Arvind Kejriwal may have have grabbed a lot of eyeballs through his exposes on national television but can these translate into effective changes in our decision-making processes? Or will it slow down policy implementation, actually hurting the aam aadmi that Kejriwal is targeting?
Prem Shankar Jha, former editor of The Financial Express feels that Kejriwal will gain nothing out of it. “Muck raking is the only thing Arvind Kejriwal is doing. He is deligitimising the political system through his activities.”
But is Kejriwal not pointing towards a corporate-state nexus that is eating into the resources of the country?
Prem Shankar Jha feels that it is not the nexus that people need to be worried about, but the nature of the nexus. “There cannot be but a nexus between the government and its biggest investors,” he added.
He said, “In the early stages of capitalism where the number of big investors is small, they (the corporates) require some assistance from the state. Is the state giving that help in a manner that is transparent or not?” In India, however, this system is totally opaque, he added.
According to him, Arvind Kejriwal is connecting the dots and making an issue because even political parties in India are funded in a way that is opaque, and sometimes criminal.
But is there a conspiracy of silence that is there within the political parties towards such alleged instances of crony capitalism and corporate dole outs?
Prem Shankar Jha denied that there was any conspiracy. He said, “They are reluctant to talk about it.” He said that there were illegal coal mines running amok in Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand and most of them were owned by local politicians.
He said, “This business of predatory state is much more true and widespread, which is not being reported. We are picking out the big companies when the truth is that they can do the maximum amount of good to the country.”