January 16, 2014
Hoisted by his own petard: Arvind Kejriwal flees street protestors, and his MLA threatens a fast!
There is a good reason why demagoguery and street protest has – throughout history – been associated with rude justice and unruly mobs.
The French Revolution was perhaps one of the earliest examples, and only a classical liberal like Edmund Burke could clinically point out that its failure was inevitable. Well before it self-destructed, returning power to a monarchy.
You DO NOT EXCITE MOBS and build expectations. That's a very bad idea. You can teach, you can be reasonable, and you can be restrained and accurate in your commitments, but never provoke unruly behaviour and unruly protest – or build UNREASONABLE expectations that the world will be reformed through a silly lokpal bill.
Ambedkar cautioned India against the grammar of anarchy:
…If we wish to maintain democracy not merely in form, but also in fact, what must we do? The first thing in my judgment we must do is to hold fast to constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives. It means we must abandon the bloody methods of revolution. It means that we must abandon the method of civil disobedience, non-cooperation and satyagraha. When there was no way left for constitutional methods for achieving economic and social objectives, there was a great deal of justification for unconstitutional methods. But where constitutional methods are open, there can be no justification for these unconstitutional methods. These methods are nothing but the Grammar of Anarchy and the sooner they are abandoned, the better for us.
I myself have written extensively against use of satyagraha-fasting-type techniques which appeal to our basest emotions, not to reason.
In democracy there should be REASONED DEBATE and promotion of good ideas, not self-immolation/ self-harm, or other debased means of blackmail. That's why we need to send representatives to the parliament who are able to speak on our behalf.
Looks like Arvind, the leftist anarchist, has simply no idea of governance.
Arvind Kejriwal lost his cool today when he confronted three different groups of protestors demanding his attention near his government's headquarters. "This is not the way to go about things," the Chief Minister of Delhi vented before walking away after trying to reason with the demonstrators, some of whom were shouting slogans against him.
The three different sets of protestors included representatives of unions for teachers and farmers who blocked main roads around the Delhi Secretariat for several hours today. "Aam aadmi yahaan hai, where is Kejriwal, kahaan hai?" some of them chanted sarcastically, asking for Mr Kejriwal to make an appearance. [Source]
Not to be outdone, Binny has threatened to go on indefinite fast!
To deliver on his promise of a government that would interact with people often and directly, the 45-year-old held his first janta darbar or public meeting on Saturday, but the crowd of thousands proved too tough to handle and Mr Kejriwal was pulled out by the police. He has since scrapped the weekly janta darbar
Clearly AK has never bothered to read Chanakya to understand how a society must be governed, and how feedback should be obtained. And he doesn't value the legislative assembly: where such feedback should be legitimately aired.
There is still time for Somnath Bharti to leave this nautanki and salvage his reputation. All that the people of India now recall about the Janata experiment is Raj Narain. I hope Somnath won't allow the situation to deteriorate so badly that his entire career is lost.