Saturday, January 25, 2014

Interesting reading

"the Gandhian inspiration of AAP politics calls for serious rethinking. Gandhi’s use of civil disobedience was very infrequent. Only the issues of gravest significance required that mode of protest. A dharna, too, requires systematic prior analysis before it is undertaken as a mode of non-violent protest.

Socialism as an ideology has lost its meaning in the 21st century; especially in India, some of the worst forms of government conduct emanated from a socialist state, which also kept the masses poor; and as a purely pragmatic matter, the so-called aspirational millions and the urban elite, who have flocked to the AAP, have no taste for socialism any more." More here.

The following sentences has serious flaws:

"The two strands, initially represented by the Jana Sangh and the Swatantra parties, remained on the margins. It was the Ayodhya movement and economic liberalisation that created the conditions for a viable Right, so far a work in progress."

Revisiting the grammar of democracy in the eternal words of B.R.Ambedkar:
  • "...if the parties place creed above country, our independence will be put in jeopardy a second time and probably be lost for ever.
  • that political power in this country has too long been the monopoly of a few and the many are only beasts of burden, but also beasts of prey." 

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