AAP Yahan aye, Kisliye?

A Bollywood analysis

The phenomenal rise of the mango people party raised the skeptic’s eyebrows. No one believed them except the gullible mango people, whom everyone claims to represent and even name themselves after, be it Janta,  Bharatiya  Janta, or Grassroots (Trinamool). Democracy is supposed to be about them – of by and for the people. The left had copyrights to concern for them. So what is the big deal? Why do people suddenly start believing in them? Haven’t they learnt their lessons? The Congress in the 50s, the Left in the 60s, JP movement in the 70s, AGP in the 80s, Grassroots in the 21st century, all came with promises of change,  Naya Zamana, Sampoorna Kranti or Parivartan, none of which came to pass.

This is because the only thing the mango people have left is hope. Take it away and we go the way of lemmings. So we continue to place our faith in the next messiah, this time in a new avatar, dressed in muffler and topi.

The intellectual in the drawing room had reached the conclusion, depending on affiliation, that AAP is BJPs B team and Congress mole. As it can’t be both simultaneously, let’s see what is likely.

During the agitation phase, while it was drumming up anti government support, BJP loved it and Congress hated it. Irrespective of the ideology of the people who flocked to its call, it was in effect a blessing to BJP, no doubt receiving its blessings and overt and covert support. But the anger of the mango people made it swell so fast that it became an alternate focus of anti incumbency sentiment. While it remained a protest movement, it helped the opposition cause, but when it decided to sully its hands and enter the dirty world of politics it became a major threat to BJP.

This thrilled the Congress as the opposition vote would get divided and an unpopular government could scrape through. So the blessings and support, covert and overt, came from the guys in power now. But once again, the degree of frustration was underestimated, and AAP decimated the party they were supposed to bring back to power, humiliating and defeating the popular CM as well. The only consolation of the ruling party was that it kept the arch enemy from getting a clear majority.

Now the drama thickens. New morality had such overwhelming voter support that no one could bank on public apathy and indulge in horse trading to form a government. The unthinkable happened. A party just few votes shy couldn’t form a government. The new kids in the block took power with Congress support, giving credence  to BJPs  allegation of them being a Congress plant. Rumours of Kejriwals proximity to the first family and his preferential postings despite being a maverick resurfaced. So will the new guy just be a Congress stooge?

No way! Here we can look at bollywood for an analogy. Remember Guide? Or  Namakharam?

In Guide, a con man takes on the role of a Mahatma to dupe the mango people of a village, and is caught up in his own popularity and the villagers’ faith and actually has to sacrifice himself unwillingly for keeping the faith.

In Namakharam, the hero is a management mole to break a labour union, but once inside, peoples faith and the high of being a popular do gooder changes him, and he switches sides.

So whether or not our topi clad knight was a plant or a mole, he is trapped now. He has no choice but be the messiah, and he will symbolize the will of the people, and deliver change.


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  1. Very well written. This post was unlike the ones you have wtitten in the past. I do hope the messiah can deliver although I doubt whether he will be able to find his path in the labyrinth of politics and power.


  2. Instead of skepticism, which the Indian literati is great at exhibiting, this guy needs moral support. Have we fallen so low in our own self-esteem that we can’t even imagine that there can be a man among us who just might turn things around?
    Whether he has inadvertently placed himself in the position of a martyr or he hasn’t, only time will tell. Meanwhile I’m yet to see a bigger bunch of cynics than the Indian pub-crawling elite. He doesn’t need cynics, he needs moral support.


    1. amen.and they are.so much so that he is forced to live up to it.check out the latest opinion polls & poor Narendrabhais response.also the spike in membership and contributions .NRIs are pitching in too! its quite exhilareting


  3. I feel CM Kejriwal is wearing the cap of a common man but is in the shoes of himself. I wish he steps into the shoes of the common man. Though his intentions ‘seem’ honest his actions are too ‘IDEALISTIC’. May be he can bash the corrupt off their practices, but then he could even deter the honest from acting at all. He could lead into “executive-paralysis.” Mohalla-sabhas have been already experimented and documented as ‘guild socialism.’ Could work to an extent in smaller territories, but would it suit our country? The Constitution was drafted with lots of foresight. Why does the CM undermine the Constitution?


    1. I agree entirely with Jyoti that there is an apprehension that Kejriwal may not be consistent as he dreams big for himself rather for the people whom he wishes to represent! Time will tell!

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  4. I am not really following the Delhi election scene but I sincerely hope Delhites vote for stability this time around. Elections cost big money and both the politicians and voters must act responsibly. Hope Kejriwal has learned some lessons by now.

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