Let me start with a disclaimer that I haven’t been quite excited about AAP’s economic vision and it hobnobbing with symbolic secularism. Nevertheless I still hold the view that in Delhi, AAP’s rise could have positive outcomes for politics in India.
First let me state why Aam Aadmy Party cannot cause much damage with it’s rise in Delhi:
- Most of what AAP has in its regressive economic vision is controlled at the level of Union and not States and hence, AAP, even if forms a Govt in Delhi will not be able to make any big changes to India’s or Delhi’s economy.
- Delhi as a state doesn’t have much of Industry, it is largely a commerce and trading center. Therefore unlike how Left damaged West Bengal, AAP cannot much damage Delhi.
- In fact, AAP has shown to be Pro-Small-Businessmen, Anti-Corporate and Anti-FreeMarket. This bodes well for Delhi’s profile, except for Corporate like BSES and NDPL.
1) AAP, if it registers significant vote-share in Delhi, within first year of its formation, will establish the hunger among at least the urban voters that they are looking for a political party that:
- Promotes transparency in how the party collects funds, selects its candidates and how it is run.
- Is run on the principles of Internal Democracy rather than high command culture on which every other party is runs, even non dynastic parties like CPI/CPM.
- Supports reforms like Police Reforms and Judicial Reforms
2) AAP promises to usher in an era of participative and interactive democracy. Although I consider their model of deciding for example the petrol prices on street, I think if they form Govt, they can tweak their anarchist model to be a pragmatic model. If that happens and if they are able to demonstrate a practical model of participative democracy, real Swaraj and empowerment of citizen, that would again push all other parties to adopt this model.
So in summary, AAP’s rise can push parties like BJP to become more transparent, promote internal democracy, pick up on Police Reforms, Judicial Reforms and Electoral Reforms and on devolution of Power, ushering in participatory democracy and real Swaraj.
Finally let me state the risks if AAP does comes to power:
- AAP can wreck the power distribution in Delhi by shooing away Corporate..
- AAP if doesn’t fine tunes their model of Swaraj, can lead to an RWA-raj, an anarchy!