This refers to the article, “The future and AAP” (April 16). It is true that people — voters as also those cynical of elections — have regained their democratic beliefs through the AAP. We have also seen the AAP effect during the Delhi Assembly elections. It is unfortunate that it had a short-lived existence, but the lesson for the party is that it must now cultivate a vision if it is to make an impact on the electoral scene.
The article has shed light on the perception of errors committed by a budding party. With its fresh initiatives, AAP has become a party of principles and reinforced the faith of the aam aadmi in our democracy marred by corruption, muscle power and empty rhetoric. The AAP has to learn the nuances of political governance in order to provide a stable regime. It should not follow its confrontationist style even after entering Parliament.
In The Story of My Experiments with Truth, the Mahatma says: “To safeguard democracy the people must have a keen sense of independence, self respect and oneness, and should insist upon choosing as their representatives only such persons as are good and true.” For the first time in India after Gandhiji, here is a party which helps people have “a keen sense of independence, self respect and oneness” and provides them a choice to elect “as their representatives only such persons as are good and true.” In the murky political landscape of India, the AAP seems to be the only hope to save our secular democracy, as it is the “amplifier of the murmurings” of the people, irrespective of their caste, class, gender and religion.