Aam Aadmi Party’s crisis of trust

RK Laxman's common man's Shraddhanjali to AAP

Nothing says insecure as various party handles tweeting to publicly remind leaders that they could face action if they make public statements. Aam Aadmi Party successfully made the transition from Aam Aadmi party to Arvind ke Aadmiyon ki Party in terms of control over party, yet the victory sounds precarious. Volunteers and leaders continue to speak against party. They don’t have the power to reverse the change, but they are making the choice to not reconcile with it. It will be a while before the noise dies down. Even after the noise dies down, the dissent will be a ticking bomb waiting to flare at inconvenient times.

The perpetrators got away with the breach of trust, but they probably did not plan on having to live with the consequences of it.

In the US, when racist George Zimmerman got away with shooting dead black Trayvon Martin in cold blood, there was widespread anger against him. He escaped punishment, but he was widely reviled. Alexander Frazer wrote a letter that went viral:

Dear George Zimmerman,

For the rest of your life you are now going to feel what its like to be a black man in America.

You will feel people stare at you. Judging you for what you think are unfair reasons. You will lose out on getting jobs for something you feel is outside of your control. You will believe yourself to be an upstanding citizen and wonder why people choose to not see that.

People will cross the street when they see you coming. They will call you hurtful names. It will drive you so insane some days that you’ll want to scream at the top of your lungs. But you will have to wake up the next day, put on firm look and push through life.

I bet you never thought that by shooting a black male you’d end up inheriting all of his struggles.
Enjoy your “freedom.”

A black male who could’ve been Trayvon Martin

Aam Aadmi Party’s insecurity today reminds of that letter. They may have won, but they can no longer trust their leaders and supporters with the confidence they did last month. The party high command will be forced to shrink into itself and maintain higher secrecy to prevent exposes by volunteers. They will not be able to trust volunteers to not stab them in the back.

Here are some of my tweets from this morning to Ashutosh who reminded party leaders again to not speak without being cleared by them.


(Note: “ghanta” was a technique popularized by AAP’s social media in ridiculing political opponents. #GhantaAccheDin for example)

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3 thoughts on “Aam Aadmi Party’s crisis of trust”

  1. When one takes company of gundas to win elections, he runs the risk of loosing sympathy of common people, intellectuals, masses mistrust them, so now AAP is facing it. AK with his new company of goons, sent by BJP, Cong, and other regional parties, who were threatened by AAP growing power, which had promised clean alternative politics with active public participation, Cannot survive even 5 Yrs. In Delhi, leave aside winning in other states. Parties without Principles or abondoned Principles donot have long life. WE AAPIANS DID NOT WISHED it so. We had trusted that AAP with its Strong Principles will change the coarse of Indian Politics. Can AK do that, can AK expel these new goons from his party, can he take a U TURN for Correction?

  2. AAM Aadmi Party- am fed up with daily buzz news regarding about AAP and am not able to judge who is right and who is wrong, Thanks for sharing this..!! At the time of vote, We believe AAP and trust them also, but now they breaked our trust ):

  3. Vinashkalya vipreet buddhi –> fits kejriwal perfectly. This is why we need right to recall. These bogus 420 leaders and their useless chamchas…
    I was happy that Dr. Gandhi(MP from Punjab) stood up against injustice. A nice guy, he got seriously injured during election but did not let his supporters indulge in violence.
    Bhagwant Mann was a letdown. All bark, no bite. He used to give good speeches though.
    AAP will probably try to bring the latter into picture and take out Gandhi. That is how it will also fail in Punjab where there is complete vaccum(no alternative)
    So I see congress reviving again from Punjab and Delhi provided it plays its cards right.

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