Published On:28 September 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Open Letter to Arvind Kejriwal from an Aam Aadmi

By Danish Ahmad Khan

I am writing to you with a heavy heart, and as an aggrieved and a concerned Aam Aadmi (common man). I’ve been closely following the drama enacted in the name of ‘Fight Against Corruption’ since past one year now. This drama, which had Anna Hazare in the lead role, had its own twists and turns at various stages as it should have been. The hero and side actors in this drama, namely Anna Hazare (Hero) Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi (all Side Actors), had been vocal in promising to the Indian people to do everything to cleanse the society of the prevailing corruption and getting corrupt bureaucrats punished by forcing the government to bring in an effective ‘Jan’ Lokpal Bill and making it into a law. But whatever happened during the past one year is there for everybody to see. Now, talks of ‘Jan’ Lokpal Bill has become history and petty politicking has taken over.

Forget about getting the ‘Jan’ Lokpal Bill passed in the Parliament, much to your chagrin you have been completely sidelined by the hero of this failed movement Anna Hazare and barred from using his name and photograph during your next phases of drama in the coming days. Do you know why this illiterate, dehati (village folk) Anna Hazare sidelined the hyperactive, intelligent and urbane Arvind Kejriwal? The answer is quite simple. Anna Hazare suspected your entire activities during the course of the movement and had a gut feeling that you had complete disregard for him, forcibly taken over the entire movement, used him for your own selfish agenda, and virtually ignored and kept him away from major decisions that you took yourself. It was as if Emperor ‘Shahjahan’ (Anna Hazare) had been imprisoned by his own son ‘Aurangzeb’ (Arvind Kejriwal) for the sake of grabbing power. Recently, after getting a rebuke from Anna Hazare you called Anna as a father figure whose photo you will continue to carry in your heart.

Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, serious movements like ‘Fight Against Corruption’ are not run on the foundations of arrogance, dictatorial attitude, lumpen behavior and blind animosity against one particular party – Congress Party. Serious movements like the present one are run only after taking all sections of society together, irrespective of religion, caste and creed, since corruption impacts everybody in their day-to-day lives. But, Muslims felt completely alienated from Day 1 when the first protest was held at Jantar Mantar on 5 April 2011. I had also highlighted this ugly aspect of the movement on my website IndianMuslimObserver.com [Please See: Fight Against Corruption: Can Indians Sustain It for Long?] as I observed that communal organizations and parties were acting as bulwark and giving tacit support to your movement. Muslims naturally saw this as a deliberate attempt to keep them aloof from this important movement and later on portray them in bad light as not participating wholeheartedly in this movement.

Stop being Hypocrite!

An important leader of this movement Kiran Bedi already parted ways with you and professed her undying love for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is known in several quarters for its avowed communal views and is largely seen as anti-minority (Read anti-Muslim and anti-Christian). Another leader Prashant Bhushan is known for his anti-national views for supporting the dead and sensitive issue of Plebiscite in Jammu & Kashmir. He was even thrashed by a group of nationalists in his Lawyer’s chamber at Supreme Court of India.

Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, even your activities are suspect in the eyes of the Indian people. In the initial phase of the movement, you and your team members campaigned vigorously against Congress Party during Hisar by-poll in Haryana. Now, you say that you are against both the mainstream BJP and Congress Party, as they are corrupt and good-for-nothing and should be defeated at all costs in the forthcoming Parliamentary Elections in 2014. But see, how confused and a great hypocrite you are! You have recently announced that you are going to form a political party and fight the first elections in Delhi, where Congress Party is currently in power under the leadership of Sheila Dikshit. Mr. Kejriwal, you have also declared that your party is not going to fight elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, where BJP is in power and is being currently headed by Narendra Modi (of 2002 Gujarat anti-Muslim Riots fame) and Prem Kumar Dhumal respectively. Aren’t you a big hypocrite just like the present-day politicians? Though you may try to befool and cheat people by showing your opposition to both BJP and Congress Party, but your fight is clearly directed against Congress Party and not BJP. After all, whom are you befooling and cheating, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal? Why aren’t you fighting elections against Narendra Modi and Prem Kumar Dhumal? What makes you shy away from putting up candidates against BJP in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, and only show your hatred and animosity against Congress Party government in Delhi? You certainly owe an explanation to the Aam Aadmi (common man) for this flip flop and false perception you have created about your persona. Also, in the name of Freedom of Expression, you have started supporting people like Aseem Trivedi, who acted against national interests and made cartoons that denigrated national symbols.

