We are too busy with our lives, aren’t we? That’s what I realised while I was busy. Yeah! “Busy”. I like to write about current affairs, and share my views on my social media walls. But, I have a bad habit; if I put my heart into some work that I’m passionate about, I forget what’s going on in the world, what’s going on in my city, and at times, I even forget about what’s going on in my own family. Balance is somewhat missing from our lives, that if we are involved in some work, we forget about others. What exactly is the key to politics that manipulates you with whatever it wants?
Now, turning towards politics from our closed lives, we need to be aware about everything. We need to find out what is correct in this scenario of a world with ‘information overload.’ Every time, there is a new edition. You are either too informed, or misinformed. The same goes for the CAA protests in favor of, or against. Many people from both sides don’t know what it is actually about, and what they are supporting or opposing. But, this is the time when most of us feel like taking a stand. Of course, our Constitution cannot have a law that discriminates among people on the basis of their religion. And whatever the reason is, anti-CAA protests are going with the right flow of peaceful protests.
This is the time when Delhi has become the center of national politics. Not just because of the ongoing Shaheen Bagh protests, but also because Delhi will have its assembly elections on 8th February 2020, where Delhiites will decide whether they liked the governance of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal or not.
Each party is putting all their efforts to win in Delhi. Everyone has their own ways. From taking suggestions from Delhiites for a manifesto, to blaming each other for problems that are still unsolved; the election has become a wrestling ring.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal chose to knock the doors of Delhiites before entering their homes to talk about what all he has done during his tenure. In this innovative online video campaign, you can see the Delhi CM ringing the bell before and asking for permission to enter your homes. One has to tap on “Welcome”, then, in the next step, he can be seen drinking water and asking about which of his works you want to know about. You need to tap on one of these: water, women’s safety, transport, education, etc.
आप की सरकार के 5 सालों के काम बताने के लिए मैं आपके घर आया हूँ। दरवाजे पर खड़ा हूँ। अपने घर का दरवाजा खोलने के लिए इस लिंक पर क्लिक कीजिए https://t.co/siLz6jrFIw या 7690944444 पर missed call करिए।#WelcomeKejriwal pic.twitter.com/cdHYjgZnlS
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 27, 2020
On the other hand, while the Congress is trying to build its space in Delhi, this time by blaming both AAP and BJP for cheating Delhi, the BJP has its firebrand leaders in Delhi, who have been putting their heart in Delhi to win the national capital. BJP star campaigner Anurag Thakur created controversy when, in one of his election rallies, he said, “Desh ke gaddaron ko, goli maro salon ko (Shoot the traitors)”. This was taken up literally by somebody just a few hours later, when protestors at Jamia had formed a human chain. A person named Ram Bhagat Gopal Sharma fired at the protestors, injuring a student. Delhi Police did its duty just like it did when JNU students were being beaten up by masked goons inside the JNU Campus. Yes! The police just watched, folding their hands, when this violent act took place.
Look at the body language of the police in this photograph.
They are bystanders but they are not innocent. pic.twitter.com/5PGnWkKs9H
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) January 30, 2020
Well, law and judiciary are there to decide who is a ‘traitor’, and to punish them as well. But, this instigation is leading to violence. To increase their votes, some politicians are promising to ‘save’ you from anti-CAA protests, and alleging that the women of Shaheen Bagh have been taking money to protest, and that they are working in shifts.
Here, one more thing is important: a politician called this Delhi election an “India vs Pakistan war”. Everyone is aware of the implications of the CAA, and everyone knows what’s going on alongside. Let’s not forget that it’s the demand of a “Hindu Rashtra“. Do you remember what our former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said? “If India is not secular, then India is not India at all.“
Hoping that we all remember the essence of our Constitution, let’s come back to my apolitical approach. We all are so busy that we tend to agree with whatever we hear. We don’t feel like taking the pain of fact-checking on our own. We believe our politicians are historians and they have the knowledge of all our ancient history. You will be made to prove your citizenship by those who came to your door to ask for votes, forgetting the increasing rate of unemployment and poverty, a decreasing economic growth, and the fee hike in educational institutions.
Again… taxpayers have never been told about whose money is being spent where. So, the debate of University students living in a hostel on your money is baseless, no? You need to be more worried about your needs, education, health, employment and good-quality roads.