About Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal is a social activist and politician in India. He is associated with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that was launched by him in 2012.
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Personal background of Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal was born on August 16, 1968 in Haryana to a well-educated couple, Mr. Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi. The family was financially sound. He has a younger brother and a younger sister. His father, Mr. Gobind Ran Kejriwal, was an electrical engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra. His father’s work led him to several places. Arvind Kejriwal’s childhood passed mostly in towns of north India, like Gaziabad, Hisar and Sonepat. He did his schooling in Hisar at Campus School. Thereafter he graduated in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 1989. He also spent some time at the Ramkrishna Mission and Nehru Yuva Kendra at Kolkata.
Kejriwal married his batch mate Sunita from the National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie. She is an IRS officer. They have two children: a daughter, Harshita, and a son, Pulkit. Arvind Kejriwal is a pure vegetarian and has been a regular practitioner of Vipassana.
Detailed professional background of Arvind Kejriwal before entering politics
After completing his studies in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in 1989, he joined Tata Steel. In order to study and appear for the Civil Services Examination, he took leave of absence from the company. Finally in 1992 he left the job and later in the same year qualified the Civil Services Examination and joined the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). Arvind Kejriwal was also a Joint Commissioiner in the Income Tax Department. He resigned from the position in February 2006. He assisted in forming the NGO Parivartan in December 1999, which aimed at helping people with issues related to income tax, food ration and electricity. At that time, he was still serving in the Income Tax Department.
Arvind Kejriwal Elections result
How did Arvind Kejriwal enter politics?
During the nation-wide protests against corruption, Arvind Kejriwal had a difference of opinion with Anna Hazare. Hazare wanted the Jan Lokpal movement to be politically neutral. On the other hand, Kejriwal’s opinion was that as no progress had been attained through talks with different political parties, it was necessary to get directly involved in politics. An organization named India Against Corruption conducted a social media survey in this regard. The result indicated support for politicization. Others involved in the anti-corruption movement too had split opinions. While Kejriwal’s move was supported by some renowned people like Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, others like Santosh Hegde and Kiran Bedi opposed it.
On September 19, 2012, Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal came to an agreement that their difference of opinion regarding politicization of the agenda is irreconcilable. On October 2, 2012, on the eve of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Kejriwal announced the formation of a political party. He mentioned that the party will be formally launched on November 26, 2012, the anniversary date when India adopted its constitution.
The party was launched in Delhi on the scheduled date and was called the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or the Common Man's Party. The party contested elections for the first time on December 4, 2013 for the Delhi legislative assembly. Arvind Kejriwal contested against Sheila Dikshit, the three times Chief Minister in Delhi and also won the elections. He sworn in a Chief Minister of Delhi on 28th Dec 2013. His rule lasted only 49 days as he resigned from the post in Feb 2014.
Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook have helped Kejriwal count among the five most-mentioned politicians of India.
Activities and achievements of Arvind Kejriwal
- In 1999 Kejriwal helped in foundation of Parivartan, an NGO aiming to assist the citizens in electricity, income tax and food ration-related matters
- Played a key role to empower the poorest at the grassroots level and implement the Right to Information Act (RTI).
- Created a corpus fund with the award money he received from the Magsaysay Award, and with that founded the NGO called Public Cause Research Foundation in 2012.
- A committee constituted by the Government of India inducted Arvind Kejriwal as a representative member of the civil society to draft the Lokpal Bill.
- Participated in drafting the Jan Lokpal bill.
- Arvind Kejriwal became the architect of the movement that was started by Anna Hazare -- the Jan Lokpal that demanded Citizen’s Ombudsman Bill.
- To fight corruption cases in government departments like Delhi Electricity Board, Income Tax Department, Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the likes, Kejriwal uses the Right To Information Act.
- Exposed alleged corruption and irregularities of political parties and government agencies through press conferences.
- Ashoka Fellow in 2004
- In 2005 the IIT Kanpur presented him with the Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award.
- Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006.
- "Indian of the Year" award in 2006 from CNN-IBN.
- In 2009, the IIT Kharagpur bestowed him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
- Association for India’s Development awarded him a grant and fellowship in 2009.
- The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellance awarded Kejriwal, along with Aruna Roy, the Policy Change Agent of the Year award in 2010.
- In 2011 he, along with Anna Hazare, received the Indian of the Year award from NDTV.
Books on Arvind Kejriwal
A Man With a Mission - Arvind Kejriwal
'A Man With a Mission - Arvind Kejriwal' by Little Scholarz Editorial uncovers the life journey of Arvind Kejriwal from being a student to the Chief Minister of Delhi. The book explores the making of Arvind Kejriwal, the man. It brings forth the circumstances and experiences that turned him into an anti-corruption crusader.
The Disrupter : Arvind Kejriwal and the Audacious Rise of the Aam Aadmi
The book by Gautam Chikermane and Soma Banerjee describes how an outsider to Indian politics awakened the common man to question the current political system. It shows the meteoric rise of the Aam Aadmi Party from its formation to running the state in just 13 months. It looks into the way one man had the courage to question the governance and the way he brought bringing together people from different walks of life to demand a change.
Book written by Arvind Kejriwal
'Swaraj' by Arvind Kejriwal questions the present democratic system in India and suggests the way people of the country can achieve true Swaraj (self-rule). The book proposes a model of governance which is based on Gandhi's concept of Swaraj or "Home-Rule". Kejriwal states that power should not be concentrated in few hands in New Delhi but should be in the hands of 'gram sabhas' and 'mohalla sabhas' so that the people have the right to take decisions that affect their lives.
Status of Arvind Kejriwal and his opponent candidates against from Varanasi Parliamentary Constituency in Uttar Pradesh
The table below shows the status of Arvind Kejriwal and candidates contesting against him from Varanasi lok sabha seat with their party names and symbols along with the votes secured by each candidate.
|Candidate Name||Political Party||Symbol||Status||votes|
|Arvind Kejriwal||AAP||Runner up||209238|
|Sarvesh Kumar Gupta||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Hemant Kumar Yadav||Indian National League||Lost||1202|
|Ahmed Sohel Siddiqui||IND||Lost||937|
|Shiv Kumar Shah||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Shivhari Agarwal||Bharat Nirman Party||Lost||2000|
|Rajiv Kumar Mishra||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Rajesh Bharti Surya||RaAD||Lost||4327|
|Vijay Prakash Jaisawal||BSP||Lost||60579|
|Manoj Kumar Chaubey||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Devi Prasad Nand||MADP||Lost||1740|
|Arun||Bhartiya Shakti Chetna Party||Lost||3634|
|Narendra Bahadur Singh||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Satish Shankar Jayaswal||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Santosh Kumar||Rashtriya Vikas Manch Party||Lost||1434|
|Rajendra Prasad (Garib Das)||IND||Lost||N.A|
|Ram Lakhan Gupta||Jantantra Party||Lost||1376|
|Narendra Nath Dubey Adig||Jan Shakti Ekta Party||Lost||2277|
|Bachchan Prasad Yadav||IND||Lost||N.A|
|A.K. Aggarwal||Agar Jan Party||Lost||2037|
|Om Guru Charan Das Alias Vimal Kumar Singh||Sanatan Sanskriti Raksha Dal||Lost||1144|
|Abhimanyu Singh Patel||BMP||Lost||1644|
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Last Updated on 1 October, 2014.