What AAP must do
It has to be said with irony that the brand-new Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government that recently rose to power in Delhi, more often than not, seems confused. Its leaders speak in different voices—for instance, Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan have widely divergent views on the Kashmir issue. It will be detrimental to and counterproductive for the party to insist on holding a referendum on every complex or contentious issue that crops up. The AAP was able to form government in Delhi primarily because of its anti-corruption election plank. But now what is being seen is that the AAP lacks maturity. What the AAP should do is it must now focus its energies on fulfilling its poll promises in Delhi and make plans for real governance. It should also make efforts to try and understand complex economic issues and figure out what steps it can take for solving the problems plaguing Delhi. If the party goes on with its populist measures, it will be difficult for the AAP to break into the national arena.
Although the media, the economists and the intellectuals may be thinking otherwise, the fact remains that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) experiment has not yet unfolded sufficiently to be judged rightly. Whether the honest and well-intentioned people devoting themselves to solving social problems will succeed in permanently reforming society, or whether the party will fail due to its lack of maturity and poor understanding of complex economic issues, remains to be seen. Is the AAP just another party aiming to capture political power? The hype around the party may remain until the general elections of 2014, which will be watched closely. It is undeniable that the party has successfully channelled the anger and frustration of the common people. In this, it has captured space from the Left—which, in spite of its fetish for thought, is a declining force.
A new space age
This refers to the recent news reports about the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launching the GSLV-D5 and placing India in the cryogenic club. Kudos to all the Indian