The Story of a Missed Call

By Dr Mukul Pai Raiturkar
04 March 2020 19:28 IST

Aam Aadmi Party swept Delhi. For a moment I felt as if Indian politics had given a missed call to the missed call party.

How does one interpret these results? Can polarization fail in a fundamentalist nation like India to such an extent that the National Capital Region jointly ruled by the BJP and the AAP can slip away from the hands of the powerful BJP? What is the possibility that AAP can attain similar results across other states? These are but natural questions to ask.

AAP has a more humanist agenda – education, healthcare -- than pure polarization agenda of its main adversary. This has been well received by the voters. But did AAP succeed in shifting the ideological spectrum of Delhi’s politics to the centre? Did AAP succeed in bringing in a more Constitutional narrative and therefore a more emotionally mature narrative into the electoral discourse? The answer to both these questions has to be in the negative. Kejriwal summoned Hanuman and Christ and every other God in the Indian skies to his electoral propaganda. Even his slogans like Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata ki Jai were borrowed from the BJP RSS.  Then why did he get the minority vote? My view is that the Muslims are so scared about the clear and present danger to their institutions and indeed to their very existence that they did not bother about the Vande Mataram they once opposed. They did not mind the soft, humanist Hindutva of Kejriwal – and they decided to vote without exception for the AAP.

I would say that had Kejriwal fought the polarization that BJP brought in head on, he could not have won. This would mean that the agenda of polarization does appeal even now to the middle class, well heeled, Hindu voter of Delhi and therefore, perhaps, the nouveau riche voter of the majority community of the entire nation. I say nouveau riche taking from the fact that Delhi is a sample of such voters.

Congress lost completely in the entire scenario despite the fact that it remains the only national party to have contested Delhi elections that can bring in an effective ideological shift to a more Constitutional position, thereby also bringing about an emotional shift in the Indian society to more compassionate and empathetic position vis a vis the disadvantaged sections – even at the national level. This feat is  something that the AAP cannot achieve. Despite this, the minorities saw AAP as the local quick fix to the programmatic anticonstitutionalism of the BJP. So did the poverty stricken Hindus in need of jobs and education.

One lesson that the weaker sections of Indian society can take from the approach of Muslim voter of Delhi is to stand solidly and unequivocally behind the party that promises to bring about a humane, emotionally and ideologically mature, Constitutional spectral change in the politics of this country. Don’t throw your votes to any party that has an anti constitutional program.

Disclaimer: Views expressed above are the author's own.

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Dr Mukul Pai Raiturkar

Dr Mukul R Pai Raiturkar is a consultant pediatrician & neonatologist practicing in Margao. He is the co-convener of Ami Goenkar, an organisation of secular young Goans working towards a novel approach to religious-political issues of Goa. Son of veteran Goan freedom fighter Mr Ravindranath Pai Raiturkar, he exudes unshakable faith in a liberal, secular and free spirited democracy of India.

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CONGRESS Supporters: Criticizing BJP & AAP and Voting Congress.

CONGRESS Winners: Criticizing Congress and joining BJP to form the next Government.

- Jack De Goan, Goa | 14 th March 2020 19:17


CONGRESS Supporters: Always speak about CASTE.

BJP Supporters: Always speak about RELIGION.

AAP Supporters: Always speak about Education, Health, Water, Electricity, CCTV, Work & Honesty.

- Jack De Goan, Goa | 06 th March 2020 19:53


CONGRESS: Caste & Corrupt Politics.

BJP: Religion & Communal Politics.

AAP: Work & Honest Politics.

- Jack De Goan, Goa | 04 th March 2020 23:17


CONGRESS: Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs & Dalits.

BJP: Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs & Dalits.

AAP: Education, Health, Water, Electricity, Transport, Pilgrimage, Old Age Home, Training Center, CCTV, Government Services Home Delivery, Wifi and many other Services to the Common Man.

- Jack De Goan, Goa | 04 th March 2020 21:04


1) Trying to reestablish persecuted people on the basis of religion from Pakistan by giving them citizenship is not humanistic?

2). Muslims right from the time of stressors have committed genocide on the basis of religion are seculars?

3) Is majority of elected members passed a law like C.A.B. is against Constitution?

4) If any resolution is passed in parliament unconstitutionally, then court is better place to solve it or street can settle it better?

5) Is Islam secular? Is it true that Islam has objection of very existence of Kaffirs in the world!?

6) How about translating Mitranno in Konkani with special elaboration and emphasis to jeehad?

7) Are there any Islamic majority countries who are secular?

8) In West Bengal during Marxist rule there used to be ques every evening to buy subsidized liqour, when Kejriwal will start it in Delli?

9) If kejriwal abolish excise on Tobacco then more employment will be generated by way of mobile vendors on street of Delli and his AAP Party will get more votes?

10) Is India steel need Inquilab and against whom? Why Kejriwal is changing slogans "INQUILAB ZEENDABAD"!!! in between Bharat mata ki jai and Vande mataram?

- Arvind S. Naik, Tona, Caranzale | 04 th March 2020 18:24


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