AAP and the death of hope

The so-called “office of profit” case is in the news again, now that EC has ruled and sent its recommendation to the President. But this article is not just about that. The ramifications of the case, the definition of the phrase “office of profit”, the what-about-ery used to justify it has been amply covered by the mainstream media.

This is about the death of hope.

Does anyone even care to remember the DNA of the initial seeds sown by Anna Hazare which led to AAP? Do we recall they were not launching yet another party? Do we recall how starry eyed bankers, corporate executives, middle class Indians fed up with the corruption jumped in to the arena, not to become MLAs or MPs & get into offices of profit, but to seek change, make a new India? They even donated sums, which even by their net worth standards were not small?

These are the people that often travel abroad or even live there, and see how Indians fare when they work in a system that nurtures talent, not rent seeking or corrupt? One that is well known for incompetence, luddite policies and slothful bureaucracy. Which is precisely what the self serving ecosystem built by corrupt dynasties was. It was holding back India, denying her its well deserved position and they knew it.

They were like doctors, medicine ready in hand watching their patient die a slow death. They broke their invisible shackles, the inertia of lethargy, indifference and typical Hindu “that’s fate” attitude, and said in unison “let’s do it!”.

Do we remember Facebook groups, blogs and other social media platforms sprung up like mushrooms all over the world, from Singapore to London? Hardly any were funded or choreographed centrally. Almost all were started by genuine, patriotic young Indians who finally saw hope.

They even viciously trolled Modi & BJP (both of whom they respected by and large). This writer even had pro Modi friends, from Gujarat(!),  that turned pro-AAP with the passion that will put Seventh day Adventist and other radical evangelists to shame.

All because they felt another product that is even better has come into the market. A product that is an end to all worries, a magic bullet.

It is that hope that is dead.

But it didn’t die a sudden death. In India as well as elsewhere, we consider such deaths “blessed” even something to hope and pray for.

But it died a slow and horrible death, each event and non-event plunging a dagger at a different spot in the body and soul of the passionate “AAPtards” causing more bleeding and more pain.

Let us list some of those daggers

The total lack of interest in LokPal bill or prosecuting Sheila Dixit who he promised to put in jail was the first blow.

The elaborate drama of resignation, street dharna, sleeping on the platform, threats to stop Republic Day celebrations etc made many wince but they felt that was OK, just tactics that he had to use.

It was amply clear right from day 1 Kejriwal wanted nothing short of the PM chair and wanted it not for his ideals but for himself. His bizarre decision to take on Modi in Varanasi instead of working for it sincerely and step by step in a mature way was the first

The sacking and Stalinist purge of not just Prashanth Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav but many others, in fact almost the entire founding group  including its so-called ombudsman simply because they were not willing to be subservient to the increasingly wild personal ambitions of Kejriwal was one big dagger. Remember, these people were not purged for lack of ideals or commitment to the original cause.

The naked embrace of Wahhabi fanatics, jihadi mullahs that called for the death of Tasleema Nasreen in the name of competitive “secularism” was a dagger too.

The constant vicious personal attacks on Modi, the 100% focus on the PM chair and the open message Kejriwal was sending out that he was uninterested in “distraction” – governance of Delhi, until and unless he gets to be PM was a HUGE blow.

We could go on and on. The sidelining of Kumar Vishvas, once again not because of his lack of commitment to the core cause but for not being another Asutosh ready to lick Kejriwal’s boots comes to mind.

All of these turned off the original backers, the committed, passionate “believers” who were dropping off like leaves from a tree in autumn.

And now we have this “office of profit” case.

It is a no-brainer that the entire scheme or scam if you were to be more vicious, was meant to reward. Had he at least justified it saying “Yes, we did it, so we don’t have to extract bribes” that would have at least been manly and wise. But his resort to typical politicians’ tactics of blaming the EC, arguing over whether its indeed an office of profit etc., clearly show Kejriwal is no different from any other.

So the hope is dead and can be buried or cremated. Perhaps our corrupt yellow media has realised it, having lost hopes of finding an alternate source of envelopes and power. They have now gone back to asli-janeudhari Pandit Rahul Gandhi as their sole hope!

Damage even bigger

Because our minds can’t exist in vacuum. If hope is dead, something has to take its place. And that something is cynicism. Yes. Today any good Samaritan that jumps into the political arena to “cleanse the system” & solve India’s myriad problems that have simple solutions, he or she will be seen as a liar, charlatan, fraud and self serving megalomaniac.

