The rise of common man as political force

The rise of common man as political force

Indian politics is on the cusp of change. One of the latest trends to hit the scene is the view of common man as a political force. With a theme of anti-graft as its slogan, a fledgling political party aims to end corruption in the country.

International as well as national newspapers and news channels are following the upcoming Indian elections with renewed interest to see the final outcome of the campaign crafted for dispelling graft and catering to the needs of the common man. But, it is incorrect to say that there is a rise of the common man as a political force. This is because those who are contesting elections and leading the nation are very far from common themselves though they claim to be one of the masses.


• There is nothing common about the leaders who have opted to be part of India’s newest anti-graft party. Noted corporate ex-honchos and owners of large companies are becoming members of this party. It has a passion for raising issues without suggesting concrete solutions. The biggest disservice this “common man” party can do is to disrupt the growth of the economy. Though it seeks to expand in rural areas, it is questionable as to what extent this new party will be able to reach the masses in India’s villages.

• Other leading parties in the national and regional scene are also filled with scions of political dynasties and persons with criminal records. Political leaders who have violated the basic human rights of Indian citizens are also at the helm. It is indeed a tragedy that common man has in fact not emerged as a political force.

• From a store owner to a school teacher, common men and women continue to pin their hopes on these political leaders as India moves from one election to another. With over 1.2 billion people living in this country, Indian society is divided into segments and there are clashes of interests on the political scene on account of this. Each party has its own lobby and coterie of businessmen. Unfortunately, common man is excluded from the political process to a very large extent.

• Common man still struggles to get a job and hold on to his home. He still faces power shortages and violation of his basic human rights. Common man has to face demands for bribes when he wants to admit his daughter to a nursery school. Common man has to work hard for a living.

• India’s political classes are a privileged lot. They have private planes and large homes. Even the latest kids on the block such as the common man party are not averse to perks and privileges. They claim to be acting in the interests of the average person. But, they themselves are not transparent in their functioning.

• Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely. From making laws that allow those in criminal detention to contest elections to taking no active role in curbing the growing menace of corruption, India’s political leaders are turning out to be detrimental to the interests of common man. Funds for the utilization of social welfare schemes are still to be used. Corruption is still rampant in the power corridors of Delhi.


While the question remains whether common man will ever emerge as a strong political force in the country, Indian citizens continue to hope that anti-graft parties become more committed to the cause. Even established political leaders need to re-examine their priorities and work towards helping the common man to become more than just a motto or a slogan. Indian voters continue to look for a viable political solution to the ills that plague our society and nation.

Perhaps in the future generations, the rise of the common man as a political force may become a reality and not just an empty promise on the part of all our present day leaders and political parties.
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  • RE: The rise of common man as political force -Deepa Kaushik (05/03/14)
  • A common man can build a better political force if provided an opportunity. Or, in fact we need to create opportunity for ourselves in this era, as nobody would care to help us with any opportunity. The common man need to judge his potential and strength before submitting to the fortune and the already prevailing corrupt political ground.

    Before complaining with the things, common man should have the courage to get into the system and clean the same. The one who has lived through the troubles and misfortunes from time-to-time, can have a wide spectrum view of the causative area to resolve the same. The common man who have better interacted in the society can get good amount of suggestions and views to proceed with the resolution process of the trouble. Again he can remain well connected to the common man even after coming to the power.

    A person with immense courage and good intellect will definitely get a sound backing by the masses. He can get a lot many supporters to carry him ahead to the marching front. But the person need to retain his clean chit background and should be honest enough to the public to gain their respect and support throughout.
  • The rise of common man as political force -Farhana Afreen (04/03/14)
  • The rise of common man as political force

    With general election of the year around the corners, there is an agitation amongst the people to throw off the presently ruling party and elect someone who shall bring a positive change to the country in every field of development. While BJP is confident of benefiting from the dispute that Congress is facing, a new party rose and is being followed by a great number of the population of India. It is the Common Man Party or the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that promises a revolution of changes in India. As if BJP was not enough of a challenge for Congress, that AAP came into the picture with a great deal of followers.

    Common Man Party or AAP was officially launched on 26 November 2012. It was formed when differences arose in Team Anna of the India Against Corruption group that had been demanding Jan Lokpal Bill ever since sit came into existence. The leaders of the movement Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal had differences in their ideology which led to a split in the movement. Anna believed in no relation with politics and their movement while Arvind proposed that a direct involvement in politics was necessary to bring practical success to their movement. A survey by the India Against Corruption movement using social networking services had shown that there was wide support for politicisation. Hence, the Common Man Party came into existence.

    The AAP has initiated many protests since its creation. These include a campaign against a suspected nexus between government and private corporations that was giving birth to price rises for electricity and water in Delhi. The party has fought to seek justice for victims of sexual harassment and rape, including the preamble of a stricter anti-rape law. The party's first contested election was in the 2013 Delhi legislative assembly election, wherein it rose up as the second-largest party, winning 28 of the 70 seats. Since no party got an overall majority, the AAP was allowed to form a minority government with restrictive support from the Congress.

    The AAP questioned the promises made in the constitution of India that promised equality and justice. It accused that India has replaced enslavement to an oppressive foreign power with that to a political elite. Its fight is for the ignorance that common people in India face in every field of power and justice. They remain unheard until their demands are to benefit the political parties during elections especially when gimmicks are adopted to win the votes of the commoners.

    It wants to completely change the way that the liability of government works and has taken an understanding of the Gandhian concept of swaraj as its main principle. It believes that through swaraj the government will be directly answerable to the people instead of higher officials. The swaraj representation puts emphasis on self governance, community building and decentralization.

    Kejriwal has said that the AAP is entering politics to change the system: "We are aam aadmis (common men). If we find our solution in the left we are happy to borrow it from there. If we find our solution in the right, we are happy to borrow it from there."

    The AAP is proposing to introduce four primary policies:

    • Jan Lokpal legislation
    • Right to Reject
    • Right to Recall
    • Political decentralization

    The party has organized many public awareness campaigns including those that could educate people about "right to reject" and demanded Election Commissions of certain States to consent to voters to implement their right to reject in electronic voting machines. The AAP is the newest and brightest hope for India expecting to see a change in the current corrupted form of government.