Kejriwal’s moon landing
a giant leap for him
a small step for the Indian masses
A three-line haiku – a Japanese form of short poetry -- says so much about the new political phenomenon -- the Aam Aadmi Party and its leader Arvind Kejriwal.
Chandigarh-based poet Manu Kant has come up with ‘bittersweet poems’ on the Delhi chief minister titled ‘Good Luck Chief Minister’. The book has just been out.
Kant, a postgraduate in journalism from Moscow State University and a freelance journalist, who calls himself “the only known communist poet writing haiku”, started writing these poems when Kejriwal was sworn in as the Delhi chief minister in December.
“The AAP phenomenon can’t be brushed aside as an isolated incident. This year-old party has metamorphosed into a cynosure of the urban dwelling Indians, and has developed into an entity that has panacea to all ills that engulf the democracy,” says Kant.
At the same time, he also questions the way it is being called a revolution. “The media is calling it the common man’s revolution. But is this really a revolution?” This question he raises through another haiku:
He calls it a revolution
by the rules of the game
“The aam aadmi needs more well-managed hospitals and schools providing quality health and education to the common man,” he writes in the book.
He says it is the first volume and the second volume of poems will be out within a few weeks. He is also writing another haiku on celebrated writer Arundhati Roy.
The drowning man will clutch even at a straw
the masses clutch
a lesson for the gun-toting Maoists
a revolution through audit