Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Ideology Nurtured by Aam Aadmi

Kejriwal's coming to power in New Delhi without use of money and muscle power or exploiting caste, creed and religious fault lines of our society, has been widely hailed as the begining of a reformative era in Indian politics. What remains a little less talked about amidst all the clamors and voices here and there, is probably what is going to be the new ideological base of the upcoming parties in India?



For sure, Congess and BJP along with regional parties and other national parties are going to stay in the power arena of politics in the present century, but a new current that has started to flow from Delhi is bound to descend to the low laying plains of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and go down south towards the oceans in the years to come, and while the river of change sweeps through the nation it will widen, twist and turn, become muddier, at places it will dry out, at places it would flood. What is the ideology that is going to be born out of all such twist and turn that will direct India in the years to come? Aam Aadmi's voice?

Well, ideally Democracy means inclusion of people's voices in decision making, in a way. But will it be always possible to go for a referendum before making any decision? Well, if Newton's age was the age of celebration of powers and mystries of  Mother Gravity, then ours is the age of Information Communication Technology. Referendums will surely become more popular. But then if Arvind Kejriwal changed his parties election manifesto of not taking (or giving) support from (or to) either Congress and BJP, just after conducting a survey through social media and mobile phones, then where will the foundation of the pyramid of good governance that we are building, find stability and firmness? If tomorrow the educated youth with mobile and network connections votes in favor of decreasing reservations (or seats) in Delhi University for SC/ ST/ OBC or students from outside Delhi, will the Delhi government take the demand forward to the Central Government and DU's administration? If tomorrow car owners vote to remove rikshaws from the streets of Delhi, will that be supported? Who would voice the concerns of the poor and the marginalized and those who do not vote for the government in power?

These are thoughts worth pondering over. There is need of good, corruption free and efficient administration. Politics should become so clean that educated, clean, common men of our society should also be able to fight elections and come to power to provide their services to the Nation. But we must move ahead with a studied silence amidst all the noises that the news channels make. Our's is a time of transition, and to find ourselves at right places in future, our's is a time of thorough reading of History, Sociology, Polity and mediate over what we want and through what means.

-chk


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