Arvind Kejriwal has every right to start a political party, fight elections and come to power if people vote for him. In the early 1950s itself, stalwarts like Acharya Kripalani and Tanguturi Prakasam started the Kisan Mazdoor Praja Party as they were dissatisfied with the Congress. But it disappeared from the political scene in a short time. Starting a party is easy but to sustain it is difficult.

In Andhra Pradesh, Jayaparakash Narayan, a civil servant, resigned and started a social movement called Loksatta. After a few years, he declared that in order to make politics corruption free, political power is necessary. Lokstatta became a political party. But Mr. Narayan alone won the election from Loksatta in 2009. Not many people take his party seriously.

Karavadi Raghava Rao, Vijayawada

The erstwhile member of Team Anna has donned the role of a matador to tame or even kill the fat bulls fed with illegal fodder. Corruption can be eliminated by transforming all citizens and by keeping the supply side higher than demand. One wonders whether such a state can ever be established. Of corruption, it can be said: “men may come, and men may go, but corruption stays on forever.”

A. Victor Frank, Chennai

Mr. Kejriwal and his ilk are aiming very high. Efforts by no less than Lok Nayak Jayaparkash Narayan in 1977 failed with the Janata Party unable to stay in power. While one wishes Mr. Kejriwal well, let us caution him to beware the insurmountable road blocks.

B. Premanada Bhat, Manipal

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