Few years back , the discussion around Politics in India used to be centered around these two fundamental questions .
1. Why educated ,good and honest people never come to Politics ?
2. Why people without money power can never make it to Politics ?
These two questions remains unanswered for a really long time. There were few independent candidates and small regional parties who used to win once in a while but the changes they can make to fundamental core of the system is pretty limited.
From being LokPal movement to Political Party
And then the Anti Corruption movement happened. The credentials of people in movement impressed me a lot. But I always wondered if that movement can really bring about a positive change. I firmly believe that being in government and working from within the system can only help to bring big system changes. Hence i wished the Lokpal movement become a political movement and finally end up being a political party.
And then Aam Admi Party(AAP) was formed. Though i was not impressed with the way party functioned with their press conferences and unsubstantiated exposes and anti nuclear stand when whole of Tamil Nadu was reeling under severe power shortage , their impressive feat in Delhi elections brought my focus on them again .
On Forming Government and its 49 days
While everyone in India were excited to look at the start-up party forming Government , the following 49 days were nothing short of being a pure disappointment. The Dharna ,free subsidy ,resigning from Government quickly , their populist , attention seeking , news grabbing tactics and various U-turn decisions,am-only-honest-person in country sort of attitude crushed the dreams of a millions of Indians who were hoping for a change in political class.
With so much of disappointment in AAP , why I still back them ?
Frankly because , we do not have any other alternative. Inspite of all their disappointment in their functioning of the government,AAP is still an answer to two fundamental questions i have asked earlier.Party has interesting mix of good minds who are well read and hails from various diverse background. The party is still volatile and their economic policies are still not very clear .Their only source of funds I believe is coming from common man. The alleged AAP funds coming from elsewhere is unsubstantiated so far. And they seem to be only party whom we can all trust.
In coming few years , AAP can self-destruct because of various internal party issues that are widely reported .They may become like other established parties and get involved in corruption and what not. Forming a political party and managing aspirations of members and whole country is a really tough job. Hence the initial years of forming and stabilizing the party will be a tough job,not to forget the various mis-steps that they can take which can take back the country by a decade.
But why AAP matters ?
Because other established political parties are fearing for first time ever I believe. If you think one need to play politics pretty decent , then you may want to know about Lok Satta - http://www.loksatta.org/ . They are AAP minus all drama – sensible to core. But how many people know about this little party in Andhra Pradesh? And political parties do not give a damn about this party because their impact is pretty limited. But AAP is just beating all the big parties at their own game. It creates more drama and manipulation that all parties now are trying to find a way to manage and counter.
Because of AAP , now other political parties will try to field candidates that are good. You have seen it already. BJP changed its CM candidate few weeks before election in Delhi. Now Nandan Nilekani is being fielded by Congress. So AAP is in a sense making other parties accountable.
And because people trust AAP relatively better, whenever they raise important issues that was already discussed in public domain for long,people tend to listen to them. Impact is much bigger than biased media or opposition party that normally make a hue cry. So I believe at this point of time, even if AAP is not winning and forming government , they are making sure other parties are made accountable and transparent.They can be good opposition party?
And to keep AAP from doing whatever they are doing now , the party needs funding to stay afloat and that is why I has donated Rs.2014 for this 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
AAP is a political experiment
5 years from now , AAP may bite dust and become non-existent.They can be biggest failure in political history of our country or they may have revolutionized Indian politics within short span of time or they may could stabilize and take baby steps over next decade to make a big political change ! So it is critical that I support the party with funds when it is fluid,volatile and trying to evolve!
AAP is an experiment – it has its own strengths and weakness and I do not subscribe to their views on various issues and way of functioning. But every big political change has to have a beginning, a starting point . Their journey from a movement to party is spectacular and I wholeheartedly support their experiment.
Failure of this experiment will be really tragic and no one will be willing to experiment in near future – no educated , service minded indians will form a new party or will people ever trust any other new political party. Failure of AAP is not about the party but the future of India.
As someone who is yearning for a better political change for a better India, am funding this experiment. Whether I will be proud of this experiment or is this experiment going to be a disaster and embarrass all those who chipped into this will be only known in years to come.