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Understanding Arvind Kejriwal

S. Pushpavanam
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Strange things without any rational basis can happen in a nation of 128 crore people. Now, Arvind Kejriwal is projected as an “honest and different politician” who fights evil. Only when the electronic media calm down will his real face emerge.

Consider how he got out of government service. While serving as a Joint Commissioner in the Revenue Department (Income Tax) under the Finance Ministry, he went on a sabbatical (paid leave) from November 1, 2000 to October 31, 2002, and went abroad. One condition for such leave is that the employee must serve continuously for at least three years after return, failing which he or she must pay back the salary he drew over two years with penalty.

There is a bond to be executed, with witnesses and guarantors. Mr. Kejriwal re-joined duty on November 1, 2002 but at once went on 18 months’ leave without pay: he did not serve continuously. He resigned in February 2006. As he had jumped bond, his resignation was not accepted.

The Income Tax Department sent him a notice in 2007 and again in 2008 asking him to pay up. Mr. Kejriwal, who was by then appearing on TV almost every day, expected the government to budge. He said the government could deduct the dues from his retirement benefits; as he had done no wrong, his dues must be waived. After sending a notice on August 5, the department sent another in September asking him to pay up before October 27, 2011 — failing which he would not be relieved and he would not get his retirement benefits.

Attachment of his property and criminal action could follow. Mr. Kejriwal termed it an attempt to create obstacles to his agitation against corruption. When he did not respond by October 27, the department asked his guarantors to pay. Mr. Kejriwal pleaded his friends should not be disturbed. When it became clear the government would initiate proceedings, he announced on October 30, 2011 that he would borrow from his friends and pay the dues of Rs.9.28 lakh. He wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 3, 2011 enclosing the cheque.

Certain things tend to be forgotten amid the din. An impression has been created that the Aam Aadmi Party enjoys the support of 2.2 crore Delhiites. It got only 29 per cent of the votes. That means 71 per cent of voters rejected it.

The AAP laid 18 conditions to get Congress support, some of them mere administrative actions like removing red beacons from vehicles. He said he had written to the BJP and the Congress on these, and once he got replies he would go to the people and ask them what to do. However, the Congress did not accept the conditions. Yet, the AAP formed the government with Congress support.

It is doubtful whether the schemes announced by AAP can be implemented. The Delhi government has a deficit of Rs.1,725 crore. After announcing a 50 per cent reduction in power tariff, he announced it was only under consideration. He had asked people not to pay power bills. Many did not, and faced power theft cases. If Mr. Kejriwal withdraws the cases that would be a bad precedent; no court will permit that. If he does not, his followers will feel victimised. While he promised 700 litres of water per capita, residents in many areas now beg for at least 20 litres. Only 68 per cent of households have piped water supply.

Mr. Kejriwal is known for his sensational announcements. During a first round of fasting action, he said he would expose corruption by 15 Union Ministers. In December 2013 he said he had proof to show five Ministers had Swiss bank accounts. He said in November 2012 the Central government had a list of 700 Indians who had stashed money in HSBC Bank in Geneva, and demanded that foreign banks give all the names to the government; he asked HSBC Bank’s staff members in India to resign.

The most popular of his stunts was restoring power connections severed for non-payment as he felt the tariff was high. As cameramen clicked away, with a pair of cutting pliers he connected the wires on June 27, 2013. Although it was an offence under the Electricity Act, the electricity authorities did not act fearing his TV-based backing. He chose to take law into his hands, sending a message that he did not believe in a democratic way of functioning. This is in tune with his other activities like offering dharna in front of the Prime Minister’s house, violating orders under Section 144.

What Mr. Kejriwal has done, has been done by so many other politicians. Prashant Bhushan of the AAP wanted a referendum held in Kashmir to determine people’s opinion on the presence of the Army. Mr. Kejriwal said it was Mr. Bhushan’s personal opinion but the consent of local citizens must be ascertained. But there is no difference between a referendum and getting people’s consent. On January 12, Mr. Bhushan said the police must be withdrawn from Naxalite-hit areas.

Mr. Kejriwal is yet another politician who has resorted to politics as his last refuge. I wonder if Meera Sanyal, V. Balakrishnan and Captain Gopinath have done their due diligence before joining the AAP.

(The writer is secretary of the Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, and is based in Tiruchirapalli.)

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Why is the author is not so specific of the pre-election agenda and
promises of the other states of Rajasthan,Madhyapradesh. Why is he so
specific on AK`s agenda and promises. After all Delhi is better than the
other states. At least Ak`s modus Operandi creates shivers in the spine
of the defaulters.
The author is rather ignorant of the background of Rahul.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 20:02 IST

There's a basic flaw in this article. Taking a bond or service agreement (or by
whatever sweet name it's called) in lieu of overseas posting or training is a
predatory labor practice. It's outlawed in western countries. That the Indian
government does it is simply shameful.

I know private Indian companies still resort to this practice. But they can't enforce
this in the US and UK - where it's come before courts and has been deemed illegal.
The government, instead of being labor friendly and taking the private companies
to task, itself seems to be indulging in it.

Sri Pushpavanam's premisses are misguided, to say the least.

from:  A Annaswamy
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 19:02 IST

The writer seems like pursuing some political agenda. Clear for me.

Correction 1: AAP received 32% votes, not 29%
Correction 2: Not everyone voted

from:  AR
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 17:07 IST

Perhaps AK may have done some violations of law for the benefit of the common people in a peaceful manner which has thrown light on the miseries of the common people.It is to be noticed that,he has adopted many strategies align to other political parties and it should be perceived as an innovative ways of protest for the benifit of the people.Don't think that everything should be in a particular fashion and not subject to change.AK has proved that in the present form of protest against the centre to take action against the police officers who are averse to execute the orders of the Delhi ministers.

from:  Shamsu Vallapuzha
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 15:42 IST

It is better Pushapavanam do similar studies about the Chair person of UPA and tell the people what was the Chairperson's background and what is the present financial position of that person compared to to earlier status.

from:  akschandran
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 14:35 IST

Why now and why author is singling of AK and is bordering on defaming AK. AK appears to be a better lot compared to others and planning to change the seemingly unchangeable.
Can not author do similar write-ups about others for citizens' consumption.

from:  Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 14:34 IST

Actually i am flabbergaested ,i can't believe people are so blindly
following Mr.Kejriwal albeit even he doesn't know what he is doing. I can see people are in a desperate need of change but it doesn't mean that we can believe and follow any mystical and unsubstantiated idea for the sake of change. AAP definetely needs to change and clear his ideas regarding different issues and most importantly hold on to that idea otherwise anytime soon enough AAP would be headed towards gloom.

from:  Ravi Bhaskar
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 13:24 IST

The author of this Article, Mr.Pushpavanam, has I hope, done his "due
diligence" first before putting his unsubstantiated "facts" before the
public, and asking other citizens to do "D.D"...IF he had 'clear'
Proof of all that he alleges and insinuates in his bombast...what
stopped him from making "all' public, even before the Delhi
Elections...The Public of this Country are now mostly clear thinking
individuals, with basic inteligence and common-sense...to understand,
whats -what...So Mr.Pushpavanam can keep on harping on his pet
target!!!...makes no difference to an aam aadmi like me !!!

from:  Sushil Kumar
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 13:00 IST

We may do more damage if we dont criticise the new avatar.getting
angry simply because someone criticising a new leader do more damage
to the country.The new government need to provide a corrupt free
administration atleast for one year to lead such effort to emulate in
rest of the country and even outside.

from:  devarajan.v
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 12:35 IST

Mr. S. Pushpavanam tried hard to get the history of Mr. Aravind. I think he need to post the history of all the other major politicians. Then only ordinary people like me get an exact idea what Mr. Aravind did and what others did. Or just did a comparison of some politician and Mr. Aravind.
I think he is trying to something. He is trying to change something. Ordinary people supporting him because what he is doing what they want. I am sure in the coming election AAP will get good number of votes.
Please accept good things at least.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 12:24 IST

This article is one-sided and biased. Doesn't Arvind or his AAP have any positive side at all? If you think that somebody needs to be 100% perfect to be in public life, we may find no one! Arvind may have made some administrative mistakes, but he has the guts to take on and shake our corrupt system.
By the by, can you people work on a system where the consumer redress system is much simpler and faster? We are hearing of instances where the consumers get justice after many prolonged years of court cases. Like Arvind, the CPC needs to fight and transform the way Consumers get speedy justice.

from:  Martin
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 12:15 IST

Folks, Good governance doesnt necessarily means involving Dharnas all the time which AAP is doing, with the given resources delivering better governance than all others.

from:  Chakradhar
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 11:24 IST

The newspaper should also write article about congress and bjp corruption. If someone tries to do good things, talks for equality and help public, then we write all stupid article about them. But we should not forget the cause for which they are fighting. We should be thankfull to them for bringing RTI. I hope the editor must also write article about Roert Vadra DLF deal, Lalu, Yadurappa, Mulayam, Mayawati, Nehru ghandhi.................with emergence of APP hope dirty politics will vanish.

from:  sudhir kumar singh
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 11:15 IST

I studied under Mr Pushpavanam. He started the consumer movement in India. And he is not someone who would write without conviction. Only the most biased people will see motive and untruths in the article.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 10:45 IST

@ Harsh vs:
Surprising you are still happy to be wearing your blinkers! How long
will supporters of the corrupt keep hoping that AAP is losing
credibility? If you bother, just take a count of how many comments in
'The Hindu' support AAP and how many against. Majority of comments are pro-AAP. Do you mean to say all these are 'hooligans' in your parlance?
Take your blinkers off and just take a peek at the online poll surveys of leading online newspapers or TV channels for the Delhi sit-in. It's 40-45% support for AAP! The writing is on the wall for the corrupts. Its up to you whether you want to take a note of it.

from:  Murali V
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 09:20 IST

While one may concede to the inputs furnished by Mr. Pushpavanam,
given the Indian political ambience, the tone of the write-up appears biased. Today, the Indian voter is contrived to vote for the less-
corrupt, as we don't have a corruptless. Congress party is a major
stakeholder when it comes to corruption track record, very immediately
followed by BJP.
Show me the list of candidates who are taint-free. Often, the
candidate and the party he/she represents are in conflict when it
comes to ethics. If the electorate is adamant to comply with strict
parameters to choose a right candidate, the polling booths will
display a pathetic empty spectacle.
Arvind Kejriwal is like a new coffee shop. Initially we expect the
quality to be not bad. Till such time he or the AAP become part of the
rotten bin, let us not discard him in a frenzy. Options available are
too little and for the moment let us give him the benefit of doubt.

from:  C.S. Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 07:12 IST

The article is just a hogwash! Kejriwal argued what he thinks is just but when the government insists on payment, he paid. What is wrong with that? It is waste of space (half the article) dwelling on that. It is false to conclude that 71% rejected it. What a math? By all accounts, their performance is stellar! The 18 questions he sent mainly to test how stupid Congress and BJP would be if they took the bite and answered them. By not answering them, they proved they are pros. Just fine, AAP will deal with them in another way. The rest of the article is arguements of an opposing politician. No one would expect him to change the infrastructure overnight. Most other states are just trying to keep up with AAP by cutting tariffs and shedding VIP culture. What Kejriwal is doing is necssary when the law and order in the country does not exist. The government became unaccountable and distributing the national wealth to friends and relatives and pocketing the commisions. Give a break!

from:  KVRao
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 02:51 IST

Pushpavanam wants to demonstrate that because AK has:
(1) breached a service contract
(2) projected an untested economic plan for distribution of resources
(3) brandished sensationalist announcements
(4) has taken the law into his own hands (by disconnecting wires?) and protesting at 7 Racecourse, he is vile and comparable to other politicians.
This actually astonishes me. How narrow must the author's awareness be if he
associates law-breaking with this example ? There are tons of other, more celebrated figures in our nation - most recently, UP Government censoring TV on saifai celebrations, Munna Bajrangi, Amit Shah, Ms. Mamata Banerjee's party violence in WB. If the author chose this example to demonstrate his idea of "lawbreaking", perhaps he should read more of the newspapers.
Besides that, what is the connect between the author's facts and his assertion, which is presumably that AK is pretentious. Terrible, amateurish journalism that lacks
logical progression.

from:  Shreyas
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 02:07 IST

If AK is a politician no different from why don't you let him work as
you've given peaceful 15 years for congress and in between BJP as
well.
If he's made big promises, why you are worried that he can't fullfil..do you remember any thing from any manifesto since 60 years of independance.. there is nothing wrong if he's selling hope. We are biggest HOPELESS democracy in the world, full of BJP and Congress. IF he is guilty of revenue department, option is to deduct from his PF.. but what about those who are surfing world on tax payers money??
those who have 150 crores office, you bark like a dog if orders some extra cheese in his pizza..
Grow up Consumer PC... use your brain.. may be he is wrong, may be he cant speak like ManiShankar or Modi.. but what he showed us is a way, a Niyat what he calls it.
And I support him and Salute him for what he's doing for rest of the country.

from:  Sahyadri
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 01:27 IST

Everyone seem to either support or dislike AK. However the first half of this article is just stating facts. It does put his integrity into question.
So far, he has been a disappointment and there are no signs that he would be good administrator. His unruly behavior and disregard for law seem to continue even after he is a law maker now.

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Jan 21, 2014 at 00:56 IST

Seriously as a publishing house you seem to be an extremist, really
Anti-AAP, I expected a mix-bag as there are loads of good things he has
done too, which I couldn't find here.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 23:58 IST

The article clearly put the events in a perspective.... we must evalute them crtically rather than being blind about the facts!

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 23:26 IST

Very shocking to see an article of pure bias on Hindu!

from:  Rajendran
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 22:12 IST

An extremely vindictive article! We can be overly considerate with our
corrupt politicians and come down strongly on someone who has the guts
to stand up to corruption and misgovernance. This is hypocracy and
sadism at its best.

from:  Revathy Chandra
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 21:29 IST

Distorted and Damned lies, selectively handpicked to prove the writer's biases. Writers such as this writer will cause this country to lose another opportunity to free this country.

from:  ritesh
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 20:53 IST

Though I think The Hindu wants to provide a platform on both side
of the aisle but be it known that in 60+ yrs of our independence
there was no one who can match the likes of AK... I can say, after
Lal Bahudur Shastri he must be the best thing happened in
politics. Do we not think that in 20 days he has done so much and
he deserve another 2 yrs for him to work quietly... why are we
after him and I hope The Hindu would rather take and highlight his
achievements as well...

from:  Minhaj Khan
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 20:50 IST

so going by this logic of mr pushpavanam, bonded slave labour should be honoured. The trouble with intellectual jacking off is losing focus of the fact that in corporate life, bond was international posting is akin to bonded labour. It was a prominent phenomenon in IT industries and has been done away with as it is against international employment norms. Income Tax dept choose to pursue it believing they are GoI backed and can get away with it.
Arvind Kejriwal stood up to bullying by refusing to honor a one sided bond, legal term 'void ab initio' because such bonds only favor one party.

