Indian Polity Today has served many purposes. It has been an outlet for my anger against the system. It has been my platform for expressing opinions & views on various issues apart from it being my venture into what I believe can be called political analysis. I realize today that this blog has been more than just that. This blog has been a record of the transformation of my thoughts and beliefs over the last two years. Writing for Indian Polity Today, has often made me think about subjects I would not normally have thought about. As I wrote articles, I kept working on ideas, provoked myself to take stands on issues; pushed myself to think: which side is right? Is there a side to this that has not yet been brought out? All of this has resulted in my understanding of politics and democracy improving to some extent over the last two years.

The research I did for this blog made me realise how India’s political parties are all just one family. This family runs a firm that makes money by siphoning off public funds. Sometimes the husband dominates and at other times the wife does; the other members usually pick one side and sometimes choose to be equidistant from this principal couple. I understand now that it will not matter whether the husband has the upper hand or the wife, because both of them (Congress and BJP) are running the same business of looting the people. What can change my country’s prospects is a complete overhaul of the system – Sampoorna Vyavastha Parivartan.

This family’s behaviour has given rise to a new power in this country, the Aam Aadmi Party. As an Aam Aadmi, I have been volunteering for this new political party. I have been with AAP for the last three months and I have certain observations to share with you:

1. Brijlal, from AAP Lalitpur (a rural area of Uttar Pradesh) was recently murdered in cold blood by an ex-MP of the Congress. His goons ran a car over Brijlal multiple times until he breathed his last. Despite receiving threats to his life, Brijlal tried his best to expose the corrupt former MP in question and actually ended up losing his life. Santosh Koli, an extremely fearless RTI activist who was part of Arvind Kejriwal’s Parivartan NGO and was recently selected as AAP’s Seemapuri candidate for the Delhi Assembly elections, suffered the tenth attempt on her life earlier this week as she was knocked off her motorbike by a speeding car. What do these two events tell us? The two events clearly reflect the degree of paranoia spreading within the family of Indian politicians because of this new power, AAP.

2. Some Indians today consider certain politicians to be their ‘saviours’ after ten years of UPA rule. For example, Gujarat CM Narendra Modi is hailed by many as India’s future Prime Minister. Many people in Maharashtra hope Raj Thackeray will change their fate. In Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav is seen as the young maverick who will solve the problems of the people. We at AAP see it like this. All those MPs who will elect a Narendra Modi for the job of PM will have won the Lok Sabha elections after investing crores of rupees of black money (as Gopinath Munde recently admitted), as is the norm. Assuming Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister, will he be able to stop his MPs from seeking returns on those investments? If he tries, they simply will not support him! What this means is, anyone who is a part of this present political set up which runs on the basis of ‘money through power and power through money’ cannot possibly make our lives better. If contractors fund these political parties, who will be the priority for them: the Aam Aadmi or the donors?

3. One of my friends once asked me, “Why did they name this party Aam Aadmi Party? Will this not suddenly exclude a number of rich businessmen who may want to be a part of the movement, but could also feel that they aren’t exactly Aam Aadmis?” I believe many of you feel the same way. Lets take a look at the definition of ‘Aam Aadmi’. Does it refer to the middle class and economically weaker sections of the country? If yes, does it mean rich people in this country are Khaas Aadmis? No. Aam Aadmi means any individual in this country who does not have access to state or non-state sponsored privileges and special treatment. Simply put, anyone in this country who can get caught by a traffic policeman for violation of rules, and can not get away without bribing him or coughing up the fine, is an Aam Aadmi! Is that not inclusive enough?

4. For months now, I have been told by people that they are not sure about voting for AAP because they seem to have a one-point agenda of fighting corruption. We do not know their stands on most other issues. I must say that this is not true. Aam Aadmi Party is not campaigning on a one-point agenda. This is the perception of people because of an unfortunate lack of information, as the mainstream media has almost blacked out the party and its leaders’ speeches (ever since the expose on Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance). For your convenience, here is a video of Arvind Kejriwal (AAP National Convener) addressing the nation at a Leadership Conclave in Mumbai, through a video link. This 18 minute video will answer most questions about AAP’s agenda.

If you have been avoiding voting so far because of the lack of good candidates, now is the time to come out and vote for an Aam Aadmi. If we don’t stand up for ourselves, who will? Your vote matters more than you think (especially if you are a non-voter, read ). Please think about what I have said in this blog and feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the same.