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Sad Your Excellency: President is supposed to be neutral
During his address to the nation, President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee used two expressions, “populist anarchy” and “governments should not be charity shops,” which are definitely controversial. The chief spokesman of AAP, Yogendra Yadav has magnanimously said “I have full belief that the President must have had greater things on mind. ….”

The Congress Party has also stated that the remarks were not directed at any particular political party. But to many ordinary citizens and supporters of AAP like me, the President’s remarks are seen as veiled criticism of AAP. Let us examine the two remarks one by one.

Political Anarchy

It would have been nice if the President had clarified what he meant by political anarchy. I certainly wish that he would clarify it someday. Many including the mainstream political parties, media, intelligentsia had called Kejriwal’s two day sit-in at Rail Bhawan political anarchy. He was with six of his ministers and surrounded by thousands of policemen during the sit in. He blocked one or two of Delhi’s thousands of roads and caused minor disruption of traffic.

Four metro stations were closed and caused inconvenience to commuters. But Kejriwal did not close the metro stations. He has no authority to do so. The Central government closed the stations to prevent AAP supporters from reaching the sit-in site. So the inconvenience was not caused by Kejriwal but by the Central Government. Would the main stream political parties, the media and the intelligentsia please answer the following questions?

Is closing down metro stations of Delhi at the drop of a hat political anarchy or not?

Is the Home Minister not meeting the Chief Minister of a state political anarchy or not?

Is BJP’s and SP’s not allowing the parliament to function political anarchy or not?

Was the violent Telengana agitation political anarchy or not?

Is Raj Thackeray's MNS not paying toll and destroying toll booths political anarchy or not?

Is politician’s going on foreign pleasure trips at the taxpayer’s expense political anarchy or not?

Is not making the judicial inquiry reports on Adarsh Housing Scam, Illegal Mining in Orissa etc. political anarchy or not?

Are “rail roko aandolans” by political party’s political anarchy or not?

Is intimidation of ordinary people by political cadres of CPM, TMC, SP and the Sangh Parivar political anarchy or not?

One can go on listing instances of political anarchy for days. Kejriwal has done nothing that can even remotely compare with BJP’s disrupting the functioning of the parliament session after session, year after year? Where was the President when all these things were happening? Why single out AAP and Kejriwal?

AAP Running a Charity Shop

It would have been nice if the President had clarified what he meant by running a charity shop. AAP had promised the poor citizens of Delhi that the party would provide free water upto 20,000 litre of water per month per family and halve the electricity rates of those household who consume less than 400 units of power per month. If this is running a charity shop, what is MGNREGA, subsidizing fuel, fertilizer, food security bill, giving cheap rice, cycles to girl students, laptops, TVs and so on?

Many of the charity shops were functioning when the President was the Finance Minister and I do not recollect having read about his objecting to the freebies, which the Congress and all other political parties routinely gave in with the hope that it will help them win elections. I would of course apologise if he clarified that his remarks were aimed at Rahul Gandhi for suggesting that the number of subsidized LPG cylinders be increased from 9 to 12 and the Petroleum Minister Virappa Moily, who had been resisting requests for the same, promptly agreed.


India achieved independence from British rule with the help of a political anarchy of the freedom struggle. Most of the princely states, landlords and “Westernized Oriental Gentlemen”, our intelligentsia, wanted British rule to continue and said so openly. All the established political parties, bureaucrats, policemen, industrial houses, business men, tax cheats, hawala dealers, foreign investors, and arms dealers are all keen that India continues to remain one of the most corrupt nations in the world. So, if we want our country to win freedom from corruption, we will have to put up with some political anarchy from AAP. But I am confident that the anarchy will be much less than what is practised by the established political parties.

As regards governments being charity shops, I am all for it as long as it reaches the needy and not the rich. MP Naveen Jhindal used over 90 subsidized LPG cylinders per month. If the Indian Government is not alarmed by the 6.5 lakh rupees of sticky loans given by Indian banks to Indian industrialists, businessmen, traders and speculators, I fail to understand why the President is alarmed at a few freebies to the poorer sections of the society, which cost only a few thousand crores. There should be some method in the madness of neo-liberal economics of Manmohan, Montek and Chidambaram and what will happen if Narendra Modi comes to power!

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