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12 Mar, 2014

Arvind Kejriwal’s right fight – Vidya Subrahmaniam – The Hindu

With his decision to go gale speed at Mr. Narendra Modi, the convener of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Arvind Kejriwal, has buried his own ambiguous past, and, in a first for any anti-corruption campaign, chosen to fight the “right” rather than fight on the same side as the “right.”

All of India’s anti-corruption mobilisations have targeted the Congress exclusively as if there were no transgressions by those on the “right.” The rightward tilt has been a feature of every anti-graft movement, from 1971 through 1974-1975, 1977 and 1989. If in 1971, the Swatantra Party, the Congress (Organisation) and the Jan Sangh banded together to form a “Grand Alliance” against Indira Gandhi, in 1974, the same parties regrouped in aid of Jayaprakash Narayan’s Total Revolution, and in 1977, coalesced into the Janata Party. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) propped up V.P. Singh’s 1989 campaign against Rajiv Gandhi, and offered him support in government.

via Arvind Kejriwal’s right fight – The Hindu.