Many people have said that I have some personal grudge against Kejriwal, and that is why I hate him. So let me reply.
I do not personally know Mr. Kejriwal, I have never met him, and have never sought any favour from him ( this can be confirmed from him ). So where is the question of my harbouring any grudge against him ?.
Yes, I hate him, not for personal reasons, but because he is a total fraud, a charlatan, a humbug, a trickster, and a mountebank, with superlative capacity, unequalled by any other Indian politician of today, to dupe and hoodwink the people on a massive scale, and it is time now that such frauds and inveiglers be exposed, otherwise the Indian people will continue to be made suckers.
How does one explain the Kejriwal phenomenon ?
Here is a man who a few years back before the Anna Hazare agitation in Delhi was unknown, but has now come out of the blue and is in the limelight. In this article I will try to explain.
AAP came to power in February 2015 with a landslide victory because people in Delhi, as elsewhere in India, were disgusted with the prevailing politics, and wanted a new kind, with leaders honest and dedicated to solving the people's problems. Kejriwal was projected as an epitome of honesty, a messiah, a modern Moses who will lead the people of Delhi into a land of milk and honey.
I have not heard anything against Kejriwal's personal financial integrity, but then one never heard anything against Hitler's financial integrity too. There was never any allegation that Hitler amassed a fortune, and in fact he died penniless. Yet he did great harm to Germany.
I am not comparing Kejriwal to Hitler in other respects. All I am saying is that being personally financially honest is not enough.
After the February 2015 elections, truth started dawning gradually on the people. It became evident that Kejriwal has a dictatorial mindset, which cannot tolerate dissent. After the victory in the Delhi elections he has developed megalomaniac tendencies, and surrounded himself with chamchas. One of the first steps he took was to unceremoniously kick out the Bhushans and Yogendra Yadav, since they objected to his giving MLA tickets to some shady elements ( perhaps because the latter contributed huge sums to the AAP coffers ). He then allocated a whopping Rs. 536 crores ( 21 times of last years allocation ) in the Delhi budget to self promoting ads.
And to keep his flock together he raised the salaries of Delhi MLAs several times.
All this resulted in a rapid drop of the popularity of AAP and Kejriwal. Many former ardent Kejriwal supporters told me that they are now totally disillusioned with AAP.
The truth is that Kejriwal has no solution to the real problems of the people--massive poverty, massive unemployment, massive malnourishment, almost total lack of healthcare, etc.
So what does our friend do to restore his sagging image and keep grabbing the headlines ? He resorts to stunts and gimmicks. He has devised a beautiful modus operandi to befool the public, which may be explained.
He starts a scheme, which is really a stunt, and people of Delhi ( who, like people everywhere, are mostly a bunch of gullible, emotional fools ), will initially clap loudly and follow him, like the children following the Pied Piper of Hamelin or a Sapnon ka Saudagar. Examples are car free day, going on bicycle ( for which arrangements are made to televise it widely, ) lokpal ( which some call Jokepal ), etc. Later, when the shine and glimmer start wearing off, and people see through the realities and start facing the difficulties caused by the scheme, and hostility to it begins, he abandons it and starts a new scheme ( i.e. a new stunt ) and the same rigmarole and drama begins again.
To give the latest example, the Delhiites, who had initially supported the harebrained odd even scheme, thinking it to be the panacea for their problem of air pollution, are now realizing the immense hardships it is causing, with no significant drop in the air pollution ( since car pollution is hardly 1 or 2% of the total air pollution, as the IIT Kanpur report points out ). So opposition to the scheme was growing day by day. People have to go for work daily, and not only on odd or even days, and public transport is woefully inadequate.
Realizing this, our Sapnon ka Saudagar has abandoned the scheme and started a new headline grabbing stunt. He has announced the end of the management quota in admissions to private nursery schools.
The people of Delhi will again clap, praise their hero and shout ' Sieg Heil ' for their Superman, just as Germans did in the 1930s. All this will of course be widely projected by our TRP driven media.
But public opinion is fickle, like the Roman mob at Caesar's funeral ( see Shakespeare's ' Julius Caesar ' ), or the bloodthirsty Paris mob at Charles Darnay's trial ( see Dickens' ' A Tale of Two Cities '), and after some time the same people who were cheering will be jeering, as the truth dawns on them, which is this :
Private institutions run for profits, not for charity. So the private nurseries may follow the new rules for a short while, but obviously not for long.
Also, if a Minister, Judge, bureaucrat, police officer, income tax official, municipal official, etc asks for an admission, can the school manager decline ? If he does,he is likely to face a lot of harassment
So in no time the management will find out a way of subverting the scheme, and it will remain on paper only
Then Mr. Kejriwal will forget it and begin some other gimmick or caper. He will keep hopping from stunt to stunt, thinking that in this way the people can be deceived for ever.
His latest stunt was his rally in Punjab, where he put on a yellow turban, obviously to look like Sikh, and began his speech by shouting ' Bole so Nihaal ', and then said he will not let a single farmer commit suicide. "Farmers in Delhi were given a compensation of Rs 50,000 per hectare when they lost their crop. I did not let a single farmer commit suicide. Here, farmers are killing themselves as they are not compensated,” . He also said he would check corruption by getting the Badals arrested and sacking those seeking bribes — "Even if my son indulges in corruption, I will throw him out.”. And I am sure many gullible Punjabis will be carried away by this rhetoric and vote for AAP.
But Mr. Kejriwal, there is a proverb in English " You cannot fool all the people all the time "
Justice Markandey Katju is the former Chairman, Press Council of India. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Press Council of India, he served as a Judge at the Supreme Court of India