I’m a NGO wallah but somehow I fail to understand the criticism of Arvind Kejriwal and AAP from the NGO community. It is almost as if they are waiting for him and AAP to fail.
If you were to talk to any NGO guy at working with the disadvantaged in rural and tribal areas and they will tell you horror stories of scale and size of corruption that happens and how the state ( read politicians and bureaucracy) has stolen from the people their land, water and their right to live a decent life. They will tell you that if they were a young man in 20s they would have either become an activist to fight the state or joined politics to change the governance in this country. There is no other way.
Arvind Kejriwal and AAP are trying to do both. At the heart of AAP is savvy activist who is joining politics to fundamentally change it forever. Rather than congratulating AAP for its bold effort most people are not leaving any stone un-turned to criticise them even before they have started functioning as a government.
While it is easy to understand the point of view of BJP and congress supporters but it is the NGO wallahs that baffle me the most. Well some NGO guys are plain jealous and understandably so. They are wondering how come AAP and Kejriwal has achieved this watershed moment in Indian politics while they were busy enjoying their food and drinks in cosy NGO style workshops.
Kejriwal himself is a NGO wallah and he has a message for all of us. It is possible to change politics in the country if enough clean, well meaning people come forward. And where else you will find well meaning people than in the NGO sector. While it is commendable to work for the poor and the disadvantaged but if you want to really change the system then joining politics is the only way forward.
Will some real NGO wallahs please stand up.