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Submission + - Arvind Kejriwal - Magsaysay Award Winner to be the Chief Minister of New Delhi (bbc.co.uk) 6

bayankaran writes: In the dramatic development of the worlds biggest democracy India, the anti corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal, ex-civil servant turned politician of AAM AADMI Party (Common Man's Party) is to be sworn in as the Chief Minister of the state of Delhi. AAM AADMI party did not win an outright majority, but is forming the government with the backing of Indian National Congress.
A former civil servant, the 44 year old Mr Kejriwal was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay award for Emergent Leadership, widely described as Asia's Nobel prize, for social work and initiatives to fight corruption in 2006.
Two years ago, he set up a group called India Against Corruption aimed at putting pressure on the government to bring about tough anti-corruption laws.
For India, this is the first time in post independence history a new political leader has emerged with strong middle class pan-Indian support and an anti-corruption platform. The other major sociopolitical movements in the last thirty years have been regional and based on people empowerment — whether it is the right wing Shiv Sena organized by Bal Thackeray in Mumbai or the Dalit/untouchables/lower caste Hindu's coming under the umbrella of Kanshi Ram of BSP — Bahujan Samaj Party.
Kejriwal's cabinet members are between 27 and 46 years of age. True to form, Kejriwal and his cabinet members will be reaching the Ramlila grounds for swearing in traveling in the Delhi Metro.


Submission + - Kerala to encourage free software

bayankaran writes: "New York Times (registration needed) carries a report on Kerala's (south Indian state) plans to encourage use of open source and free software. One of the problems with the "report" of NYT/IHT is the unnecessary tone — the news will further unsettle foreign investors in this state.

Kerala recently banned Coke/Pepsi when a CSE (Center for Science and Environment) study showed that Coke/Pepsi products had high levels of pesticide content and that decision is coupled with the promotion of FOSS to portray the state as anti-market/anti-capitalistic. Recently there was a long standing agitation against a Coke bottling plant in North Kerala as it was depleting well water in nearby areas (though banning the products was a political knee jerk reaction). You would be also interested to know that Coke/Pepsi are used by Indian farmers as a pesticides controlling agent.

Kerala has more than 90% literacy and its human development indices are comparable to western countries."

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