Divided AAP

| Updated on January 28, 2014 Published on January 28, 2014

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This is with reference to Rasheeda Bhagat’s ‘The great betrayal and its fallout’ ( Business Line, January 28). A key learning from the issues faced by the AAP is the importance of unity of direction. During the Assembly polls, everyone in the party toiled round the clock to make history with the aim of providing good governance.

But soon, it faced several setbacks. Arvind Kejriwal, describing himself ‘anarchist’, finds it very difficult to coordinate with his subordinates and lead them towards his party’s mission. In sum, the AAP lacks unity of direction.

S Lakshminarayanan


Rasheeda Bhagat is looking at the AAP from a conventional view point. In our country, mainstream political parties have given us limitless corruption, complete breakdown of the justice delivery system, total failure of administrative machinery and lack of accountability. This system cannot be changed in a conventional manner. Rasheeda Bhagat and her lawyer example tell us how to get rid of the menace the common man faces, but are they ready to take on the so-called political parties? We must not forget the huge atrocities orchestrated by the established parties in the country.

Biswajit Chaudhuri


I see a lot of anguish in Rasheeda Bhagat’s article. And it’s the anguish of the common man who feels betrayed within a span of one month. Going by his own methods, Kejriwal should have conducted at least an SMS poll on his recent dharna and his anarchy attitude. If the common man disagrees with his methods, he must sack the law minister and apologise publicly.

AE Charles


Rasheeda Bhagat is entirely wrong in her approach. Even if the AAP has made mistakes, she should have offered some advice on how to rectify those errors.

I would request her to treat the party as an infant and give it some time to mature, before being too harsh on its actions.



James Harold Wilson once said, “One week is too long a time in politics.”As the AAP government of Arvind Kejriwal completes one month in Delhi on January 28, it is good to recall this statement.

From cascading popular support on which it rode to power then, to the pathetic self-destruction of that very massive, trusting base in just a month, is a sad corroboration of what Wilson said and meant!

N Narasimhan


In a hurry

This is with reference to SS Tarapore’s ‘Nuts and bolts of financial inclusion’ ( Business Line, January 27). It mentions bank nationalisation in 1969 and gives the impression that banks were nationalised following the Hazare report. In fact, the reasons for bank nationalisation were political and not economic. The RBI was not consulted. Even the chiefs of the 14 banks that were nationalised were not consulted. The Hazare panel that recommended nationalisation had mentioned the need for homework for such a major step, but the decision on nationalisation was taken in a hurry.

KV Rao


Governance matters

This is with reference to ‘The employment challenge’ by CP Chandrasekhar and Jayati Ghosh. The present practice of inclusion through disbursal of subsidies has to give way to strengthening the infrastructure in tier-2 and tier-3 towns so that gainful employment could be created right where people live. This also needs effective links between the rural and urban in some sort of win-win situation. Last, but not the least, governance should precede government.



Aiding India Inc

This is with reference to ‘China effect lifts the rupee’ ( Business Line, January 27). It is too early to declare victory. The RBI has made the market thinner and driven away speculators thereby thinning liquidity. The movements are therefore larger. The RBI's intention is to let rupee depreciate gradually to help the so called India Inc at the expense of the common man.



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Published on January 28, 2014
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