Generally, I have little patience and appetite for political news; rather I abhor cacophonic political debates where participants howl at each other, all at the same time, leaving viewers annoyed and perplexed. Except very few ‘honest netas’, a breed that literally vanished in the last generation, none is worth discussing. Yet, I would like to discuss Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, who commendably, never lusted after Chief Minister’s Post. Made the public butt of jokes and tagged a loser, he has faced much humiliation in his efforts to bring transparency at all levels and especially in pointing holes in the top most one.
However, if we notice carefully, this Kejriwal-bashing trend instead reflects the shallowness and myopia of our own thinking along with our resistance towards change and infusion of fresh ideas. Be it any big political party, two things- corruption and harping on centuries old democratic concepts, are common. Kejriwal has been a bit novel with democracy. I agree he is not a great administrator but he has blown important whistles and has also made the common people realize their power. Accusing his incompetency and cheering on his resignation can wait. First, we need to come out of our stifling mental cocoons and realize his ability to comprehend matters in a novel manner unlike stalwarts of BJP and Congress.
Unfortunately, this is not limited to Kejriwal, rather it has become our usual attitude towards all those who try to divert our attention to new paths. It seems we enjoy leading a moribund life; spending days waiting for a sudden miracle to happen and meanwhile cursing the sleepy and rotten government, just like our forefathers. This attitude needs fast repair before it swallows our progress like a sinkhole.
Kejriwal’s resignation proves that corruption and ‘approach’ sit on a higher pedestal exerting a force greater than the entire government. Also, the political parties always at loggerheads unite with a tacit understanding in protecting their ‘sources’ of profit and needless to say, all Kejriwals stand out like a sore thumb. This can be quite disheartening for the young leaders emerging solely on merit amongst ourselves, the non-blue blooded stock. In the long run, such a short-sightedness will not let us leap towards growth and development.
This also reminds me of a famous preacher named Rajneesh aka Osho. I do not follow his teachings but if looked closely, they too were very different from the same teachings of Geeta or Ramayana or Purans that most religious preachers serve us in different plates. I am not out to judge him but I admire the fact that his thinking was fresh and original.
Ideas must be embraced, discussed and debated upon, analyzed and contemplated without any preconceived notions and not chided or poked fun at. After all, this myopia and tunnel vision will lead to nowhere but darkness.