It is that time of the year when the promises are made, drinks are served and for once everyone is forced to look back at the year gone by and say “good-bye” or in more rhetorical terms “alvida”. This time it is the year 2013 that has gone by.
Every media be it the idiot box or the slowly dying radio is abuzz with the 2013 recap which forces some to believe if this 31 December 31 is not just an day but the special one. So here I try to look back at what this year gone by was all about, what kept us mesmerized and what are things better left behind.
The year started with a public angst against the Delhi government and a public opinion for a change, well this was a new feeling because it is not everyday that you find the masses of India united against a social issue and when the issue is related to rape the worst form of sexual exploitation it is better to lend a deaf ear. The government swung into action and what followed was a series of parliament bills being passed and laws being made but majority of them such as “women welfare fund” are still waiting to be implemented. Then it was the Uttarakhand floods that resulted in a major loss of human lives and property that Uttarakhand is still recuperating from. It also highlighted the state of disaster management policies of the Uttarakhand government. At the same time there was a maoist ambush in Chattisgarh which took the lives of three very prominent leaders of the state. The less written about the details, the better.
With Roger Federer and Nadal both crashing out of the Wimbledon in the early rounds had set the stage for the history being written. It was Andy Murray who became the first British to win the Wimbledon. It also gave wind to the talks of Federer’s retirement. But I really want this great personality to continue on and on. In another sport the followers lamented because at last after dragging for so long the “god “ had finally decided to draw curtains on an illustrious carrier that had spanned 24 years. It created a public hysteria and the result was that the farewell test match was a “housefull” (shocking it can be included as one more record of the “god” ). Now that the “god” has retired lets see how the religion persists in the god loving India (strange but the religion is still intact and flourishing, maybe I misunderstood this whole god analogy).
The cases involving the “tehelka founder” and that of “ex supreme court judge” case hogged the media space for quite a considerable period of time and they once again reminded people of the atrocity meted out towards women in India and showed the extent of degradation of the humane feelings in these people who in the fizz of power consider they can get away with everything, truly implies “power corrupts the mind”. Then it was the supreme court order that rejected the high court order on the “gay rights” under the provisions of still intact section 377. The debate on this is still on on this issue.
But it was the latter part of the year that gave us every reason to remember this 2013 for. Everybody had there eyes on the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and a man with a wave was touted as the next prime minister of Gujarat until surprise surprise came the man “with a mission to clean” a man who vowed to clean every dam dust particle and give us spic clean Delhi. This man was underestimated by the ruling Delhi government who called him a seasonal worm some even wondering “Kejriwal who?”. But this worm infected the public with the result being swarms of flies( oops! Public) coming to attend his oath taking ceremony and the “others” the big ruling breeds with their slates wiped clean were caught looking for answers.
This was somewhat a summary of 2013 that saw Edward Snowden come with revelations that caught Uncle Sam off guard and the world demanded answers on snooping, the issue of an Indian diplomat in America being handcuffed and taken into custody resulted with India taking a stand and retaliating in an aggressive way which threaten of some political ramifications.
We sincerely hope to leave the ills of 2013 behind and move into a new year with good feelings because whatever resolutions or promises we make one thing is sure “2014 surely has presented itself and offers us an opportunity to start the year with zest and happiness”. Happy new year to all :).
Alexander died protecting it, Kauravas craved for it and now the leaders in Delhi are doing everything to keep away from it, this is the alluring nature of power, up-till now we thought that people desire, crave and die for power but these Delhi assembly elections have been myth busterz.
At first the pre poll hype offered everyone ample amount of food for thought. The anti incumbency against the ruling party, the so called ‘modi wave’ that had gripped the entire nation was sensical in ways that can be understood by any Aaam aadmi of India, the winds of win were blowing in the favour of the opposition until a new player entered into the foray, this player had nothing to lose and was born out of a movement against corruption, incompetent leaders at the centre and the so called bad practices in Indian bureaucracy that is slowly eating away the whole system. This new player is one of us the common people of India, he is the ‘aam aadmi’ of India, yes people welcome the new player Mr. Arvind Kejriwal who has formed his own party name AAM AADMI PARTY. This party has changed the basic fabric of the Indian democracy. It has done nothing but has just given an alternative option to the Indian people, an option that promises an honest government. And the results reflect that. This new party barely a year old has given a thrashing to the big players of the Indian political system, with 28 seats in its kitty.
