A week has passed since the Delhi elections have brought up a hung verdict. And while the elected parties have resumed new innings in all the other 4 states that went to polls with Delhi, there is every sign the nation’s capital territory will not see a new government anytime soon.
The reason for this deadlock is the intransigent stand taken by AAP, the fledgling political party representing Delhi’s aam admi. Depending on which side of the fence you’re sitting on, the AAP is either the spoiler in Delhi’s politics or the messiah of the deprived sections of the society.
To me AAP is like the political watchdog, the exact antidote that India so urgently needs for a long, long time. It’s like the IRDAs and SEBIs of the financial sectors whose primary objective ought to be cleansing the country’s political system and upholding the multi-dimensional facets of the country.
Right now there is a lot of focus on rooting out corruption, especially at high places. And justifiably so because who would forget the huge financial scams we have been witnessing for the past few years!
But if you ask me, the bigger, rather the biggest challenge before our country is to covet and nurture the inclusiveness of our country because that is where the real strength of our country lies. It’s not without reason that when Tagore wrote Jana Gana Mana more than 100 years back (it was sung for the first time 102 years back at a Congress plenary session), he stressed on people’s power and on inclusiveness because he had felt its enormity to bind together the people of diverse cultural and ethnic identities who live in this country and consider it their own.
Unfortunately, the inclusiveness is still a distant dream. In a recent article in A Jazeera, the writer points out how the poor Muslim women in Bengal’s villages masquerade as Hindus for getting jobs. The same picture prevails in many other parts in India, but truth be told it’s not only the Muslims that face discrimination in their ‘own country’.
One wouldn’t forget the news of racial discriminations against the north-east people at the nation’s capital (and elsewhere too) a year and a half back. And the anti-Bihari sentiment so carefully nourished and sustained (mainly) in Mumbai and parts of Maharashtra is now a well-documented essay in the Wikipedia.
The most important point therefore is what could and must be done to ensure the inclusive character of India. Because remember corruptions and scandals can be dealt with law in a short time. But if inequality exists (and it does) based on caste, race, religion, etc. even so many decades after independence, then it surely is a matter of grave concern. It is here that AAP’s relevance should come into focus.
Since only political parties form the bridge between the ruler and the ruling class in a democracy like India for delivering the common goods, and considering the fact that many of these parties still consider favouring their own narrow ‘constituencies’ to occupy power, we need the omnipresence of an entity like Aam Admi Party to enforce principled thoughts and actions.
For that to happen, let me be a bit myopic and cynical. If wishes were horses I’d dearly want AAP to remain apolitical and yet be a secular political party…whatever that means.
As I write this, I come across the interview of Dr Kunal Saha in The Telegraph. The tireless crusader that he is, it is indeed welcome that he ‘wants to do something for AAP’. If he does, one hopes he starts his political career from Calcutta.
Cheers to that.
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