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Arvind Kejriwal, the face of a sweeping change in Delhi

Sunday, 8 December 2013 - 1:23pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Web Team

Here is a profile of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal:

Arvind Kejriwal was born 16 August 1968 is an Indian social activist and a politician. Born in Haryana, Kejriwal is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He is a former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer and former Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department. He is well-known for his role in drafting a proposed Jan Lokpal Bill and his efforts to bring and implement the Right to Information (RTI) act at grassroots level.

Kejriwal won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006 for his contribution to the enactment of the Right to Information Act and for his efforts to empower the poorest citizens of India. In 2006, after resigning from the IRS, he donated his Magsaysay award money as a corpus fund to found an NGO, Public Cause Research Foundation. In 2012, he launched the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Kejriwal is married to Sunita, who is also an IRS officer and his batchmate from National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. The couple have two children, a daughter and a son. He has been practicing Vipassana for many years.

He was also accompanied by Anna Hazare who is also the popular socialist. He received much support from the people during his Hunger Strike and other movements that he carried on.    

Arvind Kejriwal is the person who met various popular celebrities in his lifetime. He also met Mother Teresa and he was really impressed by her service that she delivered to others. He also served the people in Kali Ghat and followed the path of Mother Teresa while she was in West Bengal.

The main idea behind his getting socialist was he wants to see the country Corruptin-Free. In this way, he joined the hands of socialists who also think in the same manner. During his movements, people of the country were stay with him and supported him a lot.  He played a strong role in the anti corruption events in which people had given him full support.

Activism

Parivartan
In December 1999, while still in service with the Income Tax Department, he helped found a movement named Parivartan, focused on assisting citizens in navigating income tax, electricity and food ration matters in parts of Delhi. He believes "Change begins with small things". Kejriwal unearthed the fake Ration card scam in Delhi in 2008 through his movement parivartan.

Right to Information
Kejriwal has been using the Right to Information Act (RTI) in corruption cases in many government departments including the Income Tax Department, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Public Distribution System (PDS), the Delhi Electricity Board and others.

Jan Lokpal Bill
Kejriwal was the civil society representative member of the committee constituted by the Government of India to draft a Jan Lokpal bill, following a campaign for introduction of such legislation that featured Anna Hazare. He had been arrested for his support of Hazare.




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