And Arvind Kejriwal is a common man!

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There is absolutely no doubt that Arvind Kejriwal (AK) has become a meteor in the Indian political scenario!  But is he a common man as eloquently described by many?  Let’s look at this description deeply.

  1. For those uninitiated, AK is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur where he studied Mechanical Engineering.  As many would know, getting admission into the prestigious IIT’s is no mean task and is a feat done by a few thousand out of lakhs of applicants.  And AK is a common man!
  2. AK then joined Indian Revenue Service (IRS) and served in the Income Tax department in different roles. And AK is a common man!
  3. It now gets even more interesting.  AK was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006 for Emergent Leadership.  This Award is considered to be Asia’s Nobel Prize and has been instituted by Rockfeller Brothers.  Let’s leave out the conspiracy theories for a moment and let’s take a look at the awardees.  I see the names of Acharya Vinobha Bhave, Baba Amte, MS Subbulakshmi, Jaiprakash Narayan, Verghese Kurien, Dr Shantha of Cancer Institute amongst many others from different countries in Asia.  The reason for giving AK this award in 2006 is “his contribution to the enactment of the Right to Information Act and for his efforts to empower the poorest citizens of India”.  While the nation came to know of AK only during Anna Hazare’s movement in 2011, the award jury had identified him for his contribution as early as 2006!!  It would be interesting to know that the RTI Act was passed by the Parliament only in 2005!!  You can draw your own conclusions.  And AK is a common man!
  4. I do not know if someone has made the effort to calculate the amount of media time that AK has garnered in the last two years, ever since he has been one of the key figures in the Anna movement.  But nobody will doubt the fact that he has received extensive coverage, mostly positive, from the so-called mainstream media (MSM).  And AK is a common man!
  5. He made outrageous promises (including passing of the Jan Lokpal Bill on 29th December 2013 which incidentally is today) as part of his party’s manifesto and yet the media called him a politician with a difference.  And AK is a common man!
  6. I have lost count of the number of flip-flops that he and his team members have done in the last few months and yet no one is even making a mention of them.  And AK is a common man!
  7. AK called both Congress and BJP names and yet has taken the support of Congress to form the government.  And AK is a common man!
  8. Thousands of people travel on the Delhi Metro everyday and nobody pays them any attention.  But AK takes the metro to attend his swearing-in ceremony and the media is gaga about it.  And AK is a common man!

A request to all thinking Indians and to the media (if they are willing to listen).

Call AK as a shrewd politician, strategist, Chanakya, messiah or anything laudatory.  But please do not insult the common man by calling AK as one.

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Pscycophancy, thy name is Congress!!

Day not far when Rahul becomes PM: says Pranab Mukherjee, the person who reportedly felt he deserved to be the PM immediately after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.  Hence he was sidelined by Rajiv and his coterie for quite some time and spent his time in wilderness.  And being a politically savvy person (except on that one occasion in 1984) he would not have made that remark without realizing the implications.  What a great fall for a person who was once India’s finance minister!!

This remark of his has also revealed the thinking within Congress that Sonia can / will not be the PM.  Given her age and ‘experience’, it is too early to write her off but if the Congress is now pitching Rahul, they have given hopes of Sonia becoming the PM.

If someone reading this blog thought that I am equating Pranab with Congress, then be informed that his is not the lone voice.  Digivijay Singh, Arjun Singh, Veerapa Moily and Prithviraj singh have been saying it different fora.  Our PM had already endorsed that Rahul is the future of our Nation during the UP polls itself!

Back to Monarchy!  Let’s welcome the new King!!

A new twist to the tale!

Latest news !  Now the Karnataka CM has resigned and has promised to support the BJP but the Governor has recommended dissolution.

Everybody is to be blamed for this crisis.  Had the transfer of power been smooth as promised, there would have been any need for this chaos.  Now Kumaraswamy will cry foul that he has kept his promise but the Governor has acted in haste and the  BJP will conveniently forget the JD(S) antics and blame the Governor.  The Congress is still clueless about its strategy and hopes that it will get its act together soon.

In all this melee, the people are the ones who will suffer!

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