Who defeated Arvind Kejriwal? Himself or us?
His party ruled for just 49 days. They were momentous days. He implemented his promise on setting up a number for reporting corruption; in two weeks instead of the promised two days. He met people to discuss corruption issues, though the crowd was beyond his control. He did what he could. He would have done more if he could.
He put an end to the VVIP culture in politics. The politician became aam aadmi. Ministers started travelling in vehicles without the screaming red lights and horrifying screeches. But the police had to go out of their way to provide protection to the chief minister. Who defeated the chief minister’s vision that political leaders need no such protection from their own people?
He revolutionised the admission procedures in schools. Schools which charged hefty amounts from parents illegally stood to lose. The aam aadmi would have gained. Then who defeated AAP?
AAP appointed people who visited the government schools in Delhi to ensure that they are functioning properly. Procedures were undertaken to end contract labour and thus ensure the welfare of workers. Steps were taken to train a special commando force for the protection of women in Delhi. Enquiries were initiated about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Power supply and water supply were being made more effective and efficient – no doubt there were many teething problems. Harassment of auto rickshaw drivers by the police was stopped. Government hospitals were made more effective.
49 days. What more could be achieved in 49 days by a government with no prior experience? Kejriwal dared to take up the cudgels against people like Mukesh Ambani who have hijacked the economic system in the country and people like Veerappa Moily who have sold democracy to the corporate sector.
We keep on accusing our politicians of being corrupt. When one man took the initiative to clean up that corruption and bring good governance, he failed. Did he defeat himself by resigning? Maybe he did. Was he helpless? His helplessness is our own. Is he simply a shrewd politician who is aiming higher – for the PM’s chair? Well, I will vote for him in the Lok Sabha elections too.
My likes and dislikes are instinctive initially. I began to like Kejriwal instinctively just as I disliked Anna Hazare instinctively and hated Modi instinctively. But I don’t let my instincts dictate terms to me. I evaluate my instincts with my reason. So far my reason has told me that my instincts were generally right.
My instincts tell me that Modi will only work for the corporate sector and use one particular religious community for furthering his ends. Modi will engender a civil war in the country if he becomes its Prime Minister, my instincts predict. My instincts tell me that the Congress has become impotent. My instincts tell me that we need a leader who is a bit cranky.