March 9, 2015

Blog find: Mayank Gandhi's political blog

You need to check Mayank Gandhi's blog to see how a simple, no-frill blog created on Blogger platform can be a potent tool to speak out. To speak out against the political big-wigs when they do not listen in democratic ways.
Mayank is a prominent member of India's Aam Admi Party or AAP, which evolved out of a social movement against corruption. In the recently held elections for Delhi Assembly, it won 67 out of 70 seats, negating the Modi wave and crushing opposition. Of late, there have been reports that the top boss of AAP, Arvind Kejriwal, has been conducting himself like a dictator and trying to muffle dissent within the party. Mayank has written two posts in quick succession against authoritarianism in the party.

Interestingly, Mayank says on the second post that he would "continue to avoid going to the press" but chooses to write his dissent on the blog, which is picked up by the press more than if he had gone to the press directly!