AAP & down: an insiders story of Indias most controversial party
The story of AAP is one of troughs and crests. After capturing the imagination of over a billion Indians, and winning a landslide victory in the 2015 Delhi elections, a seemingly indestructible party began to dangerously teeter. What just happened? How did a party born of the idealistic India Against Corruption (LAC) movement get ravaged by infighting and accusations of wrongdoing? What provoked the abrupt ouster of two party veterans, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan? What accounted for the wave of ignoble defeats across not just Punjab and Goa but also AAP’s own home. Delhi?
Here is a book that reveals all from the clashes and intrigues that beset the lAC movement to the goings-on during the closed-door meetings of AAP. But beyond chronicling events, thus far undisclosed, AAP & Down analyzes the dispositions of the leaders who had once promised a better India-from a volatile Anna Hazare to an autocratic Arvind Kejriwal-to highlight how the party’s undoing was linked to the fatal flaws of its leading men.
Even while recounting the true story of a party, here is a book that presents the story of India of how a country, plagued by scams and scandals, dared to unite under IAC and overthrow the corrupt. In this, there is a lesson for AAPthe book emphatically reminds the party that its best chance of revival lies in reinvesting faith in this nation’s citizens.
Mayank Gandhi, Shrey Shah