Tuesday, February 11, 2014


After Delhi assembly elections, AAP has emerged as a key opponent for Traditional parties like Congress and BJP. I am trying to find out why having its major presence in Delhi. We can’t consider it as a regional party and Do other parties need to fear from this new kid of Politics.
To understand its future, we need to understand its past. It all started 3 years ago when various social activists of our country formed a team and drafted a bill against Corruption in the system. They included Kiran Bedi, Medha patekar, Arvind Kejriwal, Swami Angivesh, Prashant Bhushan and Anna Hazare.
Anna Hazare, a social activist from Maharashtra was made face of this Anti-Corruption movement. He sat on Indefinite Hunger strike in Jantar Mantar, Delhi. He was demanding a strong law, Jan Lokpal to be passed against Corruption in the system. We saw huge crowds from across the country joining the protest. This protest brought government of India to its knees and we saw Prime Minister of India sending a written letter to Anna in which he had promised to bring Lokpal bill to the parliament.

He indeed brought the bill but it was never passed in Rajya sabha after a lot of drama done by MPs. After waiting for few months, Anna again decided to sit on Anshan. He demanded investigation against Prime minister and 14 cabinet ministers charged against Corruption. But as seemed that government is not ready to enact the JanLokpal bill. Anna and his fellow activists like Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia etc. decided to form a Party and will convert this apolitical movement to a Political one. Later, there was a rift between Anna, Arvind and Kiran bedi and they decided not to join Arvind in forming a political party. Arvind and his team named it AAM AADMI PARTY.

From the time, India has got independence. We have seen numerous protests against the government, against policies throughout the country and whenever a protest has occurred, a new political party emerging from it. We have seen Janta Party emerging after the Emergency. Samajwadi Party, JDU, RJD emerged after Mandal Commission. But there was something in this Anti-Corruption movement that united all classes of society. From an Auto-rickshaw driver to an IT engineer. We see people joining it in huge numbers. There were people who had never taken interest in Politics, were now actively joining the movement.
If we compare this movement with other movements of our Country, it was far better organized and implemented. Emergency movement led by Jai Prakash Narayan had united all Political parties against Indira Gandhi while Jan Lokpal movement was entirely apolitical. When leaders like Uma Bharti and Om Prakash Chautala tried to join the movement. They were sent back and advised not to join this as it was against all Political parties.
Inspite of being a gandhian, Jai Prakash Narayan allianced with RSS, a Hindu Nationalist group which prevented various class of society for not joining him. But Team Anna didn’t do this. They decided to follow Gandhi and used his principles to take forward the movement. They removed the banner of Bharat Mata by Gandhiji, where former is used by RSS for their so called Nationalist work.

Just before the Anti-Corruption movement in India, a similar but successful protest was held in Egypt where thousands of people gathered in Tahir square of Cairo against the Egyptian government. They were protesting against killing of a 28 year old man named “Khaled Mohammad Saeed”. He was beaten up to death by Egyptian police and People were demanding the overthrow of regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. A Facebook group was created “We are all Khaled Saeed” which brought attention to his death and contributed to growing discontents. This was the first movement which was started online and executed successfully on ground. Team Anna followed the concept from Egyptian revolution and there created buzz about their protest Online, which they executed in Ram Lila ground. Often, people where seen wearing Anna cap, on which it was written, I AM ANNA, inspired by Khaled Saeed.
Till now, Political parties are filled by Goons and paid workers who were responsible for all actions of a party on Ground level. But first time in India, we saw volunteers across the country working for the Party for free. They were not given any single rupee for their service. They were doing this for their own sake. No party can match this kind of self-service from their members as it was done by AAP Volunteers. Personally, I have seen people coming to Delhi from Maharashtra, Karnataka and even United States after taking leave form their Job. A person belonging to suppose Pune has nothing to do with Assembly elections held for Delhi. But, he was having hope that after Delhi, this change will also come to his state.
Apart from the JanLokpal, AAP has one more bill which is worth mentioning for. It is SWARAJ bill. Gandhiji wanted to give power to Gram Sabha and Panchayat. Rajiv Gandhi talked about introducing PanchayatiRaj in the system but he was never able to introduce it due to his tragic death.

AAP has followed this Swaraj and is working for De- centralization of power in the system. In his book, Arvind mentions that Corruption can only happen if a power given to someone is misused. So for that, we have to de-centralize the power. That is, take it from one person and give it to all people. Local issues and problem can be solved by Local people. Interference of MP and MLA will be negligible. I think this is one of best law which can be brought and will be beneficial for the society. For example, if you want street light on your road, it can be easily accepted and executed in Mohalla Sabhas rather than after an order of Planning Commission.
In Dec 2013, Aam Aadmi party has formed its first government in Delhi and working on its Electoral promises. As the time passes, more and more people will join AAP. Some for making our Country a better place to live in and some for their own gain. AAP needs to be aware from later kind of People.
I hope it will not leave its ideology and will continue to work for our Country.

Jai Hind !!

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