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When is the last time you remember a prime-time debate or a newspaper headline featuring anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare? My personal guesstimate is not even once in the last four years. Practically no one ever mentions what had become then the national shibboleth -- the Lokpal Bill. What has led to Hazare’s ignominious fall and the dramatic disappearance of the Lokpal Bill from public memory? Was that self-righteous brouhaha just a deadly political game in clever disguise?
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Public opinion is a funny thing. It is prone to changing regardless of the facts. Image, perception and emotion are so important, that facts are malleable. The opinion of the public gets swayed even b...
The idea held on to by some is that AAP's victory in Delhi can be replicated everywhere in India. This is essentially the idea that localness can be spread from one locus, which is absurd. No, localness has to be grown locally; it cannot be exported or imported. Closeness to the ground is directly proportionate to the population over which a political party operates.