The Aam Admi and Indian Politics – Guest Post by Ashok Malhotra


Arvind Kejriwal has founded the “Aam Aadmi” Party. However, what Kejriwal has come to symbolize is so distant from the average Indian that it is difficult to see him as an “Aam Aadmi”. On the other hand, Narendra Modi is a lot closer to the average Indian, and this is not just because of his OBC-Chaiwala background (though they are also significant) but more to what he has come to symbolize and his dealing with the emotive conflicts of the present day Indian Identity. Thus while Kejriwal may evoke a lot more admiration and reverence, Modi is a lot easier to identify with and hence conveys the impression that he is not just an idealist but a practical man who knows what he is dealing with and has demonstrated some ability of doing so. One of the significant struggles for the present day Indian is the conflict between sectoral leanings and larger Indian identity.

Educate the women and ……


Just watched Oprah on TV – She started by showing an old episode –  on women in Congo who are raped, burnt and killed by Hutu Militias. Oprah started introducing the story and described Congo as the “Rape Capital of the World”  – then showed the heart wrenching story of women and children who had been beaten, raped and killed.  The story then proceeded to talk about what American citizens could do and what they did. The story then followed a woman who after watching that show of Oprah, started by sponsoring education for two women for  $ 27 a months – that awareness made other people to come forward and donate.  Eventually this movement ended up supporting one thousand women in Congo and the numbers were growing. The lady joined Oprah on the show and she said she discovered how these women in Congo valued the connection with the women from USA, more than the money – how they

read more Educate the women and ……