Yes, Kejriwal is at the risk of attack — either accept security or tone down the blind allegations

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Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal, minutes after being slapped yesterday while campaigning in Delhi, tweeted “I am just thinking – why am i being repeatedly attacked? Who r the masterminds?” (sic).

The media went, as usual, trying to stoke up views for and against, polarizing opinion on mundane issues like ‘why are not the rival political parties ‘condemning’ the incident?’


The general view among the rivals was, ‘we may condemn or not, but this is either stage-managed by AAP themselves to generate sympathy or they invited the discontent among the public’.

All this over-analysis avoided the moot point which Kejriwal answered before even being asked. His being attacked four times, twice in four days, were all minor incidents but could have been probably been avoided had he taken security.

Kejriwal face swollen after the slap – he later stated that he doesn’t need security
and the God will protect him.

One totally understands the reasons why AAP members are forsaking security; for economic reasons and an attempt to gain moral high ground that they indeed connect to the common man.

But across a gamut of issues and principles, it is important to realize that some of the objectives of AAP need to be revisited from time to time.

Airports across the world have been ensuring that every passenger entering their terminals has the best of comforts. However, on one end while they time themselves to quick passage of the passenger through immigration and baggage checks, there is no cutting into the time they check in so that adequate security measures can be followed. That is the practical way.

For AAP to take the giant leap from the union territory of Delhi to a party with nationwide appeal, lot of effort and reaching out to millions of people is required – at a lot of risk, too, because those millions out there are essentially disillusioned public and can resort to any action.

HT Graphic: Details of attacks on AAP leaders

Thankfully, the attempts have been not sinister. Imagine, someone trying to express his anger like a Nathuram Godse or Utsav Sharma, the maniac who attacked police officer SPS Rathore as well as Aarushi’s father Rajesh Talwar.

But let’s not be naïve to assume that Kejriwal is also naïve, not to understand the magnitude of risk.

But choices have consequences. If Kejriwal and AAP are ready to take that risk, they might as well shut up and ensure that such incidents are played down equally well. It is their responsibility then not to wonder out aloud in public domain as Kejriwal’s tweet.

It is as equally important a measure as he does by forgiving his attacker every time.

It is the public’s emotions that is more in play every time such things happen.

Written by Kumar Shyam >>

A sports journalist who has his eye on other aspects of life as well. Have worked for reputed newspapers like DNA, Mumbai Mirror and Indian Express. Currently based in Abu Dhabi and work as Online Editor of The National.

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