Aam Aadmi Party cannot deny becoming political; serving people is merely an administrative function
Shivangi Narayan | January 6, 2014
The newly-elected government of Delhi claims it is not political. On numerous occasions, leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have denied having anything to do with rajneeti; they claim they are here to serve the people and janta ki sewa is what they are going to do come what may.
Yesterday, even after contesting on a reserved seat, Rakhi Birla, a dalit MLA from the party, vehemently denied having anything to do with identity politics. She said she is above ‘caste-based’ politics or identity politics; and again, she insisted, she is here is for ‘janta ki sewa’.
What Birla forgets is that the reserved seat, and the representation of Dalits like her in the functioning of the government, is a result of decades of the same ‘caste-based’ politics she wants to distance herself from.
She – and her party – forgets that for generations, feminists have fought to make the personal political. Black leaders in the west have fought a political battle to end discrimination, and are still fighting. Child rights, immigrant rights, labour rights have all become a reality in many countries because of years of political struggle.
Politics is a struggle for rights. Of not an individual or a community, but for ‘a people’. When leaders take up a political struggle they work for a vision. The vision is to end an issue for the benefit for entire generations to come. It aims at paradigm change, in thinking, in treatment, in behaviour. It doesn’t just aim to correct the wrongs in the present, but also creates conditions for them to never occur again.
Shouldn’t then the issue of providing water, electricity and good living conditions to all be a political one for you, dear Aam Aadmi Party? If not, why are you fighting for good roads, water and electricity while you are in power? Why should Delhi, or now that you plan to go national, India invest its trust in you then? A local plumber, electrician and handyman can do that job. A good bureaucrat is more suited for this role. A good administrative department, that’s all they need for all of that.
To confuse politics with what politics has been reduced to limits the scope of AAP as being merely an administrative cleanser. It also risks the AAP becoming obsolete if other parties put their act in order and apart from any political agendas, and start doing janta ki sewa.
AAP has been termed as the ‘most successful start-up (entrepreneurial venture) from an IITian’. In pure entrepreneurial terms, it has scaled its operations to the national level. Now is the time it refines its manifesto and includes some legislative functions to really provide a ‘political’ alternative to the people of the country.
The dazzling diamond trade has been hit hard by the Nirav Modi episode, which saw the billionaire jeweller flee India just before a massive fraud amounting to Rs 11,000 crore was detected at a Punjab National Bank branch in Mumbai. But, Nirav Modi is not the only diamond tycoon who has been
PM Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation stone for Rs 16,700 crore Navi Mumbai International Airport. The first phase of the construction is expected to be completed by December 2019. The project is going to be implemented 21 years after it was first proposed. The airport is likely to handle 10 milli
Health groups have expressed their disappointment with a February 12 order of the supreme court, refusing to review or recall an earlier order disposing off a case against the mala fide suspension of the vaccine public sector units (PSUs) and government’s tendency to pamper private sector with public
The Punjab National Bank`s fraudulent transactions worth Rs 11,300 crore should act as a strong trigger for the government for reducing its stake to less than 50 percent in the banks which should then be allowed to work on the lines of private sector lenders with a full sense of accountability to their sha
Budget 2018, forecast to be a “please all” budget, has come out as a “disappoint all” budget. The public is looking askance at a budget that gives with one hand but takes away with both, the Sensex has gone into a tailspin and the pink papers are issuing dire warnings.
Should public sector banks be privatised?