Archive Subscriptions RSS Feeds Site Map Today's Paper ePaper Mobile Apps Social
SEARCH

Opinion » Lead

Updated: June 12, 2012 03:23 IST

A short history of messing up

P. Sainath
Share  ·   Comment (102)   ·   print   ·  

The bypolls in Andhra Pradesh are less about results, more about consequences. They will produce changes — not alternatives

It might be an idea for the CBI to contest the 2014 elections in Andhra Pradesh. It is certainly the most active political force in the State and has been for a while now. Given the poverty of choice before the Andhra electorate, who knows, they might even get some votes. It could be a self-financing drive, sort of. The CBI could use the crores they've seized from the other parties for their poll campaign. And exploit that unique resource of theirs — keeping tabs on the poll spending of their rivals. Maybe they'd even have fresh new faces on offer.

A stand-up comic contesting a seat in Australia in the early 1990s made his campaign a take-off on the emerging neo-liberal order that sought to privatise just about everything. He called for the dismantling and privatisation of the sewage and public sanitation system. “Every individual,” he thundered, “has got to be responsible for his own waste.” (Um, “waste” was not the word he used, but you get the point). Despite proclaiming himself a non-serious candidate towards the end and withdrawing in favour of Labor, he still got some votes. So there's hope for the CBI yet, if it avoids being labelled as non-serious.

Guessing games

There's a new flavour to the ongoing bypolls to 18 Assembly seats and one Lok Sabha constituency in A.P. There is little or no discussion about the likely results. Those have never been in doubt. The guessing games are about who will come third in more seats: the Congress or the TDP (the Congress is the current hot favourite). Or speculation on how many ruling party MLAs will defect to Jagan Reddy's YSR Congress before voting day on June 12. And how many will do so after the results. About the impact on the State government — will it drag on till 2014? And about margins. But all sides assume a bottom line of 14 Assembly wins for Jagan's YSR Congress. All that is conceded about the remaining four seats is that they will see real contests.

Otherwise, the ruling party is seen as taking a huge hit regardless of Jagan Reddy's arrest. There's not much discussion around who is corrupt. The question you run into: “Who isn't?” The debate is not so much about the results, but about the consequences. It's about anger against the ruling Congress, and the way it has functioned. It's about standing with YSR's son against the government. And about a persisting YSR factor and its almost comical impact on the Congress. The party has removed all his cut-outs from its offices while attacking his corruption. Till a year ago, it had been claiming his legacy while fighting Jagan in the Kadapa bypoll (which he won by over half a million votes).

The tragedy, of course, is that Andhra Pradesh has never been so bereft of worthwhile alternatives in any election in the past. The roster: Congress, YSRC, TDP, TRS, BJP… Many parties, very few alternatives. (The Left being too small to fit into even this picture.) But such is the anger towards the centrally-imposed crony-subedari system, that the obvious and troubling problems with Jagan's character and politics will cut no ice for now.

1983 and now

The voters of Andhra Pradesh have forged serious alternatives in the past — even if those were derided by the rulers and their captive media. In January 1983, N.T. Rama Rao swept to power on anti-Congress sentiment and with a promise of rice at Rs.2 a kilo, which he actually kept. A year-and-a-half later, the Congress at the Centre boldly sat on its own self-destruct button. It toppled NTR and split his party while he was away in the U.S. for a heart surgery. It set up a stooge government whose chief minister served 31 days (lowest ever for an A.P. CM). This provoked a public fury that would last over a decade, though NTR was back in a month. The Congress is now again on the tragedy and farce treadmill.

To thwart Jagan Reddy after his father's death in 2009, the Congress imposed K. Rosaiah as Chief Minister. Rosaiah, a highly respected Congressman, with acknowledged skills as finance minister, had no mass base — and a hostile public mood to contend with. As the ship of state floundered, he quit “on health grounds.” His health, however, did not stop him from becoming a Governor. The Congress government is now led by Kiran Kumar Reddy — of low profile within his constituency and no profile beyond it. His government panicked when the flow of defections to the YSRC began to pick up. The TDP too, is bleeding. Consider that one of its doughtiest fighters, M.V. Mysoora Reddy who battled Jagan in Kadapa 12 months ago, is now with the YSR Congress.

The post-NTR TDP saw the reign of Chandrababu Naidu, the most loved Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh ever — in the media. Riding on his father-in-law's political bank balance — and on a symbolic bicycle at poll time only — he became what the New York Times termed the “darling of Western governments and corporations.” This era also marked the consolidation of the contractor raj that has ruled the State ever since. Under Naidu, A.P. was the worst-performing State in the south, on many indicators, for nearly a decade. Rural employment collapsed. Many thousands of farmers took their lives in despair. Thousands of (non-state) “gruel centres” sprang up in 2003 to feed large numbers of hungry people.

But the corporate world and media loved him even though he failed any test by the indicators they valued. GDP growth was the lowest in the southern States for 1999-2004 and lower than the national average. The voters are yet to forgive him. Even with the Congress going downhill, the TDP is unable to emerge a dominant force in any part of the State.

Indeed, Naidu's rule, more than any other factor, helped the Congress bounce back. With Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the party had its first popular leader in years. “YSR” capitalised on Naidu's failures (the very things the media saw as achievements). He touched a chord in the agrarian community with his highlighting of farm distress and swept to power on that in 2004. He also became the first chief minister to set up a commission to look into agrarian distress, headed by Prof. Jayati Ghosh. For a while, he even heeded its recommendations, leading to some improvements, even while the macro-economic policies of both State and Centre ran counter to the thrust of the Commission's report. He ran a decent NREGs that saw distress migrations fall in some regions. He even appropriated NTR's legacy on the issue of cheap rice. All this earned him massive public support. Which now translates big time into sympathy for his son Jagan Reddy.

On all other fronts, though, his era showed great continuity with the Naidu period. Corruption, contractor raj, scams, land grab and quid pro quo deals with the corporate world, all continued. And intensified. A 103 SEZs and gargantuan irrigation projects were approved in YSR's time. Setting up the displacement of up to one-and-a-half million human beings, with all the misery that it entailed. However, the results of these were to surface much later, allowing him to sweep the 2009 polls with an electorate that still had no trust in Chandrababu Naidu.

