BROOM: NEW TOOL OF COMMON MAN’S SYMBOLISM

THE NEW TOOLS OF COMMON MAN’S SYMBOLISM IN THE INDIAN DEMOCRACY

Broom, the universal cleansing machine, was universally so understated (until now, at least in India). Even if the changing times brought to its contour the obvious advancements and the technological avatars, the mentality around the broom remained symbolically broom-type only.

The stereotyping can be understood by the fact that Wikipedia gives a well populated list of use of broom in cultural context and supports it with use of broom in witchcraft wizardry.

See, even Harry Potter, the hugely successful, iconic hero, having a global fan-following, creating the richest female author of the world, from scratch, even he could not change the perception. The Harry Potter Broom is listed on eBay and Amazon and returns with a number of links on the magical broomstick/broom used by the wizard boy on hitting it on Google and yet, the mighty broom has remained grossly understated.

The situation had become so hopeless, like the degradation of Indian politics that the broom proponents had abandoned their fight. Now, only a miracle could have revived the hope to start the efforts again, only a radical step could have rekindled the fire.

We cannot comment on the situation globally, in our limited capacity to get clear of the clutter in an age of information chaos, but, sure we can think on what is happening in India.

And that miracle happened in India; that radical step was taken in India.

It began in the name of the Aam Aadmi, the common man of India (if not with him in entirety, but, at least, it looked ‘intended’ to go beyond the mere the symbolism being practiced until now).

It began with a new political entrant in India, assembled mostly from apolitical names, the Aam Aadmi Party and its very special ‘Aam Aadmi’ (‘the’ common man) Arvind Kejriwal who ‘adopted’ broom as his party’s symbol.

He insisted he would get the universally functional broom its rightful due by using it metaphorically to cleanse the Indian politics, to sweep the System, to uproot it, or to remove the weeds.

And the journey on the path to fight for the rightful due has got its fighting verve with AAP emerging as an ‘Aam Aadmi’ metaphor threatening the established political masters.

So we had broom visibility as a protest tool against the System; so, we had some other political claimants claiming their right on ‘broom’ as their political symbol; so we had a major e-commerce site listing broom on its trading platform; so we have discourses on broom as an empowering metaphor of democracy now.

And it has emboldened the Indian Democracy this time to use the broom more effectively to correct its associates (claimed and natural) it seems. Its message to Mr. Kejriwal to use the broom to clean his own house also tells us so.

Now, it is to be seen if Mr. Kejriwal reads the writing on the wall.

The broom is now getting its proper due, thanks to the machinations of the Indian politics that is, thankfully, not self-evolving this time.

Next in the line:
MUFFLER: NEW TOOL OF COMMON MAN’S SYMBOLISM

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AAM AADMI: NEW TOOL OF COMMON MAN’S SYMBOLISM

THE NEW TOOLS OF COMMON MAN’S SYMBOLISM IN THE INDIAN DEMOCRACY

The first two months of 2014 have given the common man’s symbolism some vital tools to reflect on the centrality of the common man beyond the mere political symbolism. So how are they playing out to make the inroads?

The Common Man: The Aam Aadmi has become so lethal that it forced the Congress party to remove ‘Aam Aadmi’ from the age-old Congress’ slogan of fallacy, ‘Congress Ka Haath, Aam Aadmi Ke Saath’ (Congress’ Hand is for the Common Man – hand being the poll symbol of the grand old party of India).

It was power of the Aam Aadmi only that led to a massive surge in the pro Aam Aadmi sentiments after the Aam Aadmi gave the apolitically political Aam Aadmi Party a grand beginning in the assemblage of the political constellations, the entities that have acted like constellations mostly (though visible to us but they have hardly worked the common man way).

Congress removing Aam Aadmi is one instance of the symbolic significance of the common man in the Indian democracy happening now that is reflecting in the behaviour of the political masters of the country who, until now, have remained indifferent to the demands and needs of the Aam Aadmi. Whenever they gave us something – they gave us what they deemed apt for us. They didn’t ask what we really needed.

