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A Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Leader Yamini Gomar in Punjab quits Party, says it has become “dictatorial and corrupt”

Gomar said AAP volunteers in Punjab were reduced to becoming slaves of AAP leaders and observers from outside the state

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Arvind Kejriwal. Pic from Aam Aadmi Party FB page.

Jalandhar, Dec 13, 2016: A senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader in Punjab, Yamini Gomar, on Tuesday resigned from the party’s primary membership claiming that the AAP had become “dictatorial and corrupt”.

She also accused AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak of manipulation in the allotment of tickets and while managing party affairs in Punjab.

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“AAP leaders incharge of party affairs in Punjab are indulging in corruption and other wrongdoings. There is no democracy in the party,” Gomar told the media here, 160 km from Chandigarh.

Gomar, who belongs to the Dalit community, was a member of the AAP National Executive. She polled over 2.13 lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Hoshiarpur (Reserved) seat as an AAP candidate.

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She alleged that the AAP leadership had become ‘anti-Dalit, anti-Sikh and anti-Punjab’.

Gomar said AAP volunteers in Punjab were reduced to becoming slaves of AAP leaders and observers from outside the state.

Party insiders however said Gomar was expecting a party ticket for the 2017 assembly election but was not allotted one.

The Dalits comprise nearly 32 per cent of Punjab’s total population of over 2.8 crore. (IANS)

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Transparency Documentary Series Review: Unique and Talks About the Working of AAP

The impact of the film might have been much greater if writer-director Munish Raizada had shortened its length and focused on a single issue

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One must congratulate Munish Raizada for making Transparency: Pardarshita. Twitter

By Suyog Zore

First of all, one must congratulate Munish Raizada for making Transparency: Pardarshita. Making a documentary film, let alone a six-part documentary series, on politics in India is not an easy task.

Raizada has made a documentary series on one of the biggest uprisings India has seen after the freedom movement and the Emergency, the Jan Lokpal andolan, also known as the India Against Corruption (IAC) movement. He tries to find answers to how the uprising was planned, how it gave rise to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and how the party that came to power in the national capital territory of Delhi with the promise of transparency slowly went off track.

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Transparency is a six-part documentary series written, directed and produced by Munish Raizada, who was himself a member of AAP at one time. In the documentary, he traces AAP’s journey from its inception to now. In this process, he meets old colleagues of party founder and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal as well as others who joined and then left the party.

The first episode, titled Dream Game, deals with how the Anna Hazare movement was organized by people like Kumar Vishwas, Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and some other activists. The episode is very informative and tells us how no movement takes place on the spur of the moment. It takes a lot of time, dedicated people and a lot of effort to create a successful movement like Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Andolan.

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Transparency is a six-part documentary series written, directed and produced by Munish Raizada, who was himself a member of AAP at one time. Twitter

The third episode focuses on how the IAC came to be formed and what it did. Both these episodes focus on how Arvind Kejriwal used the popularity of the movement as a launch pad for his own political career. Raizada interviews Kejriwal’s former friends and activists like Shazia Ilmi, Kapil Mishra and Kiran Bedi who testify that Kejriwal harboured political ambition from the start. It should be noted, however, that all of these former friends are now part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, the foremost rival of AAP in Delhi.

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Raizada uses real footage from the Jan Lokpal movement and from AAP’s formation and victory in the Delhi assembly election of 2015. He juxtaposes visuals of the euphoria among Delhi’s citizens when AAP came to power for the first time with the current situation and tries to find out where things went wrong.

The most important episode of this documentary is number 4, which is titled The Mask. The episode is split into two parts, 4A and 4B. In this two-part episode, Raizada meets many long-standing associates of Kejriwal and tries to dissect his personality. The documentary claims that Kejriwal, who has a proven track record as an activist in the public domain, has a different personality for insiders of the Anna agitation and the Aam Aadmi Party.

Raizada also tries to find answers to many questions like why did AAP stop showing its list of donors on its website and why the party never implemented an internal Lokpal. However, Raizada expects the viewer to be familiar with the Indian political scenario and how things were in those days and that’s why the episode may not interest those who have not kept themselves up-to-date with politics in India. But then, someone who isn’t familiar with Indian politics may not invest six hours of his life in this documentary either.

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The length of the series is the biggest problem with this documentary. Almost six hours long, it is stuffed with too much information to process. By the time you reach the final episode, you are likely to have forgotten some important information from earlier episodes. Maybe if Raizada had focused his effort more sharply on the issue of transparency in AAP and dug out more information, it might have made greater impact.

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Another problem is Raizada’s fixation with dramatization. As he mentioned in an interview with Cinestaan.com, he had initially planned a feature film on the subject but later dropped the idea. Perhaps he could not completely let go of the thought, however, because he uses elements from the typical commercial template, like a melodramatic background score, to hammer his message home. All it does is dilute the authenticity of the documentary.

Despite these flaws, Transparency: Pardarshita is a brave and praiseworthy effort. 

You can watch Transparency series here: https://transparencywebseries.com/

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Documentary Series “Transparency: Pardarshita” Reveals the True Face of AAP

Political docu-series talks of Anna Hazare movement and its impact

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"Transparency: Pardarshita" is a Hindi language documentary series spanning six episodes. Twitter

Chicago-Based medical specialist Dr Munish Raizada has come up with his debut political documentary series titled “Transparency: Pardarshita”.

It is a Hindi language documentary series spanning six episodes. The series deals with the India Against Corruption Movement (Anna Andolan) of 2010, led by social activist Anna Hazare, and it also traces how movement subsequently led to political developments that gave birth to the Aam Aadmi Party.

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“Transparency: Pardarshita” is now streaming online. Twitter

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The series, directed and produced by Raizada offers an in-depth analysis of the functioning of the party based on reactions from several members of the party, along with political analysts and journalists who followed the developments closely.

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The series also includes three songs, “Bol re Dilli bol” by Kailash Kher, “Kitna chanda jeb mein aaya” by Udit Narayan and “Vaishnav jan to” by Sawani Mudgal.

“Transparency: Pardarshita” is available online.

You can watch the trailer here:

You can watch the series here:
https://transparencywebseries.com/

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Sanitization to Fight Coronavius Begins in UP

Massive sanitization drive begins in UP

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A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (Representation Image). Pixabay

A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. This is the latest news in India.

Rajkumar Vishwakarma, DG, fire services, told reporters that sanitization was being done with sodium hypochlorite and fire personnel had been instructed to take care and not to spray the disinfectant on human beings and animals.

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The sanitization will be done using sodium hypochlorite. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Spraying will also not be done inside any building due to electrical connections.

Fire personnel have been asked to take photographs and post it on WhatsApp media groups. They have been asked to avoid calling the media personnel to the sanitisation sites to avoid risks.

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Earlier this week, about 50 migrant workers who were at a bus station in Bareilly, were sprayed with sodium hypochlorite by the sanitisation staff. Those who were sprayed, including children, complained of itching in the eyes and rashes on the body.

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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed his concern over the incident and assured action against the guilty.

District magistrate Bareilly, Nitish Kumar said that the incident happened due to ‘over-zealous’ workers. (IANS)