April 29, 2014

Could Third Party Play Kingmaker in India?

James Traub, Foreign Policy

The Associated Press

Aam Aadmi is, as one of its leaders put it to me, "a revolutionary mass movement for change" which has entered electoral politics out of the recognition that the kind of change it seeks won't come any other way. It harnesses aspects of traditional Indian "pro-people" movements advancing the cause of the downtrodden to a form of politics which is, by Indian standards, highly unconventional. Only a year after its creation in 2012, Aam Aadmi shocked experts -- indeed, everyone but itself -- by defeating the ruling Congress party to win state elections in Delhi. Now the party is running candidates all over the country, testing whether its message will resonate beyond the urban hothouse that is the nation's capital.

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TAGGED: Aam Aadmi Party, India, Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)


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