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Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal

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Arvind Kejriwal1
Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal
16 August 1968Hissar,
B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering
 Alma mater
IIT Kharagpur
Parivartan (
 परिवर् तन 
)Public Cause Research FoundationIndia Against Corruption
Political movement
Anti-Corruption Party2012 Indian anti-corruptionmovement2011 Indian anti-corruptionmovementRight to InformationJan Lokpal Bill
Arvind Kejriwal
(born 16 Aug 1968) is an Indian social activist turned politician
.He was an Indian RevenueService official
He was awarded Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006, for activating India's Right toInformation movement at grassroots and social activities to empower the poorest citizens to fight corruption byholding the government answerable to the people.
Kejriwal is also a Saathi (fellow) of the Association forIndia's Development,
a Global Impact award winning NGO.
In 2006 after resigning from IRS,he founded anNGO Public cause Research Foundation
by donating his Magasaysay award money as corpus fund.In 2010, healong with a few like minded people formed India Against Corruption which aimed at enacting of strong andeffective anti-corruption law in India.
Arvind Kejriwal2
Early life
Arvind Kejriwal was born on 16 August 1968, Haryana. His father was an engineer and he spent most of hischildhood living in small northern Indian towns like Sonepat, Mathura and Hissar. He did his schooling fromCampus School.
Kejriwal graduated from IIT Kharagpur with a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering in 1989.
Hewas a resident of Nehru Hall of Residence.
In PAN IIT 2011 speech, Kejriwal recollected how IIT Kharagpurshaped him as a person saying, "I was at IIT Kharagpur from 1985 to 1989 and I think that was the most criticalperiod of my life". "Whatever I learnt at IIT has stayed with me .. the entire culture, environment has laid thefoundation in my life... and I am very grateful to my alma mater ". "I urge all fellow IITians..you are the cream of this country .. please go and influence the politicians to pass the Jan Lokpal bill ".
Kejriwal joined Tata Steel right after his graduation from IIT Kharagpur. Kejriwal quit his job with Tata Steel in1992 and spent some time working with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, the RamakrishnaMission in the North-East India and Nehru Yuva Kendra.
Kejriwal joined the
Indian Revenue Service
in 1992after qualifying through the Civil Services Examination.
InFebruary 2006, he voluntarily resigned from the IRS as Joint Commissioner in Income Tax Department.
Aftervoluntary resignation from job, he founded Parivartan, a Delhi based citizens
movement which works on ensuring a just, transparent and accountable governance. In December 2006, Kejriwal along with Manish Sisodia andAbhinandan Sekhri started Public Cause Research Foundation, which works for promoting better local self governance and RTI related campaigns
Right to Information
He along with Aruna Roy and others, campaigned f or the Right to Information Act (RTI), which soon became asilent social movement, Delhi Right to Information Act was passed in 2001
and eventually at national levelIndian Parliament passed the RTI in 2005. Thereafter, in July 2006, he spearheaded an awareness campaign for RTIacross India.
To motivate others Arvind has now instituted an RTI Award through his organisation.
Kejriwalhas been using RTI in corruption cases in many government departments including the Income Tax department, theMunicipal Corporation of Delhi, the Public Distribution System (PDS), the Delhi Electricity Board and others.
Jan Lokpal Bill
After spearheading the Right to Information Act, 2005 campaign, it became clear that corruption could be exposedusing Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI). However, to prosecute and punish corrupt people, an effectiveanti-corruption law was needed. Arvind Kejriwal along with Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan, Santosh Hegde andKiran Bedi draftedJan Lokpal Bill. As thebill was edited and revised time to time after country wide publicconsultations, it was known as Jan Lokpal Bill i.e.Peoples's Lokpal bill. Though Anna Hazare was the leader of themovement for Jan Lokpal, Arvind Kejriwal is regarded asthe architect behind the movement. Janlokpal bill movement actually started when Anna Hazare started a fast at Jantar Mantar on 5 April 2011. This got immensesupport from all over the country and government was forced to form a joint drafting committee for LokpalBill.India Against Corruption had announced indefinite fast from 15 August 2011 if government would fail to bringthe lokpal bill in the monsoon session of the parliament in August 2011. On August 16, 2011, key members of theIndia Against Corruption includingKejriwal, KiranBedi, and Manish Sisodia were arrested four hours before theplanned indefinite hunger strike by Hazare.