Just see what a former Chief Justice of India had to say about your credentials and those of Kiran Bedi. A few months ago I and my colleagues were sitting at the residence of a former Chief Justice of India, and he said that both you and Kiran Bedi have utterly communal credentials. And, both of you have proved it just right by your current actions.

Where’s the Promise of Different Brand of Politics?

Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, you promised the Indian people and your supporters that you are going to launch a political party and create a different brand of politics. But, I am pained to see that even before the launch of your political party you and your chums took to the streets of Delhi over increased electricity tariff issue and started acting as petty politicians. Instead of creating a different brand of politics, you are more concerned with the same stereotype Bijli (Electricity), Sadak (Roads) and Paani (Water) type of politics just like any other street politician. Clearly, this is not the brand of politics we have expected from you. We expect something quite different kind of politics which no party has been able to give the aggrieved Indian people ever since the country’s independence. But, your actions are in quite contrast and hollow. This kind of politics will lead you nowhere, but sheer ignominy at the end.

Aam Aadmi is more Corrupt!

Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, do you know that Aam Aadmi is more corrupt than the bureaucrats and politicians? In fact, corruption has all along proved to be a boon for the Aam Aadmi and flourished under his/her tutelage. Whether it’s encroachment of government/public lands, running of small industrial units in residential areas and involving in electricity theft, helping in the establishment of illegal colonies, and much more, just take pains to visit various areas in Delhi and see for yourself, and you’ll get to know what I’m talking about. Dare to ask Aam Aadmi who’s responsible for all this and you’ll get the answer with “Sab Chalta Hai” (Everything works) attitude. The real ‘Fight Against Corruption’ has to begin with the Aam Aadmi. The Aam Aadmi is born corrupt, knows how to bend laws in his/her favor, knows how pay bribes and get away with all the illegal activities, knows how to fix his/her opponents, and is possessed with ‘supernatural’ qualities to make things work in his/her favor. Instead of targeting politicians and bureaucrats, you should first of all work among the Aam Aadmi and cleanse his/her soul and mindset. It is here that the real ‘Fight Against Corruption’ is to be won.

Your goals and priorities are all Wrong!

You have got your goals and priorities all wrong. My sane advice to you is to defer the decision of launching the political party for now and begin your campaign among the Aam Aadmi in earnest and with honest intentions. Instead of collecting alms and donations, you need to first of all deliver on your promises and prove yourself. Try to integrate people of all sections of the society and solidify your presence among them. Shirk your habit of having blind animosity against a particular political party and stop being egoist, dictatorial and hypocrite. Don’t live in a fool’s paradise and wage a strong battle against the scourge of corruption. And, you and your team can surely count on my support always.

I’ll come up with more suggestions on how to work for a real change of peoples’ mindset and government’s attitude. I hope my advice will act as an eye-opener for you, your team and the people of our great nation India.

Best Wishes. 

[Danish Ahmad Khan, a Delhi-based Journalist, is Founder-Editor of IndianMuslimObserver.com. He can be contacted at danish_a_khan@outlook.com/indianmuslimobserver@gmail.com or on his Mobile # +91 9990179721]

Related Links:

(1.) OPINION: Fight Against Corruption: Can Indians Sustain It for Long?

(2.) ANALYSIS: 'Communal, Anti-national' Team Anna confused about its priorities, anti-corruption movement targeted only towards Congress Party

(3.) The Muslim Dilemma on Anna Hazare

(4.) ANALYSIS: “‘Coward, Dictatorial, Unpatriotic’ Anna Hazare’s days are over”

(5.) Will Anna Hazare muster courage to criticise Narendra Modi in Gujarat?

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13 comments for "Open Letter to Arvind Kejriwal from an Aam Aadmi"

  1. What is this q under the guise of aam aadmi?
    retrospectively vision is 20/20. When IAC started it was mostly Anna. If u were upset from Day 1 of IAC because u saw "RSS" I can understand u. But the cause was much bigger than any religion. But u seem to never think beyond religion.

    I believe Gujrat election is too close to start a party that is yet to be announced and fight Modi. It takes atleast 3-5 months to get the basic infrastructure going. Do u honestly think Arvind has that kind of time?

    What has congress done for Indians? Nothing.
    In Delhi if Arvind does not fight against congress it is a sure win for BJP. Do u want BJP in delhi? I do not want Neither congress or BJP any where on Indian soil. If Arvind wins it will be a excellent platform for National level entry in 2014. This high visbility and a bigger cause should not be viewed from a "minority" stand alone.

    It is my humble appeal for us to start afresh. Nitin Gandkari is no different than Sonia. Let us throw them out and work towards that goal. Ur statement of Prashant bhushan concerns me as much u and so is Arundati Roys statement and other such examples. But I am willing to overlook few drawbacks (as long it is not like killing own citizens using state machinery -- Congress Sajjan/Tytler and Modi of BJP)
    U may probably see more when Arvind announces 500 + candiadtes. But one can be assured. With Arvind India will definitely see a better dawn than any party as in Today.

  2. The real ‘Fight Against Corruption’ has to begin with the Aam Aadmi. -- Sorry boss.. If the leader is clean.. he will make sure all rules of land is followed. The same Indians in US follow the law because they know it is always enforced.

  3. Instead of creating a different brand of politics, you are more concerned with the same stereotype Bijli (Electricity), Sadak (Roads) and Paani (Water) type of politics just like any other street politician. -- atleast he comes with proof of corruption and does not call for 1 day bandh? Do u still think it is petty? og BTW these issues were never petty for 65 years because Congress/BJP never saw beyond religion

  4. u r totally biased and misguiding people while writing all this

  5. Please note " ‘Indian Muslim Observer’ " it clearly tells it is not the voice of AAM AADMI, AADMI is AADMI, only we tell him/her that he/she is HINDU (GUPTA, SHARMA, YADAV, JAT, .../MUSLIM ( SHIYA, SUNNI, ... )/SIKH ( .... ) /....................... (INFINITE). It is most ancient trick to rule others, get benefited from others, ......... DIVEIDE, DIVIDE, DIVIFE, ...... & DIVIDE UNLESS YOU GET SUCCEED IN YOUR GOALS/AIMS/SELFISHNESS/.......

  6. @chaya Nalram: If Arvind Kejriwal and his IAC have the guts and want to show that they are against both Congress and BJP, then let them put up Independent candidates in Gujarat and Hmachal Pradesh assembly polls. Let these Independent candidates be openly supported by Arvind Kejriwal and IAC. Let people in both these states be asked to elect IAC-supported Independent candidates. This would be the real test for Arvind Kejriwal and IAC, and they will soon come to know their real worth and political standing. Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, are you listening??? Anna Hazare had on the same day (September 28) when I posted my views had directly charged you for opposing his stand. He also clearly said that he was dead against creating a political party, but you took your own independent decision. I therefore was right in my charges against Arvind Kejrival.

  7. I personally hold Mr. Kejrewal in high esteem, primarily because of his education (IIT alumini), professionalism in professional life (resignation from corrupt services), social work recognized by National & International Awards, and a spirit for fighting the corrupt system….weather it got created by Aaam Admi or their leaders or a faulty system based on so called ‘democracy of majority voters’ !!! It really needs guts to disassociate form such a system of powerful corrupt people (by tendering a resignation), who better be called as Indian Autocrats rather than Indian Administrators (IAS). My only desire would be that he reads the book “The 100, a Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History by Michael H. Hart” and breaks his strategic silence regarding the issues pertaining to muslims’ perception of being considered as second grade citizenry of this ‘secular’ nation whose system has only lead to their political exploitation either in the name of being supporters of ‘minority rights’ or opposers who dub it as ‘minority appeasement’. He should remember that Delhi represents a multi-cultural, multi-religious, multi-class society and if he wants to project a ‘right image’ he ought to ‘seriously consider’ the advice given by Mr. Danish so that his fight for justice and corrupt free society becomes ‘inclusive’ like that of the first war of independence in 1857…..