Another thing, get your dates correct, Arvind K was not a national figure in 2007-08, trying to infer he was impressing his popularity to get out of bond, is fertile imagination of writer at best. There are genuine questions on problems faced by people and ground situation on water, power and likes faced by people in Delhi. Just, erred in not asking this to a govt of 15 years, but to a 15 day old?

from:  Rachit
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 20:39 IST

I request the commentators to send their comments also to my mail Id so that i could individually reply to them.

from:  S.Pushpavanam
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 19:47 IST

why is it that you people always seem to be pulling him down?? don't you
have anything worthwhile to write ? just it shows your mental rigidity
in accepting a change.. so what if he has made some mistakes, who
doesn't . he is just a year old in politics.. don't you get that.. give
him a chance.. otherwise you eventually have the congress.. why such
hurry in passing judgements? the rut of 60 years cannot be cleaned in 60
days. mind that .

from:  piyush
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 19:32 IST

Based on the comments, I can see that people either love the article or hate it. I believe that we must take a neutral stand point.
a. Why have we dug deeper into AK's past not others?- Simply because many of us considered him (and many still do) the beacon of hope, our savior from corrupt politics. Him having a shady record, hurts.
b. Why are we mad at him? 1. He has made many promises that he "seems" to have forgotten, making us worry, if he is "just another politician". 2. His ideas of reservation, subsidization of electricity (instead of improving the power transmission and distribution system) does not gel well with the image he propagated (of sophisticated decision making). 3. His lack of focus on developmental activities. Most of his initiatives seem like crowd pleasers rather than developmental activities.

My conclusion: While this was not the performance I expected from AK. I expected wonders. But then again, it is too early to be judgmental. Let us wait and watch...

from:  Sowmya Sarathy
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 19:07 IST

Utterly biased article. Did not expect this from Hindu!

from:  Jasdip
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 19:05 IST

Thanks to The Hindu for writing this article. it will be eye opener for those who blindly supports AAP. once when AAP separated from ANNA ji and asked people to vote whether they want them to contest election or not, I also sent SMS in favor of contesting the election. but now I have been proved wrong myself. They are doing drama only in front for media persons. there biggest mistake is by forming govt with congress. although people of delhi voted BJP and AAP both to form govt and rejected Congress, AAP taken support from Congress and defeated peoples choice.

from:  Rajesh Kumar
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 18:29 IST

I am shocked to see such an article on Hindu!
I am also going to unsubscribe the paper version right away.
Regards

from:  Swamy
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 18:11 IST

I love this article. Specially after seeing reaction of blind AApians/hooligans. Well they were all happy and cheerful when kejriwal was being praised a messiah but now the leftist gang is showing intolerance. Till yesterday The Hindu for them was beacon of hope but when kejriwal is exposed in full scope they thing the newspaper is compromised. Ohh I can't stop laughing.

from:  Harsh vs
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 17:59 IST

From Sahara to Sharada "Ponzi " stunts have exploited Indian public
which is vulnerable to 'miracles'.Careful,premptive n proactive scrutiny
is needed towards any quickfix claimers before the entire nation id
fixed.The Hindu article is welcome.

from:  Giansagar
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 17:52 IST

Please continue your efforts to understand Arvind.Hope one day you are able to do so, though it looks doubtfull.

from:  vsmodi
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 17:46 IST

He is like any other politician but chosen a different path to grab
power. He says he doesnt work with Congress or BJP before elections and
happily lives together with Congress party. Seems like he has his own
agenda to implement. He has no respect to the law of land. His cabinet
colleague goes in the midnight and harass African people and abuse them.
What happens if the same thing happens millions of Indians who are in
Africa. He is more dangerous than any other corrupt politician.

from:  Venkateswarlu K
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 17:27 IST

give him some time and then decide he is a good OR a bad man. personal
opinion "he is good man" but he'll have to do some better work than
before and prove it.... otherwise he will be like all others/corrupts.

from:  ajay
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 17:18 IST

I read this Bold article along with the Readers comments below. I am
surprised that these comments are from the elite readers of THE Hindu.
We all know that THE HINDU would not publish anything without proper
investigation,and I personally don't think that anything wrong has
been published against AK. In case if there is any thing wrong its
AK's responsibility to prove what has been published is wrong. Before
becoming the CM , AK used to point finger at every other person he
sees, and now it is his time to be the target and feel the heat. You
reap what you sow.

from:  shejuguru
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 17:17 IST

Even for a minute if we assume that AK is a hippocrat and a opprtunist who is just trying to enter the good & heavenly world of POLITICS already occupied by our dear country & ppl loving angel souled Politicians. Then will the writer of this article & THE HINDU please explain why is the general enviornment of INDIA is so dippressing, why there is rampant corruption (im sure ever even plundering done by Mr. Mohammad of Ghazni was not so rampant. Why every other day there is a rape/molestation and what politicians are interested in are the ill-effects of girls wearing jeans or having mobile...they may even decide a dress code for a 6 month old child. But these politicians never utter a word which can resonate & sychronize with the sentiments of general public. Im not a graet fan of AK but let us be true the man has given INDIA a ray of hope where a david can beat goliath in his own game. Even if he was wrong earlier, was Valmiki not a dacoit before turning in to sage.

from:  Abhishek
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 17:08 IST

Oh yes, Mr.Pushpavanam.... We are delighted with the politicians who construct 100 Crore Roads that break to dust by the next monsoon. We will sing paeans of politicians who pocket 8 crores for every 10 crores public money spent. We'll pray for the health of politicians
who have the knack of playing with people's religious and caste
views.
But the moment some one who questions the corrupt system, we'll wear our "secretary, Consumer protection council" hat and hit below his belt with half-truths.

from:  Murali V
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 17:01 IST

so ultimately he did give back the money to govt.? if that's the case,
then why make fuss about it? in fact, one can argue about such policy,
infringing individual rights. in such cases, govt. should be entitled
for max amount it spends for such trvel, less if the person serves it
back even partially. instead of fighting for citizen's rigt, the whole
issue is brought in such a manner as to demean what the guy has
achieved, and not highlighting how he performed during his service
time. it's a shame we try to play mud game rather than helping each
one, and suggesting remedies for an weak, unefficient and faulty
system.

from:  mrityunjay basak
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 17:00 IST

Great Work. Freaks and power hungry people like kejriwal must be exposed.

from:  Virsingh Rathore
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 16:41 IST

Once I was a great fan of Arvind, even when he declared that he'd
contest in election. But with time I became little sceptic about him as
his every action was aimed at gaining media attention and doing unlawful
things and even urging people to do so. After making govt. in Delhi, he
showed to everyone that he is not a MAN OF HIS WORDS.

from:  kapil
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 16:32 IST

TheHindu finally you must have realised that publishing this article
was a mistake , I still respect your paper ,, trying to give people a
different point of view ,for a few paragraphs I almost felt it like a
hate mail !

To ERR is human , we all do mistakes , but why dig the past and why
past of Ak alone ? Let me see articles in this detail on all
politicians in India , better release a special book , like the
surveys you release on Agriculture or Industry , info about all the
MP's in India !

who they were ? who they are now ? criminal records ,Increase in
assets , scams and schemes , the good things they done . I think you
have more work to do .

I like to see articles thought provoking,giving different points of
views not like this one . I wonder if comment passes moderation, and
definitely I expect some thing from readers editor regarding this
article not to me but to the readers at large .

from:  kalyan
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 16:25 IST

Mr Pushpavanam,

You go to great lengths to document Kejriwal’s disputes with his employer on an
essentially administrative matter, trying thereby to hint that he is not without
flaws. What an original piece of investigative journalism ! Proving that nobody in
public life is a Mahatma !

I now wait with bated breath for more journalistic masterpieces from you in the
same vein. Presumably, you will tell us a bit more about the virtues of the Vadras &
Gandhis of the Congress, the Yadavs & Mayawatis of UP, the Modis, Yedyurappas
and Ramdevs of the BJP and other “statesmen”.

AAP and its leading lights are certainly not perfect. But leave it to the voter to do
the due diligence on whether the foibles of AAP and its leaders are worse than the
fraudulent and fascistic ideologies of the alternatives on offer.

from:  V.Suresh
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 16:23 IST

Written at a time when the name Kejriwal is bound to attract readers, the article does
a great disservice by having a selective memory of Mr. Kejriwal's actions. Within this
selection, it misquotes - for instance "The Income Tax Department sent him a notice
in 2007 and again in 2008 asking him to pay up. Mr. Kejriwal, who was by then
appearing on TV almost every day, expected the government to budge." Despite his
efforts towards public service through initiatives such as the PCRF and RTI
applications, Kejriwal was not a national figure then. It is then, perhaps the author's
imagination that he was appearing on television 'almost everyday' in 2007 and 2008.
It is true that Kejriwal is known for sensational announcements - in fact, it is in the
sensationalism of misdeeds that he often identifies that his rise to fame originates
(Robert Vadra, Nitin Gadkari).
I wonder if the Hindu did its due diligence before publishing such biased and
misguided opinions.

from:  Shreyas
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 16:16 IST

Such a crap! Give us some sensible stuff to read or move such article
under 'entertainment' section.

from:  Vikram
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 16:13 IST

Your views on Kejriwal will not dissuade AAP to compromise on
corruption. Some lacunae over hurried actions of the AAP leaders will
be corrected gradually but these actions will never let them down.Our
political party's mud slinging to AAP will not have any impact in
public mind set. Such criticisms were inevitable as AAP is invading
their dominance of leadership. Stalwart political parties are trying
their best to copy the strategies of AAP. Gandhi 'topies' or public
donation ultimately will not tickle public mandate. AAP has indeed
created a wave to the coming L.S election. They may not get desired
support for government formation for lack of organizational support,
but at least bring some change in governance anarchy.

from:  KALYAN GHOSH
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 16:09 IST

i think this man has all time in world to study kejriwal..instead of writing facts of people who cheated for generations in crores he is writing about people who are doing positively for our country..i dont know what to call such a writer.

from:  monica
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 15:50 IST

The Article was such a crap that i could not go beyond 2 or 3 lines
. Freedom of expression is a Fundamental Right and the expession mus
be "Free" , but it appears the author of this article is a "slave"
of some political "hate opinion".

from:  Pradeep kumar
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 15:45 IST

I concur with Aseem and Krishna. And yes, we have many more expectation from THE HINDU.
I urge to people of India please support him as HE IS OUR LAST HOPE. Otherwise on day we may enter in stone age again !

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 15:43 IST

Very very biased and useless article. How could "The Hindu " allow such absurd views to publish.

from:  Amit D
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 15:39 IST

This is the problem of media. Role of media is to give "complete"
information. It is meant to be informative, rather than judgmental.
People are rational enough to make an opinion, don't barge any opinion
on them.

from:  Praveen
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 15:20 IST

I once heard in a movie " A good man is the one who does good work, even when nobody is looking". It is not about tarnishing his image but media has a duty to fulfill. The writer says right only "Only when the electronic media calm down will his real face emerge." I have seen lots of politicians come & go. The beginning is different & sooner or later they submerge in the same substandard list of politicians against whom they come up. I wish Kejariwal is different & does not disappoints us. Because if he does, we will be more disappointed than what Kalmadi & Raja did.

from:  Rohit
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 15:09 IST

Thanks Mr S. PUSHPAVANAM for opening our eyes and closing your own.
I wish that one day you face all the issues such as rape of someone
close, poverty, etc which we poor and lower middle class people are
facing each day.
Writing crap about Kejriwal just to get popular or to impress your
fellow congress people is completely crap. Never expected Hindu to
publish such article.
And we do not expect Kejriwal to be 100% honest. He is a human being,
not Shri Ram. I neither belong to any political party but if I join,
it will be Kejriwal's AAP.
People like you are the ones that do not let India grow or do not let
India come out of the cancerous corruption that has gone deep into the
country's bone marrow.

Shame on you!!

from:  Aseem
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 15:00 IST

What a load of absolute crap.
I expected better of The Hindu.
I am unsubscribing the newspaper with immediate effect.

from:  Krishna
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 14:54 IST

sir,

something happening nice after long time in indian politics, why you are opposing it?

from:  vivek
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 14:35 IST

'The Hindu' has made a serious error of judgement in publishing Pushpavanam's mindless, vitriol-spewing article on Arvind Kejriwal. I hope you will make amends by giving equal space for a fitting counter.

from:  Kishore
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 14:30 IST

Good Article containing many facts.. showing real face of AK !!

from:  Ajay
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 14:17 IST

Mr Pushpavanam

You state that AAP won only 29 % of the votes with 71% going to others. But
clearly, in any country that uses the first-past-the-post system, the winner need
not necessarily be the one that garners the most votes. Indeed, if you had looked
at the votes taken in by the BJP which had the most seats, it would still be less than
50%.

Perhaps the moot point is what AAP would get if there is a re-election today in
Delhi. I dare wager that it would be a lot more than 29% - despite your disapproval
of Arvind Kejriwal’s administrative disputes with his erstwhile employer. And I dare
posit that it would be due to an acknowledgement of the refreshingly different
manner in which the AAP has functioned, compared to the Congress & the BJP.

Despite its initial bungling and teething troubles, AAP has spearheaded, for the
very first time, participatory democracy in Delhi with ministers still engaged in
doing grassroots work for their constituents. Unlike the established parties.

from:  V.Suresh
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 14:14 IST

The hindu has always been my reference news magazine to get an
unbiased article news. But this article proves to take it to the next
level of business to take on petty issues rather than criticising the
work of the newly formed government. As Kamarajar said, give them some
room to breath, after all they have have a very good track record in
their voluntary services to the public.

This article is definitely worth to be in the author's personal blog
to state his political stance than to be in a supposedly Good
Newspaper.

from:  Sudhakar
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 14:14 IST

I believe that author has a point to make. I went through the comments as well. None has appreciated the author. He is pointing to a simple fact that AK isn't that honest as you see in media. All corruption starts of with small acts of defiance. What is wrong is wrong no matter how small it is. A totality of power in hand would prove how honest he actually is. It isn't the right time to judge AK's honesty.

from:  George Vincent
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 14:11 IST

The hindu is known for non-biased newspaper.. my assumption is wrong it
is also like any other newspaper, i can read all this in TOI..which will
be given in good masala..from now on i'm gonna be fan of HINDU newspaper

from:  prasanna venkatesh
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 14:09 IST

Looks like author is well briefed by NaMO cyber team to exploit the good brand equity of HINDU to defame a tireles person to cleanse India politics.Can the author show one such case of a team giving up their regular jobs to join a movement to cleanse the politics with near zero personal interests.

from:  arun mehta
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 14:08 IST

Having gone through majority of comments here. What is surprising is that people are not concerned bout the veracity of the negative reporting here.
Everyone is bent on busy portraying Mr AK as clean. Compared to the existing bunch of buffons called politicians / party leaders.
No doubt AK, till now, seems better than all but if the above reported things about AK are indeed right, then it is a matter of serious concern that a man who holds the power to sway opinions in large numbers, is teaching then how to break laws, is teaching them how to go back on his own words, is teaching then that anarchy is the solution to repair the system.
Dangerous brand of democracy he is projecting in front of gullible people and this instead of repairing will further fracture the fabric of the nation / system (or whatever is left of it by the existing looters).