They are singing a different tune now. There is a mad rush not just to look pro Aam Aadmi, but also to act Aam Aadmi. And though we have solid reasons to believe that what the masters and the followers of the mainstream political parties are doing in the name of being ‘Aam’ is nothing but an opportunistic mask, they have to maintain the rhythm longer this time as the Aam Aadmi threat is here to continue its spell for quiet some time to come.

In spite of all the backtrackings and the bad name of the recent days, Arvind Kejriwal still remains one of the three top prime ministerial candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and the Aam Aadmi Party still remains a valid political threat that can significantly cut across the votebanks of all the political masters.

Next in the line:
BROOM: NEW TOOLS OF COMMON MAN’S SYMBOLISM

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UNCOMMONNESS OF THE COMMON MAN IN THE POLL SEASON

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..

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COMMON MAN’S SYMBOLISM GETS NEW TOOLS (BEYOND MERE POLITICAL SYMBOLISM)

Continued/extended from
UNCOMMONNESS OF THE COMMON MAN IN THE POLL SEASON
https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/uncommonness-of-the-common-man-in-the-poll-season/

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
  • So..how well these tools are playing out?

Watch out..

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

UNCOMMONNESS OF THE COMMON MAN IN THE POLL SEASON

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 – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/

WHATS TRENDING ON 65TH REPUBLIC DAY: THE GANDHI CAPS

It was 2011 when the great Father of the Nation was being hotly debated again. The huge support to the anti-corruption moment led by the Gandhian social reformer Anna Hazare was a high time to revisit the Gandhian Thoughts once again.

And the strategists of the movement cleverly mixed the symbolism of the Gandhi Caps (inscribed with ‘Main Bhi Anna’ and other similar tag- lines then) with the debate.

It was a potent symbolism that also felt honest then.

Even if there was a split in Team Anna on the issue of formation of a political party, the Aam Aadmi Party (the political offshoot of the anti-corruption movement of 2011) continued with the Gandhi Caps making it an important part of its political branding exercise.

Yes, ‘Main Bhi Anna’ has been replaced with ‘Main Aam Aadmi Hun’.

The AAP members, they have taken it to the level that they don’t leave their heads uncovered even if they are sitting in the state assembly. Nothing wrong if doing so is not just a political branding exercise. But, there is reasoned ‘but’ now.

But, for the Gandhi Caps, after the success of AAP in the Delhi assembly polls, its membership numbers are swelling across the country and so is the count of the Gandhi Caps being on display.

And to add to that are the saffron Gandhi Caps going to be used by the BJP.

So, is the growing count of the Gandhi Caps going to affect the way its bearers are going to think politically?

Don’t daydream.

It is not expected from the BJP. And the way AAP has been in the office since December 28, 2013, we should not expect it from AAP either.

But, at least it is doing some good to some members of the Republic, the small trading units involved in making these caps. Already in the range of orders of hundreds of thousands, they are slated to earn even more with the fast approaching Lok Sabha polls.

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WHATS TRENDING ON 65TH REPUBLIC DAY: GETTING APOLITICALLY POLITICAL

Now this is a queue which even the most frustrated (of uncountable queues) Indian is gleefully trying to be part of.

The unexpected, unprecedented success of the Aam Aadmi Party in the recently concluded Delhi assembly elections has given wings to the all types of ‘wannabe’ politicians.

So, there is a rush (mad or sincere only time can tell, though the benefit of doubts exists at the moment) to join the ‘so heavily despised and censured’ Indian Politics.

The lot that was adamantly apolitical until now is getting happily political now.

And in the band, there is flowing a great tune of parity – from corporate honchos, to non-resident Indians, to well trained and educated professionals, to media luminaries, to the Aam Aadmi – all are feeling good to take a plunge to feel jolly in the season of the ‘public’ in the Republic of India.

Certainly, this is a rare phenomenon in India.

Public has seldom been at the centre of the policymakers and political class in the Republic that is also the world’s largest democracy.

We have seen great many subversions of the spirit of being a Republic and being a democracy including the Emergency.

It is not that there have not been attempts to change politics but they have either failed like the political extension of JP’s Movement or have failed to be noticed like the political start-ups by some socially responsible professionals.

There is, again, a chance now. Predicting anything about it will be premature as of now. But this chance tells the hope has a reason to hope again.

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