Politics Is The Art and Scope Of Possibilities

Arvind Kejriwal, a cogent orator and an impeccable strategist, is catching the public attention, and as the nation was looking for hope, a stage has been set for a new kind of politics and if there is any person who has taken complete advantage of this, it’s Kejriwal himself.

The man with simple looks and fine ideas is naturally a better leader. He wrote in “Swaraaj” about self-governance, giving power to local bodies and village budgets. The fathers of our constitution couldn’t give much freedom to villages, keeping the circumstances of those days in mind.

Now the time is ripe for many things and people are ready to follow a leadership of honest origins and sensitivity, and Arvind is banking on it, but the real question is, “Is his approach right?”

Can he lead this movement in the future with the same momentum?

Will his perfectionist stand help take the right measures for building the right nation?

This nation, in many ways, is a paradox. We believe our system is a pseudo-democracy largely controlled by opportunist-politicians and crony-capitalists. Arvind believes the same, and has spoken of over-hauling the system in a mere 10 days after he gets into power. If it happens, world history will make way for a miracle; a miracle larger than the collapse of the Berlin wall.

In the same nation, the media has utmost freedom, the people are free to pursue their interests and they can hit the streets whenever they want. They can burn any effigy of their choice, they can bring any one to power, and they can throw any one from power peacefully. Moreover, this nation had seen a brilliant set of political reforms in the recent past. Majority of these political reforms have taken place without people hitting the streets, and the irony is that the majority of people didn’t even know about these political reforms. All the memory can catch is RTI.

Before taking on someone, it’s important to understand, who are the victims and who are the culprits? Anyway in the Indian system, we largely find victims rather than culprits. Of all the politicians and capitalists, whom the general public hates, a lot are victims. If the system was always right, they would have been right in many ways. Now if you speak of punishing everyone, not leaving even the victims may work for some time, but its end results will be unfair for the majority.

Instead of concentrating on past happenings and blame-games, if the Kejriwal team can think about correct policy implementation and, instead of entertaining people with plenty of issues, if they can concentrate on taking up a few issues and fight till the end, that will make a sense, if they want to institutionalize the honesty.

It’s not a three hour film which can be shot in an year or so and released for a week in a theatre, and then count your collections based on the entertainment you provided to the people; in films you can create as many villains as you want, but nations can’t be built in a year; you can’t run a “change reel” for an odd three hours. It needs unending patience. If you keep on telling people that we will change the nation pretty soon, there is a chance of killing the movement in the same time-frame they are visualizing.

The perfectionist stand will definitely not help as politics is the art of possibilities. We can’t run the show as we want. We need to run it as per the possibilities. If you keep on building pressure on victims, who may be in power now, it deteriorates things rather than helping.

We definitely need a nation where right and instant justice will be the pillars of our governance, but at the same time we need to understand that we don’t need a nation only for prosecutions and punishments.

The think-tank of Kejriwal’s team has to introspect this question- “What is the end result we want out of this movement in both the best and the worst case?” Biting more than what your mouth can afford is suicidal, and in this nation it’s quite possible to build a silent and strong revolution, and Arvind and his team has every advantage as of now.

Aravind Thumbur

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