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 14:02 IST

Mr Pushpavanam, You go to great lengths to document Kejriwal’s disputes with his employer on an essentially administrative matter, trying thereby to hint that he is not without flaws. What an original piece of investigative journalism ! Proving that nobody in public life is a Mahatma !
I now wait with bated breath for more journalistic masterpieces from you in the
same vein. Presumably, you will tell us a bit more about the virtues of the Vadras & Gandhis of the Congress, the Yadavs & Mayawatis of UP, the Modis, Yedyurappas and Ramdevs of the BJP and other “statesmen”.
AAP and its leading lights are certainly not perfect. But leave it to the voter to do the due diligence on whether the foibles of AAP and its leaders are worse than the fraudulent and fascistic ideologies of the alternatives on offer.

from:  V.Suresh
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 13:52 IST

I am really disappointed in The Hindu which has allowed this rubbish article to be published!! The writer seems to have done a thorough research of painting AK in bad light but conviniently forgets the scams of congress party - bofors, 2G, Robert Vadra millions......billions, etc. and is talking about petty things about AK. I don't understand after what......66 years of Independence and rulling of congress for the majority of part what India has gained!! I, an educated middle class person would feel indifference earlier with who is being elected next as I know all are same - corrupt politicians. But with the emergence of AAP at least I know even as the media potrays it as a "confused" party, it has the best intentions of Indians at heart and are passionate about bringing the change for good and what if AK or any other members in AAP make mistakes?! we have tolerated 67 years of mistakes of other selfish parties we can easily give 5 years (or even more) to this rookie party.

from:  Deepti
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 13:15 IST

When the country is fully controlled (politically or otherwise) by the
political parties of corruption, misuse of power, self-centered
activities, dynasty (Indira Gandhi, Karunanidhi, Lalu Prasad, Mulayam
Singh and more) etc, a new comer, that too an ordinary Indian public,
will draw all such resistance.
Even the established political party, BJP, was making too much of noise, mainly by Harsh Vardhan, just before AAP formed Govt, criticizing the APP joining hands with the corruption.

from:  Lakshmanan B
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 13:11 IST

This article was trying to prove AK as a baddie with superficial
anecdotes. Most surprising fact is that it was published by 'The Hindu',
one of the most respected daily which is known for its equity. The
author has clearly made an attempt to tarnish AK and has failed, which
is clearly proved by the fellow netizens who have commented against this
post. Hindu may avoid publishing articles written by people with vested
interest in one particular political party, who spits biased views, so
that its image could not be tampered further.

from:  Balaji
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 13:01 IST

Such a biased article. I have started losing faith in media and news
paper. In this modern era, these people still thinks that people of
India are stupid. Its pity to see these people portraying these small
things as multi crore scams. One man is trying to do something good but
these people will do anything to let him down. God save India :(

from:  Vishal
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 12:59 IST

Dear Mr. Pushpavanam& The Hindu

Thanks for the wonderfully choreographed article. I will support AAP and Aravind.

from:  Sumesh Bhat
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 12:47 IST

An article of such a low standards should not have come in The Hindu. realy surprising !! A national news paper of such a high standards should have supported this kind of political revelotion which made to change not only Delhi's political view but the entire country's . and we could see the change in other parties fuctioning as well..

from:  Jithesh Chandera
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 12:37 IST

Everyone commenting on negatively on the comment doesn't seem to read the article properly. Right from day Kejriwal took Delhi CMs post, he has not only betrayed Delhi people but whole India. Why is he doing all drama day after day? Why isn't he abiding by constitution for which he is a representative. He is a guy who sensationalizes every thing.
For all who commented on this article, can you tell me why all documents have gone missing that Kejriwal used to show when he was outside the government. He used to flash all kinds on documents against ministers, but where are they now. With whose suppprt he has formed Delhi government? Suddenly after his delhi people began to back him, he has started dreaming about Lok Sabha. There is no harm in doing that, but before eyeing Lok Sabha, he should try to first run Delhi government for one term and that too with practical and logical decisions not for just increasing his fan following.

from:  Surinder
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 12:21 IST

Some points are good but most are biased....This entire article doesn't reflect an objective assessment though it's been very clear now that AAP is going to emerge out as nothing but a mere third Nationa Party following Congress and BJP with same political intentions.

from:  Gaurav Gupta
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 12:19 IST

After reading this article i came to know The Hindu could not cracked
Arvind. This is curious case how a simple person has changed the
stable game. I remember Dhirubhai how a village boy has changed the
game and become most successful business man. The history is being
repeated for AK. Neither English or Hindu news papers are able to
understand this.
Last 65 years political goons are in important place like
Women,ST/SC, Human Rights, UGC commission and many others commissions.
There is no place for real talents. If any person like AK come to
cracked this he is treating like a dog has come into another dogs
area.

from:  Sandeep
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 12:10 IST

Mr. Pushpavanam, I wonder if you have ever written an article on any of the 100+ MPs of India against whom criminal cases have been filed. I wonder if you have written an article about Rahul Gandhi, the anti-corruption crusader who, in spite of all his 'attempts to pass Lokpal bill' has not spoken a single word about Robert Vadra. You are using silly stuff like breaking a bond, granting free water inspite of growing financial burden, etc to blame this guy? If these are serious crimes for you, then you should have, by now, written books on each of the MPs. They have so much to answer for the current state of affairs. Did HINDU even care to go through this article before publishing it?

from:  Kiran
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 11:59 IST

Such a ridiculous article and an extremely misleading title. A die hard fan of TH like me is unable to comprehend whether this is objective reporting or a nuanced opinion.

from:  Varun
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 11:58 IST

HINDU is known for its balanced and unbiased view.The writer has given a one sided view.
DID Kejriwal left IRS and joined another firm and earned huge package.....NO.
Could'nt have Kejriwal earned Crores of rupees ( as Ghoos...Bribe) if he decided to stay as Income Tax commissioner....but he opted for fighting against corruption. I have only admiration for Kejriwal and it has grown further with this article.

from:  Alok
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 11:39 IST

If Mr. Pushpavanam has any personal responsibility, at least he will find time to read the comments and respond to it. Thanks to "Nakkeeran" S. Pushpavanam who gets fame in finding faults on others.

from:  MAGESH
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 11:00 IST

Almost all APP activists are being exposed for one or the other reason. I think it would be a decision in hurry to after APP in Lok Sabha election in 2014. They are given a chance in Delhi and people must wait for 2 to 3 years and judge their performance before changing their mind.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 10:42 IST

Thanks THE HINDU. My trust in Arvind Kejriwal has increased three fold after reading your negative article about Arvind Kejriwal.

from:  Manish Chandra
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 10:42 IST

These have already been published earlier but not with the venom that this article contains. At least he is not a criminal like many other politicians in other parties. As far the schemes and announcements, more time has to be given to them to succeed or fail. I am not in agreement with breaking up of 144 by a Chief Minister . There are other ways of forcing the Police to act

from:  Marti Gurunathan
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 10:33 IST

Article is biased and appears politically motivated. Mainstream parties are trying in vain to discredit AAP and AK, via vicious media campaign. Little do they know (and I am glad) that articles and attacks like these are making aam admi more determined to vote for AAP.. It's a win-win situation for AAP, can't wait for LS polls and cast my vote for AAP.. My best wishes to AAP and AK

from:  Dr S Samaiya
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 10:23 IST

Not only this article tries to paint Arvind Kejriwal as the bad guy, it also misrepresents
facts like Congress not accepting the conditions put by AAP and outrightly lying. I
thought The Hindu was a newspaper above the rest, but this kind of articles try
vigorously to shake that faith off me.

from:  Abhishek Mukherjee
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 09:59 IST

This Article could well have been titled "Don't Vote for AAP".
"Understanding someone" should contain all aspects of the person for the reader to judge.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 09:44 IST

No wonder he is not able to handle Delhi revenue and finances...

from:  Shailaja
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 09:23 IST

I was surprised to see the newspaper which I respect the most has published the article by one Pushpavanam written with no proper vision. One can easily guess how irresponsible he would h ave been as a Govt. servant. If we don't support AAP there won't be anyone coming forward to save our motherland. If you can't do anything good at least keep away from doing any harm.

from:  Sivaprakash
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 09:12 IST

The author is highly biased. He is intentionally writing only one side of thr story. I do not support everything Arvind Kejriwal has done. However there are many good things he has done for the democracy of the contry. Both sides need balanced representation.

from:  Praful
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 08:46 IST

A few questions: 1) has the Hindu verified the allegations made here by the Author? If not, they should not lend their paper to malign AKJ. 2) who provided this very personal and private information to thus author? Was it obtained in an open and honest manner? The conclusion seems to be quite muddied. The article other than throwing mud, does not
say that AKJ did anything illegal? What do we know about the author's background and
motivations?

from:  V Gupta
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 07:43 IST

some of our Indians are experts only in fault finding and do not look at larger picture. Mahatma Gandhi was ridiculed ,Nehru was ridiculed for their personal behavior and obsessions. Please look at the impact that kezriwal has created in Indian politics. At least everyone has started talking of corrupt free governance and if this tempo could be sustained and people come together to work towards this, I am sure our country can progress faster.
We cannot help but having distractors like the present author always looking for negativity forgetting the larger impact such bold efforts like the one kenjriwal has brought about.

from:  R sundaresan
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 07:33 IST

I have been reading The Hindu for 7 years. The recent articles being published in
this news paper are creating confusion among the readers. It is not about the
person whom you write, but is about how you mention facts and put together
them makes your news paper different from others. It is sad and unfortunte that
The Hindu is moving towards the trend and publishing articles like just another
news paper.
Do you think all the persons across the country supporting Mr. Arvind are fools?
Do you think 40 lakh followers on Facebook are not true followers? When you write
about a person who is such an important person, please allow your rational
judgement to work, rather than your biased creativity.

from:  Praveen
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 07:13 IST

What has been written are facts. So far he has been indulging only in theatrics. Need to wait & see if he can deliver

from:  M Ravi
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 07:05 IST

Typical Indian crab mentality - Pull down a person who tends to be doing good for others

from:  Ritwam Sen
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 07:00 IST


Disappointed to see such an article. The allegation mentioned above has been cleared by Mr Kejriwal many times during initial times of IAC & AAP. Still these kind of article appears that too in a reputed news paper.

from:  Fahaz
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 06:55 IST

Every one knows how Mr AK ditched Ms Aruna Roy from whom he learnt his ropes to think on welfare and later how he went against ANNA because of whom he got wide publicity.
It is surprising that he has not commented on the unlawful actions of his law minister when the minister collected a group to harass some foreigners.
If one thinks of AK's actions so far, He would realise that not one of his election promises has been implemented so far.

from:  arunachalam
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 06:18 IST

AAP says that before giving tickets to any one who joins the party, it will do a thorough
background check. What applies to a new entrant applies to the leaders of the party also. As Mr. Kejriwal and his team has arrived on the political stage about a month back with a bang with its grand plans to play a bigger role nationally by contesting for LS seats across 15 to 20 states, is it not necessary for the public to have a background check to make informed decisions and not merely act based on the media hype that has been going on for the last few weeks on the virtues of AAP? This article, whose Tamil version also appeared in the Tamil Weekly edition of 19 Jan 2014 just helps us to have a glimpse into the antecedents of
Mr. Kejriwal. I personally feel that there is nothing wrong in Mr.Pushpavanam in writing this article and The Hindu publishing it as both are part of democracy that allows freedom of expression and sharing of one's known facts!

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 04:39 IST

Delhi Govt has only 1725 crores deficit and even if we add the free water and power subsidy it will amount to only 2000 crores.
What about Central Govt which runs into deficit to billions of rupees is giving additional e subsidised cylinders just because the shehzada has requested it for? Have you understood the other political parties that you started to understand Kejriwal.
Put a balanced view. The people of this country do not think AK is a saint but he is much better than other parties with criminals in vogue.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 03:27 IST

One of my BJP friend shared this article with me on Facebook.
Since it was from THE hindu, to begin with I was shocked.
I felt better when I clicked on the link as it is an Op Ed.
I felt much much better reading the comments - I shared the link on my facebook and added - read the comments! for the first time, something good is happening to this country - hibernate and come back when the elections are over!
Thank You Hindu for allowing Pushpavanam share his/her opinion - The Aam Aadmi has spoken - read the comments!

from:  Raghu D
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 02:45 IST


The writer is ill informed about many things and completely biased.Her
facts are half baked and some are completely wrong. When she talks of
water and electricity in Delhi, she does not know that even a subsidy
of 2000 crores is peanuts compared to the 40000 crore budget of Delhi.
The views don't merit even a rebuttal as they are so clearly colored.
I hope the journalists of today are qualified enough to know what
balanced news reporting means...may be not.

from:  Aditya Sharma
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 01:56 IST

an extremely biased article! This man has sacrificed his life for the
nation. He had a very comfortable life with both of them working as an
IRS. He put himself in hot waters not to enter into limelight but to
help us. Learn to appreciate others. Sorry but I cant appreciate your
efforts here !

from:  d vivek
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 01:52 IST

Why Income Tax Department followed up on a 2008 notice only in late 2011, When Anti-corruption movement was in full swing. What were they doing before that? Did they woke up only when Arvind Kejariwal emerged as a threat to corrupt government? Is it not witch hunting through government agencies!!

from:  Jimmy
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 01:48 IST

Going by the angry reactions from the readers, I am reminded of the hype that Anna Hazare got in his heydays of Lokpal movement. Anyone who spoke against Anna's style was pilloried. But Anna's character got exposed after his frequent change of stance. He was against AK launching party and levelled allegations against him. Now, there are not many takers for Anna.
AK's theatrics surely will expose him soon and then, the mass hysteria will die down. (In our country,one day, they treated Dhoni as God. Next day, stones were thrown at his house). The latest is AK's announcement to contest Lok Sabha polls. He says he does not want to contest but only his party wants him to. Only recently, he said he would not contest.
In my opinion, just before Lok Sabha polls, he will take some tough action against Congress or expose them in some scams and ensure they withdraw support. That is the best way to win seats in Lok Sabha. The author needs to be lauded for calling spade a spade.

from:  Viswanathan
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 01:36 IST

