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AAP is screwing up lately. And screwing up too fast to feel good about. So, some mouthful of suggestions to AAP
1. Shut the fuck up and focus on the job
You have zero experience in governing a municipal ward let alone state. There are huge expectations on your shoulders. If you fail you wont recover. There are large number of people who are expecting you to fail and equally large number of people want you to succeed. Don’t throw goodwill and hard-work by making stupid statements. Rate at which you are making blunders with in month you will loose sheen. One day your leader talks of Kashmir next day another leader talks of reservation. What the fuck is wrong with you guys? Just ask those who are not in the government to just shut up. All the other issues can come later. First show that you mean business. Rate at which you are fucking up is making me go scream on rooftop
2. Walk the talk
Don’t take big houses, cars. Don’t complain that people are measuring you by very high standards. You asked for it. When you set the utopian goals it’s obvious that you will be the first one to be measured by that goal. Don’t you know that kids don’t do what parents tell them to, they do what parents do. Same is true in public life. That’s why it is tough to bring change because the one who is bringing change has to stay out of the current setup. And by the way you have lived without luxury and fame so far you can live without it for few more months/years. Mr.Kejriwal do you know something called distant relationship? So work from Delhi and meet your family on weekends. Do it till dust settles down. If you really want to work closely with your ministers get apartments/houses close to eachother and near assembly and work from there.
3. Forget 2014
Don’t fall in trap. Honestly you will look like B-team of congress. You don’t have machinery. You don’t have cadre (At least I don’t know). You don’t have agenda. You don’t fucking know what is your vision? If your vision is what Yogendra Yadav’s vision is you are fucked. Your supporters are from middle class and they don’t buy this socialist shit anymore. Better option would be to let people look at what you have done in Delhi. They will give you chance. Take one step at a time. Rome was not built in a day. You have long distance to go. Don’t spread too thin too fast.
4. Don’t encourage seasonal birds
Captain Gopinath, Kamal Farooqui and many others like them will come to you. They are like big boss contestants. They are just publicity seekers. Don’t fucking give them eyeballs. You guys look equal morons.
5. Logout and prepare the plan for 100 days
Logout from 24/7 media buzz. It’s not helping you folks. Nobody has ever achieved anything meaningful unless they have plan. I haven’t seen any plan from you folks for next 100 days. If not have it soon. Think big execute bigger. Show results and go for glory. That’s the only way. You can’t hope to just work like donkey and resolve things for city like Delhi in 100 days. There are few low hanging fruits and many which will require planning, convincing and execution.
Will they do it? I don’t think so Why? Refer to my previous post for that… More on why AAP will fuck up faster than we think later.
Because my friend Saurabh Bhardwaj is minister for transportation in Delhi now, I thought let me start with what he can consider.
What needs to be done to improve public transport in the cities of India?
1. Get rid of permits for autos or cycle rickshaws
Do we have permits for restaurants, barbershops, movie theater or any other public recreation or requirements? Society finds its equilibrium. Those who make money stay others wind up and leave. By imposing artificial restrictions on number of autos that can ply on the roads we are creating 1. Monopoly 2. Dearth for service 3. Demand supply gap. and incentivizing corruption. It also smacks of communist style governance where Government know and would also decide what is good for the people. Which definitely is not true. Government shouldn’t dictate terms on what services and in what quantity are good for the society. In current situation, auto unions force the rate. i.e. In Bangalore auto costs 13/KM while cab costs 14/KM. Auto drivers can demand arbitrarily high fare and refuse to go by meter. This can be because of scarcity of autos on the roads. It also creates black market where un-registered autos ply and traffic police harasses them for want of permits. It’s also reported that in some places mafia controls the entire auto market and it costs 4 lakhs to 5 lakhs to buy one and operate. Condition is much worse for cycle rickshaws where they are already carrying burden of fellow human being (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUPQPnsIOpc)
2. Rationalize and Privatize routes for buses
This is remarkable that in all Indian cities government works as monopoly as far as large public transportation is concerned. And they do very poor job of it. Very poor connectivity and very poor availability in many cities. (I have lived in 6 cities). What is needed is comprehensive transport policy to ensure that no one in the city needs to take their vehicle if they are willing to walk no more than a kilometer. Once the objective is clearly laid out 1. Identify current capacity 2. service delivery gap 3. See who can fill it (i.e. Autos can be feeders from home to main road etc or mini buses in congested areas). It can be done fairly easily. On top of that government must build all weather shelters at all the bus stops. It can also provide digital devices to let passengers know when is the next bus coming. Show routes on the stops. If government can’t provide let private players chip in and develop the system for the public.
3. Let taxis have their stands
In most Indian cities taxis are not allowed to have their stands. It has stifled the growth of taxi services in many Indian cities. Just like autos they should be allowed to have their meters, stand and pick passengers on the go. Bit by bit auto drivers might find more value in having taxis and we might see transition. Current mechanism just doesn’t allow alternate transport medium to grow.
