AAP, be careful, potholes ahead...


Euphoria generated by AAP's rather little expected win in Delhi assembly elections has stirred hornet's nest. All and sundry are queuing up to join this new political phenomenon. Both types of filling up of membership form: in person as well as online, is reaching unprecedented heights and that too in such a short time.

This rush demands vigilance on the part of the approving authorities in AAP. How can they sift out seed from chaff? What is the criterion? After all, we the common people are responsible for most of the mess, in particular, mess in cities. We don't have the habit of forming queues or wait patiently in traffic jams or resist from seeking what is not our due. Everyone thinks of his own time and would like to rush things for his own benefit, thus paving the way for corruption or in case of traffic jams, chaos. We are rude enough not to care of frail womenfolk or even for old age. We don't have the culture of self-sacrifice for the needy and comparatively weaker fellow beings. It is callous to see young men occupying seats while standing aged passengers struggle to avoid jolts of bus plying in potholes called roads.

I feel at liberty to render free advice as an aam admi to AAP and suggest the following:
1. If an applicant for AAP is young he should be asked the following:
a. Are you a biker (motor bike)?
b. If yes, then he/she should be made to agree with:
I) Will always wear helmet (sticker of 'Mai Aam Admi hoon' can be displayed on helmets);
II) Will always follow traffic rules; be patient in traffic jams, be careful in overtakes, use of dipper at night, safe driving.
2. For all: Will never spit or litter or urinate on roads or walls, will not waste precious water, will promote indigenous drinks like 'Gur ka sharbat', fresh lime juice, cane sugar juice etc, will work for  forestation, will save precious forest cover, etc.

At the moment everyone is charged with this silent revolution and wants to jump the bandwagon, thus paving way for the unscrupulous to get in for personal benefits.

It has been observed that after victory of a political party, the percentage of vehicles hoisting its flags goes up in geometric progression. To be with the winner is considered advantageous and on such occasions ideology, if there is any, is relegated to deep recesses. Therefore, AAP's sincere workers need to be very careful and must keep a watch on the activities of their new members.

AAP has given hope to many who had simply lost hopes of getting rid of 'Brown Sahibs' but all of us who are truly 'Desh Bhakts', not just paying lip service to 'Desh' through songs and hymns, must strive to keep up this hope.

The movement has started from Delhi but it should not get stuck with the metropolis. Someone once remarked 'Dilli hai Dil Hindustan ka'. Of course, but the function of heart is to pump blood to the extremities instead of squeezing legs and hands to have all blood for itself. A healthy heart is responsible for a healthy body. AAP will have to shift focus sooner than later to extremities i.e., 'Rural India'.

Salman Sultan, Retd Professor


It’s a revolution, Mr Home Minister

Here's something Mr. Arnab Goswami and his kind should consider: the Golf Club in New Delhi which has about 4000 privileged members (all of whom are now arraigned against Kejriwal) has been given 250 acres of the most expensive real estate in the country worth 60,000 crores for a paltry lease of about Rs. 15 lakhs per annum.

The annual return on Rs. 60,000 crores should be at the very least Rs. 6,000 crores: in effect, what this means is that every member of the Golf Club is being given a subsidy of Rs. 1.50 crores every year! The same is the case with the Gymkhana Club, another watering hole for the rich, the famous, and the now scared.

According to the latest report of the RBI, the total non-performing assets (NPA) of the banks in India is more than Rs. 1.60 lakh crores. NPA is just an euphemism for what the Vijay Mallyas and the Captain Gopinaths of the world owe to the aam aadmi (and refuse to pay) while flying all over the world in their private jets and pontificating in TV studios on the correct form of governance. Is it "populism" if indulged in by Kejriwal, and "entitlement" and "economic surge" when practiced by others?...

It stems from their complete and total failure to comprehend what Kejriwal is and what he stands for. It stems also from the deep social divide between the upper crust of society (who are happy with the status quo where their money, power and contacts can ensure them a comfortable life) and the masses below them who have to daily bear the brunt of the system-inspired corruption, harassment, inconvenience and indignity that the present dispensation guarantees them.

Those who are denouncing Kejriwal for being an autocrat, anarchist, activist and for protesting at Raisina Road are missing the most obvious point of his movement - that Kejriwal will not play by their rules any more.

As they say in Las Vegas, you can't beat the house, because the dice are loaded against you. Everyone wants him to play with their set of dice which they mysteriously call the Constitution and the CrPC!) but Kejriwal wants to play with his own dice, hence the confrontation.

For the time being only Kejriwal knows the new rules, and he is springing them on the carpet baggers one by one, catching them by surprise all the time.

The French Revolution would not have happened if the existing rules had been followed. Tahrir Square would not have happened if everyone swore by the old rules. Changing the rules, Mr. Home Minister, is not anarchy - it is the beginning of a people's revolution. The sooner we realise this the less pain in the transition, the less violence.

He, and his paradigms, are here to stay and haunt our rulers. With his uncanny understanding of the pulse of the people, he has re-written the rules of politics and governance.

There are now only two options Kejriwal has left the ruling class with - either they change, or the people will change them. (Excerpted from

Avay Shukla, IAS (retd)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 February 2014 on page no. 2

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