” Arvind Kejriwal in a Cleft Stick ” – India centric – March 3, 2015
Just 18 days in to the five year reigning period of power in Delhi as CM, a crisis of a sort stares in the face of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) calling for a swift action.
A leaked letter expressing serious concern about the style of functioning of AAP’s Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal, from Prashant Bhushan with supporting statement from Yogender Yadav – both founding members of AAP – has been the causal factor.
Yogender Yadav is full of ‘ capacites intellectuelles ‘ and Prashant Bhushan is a reputed ‘ homme de loi ‘ . Both have contributed significantly and effectively to the party in the early stages and evoke great expectations that they will do so for the party in future too.
The duo, however, seems to have adopted the unexpected now with their strong concern(s).
There could only be two possibilities for the show.
First, the leaked letter and contents could be a ” positive complaining ” which calls for a quick solution before denting the image of the party any further. Only that it should not be allowed to get toxic and destroy the very fabric of the cohesion that the party needs at this juncture. The solution also should find a way for people to bond again. There can be no wandering or wavering minds losing focus and the main agenda of governance. The party needs to push its way through all hurdles in the process even if it finally turns out to be papering over mere cracks.
Second, the number one gripe of the duo, if it is gripe really, may well be that they’re not getting visible and powerful enough in the party. Making oneself visible in politics is the hardest part. Many people get in the way of your functioning in many different ways. In particular for a party that has achieved stupendous success without leaders of significant realpolitic experiences, the inertia, complexity and resistance can be so strong as to put spokes in the wheels of progress both from within and from outside. The present crisis is from within calling for (un)necessary discussions pontificating the pros and cons of a DECISION. The Executive Committee is to deliberate tomorrow on this.
Arvind Kejriwal took the rap for his hasty and imprudent resignation as CM of Delhi on Feb 14, 2014, after holding the fort for 49 days, during the election meetings this time and resoundingly managed to beat the rap while standing the racket firmly.
Arvind Kejriwal gained mass appeal as he rode on the crest of an anti-corruption wave born out of Anna Hazare’s movement. Yogender Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, for all their worth cannot match Kejriwal or for that matter his Deputy Manish Sisodia on this score. They are, nevertheless, his trusted aides and swift action is needed for a peaceful resolution.
Having been allowed a second bite at the CM cherry, it is time for AAP to put their hands to the plough and not for ploughing the sand. Kejriwal also cannot afford to put a square peg in a round hole while entertaining hopes of receiving a good score card of overall performance.
Management cognoscenti believe that ‘authoritarian’ mode of functioning has its pluses in administration. Giving the reign to many may not be needed now.
– When decisions have to be made quickly, the leader can do effectively without elaborate consultation(s).
– The leader may well keep a close watch on people under him which increases the prospect of keeping them on their toes boosting the positive result of improved productivity and speed of action.
– The leader can have total control over party affairs relieving him of unwanted stress so as to avoid the need to seek support from outside for every issue.
The above are particularly true for a neophyte as the present case is.
If Kejriwal displays good understanding of followers and their needs; entertains a need for for the party’s achievement; can look upon himself as a self-assured and self-confident individual; can be seen as assertive and not aggressive; can be seen as a good decision-maker – he ought to be a good leader and criticisms do not hold much water.
Kejriwal, for his part, also needs to keep a tight reign on courses of distractions and even may need to make them read the riot act if the criticism proves to be hollow in the Executive Committee.
A fledgling party with no tall political leaders to boast of, too many centers or powers of action will rather arouse more confusion and poor understanding in the minds of the common man than listening to a single, sound, and solid view from ‘a person’ for their benefits. Responsibility and accountability wins.
” Best course for the leader is to hang on the lips of members, cross the Rubicon firmly and irrevocably before anyone attempts to rush his fences on you. “
” It is not ‘one-centric’ or ‘we-centric’ but ‘ people-centric ‘ that matters most. “
” Dieu avec nous “
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 10. 59 p.m.
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