The posh anarchy of the 'aam aadmi'
"I am an anarchist" could well have replaced the "I am aam aadmi" slogan of Arvind Kejriwal as he, as chief minister, took to protesting against the police for refusing to raid a drug and prostitution ring.
The intent, if we look at it from a non-political perspective, is quite uplifting. We have the ruling party leader at the forefront of a dharna, walking the talk by sleeping on the pavement. However, does it work as politics if leaders decide that such an action is the only way to make the system work? Why is he in politics then if he knows no other way to go about the business of making institutions accountable?
It was supposed to be a ten-day protest. In one day, the Centre made some polite noises and he has claimed it a victory of the people. This is untrue, and he is also speaking out of turn. For, he is in a manner inciting people not realising that they could well be at his doorstep one day.
He chose the issues that are essentially 'fringe' — drugs and prostitution. The raids weren't to be carried out in the posh or even middle class enclaves of Delhi. His core constituency, for all his common man talk, would be safe.
He also wanted action against the Delhi Police in the case of the gangrape of a Danish woman. Another one had to do with not acting against the in-laws of a woman who suffered from burns. These are important, but how different would it be from the fast-track judgements passed by courts on the urging of activists and the media?
If all this is essentially to ensure full statehood for Delhi, then AAP should find other ways. The media martyrdom he is happy to embrace as an anarchist is a slap on the face of the person in the street who would be arrested for anarchy, and as a politician he would back the cops for such action.
The stark contrast of Kejriwal sleeping on the pavement under a thick blanket, with a Wagon-R ready to help him out at a whisper, and images of the other homeless should awaken him to this less eyeball-grabbing issue. There is no corruption involved here.
Who will be made accountable for their state and their welfare?
© Farzana Versey
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