The myth of the Modi-wave powered by the Indian youth facilitating his march to Delhi 2014 will have a land fall on 4th December, 2013 at the shores of Delhi. The elections of Delhi, scheduled for 4th December is going to challenge the very premises of Modi’s election propaganda that developmental agenda of Modi has got the stamp of approval from the Indian youth. Strangely, the challenge comes from maverick group of young people who have no politics but a lot of anger and idealism. The Aam Aadmi Party!
The think tanks of the Modi4PM had betted and consequently targeted the youth of India as their winning horse, as they believed that in the present times, this class of citizens of India are the most aggrieved lot. Globalisation had brought the alluring pictures of the west to the backward India by 2000 and the economic boom for a whole decade thereafter had infused the dream of job-apartment-car for the upward mobile middle class. An acceptable solution for the middle class youth which the present capitalist system can offer.
The turn around of the Indian dream since 2011, gave the perfect setting for BJP to reach the aggrieved youth who had once again found themselves in an uncertain future with the economy sliding sharply downwards. The downward economy was accompanied with all its side effects; inflation, unemployment, loss of profit, all round price-rise. The current dispensation at Delhi like any other bourgeois Government had no solution for the world-wide economic crisis which was the real reason for our problems.
The strategy was thus worked out to win over the youth by convincing them that the root cause their problem was the absence of Good governance of the present Central Government. What exactly are the parameters for “Good Governance”? Good roads, mushrooming of Malls, major expansion in real estate and a sustained growth in Industrial GDP. Modi claimed Gujarat had all of them; the massive propaganda through main stream media as well as social media was for the urban youth to buy the story. But several states could boast of all these developmental parameters. Something more was required.
The inherent corrupt practices of the ministers of UPA Government provided the right mirchi to the hurt middle class. The sponsored anti-corruption movement of Anna Hazare-cum-Baba Ramdev in Ramleela maidan in 2011 set the ball rolling. With too many skeletons in their cupboard, UPA Government had no answer for the Commonwealth Game scam, 2G scam or Coal scam. The city of the snow-balling movement, Delhi, became the most fertile state with a heady mix of propaganda of Good and Bad Governance.
Winning Delhi election would have been a cake walk for Modi’s BJP with a battered Congress in their own capital. But then peoples movements have their own dialectics and logic. The right-wing sponsored anti-corruption movement split into those who wanted the movement to go forward and those who wanted the benefits of the movement to go to BJP. The Kejriwal-Prashant Bhusan faction split from the Anna-Kiran Bedi faction on this issue and the rest is a history. The Kejriwal-Prashant faction though bereft of any political line carried forward the angry youth against corruption and their main support base became the youth of Delhi, the very constituency that was being wooed by Modi!
The Good Governance story of Gujarat now falls on the deaf ears of Delhi youth who are convinced that AAP woud give a corruption free Government to Delhi – a dream sold by Modi. A Congress free India was Modi’s primary slogan to voice this demand which has now been hijacked by Aam Aadmi party. With the youth of Delhi debriefed due to their involvement in the anti-corruption struggle led by the Aam Aadmi Party, both BJP and Congress appears to have fallen back on the time tested traditional vote catching devices – Alcohol and cash. It is Modi’s Waterloo.