Sunday, January 19, 2014

Reasons why the Self-proclaimed Aam Aadmi - Delhi CM - Arvind Kejriwal is not an Aam Aadmi at all.

Dear Reader,

Request you to read the full article before forming an opinion or commenting.Don't get me wrong. But I am of the strong opinion that neither Arvind Kejriwal is an Aam Aadmi nor his party is an 'Aam Aadmi Party'.

As to why I have that opinion, this article will do the explanation.Let me make it one more thing clear - I am just another human being, with my own history, my own problems, my own aim. I have no political experience whatsoever, nor have I been a supporter of any party so far.

I also admit that I feel have not been a very responsible citizen, because I am 25 today, I haven't voted even once in the last 7 years. Though it has more to do with the fact that the election commission gave me an Voter ID which said I was 'Vishal Sahu' and not 'Vishal Gupta'. And the latest one says that I was born on XX-XX-1989 instead of 04/07/1988. It also states that I do not reside at my home but a temple, as the address mentioned starts with "Ganteshwari Mandir". 'Mandir' is a Hindi word which means temple. It also has to do with the fact that though I work in Noida, I have a Voter-ID of my native place. I believe I am an Indian citizen, and we should have a National ID, which can be used to vote from any other part of the country. Anyway, that is another matter to be discussed some other time.

All I can say is what I could not contribute there, I have tried to makeup for it by my NGO works, and this blog as a tool to create awareness and spread knowledge.

Coming back to Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, let me declare this - that irrespective of the results of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, I will abide by my words written today - Arvind Kejriwal is not an Aam Aadmi. He never was, and he never will be.

In a country of 1.2 Billion people, where literates do not constitute more than 60% of the population, and graduates do not constitute more than 30% of the population - Mr Arvind Kejriwal has a degree from one of the most prestigious institutes our country boasts of having - IIT Kharagpur (the oldest IIT).Then he served in IRS as Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department. His father was an Electrical Engineer who graduated from another prestigious institute - Birla Institute of Technology Mesra. He was raised by an educated family, with an engineer's perspective of a problem solving approach.

In December 1999, while still in service with the Income Tax Department, he helped found a movement named Parivartan (which means "change"), focused on assisting citizens in navigating income tax, electricity and food ration matters in parts of Delhi. The Parivartan organisation exposed a fake ration card scam in 2008.

Together with Manish Sisodia and Abhinandan Sekhri, Kejriwal established the Public Cause Research Foundation in December 2006, donating the prize money he had received from the Ramon Magsaysay Award as a seed fund.This new body paid the employees of Parivartan.

His list of awards include:

2004: Ashoka Fellow, Civic Engagement
2005: Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award, IIT Kanpur for his campaign for bringing transparency in Governance
2006: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership
2006: CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Public Service2009: Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Kharagpur for Eminent Leadership
2009: Awarded a grant and fellowship by the Association for India's Development.
2010: Policy Change Agent of the Year, Economic Times Awards along with Aruna Roy
2011: NDTV Indian of the Year along with Anna Hazare
2013: CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2013-Politics

How then, can we call him an 'Aam Aadmi'?

I don't mean to say that one has to be an illiterate or poor to be considered an 'Aam Aadmi'. Any clerk working in an Office is just as 'Aam' as the Manager.

What I am trying to say is Mr Arvind Kejriwal is a talented, intelligent and goal driven human being. These are qualities of a successful person, a special man. He is a 'Vishesh Aadmi'.

I too was raised by an Engineer - my maternal grandfather, who graduated from National Institute of Technology Raipur and retired as a Superintendent Engineer in the Public Work Department of Chattisgarh. He has taught me many things (and continues to do so) - out of which one thing was the fact that the creator (commonly referred to as GOD), doesn't create anything ordinary. Everything he creates is special. You and me are not ordinary. Similarly for that reasons, and other reasons mentioned above Arvind Kejriwal is not an ordinary human being.

Arvind Kejriwal is not an Aam Aadmi, because no Aam Aadmi can challenge the system. No Aam Aadmi can leave his job to work for the society. It takes guts, intelligence & determination to fight a system which is criminalized and corrupted. It takes a lot of hard-work, focus and patience to face the wrath of the many misguided souls.

Arvind Kejriwal is not an Aam Aadmi because despite becoming the Chief Minister of Delhi, he is accessible to public. He is not Aam Aadmi because he goes back on his words - YES - the infamous Kejriwal U-Turn is a good thing for the nation.

It is easier to remain adamant and arrogant and not change rather than accepting that an error was made in earlier judgement or accepting that the situation demands a different strategy.

Arvind Kejriwal is not an Aam Aadmi because he's trying to safeguard the interests of the Aam Aadmi rather than the Government he was forced to form.You must watch this video to understand his actions better.

Similarly, Aam Aadmi Party is no ordinary party at all. They understand that India's strength lies in its diversity, and that diversity has to be respected. The party understands that due to this diversity, individuals should have the freedom of having their own opinions, at the same time, they all have a similar goal - Goal of Swaraj led, honest and efficient India.
Which 'Aam Party' can come up with a name that spells 'Aam Admi Party' abbreviated to 'AAP' [ आप ] thus saying that this is your [ आपकी ] party, giving power and respect to the citizens of the country. Which other ordinary party can make a Broom as its election symbol because-1. They want to clean the system2. Broom represents the worker class and every citizen of the country who thinks of the country as his home and wants to clean it, to get rid of all the bugs that have been troubling it.

Though I may or may not agree with all his policies from time to time (who am I to challenge his and his party's intelligence and policies before giving it/them a chance to prove their point? I don't find myself qualified to do that) and I may have a strong opinion against their decisions (90% quota for Delhites, after all we all live in One Country called India), I have no doubts that this man is Special and special things are in store for India.

Some people say that it's the Congress's strategy and that AAP is the 'B' Team of Congress. They say that AAP and Congress fool people. I can say only two things-

1. We don't know that for sure. So I will give them the benefit of the doubt.
2. I would rather be fooled by Arvind Kejriwal than the morons like MookMuteSingh, Sibal, YetanotherAppa, Raul Gunda, Arun Kaitly,Lallu Yadav & NirMamta Behenjee and others {pun intended}.

I have been planning to write articles on Anna Hazare, Kejriwal, and things related to corruption for a long time now. These are important things to be discussed. However, due to some reason or the other, I couldn't. Some half-articles have been saved in drafts. Will be publishing them soon.

Feel free to comment and express your opinion. However, any remark that is racist or abusive will not be published.

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