February 10, 2015, will go down as a red-letter day in the annals of India’s democratic history. It is a matter of great happiness and satisfaction that the Aam Aadmi Party won an outstanding victory in the Delhi elections. The Delhi result goes to show that the people of India voted for development, not communal politics, during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The people of Delhi have given their approbation for a new brand of politics that is infused with fresh ideas, conscious of the common man’s issues and sensitive to the causes of the marginalised. I hope that under the able leadership of Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi will create a new template for democracy and state administrations that can be replicated across India. The common man will now be brought centre stage.
— Ankur Sharma
There are a few lessons to be learnt for the BJP from the Delhi election verdict. One, instead of going on about achhe din, Prime Minister Narendra Modi must approach the electorate with humility and work towards providing the common man with roti, kapda, makaan and security. Two, India does not consist only of Hinduism, but of several other creeds, communities and religions. To thrust Hindutva down our throats was foolish. Even Hindus opposed this. Attacking Churches and Muslims, caused the BJP to be alienated and abandoned even by Hindus. Modi’s silence on the outbursts of BJP, RSS, VHP and other Sangh Parivar fanatics gave the impression that he tacitly supported them. Three, the new generation is only interested in development and the betterment of their lives. Modi has failed to live up to their expectations. Four, experimenting with Kiran Bedi was a Himalayan blunder. Declaring her, an outsider, the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate alienated party members and workers. Finally, in future, the BJP must not be seen to be wading into dirty politics — as it is suspected of having done in Bihar.
— Geraldine H.
SC to the rescue
It is evident that the government is not managing the bureaucracy effectively and efficiently (‘Civil disservice’ by Satyananda Mishra, IE, February 10). That’s why the Supreme Court had to intervene and direct it to form a civil services board that will oversee transfers and promotions of bureaucrats.
— Swaroop Dixit
Nitish Kumar said that Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi needs to go because “good governance cannot be compromised for social engineering” (‘JD(U) feels Nitish, “like Kejriwal”, would gain in personality-based polls’, IE, February 9). This is hypocritical. How can he then justify reservations of any kind?
— B.N. Anand