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GV Face: Social Media and the Meteoric Rise of India's Aam Aadmi Party

Written by Sahar Habib Ghazi On 31 January 2014 @ 16:59 pm | 1 Comment

In English, Governance, GV Face, Human Rights, Politics, Video

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP ) –  or Common Man's Party – led by anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal, is challenging India's mainstream parties.  [1]

The AAP won big in the recent Delhi Assembly poll and has partnered with the Congress party to form a government in Delhi [2] with Kejriwal as its chief minister.

Two parties dominate India’s politics: the Congress, which has ruled with its coalition partners for two terms and relies on rural voters; and the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Hindu nationalist group that last ruled the nation in 2004. Will AAP disrupt India's long-standing two-party politics in the upcoming May elections?

This Friday I discuss the role of social media in AAP's meteoric rise [6] with GV authors Chirag Sutar and Manasi Gopalakrishnan.

Chirag [7] (@sutarcv [8]) is originally from India but now lives in the Netherlands where he completed his Masters in Media Studies in Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He worked as a media journalist in India for three years.

Manasi Gopalakrishnan [9] is a freelance journalist working with Germany's international broadcaster, the DW in Bonn, Germany. She writes and edits the blog www.womentalkonline.com and also works for DW's Hindi service.

Thumbnail image: Celebrations outside AAP headquarters in New Delhi after successful polling results. Image by Louis Dowse. Copyright Demotix (8/12/2013)

 


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[1] is challenging India's mainstream parties. : http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/12/15/aam-admi-party-emerges-as-a-cleaner-option-in-indian-politics/

[2] Congress party to form a government in Delhi: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/01/03/indias-aam-aadmi-party-wins-hearts-and-forms-government-in-delhi/

[3] #AAP: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23AAP&src=hash

[4] http://t.co/SEdaemc9Hn: http://t.co/SEdaemc9Hn

[5] December 15, 2013: https://twitter.com/timesofindia/statuses/412094746795188224

[6] This Friday I discuss the role of social media in AAP's meteoric rise: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102858415401615683864/events/ccs46pfh2ag170cprghgrb31apo

[7] Chirag: https://globalvoicesonline.org/author/chiragsuter/

[8] @sutarcv: https://twitter.com/sutarcv

[9] Manasi Gopalakrishnan: https://globalvoicesonline.org/author/manasigopalakrishnan/

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