Friday, December 13, 2013

AAP should not remain just a political party but should become a phenomena.

Recent success of AAP (Aam Aadami Party) in Delhi elections has created lot of buzz all over India, many political parties poked fun when this party was created almost one year back and even dismissed their presence, they termed it as a temporary phenomena, a bubble which will disappear without creating any significant impact. But destiny had something else in its mind, spectacular performance by AAP in Delhi elections left everyone shocked and surprised (they won 28 out of 70 seats), no one expected this to happen, they not only fought but fought really hard. During India against Corruption (IAC) movement current political brigade challenged few common people not to just protest on street and create nuisance but to enter political system and try to clean it if they are not happy with current system. They never imagined that some people will really take this challenge seriously and will take plunge in this muddy water of politics and come out clean. They tried everything from sting operation to government investigation about their funding, but nothing worked against AAP, so far they came out of all troubles successfully and managed to maintain their clean image.

I am not excited about AAP only as a new political entity, there are so many political parties in India, local as well as national, they all were launched with lot of good intentions and huge fan following but they all became part of the same system and played the game with same set of rules which includes use of money power, corruption and many other illegal ways about which most people are aware. Skepticism about AAP was quite understandable because people saw many new parties emerging and becoming part of same sytem many times before, leaders like Laloo Yadav, Mulayam Singh, Mayavati, etc. came from very humble background, entered politics with lot of good intentions but today some of them are icons of corruption or big players in the same system, they couldn't change anything but the system changed them completely. But so far AAP seems to be different, they have totally different approach and transparency is the most important aspect of their approach which impressed me a lot, whatever they do including collection of money to run the party is in public domain, no other political party did this before. Everyone thought that no one can survive in Indian politics with honesty and complete transparency but AAP did, and that's what scared other parties, they are scared to disclose their sources of funding, they are worried to loose election if they don't field so called popular or winnable candidates, they all used to field such candidates and never used to care even if some of these candidates have criminal background, but now they may not be able to do it anymore, they were forced to field honest candidates with clean image during Delhi elections just because of presence of AAP. This is what makes me excited about AAP not only they are playing the game honestly but they are also forcing their opponents to follow the same path, this is what I want to happen, reformation of all parties and entire system. One candidate or leader with good intention is not a big deal, they are there in every party but when every party and candidate is forced to stay clean and work honestly then only desired reform will come, first there has to be some external pressure (which AAP has created) and then slowly it will become a norm and then we may not even need to mention specifically AAP's name because all parties will be like them, this sounds like a crazy dream today but I am optimistic.

AAP has still long way to go, they just started and hit home run in their first attempt, but that doesn't mean they will remain like this or will taste same success on every turf they play but it seems they are not worried about that and I like this attitude. They seem to be more interested in overall political reform rather than short term gains, that's why I think it's not just another political party but a phenomena which made common people believe that they also can enter politics and survive, they also can dream to challenge this corrupt system if they want and this is what excites me, makes me optimistic. There are many who say that nothing can be done with our current political and bureaucratic machinery, it's damaged beyond any repair, but these people gave ray of hope when most people chose to resign and surrender, they showed us not everything is lost and it's us who can repair it and change it, it's out responsibility to do it not one from existing system will do it for us, so now the ball is in our (common people) court, we need to make sure that AAP just doesn't remain another political party but becomes a phenomena, a experiment which can be repeated every where and at every level, if not then we will be stuck with current rotten system for many more years to come and I don't think any of us want this to happen. I am happy for AAP's success, more than that I am happy for myself, I am happy for common people of India who desperately needed some ray of hope and they provided it.

Thanks for reading and please share your views on this topic.

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4 comments:

  1. Don't be in hurry to say that AAP is winner. Every dog has his day. Now it is good times for AAP. We will have to see 2-3 yrs from now where AAP will be.

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    1. There is no question of winner or looser here, that's why I wrote I don't want this to just remain a political party but to become and phenomena which any group or party can repeat. I am not supporting them as a party but as a set of new and fresh ideas which I think are required. I am not even bothered whether they win or loose as long as they put on fight against the corrupt system.

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  2. I had pointed out in December to you not be in hurry. See the results in today's news. Fresh ideas cannot last long if they have no support base.

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    1. Please check my reply again...then and now also I am not worried about the end result, for me honest and sincere effort is more important, and this problem of corruption can not be solved in 2 months or even one term, it will be a long process and it has just started, just wait and watch let AAP's style and intentions become common phenomena then change will come, don't rush to conclusions. I am not at all in hurry but it seems you are in a hurry to write them off quickly...

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