By S Ramachandranan
‘AAP should continue focusing on governance in Delhi’ is the advise everyone, particularly the all knowing English TV channel experts, gives to Arvind Kejriwal.
Likewise, Manik Sarkar should continue focusing on governance in Tripura.Nitish should continue focusing on governance in Bihar. Modi should continue focusing on mal-governance in India, splitting India culturally.
But there in France one Emmanuel Macron sent one Ms.Le Pen, packing lock, stock and barrel. Le Pen is reincarnation of Modi and vice-versa.she cries from the Eiffel Tower roof-top about French Nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism, sending the immigrants to deep sea., etc.
‘France First’ has been the slogan of Le Pen, just like Nationalism, soldier & cow protection is first for Modi. She was leading in the opinion polls of French Presidential race till a few months back. Enter Emmanuel Macron and the scene changed.
An ultra rightist/nationalist Le Pen Vs., a liberal, inclusive Emmanuel Macron. Emmanuel Macron says he wants to be the "president of patriots against the threat of nationalists". ‘I have a vision of my country, and I cannot sit and watch things pass by’, he says. When Le Pen persistently spewing venom, Emmanuel Macron said “I want to help with Muslim integration. If you follow the line of Marine Le Pen, you create a civil war.”
Mind you, Le Pen was leading in the opinion polls of French Presidential race with huge margin and when the results came, it was Emmanuel Macron, again won with huge margin.
‘Don’t underestimate the power of common man’.When this higher version of Modi, Trump said ‘Make America great again, Macron retorts “Make our planet great again,”. The phrase rapidly went viral.Now back to Arvind Kejriwal.
Here is Macron , a leader of guts who took on extreme right and went against all odds and today the hope of EU, not only France.
What prevents AAP and Arvind Kejriwal to do a Macron here in India. Come out of this golden cage of ‘Delhi’. Take all India plunge. Demand nothing less. Go to people with a demand on ban of RSS. Demand common civil code. Demand equitable distribution of national wealth. Demand abolition of atrocities against dalits….
If you do that, you have reinvented yourself. You have again started setting the national agenda, you have found a new narrative and may be, you have touched the winning post.