The Best Revenge
Return of the Aam Aadmi Party to Delhi was a good change in Indian politics. There are many lessons to be learnt from this phenomenon.
The Kejriwal factor has shaken Indian politics to the core.
The ‘aam aadmi’ (common man) has been a central player in history for eons; every new evolution or revolution is based around his needs, desires or impulse. That, in short, encapsulates the centrality of the common man. At times, he is used too by external elements exploiting his resident force to upturn orders, but such imposed revision of orders normally do not live long. People’s revolutions are the modern currency; see how the Arab Spring has been fabled and yet it seems to have gone sour rather too early. The time is too restrictive to formulate a lasting judgment on the Spring experiment, but the larger understanding despite the young age of this phenomenon is that it has been exactly that, an experiment, with its own trigger agents, materials and processes.
In comparison to what happened in the French Revolution, or the Iranian revolution with some ideological guidance, or for that matter the popularly propounded People’s Revolution in the Philippines may have left a slightly longer impact on history. The French Revolution of all such experiences, however, was the real game-changer, ushering in the modern concept of the nation-state and how democracy has become a universal cry since. On others, the final judgments are yet to be made; where the events were rather shallow or externally motivated, the impact too has been rather narrow and shallow.
Back to the Arvind Kejriwal phenomenon, then. He won Delhi after having been rubbished by one and all, and after his ignominy of having almost run away from his earlier experience of Delhi’s chief ministership of 49 days. Despite such baggage in his manners and performance, he managed to sweep Narendra Modi, BJP and the