- Posted October 12, 2013 by
Freehold, New Jersey
Aaam Aadmi Party realizes a huge pre-poll victory
Bihar ex-chief minister, Lalu Prasad’s conviction and impending disqualification from Lok Sabha may have amused his political rivals but for India’s civil society the event has been no less momentous than storming of the Bastille or dumping of tea in Boston harbor. After sixty six years of dithering, the country has resolutely come to the decision that enough is enough. The legal loopholes that allowed legislators to moonlight as mobster have been plugged by the recent ruling of the honorable Supreme Court of India. What is truly significant about this seemingly small step is that it can transform Indian politics. Aaam Aadmi Party (AAP) is already leading this transformation by fielding upright, hardworking, and public-spirited candidates in Delhi elections. The ruling party and opposition groups realize they have missed the train and are scrambling to undo the damage by backtracking on their long standing support of crime & corruption. The avowed change, the political establishment is touting may be a charade but it is still a historic movement in the right direction. In creating this common momentum for public spirited & clean politics, APP has already registered a huge pre-poll victory.
It has taken several years of hard work for civil society to reach this milestone. Anna Hazare’s crusade against political corruption is finally seeing tangible results. There is a widely shared opinion in civil society that this is our nation’s inflexion point where we can take the first steps towards becoming a modern democracy with rule of law defining our governance. Though there is plenty of internal squabbling, political parties have no choice but to reform themselves if they want to be part of the next general elections. Political parties across the spectrum today know that their tarnished brethren may turn out to be a liability in 2014 general elections. Gone are the days when a politician could work up a frenzied mob and the next day show up at the party office for an election ticket.
The expectation is that political parties will nurture and build responsible and public-spirited leadership top down. As AAP leader, Arvind Kejriwal has often stated, politics should not be the dirty word it is today. Instead, it is a honorable civic duty that should attract individuals committed to public service alone. Only through large-scale participation of young men and women in politics, we can ensure the well-being of our nation. If we leave the political space unattended and untended, random forces will always move into that space and the results are likely to be dangerous for our people. If we could take a nationwide poll, the most fervent wish the people across the length and breadth of our country have today is to see the next Loksabha as a more civil forum where the business of the country is the highest responsibility of each member.