Arvind Kejriwal, who is popularly known as muffler man, is one of the most popular figures of contemporary Indian politics. He rose to prominence in 2012 and has been the Chief Minister of Delhi since 2015. Prior to that he held the post for a period of 49 days
Born to Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Gita Devi, in an upper-middle-class family in Haryana, Kejriwal was studious ever since his childhood days. Since his father was an electrical engineer, Kejriwal spent most of his younger days in north Indian towns such as Sonipat, Hisar and Ghaziabad. He studied at Campus School located in Hisar and at a Christian missionary Holy Child School located in Sonipat.
Young Kejriwal appeared for the IIT-JEE exam in 1985 and scored All India Rank (AIR) of 563. He then went on to graduate from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and majored in mechanical engineering.
After completing his graduation, in 1989, Arvind Kejriwal got a job at Tata Steel and then posted in Jamshedpur. However, three years later, Kejriwal resigned in 1992 in order to study for the Civil Services Examination.
When Kejriwal was in Kolkata, he met Mother Teresa and volunteered with The Missionaries of Charity. During his stay in the city, he also became a volunteer for the Ramakrishna Mission in North-East India and at Nehru Yuva Kendra.
Arvind Kejriwal successfully cleared the Civil Services exam and entered the Indian Revenue Services. He began his service in the New Delhi Income Tax Department.
In picture: Arvind Kejriwal with Sharad Yadav and Chandrababu Naidu
Soon Arvind Kejriwal married his wife Sunita - an IRS officer in 1994. The couple has a daughter and a son.
In picture: Arvind Kejriwal with his wife Sunita
While still in service, Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, founded a movement named Parivartan. The movement was started in the Sundar Nagar area of Delhi, where they addressed issues like public works, social welfare schemes, income tax and electricity. The movement was run on individual donations.
Later in 2005, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia launched an NGO named Kabir, to address issues related to RTI and participatory governance. In 2006, he quit the IRS job to focus on social activism.
Kejriwal strongly believes that political corruption is the root cause of corruption in the country. It is evident from the various scams involving political figures that have been exposed by the media.
In picture: Arvind Kejriwal with Kamal Haasan
During his stint in social activism, Kejriwal came in contact with Anna Hazare, a social activist who led the Jan Lok Pal bill movement in 2012 and joined his movement. Soon, Arvind Kejriwal gathered many followers and sping up the momentum of the anti-corruption movement. He also joined hands with Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan, during the movement.
Soon Kejriwal became the architect of the Jan Lokpal Bill movement. He aimed to bring an ombudsman over the government and a strong RTI (Right to Information) in the country.
In picture: Arvind Kejriwal with Rajpal Yadav
However, the movement began to lose steam over slow-progressing talks with other political parties. Kejriwal decided to take the matter to another route. As a result, Kejriwal and Hazare had major differences in opinions.
Anna Hazare wanted to politicise the movement while Kejriwal thought otherwise. The two parted ways and in November 2012. Thus, the Aam Aadmi Party came into existence.
Arvind Kejriwal has embarked upon a rather tough mission which he wishes to achieve through politics. He is on a mission of making India corruption-free through the more popular means of seeking public support – standing for elections.
In five years, the Aam Aadmi Party has quite a lot of followers throughout the country.
In picture: Arvind Kejriwal with the Dalai Lama
Arvind Kejriwal, an average bespectacled politician, swayed the Delhi elections in 2015 became the 7th Chief Minister of Delhi. A person, who strongly believes that “change begins with small things”, created a storm in Indian politics with his unique approach. As he turns a year older today, we look at how the leader forayed into politics. All pics/ Arvind Kejriwal's Instagram
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