Manifesto of the Aam Aadmi Party, and Arvind Kejriwal’s speech of December 28, 2013

The programme of the Aam Aadmi Party, as represented by its Manifesto, goes beyond the fight against corruption and indicates democratic and progressive positions on basic socio-economic issues. However, Arvind Kejriwal’s speech after he was sworn in as Delhi Chief Minister doesn’t do justice to this programme. We present the relevant texts as links and a file attachment: the original Manifesto in Hindi and the English translation of Arvind Kejriwal’s speech are linked below, and the Manifesto highlights in English is attached as a pdf file:

Manifesto of the Aam Aadmi Party (in Hindi)

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s speech after being sworn in (English translation):

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Football’s Best, 2013: The world’s best and the top 100, according to The Guardian

Who is the world’s best in 2013?

The 100 best:


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Edward Snowden, after months of NSA revelations, says his mission’s accomplished – The Washington Post

“For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished. I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

— Edward Snowden, interviewed in Moscow by Barton Gellman for The Washington Post

With video:

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Edward Snowden to broadcast alternative Christmas message, warning of the dangers of a loss of privacy:


Six months of revelations on NSA:

NSA Secrets:

Irfan Habib at the Symposium on 50th Year of Publication of “The Agrarian System of Mughal India”

Professor Irfan Habib speaking at the Symposium on 50th Year of Publication of “The Agrarian System of Mughal India” organised by the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, JNU, December 6, 2013.

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"Who am I to judge? A radical Pope’s first year", James Carroll in The New Yorker

“Many observers insist that gestures of modesty and compassion cannot alter basic [conservative] beliefs. But Francis has said, ‘I would not speak about ‘absolute’ truths, even for believers.'”

Skip the Supplements, New York Times

Dietary supplements: mislabeled, contaminated and probably useless. In 2003, researchers tested “ayurvedic” remedies from health food stores throughout Boston. They found that 20 percent contained potentially harmful levels of lead, mercury or arsenic.

Seymour M. Hersh · Whose sarin? · LRB 19 December 2013

Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August.

SACP and COSATU on the death of Nelson Mandela

From the South African Communist Party’s “Statement on the Passing Away of Madiba”:

“…At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our Party’s Central Committee. To us as South African communists, Comrade Mandela shall forever symbolise the monumental contribution of the SACP in our liberation struggle. The contribution of communists in the struggle to achieve the South African freedom has very few parallels in the history of our country. After his release from prison in 1990, Comrade Madiba became a great and close friend of the communists till his last days.”

Full statement at

From the statement of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions titled “COSATU Honours the Memory of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela”:

“…We salute one of the finest political figures of all time, a fearless revolutionary who led his people during the darkest days of our country, who never wavered and was the very essence of compassion, dedication, integrity and selflessness…

“Our chief challenge now is to match the political transformation which Comrade Madiba led […] with an equally militant revolutionary struggle to solve the problems which we still face, particularly economic apartheid, exposed by our outrageous levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality.”

Full statement at


Stanley Fish on Noam Chomsky

The New York Times columnist Stanley Fish writes that he was “enchanted, even ravished,” by Noam Chomsky’s 2013 John Dewey lectures, organised by the Philosophy Department at Columbia University.

The general subject of the lectures: “What Kind of Creatures are We?” The titles of the three lectures: “What is Language?,” “What Can We Understand?,” and “What is the Common Good?”

At the conclusion of each lecture, Chomsky received a thundering round of applause; by the third day the applause was deafening and sustained; it refused to stop…The term “master class” is a bit overused, but I feel no hesitation in using it here. It was a master class taught by a master, and if someone were to ask me what exactly is it that academics do, I would point to these lectures and say, simply, here it is, the thing itself.

Read the article at

N. Ram in The Hindu: “The not-quite ‘semi-final’ and what it portends”

Although the current electoral record indicates that the Bharatiya Janata Party will be single largest party in the next Lok Sabha, the BJP, N. Ram writes,

“will not go into the mid-2014 ‘finals’ as the favourite, in any event not the overwhelming favourite. Interesting political moves are on, for example, the Congress’s reported attempt to strike a deal with the Bahujan Samaj Party, the alliance manoeuvres in Bihar, not to mention the Telangana drama that lies ahead, that could make a difference on the ground. It is quite conceivable, even likely, that a post-poll combination of triumphant regional parties will, with external support from the Congress and the Left, be able to form the next government.”

Read the article at

For a pdf version:

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Myths about Golden Rice

A geneticist’s perspective on transgenic plant varieties that “could substantially reduce the devastating impact of vitamin A deficiency.”


Nelson Mandela (1918-2013): ‘I am prepared to die’ – audio recording of 1964 speech at ‘sabotage’ trial

All that needs to be heard and read:

Audio of the speech:

Text of the speech:

Excerpted audio of the speech:

Why the WTO Needs a “Hypocrisy Clause” » TripleCrisis

Why the WTO Needs a “Hypocrisy Clause” » TripleCrisis.

A very well argued piece exposing hypocrisy of US government’s objections to the food security proposal of India and other developing countries at the World Trade Organization meetings in Bali.