A Peek Into Arvind Kejriwal’s Model Of Governance And How It Delves Into Aam Admi’s Aam Problems
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is an unapologetic family man and that’s the approach he has brought into AAP’s brand of governance that aims to solve Delhi’s problems through compassion and inclusivity.
In 2014, bureaucrat-turned-activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal faced the toughest challenge in his career – to turn his political goodwill into the citizen’s mandate. Up till then, the vote bank politics prevailed in India. Major political parties and big leaders have historically governed and prospered under it. Evidently, he needed to create a democratic endorsement of his idea of governance, which meant a paradigm shift – A REVOLUTION.
And Arvind Kejriwal just did that...
He came with an open mind, he saw with compassion, and he conquered with humility!
In 2014’s whirlwind political environment, Arvind Kejriwal came in like a breath of fresh air with his Aam Aadmi Party and its symbol of universal appeal, a broom. A people’s party with a welfarist vision that, as its name suggests, cares about the Aam Aadmi or common man.
How A Simple Man With No Political Roots Captured Global Imagination
The international media had a massive interest in Arvind Kejriwal, as he came and shifted the established political environment of corruption, red-tapism, VIP culture, and focused entirely on issues like the electricity-water crisis in Delhi. Many questioned him– Arvind Kejriwal’s political immaturity, the feasibility of his ‘far-fetched’ socialist measures, and strong conviction in delivery of his promises to voters and model of governance.
That year Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party formed a 49-day-government subsequently re-contesting in 2015 to comeback with an unprecedented majority winning in 67 out of Delhi’s 70 constituencies.
With the results came an image of Kejriwal that won hearts across classes in Delhi. As the results were announced, he lovingly embraced his wife, a gesture unusual for Indian politics.
The Economic Times’ headlined a profile feature on the ‘would be’ CM’s partner Sunita Kejriwal as the ‘Aam Aurat behind India’s uncommon man‘. When asked about his historic triumph, Kejriwal humbly thanked his wife.
Kejriwal And AAP Represent The Idea Of Governance Endorsed By The Average Indian Family
As of today, AAP has managed to deliver on most of the promises on their 2015 manifesto. Universal healthcare, pink travel slip for women, topping innovation index, free electricity, and education reforms have become a reality in five years of The Servant Leader Arvind Kejriwal.
The man behind the phenomenon is a simple man with a strong spine. A man who believes in truth and dares to stand by it. Kejriwal is willing to correct himself where he needs to. His tool is Satyagrah.
His non-profit organizations Parivartan and Kabira worked tirelessly to safeguard the fundamental Right to Information (RTI) and participatory governance. Later in 2006, he went on to establish the Public Cause Research Foundation that helped further Parivartan’s RTI revolution.
Kejriwal’s Family Man Attributes Are Central To AAP’s Vision For The Society
The Aam Aadmi Party’s website quotes the Chief Minister addressing his volunteers in Rohini in October 2019:
I had a family of six people, which got bigger when I formed AAP. When I became the chief minister of Delhi, I got an even bigger family of 2 crore people. The entire Delhi is my family now. I belong to a middle-class family, and I understand the pain of a common man.Arvind Kejriwal
Starting out as a public servant, Kejriwal has first-hand experience in understanding the problems and corruption of bureaucratic functioning in the country. His approach to governance is coupled with facts and a deep understanding of the issues that the common man of Delhi needs resolved.
The Coming Of Age For India’s Servant Leader And His Brand Of Politics
NGO work and activism deepened Kejriwal’s understanding of people’s problems. Arguably, today he stands closer to the common man than any other politician ever did since the days of India’s freedom struggle. His people-oriented approach has made possible all the reforms that AAP has undertaken in its brief tenure in the Capital.
He is loved by people across strata – rich and poor alike.
The poor endorse him for his socialist ideology. The rich connect with his far-sighted vision and efficiency in accomplishment. Crowds throng his rallies waving brooms and donning the Aam Aadmi cap with pride.
People close to Arvind Kejriwal say, he is a family man who is fiercely protective. He’s a firm disciplinarian but also a compassionate father-figure to his people.
AAP’s report card from first term in governance successfully shows the changes he brought in for his family of 2 crores.
Delhi’s Endorsement Of Arvind Kejriwal Is Affirmation To The Man And His Mission
Now in 2020, Kejriwal is more popular than ever as he prepares to take the age-old smear campaign politics of the opposition head on. What’s giving AAP the confidence and headway is the endorsement from the Delhi voters, who consider him a father, a brother and a son.
It’s Kejriwal’s humility and family values that in turn also affects his style of governance. Considering Delhi’s his family, his reforms focus on each and every member like an unbiased patriarch. His brand of governance focuses on bringing in grassroot solutions. But it also puts the onus on Delhi’s citizens to ensure the success of policies. The AAP model enforces inclusivity as pivotal to realization of results.
Consequently, Delhi’s endorsement of Arvind Kejriwal as the head of the larger society is also an affirmation to the man, his mission and his party’s model of governance.