Anti-corruption

As this newspaper said in its obituary of the Congress CM after his tragic death: “YSR's legacy will also carry the burden of some very damaging irrigation projects and a bizarre number of SEZs… (However) The outcome of the more negative policies will be felt later, perhaps around 2012…” (TheHindu, September 4, 2009). And now we have Jagan Reddy riding high on the positive side of his father's legacy — with much of the negative also unfolding. Jagan entered the Lok Sabha last year via the Kadapa by-election where his poll affidavit placed his worth, along with that of his wife, at around Rs.430 crore. Now that worth had been, at the time of the 2009 Lok Sabha election, just under Rs.72 crore. This means he added Rs.357 crore to his assets in some 24 months. Or, on average, around Rs.50 lakh a day. No small feat.

However, the sight of the Congress, of all forces, mounting an anti-corruption crusade draws ridicule from the public. And the fact that these charges were known since the time of YSR but raised only after Jagan left the party robs them of respect. And it is hard, at this point, to see any other major force emerge before 2014. And so a State faced again with mounting farm suicides, with massive forced displacement, with the Telangana issue hanging fire, with the insane looting of public and natural resources, seems trapped on the same road. Elections with changes, but without alternatives. Heck, maybe the CBI ought to give some thought to contesting in 2014.

sainath@thehindu.co.in

This article has been edited to correct an inadvertent reference to "the Assembly" in the sentence about Jagan's entry into Parliament following the Kadapa by-election.

More In: Lead | Opinion

How do people make such comments like "Most ever corrupt man in the history." As if they have seen him do it!!!

Can you calculate the earnings per day of the top 50000 richest people in India, I believe we will be more than astounded. So, do not pronounce the guilt or otherwise of a person under investigation. And do not proclaim the innocence of a person who stalls intended investigations by going to courts and managing to get them "stayed". In a democracy the final Judgement is by the people. They are nobody's fools.
Ideals like "non-corrupt", "selfless", etc are to be found only in mythology. So do not preach which is NOT practical. What we choose in democracy is the lesser evil. You donot find "Maryada Purushottam" like Lord Ram in this kaliyug. So, Let us be practical...

from:  Sathyanarayana
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 13:39 IST

Why omit Lok Satta Party?! Highlighting problems is not enough. Most
of us now recognize that there are problems. What we need are
solutions. Lok Satta party is making an earnest effort to find real,
practical solutions to the various problems. They have detailed
specific measures - whether they be fresh new laws or simply minor
changes in adminstrative systems - to reform current electoral,
political, judicial and administrative system. They are the only ones
who are funded by the hard earned white money of people like you and
me. Yes! I do donate money to Lok Satta Party. I try to give 100
rupees every month. That amount only adds up if sufficient number of
people contribute. In order for that to happen, concerned journalists
from the mainstream media MUST give them the space they deserve.

from:  Varun
Posted on: Jun 16, 2012 at 01:52 IST

This is exactly correct. We should avoid corription but the COngress should not take Political Vendetta. If Jagan is in Congress now there will be no charges against him. So the Andhra Pradesh people are very clever and they taught the best lesson to all parties Congress, TDP and to the CBI also. Any one who is in COngress can make money and do what ever they want. But if they come out from the party and become a threat to their party, their aim to to eliminate them politically and phycically. Like they did for YSR. YSR was killed by Sonia Gandhi and everyone in AP believes, she only killed our great leader YSR. The sympathy factor doe not bring success to jagan. People are think Jagan is an alternative to YSR and he is capable to repeating the YSR magic that is what people are believing and thats why they voted for Jagan and also will vote for him in 2014 elections.

from:  Rama Induri
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 23:38 IST

GSDP was lower than GDP during TDP time?!, I never knew that, may be you should
provide supporting statistics. Also, we should bench mark with other states that are
monsoon dependent. Moreover, AP was 2nd in IT services during that period. So,
even though income from agriculture was low, IT would have filled that portion for
GSDP. But, farmer lives cant be replaced though....

from:  Murthy
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 21:38 IST

situation can only be improved if a party which is not biased comes to power...and in todays period i can only see loksatta which comes close to this...but not sure when will people understand this and give it a chance.....

from:  vamshi
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 17:47 IST

Finally your faulty analysis won.People of AP,gave the manadate to Most ever corrupt man in the history. This exposed the limits of brain functioning of common man.

from:  srinivas v
Posted on: Jun 15, 2012 at 17:18 IST

Sainath, Please provide the GDP statistics for the last 20 years on par with national averages. I presume you should include the 'average rain fall' and the 'Available Power in mega watts per day' which in turn result in growth and productivity of any state. I guess AP has done remarkably well in the past and present too irrespective of political scenario/leadership. Information is wealth and should provide insights based on truth.

from:  manasa
Posted on: Jun 13, 2012 at 16:42 IST

I would think that the assessment of the TDP government under Mr.
Naidu is patently wrong, with false statistics and utter disregard for
truth. He set the state up for growth, brought up the revenues (now
spent by subsequent Congress governments who behave like they are
kings doling out cash - which actually belongs to the people).
Admittedly, he made mistakes in terms of neglecting key issues in
rural AP. However, listening to him speak now, there is little doubt
he is one of the few thinking people in politics, who knows and
understands issues - both economic and social. Giving him an
opportunity to come back to power is the only real alternative we
have. Also, remember - he lost in 2009 not because Congress won, but
due to extraneous aspects such as Chiranjeevi and caste based
politics. The vote count difference was less than 2% between Congress
and TDP - unfortunate for TDP, and more so, for the state of AP!

from:  CSN Murthy
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 10:57 IST

I could see 'The Hindu' has been biased towards Jagan for some unknown
reasons. It's appreciated when the facts are admitted but a fact
should be fact, not biased. Both NTR and YSR implemented welfare
schemes no doubt in that. But to say 'AP performed the worst under
Naidu' is something biased and untrue. I am from AP and I saw both
Naidu and YSR regimes. The only mistake Naidu did was to ignore
farmers. But YSR besides distributing money to the poor, distributed
money to his party men and contractors. He also made the common man
struggle indirectly by allowing prices to go high. The prices of all
common needs including commodities, land, cement etc saw their extreme
under YSR. He gave 10rs to public and made them spend 15rs in return.

from:  Saravana Kumar
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 09:10 IST

