First time in Indian political history…a man…a movement…Arvind Kejriwal, ex Income Tax officer, who resigned his Indian Revenue Service to fight the corrupt system and his Aam Aadmi Party. Kejriwal and his party who were expected to fail miserably and be wiped off from the political scene, in fact wiped off the Grand old party and its actually buddi Chief Minister from the political scene of Delhi state. Mr. Kejriwal is now on his way in Delhi’s Metro to Ramlila Maidan to take oath as Chief Minister of Delhi State.
He has stuck to the basic issue concerning governance…CORRUPTION. He is now on the verge of creating history by being the first common Indian to take oath as Chief Minister of India’s premier city-state. If he succeeds, he will lay down the way forward for governance. Both the two major political parties, much against their wishes and agenda of greed, are noisily emulating and trying to take credit for all things which they never ever stood for.
He may have been oppotunistic in his activism; from the tearing up of the Lokpal bill to the decision of entering the political mainstream to fight within the system; but looking back, it seems that he played his cards perfectly well. He may have probably not envisaged that this movement would thrust him to the seat of power of Delhi, but call it destiny, he is now moments away from becoming the Chief Minister. Undeniably, he has left an impression on the common man, though not on the cold blooded politicians.
Let’s now hope that this is the begining of a long overdue change in the political scene of India. Although, the fact remains that activism and governance are two completely different aspects. Running a country or a state is not an easy task. AAP is a first timer in governance, and there is nobody who can claim even a day’s experience in running the affairs of a state. Thus, it would be interesting to observe, and it will be followed on a daily basis, how the euphoria of activism translates into effective governance.
If he does manage to provide a clean and effective government, then the true politicians can gradually expect to fade away into history. If they want to survive, then they would need lessons from Kejriwal and learn to respect the common man.
Hoping for a change…hoping for a kick in the ass of the politicians who have sucked the common man dry.
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A Frog in Well ?
In Sanskrit , it is called , ” Koop Mandook ”
A frog which cannot see the Sun rise ( – in Sanskrit , Arvind stands for Sun )
There is no other explanation for Nitin Gadkari to allege that a leading industrialist brokered a deal between AAP and Congress
There is no other explanation for Dr Harshvardhan to say ,
” AAP will fail to deliver on its promises ”
The leader of the opposition in Delhi Assembly ( who , in his post-swearing in speech , Arvind described as a ” good man ” ) , could not have dreamed that Arvind will motivate 50,000 Delhi-ites to chant ,
” I will neither offer bribe , nor take bribe ”
The good Doctor could not have realized that , after this slogan , Arvind need not worry about fulfilling AAP’s poll promises
With this slogan , people of Delhi will themselves fulfill their own dreams !
Even as experts ( – and some eminent non-experts ) , were debating till late in the night , how AAP will fail ,
> Red beacons disappeared from official cars ( Magic Wand ? )
> Powerful bureaucrats were , unceremoniously shunted out
Do the feudal lords of Congress / BJP realize that , if AAP manages to cleanse the Delhi Administration of corruption , then people don’t care if AAP fails to deliver on all of its other poll promises ?
Most dangerous / unnerving thought !
Most calamitous prophesy !
Most certain obliteration !
Remember that 26 year old dalit girl Rakhi Birla defeating a veteran Congress Minister in Delhi ?
You would do well not to contest your 2014 Lok Sabha seat against Anjani Damania from Gadh Chiroli or Mumbai’s Worli !
People without homes , electricity , water , schools , toilets , hospitals etc , have sounded the death-knell of the corrupts !
Can you hear it ?
A new Sun has risen
The sooner you come out of your Mandook and see it , the better !
Sonia / Rahul have seen it
That is why they want Adarsh Scam Report ” re-considered ” !
* hemen parekh ( 29 Dec 2013 / Mumbai )
Consistency and sustainability is the need of the hour and the need of the next Lok Sabha term. A party which can seriously do away with colonial symbolism first, do away with corrupt practices, improve the judicial process vis-à-vis the time factor, improve upon economics of the country and bring about social parity is the party that we need to compete with the likes of USA and China.
INC and BJP are spent forces; but let’s not forget they have a huge and age old presence. If they adopt and adapt, even though temporarily, the core theme of AAP, either of them have a big chance of upstaging AAP.
Recent trends have already shown a growing shift towards NaMo’s BJP. Rahul’s INC is yet to catch up with NaMo, matching AAP is a distant proposition for INC.