Indian Politics needs more Arvind Kejriwals

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  1. Daredevil

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    Indian Politics needs more Arvind Kejriwals

    It has been three days since Arvind Kejriwal made the allegation against Robert Vadra about the properties (apartments, bungalows and land) he received from the realty major DLF at less than throwaway prices, but despite this gap, I have not been able to get over the Congress party’s reaction to the allegation. It was stupefying even by its own standards of sycophancy.

    Each and every top functionary of the party outdid himself or herself as they went on every conceivable TV channel, called up friends, threatened, or cajoled anyone available to put across their point of view on, as Salman Khurshid said, allegations that were “preposterous” and “stupid”. Honestly, I doubt if this collective response would be so spontaneous even if say, Pakistan were to launch an attack on our nation. In fact, I even feel for the embattled Prime Minister of ours. Under such severe attack from all sides over his silence as one scandal after another erupted all around him, never has his party defended him with the conviction, and alacrity that has been on display now. But come to think of it, he is the Prime Minister at the mercy of the family whose son-in-law is under attack by Kejriwal. It is this family that gives them their identity and they get a lot of powers, thanks to their allegiance to this family. In fact, when one party functionary after the other kept repeating that Kejriwal had dared to attack their party leadership, lawyer Prashant Bhushan, tongue firmly in cheek, remarked he is glad the party admits that Vadra constitutes their party’s leadership. So, get real!


    The other thing that I am unable to get over is the consistent debate and discussion that Arvind Kejriwal is now a politician hence all his moves are that of a politician and these allegations were made with the singular intention of getting some ‘cheap’ publicity. Isn’t it ironical? These very people, and this includes not just politicians of all hues and parties, but also ‘intellectuals’, who, when Arvind started his India Against Corruption movement over a year ago, repeatedly held forth that it is all so easy to make allegations and if Arvind really wants to make a difference, he must enter politics. Now that he has said he is into politics, they accuse him of being a politician. Clearly, he is hurting them where it hurts.

    I have been more than open in my support for Arvind. I know him personally and am proud of it and in August 2011, when the government had started resorting to tyrannical means to try and checkmate the anti-corruption movement, had even written: I will stick my neck out and say that if Arvind is corrupt, then there is no clean person in this nation. I still hold that view. If anything, I think his resolve is now stronger, especially since it has endured the full might of the establishment for over a year. Anyone with a weaker resolve, or any less conviction would have broken by now.

    So, my advice to the politicians would be to accept him as one of them. However, watch out, for he is here to practice the kind of politics that would be an anathema to most, from each and every political party. So yes, you need to be wary of him, for he will continue to cause you great discomfort, and what’s worse for you, his acceptability will continue to soar. Launching vicious attacks only add to his stature. The best bet would be for more to turn a new leaf, demonstrate that they genuinely mean well for the nation. It is not easy, but that will increasingly be the only way out.

    I would be the happiest if Arvind gets competition in politics, of the kind that benefits this nation.
     
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    Will political novice Arvind Kejriwal do things hitherto not done?


    Kejriwal has shown his disdain for the established ways of Delhi politics. As the player with the least to lose on the arena, he is likely to carry on in this vein.

    NEW DELHI: When Arvind Kejriwal, the rising enfant terrible of Indian politics, raised allegations about the rising fortunes of Robert Vadra on Friday, all of Congress' spokesmen and too many senior ministers went on television to defend party president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law. In sharp contrast to the rehearsed talking points and cultivated anguish that features in nightly debates, this time the emotion was genuine, the anger sharp. "This is not the way," they said collectively.

    Kejriwal has shown his disdain for the established ways of Delhi politics. As the player with the least to lose on the arena, he is likely to carry on in this vein, disregarding the rules and upsetting the equilibrium. While this is winning him popular support, it is making the political elite nervous.

    "Conventional Indian politics is still conservative and old-fashioned. It has some notions of decorum and acceptable conduct - the political maryada, if you will. That dictates that by and large, you avoid attacking families," said a senior BJP leader, who asked not to be named. "Now this guy (Kejriwal) is a wildcard player. The advantage of having people like him also playing the game is that it will generally keep people on their toes. But the other aspect is that they could also raise allegations without merit, and it will stick because the media will report it as he said, she said, without pointing out that this lacks merit."

    Indeed, when ET first reported Vadra's business relationship with DLF in March 2011, which Kejriwal has now repeated with political fervour, opinion was divided in the party on whether or not to take up the issue as it involved a family member who is not in politics, according to people familiar with the thinking at the time. In the end, the conservative opinion that children and families should be left alone prevailed. Now, Kejriwal has converted that into political capital. In fact, playing by his own rules, he forced BJP's hand, which has now demanded a complete probe into the affair.