The ruling party knows that its main opposition is not in a position to pin it down in any way and that is why they have chosen to use strong arm tactics to discipline the young colt. Mr.Ghulam Nabi Azad has broken the ice thankfully and we can expect to see quick political moves in the immediate aftermath of the declaration of results. He is visiting each constituency to check the extent of public support for the young colt. Notice that Telangana sentiment is not the #1 issue in the state anymore. Despite all of the unfortunate events in the state since the past three years and the political upheavals, AP continues to retain its status as #3 in the Country in terms of its Gross State Domestic Product. In the top five states, AP has the highest growth rate, go figure!

from:  Ramana Rao
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 01:22 IST

AP will continue to play a pivotal role in not only the nation’s economy, but also in the political clout it will provide New Delhi. UPA Government was in place because of one man’s efforts—YSR! UPA knows that if they want a hat trick, they would need a person who can deliver on the promises by keeping the state united. The credentials of a rising star in AP politics are already visible to the public. The newly elected MLAs will form a pressure group that reminds AP Government of its responsibilities. This was supposed to be the role of the main opposition, but they are now facing political oblivion. They have never won even a single by-election in the last three years and even though they are not defending any of the current Assembly seats that are going to by-polls, they might not even get 20 percent of the overall vote. The opposition political space will be taken over completely by YSRCP.

from:  Ramana Rao
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 01:21 IST

Excellent Article.
CBI is merely a tool in the hands of the ruling party at State and Center level. That's the reason, these cases are coming up and the persecution started after Jagan Reddy started defying the "High Command".

from:  Y.N.Naidu
Posted on: Jun 12, 2012 at 00:21 IST

Every one knows what is what vis a vis Jagan Reddy. How ever the timing
of action by the CBI has come as a bolt from the blue for Congress. The
state of affairs in A.P.will be bad from worse till 2014 an worst there
after. Kudos to Sainath.

from:  P.V.Satyanarayana
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 21:57 IST

Your article is good. But Leaving aside Politics, Jagan is a goon and rowdy who has cashed on his father's loot of the state. I don't mind even if it is vendetta by so called congress high command. He has benefited all the loot and looted the state along with his father very cleverly and cunningly. He deserves what the CBI is doing. I hope ED will catch him under FEMA and put him behind bars in Tihar Jail. He is Hasan Ali of AP. He deserves to be in Tihar for Life and the Govt should confiscate all his and his benami properties worth several thousands of crores of Rupees)

from:  Suryanarayana
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 20:44 IST

Excellent article, very well presented by the author..
And really very well said about CBI.
Looks like "No one is above Congress"
How can a party use investigating agency to counter check their
rivals, what about mulayam singh, lalu prasad yadav, kalmadi, where
are they now, sitting in jail or enjoying the looted money.

Everybody should be treated equally, either ruling party or
opposition, we lost belief in CBI, no more its Central Bureau of
Investigation, its just a scrap..

India can never develop as long as such tactics are followed by these
coward politicians... Fed up with indian political system, thats the
main reason, many people are moving abroad and settling there, even if
they r discriminated racially... India will be a harmful country with
corrupt politicians increasing day by day..
For what we have independence and why we celebrate Independence Day??

Real independence day will come if all the corrupt politicians are
treated in Arab way, really hatsoff to arab countries.

from:  Vinay
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 18:11 IST

Readers can find the current prices GDP data on Ministry of Statistics
and Programme Implementation and RBI statistics web pages to find that
Mr. Sainath's observations regarding AP growth rates are factually
incorrect. Request The Hindu to clarify regarding the same.

The growth rates of current prices GDP look like for 2000-01 FY to
2004-05 FY:

AP: 12.1%, 8.31%, 7.0%, 13.5%, 10.3% (CAGR = 10.2%)
Kerala: 5.1%, 7.27%, 11.5%, 11.3%, 11.5% (CAGR = 9.3%)
Karnataka: 7.0%, 4.83%, 8.9%, 9.4%, 15.5% (CAGR = 9.1%)
TN: 9.4%, 1.51%, 6.2%, 11.1%, 14.1% (CAGR = 8.4%)

India: 7.8%, 8.29%, 7.8%, 12.1%, 14.2% (CAGR = 10.0%)

from:  S. Sridhar
Posted on: Jun 11, 2012 at 01:26 IST

Article shows CBI in poor taste. Also tries to justify that a corrupt and criminal Is better than
other moderate leaders.. Author must check the facts and figures before stating AP under
TDP was the worst performing in the country. Hindu should not have published poll
predictions just before elections. Request EC to notice this and initiate appropriate action.

from:  H.Kumar
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 20:33 IST

I agree with Praneeth. All of us know that none of the current parties which ruled the state are clean and promising. This is the right time to support LokSatta Party. We are very unfortunate to utilize the Leadership and Visions of JP who as an Civil Servant proved.
Let us give chance to LokSatta.

from:  Sasi Kottamasu
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 17:29 IST

It is an excellent article by Sainath, Why do not the other parties
read this. Public in AP have known corruption for the past several
decades and it has become party of the daily life and accept it, to be
frank all of us at one time or the other have paid bribe to get things
done, so it is not a issue in elections.
Electorate know that all the politicians are corrupt, but how many of
them will make a difference to their lives.
Our Beloved Late CM - was a peoples man and really made a big change
for the ordinary man in the village- Rs 2 rice/ free electricity/
Aroyga sree and ambulance service, which is worth to note.
Congress has made a big mistake by calling YSR corrupt- he was the
most loved CM, before his death and he was the blue eyed boy the
Congress high command.
Nobody in AP will vote , if Gulam Nabi Azad is campagning in AP, he is
talking non sense in Hindi in AP and has never own a election on his
own.
The arrest of Jagan will be a blessing to YSRC and they sweep the
polls.

from:  sandep
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 16:47 IST

Is there anger only against the Congress at both centre and state alone or even at the grand old vernacular print media of the state that has been doing its jarnalistic duty offlate with its illusion of kingmaker's role during the period 1999 to 2003, and in the process simple driving away its own readers from its publications?The comman people may not be as sufusticated as the people with education,but sure they are conscious of many things of political and economics nature which are of their own and genuien but only thing is thier understanding may not be in tune with academic dictates of economists,political theorist ,and constitution experts and the rest.We through them over board as if they are no consequence.That is what the people opposed to the cause of this by elections seem exghibit through their campain.So peole want freedom from kingmakers who hide behind,corparates, editorail boards,leagal councils,,or religious organizations.Do not mind having a king who is a criminal.