The author may be right or may be wrong. That time will tell. But for
one thing I know that Arvind Kejriwal has come like a revolution in
Indian politics. Delhi recorded a record of 67% voting with a majority
of youth participation. That itself says a lot about the influence of
this man. A party 9 months old pleased 29% of the public. So I take
the comments of the author in this way. The were able to defeat a 50
year old party with 19 seats. The future is unknown but for now whats
happening could turn out to be a revolution in the coming years of
Indian politics.

from:  Lakshit Singhal
Posted on: Jan 20, 2014 at 01:21 IST

It seems majority of commenters are unable to bear any criticism of their AAP leader. But one must note that when AAP leaders are claiming they are only honest and all other are corrupt, it is necessary to read this article which reflects their own image in a mirror what they were and what they are. Let AAP supports should learn to take criticism in proper perspective instead of blindly following their leader.

from:  Naren
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 23:28 IST

The facts in this article can prove AK's violations of Indian laws. In
that case, we also need to think "Why do we have amendment acts?"
These facts(excluding the biased sentence formations) could be true.
But, the author should understand that this article can't prove AK as
a cheater.
A true and unbiased article cannot defame AK. because, 1. He is sincerely serving for the common people's wellbeing, 2. He might have violated some "actually misused rules", but did he anytime fail his duties as an Aam Aadmi's leader. 3. He speaks the truth.
If you still think he has selfish motives behind all his moves. then it means you failed to think like a selfless person as far as this issue is concerned.
If you think he is incapable and inexperienced. then remember he had
cracked upsc exam in his first attempt(1994). since then he has always
worked for the development of our flawful system.

from:  Dinakaran Babu
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 23:13 IST

Thanks a lot to Hindu for publishing this critic of Kejriwal and AAP.
So far all I read in news media is hosanna of Mr. Kejriwal since he is
the flavor of the day without taking a critical view of his populist
policies. At first I too was seduced by AAP and its anti-corruption
crusade. I thought an IIT graduate must be a smart man and when in
power he would not only crack down on corruption but also inform the
people of their responsibilities. First thing he does in power is to
announce free water and electricity! As if we don't already have
massive theft of those resources and bankrupt or near-bankrupt
utilities due to lack of revenue. I would have expected to Kejri to
plug the corruption and wastage from the systems and pass on the
savings to the consumer by improving the water and power
infrastructure and eliminating power outage and water scarcity. Kejri
is no different than a populist Lallu or Mulayam, just a bit more
sophisticated.

from:  Suvojit Dutta
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 23:09 IST

The credentials of the author should be provided in more detail. How is
the author (secretary of consumer protection council) qualified to
provide a political analysis?

from:  Ujjwal Chaudhry
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 23:02 IST

media people can write any thing, or any side which they are intended.Kejrival is not a god .He is just an ordinary human-aam aadmi.When compared with Robert wadhera,Is he a bad or corrupt man.Great Congress leaders had Swiss bank account even at early 60s.Hope mr Kejriwal did not have Swiss accounts.He is just an aam aadmi.You people you are also Aam aadmi ,do something to save our innocent Indians.

from:  dr ashokkumar
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 23:02 IST

1]Kejriwal said in a channel 'I will not enter politics'.Very soon he
started a political party.
2]'we will not offer support to BJP or Cong.we will not accept support
from them'.He formed govt with the support of Congress.
3]'I will not contest for Parliament' Within days he said'I will contest
if asked by the party'
4]Prior to elections he thundered'I have given a 370 page complaint with
evidence to the police against Sheila Dixit govt'.After becoming CM,he
said'let Mr Harsh vardhan provide evidence.I will take action in TWO
HOURS'
No one objects to his entering politics,forming a govt with cong
support, contesting for parliament.It is for him to take or not take
action against corrupt.
What is important is that he can not be trusted for his words.

from:  S.Srinivasan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 22:59 IST

It seems that Mr.Pushpavanam would have been happy if Mr.Kejriwal continued to
work as an IFS officer instead of being the only hope at present. Mr.Kejriwal has
provided a fresh perspective to indian political scenario which is very healthy to the
nation. Whether he serves as IFS officer or Chief minister, he only serves the people of
this country. To project it otherwise is to malign a good individual. I would like to ask
if people should continue to live their lowly lives and never have great ideas? If this is
what he wants then he has made his intentions very clear.

from:  Murali mohan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 22:58 IST

The title of the article states "Understanding Arvind Kejriwal".
However, what the article only manages to do is clearly show the
author's biases. To understand a person, you need to assess him in a
balanced and objective way. What the author conveniently forgot to
mention is the fact that Arvind Kejriwal is a learned man who
graduated from IIT and is a Magsaysay Award winner. Now, how many
politicians in our country can boast of credentials like that? If by
stating a few digressions a person can be judged, then I guess, the
author would do well to judge our existing politicians by the plethora
of scams that they seem to be connected with. What a lot of people
(including the author) don't get is not to prejudge. Give them a
chance and it will be upto the people to decide whether they feel Mr.
Kejriwal's government has delivered on its promises or not.

from:  Shashank Gupta
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 22:16 IST

I am hurt to see the most sought-after national daily publishing such
an article and seriously I applaud the hard work put in by the author.
Since the author is well versed in the past service of Arvind Kejriwal,
I want to put forward following few questions before him:
1. Why the author has written a post at this particular point of time
and will there be any other such post in the near future of some other
goverment official ( I hope there will) ?

2. Why has only negative aspects of Arvind Kejriwal been highlighted?
Is the title justified?
3. "It is doubtful whether the schemes announced by AAP can be
implemented"- I am doubtful, if the author has ever read a political
party manifesto; more so of the ruling UPA2. Is the author or the THE
HINDU doubt about the so many schemes announced by the UPA2?
IN INDIA EVERYONE WANT TO SEE A HERO EMERGE & FIGHT but WANT EVEN MORE
THE SAME HERO TO FALL.

from:  Ravi Sharma
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 22:03 IST

I commend The Hindu for showing due diligence to the head of a political party's past actions and doings in an objective fashion (although these facts are published in the Opinion section).
Could we ask for a similar diligence to Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh also? Or you just wanna give them a friendly pass (no sarcasm there).

from:  Anamendra Bharati
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 22:00 IST

1. Why did not the author of this article bother to find out what was the reason Arvind Kejriwal went on leave and subsequently left the IRS?
2. He borrowed from his friends and gave that much money. So he did not had that much bank balance. Why cannot that be seen through a nice perspective?
3. AAP got only 29% of votes, so 71% rejected it. Is he quoting the total votes polled or total voter capacity versus votes for AAP, because cleverly, he was placing the delhiite population in numbers.
4. More than a decade other parties have ruled India, why getting so impatient with AAP rule in particular?
5. Think about the less costs AAP is incurring to the nations exchequer by way of not engaging high security and other related paraphernalia?

from:  Suryakumaran Nair S
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 21:46 IST

This is a very poorly researched and biased article. Not even worth
debating the nitty gritties. Astonished that the Hindu is publishing
content like this!

from:  Nishant
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 21:35 IST

Now I pose a question to this guy Pushpavanam who is reportedly representing a consumer protection council that in my bank ( a govt bank called DENA bank with Goddess Lakshmi as logo ) the published phones numbers are not being attended and even the mobile phones and this is for the last 6 months. I have complained to the branch / the zonal office and even to the head office and no one is able to help advise or instruct the guys manning the phone to attend to. Can Pushpavanam take up this case for a fee ? where is the solution in my case for the arrogance of the govt.employees let alone police.Wake up Mr.Pushpavanam The times have changed

from:  Nanthakumar
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 21:33 IST

The AAP exposed Robert Vadra, while the BJP and other opposition parties ( including Anna Hazare ), kept a deafening silence.
That, and the fact that most Indians are desperate for good governance, are alone sufficient to keep me firmly in the embrace of AAP

from:  Parthasarathy
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 21:33 IST

We all know how difficult it is to be honest and sincere in present society. And if someone claims to be honest and fights for such a cause, society will leave no stone unturned to make it hell for them. This article is just an example. Even if Mr.Kejriwal is really what the author suggests to be, the change he has brought in is unprecedented and worthy of support by all of us.
I wish Mr.Kejriwal and his team all the best and prove that IT IS POSSIBLE to eliminate corruption.

from:  Hamsa
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 21:31 IST

@JOSHY GEORGE has nailed it. The author has unwittingly kindled the AAP
fire among us. Sure, the comments would have warmed Mr. Kejriwal to
contest 400 seats. Why not all the 543?

from:  Manimaran
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 21:17 IST

It seems like that the writer has been too much disturbed with the
uprising of AAP. I would like to know if the writer has written any such
articles against many of the tainted MLAs and MPs of BJP and Congress.
Sir, have you expressed your feelings against Vadra also ? I hope that
the writer is not a puppet of Bigwigs.

from:  Kulvinder Singh
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 21:16 IST

I do not agree with this article on the following grounds:
1. As I myself is a Govt. employee I know that the dues recovery process is limited to issuance of a couple of notices. But in this particular case, the vigorous following fetched the desired result i.e. the payment of dues ironically benefiting Kejriwal as he got his pension and PF balances.
2. If the writer sticks to his claim that 71% has rejected AAP, he should also infer that Congress and BJP was rejected by 71% and 81% of people of our country in 2009 general elections respectively.
3. Non payment of electricity bill was due to the alleged irregularity in the billing and faulty meter.
4. On Kashmir, it is very genuine question that whether the deployment of Army and AFSP Act is helping in reducing the alienation of kashmiri people?
It seems that some of the political issues are dragged intentionally by our politicians to reap political benefit.

from:  Samarjeet singh
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 21:13 IST

Even the father of our nation "Mahatmaji" erred in many circumstances,
when he was growing. Later we all know that he honestly accepted all his
mistakes. Let us not worry about the past blunders committed by Mr
Kejrival. Your comment is more or less like criticizing a grown adult
for undressing in his childhood days. Let Mr Kejrival to function for
some more time and then criticize. Mr Kejrival took a path in Indian
politics, which is not even cared by the politicians of almost all the
parties.

from:  Ilangumaran
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 21:12 IST

An article in newspaper should put light on both aspects of the subject.
But this aricle only emphasis on the negative side, which is totally
unjustified.

from:  dheeraj jayswal
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 21:07 IST

This article is more of a one sided interpretation which is of less
significance at this point of time. I would request the writer to
elaborate on 'lack of experience'. What difference the kind of
experience the netas have made to the common man. In a democratic
system if the law can not do justice to the the people its of no use
in following the law, it is better if it is re written, if not,
obviously there will be more AAPians.It is a good idea if the writer
could kindly put his effort in educating the people about the real
parasites of the society from the political arena, not Arvind
Kejriwal. Hope the readers understand that we have the same crowd who
ridiculed Galileo with us.

from:  Biju Raghavan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 20:57 IST

All those commenting here in favor or against AAP, I would just say
that the period for which you are considering AAP as good or bad is
too less. I or you can't tell the measures what AAP is taking in Delhi
is good or bad given the consequences are not yet out. But yes I would
say one point that right now, instead of expanding the party and
looking for lok sabha elections, AAP should focus on making things
good in Delhi. And then in the next lok sabha elections, if they go
out, there won't be anyone to oppose him if the measures he is taking
right now gets going good.
But expanding the party at such a massive scale without a proper
screening method and not knowing what the intentions of the people
joining the party are(which is why you see so much conflict inside),
there would be chaos inside party which would not be good for not only
AAP but for the general public as well.
As per me, AAP should focus on good governance in delhi without any
conflicting opinions or measures.

from:  Mukul Pati Singh
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 20:53 IST

Media is always silent of emergency being applied on Monday by the
centre, If Cm of a state is not allowed to walk on roads ... just for
demanding full powers over police.....there is a Question mark on
Democracy.. its for the people to decide whom to vote next time

from:  Imran
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 20:44 IST

I think the writer wants to convey that .. if someone who wants to
enter a new arena and wants something done which is different and
good for the country and people you should not focus on his work or
ideas you should first find out the faults in the person itself.
Why people are not happy when something good is happening and they
always try to find some loops in it ... .

from:  Jeph
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 20:40 IST

I would like to thank THE HINDU and Mr. Pushpavanam for publishing
this article for the following:-

1. Being a subscriber of THE HINDU, I was astonished to read this
news item in THE HINDU. I am afraid, whether both Mr Pushpavanam and
the editors of the my most-trusted newspaper had the due diligence
before publishing this artcile.

2. This article made me read the comments on net (which I normally
dont do) and post this comment. I am not a supporter of any political
party including AAP. However, now, after reading this article and the
COMMENTS, my ratings about the AAP and Mr Kejriwal has increased.

3. Thanks, THE HINDU and Mr. Pushpavanam.

from:  JOSHY GEORGE
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 20:31 IST

The author should also have commented on Kejriwal never having moved
out of Delhi during his entire government service! Though adorning
Gandhian caps, do the AAP-ians have any idea of the Gandhian vision
for the country’s people? Whereas, Gandhiji envisaged a long-term,
nationalistic vision to equip the countrymen to attain skills/
capabilities to become absolute masters of their own life, the AAP-
ian myopic script is to give people false hopes of free water, free
power and free homes and thus raise their primordial instincts and
swell its cadres. AAP’s resemblance with the Nazis of Germany is
alarming. AAP’s agenda is “clean-up”; so was that of the Nazi’s.
Smooth talking, self righteous conversational skills of both Hitler
and Kejriwal and the single point agenda of ‘racial superiority’ of
the former and “anti-corruption” crusade of the latter; their
disregard for consensus-based-decision-making; storm-troopers for
meting out instant justice on the street... Should more be said?

from:  Malavika
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 20:31 IST

Kejriwal is like a chit (or cheat ) fund operator who promises
unrealistic returns on investment is glib persuasive language. such
operators also pay the 'promised' returns for a few months and then
simply vanish. Is Kejri's modes any different ? How is his free water
and subsidized electricity any different from free laptops to two
rupees food grains ? It is mass bribing of the electorate and Kejri
promises to wipe out bribes ! If he was really efficient he could have
reduced cost of utilities by better administration and passed on the
benefits to the people. He is the modern Natwarlal the legendary
conman.

from:  umesh mishra
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 20:17 IST

If he is really a performer he should not
shy away from criticism
He should fullfill all promises he made

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 20:04 IST

AK is dishonest; is an autocrat; does not know protocol; does not have administrative experience;does not have any broad vision about economy ,foreign policy and such important things;...and so and so forth.
Let us assume that he is all these. Can't we give him 65days before judging him. Can he do any more damage to the country that what has been done by other politicians in the past 65 years? People who try to spread such misinformation may only help his cause indirectly So please go ahead.


from:  T.M.G.Nambisan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 19:56 IST

