RajeshA wrote:nsriram ji,
There are many Naxals, Jihadist appeasers in India. One more does not make a difference. The resistance from many Bharatiyas to Arvind Kejriwal is because we are simply damn certain that he is a trojan horse of outside and dynasty interests who have pledged endless NGO and Media support, as well as acquiescence of current secular establishment, Muslim and jhuggi-jhoprhi vote-banks. His "idealism" and ideology are not much of interest.
Rajesh-ji : My take is that AK is an accidental politician, by virtue of the time he is in and his Delhi based community activism. He is by personality an idealist, and does not have a strong ideology. What he has said in the past can be changed very easily. He is a smart fellow and persistent. He is likeable. He is a real threat, long term to Congress and BJP. There is no grand conspiracy here unless you want to impute one to the people supporting the Anna movement. People are fed up with the Congress and nature abhors a vacuum.
BJP needs an image overhaul and they have barely begun that. Without NaMo, at the national level BJP is nearly a zero and not perceived differently from Congress and other parties. Their website and media handling is primitive as are some of their older leaders. They should not cede this space to the likes of AK. But they will have to better than cite letters from SG from 5 years back as evidence. Also as AK broadens his appeal, he will need to confront realities and cannot openly go against established foreign policy stance of GoI. I agree that AK will not have much impact outside NCR in 2014 but the situation will be very different in 2019 and AK (if he is alive by then and not bumped off by all the people he is pissing off on a daily basis) will very likely be a genuine national leader.
Sometimes one has to shed biases and distinguish "what is" from "what ought to be". AK is for real, AK is smart, AK is likeable and is here for the long run. Sure AK may be bad news for India as a nation. Or he might not and become more of a centrist. We cannot say. A year from now, we will be able to say with much more certainty. The media is building him up because he is interesting and different. To see what I mean refer to the Rahul Kanwal interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=p ... YNvJaAQO3Y
He says that he has found "religion" in the past 3 years. So what is happening is that the middle classes are finding a voice and projecting it on to people like AK.
NaMo will need to talk about AK or what AAP represents sooner or later. He needs to rebuild the BJP based on his ideals and not shy away with BS about respect for elders. And do it in a sophisticated way. Not like branding AAP as "right-wing Maoists" as Gadkari is quoted as doing. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/asse ... 061025.cms
And crying that the support by Congress was brokered. Huh, this is politics where deals are brokered. AK is a pragmatist and will do what is needed to achieve his vision.
disclaimer: I am a fan of NaMo and just began to look up info on AK.