31/01/2015 9:28 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST

I Am An Anti-National And Proud Of It!

An Indian boy wears an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or the common man party, cap during an election rally of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal 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)

The bitterness in BJPs questions to AAP is outrageous. Notice how BJP singled out volunteers working from even Bangladesh and Dubai (which has a sizeable indian population) and calling them 'linked to anti-national forces'. Any western country volunteer is ok, but from a Muslim nation is painted anti-national. And by derivative, AAP volunteers are all painted 'anti-national forces'. Their questions on funding of AAP, or AAP being 'anti-women' are banal. I just wish they stop this charade of five questions every day which exposes them every day in front of national television.

BJP will have no place to hide if such questions are addressed to NaMo, Amit Shah, Kiran Bedi or even Smriti Irani. The rage in me wishes I can ask them five questions a day, but it will bring out the devil in me (the questions will have far too much substance to be wished away). And then one has to compete with and stoop down to the level of BJP which is a tough ask. Besides, I want to look at their positive side despite overwhelming information to the contrary.

A nation where traditionally, party workers are made up of sycophants seeking favours, making money and doing it as an occupation for a fast buck has been challenged by AAP. So many people volunteering, donating money and seeking no benefit than a change in way politics are conducted deserves a shot. It may not lead to victory but will keep career politicians in check.

Anti-Nationals don't belong to a religion or to a party. They eat the country, bit by bit in pursuit of personal ambition and objectives. They are all about I, me and myself. I surely don't qualify to be an anti-national.

But then, BJP's definition stems from 'either you are with us or an anti-national'. Going by BJP standard, I am an anti-national. And proud of it!

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