Free 960 words essay on Arvind Kejriwal for school and college students.
Right from being perceived as the savior of the “aam janta” of the country which has grown cynical and exhausted about the politics to evolve into one of the most controversial politicians, it has proven to be a bumpy political ride for Mr. Arvind Kejriwal. Undeniably his political ascent has been stunning in this cut-throat world of Indian politics, forming and leading the current ruling party of the national capital territory of Delhi- Aam Aadmi Party. Winning the 2015 assembly election with a majority mandate showcased the faith and hope of Delhiites, to see a change in the course of our political system.
Kejriwal was born in an upper middle class educated family and is the eldest of his three siblings. He graduated as a mechanical engineer from IIT, Kharagpur. He was always passionate about serving the country, the reason why he resigned from Tata steel after working for three years to make a career in civil services. He joined IRS in 1995 and was recruited as an Assistant Commissioner of the Income Tax department. Subsequently, he got involved in social activism and formed an NGO named Parivartan to address the citizens grievances related to the public distribution system(PDS), social welfare, public work and matters related to income tax, electricity, fake rations cards.
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As he realized the rampant corruption prevalent in the administrative system, Arvind Kejriwal resigned from his position as Joint Commissioner of Income Tax in New Delhi. He is also the founder of the NGO ‘Public Cause Research Foundation’ with the Ramon Magsaysay award money which he won for his contribution to empower the poorest at the grassroots level and implementation the Right to Information (RTI). In the hope of making India corruption free Arvind Kejriwal with the support of veteran social reformer Anna Hazare, Kiran Bedi and other members, started an anti-corruption movement called India Against Corruption (IAC). It was predominantly concerned with the enactment of Jan-Lokpal bill. Hazare began an indefinite fast attracting unprecedented attention and mobilization of lakhs of people in favor to pass the bill. The objective was to demand the appointment of Jan-Lokpal, an independent body to investigate corruption cases especially against government officials who are being accused of any form of corruption. Unsuccessful in pushing the government to pass the bill of their demands, conflict arose and led to the splitter ICA in two teams. Now it constituted a team of Arvind Kejriwal who was in support of forming a political party to bring about a change in the system and Anna Hazare’s team having contrast view of not entering politics.
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Dissimilar viewpoints of key members of IAC led them to walk two different paths- Arvind Kejriwal left to form the Aam Aadmi Party and Anna Hazare turned to form Jantantra Morcha, a replacement of IAC but with broader agenda. With the agenda to end corruption and put forth a model of alternative politics, AAP made a grand entry in political world portraying them as a party for the common man. Surprisingly, he won the elections with a significant number of seats. This was an astonishing victory, for a new political party and other national leaders were shocked.
Unable to pass Jan Lokpal bill due to lack of number of members is Delhi assembly and apparently because of Prime Ministerial aspirations, Arvind Kejriwal resigned from his position as Chief Minister of Delhi. This was just after ruling for 49 days. He was vehemently criticized by the public for his treacherous decision and moral defeat. He resolved to return and with the clarion ‘Paanch saal Kejriwal’ slogan in Delhi re-election of 2015, again saw the birth of muffler man assuming the office as CM of Delhi. This time he won 67 out of 70 seats, an outstanding majority. It was the best alternative that could be offered to the people of national capital, against the BJP-Congress monopoly.
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However, things have never been smooth for the honest CM. His victory was followed by hatred and criticism due to internal party rift and inability of party to fulfil most of its pre-election promises. Respected veterans like Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan left the party leading to a split. The Central ruling party indulged in mindless games with AAP by constantly harassing their ministers and MLAs through state machineries such as CBI, and the office of Lieutenant Governor. In fact, Mr. Kejriwal is always in a verbal spat and hardened administrative squabbles with the office of L-G. He also keeps accusing the bureaucrats of holding files, dereliction of duty, and violating the norms of political neutrality in return for favors. Furthermore, Kejriwal’s blatant and brazen criticism against BJP government through social media, questioning the government over the truth behind surgical strikes, mishandling of governance, and conflicts with Delhi Police, has led to a whole ruckus of misrule. The dissatisfaction of the people was manifested through his astounding defeat in the municipal elections where the “Modi” magic worked.
In the view of making AAP national party its members adopted a small state strategy. After grand victory in Delhi, AAP tried to expand its footprint by contesting in three more states, Punjab, Goa, and Himachal Pradesh. Kejriwal was able to carve out its space in Punjab winning 20 seats, but failed to do so in other contested states. Irrespective of how many seats they have won in any contested election, it has established itself as a formidable opposition force against the Congress and BJP and that too in such a short span of time.
Despite of all criticisms levelled against him by his political adversaries, Arvind Kejriwal raised hopes for a maverick political practice and re-energizing of the weary Indian politics. His effort to make government corruption free have made the rich, poor, underdog and the privileged to respond in equal measure for a much-needed change in political system.