The movement that set it all…
I read with interest the blog on Kejriwal not perfect, but he is honest.
There is a beautiful quote from the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, for all his grace and poise there were people who would criticize him left right and center, never mind those people would not seen the sun rise or have been to the nets literally and this is what he had to say. ‘People throw stones at you and you convert them into milestones.’
I was in New Delhi when the IAC and the agitation at Ram Lila Maidan was at its peak and a dutiful citizen in me decided to take the metro, walk the few minutes, stand in line at the gate and merged with the crowd. As I saw the whole surrounding, it was fluttering with Indian National Flag a jamboree of a different kind, a ray of hope for many and I was feeling elated having participated in the agitation. Not to forget taking pictures on my Blackberry to record those important moments. That particular day had Amir Khan on stage, it was nice. The place wore a festive look, young dedicated volunteers, and everyone looked positive, there was so much energy and everyone was there only on one count, a man was representing them and fasting for a piece of legislation aka Lokpal.
The social media was put to great use, err, and correct me if people also stated SMS was a part of social media. It was the SMS, put to imaginative communication purpose unless you thought everyone who came to the Ram Lila maidan was having a smartphone and clicking pictures and posting on the social web.
The whole of the ten days had one more person hogging the limelight, one Arvind Kejriwal, and he was even famously profiled in the Caravan as the mind behind the show as it was beamed live, we were also introduced to some journalists turned crusaders.
I had some of my friends who had become active volunteers, and we got to know they were all there to get this Mission Impossible done and get on with life thereafter.
One had told me, ‘You know what happens when it becomes political, it’s the last refuge of a scoundrel.’ We all agreed and had our parathas and pickles as we waited for Anna to finish his fast.
Arvnid Kejriwal is the guy next door politician you would have loved to have until the few recent days. They say small little acts are better off than the grandest of intentions, that’s exactly where they tripped. The first one was going political I suppose, not withstanding the fact that they won Delhi, sorry stood second in the assembly. No political party worth its name would go on an SMS mode to take a political decision. Forget that they were new and fresh from annihilating and humiliating Congress and esp Sheela Dikshit, they went on a road show and said the people wanted them to form government. No anchor worth his salt has ever asked them if that was the case the people would have got them the mandate atleast 35 on the 70 seats they contested.
Not to forget one Yogendra Yadav said they were crossing over 45 seats and they were willing to share the raw data whatever they meant by that. Why I am naming this person is of very important for us to understand. I was a person who got used to TV only with News and a bit of entertainment regularly sending post cards so that I can win a trip to some exotic location sponsored by Tourism boards. Those were days of News this week with Appan Menon and one Prannoy Roy from New Delhi Television. And when the cable and satellite homes opened up we were seeing election coverage like no other. Psephology became the buzzword and one man who opened up caste equations deftly during these debates much better than Prannoy would was none other than Yogendra Yadav to me.
Now why someone with deep understanding of caste would be needed to a party which is espousing the cause of the Aam Admi was a big question, I got the answer the day they got him nominated to the Gurgaon not hiding the fact that the caste equations would work in his favour.
Whatever happened to the aam admis who went on to win the Delhi assembly elections. One of my friends who was a printer and a volunteer rose to become an MLA. Now that is what is called as aam aadmi’s rise.
It gives no confidence that you don’t wait for one more day to seek the Governor’s nod but go around saying the bus contract workers needed to accept rules and the decision takes days. Different yardsticks for different people. It’s for the people to decide if enough as been done in 49 days. Not that AAP didn’t know they had no majority nor were fully understanding of the fact that Delhi was a showcase government that needed to go to Central government for everything they needed to do.
The most ill thought system in AAP is its internal lokpal that decides even on judicial matters and sets them apart while all other parties will be shown the index finger saying they are crooks of the highest order. No sane citizen will attempt to brush aside the heroics of one Somnath Bharati one night trying to save his constituency and pledge their govt at stake on dharna and get three cops to go on leave or expect us to think they got them to go on leave. They already were.
The basic underlying fact of this was police is not outside the system was well known. It was a part of the government irrespective of the Delhi govt’s inability to take decisions; it was also a chance to get them on board for better citizen police interaction.
I believe in e-governance and technology changing your lives, I would have respected AAP if they did one technology initiative to get corruption off than asking people to do sting operation. Even today they are being heralded for the use of social media unlike no other. You have no idea what would people do with videos in hand, than just getting their work done. Participative democracy is valid only in the positive sense.
And 49 days, and lot of unfulfilled promises and grandstanding to take on the political fight is a welcome step. Only thing the choice of the way it was made to be believed. The country knows fully well the last ten years was ruled by UPA, but if you ask Kejriwal he would tell you, some story why you need to stop Modi. I have no problem with that, but days are different, when they had the same media going gaga over the days of Anshan, and later the days of Arvind Kejriwals’ fast despite being a diabetic, the media was all good. Once in the political sandstorm, they find media to be paid media, when you are questioned. You are on the high pedestal shouting atop, Mera aukaat kya hai and still continue to live in the Govt houses. Don’t tell me there are other party people doing the same or ever compare BJP or Congress.
If you gave me that answer, I am sorry that’s exactly we didn’t want AAP to do. We wanted AAP to be different, be grounded and take it to the next step. That’s exactly where you lost it. My trust.
The worst was when AAP wants a mid term election, haven’t we heard enough. And all those supporters who say they can afford 2 elections in a year are those who can afford without salary for the rest of their lives, not those who toil everyday and fight price rise trying to avoid groceries which are Rs. 100 a kg.
I don’t have friends who can pay my 85,000 a month rent, that’s some laborers’ yearly earning. It could send some 100 kids to school, if you want me to list some things that can be done with Rs. 85,000. The moment your kid preparing for JEE is special than those in the street who have no access to education, you have let me down, Mr. Kejriwal. It doesn’t matter who pays it, it only shows our idea of what is being done. Doesn’t this act clash with govt. schools should be equivalent to private schools’s idea?
It was always my case that 49 day adventure was an opportunity lost and when I told this, the supporters were gleefully mocking me till the day Kejriwal accepted this as a matter of fact.
And today if there is negativity in this election, we have AAP also to blame, when you could go on a positive mode to tell people what they can achieve, than tread the same lines as political parties do.
I shall wait and see what other admissions will come by in later days. To me if you are honest, you are perfect in all sense, there can be no two ways about it.