Man of the moment: Arvind Kejriwal
Down the years Indians will tell their grandchildren:
“Remember Remember the 8th of December,
Rise of the Common Man!
Defeated incumbent Chief Minister
Triggered a Renaissance chain!”
The common man referred above is Arvind Kejriwal. He is credited for drafting the Jan Lokapal Bill for which Anna Hazare fasted unto death at the Ramleela Maidan in April 2011. He also made herculean efforts for the Right to Information Act (RTI).
This Mechanical Engineer graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He worked in Tata for sometime and subsequently joined Indian Revenue Services.
He took voluntary retirement from IRS(Indian Revenue Services) in 2006. Winner of the Ramon Magsaysay prize in 2006 for Emergent Leadership, he then founded an NGO, Public Cause Research Foundation using the Magsaysay prize money.
In 2012 after the Anna Hazare movement, Kejriwal founded the AAP(Aam Aadmi Party) or the Common Man Party. His aim was to cleanse the governance of the national capital. Focusing on issues relevant to common man like Electricity, Water, Food Prices etc. AAP was novice in the voting game. Standing on pillars like Kejriwal and Kumar Vishwas it entered polls with loads of shit thrown on it. The commendable thing about AAP is that it cleaned all the blotches on its reputation and fearlessly trod ahead.
Why I support AAP is due to the following logic: Suppose if AAP had lost badly, it would have increased the monopoly of the politicians as:
The arrogance of the leaders of Congress which rules 14 states of India was ever increasing and making them taste the ground was essential.
One such remark I remember was by Kapil Sibbal, India’s Peter Pettigrew!
The above view is also shared by Kumar Vishwas who mentioned it in one of his interview.
The only apprehension I have is that the AAP may turn into the Jacobins of French Revolution resulting in a Reign of Terror. I sincerely hope that Kejriwal does not become the next Robespierre. Power is infectious and corrupts mind of many. I do not want AAP to tread on the path which our political parties have followed since time immemorial. The magical broomstick Arvind has used to weave magic must maintain its sanity and purity.
The Delhi election result are signalling a hung assembly. If AAP rises to power somehow I expect a total revamp or else if it sits in opposition I expect its Shadow Cabinet to keep the Sarkar under check and yes, work for the passing of the JanLokpal Bill.