Arvind Kejriwal: Profile
Born: August 16, 1968 (age 45), Hisar
Spouse: Sunita Kejriwal
Party: Aam Aadmi Party
Awards: NDTV Indian of the Year, Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership, Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award
Parents: Gobind Ran Kejriwal, Gita Devi
Arvind Kejriwal (born 16 August 1968) is an Indian social activist and 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), and defeated Sheila Dixit in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election, 2013.
He is also an IIT graduate. Arvind Kejriwal – an anti-political politician who serves his nation in a unique way that any politician didn’t serve ever before. Let me give his family background, his father is also an engineer and he himself has done B. Tech in Mechanical engineering from IIT-Kharagpur. Then he secured a TATA Steels job. Only few people know that his calmness is the gift from Mother Teressa, becuase he was there in her charitable trust at Kolkata. He is a married person and his wife’s name is Sunita. Instead of worrying about him, his family and his family’s safety, he is fighting against corruption. Many people don’t know that the government has awarded him Ramon Magsaysay Award for his movement activity of Right to Information Act. Further he was felicitated with many other awards like Ashoka Fellow Civic Engagement Award in 2004, Satyendra K Dubey Memorial Award from IIT Kanpur in 2005, Ramon Magsaysay Award for Eminent Leadership in 2006, Indian of the Year in Public Service in 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award for Eminent Leadership in 2009 by IIT-Kharagpur Policy Change Agent of the Year by The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence in 2010, NDTV Indian of the Year in 2011. He won IIM Gold Medal. Kejriwal’s book, Swaraj, was published in 2012.
He is a government employee now in Ministry of Corporate Affairs as Additional director in serious frauds investigation. He then embarked on a political journey and started a revolution against corruption. And before, Jan Lok Pal Bill movement, he is also very much active during Anna Hazare’s Right to Information Act movement and they became successful in that as well.
Kejriwal Social & Political Activism
In December 1999, while still in service with the Income Tax Department, he helped found a movement named Parivartan (which means “change”), 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.
Arvind Kejriwal established the Aam Aadmi Party in November 2012. The party name — Aam Aadmi Party — reflects the phrase Aam Aadmi, or “common man”, whose interests Kejriwal proposed to represent. The party was formally launched in Delhi on 26 November 2012. The party’s first electoral test is the Delhi legislative assembly elections on 4 December 2013. He has also become one of the five most mentioned Indian politicians on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. On 16 November 2013, Kejriwal filed his nomination papers from the New Delhi Assembly constituency under the Aam Aadmi Party banner. Among those contesting the seat is Sheila Dikshit, a three-time Chief Minister of Delhi.
Although he was an Income Tax Officer and Indian Revenue System Representative, he remained as a common man with no corruption allegations. Clean and calm personality makes him more motivational. His work speaks.
Arvind Kejriwal’s Awards
2004: Ashoka Fellow, Civic Engagement
2005: ‘Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award’, IIT Kanpur for his campaign for bringing transparency in Government
2006: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership
2006: CNN-IBN, ‘Indian of the Year’ in Public Service
2009: Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Kharagpur for Eminent Leadership
2009: Awarded a grant and fellowship by the Association for India’s Development.
2010: Policy Change Agent of the Year, The Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence along with Aruna Roy
2011: NDTV Indian of the Year along with Anna Hazare
In the 2013 Delhi Legislative Assembly elections, Kejriwal defeated the three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit from the New Delhi Assembly constituency.