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Updated: January 5, 2014 01:22 IST

For sure, the new broom is here

Sukumaran C. V.
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I had become cynical of our politics, and convinced that Indian democracy was being systematically smashed by the leading political parties that have been following policies that help only the elites and the corporates. I had believed that in the coming elections the nation would find itself between the devil and the deep sea.

But the unexpected and phenomenal success in Delhi of the Aam Aadmi Party, with the broom as its symbol, seems to be a positive development that warrants a suspension of the cynicism. We had never seen the broom in public or in politics. In our homes the men won’t normally touch it as sweeping is not considered a ‘manly’ task but a ‘womanly’ one. The broom is needed to clean our homes and surroundings, but it has had a belittling reflection.

The AAP has removed the ‘untouchability’ of the broom. It seems the broom is becoming an essential tool that India and Indian politics need today. We have to clean up criminality in politics with brooms. We have to clean out gender inequities. We have to cleanse the policies that serve only the elites. We have to clean up the bureaucrats who spend crores of rupees on foreign trips even as the Planning Commission determines the imagined poverty line. We have to clean poachers and deforesters off the Ministry of Environment and Forests. In short, we have to clean out the parasites, those whose policies help the corporate world to rape the environment and to rob the poor of their right to live, off Indian politics and democracy.

We want our secularism back, we want our democracy back, we want our environment back. We want our rivers, our forests, our paddyfields, our fresh air and our freshwater back.

Now, for the clean-up

As the AAP has effaced the untouchability of the broom; people all over the country should now take it in their hands and, in the 2014 general elections, clean out undesirable elements from Indian politics.

India doesn’t need bickering in the name of caste and religion. It doesn’t need the secular edifice to be demolished. India doesn’t want to ‘shine’ or be a ‘superpower’ at the cost of its environment and the poor. India needs to be a country where the poor, the disadvantaged and women can live with dignity and pride.

There was only one man who truly represented the Indian aam aadmi, and that man is called the Mahatma. What India needs is to convert that frail man’s dreams, mostly forgotten by even the so-called followers of the Mahatma as they ruled the country for decades.

The following was his dream: “I shall work for an India in which the poorest shall feel that it is their country, in whose making they have an effective voice, an India in which there shall be no high class and low class of people, an India in which all communities shall live in perfect harmony. There can be no room in such an India for the curse of untouchability or the curse of intoxicating drinks and drugs. Women will enjoy the same rights as men. This is the India of my dreams.”

Let us hope the broom will help us realise the India of the Mahatma’s dreams.

(The writer’s e-mail is lscvsuku@gmail.com)

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Dear Mr.Sukumaran,
You have echoed the thoughts of millions of honest citizens of this
country! AAP has emerged as a whiff of fresh air in the stinking and
polluted political atmosphere ! I do hope Kejriwal and his men are
able to sustain the momentum.
But my nagging suspicion is that in spite of Arvind's best
intentions ( which would appear Utopian, to the cynical Indian mind),
how long he will be able to keep his party men from falling into the
trap of corruption and greed, which have become a part and parcel of
Indian Politics. When expanding the party nation wide, AAP is bound to
attract the disgruntled elements from the scores of other parties,
where corruption, thirst for power and greed are ingrained into their
constitutions ! Lets us hope this does not happen !!

from:  N.N.Neelakantan
Posted on: Jan 6, 2014 at 19:25 IST

The article echoes the feelings of millions of seemingly helpless
Indians. Yes cynicism has now given place to hope; hope that India and
Indians have a chance to see a bright India.

The broom applied first at home will clean every household and then
every family will become a true building block of future India. We
will not only build India of tomorrow but also become a beacon hope to
other countries reeling under the same scourge we are all today
suffering.

from:  Dr.K.S.Rama Krishna
Posted on: Jan 6, 2014 at 19:14 IST

....fantastic...words from the heart of a real democrat...I like your
words:"India doesn’t want to ‘shine’ or be a ‘superpower’ at the cost of
its environment and the poor. India needs to be a country where the
poor, the disadvantaged and women can live with dignity and pride."

from:  RAVISANKAR E V
Posted on: Jan 6, 2014 at 19:05 IST

I am a XIth std student. I just loved the way you presented it.You were able to bring out all the positives of AAP through your article. Like you I too am eagerly waiting to see a corruption free India, through the hands of Aravind Kejriwal.Hope AAP can surely bring out a political revolution.

from:  Jayalakshmi Jayalal
Posted on: Jan 6, 2014 at 13:39 IST

The most powerful words are WE WANT OUR SECULARISM,DEMOCRACY,ENVIRONMENT,RIVERS,FORESTS,OUR PADDY FIELDS,FRESHAIR,FRESH WATER BACK.. let us hope the present politicians and upcoming politicians may read this article and understand what common man wants...
Thanks for your wonderful article and expecting some like this

from:  vivek anand
Posted on: Jan 6, 2014 at 13:00 IST

sir, i read the article - for sure , the new broom is here. very good. i believe it spreads all over the country. Thank u.

from:  manmohan k
Posted on: Jan 6, 2014 at 09:52 IST

Lets hope the change will not be short spanned and will make our country shine ...... not through parties but through people...

from:  Dileep
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 16:43 IST

I hope AAP will live up to its symbol in cleaning the state of
corruption.

from:  Anusha
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 12:07 IST

Well said.Let us all resolve to vote only for those who will follow
the principles enunciated by the AAP,for AAP maynot be able to put up
candidates at all the Parliamentary constituencies.

from:  K P Natarajan
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 08:16 IST

Salutations to the writer. Yes, the trouble arose, because those who were walking through
The corridors of power forgot the father of the nation, after we gained independence.. The
Mahatma gave his views in the HARIJAN and if those golden thoughts were translated into
Action by the congress ministers, our country would have been different. The AAP now is
Using the broomstick to clean the country, kejarwall gives hope to the nation. This should
Serve as an impetus to all the political parties in our land to improve the system. It is really
Heartening to find that many people in high position are now coming forward to bring about A change. We should not loose hope. The electorate will be in a position to elect good Candidates in the next elections and the newcomers can work for the betterment of India to Fulfill the dreams of the greatest man of the last centuary.

from:  C p Chandra das
Posted on: Jan 5, 2014 at 05:09 IST
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