I personally want AAP to win - but that wont be possible.
I belong to a generation where people wish for a revolution, but sleep while it brews.Lots of people have been questioning why i support AAP even though i'm so sure it wont win.
Well, its cause i'm not blind. I see the truth. and i wont stand by as evil takes over a nation. and i definitely wont let regret get the better of me in the future when my kids ask me why did you let it happen? did you do nothing at all? despite being a serial non-voter, this time, i will cast my vote - i'll cast my vote for hope. because this time, it actually does exist.
Read this article from MAHESH MURTHY. It goes on to clear a lot of facts about the what and why of the choices we are about to make a nation :
So this is a big ask - do you have 45 minutes for me? I could say it could make a big difference in the next 5 years for you. But that would probably be an exaggeration. Okay, this could make a small difference at least, I think.
I've been writing and posting for 3 weeks now, and during this period I've probably put out six or seven long posts and a couple of dozen image posts. During this time, I've also had 8 friends block and/or delete me for these posts. And about 1,600 new friend requests - sorry folks, Facebook restricts me to 5,000 - so I can't add you all - thank you for following me, and bear with me.
During this time, I've also had my parentage questioned, my sexual behaviour with my children speculated upon, my political ambitions announced, near-daily death threats, deep speculations on how much AAP pays me (zero, by the way) or Congress pays me (also zero, by the way) and that this is a deep plot by Pinstorm one of my investee companies (which has done work for multiple political parties including BJP and AAP and which has nothing to do with any of my posts which I write and design myself) topped off with of course the standard BJP response to any uncomplimentary thoughts - that of having defective DNA - or being a "retard" or "aaptard" or "kejritard" or whatever they come up with. Quite amazing, I don't get death threats from Congress fans, or from AAP fans when I critcise either. I guess BJP fans are a very insecure and sensitive lot. Quite a fun journey these three weeks have been.
But hey, I'm still here, and I haven't changed my mind on a single thing. I still believe, more than ever, that the Congress and BJP are both wrong choices for us.
My support has been for India's youngest, newest, most impressive political party, the AAP. Is it perfect? Nope. It's barely a year old. Can they govern? Sure - there's no big deal to ruling the country - the day to day stuff is run by babus anyway - and the job of the politician is to set policy that works for the people and to keep the babus honest. I am reasonably sure that neither the BJP nor the Congress can do this, given how they've let private and personal interests rule policy - and overseen how our bureaucracy and babudom have been corrupted from top to bottom by the termites of bribery. So all the experience both parties claim is in the wrong field - it is in corrupt, policy-less administration. Not in what we need.
What would I like to do? It'd be great if you could read what I have to say - and see if you could vote for the AAP. Or better, share this with your friends so THEY can read it all. No vote for the AAP is wasted - as it is one less vote for the old, corrupt termite-ridden way of life we all grew up in. And this is the first real opportunity in my lifetime and perhaps yours to reduce the power of the termites in the Congress and BJP.
The biggest thing the AAP has done, as even a hardcore BJP fan will admit, is the national prominence it has received in such a short time - with not a single media rupee to spend, and come up ahead of the Congress in many folks' eyes as the only party that can stop or slow the evil BJP juggernaut. This is classic David versus Goliath stuff, and I'm rooting for David. Do read what I have to say, and see if you would like to root for David too.
Here are the pieces I've written so far, all in one place. Between them, they've gotten over 10,000 shares, so it's possible some 25 to 50 lakh people may have seen one or two or more of these pieces. Read on to see what you might have missed. Hey, even one vote changed as a result would be nice
My first thought was that the AAP did not need to win 272 seats in this election to win the country - they could win as little as 2 or 3 seats and still do so. So your vote won't be in vain: http://oh.pn/aap3
The response to that was "OMG, how can you support a man who ran away from Delhi?" I simply answered saying, hey, they didn't run away, they simply lost control of the assembly and resigned, exactly like A B Vajpayee's government did when it lasted 13 days' to the Kejriwal government's 49 days. Here it is, deleted by someone and resurrected: http://oh.pn/aap1a
By then I had friends in business telling me - "Why are you opposing Modi - he's good for business, na?". And I had to answer, saying, nope, long term the BJP is not good for business. Here's that piece http://oh.pn/aap4
Of course that brought up the entire Reliance gas price issue, where we figured that the Ambani's son-in-law was Gujarat Petroleum Minister, and trying hard to recommend that Reliance get 6 times the original contracted price for extracting our gas.. Here's the gas story: http://oh.pn/gas
In spite of all the rationale and facts I presented, I sensed some emotional hold that Modi held over many people. I tried to peer behind that curtain to see what I could find - in this piece - Why do so many of us love Modi? http://oh.pn/aap5
The reaction to that piece was quite strange, with many people parroting that "But Modi got a clean chit from the Special Investigative Tribunal or SIT". Digging a little deeper showed that it wasn't true - he had received no clean chit: http://oh.pn/aap6
After presenting all this, I sensed some unwillingness in a group of people to see the truth. And wrote about that in Buyer's Remorse: http://oh.pn/aap7
That's it for now. Do go through this - it should take all of 45 minutes, if that.
And, yes, have a nice day.
- Pushkaraj S Shirke