Kejriwal wants to be Gandhi, but ends up being Indira

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    Kejriwal wants to be Gandhi, but ends up being Indira

    KEJRI QUITS screams the banner headline on The Telegraph.

    The Q is shaped liked a muffler.

    Arvind Kejriwal came to power with a muffler. And he resigned with that muffler wrapped firmly around his head, its presence driving home the point that his government did not even last one season.

    The question is whether what Kejriwal leaves in his wake is a lot more than muffler jokes. The new broom was supposed to sweep clean. But in the end the abiding symbol of its 48 days became a muffler.

    Journalist Sankarshan Thakur told television last night that Kejriwal’s unpredictability has created fascinating political drama because he keeps breaking the rules and keeping the big boys on edge. The BJP has seized on it touting Narendra Modi’s “credibility” as being what the nation needs as opposed to Kejriwal’s “nautanki”. BJP sources tell The Telegraph they now think the middle-and-upper-class Punjabi and Bania votes that abandoned them during the Delhi Assembly elections will return to them in the Lok Sabha elections. Kejriwal’s supporters are going blue in the face insisting that his 42-27 loss in the House proved the BJP and Congress were hand-in-glove. “Jaise hi humne Mukesh Ambani par haath raakha Congress aur Bhajpa mil gaye (As soon as I laid my hand on Mukesh Ambani, the Congress and BJP came together)” Kejriwal told his cheering supporters.

    The Kejriwal government was never supposed to last long dependent as it was on a fickle, sullen Congress’s ‘unconditional’ support. But his manner of exit, an act of self-inflicted martyrdom rather than a withdrawal of support, has raised questions about whether Kejriwal was also looking for a way out, so that he could come back to fight another day. But is 48 days good enough for a politician's resume?

    Kejriwal clearly sees himself as part of a longer higher stakes political drama. Our politicians seem to have a keen sense of history. Narendra Modi thinks he is jousting against a shahzada and a durbar. Now Arvind Kejriwal pretends he is living under British rule marching off to see the Viceroy in order to tender his resignation. The question is what does that make Kejriwal?

    Now that aaj ka Gandhian Anna Hazare has announced he will campaign for Mamata Banerjee, perhaps Kejriwal wants to be the new Gandhi . If Gandhi led the Quit India movement, Kejriwal led his personal Quit Delhi movement. Except Gandhi was pushing the British to quit India. Kejriwal just quit himself.

    Scholar Mario da Penha commented on Twitter that rather than Quit India, if there was a Raj parallel it was more akin to the resignation of the Congress ministries in 1939 on the eve of World War II. They resigned in protest because they claimed they had not been consulted over the decision to enter that war on Great Britain’s side. The Congress considered Viceroy Linlithgow’s response to their grievances “wholly unsatisfactory” and calculated that it was better for them to resign in the hopes that by giving up power they would strengthen their case for India’s independence. That decision, like Kejriwal’s quitting also caused some heartburn in the ranks. Even Gandhi was in two minds, afraid that the resignation would bolster Jinnah’s Muslim League. Jinnah, pleased with the resignation, had called that day A Day of Deliverance for Indian Muslims. Ambedkar also joined in the Day of Deliverance celebrations and addressed a rally with Jinnah in Bhindi Bazaar, Bombay. The Justice Party called on Dravidians to celebrate that day “on a grand scale..to rid the country of the menace of the Congress.”

    Whether this resignation proves to a Day of Deliverance for the BJP or accelerates Kejriwal’s journey to purna Swaraj (without needing Congress support) remains to be seen. But his speech-from-the-window, fired up with freedom-fighter imagery, albeit wrapped in a muffler, sounded as if he was about to ascend the gallows in Andaman Jail.

    “Desh ki liye jaan deni padi to jaan dene ke liye taiyaar hoon (If I have to sacrifice my life for the nation, I am ready to do so)” he declared to cheering followers.

    Kejriwal might nurse Mahatma Gandhi fantasies with his penchant for high drama symbolism, but he reminded some political observers of a different Gandhi. The Times of India comments that Kejriwal’s attacks on Ambani were reminiscent of the 1970s when Indira Gandhi contested elections claiming her opponents were “agents” of industrial houses of the time. She was at that time trying to portray herself as the one who stood up for the aam aadmi. Now Kejriwal gets to play that role while claiming the Congress and the BJP are in Ambani’s pocket.

    TOI wonders if now Ambani will become an election issue. But these are not the seventies any more. Whether Ambani or any other industrialist as a bogeyman will grab the attention of ordinary citizens the way it did in the far more socialist 70s remains to be seen.

    What is likely to be more potent though is the image of abdication. That still has powerful currency in Indian politics. “In India we have a long tradition of abdication in political life, dating back centuries, and in recent history,” Navnita Chadha Behera, political science professor at Delhi University told The Telegraph. “Each case of claimed abdication is different because of its context.”

    Sonia Gandhi played on that when she famously cited her “inner conscience” to not take up the prime ministership in 2004. Other moments of abdication backfired as when the CPM chose not to authorize Jyoti Basu to become the Prime Minister in 1996 thereby ensuring the party lost a historic opportunity to give India its first Communist prime minister.

    Kejriwal kept saying he was willing to “resign a hundred times for the Jan Lokpal bill” trying to portray himself as one uninterested in power. However now with the advantage of hindsight Sonia’s decision to give up power seems to have actually helped her garner more power and yet be unaccountable. That's why Rahul Gandhi's protestations about power as a poisoned chalice won him little sympathy. His reluctance to assume charge is seen more as an abdication of responsibility than anything else. So it remains to be seen if Arvind Kejriwal is able to restore some of the halo to the idea of martyrdom.

    http://www.firstpost.com/politics/kejriwal-wants-to-be-gandhi-but-ends-up-being-indira-1391545.html

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    How fair is this appraisal?
     