from:  K.M.Arjuna Rao
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 12:39 IST

That's really funny. Mr P Sainath, so you think people of AP are fools. Yes infact they are. After seeing the worst condition of the state in 2009, still they voted for YSR. The main problem is not with people, infact it is with writers and media like you for fooling people showing the acts of YSR and Jagan as heroic acts. Please dont insult journalism. Journalism should do good for the society. Before you write a word/s please do a people survey.

from:  Vinay Kumar Golla
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 12:11 IST

Why only AP? In every other state, and also at Center, the people of India have little choice in selecting MLAs or MPs. The party system has managed to keep good candidates away from the fray. The party heads with their mass-base or mobs, if you like, have deep pockets, thanks to the amassing of wealth by hook or crook, to foot the election expenses that include buying of votes. The only alternative one can see is the civil society, like Anna Hazare's to take on the political powers. For this, the media should be neutral in reporting news. Our judicial system helps but it takes too long to deliver judgments.

from:  D. Chandramouli
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 12:07 IST

Sainath's articles have been good when talking about farmers
problems (typical of communist stories) but he is off the ground
when it comes to overall state of affairs. CBN had to bring the
state back to running after disastrous 1989-94 congress mess up. It
was easy for YSR to eat on the platter made ready by CBN. The state
has reached such a bad position it may take few decades to get back
(at least) hope. Its ironic that The Hindu, a staunch supporter of
communist ideology, supporting Jagan, a feudal mindset.
Or Sainath must be thinking that if there are no poor or no farmer
problems (see CBN commitment of making farmers sons dont go for
farming and making farming profitable) he has no business.

from:  Giridhar
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 11:32 IST

I agree on what Sainath wrote on Chandrabababu Naiudu regime. I my self wrote articles on such issues -- Vision 2020 & White Paper on Agriculture -- between 1998 to 2004. These were published in Vaartha & Prajashakti and few others. In fact on the request of Dr. YSR as opposition leader, prepared black paper to counter white paper released by Chandrababu Naiudu and this was released in the Assembly press gallery in Fe. 2001. Some of these were also included in my book "Agriculture scenario of AP: During the last four decades".

Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy

from:  Dr. S. Jeevananda Reddy
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 09:48 IST

I stopped hearing/reading Andhra news from any telugu channel or newspaper, as all of them have taken sides of the political parties and cares on self interest. The so called fourth estate has left its ideals, long before, and equated themselves to rubish. Among all newspapers in India, The Hindu, as I feel, is class apart and carries a strong perception that every letter printed is unbiased. I do have the same perception. Mr. N.Ram, after reading the above article, please let know, should I re-check my perception on your paper !!. Please ask your people to do some better home-work. As I see, the content is not thoroughly researched and portrayed, and further, timing of this article is all worth a complain to Election commission !!

from:  Niranjan kumar.
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 08:07 IST

Good article and what I see is why not Jagan make 50 lakhs per day, if facebook being stock listed is worth billions today and started in 2004.Here is a man, who is coming out in the open to say, how he has made that much money and , all the while the other leaders are just hiding their corruption by denying and secretly stashing their millions in Singapore or other safe havens abroad.

from:  Praveen
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 05:37 IST

Nice article and consistent to the reality. I could not help but question the people who have commented.

Some questioned, hey author has not provided remedy/solution ?
-- That is not the author's job and brief. That path will not help readers who want unbiased views.
Why not Loksatta?
-- Again read the heading and tagline. Why do you expect author to suggest alternatives. Why not loksatta, the by poll results will tell you and I really doubt if Jay Prakash can win his own seat again. Those who rely on caste to win their own seat will not succeed in other seats or in a position as CM.

Q The report is against Babu who some said is world famous.
-- Media hype is different to statistics. NDA gave Babu what he likes, the publicity and happy to take his support. Impressing clinton with e-goverance producing driver's license who subsequently goes back to USA and relates the story and lauds Babu will not change statistics. Net software exports, ability to attract investors, Corruption etc

from:  Anand
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 05:31 IST

Nice article. Reflects the true state of AP politics. However, I do
not agree that there are no alternatives. Lok Satta under Dr. JP's
leadership is making an honest effort and I feel it is the best out
there. Biased media anyway neglects Lok satta party, so I hope at
least 'The Hindu', which maintains standards, would highlight the
efforts of Lok Satta in relevant articles.

from:  Ramachandra
Posted on: Jun 10, 2012 at 02:31 IST

This is very realistic article and collected good facts. Thanks for sharing nice articles to audience.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 20:07 IST

I am very disappointed to read such an article from Sainath. This article is completely biased towards YSR and Jagan. It was true that during Naidu's rule agriculture was neglected but every one knows the situation at that time. There was severe drought for three continuous years which affected the agriculture. And by what statistics Sri. Sainath is saying AP was worst performing state during Naidu's regime. Hindu please clarify this.

from:  Amarnath
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 15:13 IST

It's a nice article summarising the state of politics in AP. Unfortunately, either the Author, the Print or Electronic Media is failing to focus or highlight the laudable efforts of Lok Satta party led by Dr.Jayaprakash Narayan. I'm making a concious statement that the honest efforts of Lok Satta party and Dr.JP are deliberately trivialized by media. The change that people are looking for is being practiced by Lok Satta. I appeal to 'The Hindu' to play fair for which it is known.

from:  Sriram
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 11:17 IST

nice comic article No alternative/cure was proposed by the writer for the malady.

from:  shashi
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 11:09 IST

Overtly biased article by a renowned journalist. By writing such articles favoring YSR and his son, Mr Sainath is tarnishing his image. It is hard to believe that Mr Sainath treats the corruption during YSR's regime as 'no bigger sin'. By painting all politicians with the same brush, Mr Sainath supported, in a subtle way though, the most corrupt politician India had ever seen.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 10:19 IST