That indeed is Kejriwal’s contribution to India’s body politics. Even dynasties like Gowdas, Karunanidhi, Mulayam, YSR, Indira Gandhi & others have not managed this “achievement”.  That too in two or three short years.


Donald Trump tweet on Pakistan – hold back the champagne

It was just a tweet – about 50 words but it literally caused a mini earthquake in India and Pakistan. Here is a President saying the exact truth without any diplomatese. But that has always been his style and character.

But if India and Indians are sensible, everyone starting from the Government of Narendra Modi to ordinary Indians raving and ranting in forums and twitter should hold back the champagne bottle. It is too early.

Let us look at some specifics re the run up to this tweet.

  1. It is no big secret that Pakistan has been double crossing United States for decades now. Ground level commanders, senior Army generals, CIA heads, Defence secretaries and so many analysts and strategic experts of all shades have said exactly this for years. Even Hillary Clinton’s famous snake in backyard remark is well known.
  2. Yet US governments, over years, kept pumping funds into Pakistan, essentially funding terror against their own soldiers and citizens as well those of allies including Afghanistan and India, to the tune of $33b. We know the count.
  3. The excuse was that Pakistan was necessary for supply routes and the China factor. Pakistan learnt to perfect this form of blackmail to a fine art and learnt to issue statements that will immediately set cash registers ringing with new aid. Its ministers even openly “threaten” to go with the Russians or Chinese.
  4. If “liberal” governments are in power this blackmail took on other forms – “Apre moi la deluge” theme where essentially Pakistan puts a gun to its own head and blackmails the POTUS for funds to spend on terror. Even this was well known but no one dared to say “be my guest, go ahead and fire the bullet”. Of course, Pakistan would never try this trick with a conservative President.

So have things really changed?

No doubt Trump is a very different President with very different ideas on how to use the power of the seat to get things done. He owes nothing to no one and is his own man. Unlike other career politicians, he has been remarkably consistent for decades on most core aspects of his policy as well as personality. His 18 year old interview on North Korea which he recently re-tweeted is just one such case in point.

Yet it pays to be cautious.

For one, Trump’s mercurial personality can cut both ways. Once again the China-NK tweets offer clues. After blowing hot on China, he immediately went soft, without getting anything in return other than empty words.

Secondly, Pakistan has been there, done that. It knows how to work the system.

The only difference is now we have Modi in control and he is not going to give any room for Pakistan to wiggle from Indian perspective – the pressure will be on. A left controlled UPA by now would be shedding tears for its long lost brother and rush to its rescue.

We have to look for clear, incontrovertible evidence of ACTION not just words. If Trump says “It’s only words, and words are all I have”, we should be ready not to give our hearts away.

The action can take many forms

  1. Best of course, is a clear military deadline to the generals. The “bomb back to stone age” threat of Bush administration shortly after the 9/11 incident type. And a few bombs to be sure it is heard and understood.
  2. Hold back aid beyond the peanuts $255 million that is being bandied about.
  3. Firm message to China to stay clear and not queer the pitch or face other actions.
  4. Strong ground action in the Af-Pak border that puts some teeth to the words
  5. Actively work with India and Iran perhaps, on Plan B.

We will watch the space with considerable interest but equal measure of skepticism.

Special note addendum:

The “fall in China’s lap” blackmail

As we noted earlier, Pakistan, over the years has perfected the art of blackmailing Uncle Sam. One such technique is the threat to “fall in China’s lap”. This is often used as excuse by pro-Pak establishment shills within and outside USA to write even bigger cheques without asking for value in return.

This if fake. Pakistan is already in China’s lap. Only Uncle Sam was paying the bills! That’s taking art of cuckolding to Jupiter’s escape velocity, as Pandit Rahul Gandhi might put it!

Perhaps when China is asked to pay the bills, which is known to be extremely reluctant to do, calculators will be out and new approaches emerge.  Can’t be any worse than what it already is, at least for India.






Where is Kejriwal?

We are talking about this “Yugpurush” that came in a white horse, the all conquering hero ready to purge India of all its warts and diseases and turn it into another Japan in a few years.

Yugpurush Version 1.0

Three strikes, you are out is an American phrase. But looks as if Kejriwal needed only two slaps to disappear completely.

If you recall, after hijacking the IAC movement and leveraging it to achieve the good show in Delhi assembly shortly before the 2014 elections, he was openly dreaming of becoming Prime Minister, winning 100+ seats, jailing Sheila Dikshit, contesting in Varanasi, going there by 2nd class train with lot of drama (returning quietly by plane & flying to Dubai on biz class) and so on.  In this he was aided by the corrupt Lutyens yellow media who saw new sources of envelopes opening up. Hail the new Yugpurush!

The May 2014 verdict gave the first big slap. AAP turned out to be a good source of “deposits” for the election commission.

Then he enacted a huge drama of apology and penance which Delhi voters foolishly believed and gave him a record mandate.

But the first slap was quickly forgotten and he was back in form. Like the sewage that flows constantly in the Cooum river in Chennai, his potty mouth was putting out non-stop insults, tweets, snide remarks, reckless attacks, brazen lies, sensational allegations backed with zero facts, tabloid style half truths and crude propaganda directed this time not at Dikshit (who is very much free with not even one case registered) but Narendra Modi!

Yugpurush Version 2.0 has arrived!

This time too, the yellow media was still behind him. But doubts had started creeping in.

In the meantime, he lost most of his original team disgusted by his naked ambition, megalomania, greed, personality cult, arrogance, intolerance to dissent, cultivation of crude sycophants like Asutosh and Somnath Bharti, hypocrisy, seedy fund raising methods as well as equally inept governance.  The prominent “list of donors” published in AAP website and advertised loudly as proof of his politics with difference was quietly taken down for “maintenance” where it has remained ever since! Allegations of seat “sale” in Punjab and elsewhere surfaced. In other words “same difference”

Leaving governance in Delhi to his lackeys and sycophants, not burdening himself with any portfolio (much like Rahul Gandhi) Kejriwal roamed India chasing a bigger target – the chair of PM. Any and every incident was exploited to the hilt with a quick visit to ground zero. Be it in Hyderabad for Rohit Vemula or nearby states. Even foreign policy was not spared.

Huge amount of money from Delhi state coffers was spent building a national image for the Yugpurush, putting out ads in far away states. Perhaps no other Chief minister spent so much personal time on agendas and issues outside his state ignoring the backyard. Not even the equally anarchist Mamata Banerjee.

As if this anarchist politics was not enough, it was supplemented with bizarre luddite attacks on voting machines, strange for a party that supposedly has Indian youth and educated middle class as its “core constituency”.  He was no different from Laloo & Tejaswi!

The usual Congress tricks of flirting with jihadism, Wahabbi fanaticism in the name of secular politics was tried too. Even Khalistani terrorists were courted openly.

Throughout all this, Narendra Modi wisely kept quiet, not even bothering to reply to his daily taunts and insults. Like the proverbial dog barking at the moon, Kejriwal carried on, unmoved. And the public was getting tired.

The second slap!

Punjab and Goa results, along with Delhi civic polls, delivered yet another HUGE slap. So confident was Kejriwal with his own narratives amplified by the echo chamber of sycophants and corrupt media liars, self congratulatory posters were put up in Goa “thanking” people for voting AAP to power!

Results, to put it mildly, were somewhat different! Once again, AAP funded Indian elections with lost deposits!

That seems to have done the trick!

Now he has gone completely underground, keeping unusually quiet and not commenting on all and sundry matters. More importantly, he is not attacking Modi on daily basis.

So there is a new version out in the market.

Will Version 3.0 work?

Problem is, the launch of this version in the market coincides with Lutyens media and the left “intellectual” ecosystem deciding to place its bets on newly re-packaged and re-launched 100% janeudhari Pandit Rahul Gandhi (Version 4 or 5) as its hopes for 2019! This is only to be expected because most of them are upper caste/class elite whose hearts bleed and lips mouth homilies to the “sub-altern” in between sips of Chianti and single Malt in some five start hotel or Lit-Fest.

Evidently it seems the Congress capacity to support these charlatans, let them leech on state resources and lead comfortable farmhouse lifestyles, supplemented with donations from evangelist West to fund wine bottles & scholarships is far higher than AAPs.

So now Kejriwal faces not one but two rivals! He can’t use the corruption weapon against Modi nor the “icon of youth, secular” marketing tricks on Rahul.

And it does look as if the door to 2019 is closing tightly shut. Given Rahul is about the same age and presumably in better health, compared to the diabetic Kejriwal who often disappears to Bangalore for “vipasana treatment”, one cannot even be sure of 2024 and beyond even if Modi were to lose 2019.

There ends the sad story of Yugpurush Arvind Kejriwal. Unless he has some tricks up his sleeve or our beloved Pandit v5 turns out to be yet another damp squib and Modi screws up even worse. That’s a lot of ifs!