Until a little while ago, I had not bothered to read the manifesto of the Aam Aadmi Party. I am not a resident of Delhi and I had figured that it would make no difference whether I read it or not.

But something changed last evening. All these days I had been under the impression that the party had been promising 700 litres of free water to every resident of Delhi. The media kept screaming about the stupidity of this promise and how this was a classic example of their incompetence, their ineptitude and so on.

All of this changed for me last night too, on the Karan Thapar show. A very articulate, self assured Atishi Marlena of AAP put things into perspective. She clarified that households consuming less than 700 litres get the water for free, the rest have to pay for water and those that consume more then 1000 litres have to pay a premium. But in what has become par for the course when one’s mind is already made up, Karan Thapar played deaf, repeating what he had been told by his editorial staff that AAP had promised 700 litres of water to every household. I was enraged.

Which is how I decided to go back to the basics and read the manifesto. The manifesto itself is in Hindi and the party website provides what it calls the gist of the manifesto, crux is the word they use, in English. It says: “Households using up to 700 litres of water (per day) would be given free water.” crystal clear, i should think. I am not referring to the water which we still need to test after it is served up. But the promise could not have been clearer.

So what is Karan Thapar’s problem? To be fair to him he was much more patient with AAP than many of his fellow travellers. Yet the fact remains that many of those who depend on the media are getting badly shortchanged. facts are not presented, except after twisting them to support a conclusion. That is tragic, to say the least.

AAP deserves a break. The next time you see a channel trashing them, a newspaper criticising them for a promise they are supposed to have made, please, please get a fact check done. For the first time in my living memory, have some people made us believe that change is possible. Let us not bury that under a avalanche of lies fed to us day in and day out by a bigoted, self seeking, self serving media controlled by vested interests.

I want to leave you with but one thought. Honestly, the folks in the Aam Aadmi Party are not the greenhorns they are portrayed to be, nor are they irresponsible by any stretch of imagination.

Post script:
I had planned to launch this section of my blog on the day AAP takes over in Delhi but after what I saw yesterday and have been seeing over the last few days, I simply did not want to postpone it.

Categories: Aap ki sarkar, Politics

8 Responses so far.

  1. bhasker desai says:

    i am the one for the great indian hope thro’ this aam aadmi ki party but am little worried Kejriwal’s idealism if borders too much on socialism, we may lose out on economic progress front. not skeptical, just hoping he takes the practical route to well being of the masses.
    cheers…

  2. Mala Honnatti says:

    yes, swamy i do agree with you. In all the TV interviews AAP people have been bombarded by twisted questions without understanding the points in the manifesto. Everyone is just trying to corner the AAP.Even the clause reg. Electricity Bill is also misinterpreted. Few of their key people like Atishi are well versed in their field but fresh in politics. Naturally they are bit idealistic but not impractical. I wish people give them a fair chance, and a break for Congress and BJP.

  3. Neyha says:

    I so agree. The problem is that opinions are largely formed based on the strongest argument or someone else’s analysis.

  4. Arathi says:

    AAP’s spokesperson Shazia Illmi did a fairly poor job in bringing this to the fore in all the TV broadcasts. Having watched all the programs especially Arnab’s on Timesnow, I believe a very fair chance was given to Shazia to address this specific issue of water and power. Her answers were irrelevant, verbose.

    Perhaps AAP can do a better job at explaining their manifesto?

  5. Mukesh says:

    Economical progress is possible only after you satisfied basic needs of the people at current income level. Somebody at work worrying about electric and water shortage or sick children at home cannot be productive as compare to satisfied person.Everything is possible, if a political parties are smart enough to gather huge funds from corporates they can also apply their skills to make people happy , if they have will to do .

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