• ~ Mark Twain

    ~ Mark Twain

    "Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it."
  • cyss_aap

    DUSU elections and the failure of AAP to set an example

    The Aam Aadmi Party, fondly known as the ‘AAP’ has changed the way youth used to think in many ways. In fact, I owe a lot of my political understanding, flawed or otherwise to Arvind Kejriwal, and I am really thankful to the movement and the party for making me sensitive towards certain issues I was unaware of. 

    I have been volunteering for AAP since 2013, and before that I was a passive supporter of the India Against Corruption movement. I have shouted slogans, danced on streets, and have also handled social media for the party. Though I have played a small role in AAP’s victory, yet I would like to believe that it was quite significant.

    I decided to stay with the party even when it was being unjust to the likes of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, who have been renowned social activists even before this movement took place. I was silent when membership of ‘rebel’ AAP leaders in Punjab was suspended because of alleged anti-party activities. But now, when they have turned against their own anti-corruption stance and resorted to unfair means to win DU elections, flouting rules laid down by Lyngdoh committee as per their convenience, I think now is the time to bid adieu to something I was not ready to let go of.

    While, ABVP and NSUI have been flouting these rules shamelessly since years, it pains to see CYSS- AAP’s student wing- using the traditional means of money and muscle power to campaign. While we are used to see huge hoardings of NSUI and ABVP before the elections, it is disheartening to see CYSS join the bandwagon. AAP, which projected itself as an epitome of alternative politics has totally lost its purpose, as now it has reduced DUSU elections to merely a battle of inflated egos. CYSS is even one step ahead of ABVP and NSUI in making a mockery of Lyngdoh Committee’s guidelines. The AAP had a great opportunity in the form of DUSU elections to show students that elections can be fought without money and power, but they probably are not convinced of their own principles and are ready to sacrifice them.

    As per the guidelines laid down by the Committee, political parties are supposed to disassociate themselves from the unions, but DU has a different story to tell. Here we see large hoardings of Arvind Kejriwal urging students to ‘vote for honest politics.’ We see AAP MLAs and ministers blatantly violating guidelines and campaigning for the candidates in campus and even classrooms. All the principles of clean politics have been disgraced and still the AAP and CYSS leaders and volunteers are under the illusion that they are bringing about a change in the Indian political scenario.

    Everything now has become a game of political loyalties, and hence AAP has ceased to become an agent of change, but just a ‘lesser of the three evils’. And DUSU elections is just one election, we have MCD and most importantly Punjab elections lined up. By then their politics would have diluted to an extent that we won’t be able to differentiate between them and the traditional parties.

    No matter whosoever wins this election, Arvind Kejriwal will lose as a leader who inspired many like me to enter the system and clean it from within. It is not the same anymore.

    Nishtha Sood

    Nishtha Sood

    Nishtha Sood is based in Delhi and is a member of the Aam Aadmi Party. 
    Nishtha Sood

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    • I stopped supporting Arvind Kejriwal the day his true face was revealed. Remember when the sting audio was released of him urging one of his MLA’s to strike a deal with the 6 Congress MLAs

      “6 ko alag kar lo” and seeking political realignment with Congress while publicly taking the exact opposite stance was proof enough of Kejirwal’s duplicitous character.

      Most people will waste too much time before they finally wake up from their blind bhakti. Some never will…

    • Abhinav

      Whosoever wins the elections, politics is the same as earlier.

    • Dinesh Kapoor

      Even if Arvind Kejriwal has failed you, you should not give up on the idea of alternate politics. There is still space for it, and people who are not satisfied by the way AAP has been functioning can go ahead and make their own party. Being a mute spectator or an armchair critic will not help. Kejriwal will need opposition in Delhi or wherever he plans to go. That will keep him in check.

      • Somnath Ray

        Nishtha has not been an armchair critic – she was in the thick of things. It is because of the dedication of people like Nishtha, that Arvind Kejriwal is what he is today. I can feel Nistha’s pain stemming from disillusionment, because I also feel the same. I was a die-hard supporter of AAP – not any more. Now I realise that Arvind Kejriwal and his ilk are opportunist to the core – the tragedy is I could not see through it earlier and reposed blind faith on him.

        • Dinesh Kapoor

          Maybe you have misunderstood me. I am not saying that she has been an armchair critic previously or now. What I was trying to say was there is a possibility that another person can become pioneer of clean politics, if you think AK has dropped that mantle. There is room for everyone to join politics if they are unhappy with it. Pouring your heart out regarding the disillusionment makes little change in political arena,

    • argentinum

      Don’t quit Miss, after having invested so much. Learn from Arvind Kejriwal himself. How did he manage to become to what he did? He just hung on to an idea and worked it to its death. He was not quitter when he did all the good things. Now he is going off the track and it is up to you people to bring him back. If you do not do it, no one will. Go on, protest in all party forums, call in ex-AAP supporters to join you to petition and protest. Show your conviction and show him why you think he is doing wrong.

      • cegu

        Lol, you think it is wise to make a fraud correct his ways. I have been reading through actions of Arvind since long and knew he was a wolf in lamb’s skin. Anarchist. What you are saying about quitting. Arvind has actually not been steady at anything in his life.

        • argentinum

          Keep your “reading” to yourself because it simply doesnt matter Mr “Lol”.

          • cegu

            Ofcourse it may not matter to you. Fekriwal bhakts are not bothered by anything. BTW, Dusu elections AAP won a big zero. Abse har election mein yahi hoga … public sab jaan gayi hai.

    • Nileshwar

      Don’t worry, you will get one more chance to change the politics. We have had a few instances earlier too. Arvind Kejriwal is the latest one. Who knows, some new one in future may succeed in changing the politics & system. Wait for that opportunity.