Seems discordant. Only during Naidu's time AP became popular all
over the world. The number of infrastructure projects initiated by
his Govt. has provided jobs for many. Naxal issue was practically
wiped out in AP. Govt officials worked. Some how he got caught and
lost in the various projects that brought funds from Center and
abroad that he ignored the rural and popular demands (like mass
teachers' promotions, doles etc) and of course the rains failed him
continiously for 5 years. Major problem (riots) that existed between
communities was practically got rid of by NTR n Naidu Govt.
One sided view by the author; probably as some wrote in comments
with a view to influence the voters.

from:  RGKrishnan
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 07:34 IST

This author seems to have a bone against Mr Naidu. I was in & out of Andhra under his rule but his rule was unmatched by any CM in India. Unfortunately that unprecedented drought & weather conditions of 1999-2004 did not help him much. But much of the budgetary windfall that the subsequent congress (YSR) government got, was from Mr Naidu's reign, which many Indians still consider as the pinnacle of state administration in any state ever in India. One thing you cannot take away from him, is that he was the hardest working & most development-innovative chief minister of India.

from:  Arjun Koshy
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 05:11 IST

Nice article, but some flaws.

I do not totally agree your comments on Naidu's era. A.P was definitely not the worst among
all smothered states, in fact he brought A.P / Hyderabd on par with Chennai, Bangalore in
terms of Infrastructure, IT, direct contact with voters program's like Janmabhoomi,
beaurocrats accountability etc. I don't know why sainthood thinks A.P was worse of in
everything, this is completely biased view, may be because the Hindu has tie up with Sakshi
newspaper.

Other motive of the write seems to be that he wants to belittle A.P in front of TN, as Tamil
media does often. I accept people in A.P may not have much choice, but what about TN?
The same old DMK and AIADMK, always fighting family feud, I guess this will continue until
the founders of those parties die. TN politics /parties is no better.

from:  Raghu T
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 05:01 IST

there are good ppl and parties and politics like lok satta but voters are foolish as they don't research beyond the famous parties....so electing these worthless "waste"is a mistake by voters

from:  mahesh
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 04:42 IST

Sainath's article clearly reflects the fact that our politicians are
only interested in accumulating wealth and compassion is totally non-
existent in their way of thinking. One really wonders how long can this
plundering continue? Thank you Sainath for highlighting the cause of the
voiceless.

from:  Digvijay Singh
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 02:57 IST

Any young and efficient Congress leader can be a threat to the hereditary leader-in-waiting. Rising young leaders of the Congress can therefore be expected to be in trouble.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 02:17 IST

Comments of this article on CBI are very close to the common man feelings of A.P . As you said it's little about the results of the coming by-elections, but more about the consequences, like how many MLAs will come to YSR Congress and waht Jagan is going to do then. Finally Congress is paying (in fact now, there is nothing in it to pay) for all it's negligence towards A.P . Once it was throw away from power/state from 1982-2004 , again now the same thing is going to happen.

from:  naresh reddy
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 02:04 IST

I see that people of AP do not like a govt which performs.

As an example, motorists during TDP rule, would stop at red signal at
traffic junctions., where as during Cong rule , it is not so.
Everything is "chalta Hai"

Also the way NGOs used hate to TDP rule.

-madhu.

from:  madhu
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 22:57 IST

the article reflects the true picture in AP politics. people knew there is no alternative to YSR Congress. people asks one question who is not corrupt? and add that even if YSR was corrupt he could give some thing to the poor and middle class. To no one's surprise, people are not believing Mr. Chandrababu Naidu, TDP president even today. What ever Babu says people wont believe and it is a fact Babu must accept it. He has a nickname "Use and throw" Babu or Gillet Blade Babu . When he speaks about Jagan's corruption in his election meetings, people only laughing at his words. because they feel that this man was so corrupt when he was behind the power when his father-in-law was chief minister and also when he himself was CM. with regard to the Congress leaders people donot mind them because they are all like monkeys follow what Ghulam Nabi says. Mr. Chiranjeevi is a classic case. he is unfit in politics. he has no brain and he consult his brother-in-law what he should speak.

from:  bhasmakar
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 22:41 IST

its very unfortunate to see mr.sainath making allegations on cnb with out proper research, i would mr.sainath to go through the numbers once more.
National 7.75 8.97 7.80 12.24 13.38

AP 12.12 8.31 7.00 13.52 10.25

Karnat 6.99 4.83 8.86 9.42 15.55

TaNadu 9.45 1.51 6.24 11.07 14.15

Kerala 5.14 7.27 11.49 11.29 11.50

from:  raviteja
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 22:24 IST

I never expected such an article from 'The Hindu'. It is worst than paid article.People elect the one who got arrested and cry until next elections that all the politicians are corrupt! This situation will never change.Many people really forget that the greater crime one commits, harsher would be the punishment. So, arresting YSJ is in no way a surprise. Yet, one thing sainath got right is the guess of the winner... After all it's INDIA sirji!!!

from:  Rohith
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 21:34 IST

I am not sure why every media group is ignoring LokSatta!! The odd
party (in a good way) out there..
Coming to the article, if YSR was the chief minister in place of
Chandra Babu Naidu for those 9 years, it would have been even worse in
terms of GDP for sure.
Naidu was a hardworking leader with a long term vision but was
unlucky. He should face CBI investigation and come out clean to win
the hearts of people.
YSR was a lucky leader and more importantly knew how to please the
masses. But the level of corruption during his tenure was totally
unacceptable. Any state would run bankrupt with those mindless
policies with short term vision.

from:  T. Krishna
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 21:24 IST

I used to have very high expectation of the author.
But I have to agree with the other comments above, this article looks
very one sided. and as some commentators are suggesting this article is
giving reasons to people why they should vote Jagan. Too lame of
Sainath.

from:  varas
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 20:50 IST

great fan of u.elucidation of andhra pradesh poltics made me aware some
of the key aspects what is going on and its relevant past.

from:  dinesh
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 20:45 IST

Great article, witty and insightful. I actually laughed out loud when I read "It (the CBI) is certainly the most active political force in the State and has been for a while now". Sainath's usual fare. Hats off sir. However, the plight of the people of Andhra seems deplorable. It is time for somebody with some pluck to put himself/herself forward as a reasonable candidate to correct the fortunes of the state in the years to come. Jagan Reddy leaves much to be desired, unless you're part of his family, of course.

from:  Samir Mody
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 20:39 IST

This article is funny.May be there is some sympathy for jagan from
gullible and stupid people.But speculating that he is going to win by
polls is naive. And why is this article before the elections?

from:  Mahi
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 20:18 IST

There is little doubt that YSRCP is set to sweep all the 17 segments in
seemandhra.In constituencies like ongole,allagadda,polavaram teh winning
margins will be more than 50000.the result is going to be onesided.But the author seems to have jumped to wrong conclusions on Naidu.He was a
great visionary and man responsible for reform process whose fruits
congress and YSR enjoyed.We have alternatives in form of BJP under the
dynamic SHRI KISHAN REDDY in telangana and loksatta party.Just because
jagan wins his sins wont wash away

from:  nagendra
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 19:54 IST

Interesting article with healthy discussion. I feel, politics is reflection of society. As long as we
do not elect fact based and more go by empathy, we will not have changes but just act as
alternative.

