has been a cultural practice of the Indian castocracy for centuries. The roots of corruption are not in political system; they are in Indian social system. The AAP has no programme to change the social system at all.
            Unlike many European and American countries, India adopted a political democracy over the social system of castocracy, which sustains the caste centred corruption in the society. Despite a constitutional democratic system in place, some castes never do productive work but acquire the maximum wealth. A vast number of lower castes carry out tedious tasks related to production and the returns they accrue is hardly enough for survival. The super rich in India hail from the same unproductive castes and the poorest from the lowest castes. Caste divide and class exploitation make the lives of people more miserable. The entire life of the rich depends on the historically evolved mechanism of corruption. Yet the AAP wants to treat corruption as an independent variable, a thought process that cannot sustain a political party. Nowhere in the world a political party could survive for long, working around only issue of corruption.
            The AAP’s key leaders, who hail from the same upper caste-middle class, do not want to treat corruption as a historically evolved cultural and social practice. They want to treat corruption as an accidental residue of immoral rulers of other parties.
            It, at least, does not have school educational reform that can change the very base of the society in their agenda. Even in this realm they are not clear whether like the children of AAP leaders all other slum children have a right to English medium education or not. Can they tell the nation that the Delhi school education would be uniform and bilingual in public and private schools? So long it does not touch any basic issues it cannot go anywhere near the short- lived Paris Commune experiment either.
            The writer is director, Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

            Comments

            Those who are thing AAP is a

            Jitendra suna

            20 Jan 2014 - 15:29

            Those who are thing AAP is a 'AVATAR' of change the all existing system, they are in a illusion. In our history when the neo-imperialism,liberalism failed in India which was a savior of poor according to our Brahminical ruling class, same type of movement emmerged from within Brahminical ruling class which we all know that is JP movement and it was came with the NARA(slogan) of "TOTAL REVOLUTION" . We all know the result from that, and AAP is the same phenomena which is emerged out of crisis of ruling class as well its economy.

            Corruption is only a

            Sukumaran C. V.

            18 Jan 2014 - 15:25

            Corruption is only a symptom
            The critique of AAP’s lack of an ideology has so far come from the right and the left and the centre of the right political parties and the so called intellectuals affiliated to those parties. And their criticism smacks of the ire on the AAP’s phenomenal success which thwarted the calculations of the corporate servile BJP, Congress and the conventional Left parties.
            Kancha Ilaiah’s brilliant analysis shows that AAP can usher in no farfetched and comprehensive social changes by concentrating only on corruption. Corruption is not the disease; it is only one of the many symptoms of a vicious system. AAP should formulate an ideology which should have neither right nor (the conventional) left orientation, but gender-sensitive, environment-friendly, pro-poor anti-corporate and anti-caste (and even anti-religious). Without such an ideological framework, the grand success of the new outfit will end as an ephemeral phenomenon.
            The dire need of the time is a progressive ideology which is against the so called progress and development of the nation at the cost of its environment, the poor, the farmers and the females.

            The critique of AAP’s lack of

            Sukumaran C. V.

            18 Jan 2014 - 15:19

            The critique of AAP’s lack of an ideology has so far come from the right and the left and the centre of the right political parties and the so called intellectuals affiliated to those parties. And their criticism smacks of the ire on the AAP’s phenomenal success which thwarted the calculations of the corporate servile BJP, Congress and the conventional Left parties.
            Kancha Ilaiah’s brilliant analysis shows that AAP can usher in no farfetched and comprehensive social changes by concentrating only on corruption. Corruption is not the disease; it is only one of the many symptoms of a vicious. AAP should formulate an ideology which should have neither right nor (the conventional) left orientation, but gender-sensitive, environment-friendly, pro-poor anti-corporate and anti-caste (and even anti-religious). Without such an ideological framework, the grand success of the new outfit will end as an ephemeral phenomenon.
            The dire need of the time is a progressive ideology which is against the so called progress and development of the nation at the cost of its environment, the poor, the farmers and the females.

            Very well written article by

            Shweta

            18 Jan 2014 - 03:28

            Very well written article by Mr. Kancha Ilaiah. The part about not touching the basic issues and not considering the historical and social context of corruption is an aspect that most of the people are ignoring.
            I do not doubt the intentions of Mr. Kejriwal. But if he really wants his "movement" for social and political change to be what he intends it to be, he must aim to work on the social fabric of the society first, before he starts polishing the surface. He needs to study the historical context of the very problems he wants to uproot from the system.

            The question of woman in

            kameswara rao

            17 Jan 2014 - 12:49

            The question of woman in party name is missing is correct.. I have asked Yogendra yadav in one meeting at Secunderbad., the question about party name. But he also felt, some thing is missing, in his explanation. But registration is over. Again AAP committee has to sit and think about the name.
            Yes many upper caste people are corrupt Their money is in Swiss banks, Venkateswara Swamy , Padmanabha, mantralya temples. That should be brought from Swiss bank and should be used for education, health, housing, development of industries. And further the wealth in temples should also be used for education, health, housing. then there is no need of going to loans for World bank. Our India can give loan to other countries. for their development. .
            However AAP contribution to stop distribution of money liquor is to be appreciable. Previously, communist parties,BSP have done. But they are not working seriously, to stop for distribution of money and liquor. .AAP has done in Delhi.
            The parties and so called leaders who distribute money and liquor to the people for votes are anti people, anti democracy, anti Constitution. And hence they are anti nationals. AAP tried to stop these parties. We have to welcome AAP.

            AAP is preplanned to maintain

            vishalvhande

            16 Jan 2014 - 23:39

            AAP is preplanned to maintain power within ruling class people beacause
            #congress and BJP has looses its credibility
            #Give room to people's intense dissatisfaction
            #Prevent to get power into hand of SP, BSP, DMK if they unite

            Argument that castocracy is

            Rajeev Nidumolu

            16 Jan 2014 - 03:59

            Argument that castocracy is responsible for corruption in India is not valid . Are the Dalit bureaucrats and politicians less corrupt? Famous example is that of Babu Jagjivan Ram who was in Nehru's cabinet who "forgot "to pay taxes for many years

            It is a way to show the power

            Sajeev

            24 Jan 2014 - 14:51

            It is a way to show the power that they can also do corruption to get equal with Upper class ....
            It is a kind of psychology one should understand with Indian context.....

            First remove misconception

            vishalvhande

            16 Jan 2014 - 23:22

            First remove misconception mind that Babu Jagjiwanram was leader of oppressd.

            Argument that castocracy is

            Rajeev Nidumolu

            16 Jan 2014 - 03:59

            Argument that castocracy is responsible for corruption in India is not valid . Are the Dalit bureaucrats and politicians less corrupt? Famous example is that of Babu Jagjivan Ram who was in Nehru's cabinet who "forgot "to pay taxes for many years

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