Deities on currency: Is AAP trying to be super Saffron party?text_fields
New Delhi: The dust from Kejriwal's demand for deities on currencies have not yet settled.
It was on Wednesday the AAP leader kicked up the dust calling upon the government to emboss images of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh on the currencies.
Initially, the IIT graduate and former Indian Revenue Service officer sounded as if he was parodying BJP's Hindutva-based similar visceral claims in the past.
It sounded tenable to many including his party people who are busy taking on BJP in Gujarat and other states—especially Gujarat in the upcoming polls.
It is now obvious that Kejriwal was not parodying but trying to beat the BJP to it in cultivating Hindu image, by overreaching itself with this esoteric demand.
Perhaps he was reckoning that his statement could strike chords with a large section of people whose superstitious beliefs know no limit and believing in good omens just okay.
Is not this demand appear to be exploitive of people's naivety in the first place?
Anybody worth their salt wouldn't say otherwise, considering AAP's poll-focused politics.
AAP is obviously pondering over ways to outwit the BJP; AAP's intellectual leadership must be in the belief that if it could eat into the vote base of congress in Delhi and Punjab, why not trying to undermine BJP in Gujarat?
His statement must be music to many who somehow wanted AAP to become force against the BJP.
The question is if this line of political is what India wants as it is projecting to become a force internationally.
Has this statement dented Kejriwal's image of being a potential counter force against PM Modi? Yes, to a large extent.
Because built his image largely around being a promoter of development and corruption free governance.
If he was bracing himself to take on PM Modi, not turning AAP as a mirror-image of BJP, he should have been serious in his debates on economy, many observe on social media.
The idea of divine blessings to fix economy is childish and untenable for a leader like Kejriwal—because many of young supporters, who follow him online, are looking for new India.
Could they continue support Kejriwal, given the fact that AAP could at some whim will become super BJP?
Many who countered his suggestion of making currencies sacred asked: how about using the sacred currency at unholy places?—for example at meat shop, as reported by India Today. You can add other unholy places like pub or bar or whatever—for that matter.
The report in India Today further wondered if people could use saliva to count notes.
"There were apprehensions that if such a move is implemented, Muslims would be forced to carry photos of Hindu deities in their wallets," the report said.
Kejriwal probably would counter these questions as he said if Indonesia can do it, why not India?
Alongside, Kejriwal anticipated criticism from the ruling BJP against his suggestion which AAP could turn against the saffron party calling it an anti-Hindu.
However, his statement has disappointed many AAP enthusiasts; though they are not openly criticizing him, a feeling being let down by him is rampant.