Could not stop, without making this point, media need to be independent and impartial rather
being forefront and integrated with political machine's advertisement media.

As one great person said, change comes from within rather someone comes to make a
change.

from:  Prasanna
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 19:52 IST

Being from AP i find the current politics very disgusting.The article
was interesting.But P.Sainath the veteran journalist has know one
fact.Yes Chandra Babu Naidu completely ignored the farm sector as he
felt that it was not worthwhile but there can be no denying that he
was one of the most capable chief ministers AP has seen.NTR was a
political joker and YSR was utterly corrupt to core with no vision for
future.Moreover there was a grueling drought during Naidu's second
term which created anti incumbency among the people.The coming
byelections are going to be one sided.In rural areas the sympathy wave
is simply overwhelming.I hail from Ramachandrapuram where the present
candidate won with just 1500 vote margin.But now he will easily win
with over 40000 votes.People have made up their minds taken away by
jagan false campaign.But the reality will come out before public in
future.As of now it will be a cake walk for jagan party in all 17
seats with TDP coming a poor second

from:  chinmay
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 19:43 IST

I read this article with utmost care, and I agree with the author on forthcoming election results, yes, Jagan would come with good majority, just like NTR, gaining public symthpathy. But I feel that there is a huge difference between NTR and Jagan, NTR gave balancced administration and gave hope to common man, while Jagan is built on corruption, no morals. If he gets power, there won't be any hope to common man, no safety for middle class , everything, like rice, vegetables and day to day needs remains as a dream to middle class man. If the author wants to inspire reader, you should emphasis on jagan getting involved in community services outside his office(not as a MLA), and Let every one of us give chance to LokSatta, Dr.J.P.Narayan, hopefully 20% of our people starts living with positive life. and encourage for open debate among all party leaders like US presidential election. I also request author to make people realize the importance of votes.

from:  lakshmi
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 18:10 IST

Excellent!! P Sainath giving true picture of happenings in Andhra Pradesh.Inspirational article for people who want to be a journalist.

from:  bipin
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 18:06 IST

A farmer in Andhra told me that during YSR regime, the state had rains
and food and Naidu´s regime is known for its drought.

from:  Jayanthi
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 17:59 IST

Mr. Sainath has given without mincing words, the bleak political scenerio of AP. The problem lies with the people who are casting their votes also. As the author rightly said the question is who isn't corrupt. There is a glimmer of hope in Lok Satta Party, but the electorate of AP gave the party only one seat in the last elections and that is it's founder JP. Now, if this is the mindset of electorate, even if CBI contests, it will lose deposits at all the places. Thank you Mr. Sainath for your concern.

from:  G.S.R.D. Prasad
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 17:20 IST

Using CBI for political gains is danger to our democratic setup.
Besides, allegations sgainst Jagan was there since the time of YSR.
Need of the hour is enquiry about the death of YSR

from:  Sajan Evugen
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 17:18 IST

Source: Central Statistical Organisation (mospi website)

% GROSS STATE DOMESTIC PRODUCT Growth over previous year

2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05
National 7.75 8.97 7.80 12.24 13.38
Andhra Pradesh 12.12 8.31 7.00 13.52 10.25
Karnataka 6.99 4.83 8.86 9.42 15.55
Tamil Nadu 9.45 1.51 6.24 11.07 14.15
Kerala 5.14 7.27 11.49 11.29 11.50

Sainth's claim that the GDP growth in AP was loweset in souther states
during Naidu's second term does not seem true. The fact that there was
sever drought during the term is also material.

Request Sainath/Hindu to please provide a clarification.

from:  Ramanavarapu Praneeth
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 16:43 IST

Nice article sainath

from:  Sreedhar
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 16:10 IST

Article telling the correct political picture in Andhra Pradesh.

from:  B.Bhaskar
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 15:57 IST

" Under Naidu, A.P. was the worst-performing State in the south" -- if you take numbers in consideration, it might be, but respected author should know the situation when Naidu was in power. You can't blame Naidu for continuous drought in 5 years. Being a farmer son, i know how farmers has suffered because of low rainfall all over state. To criticize some is easy, but one should know Naidu's visionary ideas and administrative capabilities.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 15:26 IST

A good article by sainath.Due to these uneven situations in AP the only thing that was going to effected was the brand AP which was developed by two great leaders of state MR.NAIDU & MR.Y.S.RAJASEKHAR REDDY

from:  VIVEK REDDY
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 14:26 IST

Yes, NS Murthy said it right way. How could a responsible paper The Hindu could make a comment on CBI. Dear editor, please take care of News paper prestige and proud. Don't fall into the traps.

from:  krish
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 14:07 IST

Congress party problems in AP intensified after the sudden demise of late CM Y.S.Rajashekar Reddy who introduced people needed schemes like AROGYA SRI,corporate health facility to all white card holders and Free power to farmers etc.it helps back again 2009 election gain 34 MPs out of 42. but now congress have tough situation like YS jagan and Telangana issue rampant lack of decision on seperate statehood,it boost the BJP and TRS and also YSRCP. BJP bag one seat in march by-election and should play key role in 2014 general elections.congress declined with its internal problems and people want new alternate from them.

from:  Dinesh Rddy
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 14:07 IST

Excellent Sainath .. Keep going .. don't think about the cranks fusing negative thoughts ...

from:  sailendra
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 14:05 IST

The comments made about CBI are in poor taste. The writer is entitled to support Jagan's party if he likes and highlight him or others as he chooses, but the CBI, even if it works under the government dictates, is still doing a commendable job. The wretchedness of polity is well known to the public but the unfolding events have belied their own estimated levels of corruption. The polity has already demoralised the established institutions. Don't add to it. With this kind of irresponsible journalism people will be deprived of even that little hope of seeing some of the people working there with dedication against heavy odds.

from:  ns murty
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 13:59 IST

I don't know what the author meant when he compared the rule of TDP and Congress, he has put them conveniently in the same bracket.Rather than arguing about the facts and figures, I will suggest the author to dig up the archives and come with a comparison in the mode of operation between TDP and Congress. It's too easy for the press to suggest every one is below-par and club all the parties together. But on the ground there is a difference and please read through the smoke screens to know the difference. Hope these type of articles never appear.

from:  Mani
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 13:44 IST

Hi Do you have personal hatred towards Chandra Babu Naidu. If you read Eenadu or Andhra Jyothi we get a different feeling and feel CNB is the one who created god and as he is busy in helping AP he assigned some tasks to god. Read today eenddu paper and read chandra babu speach ,i don't know but i find what tara choudary is saying and what CNB is saying is same but about different things.

from:  srinivas
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 13:15 IST

TDP should be brought up. YSR/ Congress is always more corrupt than TDP. Its a lesson both for YSR and Congress.

from:  sriram
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 13:11 IST

Praneeth Medikonduru, You are absolutely right. Loksatta is the only party which is honest and concerned about people. It is a waste voting for other parties. One should vote to loksatta for good governance.

from:  Raju
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 13:09 IST

A very incisive article. However, there is little mention of the BJP. There is a role that the BJP will play - as evidenced in Mahbubnagar and now, Parkal. Certainly, it will emerge as front runner in Telangana region.

from:  Sudheendhra Putty
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 12:48 IST

Sainath Sir... Nice Article I hope YSRCP will definitely sweep 18 seats in the by elections. Congress has dig its own burial... probably the end to congress in South India... Thank You The Hindu for publishing unbiased articles

from:  Chaitanya
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 12:41 IST

Very good article indeed. What about the circumstances under which YSR helicopter crashed? Was it technical snag or induced by enemies of YSR? Why a russian magazine has a different story? Is it a larger conspiracy? Locally, nationally, internationally?

from:  Pangodu
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 12:35 IST

All the current saintly talk of the Congress men do not wash them of their sins done during the YSR regime. And the fact that these charges were known since the time of YSR but raised only after Jagan left the party robs them of respect. This sums it all. The Congress party with the blessings of the centre has been an accomplice in all the scandals that are leveled against Jagan Mohan Reddy. But it remained a mute spectator all these years until the Jagan's political maneuvers began to threaten the future of the Congress Party.Particularly relevant is the revelation of Azad when he mentioned "Jagan could have become CM had he stayed with the Congress". This only proves that Congress party in AP is acting against Jagan now only because he became its opponent and not for his misdeeds.

from:  Veerabhadram
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 12:26 IST

A concise report on the state of affairs in AP. We just have to read it and digest with a 'HUGE' pinch of salt. Our electoral system itself is to be blamed. We urgently need reforms in the election system. Proportional Representation is the need of the hour. There are many dedicated people - for eg., Jayaprakash, Lok Satta Party- who can do well but unable to do so. We go by this rotten polling system which can elect CORRUPT rogues with impunity but no succour for honest people. Today even a small time goonda can get elected to the corporation / muncipal election. This same goonda can happily makes loads of money in no time. Bring proportional Representation. I am sure this can trigger changes for the better.

from:  Ramakrishna
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 12:26 IST

yet another eye opener to the common man from one of the best journalists.

from:  balachandran
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 12:03 IST

Timely article..... The only point here is to Request JP to reach every corner of the State to get some honest (at least who are less corrupted and can do some good comparatively)Legislators who are real Politicians (I respect the word , we only made the word to mean in wrong way, please never call a corrupt non sense person a politician) and educate people with his knowledge to at least Vote sensibly , we have been seeing cases where if electorate knows that the candidate is highly corrupted and can do no good electing just basing on some stupid sentiments, I pity Voters...

from:  Feroz Gandhi
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 11:48 IST

As long as biased media ,biased analysts/writers, biased SMS polls prevail which play with psychology of common man democracy is a scape goat.

from:  Raghu
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 11:35 IST

I hope you had actually lived in AP during TDP government's tenure before commenting on growth/development/GDP etc. All the infrastructure you see today was created during those years, and moreover government offices used to function. You wear differently tinted glasses but AP was 'worst performing state in India on various parameters'? Can you substantiate please?

from:  jeeves
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 11:27 IST

You caught the pulse of public Mr.Sainath. Timely and accurate article. People in AP are not thinking about the 'clean' candidates but about the 'better' ones. Despite the fact that they are the 'king makers', from telangana to central cabinet, telugu speakers are neglected and thrashed by UPA-2 to the maximum possible extent.

from:  HariKrishna Prudhvi
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 11:16 IST

If u don't know anything don't write any article. It was the time of Naidu andhrapradesh GDP increased.This is the era in which farmers sons became software employees.As a farmers son i knew that no farmer want his son to be farmer that's what mr Naidu thought.

from:  NagaRajan
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 11:06 IST

This is a nice article. I think the state is more divided than ever on the basis of Caste, Culprits and Thugs.This elections are certainly give a turn to national political theater as well.

from:  T. Rama krishna
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:55 IST

Never had respect for you, and will never have future. Your article is biased but you make up immediately that u aren't. You have a line and only want go on that line. Will always read your articles and say to my self. Why the hell should this guy who feels he is the best judge in the world.

from:  raju
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:38 IST

This is the story of the whole country. Do you still think that we are actually 'economically down'? Well definitely not; we have such poor channelization of public money. All that politicians want to do is absorb as much public money as they can till they are in power and then let others eat. Their mandate is only to befool the fools (we). Finally it all boils down to 'I have no choice' . I am lead by 'profligates'...

from:  Vandana
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:38 IST

I have been following Sainath's articles, most of the times they show the ground reality and often eyes go wet. This article is no exception in terms of exposing that people do not have good alternative but I have two points to make on the timing and the content of this article. 1. Our people vote for a party which has better chances of winning and seldom thinks the opposite way, 'If I vote, a party wins'. In this way, this article helping the YSRC by saying it has better chances of winning. 2. A courageous journalist who took on Vilasrao deshmukh, Montek Singh... for their alleged misuse of power, why have simply left with 'no small feat' on such gargantuan corruption by Jagan Reddy & co?

