The unbelievable success of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Assembly elections has generated much curiosity among people, who were till now reluctant to involve themselves in politics.
After AAP made its national ambitions clear it seems to have emerged as the biggest curiosity and has attracted not just the Indians but foreigners too. Fascinated by AAP-brand of politics, the state unit of AAP has caught the fancy of two Italian students who are pursuing Gandhian studies in Portugal. Cristiano Gianolla and Sofei who landed in Jaipur a few days back are now studying the working of AAP in Jaipur.
Cristanio who is currently enrolled as a PhD candidate from University of Coimbra is here in Jaipur to study Gandhian Studies in Kumarappa Institute of Gram Swaraj. He is trying to study how AAP is evolving itself as a party in state.
“We are trying to learn about their work and vision and how the Indian democracy has changed because of this party,” says Cristiano while explaining the reason for taking AAP as part of his research studies.
On their first day in AAP office the duo were already aware of the landslide victory of the BJP in the recent Assembly elections in state. “We are aware of all the political parties here in the state and in the country, we will be studying the working of all the parties but first its AAP as it is taking shape in Jaipur right now,” adds Cristiano.
Unlike Cristinao, Sofei is not a research scholar but has enrolled herself as an intern in the AAP party.
“There are many interns working in the party while trying to understand the ideology of the party as well as how various Internet techniques are being put to use to spread the message. We are sure she [Sofei] will add to it,” said one of the several AAP members who are explaining these foreign visitors various process that are going on in the three rooms of the party in Jaipur.
The topic of Cristiano’s research of is “Focusing on the democratisation of the democracy.” Democracies are undergoing changes all across the world; India is no exception and with AAP many things have changed here, adds Cristiano.
While the duo is yet to meet Arvind Kejriwal, they are very much aware of him through the Internet.
“When I was studying Gandhi, I got to know about Kejriwal and in this way I came to know about AAP. I think it is giving a Gandhian vision to democracy,” he says while expressing hopes that he will get to meet Kejriwal soon in Delhi.