I feel happy for the audacious attempt by Kejriwal to fight against
corruption and work for the common people in a democratic way. The
opposition which preaches democracy while practicing bureaucracy has
plagued the Indian system since independence. There ought to be
difference in a person's behavior from one to another and from time to
time;the author must be matured enough to understand this and could
have targeted his study on some fat corrupt individuals.
At this time we require a total change in the administrative set-ups
to make a less corrupt India. Let us modulate our views and help for a
better administration in a prevailing system of anarchy. There will
be constraints when change occurs we should be matured to accept them.

from:  Venkidesh
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 19:31 IST

there are some factual mistakes
29% voted for him does not mean 71% rejected
voting percentage in delhi was around 60%. That means rest 40% might be neutral/adverse/supporting Kejriwal. Also, many people who voted for other parties might have voted for him they were convinced about AAP's majority. Also, it was a verdict for AAP not for Kejriwal individually.
Further, by 2008 he was not appearing on TV on daily basis, but was busy in campaigning for RTI.
This is a case of clever use of language.

from:  Abhishek
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 19:17 IST

Surprise of these allegations by a coveted newspaper, without any facts,
I was also a govt servant and resigned from govt for academic reasons.
I also was not in the position to pay the dues for which i have also taken loan after asking the govt to deduct it from my benefits. what is harm in that. We are not bonded labours. Delhi's budget is maximum 40k crore and he has currently given subsidy on temporary basis of meagre 200 crore. Because it will take time to put things into place. Kejriwal is backed by TV is preposterous comment, Since he
attacked Mulkesh Ambani and disclosed about him media has been belligerent on him, which reflects how private media barks when their masters are accused.Very upset about these baseless article backed by no evidences and facts. I support Arvind in his endeavour as change can not be brought by cowering behind walls. A war should be waged against corruption,and all the isms has to be put at side for Swaraj
and rule of people.This is Mahabharat.

from:  sukant
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 19:17 IST

Sir, I don't understand what are your intentions to write this article.
It is ok to comment or investigate about his past but thinking that
miracles will happen in only 20 days is foolishness. Give him some time
to correct the things. If as per your thinking, Mr.Kejriwal is media
couverage hungry then writing this article without giving him proper
time, is too.

from:  DIGVIJAY PATIL
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 19:14 IST

After spending my extra-ordinary leave (without pay) working in UK. I
was tortured similar way by the corrupt officers on my return to
India. The only reason I was tortured because I couldn't agree with
the officials and bring them the gifts which they probably expected.
My second fault was that I was not son of bureaucrat.
So dear Author kindly don't try to fool educated middle class of India
who now exactly know what governance means. The government is brought
in democracy to serve the public and not act as dictators.
So I support Aam Adami party in all those actions which are small or
big for giving re-leaf to Aam Adami.

from:  Dr. Bilal Ahmad Malik
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 18:59 IST

where is the other side of AK?

from:  Suhail
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 18:57 IST

Everyone should ask to himself what kind of minister he wants, one who
has cared only about himself like other than ARWIND KEJRIWAL or one who
wants to give power to common man like ARWIND KEJRIWAL. INDIA is
democratic country, power should be in hand of Indians not bunch of
people who dont care about common man once they become minister. AK must
win in Lok Sabha election.

from:  monika
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 18:56 IST

What Arvind Kejriwal stands for is deeply disconcerting to the current political and official class. And its them who will try their utmost to discredit Arvind and his party. Thankfully Arvind has so far shown remarkable capacity to learn. It’s not that difficult to understand that an aam admi like Arvind becoming one of the political class and all of a sudden having to deal with the deeply entrenched and corrupt ways of doing politics. He is having to learn and adjust on the fly. And the political adversaries are only too ready and quick to point out AAP’s minor inconsequential errors of mission and omission. The so called controversy over Arvind’s government accommodation, and contradictory statements made by some of the recently joined members like Capt. Gopinath or Ms. Sarabhai are really a flash in the pan. Those really do not and should not cast any doubt on Arvind and AAP movement capabilities.

from:  Deep Rawal
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 18:45 IST

Mr.Pushpavanam,
What are you trying here?
Are you writing as a private person or as a representative of CPC? From your e-mail id, and the information you have given about you, you seems to suggest that you write this as a CPC representative.
Is it usual practice that CPC gives unilateral advice and opinions on politicians and political parties?
Why the urge to "inform" about Mr. Kejriwal and AAP? Have you given out such opinions about other politician and parties? Or do you simply feel that all those established politicians and parties are "too good" to give opinion about?

from:  Chelliah Nageswaran
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 18:30 IST

We never told or expected Arvind K'val to be a man who never violated any rules. We r not living in an utopian world. These are all very minor things, when compared to the allegations of Mr Kempka or other scams. Let us give them some time and then judge it. People are fed up with both Cong and BJP. May be Mr.AK can not solve all the problems faced by India. It will not be worse than what the economic expert has done in the last decade.

from:  Kalavai Babu
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 18:24 IST

i am surprised that the hindu has allowed such articles to be
published, which reeks of misinformation and cheap indignation. The
author has in a biased manner chose to write on presumably negative
aspects of Mr Kejriwal while stayed quiet on his achievements and his
efforts to stand out in this stench of selfish politics of
contemporary political parties. but the author chooses to criticize
his intent and his efforts to remain honest and to something for
people. Sadly we indians will never grow out of the habit of pulling
each other 's leg just like the crab in the basket.
Please allow these well and justly motivated people to atleast try to
get things right and let people of india judge them rather than you
putting out your prejudice.

from:  sudatta
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 18:14 IST

Kejriwal will have to answer many such things in the coming days.His
route of course is not based on truth and honesty but still he is better
out of the lot.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 18:02 IST

Sir, if you had targeted all politicians in general, it is
understandable, but why Mr. Kejriwal alone? Do you expect to prove
himself in 60 days when others have failed to do in 65 plus years?
Wonder what's your intentions are? No one is perfect including you and
me. Let's give him time and then make a judgement.

from:  Samuel
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 17:50 IST

That is the most myopic article that I've read in recent times

from:  Harish
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 17:46 IST

When trying to understand someone, one needs to describe about the good,
the bad and the ordinary aspects of that person. Even a non-AK fan will
agree this article is focusing only on bashing AK, and thereby not doing
justice to the title of the article.

from:  Vishnu A
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 17:28 IST

The same article with a verbatim Tamil translation also appeared in the latest issue of Thuglak weekly. QUite strange !
The author is heavily biased and has a single point agenda of portraying Kejriwal as unreliable.
Anybody can write such articles about any personality.
It is like saying Gandhiji ate meat sometime in his early life- so do not listen to him when he was later preaching Ahimsa !

from:  vijay kartik
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 17:04 IST

Of course, there are grey areas in what he has done before.
What he stood for ('Swaraj', Corruption, Lokpal, etc.), leave apart
the means he had used, is what has made him who he is.

Quite recently, he has decided to contest for Loksabha, having
announced that no sitting MLA should contest for Loksabha. Party
decision cited as a reason for his change in decision.
Why didn't he consult the party leaders when he previously made an
announcement that no MLA should contest for Loksabha? Not getting
consent from Party leaders before announcing anything
revolutionary/populist is equivalent to almost dictatorship.

Leave out all grey areas. Everything can't be good in anyone.
At this point, all that matters is a good governance in Delhi.

from:  Thenali
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:53 IST

"Mr. Kejriwal is yet another politician... "

And shall we say the author is yet another indifferent secretary/
bureaucrat/ babu toeing his political masters' line? The author should
sometimes ask his high and mighty self what he has been doing for the
nation.

A highly biased article.

from:  Anurag
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:47 IST

According to Reserve Bank of India ( RBI) data, Delhi was budgeted to
have a fiscal deficit of 0.7% of gross state domestic product, well
below the national average of 2.1%.
author seems to attack the AAP just for the sake attacking .
i would say poor cynicism

from:  anmol sethi
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:42 IST

Seems like your are digging out all the bushes around Mr. Kejriwal
that has no more concern with what he is doing right now. I am sorry
but you guys are mere trying to put the AAP on the back foot by
putting on insensible comments. And by this it is not difficult to say
that you are all are also the 'paid ones'. If someone is trying to
something, please help him and support him to achieve all his
endeavors. Please give a thought over it. For the last fifteen years
India has been rules by politicians who gave us nothing but lots of
rape cases, scams, corruption and countless many other things.
If you think you have not got the guts to support something
good(because you are either blind or the colored paper made you
blind), then please stop spamming the minds of those people who
believe in AAP and stand for themselves.
I am not a politician, neither I do have any interest in it, but for
the first time in my last 10 years of good sense, I have got some
faith that India can change

from:  Asif
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:35 IST

The article is hardly of any importance. Think of the corrupt and
criminal politicians, and all the author's acquisitions against Arvind
will seem utterly silly.
Our government systems today are so bad that one can hardly achieve
anything worthwhile in his/her lifetime if one tries to play by the
books. Ask the companies that made it big in India. They did not
cheat. But they know how to ace the system, where are the holes.
Indian politics stands as a classic metaphor of Animal Farm by George
Orwell. I think it's time to get used to some dissents and
disruptions, as it happened in the Animal Farm!

from:  Nishant Bhaskar
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:33 IST

See no on one in the world or at least in India in "Doodh Ka dhula".
In a country where it is really impossible to get justice on time or
even get a FIR registered, it is really impossible to be "ideal" and
trying to do something good for society. I want to ask the writer Do
he see everything right around himself? See, India is so diverse that
every thought or every idea will have a oppose. Even we find haters of
Gandhi Ji too. Whenever we take on any project we plan it and it is
really not possible to follow the things exactly plans as Murphy's Law
comes into the picture. As we go on we learn few things from each
failure and that is how Kejriwal is going to evolve. Lets talk about
the writer he wrote about Kejriwal to get people's attentions and to
create sensation. He hasn't wrote about Mayawati, Kalmadi, Bangaru
Lakshman, Yeddyurappa etc. It's simply a hate article against Kejriwal.
Even if he is not good he is not bad as our existing politicians.

from:  Shubham
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:23 IST

Why does Kejriwal have the support of the masses and the media? Why did a new party like
AAP win so many seats in Delhi? The answer lies with the history and actions of the other
political parties that allowed for the rise of a party like AAP.

Ask yourself this- if one wanted to be reminded about corruption, nepotism or communal
riots, what parties come to one's mind? Yes it is true that Arvind Kejriwal's brand of politics
included activism but I would take that any day over as politics as usual.

from:  Abraham K
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:22 IST

Kejriwal may or may not be a messiah. But he is certainly a "threat"
to the present political hooliganism. His works are going initiate
some cleaning in our political culture.
".. that the Aam Aadmi Party enjoys the support of 2.2 crore
Delhiites. It got only 29 per cent of the votes. That means 71 per...
". Looks like a childish argument! Which party in Indian history got
the absolute majority?
Give him at least a year to be judged. After all what had been done
over 60 years can’t be undone overnight!

from:  Viswanath
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:09 IST

i request the writer to please make an effort to understand modi and
rahul gandhi too and enlighten us with his findings! while one is busy
pulling wool over the eyes of the entire country other does not even
know the basics of governance.
whatever may be the flaws of kejriwal he comes across as a selfless and
down to earth person and this is what helps him to connect with
people.and his anti- corruption movement was not a gimmickry.
we have been governed by both Congress and BJP for the last 60 years and
we hardly raised questions on their functioning but when it comes to AAP
we attack them from every possible quarters and question their motives
and judge their credentials without even giving them a fair chance to
showcase their style of governance.

from:  jimi
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:08 IST

I would like to make a small request to the author - what this was
intended for and perfection was a word never meant to be attained.

Regarding your views , i didn't read it in full , just got a broader
sense

to me it seems to be more of a author projection or a projected shot
for career growth. This is not out of box, this is just a shrewd and
frustrated argument.

May be you have got some success finding the needle in husk but on the
other front you are unable to find salt in the sea water.

KUDOS for the stunt

from:  Karan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:04 IST

If the author recalls, Krishna broke many rules and laws in
Mahabharatha, both in and out of the battle field. He reasoned that
breaking rules towards people who don't follow them themselves, does
not amount to sin. We worship lord Krishna. Kejriwal is not God like
Krishna, but his intent is right. I dont think scrutinizing every one
of his actions and dismssing him within 20 days of forming govt is
wise thing to do. None of his so called violations have caused harm to
people, or worsened their state if not improved. Better than lying
still for five years and letting the corruption flow smoothly. People
are dying of hunger, cold, crime, diseases, depression because of
current regime. Lets give this man a chance. A few dharnas or paid
leaves wont kill the public.

from:  Sagar Mathur
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 16:00 IST

Looking at some of the positive outcome of Arvind Kejriwal's so called
drama, let us appreciate the fact that NO OTHER PARTY NOW EVEN TALKS
OF ROOTING OUT CORRUPTION. Yes they accuse one other of corruption.
AAP is already on a honest trail of rooting out corruption. Next let
us not forget that Congress passed the Jan Lokpal Bill the moment AAP
won handsomely in Delhi. AAP is putting the right efforts and
learning. Their intention is pure and good. Everything starts with a
thought, moves to action and finally responds with relevant results.
Other parties have been given decades to remove corruption. They did
not even start with the right thought. So we are facing the
consequences of bad results in all spheres of our life. Only AAP has
started with the right thought. We should give them time to deliver
all that the common man has always asked for.

from:  parthasarathy
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 15:56 IST

The writer is from Consumer Protection Council.
Why cases in consumer courts are taking years. What have you done
except write articles like this to create confusion.
In 95% of the cases in consumer courts, no evidence is required
because the facts are not in dispute.
What is the meaning of affidavit and what is the meaning of Facts is
still not clear to the judiciary. Why is it so?
Why you do not check your house before sparing time to write this kind
of articles?

from:  Rajinder
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 15:53 IST

Sir,
I am quite frankly disappointed in your judgement. It seems as though
you have formed a notion that Mr.Kejriwal is just a power hungry
politician.Here are some clarifications for the facts written in
your article,first of all the voter turnout in Delhi was only 66%(and
not 100%) and if AAP got 29% of those 66% then it sure does show that
AAP enjoys the support of majority of the voters.Secondly Mr.
Kejriwal is not some kind of a supernatural entity that just with the
poof of a hand he can supply water to those homes which do not even
have pipe connection.It will take sometime to provide proper
infrastructure for that.Last of all Mr. Arvind Kejriwal is a human
being after all and like all of us he must have some flaws.Mr.
Kejriwal is not just another politician but rather a common man who
has resorted to politics as his last option to provide us with a
better choice and for that we should respect him and bear with him as
he tries to rebuild our torn democratic system.

from:  Nishit
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 15:49 IST

This article is biased as it is based on partial facts and half truths. There is nothing
in there to prove that Kejrival is dishonest or incapable. For a man who has been in
power for less than six weeks he has done more and has connected with the people
of India in a way that even the traditional political parties have failed. The question
is why are some divisions of the media trying to bring him down?

from:  Sri
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 15:28 IST

A person epitomised as a symbol for probity can easily get disenchanted for every
small issue as everyone observers it through a microscope.There are many serious and
heinous acts committed in the present political spectrum in India.I hope people need
to be more liberal and try to encourage change rather than finding comfort zones in
the existing systems.If the offense is serious on his part, he has to be offended but
when there are larger benefits and hope for impeccable and good governance try to
endorse and encourage the change of AAP party.

from:  kalyan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 15:22 IST

The time consumed by the writer could be used for better thing. Once
Mahatma Gandhi was accused for theft of gold bangle.
It is not the personality of Mr. Khejariwal is the concern of public
but his attempt for a corrupt free India, has the support of the
public. Anybody can do wonderful research against anybody because
there are no 100 percent pure man in the world. Mr Author. Before
criticizing him pls let me know what is your contribution to this
society for a corrupt free India.Shame on you.br/>

from:  DR PRADEEP K P
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 14:58 IST

The reporter not have a vision for growing India. The writer not think
to realise the changes need our nation. Mr. AK why he did this things
and why our politics are changed? why the all party try to re think
their behaviour?
1947 india got Indipendance.
Started free education..
Free Hospital Facility...
Free Road facility... and much more...

