“My common man is omnipresent. He’s been silent all these 50 years. He simply listens.” – R.K.Laxman.
Walking the tight rope of politics and power in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal is all set to take his Chief Ministerial seat of the national capital. His “jhadu” or broom has cleared the way for his sweeping win in the election polls that took place in Delhi on February 7. This firebrand activist champions the cause of the common man. He is all in all, of the people, by the people and for the people. Though the country saw the demise of the common man in the form of R.K. Laxman’s passing away on the Republic Day, Arvind Kejriwal is nothing less than the resurrection of the common man.
Here’s a closer look at all we need to know about Arvind Kejriwal, the voice that represents the common man:
- A mechanical engineer from IIT, Kharagpur, Kejriwal began his career at Tata Steel in Jamshedpur. He went on to clear the Civil Service Examinations and became an IRS and worked as the Additional Commissioner of Income Tax. Boasting of such an eccentric career, Kejriwal later laid the foundation stone of a non-profit organization called Parivartan. This organization used the Right to Information Act in India to reveal the incompetence of the federal departments.
- Though most people see Kejriwal as one who has the attributes of Mahatma Gandhi, little do they know that his inspiration has, in fact, been Mother Teresa. While working with the multinational company, Tata Steel, Kejriwal paid a visit to the Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity where he met her and became thoroughly motivated by her philanthropy. Kejriwal went on to win the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his contribution in enacting the RTI act in 2006.
- Kejriwal left a comfortable and rewarding position as an IRS and soon joined the anti-corruption movement that made a huge buzz throughout the nation in 2012. One of Anna Hazare’s chief aides, Kejriwal paraded on the streets in protest of the prevalence of corruption in India. He peeked into the bank details of few robust political figures and raised questions on their over-the-top bank balance.
- After having launched his political party, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2012, he beat the three-time Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dixit and became the seventh Chief Minister of the national capital. Even as the esteemed CM, he roamed around in a Wagon-R while declining all the high-profile incentives that come along with the Chief Ministerial seat. Not only that, he also came down to the streets to stage his protests. He went ahead to call himself an anarchist too.
- He ran a 49-day-long government. Kejriwal resigned from his Chief Ministerial post when he could not get his opponents to pass his anti-corruption bill in the state assembly.
- After the Bharatiya Janata Party came into power, Kejriwal was sent for a trip into the gallows. He was accused of defamation by a senior BJP leader, and thus was kept for a succinct period of time in Tihar Jail.
Like every other common man, Kejriwal has had a fair share of highs and lows in his journey. This common man, in many ways than one, has risen from the dead, making way for “Paanch Saal Kejriwal!”
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