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DECODING ARVIND KEJRIWAL

By Sanjay Jha

( Arvind Kejriwal needs a crash course in high-school civics. The Parliament is the will of the people, and it is supreme. Not one single individual, but the collective voice of India).

Nitish Kumar, the affable Chief Minister of Bihar , normally an imperturbable fellow, seemed mighty indignant. “Who needs a certificate from Arvind Kejriwal for my state’s Lok Ayukta Bill?”. Incidentally, a few days ago at Tehelka’s ThinkFest in Goa, Kejriwal’s hubris had reached epic proportions. He said with prodigious child-like glee suitably smothered under a deceptive countenance ; “People say I am arrogant”. He feigned astonishment. Truth is, he wanted us to know exactly that.

When I first saw Kejriwal talk in normal decibel tones on small windows of TV channels years ago, I was extremely impressed with the Ramon Magsaysay award winner’s reasoned arguments, unassuming demeanor and sincere convictions. His immaculately plastered black hair accentuated by a bushy thick moustache gave him an Adolf Hitler –like avatar. At the ThinkFest , you could sense Kejriwal’s palpable delight at playing deliberately to the gallery with the famous rousing energy associated with his look-alike ; sadly the substance was conspicuously missing. Worse, Kejriwal was downright disingenuous on the Lok Pal Bill itself. It is only an investigative body, he thundered . Shekhar Singh , his co-panelist from NCPRI promptly corrected him, “also prosecutor and judge”. Kejriwal did not protest.

That Kejriwal has little respect for parliamentary institutions was also apparent in his stout defense of campaigning against the Congress candidate in the Hisar by-polls. “We did not get any letter from the Congress party promising that the Lok Pal Bill will be passed by the winter session ”. After that Ram Lila carnival in August which unfortunately compelled a historic one-off parliamentary session to pass an appeasement deal , Mr Arvind Kejriwal , ladies and gentlemen, wanted another letter of assurance ! If that’s not a fastidious mind-set with a warped sense of self-importance, what is??? Poor Shekhar Singh . He sat nonplussed , dazed perhaps, his poker face displaying nothingness. Several well-heeled in the audience, well-fed from a sumptuous meal at The Grand Hyatt cheered.

But Kejriwal despite his labored façade could barely disguise his visceral anti-Congressism. Creating much ballyhoo by adopting rabble-rouser methods has been his forte, he promptly made caustic comments on the Congress High Command , given the occasion, most unwarranted perhaps , but trite populism can earn you cheap clapping points. It did. The crowd post a leisurely lunch needed this jingoistic single-act diversion, perhaps. There is nothing Kejriwal said that he has not parroted before.

Anti-corruption legislation rightfully has an ecumenical approbation from all Indians , but Team Anna’s political opportunism has made it into a self-righteous football, where anyone who supports the Jan Lok Pal Bill believes he is the personification of virtue. The others are scurrilous scumbags. Even the BJP portends piousness despite a sordid trail of misadventures. “ We support Anna” chant the saffron-brigade in a rhythmic chorus. Kejriwal & Co smile in tandem. But simultaneously deny links as a Congress conspiracy.

To Team Anna thus goes the dubious credit of dividing the unanimous resolve of a trusting nation on obliterating corruption. The Jantar Mantar goodwill has long since vanished. What started with the perceived belief of a true grass-roots social revolution to pressurize government to introduce Lok Pal bill , soon degenerated into a power-play by a small caucus, with a surreptitious political agenda, using corruption as a subterfuge. Obviously, given their limited appeal, they resorted to blatantly exploiting a not-so-reluctant media, and organized cadres of the willing RSS. It was a powerful combination. Admittedly, it worked. But a flaky wishy-washy proposition is at core unsustainable.

What we forget is that the implementation of the RTI Act was a seamless, tranquil business-like affair, minus virulent protestations and perennial abuse of our democratic institutions. There was an air of civility, people co-opted with each other. Since Kejriwal has earned his accolades and awards as an RTI activist, what brought that sudden inexplicable belligerence against the UPA-II which had already drafted the Lok Pal Bill anyway, and which has since demonstrated remarkable commitment of its own volition?

The truth is that Ram Lila was nothing but about the manufacturing of a chimera; this despite the presence of two veteran Supreme Court lawyers and ex-civil servants who knew the parliamentary processes. Team Anna were fully aware of their far-fetched demand ; pass their version of Lok Pal without a single amendment in 14 days! It was an outrageous , outlandish expectation mocking, bullying Indian democracy. Team Anna knew there was zero possibility of that happening; so what we all saw for a fortnight was just an uninterrupted, stellar performance; the few concessions obtained were actually cosmetic, yet were paraded as a historic triumphant moment . The GOI certainly blundered too , but India was subjected to a grotesque assortment of characters , including a drunk retired actor who took center-stage to abuse our political systems and national leaders . Team Anna got national visibility using a calculated ruse. It was wrong, unethical.

