The Aam Admi Party (AAP) -- Common People's Party - victory in Delhi actually demonstrates the victory of the ‘civil society’ in taking up roles of governance. Historically, this is not new for northeast.
witnessed the emergence of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the landslide victory
in 1986. Youth organizations in other northeastern states like Nagaland,
Meghalaya and Mizoram are not only influential, they also command tremendous
respect. Young Mizo Association is one such body. Assam
So while the Congress and other regional party politicians are busy these days lampooning at Narendra Modi, the established political class in
Nagaland or Mizoram should be careful of a possible scenario if leaders and
volunteers from such youth organizations float their own parties. So far the
trend used to be joining the parties like Congress, NPF (or its earlier version
NPC in Nagaland), the likes of Tarun Gogoi and even Prafulla Mahanta should be
careful of ‘local Arvind Kejriwals’ in their own states. In Assam , the AAP
has already announced of going alone in 2016 assembly polls. Local AAP leader in Assam Manorom Gogoi
has said that that it will develop Assam specific model for building
the organisation and for providing realistic solutions to the burning problems
like floods, illegal immigration, unemployment and insurgency. A mini-revolution has actually begun. Assam
Historically, civil society has been an active tool in northeast. So we could possibly have many Kejriwals in northeast.
election was certainly a milestone event. Delhi
The havoc wrought by it has broken the myth that Narendra Modi in invincible. It should serve a wake-up call not only to the Modi-Amit Shah duo but to the entire political class including Arvind Kejriwal himself.
The ‘AK-67’ ( as the tag stuck him for unprecedented 67 seats win out of 70 in
) has done the right thing to say that
the mandate is “scary”. Delhi
One possible explanation of the mandate in country’s capital like the rest of India is actually on the social transformation that has come to stay following globalisation. It has a typical angle for north east
which has remained economically underdeveloped for a plethora of reasons
ranging from ’s
neglect to the absence of work culture of the locals. New Delhi
Analysts including from north east and Christian leaders and intellectuals have their argument to link the Delhi mandate to the Modi regime’s “eloquent silence” on attack on churches and Prime Minister’s autocratic style of functioning. But they would miss the point that the ‘angry Delhiites’ verdict’ is actually linked to the neo-liberal economic and political forces those have set in.
The disparity between rich and poor is frightening and to top that there is a huge force of middle class who are in hurry to beat the neighbourhood young man and woman around. Along with these, the massive public frustration is only growing against price hikes, corruption and cronyism and communalism.
There is certainly another angle to the February ‘revolutionary polls’ in
and this is linked to Prime Minister’s taunt at Arvind Kejriwal calling him a
“Naxal”. Of course for his part, Kejriwal had called himself an anarchist last
year. But a shrewd politician Modi missed the point that the AAP chief has
tendered apology uncountable times in the run up to the polls. Delhi
From northeasterners settled, working or studying in
, the February 7
election became all the more important after BJP had goofed up on their Vision
Document by tagging northeast people as “immigrants”. Delhi
Of course, the saffron party quickly sought to clarify and apologized by describing it as an ‘error’, the damage was undoubtedly full blown.
“My friends ask me why I am still working for BJP as they have called us 'immigrants',” rued one Naga voter in
Incidentally, the tiny population of northeasterners in
has been well
focused upon by the BJP with cadres ear-marked around 20 constituencies. For
BJP, party strategists say, it was not only a modest crowd of 10,000 across the
city but a manner of reaching out to the northeast region as a whole – which
had responded enthusiastically to Modi in states like Nagaland, Manipur and
Now that the verdict is out with Modi handed over a shocking defeat and reports suggest northeast Delhiites overwhelmingly voting for Aam Admi Party, the take aways are crucial though highly complex.
Even while moving closer to the BJP, the northeast people including those who went on moving around with saffron caps had hardly to do with the Hindutva politics of BJP. The urge was more economical and to an extent the ‘euphemism called greed’ to be closer to the power.
North east youths in
or back home have been always a key part of aspirational . They are
more interested in being economic prosperity and career-centric. Certainly the rise
of the middle class is a big factor in this and also that agricultural field is
not the first choice of youngsters in the region. (ends) India