Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Is Kejriwal moving too fast too soon?

Arvind Kejriwal was as a social activist trying to alleviate the problems of the commoner. He was involved in the enactment and implementation of the Right to information act(RTI) and for his efforts he was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award in 2006.. Later he joined the Anna Hazare movement for Lokpal bill and the fight against the evil of corruption . Overnight, he became the cynosure of all eyes. The media-both print and visual- were all focused on the Anna movement and Kejriwal was riding piggyback on the Anna wave.

By 2012, he decided to plunge into politics and formed the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP). The Delhi elections was their first testing waters and he came up with a good show by winning 28 of the 70 seats. With Congress lending support from outside, he became the Chief Minister and functioned for 48 days before resigning as he did not have the House support for bringing in Lokyukta bill.  His decision to sit in dharna to bring the Delhi police accountable  to the ruling Government also was the highlight of his tenure as C.M. The methods he adopted may be questionable and debatable but it certainly enhanced his reputation among the common people. Opinion poll suggests that should there be an Assembly election in Delhi now, AAP would win hands down.

The peoples' support in Delhi probably made the AAP believe that they can plunge into the Nationwide Lok Sabha elections . Only time will tell whether this strategy by the AAP is right or wrong. Certainly, there is a strong wave amongst people that corruption should be wiped out of the system. Arvind Kejriwal definitely stands as a beacon with a sincere approach to fight corruption and to provide a clean Government. However, organizationally, there is still a long way to go before AAP can play a Pan-India role. There is a sense of urgency and this has prompted him to enter in most of the States for election.

 The better strategy one would assume is to show the strength in and around Delhi. If he had continued as C.M and shown his credibility and AAP's governance, he could have got the respect of the people across the country. From thereon, he could have tried his hands in other Assembly elections when due. This would have lent credibility to his party and enhanced his political market value. By rushing through to participate in the L.S election in most of the States, he could probably put his AAP itself in jeopardy of their existence. For his own good, AAP should win at least 20-30 seats in the coming L.S elections. This figure will give the party a locus standi in the Parliament and allow them to be a watchdog. However, if their performance is poor, AAP members might be disillusioned and the party itself could disintegrate as people might get demotivated. This is the danger Kejriwal faces. Strategically, he could have erred by rushing it through to jump in the all India fray.

Arvind Kejriwal is well educated with a degree from IIT,Kharagpur. He was a Joint Commissioner of Income Tax. He is also very articulate as a speaker and handles the interviews by Press very admirably. So, obviously, he is not lacking in skill or talent . He is also a tireless crusader against corruption . However, he is yet to come up with any credible Economic policy for the country. Taking names and putting other parties down is not the way to win. AAP will have to show what they plan to do and their policies. Anti-corruption alone cannot be the poll plank to be a winner or a force to reckon with. Sound Economic policies is a prerequisite to assure people of employment, better infrastructure and poverty alleviation. These alone can make any party be accepted Nationally.

Kejriwal is riding a double edged sword which can make or break his party and either dent his reputation or sky rocket him to another level. Another two months and it will be revealed where he stands. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

T20 World cup- Can India lift the Trophy?

It is that time again when fireworks will be back in the cricket field. We are not talking about the fireworks in the form of pyrotechnics but the contest between bat and ball with the rattling of the wickets, the booming sixes and the brilliant catches. Yes ! The cricket World cup T20 is ready to take off for the 5th time and this time in Bangladesh. The hype, the hoopla and the Razzmataaz surrounding this format of the cricket will be in full bloom the next three weeks starting today the 16th of March 2014.

Cricket has gone through a transformation like most any sports or games event. The test cricket still is considered the traditional form of the game and decides the skill, temperament and quality of a cricketer. However, the fast paced life and the time constraints brought in a change to the 50 overs ODI format. But people who wanted to eat into the cinema, drama or Musical space in terms of time and entertainment thought of this brilliant idea of cricket in a capsuled form and thus was born the T20 format of the game. The IPL really took centre stage in this form of cricket and probably still is. With a generous sprinkling of the cheerleaders, the musucal bands etc..., we have a show which can give a run for the money for any form of entertainment. Three hours of boom-boom cricket accompanied by the sound, dance and noise makes a perfect evening for most people seeing either from the comfort of their homes or sharing the razzle dazzle in the stadium.

This World cup will have 16 teams vying for the cup. There are 10 full members of the ICC and six Associate member countries. The top eight teams as per ICC ranking go straight to the super 10 stage. The remaining eight teams are put in two groups and one in each group will join the super 10 stage.

India in the super 10 stage is in a tough group along with Pakistan,Australia and West Indies. Dhoni is back in the helm of affairs and his finishing qualities will be a great asset for the team. With Yuvraj, Kohli and Raina India has real batting fire power. It is the bowling which has to tighten their belt and bowl to a plan. Spin can prove effective in Bangladesh but strategy plays a very important part in the game. One bad over and the game could be won or lost.

My Semi-final picks: India, Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka.
I hope India wins the tourney but won't be surprised if the finals is between the Proteas Vs the Ozzies.

Keep fingers crossed.