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LEFT WITHOUT LEADERS

Whether the Aam Aadmi Party forms the government in Delhi or not, the chain of incidents we are witnessing is bordering on the farcical. Arvind Kejriwal has been scathingly critical of the Congress; some of his diatribes are examples of intemperate language. This is a terrible example of what politics in India has become. Kejriwal and his colleagues are now trying to garner the support of Delhi’s citizens, seeking their views on whether they should form a minority government with support from the Congress, a party that it criticized vociferously. These leaders know that they cannot, under any circumstances, bring the price of electricity to half of what it is today and expect uninterrupted supply. They are also clever enough to know that once on the gaddi, they will be confronted with glaring realities that would not necessarily fit in with the ridiculous promises they made to Delhi and its people. Lacking in experience of what it takes to govern, these men and women are playing with fire, a fire that could engulf democracy and the Constitution and singe India.

Kejriwal is clever. He knows that he cannot deliver on his wild promises. He has, therefore, announced that if the AAP takes charge, it will spend three months conducting an audit on power companies. By then, general elections will be declared and state politics will be relegated to the back-burner. How is he or any of his ilk then different from the political class that dominates us?

Anger rises

They are all the same: some better, some worse; some juvenile, others mature. All of them indulge in political blackmail and lie through their teeth, promising all that cannot be given. Had the Congress as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party got their acts together and initiated reform within their respective organizations, one of the two would have led the government formation at the Centre with dignity and in a democratic manner. It is bizarre that India is confronted with one of the two options as it prepares to go to the polls — either anarchy brought about on account of a self-serving coalition or a totalitarian regime where dissent and diversity of opinion will not be tolerated.

Just as we were on the threshold of taking on the region and the world, culturally and economically, we have dissipated into a mess. We are now close to becoming a modern- day banana republic. The simplistic mindset that creates new laws to protect women in distress, to cite one example, is unconcerned about men in distress. The recent ruling on Section 377 is absolutely mindless in the land of Gandhi and Nehru, both stalwarts of human liberty. We have diluted the standards that were set in stone by the founding fathers of India. It is a shame that we have regressed so fundamentally as a nation state. The political class, which was empowered to protect our liberties — both personal and civil — has failed us and injured our mind, body and soul. Is there a political leader, a modern-day hero, who can extricate India and Bharat from this poisonous quagmire?

Because traditional political dispensations that ruled us have consistently let down India and its people, there is a fierce anger that dominates all decisions that the people have to take regarding elections, governance and the State. Our trust has been betrayed, and an erstwhile ‘forgiving’ India has decided not to be taken for granted. Most politicians remain in supreme denial, spouting the usual equations and numbers, hoping against hope that the fragmentation of Indian politics will allow them to remain in power and continue the exploitation they have merrily indulged in over the decades. Narendra Modi has grabbed eyeballs with no opponent to stall him.