Kejriwal has mastered the art of media management, buttressed by his crafty orchestrated ploys to maximize air-time. It’s keeping his recently badgered, beleaguered movement on the radar screen. Of course, the media is a great vehicle for news dissemination, but when your entire existence revolves round the whereabouts of an OB van it shows a disturbing self-obsession. It’s also led to Team Anna’s precipitous downfall. The cookie has developed serious cracks; the tumble and the crumble is inevitable.

The highly solipsistic duo of Kejriwal-Kiran Bedi have had some serious allegations leveled against them ; fake travel bills, violating employer codes, delayed accounting for cash donations etc . While they set exacting uncompromising standards for others, they want a different yardstick for themselves. The world saw them practice double-standards with professional ease.

Hazare’s erstwhile blogger Raju Parulekar’s damning indictment of Team Anna has obvious legitimacy given his close proximity to Anna , which corroborates what Swami Agnivesh et al have said prior to deserting the team. But Kejriwal looks undeterred, he knows there are enough disaffected elements, and that corruption is reminiscent of the Amitabh Bachchan Zanjeer cult film , it cuts an emotional chord, its almost cathartic. His thesis seems to be; just let the vituperative outbursts continue, the crowds are both gullible and grieving or both to be repeatedly recaptured. In a country of a billion people and over 100 news channels, when has crowd mobilization ever been a Herculean challenge? Thus, Kejriwal continues with making ludicrous tirades ; “ Hazare’s phone is being tapped by the government”. As if Hazare would have not been followed by a whole horde of camera-men from Ralegan Siddhi to Rajghat where he wanted to stop blogging and start talking ! Give us a break, Arvind!

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Kejriwal has become the master of mumbo-jumbo and double-speak ( this is his quote from an interview in TEHELKA) ; “ We never said we are not political. We have always said that the movement is political but above party politics. It is not electoral politics. It is people’s politics” . Go figure!

It is time Kejriwal stopped masquerading as a mere social do-gooder and at least spared us those excruciating sermons. Instead he should teach his colleagues how to submit correct travel expense vouchers. And considering he was an Income-Tax officer, just how do you return cash to unknown donors??? And he must remember that Indian democracy needs creative, committed , constructive change agents, not home-grown hostile, haranguing, abusive citizens who disrupt its very core.

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17 Comments on DECODING ARVIND KEJRIWAL

  1. Mr. King(of Idiots ofcourse that too with mercy else I have many more words suits you best) you are actually not talented enough to decode the guy mentioned in the subject line. FO

  2. mahesh bhagtani // December 7, 2011 at 7:26 am // Reply

    Mr. Sanjay Jha, are you the spokesperson of the Congress, I have heard your views in Debates on news channels, You seem to be so biased towards the govt. that u fail to understand that being a responsible person in the media ur job is to make people aware of the national issues such as the JanLokpal Bill, but instead u always criticize Anna & his team. Shame on you. Chullu bhar pani mein boob maro!

    • HE IS CONGRESSI CHAMCHA…. AAJ BHI ISNE YEHI GHATIYA BAAT KI. KHUD KO CIVIL SOCIETY BOL RAHA THA.. MUJE BATA BOSS SANJAY, TUJE CIVIL SOCIETY KA TAGMA KISNE DE DIYA, TERE JAISE GHATIYA AADMI KO CIVIL SOCIETY BANA DIYA TO DESH KA PURA BERA GREK HO JAYEGA. APNI MBA KI DEGREE KI KUCH TO IJJAT REKH LETA. SHAME ON YOU..

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  4. mr sanjeev jha how much congress is paying you ? may be you are getting money from corruption.
    please be a good indian and support true movment.

  5. A friend of mine recommended this site. Views on this site seem as non sensical and biased as that of Manish Tewari and Digvijay Singh.

