What Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has to offer to the existing politics of India – A Reply To All
There have been numerous debates in Social Media and elsewhere on what exactly Aam Aadmi Party has to offer to Indians which other political parties have not. I have successfully replied and convinced most; however with time it has become clear that it is better to jot everything down to have one spot to clear any doubts.
Some people think that Aam Aadmi Party is just another political party, or it exists just for the sake of opposing the current establishment. A friend said that #AAP exists as a negation to an existing negative. Partially true. Partially false. Here, I would describe in detail why AAP is very very significant to India.
I would NOT be talking about a strong Lokpal, Right to Reject and Right to Recall here, as it is obvious by now.
Party Funds and Donations – Completely Transparent
Let us accept first thing first. Political parties are funded heavily by certain corporates and wealthy who want the political parties to work just for them when they come to power. Also, political parties lift money from not so clean places, which they have to return later (usually with heavy interest). The seed money for most political parties is black and after a party comes to power, it has no choice but to do as their investors order it to.
This leads to a huge conflict of interest and huge pressure on political parties to make money – by hook or crook. The party in power is left with no choice but to indulge in corrupt practices to make this money. This trickles down to government offices as well.
Election funding is the major cause of corruption in India.
However Aam Aadmi Party is going to escape this in a very simple way. It will NOT accept black money. And it will NOT take money from corporate honchos. All the donations above 50,000 will have to come with a PAN card. And all the donations details will necessarily be posted online. A businessman wanted to make a donation in crores to AAP, but didn’t want his name to be published online. AAP has declined his offer.
Although this means lesser fund gets raised, this also certainly means the AAP would not have corrupt investors to answer to when it comes to power.
You can click here to donate online right now and your name will be published within 10 minutes. Even if you donate Re 1. Try it.
Once you donate you can see your name on the donation list on AAP’s website.
Candidate Selection (instead unaccounted ticket distribution)
Ask any Indian on what is the first criteria of any person to be successful in conventional political parties and you would get the answer – Power. It is quite understood that goons and power players rise in politics. It just doesn’t matter what their qualification is or what good have they (not) done for the society. Just because he is a local goon and no one dares oppose him, he ends up winning elections. Of course there are few IITians in politics – like Manohar Parrikar or Jairam Ramesh, but they are more of an exception than a norm.
Also, tickets are given depending upon the loyalty or closeness to higher leadership. No one cares about the voice of the people that candidate is going to represent. This not only leads to resentment, it also creates a disconnect between the people and the MLAs. The MLA/MP, because he got the ticket due to top management, stays loyal to high command, rather than to the people he is representing. This is not done in a democracy. We need leaders, no sycophants.
The way AAP is going to give tickets is truly unique in India. Anyone can apply for the ticket, provided he has written support from 100 people from the area. This is double checked as well! Then shortlisting is done in a phased manner. This process is ensuring that not only clean people get the tickets, they also are popular in the local constituency. It is a WIN WIN as there is no room left for resentment.
Against VIP culture in Politics
The concept of “Very Important Person” or “Very Very Important Person” is coming from the ages of Kings, when there were Kinds, Queens, Princesses etc. Roads are blocked, jams are created for the sake of a few. The Red Beacons on the Car, etc creates a divide between the people and their representatives. Of course there are few exceptions like Manohar Parrikar who travel economy, but again not a norm.
All the AAP candidates will have to undertake an oath that they would not live a VIP life after becoming MP/MLA. No red beacons, no huge bunglows, no extra security, no nothing extra. They would continue to live as a common man of India. People who are connected to ground would be loved by others so security risk would be lesser.
No Government Schemes
Government schemes are the biggest money suckers. As per Rajiv Gandhi himself, 85% of money in government schemes are siphoned off. Apart from losing money, there are other issues. India is a huge country with dialect changing every 50 KMs. Having a pan-India scheme is the easiest way for you to waste money. Something applicable for Nashik won’t even apply in Mumbai, forget Chennai!
Instead of these schemes, AAP would be sending the money directly to the RWAs or Gram Sabhas. Now this is where decentralization comes into picture. The local body, compromising of ALL the citizens of the area will now take the decision on how to spend this money. Quite like how modern societies function, and how they spend money collected through maintenance charges.
So the Gram Sabha in Rajasthan will decide to use the money to dig a well, whereas a Gram Sabha near Kosi river in Bihar might decide to build dams to stop floods. Most of these problems will not be even known to the IAS over there, or the Secretary sitting in Delhi, not that it is their fault.
Also, with citizens using the money of their own taxes, and everyone involved in the process of decison making, the chances of corruption would hit zero. Even if 1000 members of Gram Sabha decide to just distribute that money, it would be same as citizens taking their taxes back. Of course if something wrong happens in that place tomorrow, they would not be able to point to the system, as they themselves are the system now.
Trust Aam Indian to decide their own destinies
This is actually in the continuation of the last topic. We need a system which trusts and empowers the common man. If we love India, it means we love Indians. That means we have to let the common man of India run the country. With now ‘You’ deciding ‘Your’ future, you would be cautious and won’t be corrupt. This mechanism is important.
A point to make here. Only the local decisions will be allowed to the local people. There would be many policies which only state and center would be making. Defense and Foreign policies included.
The Sections of Cynics and Doubtfuls
There are certain lies and propaganda being spread about AAP, so I would clear them one by one.
The allegations against Mayank Gandhi has anyways been cleared by the Internal Lokpal, so I would not go in them, unless you doubt the integrity of an Admiral. You can read the final report here. If you still find someone accusing Mayank of corruption, request him to file an FIR.
The policy of Aam Aadmi Party is exactly what most of the common men of India think – Kashmir IS the Integral part of India. Listen AAP leader Arvind say here explicitly:
Aam Aadmi Party stands against the Naxalism. Let us not forget that by definition Naxalism is violent. Here is the link to the press release against Naxal attack.
AAP is against Hinduism:
Just this collage of pictures is enough to destroy this allegation:
Read: “Understand the difference between secularism and ‘sickularism’ the AAP way” by Ishaan Mohan Bagga
AAP is Ultra Left:
1. AAP seeks solutions, and is not a slave of any ideology:
3. Plus, Meena Sanyal, Ex Country head of RBS recently extended her support to AAP.
Foreign Funding of AAP (actually IAC):
1. Kejriwal & NGO received foreign funding from Ford Foundation in 2005 and 2008, not any more, much before when the JLP movement started. From where is he in the wrong now? Read source
2. No foreign funding IAC. Watch:
3. Delhi HC issues clean chit to Team Anna on funding issues.
Anna doesn’t support Aam Aadmi Party:
Please see this and judge yourself:
Jindal funded IAC:
Yes, Jindal did fund IAC. But not the Jindal from steel industry. Check this clarification from Mayank Gandhi:
IAC had recd donation from Sitaram Jindal of Jindal naturopathy farm, Bangalore. Nothing to do with the Jindals of Coalgate
— Mayank Gandhi (@mayankgandhi04) June 11, 2013
However, the opponents of AAP would stoop down to any level to make a baseless allegation! In case they show the handshake of Arvind Kejriwal and Jindal (in a CNN-IBN award function, in which pic even Rathod, the Olympics silver medalist is present), please ask them about this picture: