Anarchy gets some Che Guevara style makeover in India, sans some of its elements
‘Yes, I am an anarchist’ – Arvind Kejriwal proudly said it.
Others use more subtle ways. They don’t say but keep on doing. Anarchy has been the way of many of the Indian political establishments.
The rogue elements of the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party, the militant brand of politics by the parties like Shiv Sena or MNS or the political elitism of every political outfit in the country contribute to the political anarchy (the democratic disorder) in the country.
Yes, they don’t proclaim it openly. They are silent workers here.
Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party are the beginners in the Indian political scene. They have gone political (from activism) to cleanse political of its malaise, to cleanse the System.
Their political basis has been anti-establishment. They have to do different things and they have to do things differently.
But, with one month of the chief ministerial office in Delhi under their grab, they are looking pro-establishment.
Whatever be their intent, on surface, they have to do things to looks different, and the need is exacerbated even more.
So, with the compulsion of ‘being and doing’ things differently, there might be a possibility that some of them advised that the dent was already deepening and AAP needed something different to reclaim the lost ground.
Now, what could divert and reorient the public’s attention in a short span of time?
Agitations folks! And who knows better than Arvind Kejriwal. After all, his political success comes from the hugely successful anti-corruption movement of 2011. Then, he was apolitical. Then he was not in the System.
Now, he is political. Now he is part of the System that he is supposed to cleanse.
So, to do it differently, the angry new entrant of Indian politics sought to reignite the sympathy for the ‘anti-hero’ in the masses, by branding him ‘anarchist’.
Anti-hero anarchy has been a populist theme throughout the world, across the sociopolitical theatres.
Okay, he didn’t do a different thing. But at least, he could do it differently. Others do it but don’t give the ‘anarchy’ its due. Arvind Kejriwal gave ‘anarchy’ its due by giving it the name, by recognizing its populist appeal.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/