Aam Aadmi Party has been at the center of numerous debates and criticism. However, this phenomenon called AAP needs to be looked through a new lens.
The so called ‘ dharna party’ , is it a mere rebellion or a revolution ?
I will attempt to analyze its antecedent trails and origin, the passage of its evolution , its policies and the much talked about 49 days rule to arrive at a conclusion.
While the oxford dictionary defines rebellion as an act of armed resistance to an established government or a leader and refers revolution as a forcible overthrow of government or societal order in favor of a new system.
The origin of this party lies in the protest against the existing order, which might be more appropriate to be referred as disorder. The Lokpal Bill protest was not only a rebellion against the existing political system but also the very form in which the democracy exists in the world’s largest democracy. This first segment of its origin surely makes the AAP phenomenon a rebellion as it stood against the established governance.
However, the second segment of its origin or more appropriately its birth brings different not divergent though, aspects to light as compared to its gestation period. The fact that the party formed out of the movement for the mere reason that it no longer wanted to just question the norms but transform them clearly was the first step towards revolution.
On its formation, AAP protested against the inflated power and electricity bills, agitated against the ban on advertisement on auto rickshaws etc. These acts clearly show the rebellion aspects of AAP wherein it firmly stood against the existing norms , urging for its overthrow. There isn’t any denial in the fact that there are varied opinions on the credibility of this rebellion.
But the fact that AAP not only stood against the norms but also suggested and demanded the measures to be adopted to rectify the scenario brings it closer to being a revolution because when there is a revolution, you not only rebel but also establish a new system replacing the existing one.
When AAP came in power and marked its reign period , it clearly entitled it to be called a revolution because even those acts which earlier were tagging it as a mere rebellion metamorphosed into revolution as earlier if it was protesting against inflated electricity bills now it remedified the problem with the new system in existence.
We need to comprehend the fragile fabric in which rebellion and revolution are knit. Like Marx believed that rebellion is very much a part of revolution, I think now it is to the voters of Delhi to allow this bud to bloom completely into a revolution and be a part of it.
We can’t let it to be a mere rebellion.
We have to make this half process into a full blown revolution.