As the Aam Aadmi Party won the trust vote in the Delhi Assembly, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it was a people’s victory. I agree with him. It was. And I’m not some naïve babe in the woods. But neither am I a cynic. And I think that’s where most of us fit in – somewhere in the middle. Of course we’re taking his lofty proclamations with a pinch of salt and there’s not denying the heavy posturing as Kejriwal constantly chants “hamari koi aukaat nahi hai“. We can see through it. We’re not stupid.
But that doesn’t mean that he’s a total farce either. Like everything in life, there is no black and white; reality exists in shades of grey (not that 50 shades kind though… yikes). Give him the benefit of doubt, I say. For God’s sake, at least give him some time. For those of you who were ever appointed class monitor or school prefect or team leader at work, didn’t you take a few days to settle into the role? So why not accord him the same leeway? Has any government been judged within a week? Others don’t get scrutinized for decades so can we all just calm down and stop the dissections? For now.
The man has been voted into power for one reason only – people are fed up of existing political systems. And it is only because he is new and inexperienced that we can hope to see some genuine change. Not despite it. So let’s try to believe him when he says corruption will be weeded out. Let’s wait to see the audits of power companies. I know enough critics who believe that Kejriwal’s water and electricity subsidies are taking us along a dangerous path of socialism and communalism – two failed systems of governance. Perhaps they are right. But maybe, just maybe the audits will reveal the extent of corruption and graft all these years and those revelations will do away with the need for subsidies. Let’s see. Let’s not be so hasty to pass a verdict.
Among the 17 issues that the AAP government has listed as priority is a legislation that will give rights to the people to decide on development in their areas, instead of officials and MLAs. It is a small but telling issue on their agenda. To me, that is what democracy should be about. Unlike many of my friends, I don’t think the AAP is power hungry. I think they had no choice. Anna Hazare, for all his sincerity couldn’t have done a thing to change the system. You have to play the game to change the rules. You can’t sit on the sidelines and preach to others how they should play. Jump in the fray and beat the stalwarts at their own game. That’s what the Aam Aadmi Party did and I’m glad for it. For they have inspired hope.
It remains to be seen how successful this government will be. But in my mind, let’s give the new kids on the block a chance. Who says the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t? Not me.