This was the obvious comparison to be drawn and it was drawn by many. High on symbolism, Arvind Kejriwal took the Delhi Metro to the venue of his swearing-in ceremony, the Ramlila Ground. There were placards showing the movie ‘Nayak’ poster with Anil Kapoor, the protagonist, an unwilling political reformer and the transcendental chief minister of Maharashtra and Amrish Puri, the anti- to the protagonist, symbolizing everything bad in Indian politics.
Elevation of the Aam Aadmi Party and Arvind Kejriwal into the mainstream of Indian politics is being compared with many symbolisms and let’s don’t think long term, let’s don’t’ analyse the ‘ifs and buts’, let’s just enjoy the high point of these symbolisms only.
Yes, let’s enjoy the high points of these symbolisms as reflective of the misery of the incumbent political lot, the so-called mainstream political parties and politicians who have become synonymous with everything negative in the method of the sociopolitical science; who have become the fountainheads of corruption in the Indian society.
I liked the movie Nayak, for its strong anti-establishment symbolism, leading to the radically fundamental ways the politics being practiced was changed.
Crushed by the atrocities of the dominating political lot, most of the Indians are a frustrated lot who think about but don’t see solutions reaching out to them, to the society, and such imagination of imagery, as portrayed in the movie, appeals to the senses, to the suppressed sensitivities from the oppression of the political lot.
So, it was good to see someone defying them, slapping them in the face.
It was good to see that even if the mainstream politicians were using harsh language, abusive words and were scoffing at AAP and Kejriwal (as shown in sting operation of a news channel), they had no option but to support the AAP government unconditionally, even if AAP was threatening to probe and jail the corrupt ministers of the previous Congress government.
It was good to see the bureaucrats of the Delhi Secretariat destroying the files that could expose their splurging on public money fearing the wrath of the AAP government.
It was good to hear that politicians and bureaucrats of the Delhi government would not use red beacons on their vehicles.
It was so good to know that ministers of AAP would not accept the sprawling bungalows. They, including Kejriwal, have demanded flats as their official accommodation. Even if it is a conscious political branding exercise by AAP, think of the misery of those politicians more than eager to inhabit such palatial houses in the heart of Delhi. What would they do in future if it establishes a successful trend?
(Think of the misery of the sophisticated bureaucrats and the mainstream politicians used to a lifestyle of ‘excessive’ excesses).
It was good see the power distribution companies in Delhi not demanding a power tariff hike even if they presented a deficit account in their annual review.
It was good to see the Delhi Police talking like common men while dealing with common men.
And it was good to see the ministers wearing the everyday stuff while taking oath.
Many other symbolisms can be added to the list. Some will exit. Some will make it to the list as the time rolls on.
Yes, valid doubts about AAP remain, but let’s enjoy the symbolism of these symbolisms, if not for AAP, then for making life miserable and troublesome for elitist and corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/