4. Cycle transport
Today cycle transport is mostly toy and has very little utility value. There are few near Bangalore metro. Has very limited use for multiple reasons. One it’s not well advertised. Two not many cycle stands where people can drop their vehicles. Three roads on which they ride are not very cyclist friendly. For short distances government should allow having cycle stands and companies that allow people to rent cycles and drop at nearest places. For small distances with convenience it may find many takers.
Some AAP supporters claimed what has happened in Delhi is revolution and it has never happened in India. That’s factually incorrect. It is not right to compare past events with the present because things are never same. People change, circumstances change. But revolution of much larger scale happened in 77 when Indira Gandhi was thrown out of power by Janata Party lead by Jayaprakash Narayan. It happened at the all India level while AAP’s revolution has happened only at the state level. Yes, the plant has potential to be banyan tree. But it’s just a plant as of now. In 1989 VP Singh lead Janata Dal brought Rajiv Gandhi’s government down (Janata Party avatar 2.0). The difference between AAP phenomena and previous events is AAP is predominantly represented by the politically inclined youth not part of any party. In 77 and 89 established political leaders, who were in public life for decades led the movements. You can say Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan, Yogendra Yadav and others are also political activists or are from occupation that’s political in nature with enough experience in organising events and carrying out rallies etc. But they are not part of the establishment. That’s the difference.
Anyway, AAP will see influx of people and leaders joining the bandwagon. AAP has open the door to many who are politically inclined but has no place to go. As Congress is more or less family controlled, lucky sperm party even at taluka levels and BJP is very hierarchical starting from ABVP days. It’s difficult to get the lateral entry into politics in India unless you are celebrity of some kind. AAP has opened shop with solid brand equity. Many people will join. This is great news for Indian democracy. Fresh blood, new talent, lot of raw energy will be on display. AAP for next couple years will be very interesting phenomena that will unfold in India’s political landscape. But will that change India for better? Yes, indirectly. It will make other parties sit up and take notice. At least national parties won’t be able to run affairs in business as usual manner. Impact is already visible the way Rahul Gandhi intervened in Lokpal and later in Aadarsh report. Even before elections BJP was forced to name Dr. Harshwardhan, more likeable leader as CM candidate and after the elections it didn’t indulge in horse trading to form the government. Now BJP has announced shadow cabinet to monitor AAP’s work. That’s very welcome change. AAP has already started playing role of catalyst in that sense.
But AAP as a party of idea is nothing more than cleaner version of JDU or RJD, both are left over fractions of long dead Janata parivar. That’s why I consider them as Janata party 3.0. Comparison here is not about talent, motive or organisation but strictly speaking about their ideas. Consider how many times Arvind Kejriwal thanked Allah and Ishwar in his swearing in ceremony . (Atheist thanking gods in the most important speech of his life so far. Can it get more hypocritical? But that’s different topic) Consider Kejriwal courting Tauqeer Reza Khan (who declared fatwa on Taslima Nasreen) before election  and now Kamal Farooquie (member of AIMPLB who claimed Bhatkal was arrested because he is a Muslim, not because he is IM terrorist) joining AAP . Consider on day one he is talking about 30Cr subsidy to provide free water . Consider on day one Manish Sisodia saying private schools are not for making profit . As we can see AAP basically is party with with simialr socialist ethos.
My close friend Vishnu who volunteered with AAP told, “Hope is AAP’s base that is urban middle class. Hopefully they will force party to take reasonable position”. Honestly I don’t have much hope. Consider Kejriwal himself. His entire political upbringing is with Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander. Socialists to the core. Consider Prashant Bhushan or Yogendra yadav. Same. Though foot soldiers have no ideology they forget that their leaders do. Whatever they claim on their party’s website.
But on larger question of what are the top 3 things that needs to change immediately for India? What role AAP will play?
1. End of crony capitalism (Remember we need capitalism with fair, transparent, and open regulations unlike current rent seeking that Congress has indulged in in last decade). As we will see later AAP won’t be able to do it. It’s not in their thinking. They may oppose or expose crony capitalism but they can’t propose solution. BJP with Arun Shourie as disinvestment minister during NDA regime initiated the process hopefully they will take it forward during their second term.
2. Police & Judicial reforms: SC has already given judgement on police reforms but it has not been implemented by the states. Without gaining influence in major states AAP can’t hope to have impact on this issue. On Judicial reforms some serious action is required here and hopefully AAP can force others to take position as in lokpal movement.
3. Infrastructure: What country needs is massive investment in physical and social infrastructure. Physical infrastructure like ports, roads, railways etc and social infrastructure like access to health care, sanitation and quality education. AAP’s thinking is against privatisation and without private money the scale at which country needs to build infrastructure to come out of the trap of 3rd world country is almost impossible.
Finally, if you have political ambitions, it’s good time to join AAP. It’s limited time offer. It’s like start up after series A funding.
 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/assembly-elections-2013/delhi-assembly-elections/Once-atheist-Arvind-Kejriwal-thanks-god-calls-it-miracle/articleshow/28047228.cms, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_o4GQL2cQc,
 http://freethoughtblogs.com/taslima/2013/11/11/fatwabaaz-and-politicians/ http://www.ndtv.com/article/assembly-polls/cleric-who-issued-fatwa-against-taslima-nasreen-may-campaign-for-arvind-kejriwal-441919