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:38 IST

A good attempt to present the political situation of Andhra pradesh . this is not a classic case of AP only, our central government also suffers from the same problem.we have Congress, BJP and Left but none of them give enough confidence to the people, who can form a better alternative in the coming loksabha election. looking at the current scenario the country's future looks grim on all fronts. we are already heading towards 1991 like economic crisis , then the rampant corruption, policy paralysis, poor performance on development indicators ..oh god where are we heading with all this..???

from:  Naveen Jha
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:34 IST

An excellent article about the political face in AP. Appreciations to Sainath for the title.

from:  Bhagiradh
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:23 IST

Wonderful article, and so true. People are deprived of options, whoever people believed to be the saviour turns out be a better fraud. We are no longer expecting honest politicians, we just want leaders who don't interrupt or irritates us. whatever kolaveri it is.

from:  Jaideep
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:21 IST

This is the most unfortunate period for Andhra Pradesh. This is the maximum number of political parties the state has ever known. But not a single party has the true will to do good or has the proper following in public. That is the reason why most of the people are willing to go after YS Jagan, though his corruption is well known to the public. What the people of Andhra Pradesh want is a leader with self respect, who doesn't act like a puppet of the high command. That is the secret of Jagan's popularity and Congress's downfall.

from:  Dileep Kumar Patchigolla
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 10:05 IST

Sir, I have great respect for you but I think its not appropriate for you to get foregone conclusion on results. This may have some influence on voters. This is not expected either from you or your newspaper.

from:  Chandu
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 09:46 IST

The charges against Jagan and allegations of hanky-panky root back to YSR era when YSR was the CM of AP. He was touted by Congress as their most powerful CM and projected as the messiah of change in the state. But after his death every thing that he did and congress party approved and embraced suddenly becomes unlawful, criminal and unjust. Unjust and criminal to the point where Jagan had to be arrested and sent to jail days before crucial by-poll election. Congress party is stung by their performance in by-poll elections in March for 7 seats which were vacated because of Pro-Telangana congress MLAs resigning. TRS & BJP both pro-Telangana parties, won 4 and 2 respectively. 1 seat went into YSRC account. Now that the by-elections in 18 assembly are mostly concentrated in coastal region of AP YSRC is obvious choice to bid for. Congress' plans to curb the election campaign of Jagan will boomerang on the ruling party as sense of sympathy towards Jagan only mounts to greater altitude.

from:  Ajeet Tiwari
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 09:40 IST

Timely and appropriate, except for one fundamental flaw in the thread of argument. The writer does not presume innocence until proven guilt. Good or bad, the stench of political influence in this investigation is all apparent and everyone with a modicum of thinking prowess accepts that. At the end of the day, there are allegations, some declared and some either leaked or sensationally presumed by politically aligned scribes and editors, and then further built up in print and broadcast media as practically proven. But proven they are not. This much is clear and only when it is (along with the extent of such guilt or innocence), will the real consequences and viable alternatives for this unfortunately harried state and its long term future become known.

from:  vvaish
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 09:36 IST

'Politics ruining the populace'. Do we need a more glaring example than this? Can the Congress still claim that it did not know of all the wrong doings in AP?

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 09:10 IST

What a great fall in political standards exhibited in ASP by congress. Slowly we are, it seems, moving towards a totalitarian state. CBI as an effective player in politics is put very aptly.

from:  s.subramanyan
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 09:08 IST

Very well thought out article.'Elections with changes, but without alternatives' highlights the plight of current andhra polity.

from:  Mukesh Kiran
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 08:47 IST

A very good article about AP, very true people don't have any choice whoever is going to be elected will not care about the people

from:  deepak
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 08:39 IST

Earning on average, around Rs.50 lakh a day. No small feat. It is a
great feat indeed.

from:  SRAVANA RAMACHANDRAN
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 08:14 IST

What about the congress' own predicament of avoiding dynastic
succession of Chief minister's office in Andhra while religiously
trying to perpetuate dynastic succession at centre. The only reason
why congress did not "allow" Jagan to succeed YSR was that it wanted
to project a democratic and anti-dynasty image so that it can get
another piece of political mileage in future while somebody else makes
sacrifice for this. They are ready to accept Indira after Jawahar,
Rajeev after Indira, Soniya after Rajeev and
Rahul/Priyanka/Robert/Rehan after Soniya but not Jagan after YSR.

from:  Wikrant Kumar Sharma
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 07:28 IST

Shri.Sainath has brought the real situation in the political arena in
the A.P.There is no suitable party to take up the vacuum created by
the demise of the former Chief Minister, late Shri.Y.S.R.Reddy. It is
not clear why the Congress parted ways from Shri. Jagan Reddy, son of
Shri. YSR, righ from day one, after the demise of Shri. YSR in an
helicopter crash.Shri. Jagan Reddy , has to take the blame on
himself.I was glued to the T.V., when the news came that the
helicopter carrying Shri.YSR and some officials was missing.I was
really shocked and horror stricken, when the Congress MLAs in the
A.P.Legislative Assembly passed a resolution, at the behest of Shri.
Jagan Reddy, even before the whereabouts of the helicopter were
discovered and elected Shri. Jagan Reddy as the Chief
Minister.Shri.Jagan Reddy could have waited till the Congress High
Command made this announcement.Even now both the Congress and the YSR
Congress should patch up and join hands in the larger interests of
A.P.

from:  S.Kalyanaraman
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 06:10 IST

Nice article. As you said, Congress, YSRC, TDP, TRS, BJP... we have so many parties but none a performing one.

So why not give Lok Satta a chance?

Of all the parties that exist in the state today, only Lok Satta shown up as an honest attempt to clean up the mess we are in.

from:  Praneeth Medukonduru
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 03:37 IST
Show all comments
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor


O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in Lead

A modern-day enlightenment

A renewed appreciation of the ideas of Babasaheb Ambedkar would help us not just to critique Mahatma Gandhi, but also to challenge Hindutva ideology »