By Rajshree Gupta
Politics in India has reduced merely to activities that create buzz among people. There isn’t much governance left.Politics has taken the form of entertainment: see, understand, laugh or cry and move on!
Remember the famous dialogue from the movie ‘The Dirty Picture’, “Filmein sirf teen cheezon ki wajah se chalti hain… Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment…”? This dialogue holds not only for films, but also for the way politics is practiced in India. Oh wait, it’s not a dialogue anymore, for Indian Politics, it’s a reality now.
After some time, there is always the need of a new set of ideas to work on the country’s people to influence them, or in layman’s language to “entertain” them. The time has gone when the celebrated leaders of our country would go to “aam aadmi’s house” and entertain them for a few hours and then would suck their blood for a few years. These kinds of ideas neither attract masses nor media now. People are so used to them; they don’t even consider these actions extraordinary. As a result, such efforts are not blockbusters. The impact of such tactics has faded as Congress’ entertaining skills have vanished. Congress now only creates pathetic comedy with Rahul Gandhi at its center.
BJP has sill maintained its aura with the help of Narendra Modi’s super-hit dialogues. His statements are as catchy as the one mentioned above. His slogan “Congress mukt Bharat” is one such example. He always writes his script well and hence BJP is at an advantage with Indian National Congress at the national level which is quite evident from the result of elections that took place in November 2013 in four states of the country; BJP won in three of them and Congress in none.
Aam Aadmi Party won in the fourth state where it launched itself and it is the only state it has fought elections from. What it actually did silently before elections remains ambiguous. Now that it has won the state elections, its idea of conducting politics through “protests” is very fresh and “innovative”. We have seen many people and even ministers protesting for certain causes and in particular for their demands to be met by the government, but how many times have we seen a “chief minister” organizing a “dharna” for his party’s demand to be met by the government? Yeah! It’s precisely the road not taken very often.
The Aam Aadmi Party government demanded the suspension of SHOs concerned in three cases — the Danish tourist’s gang-rape and the run-ins AAP ministers Somnath Bharti and Rakhi Birla had with the police (Delhi’s Law Minister Somnath Bharti is accused of conducting an unsanctioned midnight raid at Khirki extension in South Delhi and misbehaving with the Ugandan women which is again a controversy about AAP to taken about). Well, the demands are not something the buzz is all about. It is about bringing the issues down on the street by the ruling government itself. Hey, one second! It’s fine because AAP has done it; along with the demands it has served one more thing- “free” entertainment to the “aam aadmi”.
Best-selling author Chetan Bhagat called AAP “the item girl of politics”. The role of an item girl is short lived and she adds “masala” to the film. We wish AAP a long life but surely, it has already added enough masala to the politics and hopefully it will add much more!