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The first two months of 2014 have been highly productive for the Indian democracy and the trends tell the drought of decades is going to end its inflicting spell.

The ‘Aam Aadmi’, the common man, had never gone beyond the ‘symbolic’ special status of being the fundamental constituent of the independent India. His special status was always limited to the days of elections and the short-lived phase of hallelujah only served the game of the political masters of the country.

So, what are the developments that help us daydream so or push us to think so?

The first two months of 2014 (though the foundation was led in the last month of 2013) have given the common man’s symbolism some vital tools to reflect on the centrality of the common man beyond the mere political symbolism.

These are:

  • The Common Man
  • The Broom
  • The Muffler
  • The Coughing Common Man
  • The Tea and the Tea-wallah
  • The Pepper Spray
  • well these tools are playing out?

Watch out..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –


India is a constitutionally proclaimed Republic where the basic unit of everything that goes into the concept of a democratic nation is the ‘common man’.

But, over the years, passing through the ages, the public of this Republic, looking for known or familiar addresses, was pushed, comfortably and consciously, to a fallacious state of mind of ‘being supreme to the cause of an India ruled by its political elite’.

The symbolism of a ‘high and mighty’ Republic of compromised public began right in 1947 with Jawaharlal Nehru’s epoch-defining midnight ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech.

We were born a troubled nation.

And though we had great many luminaries when we began, we faltered. In spite of their profound wisdom and good intent, some of the soldiers of the Indian Freedom Movement caused acidic damage to the concept of a true Republic, affecting the chances of ensuring a healthy democratic atmosphere for its public. And we continued to falter.

Until now!

It seems good days are coming.

The ‘Aam Aadmi’, the ubiquitous, quintessential, conspicuously insignificant common man was never so ‘uncommon’ for Indian politicians.

Until now, corruption, the arterial malaise of the Indian social weaving, had failed to become the central poll plank of any of the General Elections (Lok Sabha polls) of India barring few occasions when sentiments ran high like the Bofors Scam case and its impact on the electoral outcomes.

And corruption has become so ‘common manly’ in India that it has effectively pushed to the margins any remote chance of the common man being the central poll plank of elections beyond the centrality of the symbolism of a Republic of the common men (subservient to the democratic interests of the political elite).

But as an apolitically political party (the Aam Aadmi Party) has made a stunningly successful political electoral debut in Indian politics riding high on the poll planks of common man and corruption, and is threatening the other masters of the game in spite of its languishing political show on performing on governance in Delhi, the common man is getting all the attention that he has been missing for so many years, from the master, and from their entourage.

But, let’s don’t get high to let the symbolism befool us again. Let’s keep questioning.

So is it the time to say ‘until now’?

Is it the ‘high time’ or is it going to be just yet another daydream, a failed experiment, a futile

What are the developments that help us daydream it or push us hoping so?

Watch out..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey –