The celebrity incarnation of broom reached Mumbai (the Maharashtra round) yesterday.
After Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, the apolitically politically (though claiming to be and trying to project himself as politically apolitical), the newest face of Indian politics is trying to score in Maharashtra, a state where militant style of politics has been in vogue since Bal Thackeray emerged on the political scene with Shiv Sena. That river of roughshod politics is still flowing with Shiv Sena and its rebellious spin-off MNS (Maharashtra Navnirman Sena) copiously adding to the stream of the political bravado.
Anyway, we were on the celebrity broom and its bearer arriving in Maharashtra. After making his presence felt in Mumbai the very first moment he arrived there yesterday, he is trying to spread his wings in the state that sends 48 MPs to the Lok Sabha, second largest after 80 MPs of Uttar Pradesh.
And it seems Mr. Kejriwal had planned the show to make an entry that would be splashed all across. After declaring himself an anarchist, he needed to oversee its percolation in the rank and file of his party. That could have been one of the vital reasons, not discussed so far, for resigning from the chief minister’s office of Delhi.
Small sacrifices are necessary to achieve the central objective and the central objective for the Aam Aadmi Party is to encash the unexpected success of the Delhi assembly polls to spread its political presence throughout the country, in order to become more common with the common man.
Now that needed time, concentration and some nationalized localization of the strategy.
Therefore, to ensure the plans for a national footprint, the anarchist in Kejriwal inspired him to withdraw his party from the Delhi government.
Now, with an ever increasing flare for generating controversies and brazenly claiming innocence and audaciously blaming others for his deeds, he looks fully concentrated on the job.
And by an increasingly anarchist attitude of his party (obviously, inspired by him), it is clear that Mr. Kejriwal has cracked the nut of practicing the type of politics that people of the whole country are aware of, has been part of.
It is just the negative way of the naysayers, the doomsday prophets who use words and phrases like political hooligans, rowdies in politics, musclemen in politics, criminalization of politics and now the political anarchists. They are found in Indian politics practiced throughout the country and that is a logical way to look for their acceptability.
Mr. Kejriwal had realized it and he went a step further.
Until now, almost of the political elements of this type has been restricted to regional politics. Mr. Kejriwal has learnt its wider importance better than others and he is earnestly trying to give it a national panorama.
So, what happened at the Churchgate railway station in Mumbai yesterday was not a sudden response. It had to happen. So, what happened today at the Mumbai airport was to happen. Expect more of such spectacles as Mr. Kejriwal and the political anarchist in him (and the anarchists in his party) advance to more destinations of the political pilgrimage they are on.
Political hooliganism, political rowdyism and political anarchy will be more on display as the battle for the Lok Sabha polls enters its decisive phase. The regional pockets will get pan-India support in the national ambitions of the anarchist Aam Aadmi Party.
Bravo, Mr. Kejriwal.
And please, don’t be deterred by the criticism and controversies (just to say, you are already so thick-skinned about it). Destruction of public property has been an essential part of Indian politics giving rise to many shining stars of Indian politics.
Also, one needs to take some pain in order to make wider gains. Your critics may not understand it but the public, who is at the receiving end of your supporters’ exuberance when they damage public property like they did at the Mumbai railway station yesterday or when the common public faces massive traffic jams and disrupted days due to your protests, understands and reads in between the lines to see the fine blue-print of your intent to do the politics in the name of the ‘aam aadmi’ (the common man).
Don’t stop. Don’t fear.
Keep it up. Go ahead.
Mr. Kejriwal, the nation, its common men, are looking at the anarchist in you, with folded hands.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/