  8. A very very smart move by Anna. If Kejriwal wins, then all credit goes to Anna, but if Kejriwal loses then, he will know his place. This will be end of Kejriwal. Chandni-Chowk area is of Business people - who just do cash dealings - Evade taxes, Encroachments, Hawala transaction etc etc. If a person like Kejriwal comes to power - then their biz is gone. Nobody from Chandni-Chowk area, will support Kejriwal. Referendum is a different thing - even A.Raja and Dawood Ibrahim will write that they want a corruption free country - but do they actually want that to happen.

  9. Dear Danish,
    well said,.Kejriwal is a catalyst for the political health of BJP. Having failed in his blackmails against the Congress , the high moral priest has resorted to the same low moral tactics.Form a political party , sign hidden deals with the saffron brigade and get a piece of the cake (public revenue ). He is too ordinary a creature for a hardworking nationalist like you to pay attention to.
    Power is a seductive mistress, an addictive thrill, one taste and you’re left thirsting for more. This man is blinded by the greed of power.You are wasting your time expecting a national change from someone who himself changes like chameleon.
    30 crore strong Indian Muslims on the otherhand don't need to chime in with these climbers of slippery pole.

  10. Kejriwal has brought down Gadkari. Where is this author now?

  11. The real challenge before Arvind Kejriwal is not to bring Nitin Gadkari, Robert Vadra, Salman Khurshid or Sheila Dikshit down, but drive away power companies from Delhi. Getting down power tariff is not a victory at all. Let Kejriwal muster courage and announce that when his political formation comes to power in Delhi Assembly the contracts with power companies will be scrapped, Delhi Vidyut Board will be strengthened and once again power supply distribution is entrusted to it. If Kejriwal doesn't do this then he will be seen as another 'dalal' of power companies just in the manner he is accusing Sheila Dikshit. I am here and observing things minutely. Kejriwal is himself in the dock. Why isn't he answering to Digvijay Singh's charges. Why is Y. P. Singh, his ex-associate against him? Why has Annie Kohli parted ways from IAC and accusing Kejriwal? Gadkari has not come down because of Kejriwal. Gadkari is facing the heat because a selfish Anjali Damania saw her land slipping away from her hands with no chance of return and started accusing Gadkari. Where was Anjali Damania before the formation or her association with IAC?

  12. BUt do please please tell me what you are going to loose by supporting AK ? what worse can happen, and who can more cunning launder and stack hard earned prosperity of the people than already existing bjp's and congresses ..

    isnt it a better choice to for a change allow fresh air, between he is educated, has earned and seen the common life , while the rahuls , sonias and bjps are uneducated but cultured cunning elite, and on the other hand, the mamta's and others are uneducated crude forces ?

    so whats the point, out of all options available, and the ever cunning and careless monopoly of congress, the only one who brings some hope is arvind.

    you shoudl have written the letter to congress and bjop, if you wrote it purely on harm and weitage basis, but you never speak anythign about them, and directly write about AK in a big page.... you transparent and are sure that you are not have undue motivation ...

    whatever you wrote , you have proof of being wrong, in times with recent actions, he now even has taken the political party ,and has opened doors to common people,

    his promises :

    no two or more same family members can serve power, as we have enough talented people in india

    >> so this is dangerous isnt it ?

    what else he says

    within 6 motnhs corrupt will go to jail

    >> perhaps you dont want that ? you dont wnat lcean up ?

    please for once, be honest and support and let our children irrespective of religion like all other mature countries prosper and not stand in front of dirty cheap govt officials for paying bribes to get seats and licenses ..

    those who have strength support meritocracy, those who dont hide in variety of viels because they are corrupt.

    dont say people are more corrupt, if you feel that way about you, please dont extend that to all of us. there are those in arvinds circle who died for rti... he attended the funeral, so he has enough inspirations and has seen enough pain to be a good one.

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