Let’s read something that has never happen in Pakistan’s politics. The story is very simple and you must have heard this story in fragments of not in whole. May be we get something through this short story.
Arvind Kejriwal is currently the Chief Minister of Delhi. After restorationion of this post in1993, now Arvind Kejriwal is the seventh Chief Minister of Delhi. His predecessor is Sheila Dikshit, who was defeated by Kejriwal in the 2013 elections. The woman, who had been chief minister from 1998 to 2013, lost to Kejriwal, who formed her “Aam Aadmi Party” in 2012 and was contesting his first election. For the first time, Kejriwal remained chief minister for only 49 days and resigned for failing to pass an anti-corruption bill. He later admitted that it was his political mistake and apologized to the people. A Delhi rickshaw driver had slapped Kejriwal on his resignation and accused him of spoiling the votes of the poor. In 2014, Kejriwal contested the National Assembly elections against Narendra Modi and suffered a humiliating defeat. The Aam Aadmi Party fielded 400 candidates in the 2014 National Assembly elections, of which only four were successful. In the 2015 Delhi elections, Kejriwal got a miraculous victory winning 67 out of 70 seats. The things were Now in his absolute control and he used this absolute power more wisely than he did in 2012. He got corruption bill passed and started the bookish politics serving dekhi and it’s people. He got a bookish reward in the 2020 elections when Aam Aadmi Party won 62 out of 70 seats. Kejriwal is serving as the Chief Minister of Delhi for the third time in a row. In the presence of the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Congress this success of the Aam Aadmi Party is astonishing.
After reading this true story, the first question that strikes our mind is why it doesn’t happen in Pakistan, why we don’t have even a single example like Kejriwal. Many wise people will pile up arguments in answer to this question. There is feudalism, the people are not literate and are misfit for democracy, caste system is a big hinderance and so on and so forth. But these arguments raise more questions. Let’s assume that there is feudalism, but we have never seen a “Kejriwal miracle” even in the local body elections in cities. Even in cities, only the offspring of MNAs or MPAs get the chairmanship of the municipal institutions. Not even once has a group of some people dared to contest the local body elections. Success is a matter far beyond that. In the National and Provincial Assembly elections, if even a good, well reputed and honest man tries to contest the traditional politicians, he finds himself nowhere. The point is that the emergence of a new politician in Pakistan has become a very difficult or even an impossible task. The same traditional politicians continue to be in Assemblies. One finds oneself thinking why it is so.
There will be reasons, of course, but the most important reason is the hatred for politics and politicians in our society. This hate is deeply rooted.
Immediately after its establishment, Pakistan fell into the clutches of dictatorship and the dictatorship started accusing its opponent politicians of dishonesty and treason in order to maintain its existence. At the time, whatever media was available was used for politics and character assassination. In Islamic history, the people have always had a devotion to the concept of “mujahid” and “Sipah Salaar”, so the dictatorship exploited this devotion of a common man to their advantage. Even in that modern time, when human civilization had determined other paths of development, we continued on the same old path. Unfortunately, hundreds of ulema lit those own candle by giving a religious impetus to the militant notions of dictatorship. This, hatred for politics continued to grow.
The second stage was to prepare politicians in dictatorship’s nursery . People of their choice would be selected, facilitated and made public representatives by hook it by crook., These artificial politicians would be assigned to the construction of roads, streets and drains instead of the most important work of legislation. Politics and politicians became the most vulnerable targets of masses and people began to abuse them to vent their anger. Three long periods of dictatorship nurtured politicians in their nursery and if any of them ever tried to become a real politician, they would be branded as traitors and corrupt. New and good politicians do not fall from the sky, do not come out of caves, are not born overnight, but they are the result of a continuous process, the result of the continuity of impartial, fair and public elections. Good politicians are always preceded by bad politicians and the cure for bad politicians is neither bullet, nor jail and nor execution but only a continuous democratic process in which they have to be accountable to the people. This constant accountability of bad politicians is a death sentence for him and the political birth of a good politician. When the ballot box is opened regularly and honestly, Kejriwal is born. In all the countries of the world, politics has always been a game of the rich, only lords and feudals used to do politics, but a consistent and honest democratic process changed that perception. Just as George Bernard Shaw kicked princes and lords out of English dramas and replaced them by common people as heroes, the continuation of a fair democratic process makes Muhammad Sadiq the Mayor of London, even a child of a laborer, farmer and clerk becomes the ruler of the country according to his ability. If we want politicians like Kejriwal, the political process must also be made transparent. This is what history has taught man from its continuous journey so far and this is what has proved to be true. If any country wants to succeed in any other way, let it have its in vain try. And remember, nuclear missiles, and oil wells also have an expiration date.
Written by: Rao Asif Ibad