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    Mr Ray , i do know that you are well versed and can analysis things because of yours vast knowledge and i do read and even try my best to understand what you are trying to say and you know this that i respect you and all the other members. I know you do want to do good for the country and that's why you see everything new as a problem.

    I do know that you like the policies adopted by the BJP and here you are saying that AK is after Ambhani but i think AK is after the connection between the corruption, politics and corporate world. And he even told by himself that he is not against capitalism
     
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    Indira Gandhi performed at least, but AAP leaders only talks no work :sad:
     
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    Brother Chauhan , AAP has ruled just 49 days with a weak government and i think everyone just want them to do miracles. Everyone wants the end to the corruption done by the members of all the political parties, corporate world etc and this is not done in any revenge or anything but for the people satisfaction but when someone came because of the corruption talks all want him to do wonders. People do know that corruption is a very big problem and they do want someone to stop it. Indian public is just seeing that ruling and opposition blame each other and some corrupt leaders are arrested and a case run for years and then case close and this is the real reason that people started to see for someone who is not from ruling nor opposition in center then they gave importance to third front and it was even the same because third front came out from the main body. So you see what really the people are trying to say and AAP is that result and i am not saying that AAP will do everything good or perfectly but at least if AAP is there in the system then it can point out against things and make the people satisfied that there is one party which can stand against corruption. Limited seats for AAP will keep things under check.

    I don't think that AAP will try to change the system but will work within the system. And i am pretty sure that there is AK in all the political parties but they cant come out because of the internal and wider politics. So this AK is the result of that being silent within the political parties. Congress, BJP, SP, TMC, SAD,NC, DMK all wants the end of corruption then why they all oppose AK because of their political future ?
     
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    Bhai ok! I accept that they have worked only 49 days, but will you deny that Kejriwal and party claims to have fulfilled the promises ? Will you deny that the AAP is the "biggest mouth" party of Delhi ?
     
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    Brother Chauhan, AAP has done things in hurry which i don't deny which i think they were trying to do so that the people understand that they are working on the promises. AAP is becoming biggest mouth party of India because the problem of corruption is there in every state.

    The curious case of a leader in a hurry
     
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    To be sucessful Politician should have both qualities Indira Gandhi & Gandhiji

    Indira gandhi's no nonsense approach & ability to take swift decision under crisis is really quality which stands out which no PM had till now in Indian history Eg: Her courage in 1971 war even US send Carrier battle group to Indian ocean

    And Mahatma Gandhiji Patients & perseverance is the stand out quality

    So kejriwal should try to have both

    Eg: Sachin tendulkar had agression of Sir Vivian richards , Solid defence of Sir Sunil Gavaskar & overall conversion rate of Sir donald bradman
     
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    There are no meaningful parallels whatsoever between Kejriwal and Indira Gandhi. The former is possibly a misguided rabble rouser the latter was an aristocratic brat who desperately aspired to be an autocrat by feigning populism. I have already talked about the perils of portraying Kejriwal as a tyrant. Kejriwal has certainly shown proclivity to counterproductive populist policies. However until he starts appointing useless offspring as tyrannical law makers, opens up pseudo concentration camps to neuter the poor and establishes an unparalleled corrupt bureaucratic system of governance (which he directly controls) there is no meaningful comparison to be made.
     
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    There is only one problem with kejnriwal that is his arrogance.
    B8tch shouldn't have resigned.
     
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    AAP should check about the candidates in details before giving them tickets and the same should be done by all the political parties.
     
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    I think he is too much open and talk on those subjects which others avoid to talk because of their reasons.

    He resignation will make people from all walks of life to vote.
     
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    Knowing the problem and becoming angry on the current set up and acting jingoistic is not the way even if AK stands on the right side.

    Thinking about the solution and implementing the solution in a smooth way so that nothing in this country will be disturbed and the change is brought finally is the right way.

    Nitish and Navin Patnaik have done tremendous job in controlling corruption in their states, AK should take a leaf out of their governance and improve on that.
     
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    even aap has not done that! Aap has spamming minister,some fund scam sisdodia and latest being damnia whose's lok sabha candidate!

    Don't know how many lurking in!
     
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    Problems are many and have to find out one by one and fix them in which no one get hurt. I have learn that punishing is not the answer to everything be it about anything . Most of the time i use to be angry and even very sad but now i do see hope in everything in which justice is done to everyone but i do need help time to time because i know sometimes i do get carried away but deep down my heart i have try to do the good thing.

    What AK needs is support of highly qualified Supreme court ex judges, economists, analysts etc who are expert about all the constitutional laws and have good market knowledge etc. AK was CM of Delhi but i don't have any idea , have he signed any investment or economic deals with other companies. Now everyone talks about this that he wants funds from corporates but doesn't want to understand why he hasn't asked for those funds when he was in power :facepalm: i think that criticizism of AK is making him more stronger and he is trying to get more answers .
     
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    He only needs to concentrate on Governance.

    In these 49 days he only concentrated on exposing opposition and getting attention of people, I hope he will concentrate on governance next time when he becomes CM.

     
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    I think he has learn from his mistakes but still he needs lot to learn .
     
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    I hope he delivers a good governance in his next term as CM.
     
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    I think he will sit in parliament
     

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