In India, Anti-Corruption Activists Crowd Source Name for Nascent Political Party
BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, August 3 2012
Aides to Anna Hazare, the 75 year-old Indian anti-corruption crusader who is often compared to Mahatma Gandhi, have announced their intention to launch a political party. Hazare aide Arvind Kejriwal, fresh off a 10-day fast in protest of parliament's refusal to discuss the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill, said in his announcement that the activists would crowd-source the party's name.
"This party will not be like others... the public will decide our agenda. We don't want to win elections ... we want to challenge the existing parties. The donations we receive will be posted on our website ... this will dare the others to follow," he added.
Kejriwal insisted that activists involved in the nascent party were not interested in achieving power, but rather in being in a position to challenge government corruption and look out for public interest from within the system. Crowd sourcing feedback appears to have become a mainstream expression of grassroots activism. "How do we select candidates who have integrity? Write to us and tell us," urged Mr Kejriwal.