Will AAP prove to be good ?

“Providing effective governance is no rocket science.” That’s what Aam Aadmi founder Arvind Kejriwal told ET when congratulated for changing the political discourse in the country.

But now that AAP has agreed to form the government in Delhi with Congress support, it will have to put that to test. Providing effective governance might not be rocket science but it will need a special escape velocity to get out of opposition mode, a role that AAP succeeded in spectacularly even before it was ever elected to anything.

It is undeniable AAP has shaken up politics as we know it. Even President Pranab Mukherjee commented that “participatory democratic movements like Anna Hazare’s” had added a “new dimension” to India’s democratic structure. Mukherjee went off his prepared text to recall that during the Lokpal movement he had been asked to head a group of ministers for talks with Anna. The old order went this way – people chose their representatives who then made laws and implemented them. That is no longer the only way forward, Mukherjee said. Now activists or NGOs can demand a legislation, “insist that you work to adopt a particular model.”



Arrival of AAP on the political arena

The fact that a new party has made such a resounding arrival says a lot about the politics in our nation today. This  is a the true victory of democracy.

The beating of drums have not stopped since the chilly Sunday morning at the Aam Aadmi Party headquarters here on Hanuman Road. It is the Delhi election results day and the party office is home to one of the Capital’s loudest celebrations.

With each passing moment, more people, wearing the white cap, pour into the narrow lanes, raising slogans, singing anti-corruption songs while waving their election symbol, the broom, in the air.



Where indeed are the solutions ?

The single biggest problem in communication, George Bernard Shaw once said, is the illusion that it has taken place.  You could say that about the ongoing poll campaign across five states. Election campaigns are meant to be a contest of ideas, solutions. In the five state polls, it is less about the issues affecting the electors and more about personal afflictions. The campaign is less a contest of ideas and more a contest of the context of contenders.

To get a perspective, consider the landscape of the states going for polls. A total of 114 million voters are expected to elect governments in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram. These states represent a microcosm of the political economy and the issues affecting it—from the disruptive distortion of development in the Northeast to the inequality of opportunities and outcomes.