Congratulations Arvind, Here Are 10 Things You Must Remember In Victory

10/02/2015 1:28 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
Young students of Hindu religion wear Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or the common man party, caps and wait for the arrival of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal during an election rally in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Friday, May 9, 2014. Varanasi will go to the polls on May 12, the final day of voting, with Kejriwal running from the constituency against Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Dear Shri Arvind Kejriwal,

Congratulations. It is a red letter day in Indian politics. Hope is back. Space for alternative politics is alive and kicking. People power has spoken and one of us has won. Delhi has spoken for India. Delhi has voted to protect democracy. Negative politics has been kicked out. All parties will be forced to come back to an agenda which is positive, transparent and accountable.

Now our responsibility of giving you another chance to fulfil your unfulfilled promises is complete. It is a mission accomplished. During this arduous course, we have invested our time, energy and resources. We lost friends and made enemies. We were ridiculed for supporting you for your past 'mistakes'. It is now your responsibility to make us proud. As you start your journey afresh, I wish to give you a 10-point cheat sheet.

1. Find ways of working with the Modi government. You should enable this. The more you reach out to your opponents, the bigger the leader you are.

2. Not every one can be bought. Many of us don't have a price tag attached.

3. Not every bureaucrat is corrupt. It's your team, give them the confidence to run an efficient, fearless administration.

4. Not every businessman is a cheat and having profit as a motive is not a crime. Your government will succeed only if businesses succeed.

5. There is a big difference between populism and being popular. Don't buy popularity with schemes that cost a bomb.

6. Activism and governance don't always go with each other. Mutant rebels and real life heroes don't always make good administrators.

7. White and black are colours in the periphery. The majority is grey and AAP is no exception. Don't paint yourself white because you will be cornered by your own standards.

8. A few in AAP have joined for the power. It is time you take them down, one by one.

9. To create a lasting corporate enterprise takes a decade. A social enterprise is a far bigger and longer task. Don't be in a hurry. Rule Delhi well and expand with caution. Don't kill our movement. Nurture it.

10. Long back, you had told me "I will prove through our governance in Delhi". Expand gradually. There is no hurry. Look at how Modi marketed the Gujarat governance story after 10 years.

When you were contesting, it was as if I was contesting. Your pressure, pain and burden were mine. I put myself behind you. I avoided questioning glaring issues. Now it is an open season. I go back to my zone--of being a critic who only looks at gaps in governance. Our relationship will continue, but as adversaries.

And I hope you keep my mouth shut by your governance.

Your well wisher,

Maheshwer Peri

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