When we look at the recent clashes between AAP and BJP, it reflects the true state of politics and of us, as a society. The political system has become so corrupt and the society has become so intolerant. Isn’t it a blatant misuse of power (corruption!) by the parties when they start using the state machinery for selfish political gains? We can see recent examples of this like the detention of Arvind Kejriwal by the Gujarat police, without providing any justifiable reasoning.
AAP: A Fine Balance
On the other hand, it’s so intolerant of the AAP workers and some of it’s leaders to indulge in the so called dharna against Arvind’s detention in Gujarat. As Arvind Kejriwal rightly pointed out, “Our fight is not against BJP or Congress. We are against “Corruption”. That’s it.”
Here if we try to understand the topic of corruption, it’s at all the places in our society. Everybody who looks for petty gains at any cost, not doing their duties towards the society and country, is corrupt. Members of AAP are coming from the same society. The only difference is they are not happy with the rampart corruption and injustice in the country and have joined for this cause. But along with that, AAP team also has to learn to be patient and focused. They must be careful to not indulge in petty party politics which they are here to change.
Good Leaders are Essential
As rightly pointed out by Kejriwal, the party does not matter- we should think of the nation. The good part of AAP is that they have leaders like Arvind Kejariwal and Yogendra Yadav who are at the top and they are guiding the discontent into constructive opposition, condemning and correcting the courses on the way. If we look at other political parties, they also have good leaders like Manohar Parikar, Shivraj Chouhan, Yeshwant Sinha, Manishankar Aayyar and so on. But these leaders are either not in control or their views are in the minority in their parties. If we look at it very objectively, we all have evil and good sides in our personalities. Our overall personality depends on what the governing principles of the person are. The same applies in to the parties. Everybody looks at their leaders/idols as role models. Till the AAP has leaders having no-nonsense views of leadership, there are no issues. At least for now. But that does not hold true with other parties like BJP, Congress. They state no-toleration to corruption, but when we look at actions these are totally opposite. Be it using the state machinery, state exchequers for selfish or party gains.
We Need Change
We, as a society, need to be more tolerant towards other’s views and thoughts. There should be sense of equality and fairness in all the sections of societies at large. No section in the society should feel victimized. Nobody should feel dominated or dominate another and this can be achieved through a corruption free society; which in turn can be achieved only by dialogue and compassionate listening to counter views. There is also a need of true upliftment of backward sections in the society, not just posturing like many parties do for vote back politics and play cards of secularism and communalism, without bothering about its effects. If we want to take an example, it would be Advani’s Ayodhya yatra. Hasn’t it divided the whole country and caused massacres? May be the Ram Mandir would have been in place along with the Babri Masjid in Ayodya, if BJP’s top leadership would have taken an interest in dialogue with other communities to build the confidence and mutual trust. The coexisting structures would have been a monument of peace in India. But for petty gains, BJP chose otherwise. We need to accept the reality. The minority community is and will always be a part of India. Should we leave in constant hatred or peace- that we have to decide.
Being compassionate to other’s views and love is only the answer and not intolerance and hatred.
By Shirish Ghatge