In the aftermath of farmer Gajendra Singh's suicide, we are witnessing a tragedy being transformed into a spectacle. A political and media spectacle where every image, every word and every stance is a readymade package for mass consumption, complete with mud-slinging, smear campaigns, promises, apologies and uncontrollable sobbing on live television.
Lokesh is a freelance journalist, writer, translator and activist based is Bhopal and is associated with All India Forum for Right to Education.
This brings us to a complicated territory because the baggage of the AAP is like a real "Bhanumati ka pitara". Rummage and you will find elements from people's movements that have been long opposed to neoliberal policies on one hand, and those embedded in a neoliberal worldview on the other. So, there is Medha Patkar fighting against neoliberal appropriation of people's rights over jal-jungle-jameen and then there is also Arvind Kejriwal assuring industrialists that the AAP is not against capitalism as such but only against "crony capitalism".
12/02/2015 8:09 AM IST
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