(MENAFN - Arab News) The victory of the newest sensation on the Indian political scene, Arvind Kejriwal, has gladdened the hearts of Indian expatriates in the KIngdom.
Kejriwal was sworn in as chief minister of Delhi on Saturday after his Aam Aadmi Party surprised everyone in the recent elections.
"One does not need to be an expert in rocket science to understand what Kejriwal has been saying and fighting for. It is common sense that people want necessities of life to be available at reasonable cost and without disruption, which is not possible in the prevailing environment of widespread corruption, black marketing and hoarding of food and other goods," said Muhammad Tehqique, manager of an industrial plant.
"Successive governments have taken the common man for a ride all these years. Kejriwal's movement is a movement whose time has come. There is a limit to suffering and patience. An individual or a nation can take only this much and no more. Empires have been overthrown and governments toppled when the people had it up to their necks, and subsequently stood up to the oppressive regimes," he said.
Khawaja Nasir Jamal, lead auditor of Lloyds Agency, said that it is no less than a revolution in Indian politics, and those who have not been able to do anything despite being in power for decades, are ganging up against him, which is neither fair to the person nor to the nation. They are questioning him on his every word and promise - how it will be fulfilled and all that. He should be allowed time to bring about the changes that he has promised. "If they really wish well for the nation, they should at least be patient," he said.
According to him, the projects should be completed and implemented on time, otherwise they lose feasibility.
Kejriwal has himself warned of "road blocks" from vested interests.
"Leaders have proved insensitive to peoples' sufferings," said Khaleda Siddiqui, a housewife. "For example, recently the outgoing Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit blamed black marketers, who, from her statement was clear she knew, but instead of taking any action against them, she asked people to pray, which is no less than asking them to eat cake because there is no bread," she added.
Shakil Zaidy, an engineer in a construction company, said he welcomes Kejriwal's ignoring the VIP culture, and security.
"I fail to understand what they are afraid of. I think they are scared of their deeds, which they well know are against public interest and criminal waste of public money. It begs the question whether they are in politics to serve people or to have the people serve them," he said.
Tasneem Sabri, a housewife, who was a student leader in her college days, said it is not new because leg-pulling and character assassination is an unfortunate part of Indian politics. "Time and again our leaders are not tired of quoting politics and political leaders in the West when it suits their purpose, conveniently ignoring that over there the parties come together for the good of the nation," she added.