The people from all walks of life are already talking about an awakening that is akin to the revolution and has the potential to change the common perception of the Indian politics. Kejriwal has mastered this new kind of political campaigning called ‘door to door campaign’, the party has a detailed list of its election funding on its website, these measures helped the ‘AAP’ connect with the common public and its manifesto that boasts of 50 percent reduction in electricity tariffs and an unaltered ‘Lokpal bill’ was more than enough to give the people of delhi already plagued by a variety of social issues and a weak governance a shimmer of hope, a ray of light.
Whatever said or done ‘AAP’ has shown that politics can still be played by ethical rules and moral rules, this has redeemed the common man’s faith in politics. Forming the government and fulfilling their said promises is altogether a different ball game, but what this party has done is, it has given birth to an awakening that will transpire and motivate many more Kejriwals to not just have a vision about the corruption free India but to join the political bandwagon themselves and to play it out in the open.
While the question mark still remains over whether Delhi will get a government or will it have to make its voice be heard once again. The script of ‘change’ is ready and the stage of Delhi is set but will the actors be able to play their part with conviction?
This Semester I have gone back to my old love, the undemanding and unconditional and “sada-bahaar” love of reading. With three novels already read and long hours spent on reading newspapers everyday I have become a reading buff lately. So much so that one day my room mate inquired if I really leave anything unread including those matrimonial ads and tender notices. Whatever said or made of this reading, I am sure that nothing happens in this world without me noticing it in the newspaper. So last week while having the breakfast and having a look at the top stories I noticed the headlines in a leading daily screaming at the top of the page or voice or whatever “Rahul Gandhi slams the ordinance”, and in a matter of seconds due to this act of the CONGRESS VP “politicians are no more a protected species”.
The entry of Rahul Gandhi during the Pune conference is being touted as a politically staged act. With Ajay Maken, the AICC General Secretary supporting the bill vociferously and Manmohan Singh on his visit to US everything was hunky dory till the unthinkable happened. Rahul Gandhi, in the past has been accused of being soft on issues of public importance, and with the Lok Sabha elections approaching this image really makes him weak against the dynamic and the hard lineist Narendra Modi. Rahul Gandhi when asked to comment on the ordinance protecting the tainted ministers,with assertion remarked “this is a piece of trash that should be thrown away”.
Although the choice of words was not too diplomatic and considering the fact that the ordinance had been approved by the Congress brass, the young leader not only indirectly accused the top congress leaders of passing a piece of trash but also took a stand that he generally refrains from. This remark not only sent shock-waves throughout the country but also overshadowed the PM’s bilateral meeting with Nawaz Sharif which until yesterday was the much hyped and discussed news. Ajay Maken who was supporting the bill in the conference was left red faced and retracted from his pro-ordinance stance, displaying an act of astute indecisiveness.
Now that Rahul Gandhi has rejected it, the ordinance is bound to be taken back during the nest session of the parliament. But the people are wondering “how can a decision so important, pass without being noiced by Rahul Gandhi who is in the core committee of the Congress”. “Was it really the public sentiment that drove Rahul Gandhi to reject the bill publicly in this way or is it a strategy of garnering support for Rahul Gandhi before next Lok Sabha elections at the cost of the PM who has nothing to lose as far as political image is concerned”.
Whatever be the reason or strategy whether political or social this timely intervention of the Gandhi scion has saved Congress from facing public outcry had the ordinance passed before the ruling of the trial court in the Fodder Scam which would have saved one of the key Congress allies. This has also prevented future law breakers from contesting in polls, rightly said “a stitch in time saves nine.”
But the all said and done the question yet to be answered is “is public so dumb to not see through this two faced politics”. These upcoming will surely be a curtain raiser will tell us truly which way the wind blows till then enjoy this desi show of masala politics.