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March 11, 2015

A Proud Common Man

This post is about the "Aam Aadmi Effect" which I sensed in my recent visit to Delhi. Just a single incidence which clearly shows that the 'Aam Aadmi' in Delhi clearly feels more confident now. I had visited Delhi just a fortnight after the Aam Aadmi Party sweep in Delhi Elections and its effect could be seen. This might be one of the shortest blog posts I have ever written but I am sure you will love it!

I was travelling in the metro from the station near our hotel to Kanaut Place. Metros and Delhiites are two things that have always delighted me. The metro train came every five minutes and then took large crowds inside. It was like a recurring wave. However, I have always felt lavish about a metro irrespective of its frequency. I was travelling in one of them and just after seconds of our departure from the metro station, I met another thing that delighted me- Delhiites. There was a slight unrest in the metro and two people started fighting (verbally). One of the Delhiites said,"तुझे पता नही है मैं कौन हूँ ?" The other guy asked,"कौन है तू ?" The guy from Delhi said,"मैं … aaa....मैं  आम आदमी हूँ !" The kind of confidence that could be seen in his voice was impressive. I felt funny and happy. I felt positive. I felt that the confidence in his voice definitely suggested something. The confidence suggested the true essence of democracy. Today, when MPs and MLAs are considered as VIPs, we have forgotten that they are actually public servants. The true essence of democracy has been forgotten. But when I heard the guy say something like this  felt confident and assured. When I peeped back at this assurance it said," Long Live Indian Democracy!"