The larger issue is the systemic failures in governance which have led to people losing faith in parliamentary politics as we know it. The David vs Goliath act which is being played out today is definitely appealing to many people and explains why Mr Kejriwal is able to draw crowds and seemingly has the media eating out of his hands. Over the last couple of days, it would appear that nothing much else existed on the news front but the Kejriwal vs the political establishment battle. Those who had thought that with the exit of Anna Hazare the movement would peter out were quite out of sync with the mood on the street. In the sort of dystopian system which has come to prevail, it seems to be forces outside the formal framework that are calling the shots. Mr Khurshid may be right when he says that he cannot reply to people on the streets, but public anger is an indication that things need to change within the political establishment towards more transparency and accountability.
At a time when the government needs to act to fulfill the many promises it made when it was elected, and that too in a short span of time before the next election, it is busy firefighting, literally lurching from one day to the next. It is significant that it is not the BJP, not Mamata Banerjee with her anti-FDI rhetoric, the Left with its opposition to anti-poor policies or any other political formation which is setting the agenda today. It would seem to be people on the streets, led by people like Mr Kejriwal, who are leading the charge, calling for a just social order. To go back to Aristotle, “It is in justice that the ordering of society is centered.”