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The Mighty Fall of Dynasty Politics in India

By Celin Thomas

Just yesterday Arvind Kejriwal was sworn in an the Chief Minister (CM) of New Delhi. He and team of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) uprooted the Congress held strong base after nearly 15 years. This sends a strong message and signal throughout the country that change is possible.

The skeptics who think that this sworn in CM wont last for long as the confidence motion is yet to be passed which will happen in another 6 days, must think again. And why should you think hard and think again, well politicos who keep vying for and fighting for seat for power,  prestige and money will have to figure out ways to address the concerns of Aam Aadmi (common man) through innovative ways while trying to keep a corruption free government. Big Challenge, eh?

The whooping majority with which AAP won and also the seats that BJP earned clearly showed Congress that they need to mend their ways. And now that voters all over India have an additional party which is popular, filled with capable, non corrupt, qualified representatives, without a tainted history or any criminal record- the aam aadmi (common man) finally has a choice to vote for something different than the usual suspects.

It is truly the beginning of the fall of dynasty politics in India. I heard Kejriwal address a crowd of over 1 lakh that had gathered to listen and watch him and his teammates taking the swearing in ceremony. He was quite impressive I felt. I think he is the answer to Narendra Modi also. Kejriwal addressed the assembled crowd in Hindi, he said that in the last 2 years there has been something happening in our country, first people came out in all out support for the campaign on Jan Lokpal Bill with Anna Hazare then secondly people thronged the streets of every city condemning the dastardly act committed on Nirbhaya/ Damini.

To these points that he mentioned; I felt that we Indians want change which is non-corrupt, gender sensitive, a country where everyone feels safe. A country where there is equality and equal opportunity. We are lucky to be in a country that has learned and aware people who are willing to fight for gay and transgender rights as well.

I wish well for AAP and sincerely hope that it works for the cause that it emerged from and strives to objectively achieve all that it mentioned in its election manifesto.