  6. sanjay suryavanshi // December 21, 2011 at 6:40 am // Reply

    Dear Mr. Jha
    Congress has been ruling India for the last 64 years and corruption has grown to the remarkable heights. There were scams afters scam but no one getting punished for the act who is responsible for the corruption if the ruling government cannot stop corruption fine when donot they catch the culprit and punish them. The no where road chap neta are the millionaires now why donot government put an inquiry and takes out the corruption money from them. An average working middle class cannot afford proper schooling for their kids but the lowest grade peon in the government departments buys flats and plots from where they are getting money have you ever thought. There is no proper infrastructure in the state owned universities and school and the politics are schools – engineering colleges – universitiies with every possible facilities are charging huge capitation fees why is government unable to control them as they are birds of same feather. Have you gone any time to a ration shop most of the ration shop owner are chelas and chamchas of netas the quality of rice which is supplied to the poor is worst even a dog will not eat the quality rice from the ration shop is routed to the nearby kirana stores has the government any time checked this corruption. A squint who can see normally applies for a driving license is tortured but a same police wale with less vision is given driving why ?? have you ever asked. You say parliament is supreme – the people sitting in parliament donot have 100 % support of the people but they represent the people. We as citizen have right to vote but not to recall this pure corruption.
    India must not become slave to the corrupted politicians who they are true people representatives the time has come for change let us all support the cause.

    • he is also a part of corrupted congress. muje ik baat puchni he sanjay jha se, isne economics me pg ki he… jra muje multiplier law bta de kya he…

  7. I never realised what an obsessed man this fella Jha is. He tries to make mince meat out of people he does not like. I wonder if he is aware people hate him too. He has a congressmans fixed mind set and thinks low of anyone who does not toe his line.Sanjay Jha may not mind the crores his top leaders have amassed abroad but we the people of India will not sit quiet. He does not have the common sense to feel the genuine anger against the political class specially the congress. He lives in a make believe world created thru his fictitious writings on blogs.

  8. तुम जो ये ” His immaculately plastered black hair accentuated by a bushy thick moustache gave him an Adolf Hitler –like avatar. ” लिखे हो। तुम अपना चेहरा आईना में देखे हो? उड़े हुए बाल और पकी हुई दाढ़ी में पूरा मजनू लगते हो। अपनी भाषा शैली सुधार लो मिस्टर संजय। तुम केजरीवाल के मूंछ के पके बाल के बराबर भी योग्यता नहीं रखते हो। ये सब बकवास करने से तुम्हें पद्म श्री , पद्म भूषण या भारत रत्न नहीं मिल जाएगा। और तलवा चाटते-चाटते अगर मिल भी गया , तो कौन सा कद्दू में तीर मार लोगे? कुछ कम पैसे में रेल यात्रा कर लोगे या कुछ और चाटुकारों के साथ उठने बैठने के लिए लाइसेंस मिल जाएगा। जिस के तुम छटपटा रहे हो।

  9. congress chamcha,public ke beech me jao gaddar to pata chalega! desh ki bhalai sochane walo ko tumhare jaise paid congress person se khatara hai.
    sharam karo gaddar.
    bharat ke ho ki itly ke.

  10. Pankaj Agarwal // February 4, 2012 at 9:52 am // Reply

    Mr. Sanjay, ur biased, idot n totally stupid. u must be getting something in cash or in kind from corrupt congress. that y u trying to misleading the nation. but tumhari aukat 5 paise ki bhi nahi hai to desh to apne aap pas ke logo ko bhi apni in ghatiya logic se convince nahi kar sakte. REALLY SHAME ON U. tum jaise ghatiya logo ki vajah se hi aaj is desh me in politicians ko itne bade bade ghotale karne ki himmat milti hai. aur rahi team anna ki bat to, team anna me jis tarah ke talented aur honest log hai ki pura desh unke sath hai. GOT IT?????

  11. this entire exercise of a comments page in all newspapers,blogs,magasines seems really ridiculous and can turn even an intellegent aricle can turn into drivel by vested interests with fake names.
    for example the comments above are so predicatable and seem to be by RSS or IAC workers present on the net at all times.

    just write your piece sanjay and let us reflect on the same.

    • votecongress // March 1, 2012 at 6:47 am // Reply

      Appreciate your sincere and correct feedback. Only we want the world to know that we are open to negative comments as long as they are not abusive.

      • Votecongress and sonali, as u mentioned above comment from RSS and IAC worker, can you tell us which party worker you are ? I need not to make any comment but let me make this clear i m a ordinary India and can understand what is wrong and right. your articles are completly seems paid by congress and souds like Digvijay Singh or manish tiwari is speaking. a very gental request to jsut back off and stop doign this for jsut couple of bucks…..

  12. Sanjit Panda // March 24, 2012 at 6:40 am // Reply

    SIR,
    Every thing described here is seems to be true.In my view Mr.Kejriwal
    have some personal agenda against Congress.People of India should know that.Please publish such materials regarding Kejriwal to make aware every body about him

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