This would be my last post on politics in the context of 2014 General Elections. But I had to say all this, after having observed and commented on social media at my rational best on the whole scenario. I may have made haste and errors in judgement sometimes, but I made sure I was seldom biased, by critiquing and praising both BJP and AAP at different points.
As the season draws to a close, I feel very disappointed by the manner many people have responded to AAP (move to the last few lines if you ever get weary reading this). I feel very disappointed that 2014 became the year of voting for a party and a Prime Minister, instead of voting for an MP — which is theoretically an adulterated form of the envisaged concept of the Indian Parliament.
With respect to all opinions, I believe that these particular views about AAP were absolutely hypocritical:
1. Draamebaaz and media-hungry: If you have to do good among so many millions of people with supposedly good intentions in these tough times of public life, you have to create drama.
2. Bhagoda: It’s sick how they still keep using this argument. It was surely an error of judgement from AAP but it is pretty strange how decades-old breaches of trust can be forgiven, but the noble mistake of choosing principles over perception by a year-old party can get AAP so easily written off. I’m sure all simpleton well-wishers of the nation will feel the nerves and take SOME hasty, insecure moves, when they’re thrown into a battle with evil lions. To ridicule instead of working with them to give them the confidence, is in fact, cowardly. To ridicule the one who dared, and call him bhagoda, is pathetic. To ridicule the one who lost, instead of respecting the one who challenged the mighty—even with a loss imminent (did I hear ambitious?), is a lowly act. Critique if you want, but at least see who you’re bad-mouthing.
3. And the one that takes the cake, the dumbest accusation: that of “taking” support of Congress in Delhi. There’s a difference between alliance and getting outside support of MLAs to be able to run a government. I know you’d have said they’re running away from responsibility if they hadn’t taken that support.
I do, however, feel doubtful about some of AAP’s other strategies: e. g. street activism even while in power, and hasty entry into the Lok Sabha elections on so many seats with a planned (now-failed) intention to have a hung house. I never wanted to see them at the Centre in 2014, because of the way their inexperience showed in Delhi: a nation is far tougher to run, and takes time.
I am not too happy with everything about AAP, but I do believe that they were there with good intentions, with sometimes misguided (but never unethical) methods. Such people need your guidance, confidence, and faith. Don’t vote for them if you think they’re inexperienced, but at least respect them for their choice to lead you, and tell them patiently when they go wrong. They will listen, maybe won’t publicly agree with you immediately, because even YOU wouldn’t: accepting mistakes quickly is not going to do any good to you politically, and some ego is a pre-requisite—in political life. (Being seen as arrogant is a better risk than being seen as weak.)
If you want to judge AAP, first try to dream. In your dream, see yourself as a fresh leader with good intentions in a battleground with experienced devils. Ask yourself if you’re not going to make mistakes. Ask yourself if you’re not going to create drama to be noticed. Ask yourself if you’re not going to be hasty and insecure in the beginning. Ask yourself how your shaky confidence will shake more and affect your actions negatively when people who you work for, fail to put faith in you even while they show faith in the ones who looted them for years. Now, come out of your dream. NOW, judge AAP.
Dear Indian, again I say, criticize them, don’t vote for them, but if you become so disrespectful and disloyal towards people who come out with good intentions to help you, NOTHING GOOD IS EVER GOING TO HAPPEN TO THIS COUNTRY. Potential leaders will remain closeted; and budding leaders will keep disappearing into nothingness. And you’ll be stuck with the ones who made you remain what you remained.
For now, apparently, achche din aa chuke hain. Let us hope India gets what India 2014 needs, not what some Indians deserve and some Indians want. (Last line open to interpretation.)