Sunday, May 11, 2014

AAP's Win In Defeat

                                         AAP Matters
          Mainline political parties are the biggest business houses in India. Once, people joined politics for public service, but now they do so to become rich. They move effortlessly from one party to another in search of profit, with no sense of guilt or taint. The CSDS says parties will spend Rs 30,000 crore on this election. Obviously, they will seek to recoup their outlay with interest. That means gigantic extortion.
          Even “honest” people in mainline parties say black money is a regrettable necessity. Manmohan Singh’s “coalition dharma” meant co-opting crooks to garner a Parliamentary majority. On the same logic, parties choose candidates with no principles but lots of money and muscle. There’s an unspoken conspiracy among parties to block police-judicial reforms aimed at quick convictions, for all parties have many skeletons in their cupboards.
          Every party accuses others of corruption, yet none ensures reforms that will quickly convict crooks. We get a plethora of allegations but nothing concrete. Courts verdicts take forever, so influential crooks generally die of old age before being convicted beyond all appeals. This system gives crooked politicians and businessmen a clear advantage over honest ones, and in time entrenches corruption in all politics and business.
          By resigning from the Delhi government, the AAP has spoiled its short-term prospects. It may win just a few seats in Parliament. No matter: it can enliven the opposition. If it establishes itself as a thorn in the flesh of mainline parties, keeping up the pressure for police-judicial reform, then that will be a worthwhile achievement.
          AAP entered into politics not to win, but to change it. AAP says it is not for doing politics but to revolutionise it. It is important that the AAP's experiment continue for it injects a vital element that has been missing in Indian politics. The AAP is attempting to redefine the very idea of democracy by making it a more participative practice. It restores to politics the notion of idealism, something no other political formation is even attempting. 
          AAP says that it is the system that has become very corrupt and needs to be changed immediately. Its aim in entering politics is not to come to power; AAP has entered politics to change the current corrupt and self-serving system of politics forever. So that no matter who comes to power in the future, the system is strong enough to withstand corruption at any level of governance.
          So far AAP is successful in achieving its mission and vision for which it is founded. BJP is contesting 427 seats. AAP is contesting  434. And Congress is contesting  462. Bringing into politics and choosing 434 good reputation candidates to contest  within  a year of party formation is a big achievement.      
        There are many other old national and regional parties with Chief Minister seats to their side. But they did not contest like newly AAP on national level. This is an indicator of  change in politics as AAP claims. AAP is not contesting 2014 election to ride power or to have many MPs in parliament. It is contesting to enhance its catchment area of social and corruption cleaning services. In this, it has achieved great success.
          It has forced other political parties to follow the policy of AAP. Its spill over effect compelled others to initiate amendments in order to survive. This is changing the Indian political landscape.
          In politics Niyat, Niti of  a Neta (intention, policy of a leader) matters. If with this  good intention (Niyat) a politician enters  into politics, based on his good Niyat, they frame  good Niti (policy).  
          It is AAP which opened door and built an atmosphere for good people to join politics.  For which they were averse before the birth of this party. This achievement is  no less than a political revolution which AAP professes  to achieve.
          Winning more seats in election is not basic aim as implied for AAP. Albeit they are not saying like this and as a political party can not say. Getting less number of MP seats on counting day, May 16, do not imply defeat. Rather, it is win as it is achieving its basic purpose of spreading social serving catchment area and strengthening the party at national level. This is the hidden agenda and an open secret.
           AAP is moving in right direction with well calculated plan. Though people perceive a big sag in its progress. But reality is otherwise. Its first and foremost aim is to make it a national party in which AAP seems to get desired success.