By Rajiv Punj
NEW DELHI: As Arvind Kejriwal’s well wisher, I regret that we witnessed this very unfortunate incident this week where the new Delhi Chief Minister could not handle the POLITICAL pressures which these smart veteran politicians are so used to creating for others. What went wrong?
Let’s understand that management is a water flow model which only flows from the top. I am sure the police would have got instructions from the superiors as to how to act on reaching the site with minister Somnath Bharti. We all know about our men in uniform – they shit in their pants if a minister appears in front of them, but they acted absolutely differently on that day and we all saw it all over the media.
Well, the Chief Minister’s reason for the agitation was correct but the method employed was probably wrong in my opinion.
As they say that ‘bina Guru ke gati nahin hoti’ (बिना गुरु के गति नहीं होती), Arvind Kejriwal also needs a political mentor who can guide and coach him to face these ‘maharathis’ who have played politics all their life.
In my opinion, Arvind Kejriwal is a man with a mission, determined to change the way we look at politics. In order to change the mindset, the paradigm of the common man and the politicians of our country, his actions will have to be atypical.
Yes, his action of a Chief Minister going for a ‘dharna’ was certainly a new idea but its implementation went haywire, causing immense amount of inconvenience to the common man.
This unnecessarily irritated the common man and sent very indifferent messages and gave a breather to the opposition to cash in on.
I wish an unusual action plan would have been planned.
In my opinion, Arvind Kejriwal should have taken only 5/7 elected ministers of his assembly and walked over to Mr. Shinde’s office to begin his peaceful agitation. He should have sat on ‘dharna’ only with his few elected members. He should have called for a Press Conference and appealed to the people of Delhi to keep focused on their daily routine. They should go to work and ensure that not a single person comes at the site of the ‘dharna’ otherwise he will call off his agitation. He should have declared through the media that he is their elected Chief Minister and it is his duty to resolve the grievances of the people of Delhi while every citizen of Delhi should continue their daily routine and give him strength by supporting him.
I am sure such unusual actions would send a very, very strong message to all. Support by all will inevitably increase many-fold. I hope he adopts these unusual methods to change the way politics in done in our country.
(See below the video of what alleged African drug sellers do in Khirki Extension in Delhi. Arvind Kejriwal staged dharna seeking suspension of policemen who refused to take action against alleged drug racket when asked by Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti).