Do we walk the talk?

After receiving offers of outside support from the Congress and the BJP to form the state government in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sent letters to both parties, asking them for their stand on 18 issues. Click here to read the 18 issues.

While the Congress accepted all 18 issues, the BJP did not reply to AAP’s letter.

There are varying opinions about the motives behind AAP’s letter and behind the apparently meek acceptance by the Congress. I am more interested in asking whether the people who strongly support the AAP actually walk the talk about these issues. Let’s take a look at some of them.

1/18. The VIP culture should be stopped in Delhi. No MLA, minister or Delhi official will use a red beacon on their cars. Neither will they live in big bungalows nor take any special security.
This is probably supported by all people. However, how many of us can honestly state that we have never arranged train tickets or attended cricket matches or functions or even special ‘darshans’ at temples by using ‘VIP quotas’ or ‘Special quotas’ or by pulling strings?

3/18. People will take decision directly in ‘mohalla sabhas’, which will be held in every locality and colony.
Forget all other bodies, how many of us actually participate actively in the housing society that we belong to? In most housing societies, 5% people are active participants, 10% are passive participants, 15% are passive spectators, and 67% are neither participants nor spectators, while the remaining 3% are active fault-finders.

5/18. The party also demanded a special audit of all electricity companies in the national capital from the time these were privatized. The companies that refuse to participate, their licenses should be cancelled.
How many of us can claim that we do not willingly indulge in malpractices in our business, professional and personal lives?

6/18. Electricity meters should be checked.
If our electricity meters show unusually high readings, we complain to the electricity board. How many of us report the matter to the electricity board if we find our electricity meters showing unusually low readings?

7/18. There is 220 litres of water available for every person daily. Where is it?
We are concerned about the unreliability of water supply, but do we sincerely try to consume water sensibly and avoid waste?

10/18. It also sought their support to give regular jobs to those working on contractual basis.
Are we willing to give regular jobs with all benefits to our domestic help?

Many of us talk. How many of us walk the talk? How many of us are genuinely willing to walk the talk?

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10 thoughts on “Do we walk the talk?

  1. I do everything, and i am sure there are many honest people doing it too. People have to learn to show interest in the matters that concern the country, their building and themselves, they are not doing anybody a favor by taking an interest in things that concern them and everybody. They cannot be lazy and leave everything to be done by somebody, and then keep cribbing. It is this lethargic attitude that has given birth to such highly corrupt system in which we find ourselves caught , and we ourselves are becoming corrupt and justifying it too. Wake up Indians, for it is the government of the people for the people and by the people. At least we can be thankful that AAP is giving us the respect no other party was willing to give till now.
    You may say, that you have voted, you have done your duty, but your job doesn’t end here, you must exercise your right to question the running of the government, you must be prepared to be the watch dog too, for you should act like the boss who knows how to run his business, you should make the government servants from top to bottom know, that they are accountable to you the”People”.
    It hardly takes a few minutes of our time, I am sure we can all spare that much time for our country.

  2. 3/18. People will take decision directly in ‘mohalla sabhas’, which will be held in every locality and colony.

    This sounds more like Panchayati Raj which may work well for small villages but may not be practical in big busy cities where people do not have the time to meet and decide every issue. Hence we elect some people who are willing to work for our good and entrust them to take decisions. If the trust gets breached we should have proper systems to get them replaced. In USA small towns and suburbs of big cities do have their own local governments. For key issues they conduct town hall meetings to seek people’s opinions. Only a few genuinely interested people show up. Most elections are decided by 40% of the people who actually do the voting. Obama won a second time because he enticed more people to show up for the polls by using technology effectively.

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