Pros and cons of the AAP
The Aam Aadmi Party’s victory in the recent Delhi state
election shows the awakening of Indian voters and the
courage to reject powerful, corrupt politicians.
We hope Arvind Kejrival will respond and provide good
This is a historical moment in modern India and if it
can be done at the national level this new party can represent the wishes of ordinary men and women and not
caste, creed, dynasty or religion-based regional parties of
We hope and pray for success of the AAP.
Fort Pierce, Florida
I am impressed with the AAP’s performance in Delhi.
But I am somewhat puzzled by the party’s name. The
leaders and the message they intend to convey is that they
are a party of the ordinary people. However, the word
Aadmi in the Hindi language is used only for men, as far
as I know.
Though it is not the intention of the party leaders to
exclude women, the name they have chosen is not all
Better names would have been Aam Janta Party or Aam
Insan Party or Aam Praja Party or something along these
We live in a media heavy world. Times have changed
and organizational names are quite important. We all
know that properly selected names convey intended message.
If Arvind Kejriwal wants to succeed on a larger scale at
the national level, he will have to pay attention to such
details as well. It may still not be too late to change the
It will be a good thing for India if more and more qualified people get into government.
Chester, New Jersey
Last week, AAP leader Prashant Bhushan said that military deployment in Kashmir should be subject to a referendum.
The AAP has just gained power in Delhi, and already
party stalwarts are supporting the goal of separatists and
terrorists to carve Kashmir — one-third of which is
already occupied by Pakistan — out of India.
This is betrayal of India. It is a ploy to get minority votes
in the next election at the cost of India’s security.
Brooklyn, New York
Economics will change history
They say that money changes people. I say poverty also
has the same effect. It seems to me that sometimes we
mistake the symptoms for causes.
Corruption is a symptom of poverty, not its cause,
although it does make things worse.
When one is living in a rich country, earning a handsome income, it is easy to be pleasant and warm towards
everyone. But when one is living in a poor country,
struggling to pay the bills, one’s perspective changes.
Such a society will be different. Living in a rich coun-
try has changed people, they forget where they came
from, they forget the struggles of their own parents and
end up mocking them
The British kept India in poverty for a long time. They
left because there was no more blood left to drink.
Poorer people tend to have bigger families. We were
poor for so long we ended up with a huge population.
If you lock a kid up in a dungeon and
release him after he is an adult, one
doesn’t expect that kid to be successful
within a few years; the scars have to
It is no surprise that all former
colonies are still struggling, the leaders
of a newly independent India have
made their share of mistakes, but hopefully we can get our act together.
As incomes rise, people are less willing to put up with corrupt and shoddy
work, they start demanding better services. And we see this happening in
The India and Indians of 2040 will
be much different than the people of
today and yesterday — hopefully people
with far more self-respect.
Put country first,
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh’s statement last week, that it
would be disastrous for the country if
Narendra Modi becomes prime minis-
ter, is ill-thought.
The thought is not nationalistic, but
political party-oriented. It may have
detrimental international ramifications.
It gives a sensitive card to the neigh-
bor adversary to play at the UN against
Dr Singh’s remarks are politically
motivated to help his Congress party in
the upcoming parliamentary election.
It may help it a little, not much; but
at what cost, domestically as well as
It may even bounce back and hurt the Congress party.
People understand its political motives and its undesirable
Dr Singh should have thought for the whole country, not
only for the Congress party. He should convince all the
people that he is impartial and is for the unity and oneness in the country, and not a wall between the majority
and the minority.
He should be apolitical and be courageous to speak his
own mind — to erase his image of a caged parrot.
Dr Singh would not have accused Modi if only he had
remembered the 1984 massacre of innocent Sikhs in
Delhi. The Congress party prime minister then, Rajiv
Gandhi, helplessly watched from his office for a few days.
Should Rajiv be considered disastrous for the country?
Leaders’s helplessness in the face of rioting mobs should
not be considered as the leaders’s crime.
Jagat K Motwani
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;Page A2 Supporters attend the first AAP workers's meeting after the party won 28 constituencies in the Delhi state assembly election. In New Delhi, December 11, 2013.
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