Thursday, 11 October 2012

Kejriwal is not just another aam admi!!

RK Laxman's
'The Common Man'
The setting is apt for the rise of the Great Indian Common Man (in our very own RK Laxman ishtyle... or should I say like Naseeruddin Shah's - phata poster, nikla hero!!). Jokes apart, there have been many a 'shool-veers' who had tried to question the incorrigible Indian political system in their own ways, but a very few have actually walked that extra mile the way Arvind Kejriwal, former IRS officer, anti-coruption activist turned politician and leader of India Against Corruption (IAC), have treaded in his short innings so far. He could have continued playing second fiddle (although he was the chief strategist) to his more popular mentor Anna Hazare in mobilising all the hunger strikes till eternity without any assurance of results and that's when he decided otherwise - to become the pied piper himself - quite a daunting and uphill challenge for this 5ft. 5 inch 'short' aam-admi.

His courage, conviction, determination and game-plan, need to be given due credit, if not for anything else but for the character he showed to move out of the shadow of Anna - a Gandhian in true spirit, practitioner of ahimsa and satyagraha and a staunch believer of staying apolitical - and declaring his plunge into active politics. He did realise that to be in Rome, one needs to do the way the Romans do (and in Indian politics, to check mate the king, you need to do that in the garb of a politician only!).

Is Mr. Vadra looking a bit
angry, tensed and perplexed?
And what a better way to start his political campaign, than to reach out to the public at large (this strategy of his needs to be applauded and appreciated - it has been a complete turnaround from his previous satyagraha mode, wherein the target group was pulled towards him; his currently employed push strategy helping him reach out farther) and increasing his connect with the aam-admi. He announced his arrival at the political scene by dropping a huge bomb - more like the US airforce's daisy cutter used in the Afghan war - and created a huge crater full of intimidating political bickering and debate on the nexus between Robert Vadra, DLF and the congress ruled government of Haryana. Whether it was a master-stroke or not, would be left to be seen in the coming days, but undoubtedly, what he has done is that he has opened a Pandora's box which many never dared to (Robert Vadra's ascent financially or otherwise has been seen quite suspiciously by many - opposition, media, aam admi, but no one dared to raise a voice ever, given his political clout). Along with the heavy artillery, he decided to employ light infantry attacks from the flanks, by taking up the cause of the aam admi against the inflated power and water bills in Delhi. He was also seen climbing up the electricity poles to restore power connections, disconnected by discoms after consumers defaulted on the payments (although it's yet another story about how and why the bills got inflated!!) 

His actions in the past couple of weeks have given him a lot of visibility and the much required goodwill among his target votebank for sure, but what needs to be seen in the coming days, months and years are - whether he can create an equal impact pan India or not, whether he can stir up the conscience of people across the length and breadth of the country or not, whether he really wants to achieve utilitarian goals or ride on mere populist agenda like just another aam-admi turned politico and whether he can translate his political mandate into achievable and measurable results. The coming days would be very crucial for Kejriwal, as his every move would be followed closely by political outfits of every shade (red, green, blue, saffron, etc) and by millions of aam admi. He would eat up a lot of air-time and newsprint space for sure, which we can only pray, should not go in vain.

A leader needs to don
different 'thinking hats'!
He should not end up becoming just another archaeologist who digs out prized memorabilia only for the sake of winning recognition for his competence, rather he should act like a good sales man to sell his find to the highest bidder - the aam admi - and then ensure that it has added a value chain for one and all. He should necessarily be as much ruthless as possible to people proved corrupt and should also ensure choosing his friends and colleagues with a lot of caution. Many may start comparing him with the Krishna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, fighting for the cause of dharma, but a Krishna (an avatar of Lord Vishnu, immortal in all the three worlds) was also mortified by many around and was killed by a diminutive, harmless looking arrow shot from the bow of an equally unimportant character, who is introduced in the last chapter of Mahabharata. The bugle has been blown and the arrows have started flying all around hitting targets - newer targets have been promised by Kejriwal (today's newspaper also had Salman Khurshid targeted - ToI, 11th Oct 2012) and many more would be hit by the time you have finished reading this article.
Are we?

I am not very sure of how strong a vote-bank Kejriwal promises to create or whether he can actually uphold himself as an alternative. But a political party cannot be just another one-man show. It has to be democratic to the extent that any decision taken needs to be debated and deliberated among a central committee. We have seen many such politicians who have run a one man political regime (how can we forget the current Mamata government in Bengal or the former Maya regime of UP) and the group of sycophants around them. We, as aam admis can only hope for the best alternatives to govern us, lead us and take care of us, without diluting national interests while framing foreign affairs and defence policies. We probably would not reach the European standard of living in the next 20 years (it may take 2 more generations before it happens), but at least we can aspire for a cleaner, more transparent and intent-driven governance within the next 10-15 years.

Kejriwal tum aagey baaro, aam admi tuhmahe saath hain!! Jain Hind.


Shayari said...

Finally he came out with new option. He is well deserved to get vote for all his efforts and good works. We must give him a chance as we don't have any other options as party of good people.

malayalam sms said...

What is so difficult in revealing the BREAK-UP of asset growth (from 50 to 500 Crores) as submitted in IT declaration by an Individual , as all data are readily available in IT record, all need to be done is break them into layers of asset . Hence, it is Govt’s priority to reveal the BREAK-UP of asset growth(from 50 to 500 Crores) of every individual (be it BABA RAMDEV/HASAN ALI/Kamal Nath/BSY/Reddy Bros or for that matter ANY POLITICIAN whose asset grow by leaps and bounds) and let AAM AADMI take INFORMED decision while supporting them:
1. Start with initial asset value = X after validating the source of X.
2. In next IT return asset value declared =X+50=Y;
3. Now all our IT dept need to do is to probe source of Y whether this additional 50 is LEGITIMATE or not and accordingly publish in MEDIA (for AAM AADMI to validate apart from whatever action taken by Govt), each and every deal / transaction done by tax-payer to reach this figure of 50.
Note that above example is only against DECLARED ASSET, IMAGINE THE QUANTUM OF UNDECLARED ASSET (earned by Ministers in 2G/CWG deal) which also need to have a mechanism to track which can be easily tracked by QLY PERFORMANCE AUDIT which can be explained if your platform select this article.
Just in case Govt refuse to provide BREAK-UP, it should be MEDIA’s responsibility (who has already done the excellent job of exposing 2G/CWG scam which was supposed to be done by GOVT) once again to use RTI to get all the HIDDEN info of such break-up of ASSET JUMP of POLITICIAN/MINISTERS HIDDEN in IT record as AAM AADMI cannot take the risk of using RTI as in no time they will be MURDERED as happened with a whistle-blower lady Shehla Masood recently in M.P.
Just because a minister has grown his asset 50/100 folds within a period of 5 years, does not mean he has done it by UNFAIR MEANS, he may have done so the same way as BILL GATES and WARREN BUFFET have done in US, why not give a fair chance to those MINISTERS (by publishing above break-up of ASSET GROWTH which will simply inspire AAM AADMI like us) to prove that US has only one BILL GATES and one WARREN BUFFET whereas our political/governance system have plenty of them!!!