As the AAP begins to push ahead, the demand for a clearer understanding of the nature of society and its aspirations would certainly become acute
The AAP leaders clearly have not sat down to deliberate on these issues; but their slogans and actions have the appearance of holding the Constitution and institutions to their promises to the people of India, something along the lines of what’s happening in Latin America. When the movement started some two years ago at Ramlila Ground, the frightened political class first denounced it as a challenge to the venerable democratic institutions and then sought to sabotage it by making promises it had no intention of fulfilling. “Laws are made in Parliament and not in Ramlila Ground” was its war cry, typically seeking to mislead public opinion. “These unelected and unelectable men are insulting the temple of democracy, i.e. Parliament,” screamed leaders of the government and the Opposition in unison, even as for weeks and months together Parliament’s routine functioning was disrupted by them. Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal had never sought the substitution of Ramlila Ground for Parliament, but demanded that it pass a Bill in accordance with the will of the people. Mr. Kejriwal and his comrades have taken oath to honour the Constitution of India, not to abolish it and they are seeking to embed all their actions within the framework of given laws and institutions, but with a turn that had been ignored, even denied for so long. Clearly, the same institutions can be turned into the facilitators of or the stumbling blocks for society’s progress. That seems to be the perspective at work.