Arvind Kejriwal’s Tughlakism
I see on TV that your cough has become chronic. You better sort out your throat sir, since plain speak is one of your main weapons of mass destruction. The cough, lately, has also caused a lot of interruptions in the plain speak, which is leading to hiccups in the AAP cruise. Perhaps, it’s time to give the throat a rest and allow the mind to take over the functioning of the government. Khushwant Singh writesUpdated: Jan 29, 2014 13:15 IST
Dear Mr Kejriwal,
I see on TV that your cough has become chronic. You better sort out your throat sir, since plain speak is one of your main weapons of mass destruction. The cough, lately, has also caused a lot of interruptions in the plain speak, which is leading to hiccups in the AAP cruise.
Perhaps, it’s time to give the throat a rest and allow the mind to take over the functioning of the government.
Frankly speaking, enough of this ‘Aam aadmi, main chota aadmi, and meri aukad nahi’ banter, sir ji.
High time you pinched yourself hard (you haven’t become thick skinned yet) and awakened to the fact that you are the chief minister of Delhi. Yes, chief minister of Delhi, India’s capital city.
On your shoulder rests the responsibility of the future of the old and young. The young look upon you to help them achieve their aspirations through an intelligent, mature and sustainable way. But, look what you are guiding them to — Dharnas, blockades and protests. No, you were not voted for this.
Please don’t read further if what I am saying is rubbish, because your actions, instead of inspiring the young to achieve, are rousing them to give a damn to whatever is left of the system and turning them into angry, destructive and scornful young people.
Let me remind you of Abdul Kalam, who, single-handedly could stir a generation to achieve their dreams through education and hard work.
Allow me to term this activism, vigilantism, anarchism (since you called yourself an anarchist), as nothing else but neo Tugalakism. Yes, Tugalakism from the name Muhammad Bin Tughlak, who ruled Delhi 700 years ago and did crazy things just out of zidd, like shifting his capital to South India. You almost shifted your office to the streets. The other difference being that Muhammad Bin Tuglak, according to history, was ahead of his times, but AAP is slowly appearing to be regressive in its thought.
The challenge of curing the present political rust needs to be conquered by dispensing an elevated thought; a thought that enlightens and provokes the mind, which in turn questions the status quo. You almost led us to that till your own success made you hungry for more. Yeh dil mangey more power! Or is it that your team only has a shrewd political strategy to come to power, but lacks a plan to handle it. It’s like, ‘what now?’.
Sir, do you even realise the meaning of the mandate you got? There must be a reason why a Chandigarhwalla, who has no stake in Delhi whatsoever, is writing to you. It is because you sold an idea. An idea which was to cleanse our system so that we could progress. Dharna was not your idea. It was a means to achieve the idea. But you didn’t move on. You made the means as policy, at the cost of governance, which is just not not sleeping in the quilt at night.
Let me point out that if BJP is accused of being communal for electoral gains, you are using anarchy as a tool to achieve similar results. Progress shies away from such things, Kejriwal sir.
And lastly, if you call your party as not racist, communal or casteist, it’s a lie. Mr Kumar Vishwas’ remarks about the Sikhs, Muslims and Kerala women cannot be condoned even if he has apologised. And yes, Mr Bharti’s remarks on African women are viral on the net.
Sir, sorry to say, nothing about AAP inspires me anymore. Not because I am scared of the change in the status quo, but because the path to change it has taken a detour. Some even say U turn.
I am at the cusp of becoming a non-believer in alternate politics. Prove me wrong, I don’t like the conventional either.
First Published: Jan 29, 2014 13:07 IST