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Jan 20, 2018 - Comments

AAP and the death of hope

AAP has not just killed hope - it has replaced it with cynicism that will harm India for years to come.

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.