ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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An Avoidable Tragicomedy

The Aam Aadmi Party leadership has snatched defeat from the jaws of a famous victory .

One of Karl Marx’s most used (and abused) quotations is from his seminal essay, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, which begins with “Hegel ­remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as ­tragedy, the second time as farce.” If the old man had been around today, he would surely have added Arvind ­Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) to his list of illustrations for this ­insight.

The first anti-corruption movement demanding account­ability and transparency from the government was the “JP movement.” It weathered the brutal Emergency to come out ­triumphant and defeat the authoritarian Indira Gandhi. That movement too had emerged from a space outside the political spectrum of its time. It was an amalgamation of “left-wing” and “right-wing” protests.

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