The Sunday on May 7th turned out to be a truly hot for the media. It was a denouncement many observers like me were waiting for. We knew that Kejriwal was a media created phenomenon who is not just unscrupulously ambitious but politically and ethically corrupt person. Media also knew it. New charges of financial corruption were not really surprising. It was but the next step for him.
Then, why did media keep supporting Kejriwal? A few are still carrying on last ditch battle on his behalf. It doesn’t matter whether he comes out of this muck unscathed or drowned in it. This is the end of the road for Kejriwal and AAP in their ambitious plans for power.If observers like me could see through Arvind Kejriwal’s megalomania and naked thirst for power, why media with its entire intelligence gathering couldn’t see what was apparent based on facts in public domain?
I, therefore, charge main stream media (MSM) for deliberately obfuscating facts about Arvind Kejriwal in an urge to project him as an alternative to PM Modi. That this projection of a glorified mayor of a city state like Delhi, or between a giant and a pigmy was itself ridiculous is another matter. But, being blindsided about his follies and critical failings in his character has led media to another avoidable failure in inglorious personality building exercise.
Let me put forward a few known facts out again to buttress my submission –
Wise readers understand that paper cut-outs of any size cannot really make a great leader out of a morally, ethically corrupt leader with no vision for the society and nation but only blind ambition for self.
I feel strong empathy for ex-AAP workers, and founder members that worked selflessly for AAP and gave whatever they could to Arvind Kejriwal to see a change in society and bring in reforms but were failed by their leader.
I belong to a generation that had put faith in the phalanx of great opposition leaders who had spent their lifetimes working selflessly for the society. We had sacrificed for democracy and anti-corruption drive in 1975-77 like current generation volunteers of AAP. But, we were not driven by media that didn’t have today’s reach and was subservient to Indira Gandhi in Emergency. It got no chance to project opposition. But JP movement and fight for democracy strongly backed by RSS had become people’s movement and defeated dictatorial Indira Gandhi.
We too felt betrayed by petty politics of the leaders once they gained power. It was a cathartic moment. But, many of us having faith in the non-political way of reforming society and system could still rise again and return to social work. Some others diverted into other movements and kept working for the society. Many went back to normal life, with cynicism for politics.
Unfortunately for this generation, media with all the power of communication did not play its role objectively. Therefore, I blame the mainstream media (MSM) for this Arvind Kejriwal fiasco. It was an avoidable disaster that our nation can ill afford at this historical juncture when its people are ready to break out of years of tyranny of poor governance, self-pity and make their mark in history.
I hope that our media has learnt its lessons and will be more realistic, alert and non-partisan in coming times.