Just now we sitback and think.

Now our all Free education system completely selloff with private part
many are invested from non indians.

Our Free Health system completly selloff same as above...

Roads Transportation... every day i need to pay Rs.35 to enter Delhi
(just 1km construction). the contract with non indian.

FDI our domestic market sell off with same as above.

They says india in prograss.... if we can see here any flyover or
roads or anything else.... we have taken the credit for double from
world banks.?

Now tell me this reporter which type of message tring to pass!


from:  AR Ramesh
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 14:46 IST

with all due to respect to 'AAP'; it is
not the time to make big claims. A very practical approach is needed.
We need a handful of sincere people with experience and who can
genuinely work for the betterment of society. Why is it so difficult
to realize that corruption is a mere symptom. The disease is
different. Big claims are not going to work. We need very moderate and
balanced people, who are more accountable. Logic and practicality has
to be substantiate against flared emotions. Kejriwal may or may not be
honest and selfless but he is definitely inexperienced and his team is
further more inexperienced. Their actions against South African women
were just absurd. There is protocol for everything in our society and
definitely for a reason.I just pray that we come down to real problems
of Indian society and not the momentary problems that are being
addressed. Focus is on short term goals, we lack visionary people in
our governance who can think beyond..

from:  Geetika Dubey
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 14:31 IST

S. PUSHPAVANAM : I'm very sure you haven't done your due intelligence
while writing this article,to some extent I appreciate your collection
of data but unfortunately not new for most of the people. I recommend
you to put your due diligence before going forward.

from:  Krishna Pratap Singh
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 14:31 IST

Renomination of an accused to Rajya Sabha, slowdown of legal action
against former Minister accused in 2G Spectrum,awarding the nations
highest civil award to a cricketer worth Rs 1000 crores by equating to
Mother Theresa,A P J Abdul Kalam,Nelson Mandela,MGR,Pandit Nehru etc
etc;are to be read along with the so called abberations of the duly
elected CM of Delhi.Let us wait and see the performance.After all it is
people who elect their leader in democracy.

from:  Dr K V Peter
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 14:07 IST

i do agree with writer but some one came out for common people. what
will happen? maximum he will either turn richer same as our political
leaders or he will be jailed for some misleads(for the sake of not
listening to political leaders,big shots etc.,)

from:  k.nagarjuna
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 14:06 IST

The views expresses int his article have been floating in media(print,
electronic, social) for a very long time and the writer has just
created another copy of those views.There is nothing new in the
writer's views.
I would like to make a statement here.If you go on finding faults in a
person then you will always find something. A large number of people
do not disclose the interest earned on the bank accounts. Fake rent-
receipts,fake medical bills are very common.People tend to break
traffic rules while in hurry and then bribe the traffic policeman to
avoid the hefty fine.
The point here is what you are at present. Even Mahatma Gandhi was not
a born saint and he had admitted it in his auto-biography the mistakes
that he had made as a teenager and as a youth. But what he was at the
end of life was a man who changes the fate of India.
Mr. Kejriwal is too small a figure to be compared to Mahatma Gandhi
but his ways will change the way politics is done in India and this is
what we desire.

from:  KUNWAR VIR PRATAP RATHORE
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 13:34 IST

The writer missed a few important points. Unlike other parties, AAP
declared the list of all of its donors, didn't field any tainted
candidate and contested the entire assembly elections with a small
budget of Rs.20 crore. Thus it has already started the much needed
electoral reforms from its own house. Two of the key decisions taken by
AAP government, that is, ordering CAG audit of the Discoms and
withdrawing Retail FDI, prove that the government is not hand in gloves
with crony capitalist. This is another healthy sign for the democracy.

from:  Navin P Choubey
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 13:31 IST

The author has just fumed out on the upcoming young leader of AAP. He
has traced the history from where the AAP leader jumped to political
fray. The fumings appear to have been spewed, out of jealousy. One
should be appreciative enough that person like Kejriwal who was known
only in recent years has been trying to take strives to discipline and
straighten the administrative system. It is undoubtedly agreeable by
many that with the presence of AAP, there has been some sort of fear
psychosis among many parties in the election fray. A few CMs have
already initiated replication of certain measures announced recently
by the Delhi Govt. It will be premature to evaluate the performance of
Kejriwal's leadership and his administration as enough time should be
given to him and his party to prove his mettle. If one analyses Rishi
Moolam and Nadhi Moolam, of a leader, perhaps, we may be ending with
an empty hand. Let us remember that we are in 21st century and not in
Mahabharatha or Ramayan era.

from:  BASKARAN R V
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 13:19 IST

Would i please request you to listen to Kejriwal's interview given to IBN.
He has answered your every question and you would be left dumbfounded like
Rajdeep Sardesai once you listen to it.

from:  Thehacker boy
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 12:32 IST

Prior to making my comments let me make the point clear that I am not an AAP-ian.I am just a common man who wants to see the common men empowered.
1)About 71% Delhities not supporting AAP. The party was formed only a year ago.Anyone who has been already associated with a political party (as most the Indians are) will vote for & support only his party to continue enjoying the support that he gets back from his party and to not let go the feeling of security.So,even if only 29% of voters have voted for AAP,this number should be considered only as a small portion of Delhities who support AAP.So,the usage "whole of "Delhities" is of no issue.
2)About Kejriwal's sabbatical.Finally,he has paid the penalty.So, what sense does it make of more accusation.
3)About water supply.They have accomplished what they had promised. The government came into power only a month before.Required steps will be taken for the people who dont have piped water supply.
Likewise goes all the prejudiced allegations

from:  bidhul
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 12:30 IST

A first article I read about the background of this crusader. If what the author states about Kejriwal is true, then it turns out that he is the best politician because he has fooled the masses including even intellectuals.

from:  george varghese
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 12:27 IST

HINDU should entertain authors who does UNBIASED & objective (PROS +CONS) analysis to protect its reputation. Also biased interpretation of democracy should not be allowed. For instance, Congress got only 28.6% in 2009 election (As per Author 71.4% people rejected congress. Then How did they rule for 5 years).HINDU should protect their sanctity!

from:  Vivek
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 12:26 IST

Nice article. The Tamil version of this article has appeared in latest edition of Tuglak.

from:  Viswanathan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 12:25 IST

Shocked to see an article like this in The Hindu!!!!!
1) This looks like a BJP manifesto. There is nothing new than what is
being wrongly publicized bu BJP sponsored social media for at least
last 30 days. 2) All the points the writer had mentioned here are
very old issues (raised right after Anna movement)and have been tried
to be exploited and used by both the big brothers of Indian politics
but ultimately proved to be futile attempt.Also, the media ,here has
been projected as a blind and juvenile entity which had only motto to
supprt AK. ( I wonder whether the writer included TH in the league
also or the only Electronic media was targeted) Not expected from a
publication like The Hindu.

from:  ani
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 12:09 IST

What the writer has written about Arvind Kejriwal is so trivial. There is a perception that some vested interests are out to discredit Arvind Kejriwal. There are so many good things that Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP have done. He has changed the face of politics that Rahul Gandhi and Jairam Ramesh are saying learn from them. Arvind Kejriwal has made extreme sacrifices to fight corruption and to redress the grievances of the common man even fasting for 15 days. He has given a manifesto listing out 18 points he will do if he forms the govt. He has been delivering on them one by one. The BJP and the Congress want to demolish his way of giving power to the people so that the elected representatives are forced to serve the people and not line their pockets. All right thinking people should support his fight against corruption and empowering the people including the media because he stands for truth and transparency. What matters ultimately is people's perception and not vested interests.

from:  P.V. Thomas
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 12:08 IST

hi,
just want to ask one thing. When you pointed out 71% delhi people rejected it,
where do you find, in india, where the ruling government was formed with more than
51% votes. I can quotes Andhra Pradesh as an example where that is not the case. But
i don't see "the hindu" pointing out the same regarding congress government in
Andhra Pradesh.

from:  subash
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 12:06 IST

you say taking consent of the local people (kashmiris) as if you are
asking zoo animals if they need to be caged and as if the local people
are not the stakeholders in such situation.
At least have the decency of wording you hyprocirsy so as not to offend
the people who are just plain sick of every thing military.

from:  aszalam
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 11:59 IST

the writer has genuinely tried to paint kejriwal's govt in black, he
has attacked kejriwal on 2 fronts before coming to politics and
after.. he hasnt talked abt RTI, his association with Mother Teresa,
people take a life to achieve this much, he has done it in 10 years. i
think he is the main reason, the way politics is now being observed by
BJP n Congress, he is the driver of politics now. he is just 21 days
old CM nw, he has done few of the things:-
1. Done away with VIP Culture
2. delivered his commitment on water suply
3. delivered his commitment on power supply
4 effectively managed Rain Basera, with regular visit of his ministers
5 Eradicating corruption frm Delhi JAl board
6 Setting up enquiry for CWG Scam
7 giving junta a tool to fight corruption at a very grass root level

from:  arun
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 11:53 IST

1)Did Kejriwal do any wrong by having leave with pay. I am sure it was
not against policy.
2)Did Kejriwal do any wrong by having leave without pay. He was not
absconding.There is provision in policy to have it.
3) Did Kejriwal do anything wrong by asking his department to adjust
bond money from his retiral benefits. Later he paid in cheque, since
department didnt coordinate, but he paid it.
4) Doesnt the policy to give 700 ltr free water to those who have
government supply better than before. Not having supply pipe is
infrastructural issue, which cant be built up in 15 days of
government. It needs time. What was previous government doing in its
15 year of governance. Water is fundamental requirement.
5) Why did author forget to comment over Kejriwals effort to empower
common people to act against corruption spread in regular life.
6)Kejriwal was awarded Raman Magsaysay Award. Author should have found
reasons for awarding him with this prestigious award

from:  Rudra Pratap Singh
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 11:00 IST

i want to ask 2 questions to writer

1. All the point u mentioned above for AK how many crores of rupees or
life does it cost to our India
2. Now if you say its not about money its about ethics and dedication
,look at work he did in Delhi in just 3 weeks,without vision and real
will this could not have been done.

he made us aware how powerful we are

u may ask what work?nothing out of box happened ? go and ask delhite
if they feel cheated then he is cheater

lets appreciate good person with no political background, no one is
perfect, choose one who will do most of your work and again in LS i
will vote for modi but this does not mean i need to criticize AK

jai hind

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:53 IST

I do not understand why people are trying to project the minute mistakes and showcase AAP as a deceiver. When comparing with the Crores of rupees worth corruption done by other parties, I would rather stay with AAP. I would say all these attempts to showcase AAP as a destructive mechanism is purely based on the fear of being thrown away by the common people.

from:  Nithin
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:47 IST

Ok. Mr. Pushpavanam has so many "damning revelations" about Kejriwal. Has Mr.Pushpavanam or anyone approached executive or judiciary to act on these ? IF YES, give details of the proceedings against Kejriwal.

from:  Janarddan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:47 IST

Looks like the author has some personal grudge against Kejriwal and
his team..!!!
I don't know why such strong and irrelevant, low on logic views are
required to be published in one of the most admired news agency of
India...
All the sections above were violated not for the sake of his personal
benefits(unlike the taste of this article suggests for personal
grudges)... they were supported by hoards of people facing the actual
issues... for which protests were held....
And if Kejriwal is wrong in doing so, he is not the only one, he
should be put in jail along with all the others accompanying him, only
then it will be that the justice has been served or else it is just
hollow words and a hollow-hollow article...!!!

from:  Varun
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:33 IST

The article could have been titled appropriatly or covered under a
bigger purposed theme. Strange that a personal blog like article has
been considered ..

And for the facts - Request Author to kindly point to any online
documents regarding the below for our reference :
1)"he went on a sabbatical (paid leave) from November 1, 2000 to
October 31, 2002, and went abroad."
2)"One condition for such leave is that the employee must serve
continuously for at least three years after return, failing which he
or she must pay back the salary he drew over two years with penalty."

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:31 IST

It is amazing to see how a 'Writer' skillfully points to the mere things
of a person + publishes it to media to make a perception. It will be
interesting to see if the 'Writer' can do the a series of articles for
Rahul Gandhi, Sonia gandhi, RSS, Narendra Modi....the list goes on.

