While not always the case, for many of us that chose to embrace the world unfettered by the borders of our birth… we give up a few things along the way… like the right to vote.
Many Manitoba provincial and Canadian federal elections ago I lost the right to exercise my democratic ‘right.’ And while I may have lived a decade + in India, that alone would never bestow any rights to participate in elections here.
Yet if I COULD vote who WOULD I vote for??
- A right that can tolerate atrocities against an entire religious community?
- A now notoriously corrupt party with a slightly more centre left legacy?
Til date, it is hard not to hold a highly cynical very disengaged perspective of Indian politics. And then along came the “Aam Admi Party” who did the unthinkable… take the wide-spread frustration with corruption and communal politics to create a 3rd option. Adopting the symbol of the humble broom… AAP aims to sweep away corruption with a different set of ideals.
“… The common people are fed up with the politics of the BJP and the Congress which is slave to religion, caste and region… This is a fight of principles and against corruption,” said Mr. Kejriwal.
They may not succeed or deliver on their promises and while they haven’t won the recent election in Delhi, the AAP has gone from nothing nine months ago to 28 of 70 seats.
“It is a historic win, but not of the Aam Admi Party (AAP), but the common man of the country. And the fight to make the country corruption-free and provide a clean and good governance will go across the country in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections,” said party’s convenor Arvind Kejriwal.
So today, I’m just a tiny bit less cynical… maybe there is hope for what is supposedly the world’s largest democracy. I’ll watch from the sidelines and see what comes next…
Any thoughts on walking away from participating in a democratic process? Elections in other parts of the world? Or the recent ones in India?
- AAP to play the role of constructive opposition: Kejriwal (thehindu.com)
- New Indian party claims revolution in the air as Congress vote collapses | World news | The Guardian (theguardian.com)
- Dance of Democracy (midnightbreakfast.wordpress.com)