Lok Satta’s Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan

Most people who follow Andhra Pradesh politics probably know of Lok Satta Party and its founder Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan.

Dr. JP, as he is generally called, is currently a Member of the Legislative Assembly from Kukatpally constituency in Andhra Pradesh. He is known to have led several policy initiatives during his career as an IAS officer for 16-years before he resigned to work on grassroots for good governance. He started Lok Satta Movement in 1997 and worked with similar organizations towards election reforms, police reforms and right to information act and other activities. Nearly a decade later, he formed Lok Satta Party. I am aware that Dr. JP is new to power, and I hope that he remains positive and true to his current principles even with the passage of time.

I find it amusing that Dr.JP shares his name with “Lok Nayak” Jayaprakash Narayan, who led the formation of Janata Dal in 1977. Janata Dal was the first non-congress party to govern India. I am not exactly comparing Janata Dal with Lok Satta and Dr.JP with JP. For starters, the policies espoused by Janata Dal were empathetically socialist, and the policies by Lok Satta are not! Besides, India’s challenges during 1970s and now during 21st century are certainly different.

Yet, I desire to see one more parallel with Dr.JP/Lok Satta and JP/Janata Dal. Despite all the limitations of Janata Dal, I think a non-congress party was a necessity during 1977 to defeat congress administration in order to demonstrate the citizen outrage towards the declaration of Emergency and to strongly pre-empt any future assaults on democracy by other politicians or military (as is seems to be the norm with several India’s neighbours!). Today, it is the need of the hour in India for the citizens to demonstrate outrage towards the criminalization of politics that has happened with several incumbent politicians and strongly encourage taking India to the next level – from “Good to Great”.

Of course, we need not just one – but a thousand – Dr. JPs!

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Vaishali on August 23, 2010 at 2:23 am

    Interesting to know about Dr. JP and especially his blog website, since first time i found someone listing solutions & options to state issues in so much detail. Also equally interesting are the comments he receives on the blog posts. But gives me the impression that it is more of a regional party than national party.
    And i am completely with you on your last comment.

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  2. Posted by saranjpn on December 17, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    we ‘ve to follow some new strategies to overcome the future challenges, to erodicate the current political discrepancies / corruptions and to grow-up in this new era.. I think that he is on the right path of successful India as our Lok nayak had done in the previous decade…
    Jai Hind.

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  3. Dear Jaya Prakash Narayanji,
    The way the smear campaigners are going ahead tarnishing the names of Lok Pal bill drafting committee members – it looks they are determined to stall the drafting itself. Sir, in may blog -at URL “http://wiseinvestmentideas.blogspot.com/2011/04/lok-pal-bill-drafting-committe.html”, I have proposed that the prime minister must confer Cabinet Minister status to the 5 civil members in the committee – and give some immunity to them from filing of petty cases by smear campaigners. I appeal to you please pursue this – so that the Lok Bill bill will become a reality.

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  4. Posted by mikerana on September 5, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I understand that Dr JP was manhandled by rogues, and he reduced his village visits due to this episode. I call upon the literate of Telangana to build resistance for such stupidities by taking the support of local villagers. It is also necessary that the raising of political parties with individual name suffix which is likely to happen in telangana should be discouraged by all

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  5. Posted by Sharat Mangalpally on May 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Amen to your last statement !

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