I am not a journalist but can read how the complete article simply skips
to highlight what Kejriwal did in the time he spent off duty. Thanks.

from:  Swapnil
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:24 IST

I am not a fan of AAM but to say this that he had promised so much to
Delhi's people and now he's not fulfilling each and every promise he
made prior to assembly election is wrong. I think he has been
projected as a seasoned politician, which is not acceptable. I don't
concur to the point of taking support of the congress and left BJP in
lurch. Had BJP would've supported AAM then there is weak opposition in
Delhi Legislative assembly which is also not a good sign for Indian
democracy. If he has come in power by enticing people of Delhi then
why people having problem with this all politicians have done this in
past and still doing. Problem with Indian mentality is that we
consider ourselves as subservient.

from:  Rakesh Kumar
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:21 IST

All said and done, has he made any difference or not? Basically people
of this generation do not bother of what is in store for the future of
this country barring always exceptions which any way will be there in
all spheres of life. Even this post is also a spontaneous response not
really bothering to know what would be the response to this response.

from:  NAGARJUNA
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:17 IST

Mr Pushpavanam wants FDI in retail, privatization of raiways among
others in the name of consumer protection. So no surprise. But the Hindu
publishing this nonsense without fact checking does bother a regular
reader like me.

from:  Sundar
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:16 IST

Didnt quite understand the intention of the article. Other than finding
fault in a person who is trying to change the rotten system, this column
is not providing any alternative. If not AAP, then who? How ever bad he
is or what ever bad he has done as the author claims, AK showed the
world by DOING the impossible, and not by writing some stupid column.
Instead of constraining his activism in a locality, the author should
show his boldness to come forward and do something good in a bigger
stage like AK did.

from:  PRabhakaran
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:12 IST

A well written article. The public's ire against the functioning of the politicians has been very cleverly exploited by these handful of people. Their actions hitherto fore clearly prove that they have neither the interest of the country, nor of the public, in mind; but, are totally self-serving. Unfortunately, they seemingly represent what the public desperately wants. Therefore, the public will have to suffer some severe jolts at the hands of these tricksters, before realization of reality sets in.

from:  Pushpinder Singh
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 10:04 IST

I always regard Mr. Pushpavanam with deference. My only plea is, let us
wait and watch. Time will tell sooner or later whether Mr. Kejriwal is a
different politician or not.

from:  Syed
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 09:47 IST

AAP should shed its dictatorial stand on political alliances and
merger of parties.It should learn/follow co-operative movement to
bring changes in this country.Asking other parties which have strong,
viable,intelligent ideals/solutions than AAP to merge into their own
party reflects the dictatorial stance.They are still on the cloud nine
over their Delhi victory.. They should remember that it is not their
leadership. not their ideals, not their vision that brought victory to
them. As there was no true alternative in Delhi People chose you.So
you need to come out of the illusion that you are the healer of all
ills. Try to co-operate with the true political forces in the country
to reshape our bruised nation. Hope you will change your dictatorial
stance.

from:  sreenath
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 09:36 IST

That's what I call unbiasness, a very good writing, which people of Delhi must read keeping their prejudice behind. I don't understand why people have set their minds on AAP. They must not trust blindly anybody (including AAP). It seems that people of Delhi have been grabbed by the prejudice of AAP, they don't even bother to cross check..... Now citizen's of Bharat must realize the true nature of Bharat and should start acting accordingly.

from:  Harsh Shukla
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 09:21 IST

I look at what he has achieved. What no one in the country thought was possible. He has beaten a sitting 3 time CM by 40000 votes. But to some I guess his leave and pension status is more interesting.
There are no perfect men. In that imperfection that exists among the
leaders of India, I will vote for Kejriwal over all of them any day of
the week.

from:  Senthil
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 09:19 IST

Well, it is common knowledge that in politics (as in other areas of
life) one selects the least of all evils. Whatever Arvind Kejriwal has
done pales into insignificance beside the misdeeds of members of other
political parties. Right now AAP does seem the least of the evils
present in Indian politics. If nothing else, they should be given a
fair chance to screw up things, like the Congress and the BJP.

from:  Daniel S Mahanty
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 09:07 IST

Thank you very much for showcasing the other side of the coin.I think it is high time people evaluated in the true light of reasons and logic and not merely believe what news channels feed them with.

from:  Mayank Kishore
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 09:00 IST

This article gives the true color of Mr.Kejriwal. Today he has broken his own rule set by him that sitting AAP MLA's should not contest in Lok Sabha election. However he announced that he will be contesting. He himself says it is party's wish. "Greediness for a post and position" will make people to break any rule and go any extent. Mr. Kejriwal is no exception. He is not different from any other politician in any manner so far what we have seen.

from:  Lakshmanan Santhanam
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 08:59 IST

This reads like a 1-dimensional, completely biased kind of article. I am not saying the facts are wrong, I am just saying that this article just highlights one aspect of the whole story.

from:  Saurabh Sharma
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 08:57 IST

Dear S. Pushpavanam Sir
Arvind Kejriwal told to deduct his dues from his retirement benefits, he did not do any wrong thing in this case.In Tamil Nadu,the land of Bharathi, how ministers are treated by CM?, how government jobs are sold in TN?.These young people brings to India VIP culture free,corruption free government, we must support them,that is our duty.

from:  kaliraja t
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 08:56 IST

Mr.Kejriwal has mixed up Governance & activism.Beurocrats,police&Govt.
officials needs to be taken into confidence (and not fight with them).
Congress,BJP,CPM,Janata Dal ,BSP and several other parties in India
have taken several years to get a good organisational structure for their party. They have governed many states and have shown their skill in governance. Jyoti Basu, Sheila Dikshit, Narendra Modi, Sivraj Singh Chauhan, Raman Singh, Nitish Kumar have shown that if you govern well people can re-elect you. Kejriwal has just now become the CM of a minority government, has not proved his skill in governance. He has started talking as if the whole country knows only AAP. He feels that India is Delhi and its neighbouring districts. First rule Delhi well. Show that you can govern. There is a long way to go Mr. Kejriwal ..... >Finally I wish you the very best as the CM of Delhi

from:  Keshav
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 08:35 IST

Getting 29 percent does not imply 71 percent rejected AAP.What about
people who did not vote?What about the floating population?Moreover
voting is not for ascertaing how many people rejecting a person or a
party it is a choice of one's best alternative.

from:  TSBehera
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 08:26 IST

dear sir-I would still give him a chance .He is very smart and will take year to know how he performs.I dont think Congress will support AAP after 26th jan.
All observations may be correct , but in few days he has managed to change the approach of other political parties and this will be recognised in history.More balanced view is required to judge AK
Please note that I do not belong to any party and AAP ko to bilkul nahi-thanks

from:  Kishan Vasekar
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 08:06 IST

Dear sir, i am not sure if you are influenced by any other political party but i believe you have hidden key points. Arvind took long leave and worked with NGO on a lot of good initiatives which a common man does not even think about. Without going into specifics i believe we need to credit him for questioning status quo in our political system. Common man now thinks that he is part of government after a very long time.
Whether AAP is capable of running this country or not, they made people think about government and political party to think about what do they represent. Imagine if any party dare to field a trinted personality atleast in urban area. Lets not take a microscope to find faults in what he does, see the bigger picture.

from:  senthil
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 07:59 IST

It seems like the author of the piece has written it just to 'write something' Especially that the AAP vote is just 29%. In Indian democracy where the principle of 'First past the post' exists, almost always the winning party has less that 50% of total votes cast. The writer presents this as against the AAP !! Congress has ruled India with just about 30% of votes cast for the last 30 years!!!

from:  Ravi Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 07:53 IST

writer of this post has very nicely tried to defame a man.he asked others to do background check before joining aap but he himself forgot to introspect his conscience before writing it.writer ji if you will see poling statistics none of them had 100% polling ,how could you write that there is 71% rejection.you forgot about financial deficit of food security bill of upa and various scheme operated at bjp ruled state.country is literally filled with corruption if we could vote for these politician from last 60 years whats wrong with voting for a this person for another 5 year.

from:  swapnajeet
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 07:34 IST

While one may concede to the inputs furnished by Mr. Pushpavanam,
given the Indian political ambience, the tone of the write-up appears
biased. Today, the Indian voter is contrived to vote for the less-
corrupt, as we don't have a corruptless. Congress party is a major
stakeholder when it comes to corruption track record, very immediately
followed by BJP.
Show me the list of candidates who are taint-free. Often, the
candidate and the party he/she represents are in conflict when it
comes to ethics. If the electorate is adamant to comply with strict
parameters to choose a right candidate, the polling booths will
display a pathetic empty spectacle.
Arvind Kejriwal is like a new coffee shop. Initially we expect the
quality to be not bad. Till such time he or the AAP become part of the
rotten bin, let us not discard him in a frenzy. Options available are
too little and for the moment let us give him the benefit of doubt.

from:  C.S. Krishnamurthy
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 07:31 IST

While I agree that only time will tell whether AK can deliver what he has promised or pledged himself for, I feel that the author has a biased opinion, perhaps wanting him to fail instead of succeed.
India, is in such a state, that evil force is getting progressively more powerful... Hopefully soon, the good force can overcome the evil.

from:  Hariharan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 07:01 IST

For his paid leave bond, he took off later to work at mother Theresa's charities (not for selfish reasons). Kejriwal is not a god to not have committed any mistake at all. He is also not so idealistic to not use marketing to raise support for his causes (be it RTI movement, Anna movement or AAP movement). If he had remained an idealist, we would have seen another JayPrakash and his Loksatta party, that has just 1 MLA in over a decade. What is important is how Kejriwal course-corrected his mistakes, with honest intentions. What is important is how he used populism to popularize an important anti-corruption and clean-politics agenda.

from:  karthik
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 06:57 IST

This write-up,apart from a tone of animosity to Kejriwal the man,
reeks of a violently cynical mindset on the part of its author but
then paradigm-shifting --that's what AAP is doing without their own
knowing they are--is a painful process.Indian democracy will not die
from an AAP experiment of course but then our Union,whose youthful
population is champing at the bits for forging ahead, is feeling the
stress and strain from sticking pig-headedly to conventional ways of
political thinking and demeanour meanwhile!Kejriwal's queer behaviour
can be explained as a gesture of protest by the younger generation in
this nation.As for the power tariffs in Delhi, the discoms themselves
have admitted to their ways!In fact the very fact that they went to
court for maintaining the status quo betrays them!

from:  Dr Sadasivan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 06:50 IST

Very Well Collected Data points of the article.

AAP have adopted non-cooperation methods to show-case the deep rooted
corruption.This is correct.
Using the same non-cooperation method as a political propaganda is
incorrect.

AAP are a party of learned people and accomplished passing competent
exams in India.Nelson Mandela is a person they should learn from.He
led the Anti-Apartheid movement,but once became the elected leader -
He Acted Like One.He United South Africa the way he could.
AAP got their votes because of the sentiments of mistrust.Now they
have to build TRUST in the system and not make AAP an acronym for
Another Arrogant Party.
Ex of Arrogance:
1. By Rejecting to support BJP, they are forgetting they are rejecting
people who voted for BJP which is a larger share.
2. Behaving like conquerors.Won Delhi Elections,now National
Elections.
Hope 2014 Elections would help bring the right Government which would
foster development and investor confidence in India.

from:  Chakravarthy
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 06:14 IST

Thank you for pointing out facts about AK. Here is something I would like to add:
1. Paid Rs.9.28 lakh, his dues; not that he got away with it. Appreciate it !
2. It got only 29 per cent of the votes.Probably you forgot to take turnout ( 66%) in your calculation.
3. AAP formed the government with Congress support - Not without trying to know opinion and feeling of People who voted and People for whom it has to work. Such a great people without any ego problem !!
4. Deficit - Even USA govt is in deficit of $744 billion, does not mean govt should not attempt to provide basic utilities to common people at lower cost. It's been just 20 days, I am sure they will come out with ways to adjust that.
5. sensational announcements - He did what he announced pre-election. Probably you expected everything to be done in just 20 days :) let's wait and watch !!
6. What Mr. Kejriwal has done, has been done by so many other politicians - like? you forgot to mention examples for readers

from:  Vishwa
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 06:13 IST

"Doubtful", "sensational", "stunts" - these are examples of the
standard jargon used by Kejriwal's pseudo-critics. I suspect that its
more the green-eyed monster than anything else that is nibbling at the
ambitions of those who would rather sit at a sinecure office - eg,
Consumer Protection Council - rather than get down to the nitty gritty
of cleaning the Augean stables.

from:  shashanka choudhury
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 06:12 IST

What Mr Pushpavanam said is quite correct.The electronicmedia is giving a boost to Mr Kejriwal without realising the after-effects of mis-governance which has already been started at Delhi mini durbar
Electronic media of the north should behave with responsibility

from:  soundararajandesikan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 05:37 IST

It is this author need to understand Kejriwal better. Democratically elected leaders have failed to act when required, they are corrupt and drunk of power. When we as a country got independence through civil disobedience movements, it is not a question as to why Kejriwal disobeyed electricity laws. He clearly stating it is second independence movement, so the goals will be drastic. Human rights approach to Kashmir and Naxalite question fall under this category. We have seen enough blood shed in this country.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 04:59 IST

Enough is Enough! AAP fought entire Delhi elections at a budget of 20
crore Rupees while the expenditure of Modi’s one rally is around 5-10
crore. Where does that money comes from?
AAP has clearly shown all the transfer and donation details on its
website. Can Congress and BJP tell their sources? Which industrial
houses give them donation? It’s clear that those who give donations,
are provided with favours. AAP takes donations from common man and
works for them.

from:  Dr. Rahul Chawla
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 04:53 IST

A night before elections, BJP and Congress volunteers were
distributing liquors and the AAP volunteers were helping police and
election commission in catching them. After the results were out AAP
had made it clear that they will sit in opposition. BJP again copied
their idea and in spite of forming coalition government in every
other state, stayed back this time. Congress declared to give 'un-
conditional' support to AAP. No one demanded for it. Not just this,
BJP and Congress now started building pressure on AAP for forming
Government. There was huge pressure from Media also. They also
alleged that AAP cannot fulfill their promise and so is shying away
from forming government. They tried to stick to their promise of not
supporting Congress and BJP but they were criticized for not
listening to the voice of people and not respecting the mandate they
were given and forcing another election on Delhi citizens.
Left with no choice, they sent their 18 points demands to congress
and BJP. Left with no choice, they sent their 18 points demands to congress
and BJP. They even asked people what to do. First time in the history
of India, something of that sort happened. But BJP-Congress called it
a drama. They made it clear that personally Arvind Kejriwal is not in
favour of forming the government. Still, public mandate was hugely
in favour of forming a government.
Now the point to be understood is that it’s a NOT a coalition
government but a minority government with no support asked from
Congress party. It was just that they were made to succumb to public,
political and media pressure and form a govenment. The reason was
simple. BJP and Congress, both are eyeing on Lok Sabha Elections. BJP
wasn’t capable of delivering the promises it made under the
opposition of AAP and so planned to sit in opposition instead.
When AAP formed government, the same BJP, media houses began
criticizing AAP for taking congress’ support to form government and called them power hungry.

from:  Dr. Rahul Chawla
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 04:45 IST

First four paragraphs tell the story of AKs denial to pay the bond amount. The author accepts that he had paid the outstanding amount. So if the things are even, what is the point of writing four paragraphs about single incident?
Next claim:AAP got just 29% of votes in Delhi. BJP in 1999 got 23.75% of votes(37.09% for all parties from NDA), congress(UPA) got 26.7%(35.4%) in 2004 and 28.55%(37.22%) in 2009. Even the government of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951, with just 44.99% votes, was rejected by 55.01% of votes.
Didn't congress accept AAPs conditions? C'mon, sir.. Just google it and correct yourself.
Then comes deficit of 1725 Crore. How much deficit Indian Government is having? 5.8% 2011/12, 4.9% in 2013. Divide 1725Cr by 40000 Cr which is the total budget of Delhi govt, the number will be around 4.3% - less than national level.
Everybody has their views and they are entitled to keep them. But least some level of rational thinking is expected while reading an article from "The Hindu".

from:  Santosh Patil
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 04:10 IST

Very informative article. Personally I find him more sensational rather than practical.

from:  kiran maddu
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 04:09 IST

