The title of this musing is the first line of a Hindi Movie song; it means if someone like you comes in my life, my life will be made! AAP now also has another meaning. It is an Indian political party that has risen very rapidly in a couple of years. ( This is for non-Indians) It is Aam Admi Party, the party of/for the common man! Common Man is now singing the same tune with a slightly different meaning. He feels that if AAP comes in power, all will be well in India! All corruption will be washed away, and collateral benefits (not damage) will be inflation will go down, the common man will be much better off much faster and so on. This idea has caught up imagination with people like Rajeev Bajaj, Capt Gopinath and many have others have openly joined/liked the concept with lacs of ordinary people.
In his book, Kejariwal has written
“Is democracy all about casting your vote once in five years and then letting these parties and their leaders rule the roost? This cannot be a democracy. There is something wrong somewhere. The basic problem in our country is that there is no democracy. We want democracy. The politics of voting once in five years is no longer acceptable. The people want direct participation in power. The people shall take decisions, and politicians and officials will have to implement them.”
I will be the last person to praise our current democratic system especially after what we have seen in the previous few days in parliament. We definitely need alternate methods of running a democracy. But does this mean what happened for “49 days” run by AAP government in Delhi is right? There is an example mentioned that in Switzerland if 50000 people sign a petition and give to government, it can be converted into Law! We should not forget that most of the countries in the world are homogeneous in their demography. In India we have so much diverse and heterogeneous population, everything and anything can be tricky. What they do in Switzerland cannot be directly applied in India.
How proper direction can be given to this movement? Is this movement only North centric? I do not see so much support for it in other parts of India. What signals have gone to people with “49 days” government-run by AAP in Delhi? People feel that there is no difference in the so-called old parties and THE party. How long will it take for our society to find the “right way” of running democracy for India? How much churning will be required? Do people like Bharti help AAP cause? Just because someone was a TV anchor can he become Spokesperson for the party? Who should be driving this movement?
One thing is for sure all decisions cannot be taken by AAP way of democracy, ie people’s democracy. I will give you an example. A young couple in Bengal were in love and wanted to get married. They were from the different community. When villagers found this they took the girl away, “10/12 of them RAPED her”, then the couple was tied to a tree at night. Just to teach them a lesson. Wow! What an experience? Who will look forward to such TEACHERS? This was democratic justice from their point of view!!
How will India grow if people without knowledge start making allegations against Ambani and Moily? Again they are not Saints, but those making allegations about Gas Production etc. are also not experts. Ambani’s will overcome these things but will foreigners bother to invest in India with the atmosphere?
AAP if they come in Power should do the following.
They should have a minister for allegations
They should also have a minister for street protests and so on
They can also have if they think necessary, Finance Minister, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and so on
What I mean Prime Minister should NOT be in-charge of protests and Finance Minister should not in-charge making allegations against large businesses. All work should be done by respective experts! So why not Rajeev Bajaj for Prime Minster!
Then maybe I will also sing the tune “AAP jaisa koi, Jindagi main aye!” maybe daily!!