The answer surely is blowing in the wind in India. It is palpable. Arundhati Roy apparently puts it up as: “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

History has shown, time and again, that it has been possible. For some time, free India, having probably one of the best written constitutions with worst implementation, made Indians feel like we have been living in an occupied country. Where some 500 odd MPs of Loksabha of bicameral Indian Parliament, some similar numbers from its other chamber and their bosses,  and same political representatives from the states, along with the money power of the influential industrialists, made its vast majority of 1.21 billion people live in a land which is their own, but still not theirs.

The laws have always been different for common people on the streets like you and me and Arvind Kejriwal; and for those like Rovert Vadra, Salman Khurshid, et al. For the 2ndgroup, with influential members, with less than 0.01% of Indians, having either disproportionate political power or money power, the law is delivered as per their customized orders almost 24/7 basis, which Pizza Hut probably still can’t do.

A nation has two standards of customer services. If you and I and Arvind Kejriwal fight for our constitutional rights, we may be put behind bars; for the 2nd group, a new unwritten constitution is implemented every day, depending on that specific need and order.

The menu includes customized timely additions in the form of speeches from India’s Prime Minister – Dr. Manmohan Singh as he rubbishes this national double standard as ‘mindless negativism’. The media adviser of the Prime Minister seems to be absolutely ignorant of the famous speech of Theodore Roosevelt on ‘The Man With The Muck-rake’, and thereby the Prime Minister missed the balancing chance by delivering yet again to the 2nd group. Let’s have a quick recall on the balancing ‘muck-rake’ Roosevelt suggested:

‘[I]t is very necessary that we should not flinch from seeing what is vile and debasing. There is filth on the floor, and it must be scraped up with the muck rake; and there are times and places where this service is the most needed of all the services that can be performed. But the man who never does anything else, who never thinks or speaks or writes, save of his feats with the muck rake, speedily becomes, not a help but one of the most potent forces for evil.

There are in the body politic, economic and social, many and grave evils, and there is urgent necessity for the sternest war upon them. There should be relentless exposure of and attack upon every evil man, whether politician or business man, every evil practice, whether in politics, business, or social life. I hail as a benefactor every writer or speaker, every man who, on the platform or in a book, magazine, or newspaper, with merciless severity makes such attack, provided always that he in his turn remembers that the attack is of use only if it is absolutely truthful.’

By now, there is no scope of asking for any further ‘concrete proofs’ as any sensible logical citizen sees them as black and white in open day light. Alternatively, the only other‘concrete proof’ asked by defenders of these double standards can only be produced by  going back to the stone age, and reproducing the already public paper documents from Government and other credible sources on a piece of concrete, by chiseling same in stone and producing same on a literal piece of concrete, or on stone slabs.

Yes, that was for the malarkey of the loudest and the most garish 24/7 national TV news debates, where, still, defenders of these corruptions are called to defend the indefensible.

Howard Zinn, who looked History as the history of the common man and not from that of the emperor, or from powerful people and their records alone, stated:

“A small group of aliens have taken over the country and are trying to do with it what they will, you know, and really are… They’ve taken over the country. They’ve taken over the policy…

And the question is, how has this been allowed to happen? How have they gotten away with it?… They’re not following the will of the people… The question is, you know, how did they get away with that?

…What about the press? What about the media? Isn’t it the job of the press, isn’t it the job of the media, isn’t it the job of journalism to expose what governments do? Don’t journalists learn from I.F. Stone, who said, “Just remember two words,” he said to young people who were studying journalism, he said, “Just remember two words: governments lie”?

…And the question is, why still did the people believe what they read in the press, and why did they believe what they saw on television? And I would argue that it has something to do with a loss of history, has something to do with, well, what Studs Terkel called “national amnesia,” either the forgetting of history or the learning of bad history, the learning of the kind of history that you do get, of Columbus was a hero, and Teddy Roosevelt is a hero, and Andrew Jackson is a hero, and all these guys who were presidents and generals and industrialists, and so on. They are the great — they are the people who made America great, and America has always done good things in the world. And we have had our little problems, of course — like slavery, for instance, you know — but we overcome them, you know, and, you know. No, not that kind of history.”

In India, we also were taught history, and today our kids have been learning same. And we are given many names similar to those of Roosevelt and Andrew Jackson, in their Indian context as Indian heroes – in these history books. It is being constantly rewritten and rediscovered.

But surely, as Howard Zinn, as one of the best historians we have seen, who felt that such a version is not the right history, there surely is another history. And it is about the history of the common man, and their struggles to get their legitimate rights.

In that context, Arvind Kejrowal and his attempts to make India corruption-free, in a realistic way, with his IAC team, deserves a mention in that other history book. We do not, as of now, need his foreign policy, economic policy, reservation policy – as whatever those are now in New Delhi, they all are messed up. You do not need Raghuram Rajan or Kaushik Basu to say auction is better way of allocating natural resources for commercial exploitation, or wasteful subsidies should be reduced.

That is common sense. As of now, that seems extremely uncommon in the coterie of money power and political power nexus. And as of now, Team IAC and Arvind Kejriwal, with his close associates, have displayed enough of that common sense to take on the high and mighty and the so called ‘untouchables’ in India – disrupting existing establishments with its ‘loose cannon’ characteristics.

Yes, these cannon do not fire only when 10 JP, or someone else from another party commands it – it fires only when Indians want it to fire, with a sensible in-built command and control mechanism.

Prof. Ranjit Goswami works as the Director of School of Management of RK University. Opinion expressed in this article is personal. He invites you to visit his blog, Wondering Man (or take a look at his book, Wondering Man, Money & Go(l)d). You are also invited to join him on Twitter

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