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IF THE national capital has been transformed from a politically acquiescent city to the epicentre of street protests in the country, the credit is due no small measure to one man: Arvind Kejriwal. The slightly built, moustachioed former income tax officer now leads the most exciting new political outfit in the country.

His urban guerrilla warfare has instilled such a degree of courage in the people that they are always ready to jump on to the streets to protest against anything they feel strongly about. The spontaneous march against the gang rape last week wouldn't have been possible had Kejriwal and his colleagues not challenged the might of the establishment in the preceding months.

Even though their rants might seem extreme in their tone, tenor and content -- they epitomise the popular anger against the political and business elite. They give vent to the widespread perception that India's parliamentary democracy hasn't succeeded in representing the true interests of the people. And whenever politics through institutions fails to represent the people, the street takes over.

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
Date:Dec 30, 2012
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