03 March, 2021

The Drama Bazooka

Few politicians have taken on the rich and powerful like Kejriwal has, or courted controversy with such passion and perseverance.

The Drama Bazooka
outlookindia.com
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Imagine how dull our lives would be without the muffler-clad presence of Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi’s 47-year-old chief minister. He is either the mouse that roars or the Don Quixote of Indian politics forever titling at imaginary windmills, but few politicians have taken on the rich and powerful like he has, or courted controversy with such passion and perseverance. The cliche ‘love him or hate him but you can’t ignore him’ sits well on him. Much of it may be theatrics and bluster, which makes him the undisputed drama king of Indian politics, but there is also a method to his madness, a carefully calibrated strategy to raise himself to the level of his targets, currently Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his finance minister Arun Jaitley. Whatever the occasion—and accusation—the former bureaucrat has the ability to milk every one of his quixotic crusades to maximum effect, and maximum media exposure. In the bargain, he often shoots himself in the foot while shooting from the lip. The near-maniacal gleam in his eyes while taking on his opponents...

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