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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.

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2 thoughts on “Hoisted by his own petard: Arvind Kejriwal flees street protestors, and his MLA threatens a fast!
  1. Ribhus Narayna

    Somnath Bharti, also showing same tendencies as Arvind Kejriwal. He made a spectacle of himself by arguing with Delhi Police on camera. That too, when he was in the wrong. He was forcing DP to conduct raid without a warrant. He was heard shouting “I am the law minister” at the DP, when they refused to conduct the raid.

    I don’t think that he is the kind of leader that you want India to have. What is the difference between him & present lot of politicians who consider ministries as their personal fiefdom? If we really wanted to have more of the same, then what’s wrong with the present politicians?

    As a saying goes, “Judge a person based not on how he treats his equals but on how he treats those under him.” Similarly, a true character of a person is only visible once he has power. And currently Somnath Bharti is showing all indications of being a dictator.

  2. hemen parekh

    The Midnight Drama

    Bravo , Somnath Bharati

    Bravo for that brush with the Delhi Police at midnight , yesterday

    You managed to conclusively establish , what people of Delhi suspected all along , viz :,

    > If Delhi Police cannot care a hoot , even for a Minister , the poor stand no
    chance to get them to act on their complaints

    > Delhi Police are hand-in-glove with the drug mafia / pimps / rapists /
    swindlers / murderers / smugglers / all anti-social elements

    > Delhi Police are the most corrupt department


    Next time you conduct such a ” surprise raid ” ,

    > do it in daytime

    > under the glare of 100 TV cameras

    > in the presence of the people of Delhi

    > telecast LIVE on news channels

    TV editors will be too glad to oblige !

    That is the only way to expose Police-Mafia nexus !

    Forget the proper procedures – which only succeed in alerting the Mafia !

    But don’t expect things to change much till AAP manages to get FULL STATEHOOD status for Delhi , and make the Police report to the Delhi government , instead of the Central Home Minister

    Of course , the Centre will do everything to prevent this !

    In the meantime , a word of caution to the Delhi Police :

    Remember ,

    > Somnath is only a symbol of people’s anger / frustration

    > If you don’t mend your ways fast , this anger will boil over

    > At that time , your lathis / tear gas / water cannons will not be able to
    control the people

    > People have witnessed what happened in Arab countries recently

    > They are desperate to try anything that they think , will get them justice

    > Do not stretch your luck

    > Next time you fail to act on their complaints – or a complaint of any
    Minister of Delhi government , you will run out of luck !

    > With 2014 elections approaching fast , Congress Home Minister will not
    come to your aid – for fear of an ” ANTI – CONGRESS ” wave over ”

    Remember , Ram Lila Maidan in 2011 ?

    * hemen parekh ( 17 Jan 2014 / Mumbai )


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