The story of human evolution is a fantastic one. While the planet we call our home is many thousands of million years old, human history is quite recent. We can confidently say that humans are the current masters of Earth; but given how recent our origin was, one begs to ask the question whether our evolution is complete? If one had to categorically reject this notion by emphasising on our inaneness & was looking for a suitable specimen to prove the point beyond any doubt, she or he (‘she’ first!) need not look any further than our own – you guessed it right – Arvind Kejriwal, the current Chief Minister of Delhi.
Let me take you back to the year 2012. It must have been the winter’s evening (I cannot be too sure though as the event is not worthy of memory) that a casual stroll in a park in South Bangalore lead me to a group of volunteers from the Aam Aadmi Party. who were tirelessly reaching out to everyone around to induct them into the party. The AAP wave had taken the country by storm. Everyone was speaking about the alumni from the prestigious IIT Kharagpur, the ex-Joint Commissioner, the IRS official who had given up his cosy office to serve the nation. Arvind Kejriwal, the winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for – you will be surprised to know this – Emergent Leadership, was on everyone’s lips. I was no different. For me, he represented hope in those hopeless days. He was the beacon of honesty in those dishonest days. He ideas were revolutionary. His rise proved to us that in our great nation, anyone with the right outlook can become a leader. It was he who roused my faith in the Constitution. I did not hesitate for a moment. I took out a Rs. 10 note and complete all formalities necessary to become a member of AAP – what a beautiful day that was!
Let’s fast forward to 2016. Its winter again. But this winter is different. India is at the centerstage of the world and there is so much happening here. The entire country is bubbling with enthusiasm. We are on the path of growth, we are on the path of a dramatic (& wonderful) change, we are seeing great things happening. The time for India has come. This winter is definitely very different. Who has made this possible? A man of Kejriwal’s abilities you say? Nay – he is putting his talent to much better use on Twitter.
“Paytm biggest beneficiary of PM’s announcement. Next day PM appears in its ads. Whats the deal Mr. PM?”
“Modi is a coward and a psychopath”
“Modi is afraid of the good work happening in Delhi” (translation of tweet on Jun 13 in Hindi)
“Why is DU refusing info abt PM’s degree? Becoz he does not have it”
The obvious question – what calamity befell this man that he has stooped this low? Whatever happened to that man who gave hope to the crores living in this Nation? Why does he seem so preoccupied with the Prime Minister that he does not seem to think of anything else? Why can he not respect the mandate of the people – the same people who put him to the helm of affairs in Delhi?
While the entire nation is moving in the direction of positive change, Mr. Kejriwal seems to move in the opposite direction. This would not be painful if he were not to clog the wheels of this change with his venomous retorts. He fought to become the Chief Minister of Delhi to improve the lives of her citizens. He complain till that date was that he did not have the power to make a difference. But when destiny gave him that opportunity he seems to have gambled it all away. It is sad to see what the man whom we once looked up to, has done to himself.
But not all is lost (at least I hope it is not). I still believe that if Mr. Kejriwal somehow directs his energy for the development of the territory under his administration, rich gains can be reaped. If the conjecture stops; if the conspiracy theories stop; if the mud-slinging stops – there could still be hope. For now, we are yet to see light at the end of that dark and dingy tunnel. Unless we see something radically different in the tone of the Delhi Chief Minister, the days of AAP are numbered.
On a personal level, I have been let down by my party’s chief. I no longer wish to be part of AAP and request the party to refund my membership fee of Rs. 10. There is a shortage of loose currency in the country & the refund would definitely help. I hope AAP considers my request positively.