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Will India take a new course after May 2014 elections?
February 25, 2014 - 15:00-16:00
Welcome to open dialogue on Indian politics!
Speaker: Senior intellectual-activist Vijay PRATAP, Convenor of South Asian
Dialogues on Ecological Democracy
Comments: Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja, Docent Thomas Wallgren, University of Helsinki
In December 2013 the newly formed Aam Aadmi Party (party of common man) shook the Indian political scene by rising from nothing to win 28 seats of 70 in the Delhi local elections. AAP first formed a minority government but announced its resignation on February 14th due to several political reasons.
In the all India elections in May 2014 AAP is putting forward candidates in several states across India. Candidates include party leader Arwind Kejriwal and India’s nationally and internationally most renown non-party activists and scholars such as Medha Patkar and Yogendra Yadav.
AAP’s background is in the huge anti-corruption movement that has animated India’s polity during the last two years. AAP’s political platform includes a strong emphasis on democracy and “swaraj” (self-rule, localisation). According to some commentators its rise is likely upset the balance in Indian politics with huge implications for India and the world.
Vijay Pratap is a veteran activist in the Gandhian socialist tradition. In 2003-2007 he was a member of the steering group of the Helsinki process on global democratization.
Erkki Tuomioja is Finland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs (Social Democrat Party).
Thomas Wallgren is docent and university lecturer of philosophy. He has been engaged in research and development projects with partners in India since 1987.
Venue: Parliament Annex – Little Parliament, Arkadiankatu 3, Helsinki