Guest post by SATISH DESHPANDE
[This post responds to the piece by Aditya Nigam on Kafila last week, which was partially in response to pieces by Satish Deshpande and Apoorvanand.]
Thanks for your response, which (despite its tone 😊) helps to underline the seriousness of our broader predicament today.
I readily concede that my article was not sufficiently respectful of AAP’s major achievement in winning a second landslide against heavy odds. But I do not think – as you seem to do – that this lack of respect (even if it was ungenerous) was without any justification whatsoever.
The article expresses my frustration at the fact (yes, this is a fact and not just my opinion) that the most effective and astute non-BJP political party around today chose not to use even a small fraction of its proven on-the-ground capabilities to counter the poison being spewed daily. I have no prescription to offer AAP, and I don’t know why you think I do – where have I said that or even implied it? Though I had no specific acts in mind (such as AK visiting Shaheen Bagh, etc.) I did expect AAP to do something (in its own unique way) to take back at least an inch or two of the political ground that is being ceded every day.