As the fever around the election ring with Modi and Kejrwial in Varanasi intensifies, the violence also seems to be increasing; in terms of imagery and action. What one needs to remember is that the real solution is to connect with the people’s needs.

From ‘Laathi’ to tweets, man needs security with sharing followed by connectivity. Greed for short cuts and power by those who do not deserve it is bringing violent and provoking actions into the election campaign, especially in Varanasi.

Arvind Kejriwal Varanasi The Varanasi Royal Contest: Who Shall Serve?

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal takes a holy dip in the Ganga river in Varanasi on March 25, 2014.

Varansi is becoming noisy in the run upto deciding who shall serve the people. The Varanasi contest is fast; it is between the 49 day CM of Delhi-Arvind Kejriwal and Hindu heartthrob Narender Modi –Gujarat CM who counts his developments in 1825 days or 5years.Varanasi is a religious place where ‘Goswami Tulsidas’ founded the ‘Sankatmochan’ Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Tulsidas started the Ramlila folk-theatre adaption of the Ramayana in the local language.

Watch the Television bytes more closely- Arvind Kejriwal folds his hands and takes a dip in the holy Ganga ;chanting Har Har Mahadev, he does the ‘Surya Namaskar.’ He gets his forehead smeared with chandan and wears a saffron scarf while reciting the ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ and visits famous Sanatmochan Temple. He stands modest yet confident. He Waits meekly as if waiting for Varanasi people: the masters and the voters to invite him to contest. Mr. Modi is vocal and appears to claim Varanasi’s seat as his natural right. Modi chooses to contest also from Vadodara at the cost of tax payers money.Contesting from two seats is like buying two train tickets for a single man journey.Mr. Kejriwal understands the rules of a sevak while Mr. Modi displays ‘naked’,‘Neta’ authority with new ‘PM clothes’ of development.

Back to ‘Battle Royal’ getting ready in Varanasi

With elevation of the fever and pressure of people, the weak leaders crack in the slog overs. Let us not be silent and help collect the observations. Modi’s support lobby with Modi’s tea stalls is like a private army that is camping with American knicker drills, black RSS caps and using laathi as a weapon all in name of culture to gain power.

modi all india traders convention The Varanasi Royal Contest: Who Shall Serve?

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with party leader Murli Manohar Joshi and others during the inaugural session of All India Traders Convention organised by Confederation of All India Traders in New Delhi on Feb.27, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

Thanks to Modi, the BJP PM candidate, the crowd now sees AK-49 (49 days of Governance) as with a Pakistan agent card instead of a jhadoo for cleaning. Imagine a modern AK-49 firing 1000 rounds per minute replacing the ordinary jhadoo; not even a vacuum cleaner. Do we need a jhadoo and or a gun to remove Indian problems of the janta-the real masters says the Aam AadmiInstead of displaying his good works, the BJP PM candidate tried an old politician trick to use fear to divert attention. For hidden masters like Ambani-Adani, people are now fast realizing the connect and power. Does the AK-49 instead of the Jhadoo indicate some fast effective results as claimed by AAP, never done before? Even Modi demands 60 months to put this Governance skills to ‘test’ as he says the public has given 60 years to Congress rule.

Power via Weapons or Connecting with People’s Needs

India, the great land of snakes and  snake charmers, continues to showcase Gandhi, laathis as weapons and violence in politics in the same breath. We have around 270 species of snakes. Not all ooze poison to kill humans except few. Majority of the snakes in the agricultural fields have very less poison; just enough to help them survive. Snakes work as ‘unpaid farm guards’ to kill crop enemies like field mice and at times frogs and lizards.The fear and inability of a person to identify a snake is what creates the confusion. Politicians at times are compared with the poisonous Cobra because of their skills to convince people and later ditch them or poison them.

Snake charmers in India try to make their clients happy and force their snakes to drink milk; often this is more than what the snake can handle which is why many snakes are found dead around ‘Nag Panchami.’ Therefore, the popular tradition says: Do not feed milk to a snake. Apply this tradition in politics and you find many blind supporters of leaders getting hurt or killed with no constructive work by political parties but only grabbing of power via protests. Protest is a good communicating collective tool to focus on the problems but it fails to shoot the problems and solve them. Connecting with the real needs of people is essential.

Political parties under the mask of culture and religion continue to  take pride in drills where laathis and swords are extensively used. Use of such weapons and drills continue as an extra- constitutional privilege and often get weapon license under the excuse of protecting culture.

In a war and in elections if you do not know your moves, you lose, and the exploiter with the powerful weapons wins and the exploited people lose. This, however, needs mobilization, i. e. a process of involving people, which in turn needs connecting people towards a change using non violence as a tool with Right to Work as a power tool.

Another important lesson in Varanasi is to check ourselves for any element of self-righteousness and tolerance. It leads to a wrong belief, I cannot lose. It is just an illusion.

By Rakesh Manchanda 

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