Arvind Kejriwal and Resurgent India

Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and their team from India against Corruption have started to shake up Indians of their slumber. Ever since, Mr. Kejriwal decided to form his political party many said where is the organisation, where is the money, who will do publicity and how? So many questions. Mr. Kejriwal claimed to have said, he will take the plunge and money will follow. Mr. Kejriwal claimed people will campaign for his party. To this effect, Mr. Kejriwal employed a ingenuous approach. They would pick high profile target/s and expose their shady deals. Mr. Kejriwal and company are getting a lot of media attention, some threat and above all free publicity.  

So far Mr. Kejriwal has targeted Mr. Robert Vadra, son in law of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, and DLF, a premiere real estate company. Mr. Kejriwal has also targeted Mr. Salman Khurshid, law minister of India. Mr. Kejriwal has also targeted Mr. Nitin Gadkari, national president of BJP. Initially, each affected parties believed that Mr. Kejriwal is hand in glove with their opponent. 
Predictably, political parties have come out against him. Calling him names, like usurper, upstart, ambitious. Opponents of Mr. Arvind Kejriwal have dubbed him to be publicity hungry. Many claimed his shoot and scoot tactics does not cover any topic in detail and in depth, rather it is only used to seek free media coverage at the expense of high profile people who are soft targets. 

There may be disagreement about Mr. Arvind Kejriwal’s politics. We may have serious difference with his political philosophy. Nevertheless, tactics employed by Mr. Arvind Kejriwal have caught peoples attention and imagination. Whether  Mr. Arvind Kejriwal will be able to translate his popularity into vote, only time will tell. For India to succeed, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal has to succeed. Otherwise, who will keep nation’s conscience? Politicians, and middlemen will suck the last drop of juice out of the country for personal gain. 

Mr. Kejriwal and his team have also shown that society is throwing up a new kind of leadership. People find him, and those around him  to be intensely honest. These people believe in their cause very passionately. It is also apparent that unlike many professional politicians, Mr. Kejriwal and party are mostly product of middle class. These people are highly educated, extremely articulate, multilingual and have a genuine feel for India and her people. Mainly, the poor and the disadvantaged. Many of them could have led a comfortable life like many others. What Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Prashant Bhushan has shown that still there exists people who care about others, even at the cost of their own benefit. This is so refreshing and so rare in todays day and age. I read such selfless act only in story books. 

 One of the biggest upshot of Mr. Kejriwal’s effort is people have started to wake up. People are not willing to believe everything that politicians tell us. People are also beginning to ask question about decisions politicians make with peoples land and peoples money. People are also understanding that many people close to politicians and close to centre of power, use that proximity for their personal benefit. In the process, these people acquire a lot of ill gotten wealth at the expense of common people.

1. Arvind Kejriwal, aam aadmi no. 1 : Parakram Rautela 


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