Sunday, January 26, 2014

I love Arvind Kejriwal

Yes, this is a fan boy post. You can skip - or continue reading to take pot shots at it.

Scroll back in time. To a really long long time.

Perhaps to the age where there were a few crazy nuts named Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Subhash Chandra Bose were getting started.

You and I are in a cushy job working for the British. And this Gandhi and Bhagat Singh are creating a ruckus. We both read and laugh at Tweets and FB posts about these people who do not want to join the system but want to trash it. They are questioning the status quo - and are trying to destroy the comfortable life we now have living under the grace of the queen.

I don't see much of a difference to today. We have grown used to gross in-efficiencies in the system. Corruption has become part of life. We pay high utility bills, taxes without questioning. We slow down for every pot hole on the road, and let it injure the spine.. and not complain. This is India - this is how roads are done. Poor contractor, he has to also make a profit after paying the corporator and inspector - and has to cut corners of course.

Today Kejriwal is creating a ruckus - and we are all laughing at him. At his follies, at his dharna - and we label him as an anarchist. Very much how the intellectuals would have called Gandhi or Bhagat Singh or Bose.

Later  the intellectuals joined the Anarchists - and we all know the story now. When history books were written - Gandhi and Bhagat Singh were made heroes. But just before the intellectuals joined -  perhaps they were also labelled as anarchists and laughed at. If Twitter, Facebook, Blogs were there that time we could have browsed and found what the intellectuals were thinking.

Perhaps 50 years from now, Arvind Kejriwal would be written as a hero - who brought important changes in the country - brought down corruption, brought in accountability, destroyed dynastic and   family politics - infused a new breed of entrepreneur politicians - with no money muscle but sheer determination and will power to create a positive change.

I may be entirely wrong or right - but what excites me is the very idea of it is intoxicating - what if this crazy Delhi CM can bring in the change in the system and remove all in-efficiencies? How wonderful it will be?

And for this very hope I root for Arvind Kejriwal and his crazy party.

ps : For you future historians researching on Arvind Kejriwal - you can use this post for reference. You are welcome.