Rajan Bhagat, spokesman for Delhi Police, said police arrestedHazare under a legal provision that bans public gatherings and protests at the park in Delhi where Hazare wasplanning to begin his hunger strike. Activists were later released same day although they spent two more days in theTihar jail negotiating conditions put on protest.
Kejriwal left the jail on August 18 and the protests started thefollowing day from Ramlila Maidan in Delhi.
After twelve days of protests and many discussions between the
Arvind Kejriwal3government and the activists, the parliament passed a resolution to consider three points in drafting of Lokpal bill.
Indefinite Fast from 25th July 2012
After referring the bill to a standing committee, the bill was presented to both houses of parliament in the wintersession. However, according to India Against Corruption it was a weak bill that lacked effective measures. The billwas passed in the Lok Sabha, but it could not be passed by Rajya Sabha. In the budget session the bill was decided tobe referred to select committee for further recommendations. Now India Against corruption has come to a conclusionthat 15 tainted ministersin the central cabinetare behind the delay in the process of passing of a strong Lokpal bill. India Against Corruption demanded establishment of Special Investigation Team to investigate corruption chargesagainst the 15 tainted cabinet ministers and establishment of fast track courts to prosecute MPs against whom gravecriminal charges are pending. These demands being rejected by Government, Arvind Kejriwal along with ManishSisodia and Gopal Rai, sat on an indefinite fast at JantarMantar from 25 July 2012. This agitation was supported bythousand of people nationwide.Even after 10 days of fasting, government did not respond to any of the demands.When a group of 23 eminent citizens of this country including Ex Army chief/Naval Chief, retired Chief Justice of supreme court,retired bureaucrats requested them to break the fast and give a political alternative to thiscountry.After consulting popular opinion, Anna Hazare and his team decided to go ahead with forming a politicalparty.
Entry in politics
After split of team Anna,he entered in active politics in spite of differences with Anna and Kiran Bedi.Anna eventold him not to use his name for political purpose.However Anna later met Kejriwal along with social activistManish Sisodia on october 1st and retaliated by saying that even though there ways are different ,their goal was thesame.
Its been predicted that he can catch the flag and lead less corrupted nation.
Accusations on DLF and Robert Vadra
In October 2012 in a press conference kejriwal alleged of a nexus between realty firm DLF and Robert Vadra(son inlaw of Sonia Gandhi).He accused Vadra of taking an interest-free loan of 65 crores and heavy bargains on land fromDLF Limited in exchange for political favors.He even said that Harayana government has become agent of DLF.Hesaid Haryana government gave 350 acres of land meant for hospital to SEZ.Robert Vadra had 50% of shares in SEZproject in Haryana.
Kejriwal has also been associated with Youth for Equality, the anti-reservation (that opposes affirmative action onthe basis of caste) movement.
Personal life
Kejriwal is married to Sunita, who is also an IRS officer and his batchmate from National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie.
Presently she is working as an Additional Director in Serious Fraud InvestigationOffice,Ministry of Corporate Affairs. They live in Ghaziabad near Delhi with their two children.
Arvind Kejriwalhas written a book "
2004: Ashoka Fellow, Civic Engagement.
2005: 'Satyendra K. Dubey Memorial Award', IIT Kanpur for his campaign for bringing transparency inGovernment.
2006: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Eminent Leadership.
2006: CNN-IBN, 'Indian of the Year' in Public Service
2009: Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT Kharagpur for Eminent Leadership.

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