Monday, 9 December 2013

AAP: Dawn of True Democratic Politics

"Who is Arvind Kejriwal?" was the question that Mrs. Dixit, the then CM of Delhi, asked to reporters on being asked about the prospect of Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal on morning of election day for Delhi assembly. 4 days and 6 hrs later, on 8th Dec 2013 1700 hrs IST, history was written by sheer courage and conviction of the dedicated tribe of AAP when Mrs. Dixit, three time CM of Delhi was not just thrashed but wiped out following a massive defeat of over 22000 vote's margin at the hands of AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal. Not only Arvind Kejriwal, but many novice unknown faces proved to the country and world that with rock solid conviction and popular public support, one can beat an old player at his very game that too without breaking any set rules. AAP scores victory on 28 seats and emerged as second largest party, just three seats behind BJP, a party of national stature and acclaim. Not only this, AAP finished second on as many as 22 seats! Creating a hung house in the capital of India! If you know even a zilch about politics and political equations of the world's largest democracy, by now you must be having goose bumps realizing the national and historical importance of this achievement. 



Let us quickly revise the formation of AAP, this people's party is outcome of a national level stir which caught the eyes of every India alike, the India Against Corruption movement of 2011 spearheaded by Anna Hazare and many other eminent citizen and socialist of India. Arvind Kejriwal was being credited to be the brains behind making the movement popular and making more and more people aware. He was also chosen as one of the member in the Lokpal drafting committee formed by Govt. to eyewash citizens. After being betrayed by central govt., which rejected the draft Lokpal bill out rightly asking Arvind Kejriwal to come and get the bill by constitutional method. He took up the challenge to cleanse the country's political scenario by actually getting into the river instead of standing on the bridge and shouting on someone to clean the river, formed a political party 'AAP' and contested Assembly Poll on all 70 seats of Delhi state that too by fielding many candidates who were contesting election for first time in their life!! 
 
 

Though the looser here appears to be a single person and single party, the underlying and firm truth behind this thumping victory of AAP is that now the imagination of people has been fired up, conventional parties having the mindset of conventional politics will have to fall in line or else they will be thrown off the line. The traditional voting pattern on the line religion, caste, creed and money is slowly but steadily being replaced by the issue of price rise and good governance. People are awaking to the fact that it is not the national abstract agenda of an individual but the current price of onion and petrol that will affect them and their children. Corruption, which was till now being mutely accepted as unintentional byproduct of politics, is now seen as an intentionally generated product of same and people are not shying away from asking WHY? The young voters of India are sensitive about their freedom and any encroachment upon their right to speak on or offline is taken very seriously. People are waking up to this fact that they need not vote for a party distributing alcohol on one night before election day, when they can vote for a honest party > get good governance > low prices > less corruption and hence ability to spend on booze every week themselves round the year !!




The best example that i can think of on how this win will help creating a better politics in India is the fact that now people are not shying away from talking politics. IT professionals, students, merchants, housewives even central govt. employees are getting involved in stand up discussions over who, why and how of election process. I can't remember any time before AAP and Arvind Kejriwal when my family discussed politics and election over dinner table! For sure, India is set to be a great and vibrant democracy in true sense. As people will get more and more educated and participatory in mainstream politics, more and more such success stories will see daylight. Mind you, being participatory is as important as being educated; simply washing our hands off is not going to help us. AAP has certainly being successful in spreading two important messages:
1. Politics is not bad, there might be bad politicians but politics is not and now it is everyone’s cup of tea.
2. Every vote matters and you can actually change the system by simply exercising your right to vote in favor of good people.


Finally, being aware of the open ended politics that AAP advocates, I would like to voice my opinion for the new people's representative as well as Arvind Kejriwal. Just like any other successful winner, you guys too will face the challenge of remaining as the top after reaching the top. Just ensure that in the rat race of winning, you guys don't compromise on the quality of promise you made to people. The denial of supporting any one to form Govt. and rule stands as a testimony to the iron will of all the newly selected MLAs, at the same time, please ensure that these MLAs get proper training and tools like a course in governance and public administration to perform efficiently. Being honest is one thing and being an efficient honest representative who delivers is altogether a different story, as we have learned from our own current incumbent of Prime Minister office; Shri Manmohan Singh. 


Last but not the least; I thank you all for making us believe in our dream even more.
 

Jai Hind



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8 comments:

  1. Truly inspiring blog Abhinav. Indeed this is the beginning of clean politics in Indian history...

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  2. Great write up Abhinav!! Earlier I had marked this line as the punch "He took up the challenge to cleanse the country's political scenario by actually getting into the river instead of standing on the bridge and shouting on someone to clean the river.." but later I found, the you covered all points like shift in the agenda, all round people participating in the politics talk, asking WHY to the problems and not taking them granted.. everything so nicely.. Keep up the good work..
    Its the time when only good intentions are not enough, we need to have some actions for those intentions..
    Jai Hind! Jai Bharat!!

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  3. Thank you Sourabh, Ashish .
    Also, I am posting here replies of some colleagues, friends who have mailed me their views.
    "Good blog Abhinav. Hopefully, AAP doesn’t fall in the same old trap. The importance should be given to ‘Integrity’ & ‘Authenticity’. Integrity – what you say is what you do. Authenticity – what you are inside show up outside to self & others. There is nothing wrong in saying ‘I cannot solve xyz problem in 5 yrs, but I can solve abc, def pbs in this period’. Then it should happen. Else, people will start losing interest…Arvind has said cleansing the entire system is his life, but that should always remain in his focus. Once he starts to get in the number game, he will get out of it…Hope that doesn’t happen."
    - Manoj Kulkarni

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  4. "Be the Change you wanna see in the world" on this i would say Arvind & Team is that Change...

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  5. great post...... looking forward to reading more inspiring articles.....

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  6. haha.. if only you could explain the following logic to the duped ones !

    "People are waking up to this fact that they need not vote for a party distributing alcohol on one night before election day, when they can vote for a honest party > get good governance > low prices > less corruption and hence ability to spend on booze every week themselves round the year !!"

    Nice article.. worth a second read :)

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  7. I wasn't a follower of Indian politics till now but seeing AAP emerging has pulled my eyeballs.
    Great writing Abhinav specially the flow of your thoughts..!!
    I really wish Arvind/ AAP achieves what he/the party has aimed for.
    The challenges what you have cited Abhinav, are all true but at the same time maintaining the authenticity and integrity (as quoted by Manoj Kulkarni) is important too.
    We do not want another BJP and Congress coming up..!!
    As far as the denial of support is concerned, I really wish it stands to it (considering the unconditional support from congress). You never know when the tables turn..!!
    Do keep sharing your views buddy..!!

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  8. Thanks for putting in your views.
    Looking at current scenario of politics in Delhi, it seems Arvind Kejriwal is going to face tough time in proving his integrity to masses

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