Would you also like to mention some of the things Mr Kejriwal has done
in last 21 days which we have never heard of in 60+ years of our
independence and this might probably put him in the category of not-
just-any-other-politician.Thanks.

from:  Punit
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 03:44 IST

Whatever you speak about the AAP but the prime concern of this party is to stop the corruption and he is doing well in this regard.
If you go to Delhi, you will see the change in any government office.
Let him complete his tenure then make any judgment.
We have already seen other parties which are highly involved in corruption, distributes gifts during election, use muscle and money power for vote.
Corruption is like a cancer and even if AAP controls it, it will be their great job. We need this party in each state. Whether they win or not but they will able set some benchmark for other parties.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 03:30 IST

I am not supporting or against AAP or Arvind here, but there is one
question or I would rather say a point I would like to mention here,
isn't what Gandhiji did before freedom acting in oppose of British
Government or law and order. A man do such stuff where he loose faith in
the system and that's what exactly is happening here. Yes, he may be
guilty of all things you said but he is also raising questions which are
needed to be answered. You can't judge whole character of a man by his
one act.

from:  Tarun
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 03:06 IST

Excellent write up. Mr. Kejriwal is certainly performing these short
term stunts to gain image befor Lok Sabha polls. The way Mr. Kejriwal is
handling the government is not wise and will not yield anything in the
long run. Dude when 70% homes in Delhi do not have drinking water pipe
line connection then who the heck want free water. Address the
fundamental issue first. Kindly look at Modi, this man is known for his
governance model and received applause from global organizations. It is
high time for people to wake up and realize who is right and wrong.

from:  Chaitanya Proddaturi
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 03:05 IST

Firstly i really appreciate the writer for finding these incidents
from Arvind Kejriwal's life. In this article you wrote that Arvind
Keriwal is projected as a honest & different politician & the credit
goes to the electronic media but what i feel is that THE HINDU writing
an article on 'UNDERSTANDING Arvind Kejriwal' rather than writing on
UNDERSTANDING Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi,which automatically tells
us why he is projected so or it is actually because we all know that
Narendra Modi or Rahul Gandhi can never be projected as an Honest
politicians.I personally think you should search for similar article
on Modi & Rahul you will get to know why Kejriwal is projected as
honest & if you did'nt find any such things on them,then it would be
because they never thought about if an AAM AADMI is getting
electricity in his home or his power tariff being high.And if he has
some issues & still projected so,than he could be called 'a one eyed
King,amongst other blind leaders' in Honesty...

from:  Sushant Gupta
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 02:59 IST

Sir, you have very conveniently reproduced dry facts, human lives are
not only governed by laws and rules, emotions and motivations play
their role too. You have not gone into analyzing them. Criticizing him
on his vision is acceptable but, and i understand that you're deeply
skeptical about politicians, dismissing him as "yet another politician
who has resorted to politics as his last refuge" is not completely
right. He is seeking a few quick-fix but short term solutions, both
political and of issues faced by people, through immediate relief
while planning for long term gains of the people. We've never had true
experience of democracy. What has continued till today is paternalism.
Arvind Kejriwal is trying to give people a sense of real self
governance with the responsibilities that it entails while also
balancing it's efforts of survival in power.

from:  Gaurav Shah
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 02:56 IST

What a poorly written article..
First of all its not 700 litres per "capita".You have also tried to manipulate the fact
that Delhi's deficit is 0.7% of GDP,much below than the national average of 2.1%.

from:  namit jain
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 02:16 IST

I would have hoped that someone who holds a prestigious position like
the author here, would atleast get a fact check done before trying to
go ballistic with paper rockets.
1) The idea of the 18 questions that were sent to the congress and BJP
was to acertain if those parties would create a ruckus in the assembly
if AAP were to bring those topics up. Another reason was to publically
specify the stand of these parties on the burning issues of Delhi. The
congress leader Shakeel Ahmad did send a reply on 16th December
stating 16 were administrative which did not need congress support, 2
were not under the purview of Delhi assembly. After receiving this
letter is when the process of referendum began.
2) 700 litres of water is not per capita but per family, which is almost 180 litres per capita. And Mr. Kejriwal has made it amply clear that work was simultaneously going on to connect all houses with piped water connections too.
Points continued in the following post

from:  teja
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 02:07 IST

The writer seems to have a biased and cynical outlook towards a much
needed change in Indian politics. I am aware it is too early to say if
AK or AAP are the next big and much awaited things for a
'CorruPolluted India' but from being a nobody he has become the Chief
Minister of Delhi! He's done the hard work to reach up to here. We all
remember how he was treated when he wasn't the CM. I urge/suggest you
not to make presumptions or premature conclusions and believe in a
better futuristic India.
You may have to eat your own words - choose them well.

from:  Aakash
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 01:57 IST

Thanks for calling spade a spade. Kajeriwal is like a master
political conjurer taking advantage of gullible ignorant Indian
masses through visual media. AAP is filled with men like Carl Jung's
'’The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and
everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in
order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to
perdition.’’! Many men of principle have joined AAP, a no party of
principle. Kajriwal is a typical socialist who seems to be convinced
of Trotsky "The end may justify the means as long as there is
something that justifies the end."
In The Bed of Procrustes - Taleb observes ‘’ Procrustean bed of sorts we humans, facing limits of knowledge..resolve the tension by
squeezing life and the world into crisp commoditized ideas, ..
prepackaged narratives ..which has explosive consequences..like
tailors delivering the perfectly fitting suit..by surgically altering
the limbs of their customers.’’

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 01:51 IST

Kejriwal story is cinematic; and there should be clear ideology for a
political force; fighting corruption can not be an ideology; Indian
political system lacks strategy and design; it is for anyone can take
stick to beat; but AAP may look like an alternative to all other
corrupt political entities under the circumstances; it is very very
premature to decide the direction the AAP will go on its way; A noise
against evil has been registered in the history of political India; it
remains to be seen precursor to a revolution or just another soup
bubble

from:  S Nandagopal
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 01:49 IST

In 2014 talking about IRS Arvind Kejriwal who is now CM. After "CAG
audit of DISCOM'' order by Delhi Govt. It seem like whole Media
electronic or print is trying to defame Arvind Kejriwal and his
ministers.

from:  ashok
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 01:30 IST

Why blame & corner Mr.Kejriwal when the problem, or better call it
'malady' lies within the corrupt & greedy mindset of our electorate,
i.e. - we the people of India, who are willing to cast their valuable
franchise right to anybody, whom it feels, and trusts, would hand out
freebies, subsidies, & various facilities, from the exchequer, and all
this at the cost of development & welfare measures...! They can also
be swayed by a casteist/communal/criminal/divisive agenda that can
arouse fantasies and capture their imagination....
Likes of Mr.Kejriwal are still better.... If Nawaz Sharif contests
with such promises of freebies, even he can obtain votes & may come
out a possible winner...!!

from:  Sunil Bajpai
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 01:23 IST

every one have both good face and a bad face, no one can be completely
perfect, what matters is that we might get benefits from his good face,
ofcourse you are right his bad face might surface sometime later, but it
is much better than being ruled by completely bad faced politicians,
when you make some criticism make things comparatively, compare his 9.8
lakh "fraud" against thousands of crores that happens nowadays, when say
21 percent please remember that AAP is just a year old party.

from:  sai prabhakar
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 01:03 IST

Althgh I agree that Mr. Kejriwal has taken the benefit of the recent
favrable public sentiment and possibly has breached law by restoring
eletrcty to the people he thought were deprived of their right by
unjustfed high elecrcty price, he has united a good part of India
(middle class people mostly)under the anti-corruption motto, and given
it a much more successful result than what Anna Hazare achieved. It is
to be seen though whether he can justify this high-price point, and I
am hoping he's right. You are compltly entitled to your opinion, but
pls be more respnsble about comments before labeling him
'undemocratic'. Democracy is a vague term used by people loosely and
often this loose concept of demcrcy has crippled India's progress.
Given the corrupt Govt. offices all around India we all know how slow
it is get a lawful decision specially if that is against estblshmnts
such as Delhi Elctrcty. Unfrtntly India needs anther revolution and things
can go topsytrvy bit now!

from:  Rajdeep
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:57 IST

Distorted Facts and Cherry-picking only represent one side of the story. The author has conveniently ignored the contributions of Arvind Kejriwal to Indian Politics. He has brought about a paradigm shift in Indian politics & elections and still he seems to you "yet another politician" !!!! He has already contributed more than what many politicians of independent India do in their whole career....
It seems a politically motivated article .

from:  Nitin Saxena
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:48 IST

Sir,
There is indeed a chance that "Mr Kejriwal is yet another politician who has resorted..." as you said. May be he had parroted 'a lot of' promises to the common people, and all his other activities were just to have the spotlight of media. But... is it yet the right time to judge him? I mean, may be he is a bit 'more' emotional. May be he 'believed' it would be possible to arrange 700 litres of water per capita. May be there were some 'serious' issues that never came in front which made him violate the laws of his department.
Yes, I certainly agree with the point of view that the rest 71 percent voters might have had, that the 'aam aadmi' image of Mr Kejriwal is an 'image' and an 'image only'; but may be that was because from our very young ages we learn not to trust politicians. And that's why we are not being able to gain enough courage to rely upon him.
I'm not turning your points down at all. They are certainly appreciable. But... Well, let's wait and see what future shows us.

from:  Sona Ram
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:47 IST

Its a sign of change that the allegations that stand against the new
Chief Minister are that of delay or neglect of tax payment, dreaming
execution of Utopian and allegedly unimplementable ideas and the
funniest of all creating gimmicks. With my limited knowledge, I don't
see him at all standing in competition to some politicians with
criminal charges, crores of scam records and no-gimmic-no-action
policies. Of course, this guy has joined the race barely weeks ago. let
him catch up, we will have more serious allegations then and may be we
can see him as a true leader then.

from:  Umesh Patra
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:40 IST

The writer should also point out Mr Kejriwal's efforts in implementing RTI
at grassroot levels and his positive contribution towards Jan Lokpal
Movement. Atleast he errored in the course of daring greatly, unlike most
of our countrymen. Also the kind of democracy he is pursuing is much
better than 'once in 5 year' type democracy. His politics too is atleast
better than the politics of caste, religion, money and muscle power.

from:  Mayank
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:31 IST

He even supports his minister who has been indicted by Court and
further, he again supports same minister even after he took law into
his hand. He interferes in police work and all after being lawyer
directs police to arrest women without warrant in midnight.
He is asking for suspension of police official, who did their duty and
one may ask what is the need of taking media with himself at midnight.
and this is all done when one of their MLA was yelling n exposing the
party so to divert media the whole scene of police drama was
conducted.

from:  Ranesh Anand
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:30 IST

If this is what you mean by understanding Kejriwal, you have failed
miserably at that. All the points have been cleared time and again.
In water case a company gives a tender for supplying meters at Rs 225
per piece. Govt sanctions 800 per piece. Such brazen loot is
acceptable but free lifeline water to people isn't?
In electricity reliance purchases infra valued at 800 cr in market for
1400 cr from it sister firm. Why should people of delhi account for
the 600 cr which is obvious way of generating losses.
India has long back deviated from textbooks.. You can't solve problems
dictating theories of economics as whatever u say, it doesn't matter
eventually !

from:  Utkarsh
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:24 IST

Let the man some breathing space. While most politicians go scot free,
we tend to over criticize the few good one's. The Op-ed is highly one
sided and takes a super personal dig. I think the people have understood
far better than this writer.

from:  Kamal
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:19 IST

Please maintain a quality of article. Cannot believe the cynicism that have been portrayed by the writer. I mean dragging leave case for 5 paragraphs out of 12??? How cheap, it would have been fantastic had the writer acknowledged what Mr Kejriwal did in those leaves, such a fabricated article utterly biased towards a side without providing the complete details is not "The Hindu" brand. So sorry.

from:  Anshuman Rai
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:19 IST

I think author here make selective statements about the AK. I am not
sure why he does not discusses what he was doing when he resigned and
why he resigned. Oh! that is not important right?
Author says " residents in many areas now beg for at least 20 litres.
Only 68 per cent of households have piped water supply."
Now? What happened now that people are begging at least 20 litres of
water and were flourishing under congress rule. I am not sure how
author expects any govt. to solve water supply problem within a day.

This is article is very immature, highly biased and does not even
tries to take a balanced approach. There are shortcomings in every
person and Arvind Kejriwal is also a human being.
The use of words like Stunts clearly states the direction of article.
When Hindu start publishing such poor researched articles.

from:  Jatin Kathuria
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:19 IST

let him have his chance!! people trust him, let him work.... nobody is
completely transparent. you may disagree but because of him, at least in
delhi, both BJP and Congress were forced to maintain high moral ground
and not fight for seats like cats and dogs...
he might be a fake, but let him have his chance.

from:  gaurav dembla
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:10 IST

I dont understand how the author expects some one to pay 10 lakhs at one
go Anyone including me in the same position would have said deduct from
my retirals. What is wrong in that ?

from:  vasu
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:09 IST

There is nothing substantial in the article but sense of jealousy
about the success of AAP.It is matter of the fact that the person(S.
PUSHPAVANAM) is never going to give credit to AAP or Arvind whatsoever
may be the situation.Complete personal attack with false allegations
rather than issues which literally doesn't mean anything more than
sense of frustration.He never saw the kind of change which is
prevailing in the country and people are accepting it.There are lots
of positives from AAP ranging from the way they manage to win,govt
formation,governance to the messages which they have been able to send
and bring the changes in both the parties like BJP and Congress.

from:  JAKI TULANG
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:04 IST

I am neither a supporter of Arvind Kejriwal, nor a follower of Narendra Modi. But I can clearly tell that this article is completely biased and politically motivated.

from:  K. Borah
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:02 IST

A timely article. The media has made heroes out of One Point agenda on many occasions. The latest is Kejrival. Already the media has lost its charm with him and is putting him on the docks. This is nothing unusual about it. Only the educated people are not using their brain to analyse, question and understand what is told, especially what is shown, by the media. They simply go by the media like sheep ! It is a pity that it is happening throughout the world. It is not specific to India.
Unless the educated people learn lessons from instances like this, the media will only rule the world and spoil it.

from:  K.Periasamy
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:01 IST

Whatever he did and however he achieved them, I can sense that what
this govt has done in last 20 days , none other govt has achieved. I
can sense that people of Delhi are little more satisfied with their
govt. These all articles are coming now, why not before delhi
elections? Because earlier media did not give much attention and now
when this party has rose to power, everyone is trying to pull it down
whether by hook or truth. To speak about vote share, mere 29% is not
the first time. Many a times it has happened that a party rejected by
majority has formed a govt.
Only one thing AAP govt need to learn is to be little calm and not to oose head amid adverse situations.

from:  deepak
Posted on: Jan 19, 2014 at 00:00 IST
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