Lok Satta

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 10:37

A giant leap for new politics


The Lok Satta, had faced formidable obstacles in converting the enormous good will it enjoyed into votes against the backdrop of there being two deeply-entrenched traditional parties displaying unprecedented money power, feudal elements exercising oppressive control over people’s daily lives and vested interests exacerbating and exploiting caste and regional divisions. “The Lok Satta has always been aware of these barriers. Yet it has chosen the narrow and arduous path to lead the country out of the current crisis.”


“The people in the 2009 elections have demonstrated they are ready for change. The failure lies in the political instruments available to them. While traditional political parties obstructed change, the Lok Satta has not yet attracted the kind of leadership required to inspire confidence in people that such a change is imminent. While most of media persons are strongly in favor of change, media barons have become power players and chosen to perpetuate the status quo. But since media is essentially a moral instrument, ultimately it too will stand on the side of people.”