Lok Paritran is a new political party floated by a bunch of IIT graduates; it has fielded seven candidates in the upcoming elections for the State Legislative Assembly in Tamil Nadu. I don't think the candidates have any chance of winning enough votes to get their deposits back; and I believe the mainstream media have come to a similar conclusion. It's not surprising, therefore, that there has not been much coverage of the party or its candidates in the media.
However, IITs are a 'strange attractor' when it comes to the blogosphere. Several people have taken the trouble to check out the party's website to figure out for themselves if it is any good/different. The bloggers' are not at all impressed!
First, we have Badri, who caught this piece of jem from LP's website:
Reality is a continuum. Knowledge system, in shortest, is fragmentation imposed upon the continuum of reality. Fragmentation is always a necessity for understanding of the unknown. Every fragment in the knowledge system becomes a construct or an entity that is defined in the knowledge system. This very fact shows that different knowledge systems can be build on the same reality based on different possibilities and patterns of fragmentation.
Made you go 'Huh?', didn't it?
Next, we have Dhoomketu who analyzes LP's e-mail flyer and election manifesto, and comes to some harsh conclusions.
Finally (and this one is in Tamil), RosaVasanth has a hard-hitting post in which he pulls no punches whatsoever. In particular, he is (rightly) upset and irritated by the mere suggestion that educated people -- and, in particular, those with engineering and management education -- with very little record of public life/service are such a superior breed that they will bring salvation to this country through their participation in politics.
Oh, before I end this post, I must confess that I haven't been able to access LP's website. It keeps giving me an error message to my (Firefox) browser on my (Linux) machine!