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Can One Man Change Politics As We See It?
Can one man change politics?
A Brief Overview
Politics, since time immemorial, has been seen as a luxurious and dirty game of the rich and the powerful, in which they shamelessly look to accomplish their hidden interests, by proudly claiming them as beneficiary to the mankind. Can the perception of this game be changed?
Perhaps, why it can't be changed!
The rude and sluttish face of politics had been successfully converted into fresh, kind and righteous a couple of times, by the daring people who still believed in the power of man to stand against all odds.
Be it Mahatma Gandhi, who helped India to attain freedom, by truth and peace, instead of utter violence, or be it Martin Luther King, who restored the status of blacks as a human being with dignity in the United States, had changed politics as we saw it then.
Here's the latest epitome...
Now, in India, if a ‘Common man’ can strike like lightning on a 128-year-old supreme party, sweeping its ground away in a flash, leaving them excruciating, the power of one man to change the perception of ‘Absurd’ politics - upside-down - can barely be doubted.
The Catastrophe of Delhi
Every Indian felt the impact of the severe catastrophe that struck Delhi’s Assembly of 4th of December, 2013, which left the over-confident Congress, homeless, lamenting and pitifully wounded.
The three-time Delhi CM, Ms. Sheila Dixit, who once refused to called AAP even a party, and questioned its very existence, was eaten up raw and alive by the suave, dauntless and lethal tiger, the man on a mission, Mr Arvind Kejriwal.
But it wasn't his first war against the corrupt Indian politics. He had already brought a silent revolution in the country eight years ago.
Right To Information Act, 2005
Before the RTI Act, 2005, disclosure of information regarding various schemes, policies, plans, projects and working of the government was prohibited under the Official Secrets Act, 1923. Due to the 1923 Act, the corrupt politicians got away easily when questioned about the difference in the expenditure on the project and the aid given by the government. But after daring yet sincere efforts of Arvind Kejriwal and some others, the RTI Act was introduced, because of which now government is obliged to give any information about its statistics to anyone who asks for it. To acknowledge the hard work and efforts of Arvind Kejriwal, he was awarded Ramon Magsasay Award for Public Service in 2006 when he was 39, thus becoming the youngest recipient of the same.
From 'Aam Aadmi' to 'Delhi CM'
Yes, coming back to my example, Mr. Kejriwal surely brought a quick revolution in Delhi. When he and his nine-month old amateur ‘team’ formed Government in Delhi, corrupts were devastated, and the old system of governance (the old method of giving promises and not fulfilling them) was severely shattered.
In this 49 days of power:
- Transfer and FIRs against over 2000 corrupt officials.
- Grant of about 670 litres of free water to every household per month.
- 50% subsidy on electricity bills for households which consume up to 400 units of power a month.
- No red or blue beacons on official cars, bringing an end to ‘VIP culture'.
- All government schools surveyed for infrastructure deficiency and given Rs.1 lakh each for immediate repairs.
- Launched anti-corruption and nursery admission helplines.
- New permits given to 5,500 autos.
- Registered first information reports (FIR) against former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in irregularities in the preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily, former minister Murli Deora and Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani for allegedly colluding to inflate natural gas prices and raising power bills.
At last he backed out and resigned from the post of CM when he wasn't able to pass Jan Lokpal Bill in the house, because Congress refused to support it, although it had promised to give support before the coalition government was formed. This is only a trailer of the ‘People driven Politics’, which represents the interests of people, not of their ‘venomous’ representatives.
The Policical Game-Changer
Mr. Kejriwal, by changing the notion of politics from ‘Abysmal’ and ‘Dirty’ to ‘clean’ and ‘ in favor of people’, is slowly changing the ‘Power raj’ to the ‘People raj’ ,and has thus become an archetype of a common man’s will, much like Nayak’s Anil Kapoor.
The Final Verdict
Coming back to the answer of today’s question, my quoted example speaks for itself. In fact, in my opinion, any person, who instead of mourning the torment way of politics, pledges to withhold the lamp of knowledge and truth, and guides the worthy towards the path of liberty and justice, possesses the ability to teach the RIGHTEOUS “RAJNEETI”!!!!