    Kejriwal has announced he will "expose" one more "very powerful person of India" on Wednesday. Capital's politicos spent a good part of the weekend speculating whose turn will be next. Congress or BJP? Mumbai-based leader or Delhi-based? If he yet again raises allegations that are damaging to Congress, will the party's complaint that Kejriwal was little more than the "B-team of the BJP" find more acceptance?

    Congress leaders are by and large sticking to the original line that this was a BJP-RSS operation timed for the upcoming assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. When Congress president Sonia Gandhi met senior party leaders to finalise the candidate list of Himachal Pradesh, Kejriwal's allegations were not discussed, according to a person who was present.

    A senior All India Congress Committee official said that the party "viewed Kejriwal as a maverick in the system" who could "do anything, even things hitherto not done" by Indian political parties. "The next election may turn out to be worse than the 1989 Bofors election in terms of digging dirt," he added. At that time the Bofors scandal took the form of a personal attack on Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
     
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    I agree with both the above assessment of Arvind Kejriwal. He is some one who stood up to the collective might of establishment and the dynasty and still exposing the corruption day in and day out. We need more such people with conviction to clean up our dirty politics. I think all right thinking Indians should support such people and take inspiration from him on how to deal with these dirty politicians without breaking the law.
     
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    DD :thumb:,

    I do agree that what ever you said in your post.

    Yeah people should support him.

    But if he starts his own political party than the same people should stop that support.

    bcz, It will harm the nation only.

    My two cents please.
     
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    Even I was thinking of that actually and I was against him joining politics. But if people stand behind people like him there is nothing wrong in entering politics if the aim is to clean up the dirty politics.

    Already our politics are so dirty that it is difficult for any common man to enter and win an election. Now if enough people stand behind such people there is no harm in entering politics. At least their politics will bring some good if not totally change the system.

    What we need is an inspiration and role model based on whom other people can join the politics and clean it up. Sounds idealistic but should neverthless be attempted.
     
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    What Kejriwal says is right. There is no real opposition party in this country. All are in the corruption business together. The irrigation scam and coal gate shows the same. In the UP election Congress had taken on SP and BSP but in the central government they are together.
     
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    If they can clean up the dirty politics that is fine but what after that? I mean further development.

    They don't have that vision for future India.

    It will be great if they kick out these useless politician and make it easy for people like NaMo. He/ She may be or may be not NaMo but like NaMo.

    Who can maintain the pace of development for this nation.

    Look at congress, first they cancel the expressway project announced by Mayawati.

    Now they are dying to prove that they also love reforms.
     
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    This is the first chap who forces me to think of changing my vote the next time I go to cast it, never have I ever done that before.

    Administration comes across as a very strong point in their favour. They are talking about taking it to the common man, and pretty much at every possible level with a lot of transparency, is it implementable in an extremely corrupt system that we have in India, where compromise is thy name, I wonder!

    It is the economics that troubles me with these chaps. All that I have heard from them, they come across as hardened socialists, and we have seen what that has done to the country all this while, and the thought process continues to plague India’s growth and pretty much continues to toy with the country’s future. We have had an overdose of it, and we really don’t need it anymore. This is where my dilemma seeps in!

    My personal choice is economics over the quality of administration any given day, but then, if India is to progress and at the grass root level, it is the administration that has to get better.

    Anyway, new ideas always sound good but it is time that remains the real test. Will they, like others, wean away on the principled stands they now stand for and make compromises, let us watch the space.

    It is always easier to impress the upper middle class with ideal talk, the real deal is taking the idea and making it sellable in the rural areas, middle-lower middle class, and with the lower income strata. It is here where the vote bank and the vote bank politics is, and it is here where more than all the principled talk, it is religion, region, caste, cash and hooch, and more such things which become an eye candy for the voter to decide on which side to vote for.

    It will be a long hard fought battle, for them to survive. They are, if not more, at least a couple of decades away from being a real political force in as vast and diverse country like India.

    Nonetheless, and at least for now, a welcome change, indeed!
     
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    It is not important wheather one agrees with Arvind Kejribal or not.What matters is that he has tickled the conscience of middle class India.
     
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    Arvind Kejriwal will do a PRP or MNS at the next level
     
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    No way. He is not fighting on caste lines or anti-bhayya sentiment like PRP and MNS did. Much of credibility he earned is by exposing congress unlike PRP and MNS.
     
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    [video=youtube_share;kO6B-5usB7w]http://youtu.be/kO6B-5usB7w[/video]
     
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    I think he's taking about Kejriwal splitting the anti-incumbency vote and indirectly helping the ruling party win.
     
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    Public of India is of slave mentality. They want to be ruled~!
     
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    Sorry, I don't want more reservation in this country and that too on religion basis. (i.e. 11% reservation for muslims) And I don't like his team's view on Kashmir.
     

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