What could be the silver-lining, the biggest catch, in having an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi?
It will be the clinical trial of one of the most significant political experiments in India where the public, the Aam Aadmi, the voter, has been in the driving seat.
For ages, in the independent India, we have been discussing the need of fundamental changes in the Indian politics. But apart from the JP wave and the failed Janata Party government in the 70s, we do not have much to talk about.
India has had a political lineage of similarly oriented (skewed) politicians, irrespective of the party affiliations because ideology has always been compromised or co-opted by the elitism of the political corruption of the mainstream political parties.
If Congress is the biggest culprit, as it has been the dominant political force for the most the period of the independent India, other parties, too, have, more or less, followed the suit in being in bed with the corrupt political practices of the human greed, be it so with BJP or the so-called Third Front parties or the regional offshoots of the mainstream political parties, mostly from the Janata Party experiment.
Yes, the Left front parties can claim to deserve a separate benchmarking for them. But then, if they are almost marginalized in the Indian politics, it is because they could not live up to the ideology that defines the Leftists. Yes, they cannot said to be politically corrupt but then they have not been politically correct either.
So, it has been an all-pervasive environment of political corruption that, with time, has reached to the level of depravity.
And in this atmosphere of political negativity and thus the widespread frustration, an unexpected outcome has come in the form of AAP’s brilliant performance in the Delhi assembly polls.
The party is just one year old political outfit of apolitical members who have taken the political plunge riding high on the hugely successful 2011 anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare the epicenter of which was Delhi.
A System cannot be corrected from outside. And it’s good that many ‘the-person-next-door’ representatives have been elected by the Delhi electorate.
Yes, the doubts associated with Arvind Kejriwal and some of his associates who form the axis of AAP, remain in the realm of validated ‘ifs and buts’. They need to prove us wrong and they are going to have this opportunity now.
So, having a ‘failed history’ of alternative political movements, an AAP government in Delhi would be an opportunity to see how this one fares, after the failure of the Janata government led by Morarji Desai.
To see the experiment entering the clinical trial phase just before the big political show of the Lok Sabha polls of 2014 would demand clinical precision from AAP while the party tries to fulfill the many unbelievable promises made to the Delhi electorate. The positive point for them is the promises are ‘unbelievable’ if seen from the current standards of politicking. There is always the room for the alternative outcome.
They do not have time to waste. In fact, they are running out of time. It is good for Delhi. It can be good for India. And it can be brilliant for AAP. If they perform in this make-or-break battle!
The clinical trial for AAP begins tomorrow. We should hope this political experiment works out.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/