So, on the very next day of his political pilgrimage in Maharashtra, the invigorating signs of a strengthening anarchist in Arvind Kejriwal came up with yet another evidence for us to believe he is heading in the right direction.

During a high-profile event, aping the practices of the political class he derided, he spoke on his schemes on how he would handle the media players who were working against him. That shows clear signs of coming of age. Isn’t it? Political hooliganism, rowdyism – his party is embracing and practicing with unmatched enthusiasm. After all, he has started leaning even from his opponents.

Good signs for the kind of democracy India is!

Mr. Kejriwal said, not in a veiled threat, but in an open, audaciously warm warning, that those acting to malign his image would face probe and jailed if he came to power.

According to the ‘media’ reports, he said: “Since last one year, we have been told that Modi is there, Modi is there. Since one year, Modi has also been saying that. Even some TV channels have been saying that Ramrajya has come and corruption has vanished. This has happened, that has happened; a lot has happened. Why did they do it? Because money has been paid to TV channels, heavy amount has been paid to promote Modi,” Kejriwal said.

Kejriwal went on to say, “Around 800 farmers have committed suicide in Gujarat in the past 10 years but none of the channels have showed it. Farmers have sold their land to Adani in just one rupee but even this has not been shown by any channel. Arvind has taken security, Arvind has not taken security, he has taken Z category and Y security. Let the security go to hell but they won’t show Modi’s truth. The whole media is sold this time, it’s a conspiracy, it is a huge political conspiracy.”

“If our government comes to power then we will set an inquiry into this. And along with media people, all will be sent to jail,” he added.

Thus – now – he has started talking in the fully matured tone of an anarchist, so much so, that he looks set to take it even beyond the realms of political anarchy. He is taking it personally. That is a goof sign.

It will ensure his commitment in evolving as the representative of the class of political anarchists in India, a class having pan-India presence and acceptance in the electoral landscape, but marred by many groups and factions.

Once, Arvind Kejriwal establishes his identity of a political anarchist as a force to reckon with, he has the ability to unite the scattered and warring factions to bring under one roof.

And how vital are the signs is self-evident from the fact that how Mr. Kejriwal debunked the ‘media’ reports that he had taken a U-turn on his ‘jailing the media’ statement.

How can a true anarchist backtrack from a statement that endorses his quality?

Probably, some of the ‘media’ reports on his U-turn sounded threatening to Mr. Kejriwal on his ‘media will be jailed’ rhetoric and how could an anarchist be threatened?

So, he decided to hit back.

In a Nagpur rally, he said: “Some news channels are now showing that Kejriwal threatened them. But it is the other way round. You threatened us. But we are not scared of the media.”

And his party did the same in Delhi in a press conference with some of its big names religiously trying to defend their anarchist mentor by trying to take on the media.

Bravo Mr. Kejriwal! Carry on the mascot!

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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.

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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.

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