As a relatively young man, living in a modest flat in a Delhi he has dared to taken on both the major parties in the country's political firmament. And this knowing too well, that one or the other of these parties will lead the government whenever the next elections are held unless, Kejriwal really believes that his party’s engine will have enough fuel to garner so many seats in parliament so as to make both the Congress and the BJP irrelevant. That is no easy task. And yet he has taken on both sides of the fence at the same time, effectively cutting off all lines of defense.
Thinking of Arvind Kejriwal made me also think of Satyendra Dubey, the young engineer Satyendra Dubey, who was killed for blowing the whistle in the golden quadrilateral project in Bihar. That was in 2003. Then I think of the Nitish Katara case, where Nitish was murdered in cold blood by henchmen of politician D.P. Yadav for being romantically involved with his daughter. That was in 2002. Have the intervening years seen things improve for the better? No. So the risk for anyone attempting to expose corruption on the scale Kejriwal is doing is commendable. And while it is true that notionally everyone is innocent till proven guilty, a man in as vulnerable a position as Arvind would not be as foolish as to say things without having done some level of homework.
There is spunk and courage in the man which can be understood is rash perhaps, but to me it is courage of a moral nature, not too easily visible. Soldiers display physical courage all the time; they go into battle largely knowing what the consequences could be. That is a commodity to be admired and we should salute and applaud that though as in other instances, we may fall short here too. But moral courage is shadowy and scary for the consequences of your courage could stalk you for a lifetime. A soldier knows that at the end of the day, when an armistice is announced, a cease fire declared, there is a return to peace time life and its pleasures. But for those who have chosen to display moral courage that actually live the most death defying lives, for them the Damocles sword never lifts.
Recently I read that Salman Khurshid commented of Kejriwal that he is an “ant” attempting to challenge an “elephant” like the Congress and that Kejriwal is dreaming a pipe dream of taking on the big parties in the land. Probably Khurshid is right and Kejriwal is dreaming a pipe dream and perhaps he will get crushed like an ant. Perhaps he won’t. Only time will tell that. But it is only unreasonable people who dream pipe dreams that make a difference, not those who live every step by the drum beat of logic and politically correct reasoning.