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A New Politics?

In its rush to Parliament, the AAP is showing lack of patience for careful policy deliberations and institutional niceties.

A New Politics?
A New Politics?
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The AAP’s success in Delhi is being viewed in some quarters as the beginning of a new kind of politics.  Will this new politics deliver results? One could argue that perhaps it is too early to judge this barely  one year old party. But with the AAP rushing to Parliament, we cannot afford to suspend critical  judgment. Glimpses of the party’s policy orientation offered by announcements made by its government  and the conduct of its ministers during the past few weeks provide a useful starting point for a  discussion on what to expect of this new party and its new politics.

The AAP quickly fulfilled its key election promise regarding lowering the price of electricity. But the  attention-grabbing declarations have left unaddressed a number of issues. It is not clear how the AAP  will take its policies off the subsidy ventilator, how will it improve the targeting of subsidies, and if it  intends to implement similar policies in states with much weaker financial condition than Delhi. The  party also needs to say something about the supply side of the problem particularly because it seems  to be justifiably opposed to nuclear energy. To be precise, it needs to spell out its plan to finance the  modernization of electricity generation facilities in an age of increasing scarcity of energy resources and  growing concerns about climate change.

Reservation is another issue on which the AAP’s position is not clear. Its education minister, who  seems to presume that the Delhi University (DU) can be treated as a state university, wants to introduce  a 90 per cent quota for the sons-of-the-soil in the University. The proposed policy will penalize students  from economically backward states that do not have good universities as well as affect...

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