AAP is about to produce one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the history of Indian democracy. They are most likely to win the 2015 elections for Delhi legislative assembly. Just a few months back, in the May 2014 parliamentary elections, they had trailed in 60 out of 70 assembly constituencies.
AAP has done this without hundreds of crores of rupees or more than a hundred charismatic MPs. Without a name like Gandhi and without a self proclaimed Mahanayak like Modi.
What is it that has worked in their favour. Tenacity? Astute electoral strategy? Outstanding organizational work? Exceptionally talented leaders / volunteers who have run a faultless campaign?
The author of this blog has been a participant in this campaign as an AAP volunteer. In his opinion, the leaders of AAP and the volunteers, like the present author, are ordinary mortals. With attendant human frailties. Then how are they going to produce this remarkable victory?
AAP did not have money power. They were able to build manpower by doing good organizational work. They did manage a decent campaign also. But these are not the only things which may give them this historical victory.
The forces of good in the society have manifested their goodness in this AAP campaign. They have become symbols of our collective aspirations of the kind of political forces we would like to have as a country. Of the kind of society this nation wants to build. AAP will have to bear this burden of the collective aspirations of this vast society. Their shoulders are not so strong and the burden is heavy. They are small and the task is gigantic. They will be tested for the strength of their character.
Big challenges can have two effects. The weaklings wilt and die. The persons with character rise to meet the challenges and become larger than life. Are AAP leaders/ volunteers up to it?
Well, one thing they have in abundance. They can say that they have not had the benefit of resources, pedigree, connections etc. which other political forces have been blessed with. But history has bestowed AAP with the rarest of resources. Opportunity. In the past two years AAP has wasted more of it and grasped less.
I am praying. Not to god. To AAP leaders/ volunteers. Rise to the occasion. You are a Vaman. You have to become Vishnu. Do not waste this chance. Because Bhagya Devi is going to give a curse if you waste this one. And that curse will afflict you. But that is immaterial. The real curse will be that Indian society may not give any political formation the same opportunity. And that will mean the reign of cynicism and the continuation of miserable life for the crores of Indian poor.
To use the metaphor used by a leader sometime back, the two year old Abhimanyu has broken into the Chakravyuh. Will he be able to come out victorious. Time will tell. We are deep into a battle like Mahabharat. With one difference. This Abhimanyu is not an individual. He is a collective. And this battle will test our collective strength and character.