Will Kejriwal prove to be the Great Wall of India?

Will he manage to resist and stop the march of corrupt and communal politics in India? The forthcoming elections is an opportunity to Indians to make a big difference to our decaying politics. It’s an opportunity to revive our age-old culture of value based living and governing. It’s also an opportunity for the millions of  lamenting Indians who have become cynical about our country’s future in the midst of self-serving politicians. The alienation and apathy of the masses from political life has only emboldened the corrupt politicians to commit greater and greater atrocities with the firm belief  that they can get away with murders.

For the first time in our history we are being offered alternative possibilities. I have spoken to several poor people I happened to meet casually in the past 3 months – taxi drivers, contract labour in our company, house maids etc. Without exception, all of them said: Baaki sab ko vote de deke thak gaye saab. Ab AAP ko vote deke dekhenge(We are fed up of voting for the other parties in the past.This time we will definitely vote for AAP and see if anything changes in our lives). Amazingly, this is also Einsteinian logic. He defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results! The poor have a simple logic of their own unlike the middle class and the so-called intellectual or the pseudo intellectual class. The latter would debate endlessly(nothing wrong with that) and use logic to arrive at their predrawn conclusions. Basically they are suspicious of every change and feel more secure in the familiar political and economic atmosphere however corrupt it may be. They are content with cosmetic changes by replacing one corrupt government with another.

Let us briefly consider what AAP has to offer:

1.They are capable of bringing down corruption at all levels, which happens to be No 1 enemy to our economic growth of the country. A corruption-free government will also ensure fair use of resources for ensuring food security,education and health of the people below the poverty line.

2.Good governance through Swaraj: In principle they are committed to bringing about decentralization of decision-making through setting up of Mohall Sabhas as the basic units, who will decide the priorities of development for each area. The logic is very simple. Only the local people of the areas will know better about what needs to be done on priority in their localities. It’s the responsibility of the government in power to implement the agreed development programmes.While there are lots of suspicious voices on how this experiment will work, isn’t it time to try such Gandhian ideas instead of doing the same things and expecting different results? If there are issues during implementation, one can deal with them.

3. Commitment to Economic Growth consistent with poverty elimination.

4. Open to ideas: Being a new party and carrying no baggage of the past, their leaders are open to new ideas. For instance, when someone suggested that Social audit is needed for ensuring proper implementation of welfare programmes, Mr Kejriwal readily agreed.

5. Negatives:Dharna before the parliament is unbecoming of a CM. But these are issues of style which can be corrected once the party gains some maturity.

I was thoroughly impressed by his interviews with the media. His sincere approach in answering questions directly (unlike the seasoned politicians who are evasive) and his openness to new ideas are all great positives needed to govern a country of our size and complexity. I particularly liked his repeated admission of the fact that he is a small man and his conviction that the people of the nation will make his mission successful. Compare this with the famous quotation of Jawarharlal Nehru, who once said: “We are little men serving great causes, but because the cause is great, something of that greatness falls upon us also”.

As for the other parties, their past track record speaks for itself. If they come to power, crony capitalism will continue. This will mean that economic growth will mean concentration of wealth in the very rich and it will never percolate to the people below the poverty line. It’s not great news for the middle class and the poor.

Here are a few links which highlight AAP’s case as a promising alternative to BJP or Congress:

 

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