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a newly emboldened executive is seen to be stepping up the pressure.extractive institutions? This is the central theme of an interesting analysis by economists Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson in their bookWhy Nations Fail It is now generally accepted that prosperity and equality of opportunity cannot be achieved without strong institutionsrule of law and science and technology Of all the countries that achieved freedom from colonial powers in the 20th centuryIndia had the most democratic and forward-looking leadershipcommitted to a secular constitutional democracy and a mixed model of economy whichthe leadership -believedwould avoid the excesses of communism and brazen capitalism ThusIndia became a republic based on high idealism While one can argue today about the effectiveness of independent Indias new institutionsit would be puerile to question the spirit of idealism behind their establishment Unfortunatelythis democratic idealism has been under siege from the very beginning as it was pitted against quasi-feudal cultural mores Since Independencewe can discern an ongoing battle between democratic ideals and a quasi-feudal cultural mindset Any synthesis from this dialectic has to be in favour of democratic idealism the earlier the better Where are we faltering as a countryand where does the Aam Aadmi Party phenomenon fit in Is the emergence of the AAP a democratic revolution that will bring more probity and prosperityor is it a phenomenon that will soon wither away Firstthe good tidings that the AAP victory has brought The foremost point is how political parties should collect and spend money on elections The way our political parties collect money for fighting elections from nameless and faceless sources and break all norms of spending is a diabolical assault on democratic ideals It is reported that the big parties have crores in contributions from unknown sources Such contributions lead to political patronagereturn of favours and crony capitalism Corruption at the top encourages andin a sordid waylegitimises rent-seeking by those lower on the ladder Many who voted for the AAP might not have been scrupulously honest in their lives; their vote is an act of self-atonementa desire to save their and future generations souls from the ignominy of living in a country that scores high in illicit financial flows and low in global indicies of transparency In shortpeople have voted for the AAP to save the country from degeneration because the most important institution in a democracy political parties is compromised and has lost moral authority by raising campaign funds behind a thick wall of secrecy The second point the electoral performance of the AAP has made is the necessity of a lokpal This is going to be a non-issue now as both Houses of Parliament have cleared the lokpal bill It needs to be understood that the lokpal is only a curativenot creativeinstitution At bestit will put fear in the minds of politicians and the bureaucracy; at worstit will institute another layer of checks that will further slow effective governance In any caseIndia needs to strengthen existing institutionsrather than create new ones The third significant proposal from the AAP is the burial of the lal batti an outward symbol of our quasi-feudal mindset The lal batti disease not only afflicts politicians but also the bureaucracyjudiciaryand even those who represent academiasuch as vice chancellors of universities and directors of institutes Beyond these three points one crucialthe others important but more or less symbolic much of what the AAP promises for economic development and social justice has been flagged before Like that of any other political partytheir manifesto for Delhi was a please-all document: 50 per cent reduction in electricity tariffs700 litres of water without chargenew schools and collegesreining in hoardinglower fee in private schoolsbetter government schoolsmore hospitalsbetter facilities in slumsmore public transportpermanent jobs The most implausible idea in the AAP proposals is the promise of implementing swaraj kanoon.

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with a Straw’? are not the usual Bollywood commercial films Ques: After working with your husband Anurag Kashyap for some yearsyou seem to have established your own individual space in the industry How did that happen Kalki: Its made possible by sheer hard work Anyone who comes from the theatre background generally tends to put in that much more effort I have done that also because I love my work Ques: Have you moved away from Anurag Kashyaps banner Kalki: I’m a fiercely independent person I dont want to work with him unless we have an interesting project at hand We care about each other but do not impose our opinion each other as both of us can be very stubborn Ques: You entered the film industry when the movement for new-wave cinema was about to gain momentum How do you perceive the changes that have come about since then Kalki: Its encouraging to see small films working at least working in comparison to their budgets making profits Its also great to see all kinds of actors making it to the forefront of new waveactors who are unlikely heroeswho dont fit the commercial mould but have the charisma to carry stories Ques: You have writtenThat Girl in Yellow Bootsand also some plays How much time are you able to give to your writing these days Kalki: Not much I dont call myself a writer Im an actorwho sometimes writes I have written a play that I would like to direct at some pointthough I have no idea when Ill find the time I will probably write full-time when I am jobless Ques: You started your acting career in theatre How often do you escape to it in between movies and other assignments Kalki: Theatre is my gym It keeps my acting muscles in shape I try to stay in touch with theatre six months on average Ques: Is there a particular kind of character or role you would like to play Kalki: I have always wanted to play a historical characterbecause Im a history buff and there would be so much to draw from Also the pressure to do justice to the character would weigh much heavier than if it were a fictional character I like some amount of pressureit brings the best out of me Ques: You seem to be at ease on ramp How seriously do you take fashion Kalki: As an actorwe have to dress up and I love that? 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy, While the album does have its ups and downs, “I was quite unlucky with that dismissal. Punjabi Bagh Chowk and Mahipalpur flyover. Cars drew in a close second with 357 fatalities and trucks and lorries led to a loss of 299 lives.” wrote the 51-year-old star, Turkey, Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela has promised to cooperate with any judicial investigations stemming from the leaked data, US firms complied on average 25 percent of the time.

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