Chief Minister Arvind Kejrival Biography
These days Arvind Kejriwal is in the headlines of almost every newspaper. All the political news is almost incomplete without the news of Kejriwal. We are able to notice the changes in the Indian political system – how all the things are gradually revolving around him. Many of the people are interested in gaining more knowledge about the maker and originator of AAP and are willing to be a part of Aam Aadmi Party.
Arvind Kejriwal was born to Gita Devi and Govind Ram on 16 August 1968. The day when he took birth was Janmashtami and his grandparents named him as “Krishna”. Today that Krishna is popularly known as the seventh Chief Minister of Delhi – Arvind Kejriwal. His life is very unusual. He lived with his family in the suburbs of Hisar in a locality that was built for the workers of Jindal Strips only. His father worked as an electrical engineer in the locality. His father, Govind Ram Kejriwal completed his graduation degree from the Birla Institute of Technology in Mesra. The surroundings at his home had a great impact on his growth and overall development. This is only a part of the vibrant lifestyle of Arvind Kejriwal. So hop on the train and go through the different stations of his life.
Arvind Kejriwal finished his schooling from the Campus School in Hisar. He then cleared the IIT entrance exam and pursued mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur. After he completed the engineering degree in 1989, he began to work with the Tata Steel. However, he always wanted to do something for his country. His fellow companion, Namit Arora who accompanied him at the Nehru Hall hostel for four years describes him as eloquent and determined. Arvind Kejriwal is largely influenced by V.P. Singh who was the then defence minister. The major reason behind it was the efforts and sincerity of V.P. Singh during the swindle of Bofors. Arvind Kejriwal was not in the favour of BJP because of their Ram Mandir movement that resulted in the pulling down of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992.
After joining IIT Kharagpur, his political views took more severe form. After finishing his engineering degree, he returned to Hisar only with the clothes that he was putting on and with some money that was left him after paying the fare of the return trip. He gave all the things owned by him to a charitable trust. After resigning from the Tata Steel, he went to meet Mother Teresa at the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata. This proved to be a diverging point in his life. He worked at the Kalighat Ashram of Mother Teresa for a period of two months.
He then indulges in preparing for the Civil Services Exam and was chosen for Indian Revenue Service (IRS) in the first attempt itself. However, he was not contented with this. He was of a view that he could help people in a better way being at the post of IAS. He gave an attempt again but again he got the post of IRS and this time he decided to keep that post only. Uptil now we have came across the educational qualifications of Arvind Kejriwal. However, the interesting part of his journey is still to come i.e. the entry of a partner in his life.
During the period of his training at the Lal Bhadur Shastri Academy of Administration in Mussoorie in 1993 he happen to meet Sunita who was also present their for undergoing the training sessions. Arvind Kejriwal says that they admired each other when they first came across. He further adds that Sunita is a shy and honest human being. A day he just approached her knocked the door of her room and proposed him for marriage and then in 1994 they got married. Their first posting was in New Delhi. They are blessed with a daughter and a son. The daughter being named as Harshita and the son being named as Pulkit.
During his service period at the Income Tax Department, he realised that he is not able to do much for the people of the country and with the support of his brother Manoj and his maternal uncle he managed to open an NGO that is referred to as Parivartan. In order to impose a greater impact and resourceful results, he did many efforts in order to bring and execute the Right to Information (RTI) Act. In 2006, he was honoured with the Roman Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership for his efforts for enforcing the Right to Information Act. However, after resigning from the designation of IRS, he donated his award money as a quantity fund for an NGO which is known as Public Cause Research Foundation.
However, the major reason for his growing popularity was the establishment of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in November 2012. He defeated the previous Chief Minister, Sheila Dixit by a huge munmer of votes. After Chaudhary Brahm Prakash, he is the second youngest person to become a Chief Minister. He even wrote a book which was named as Swaraj which was published in 2012. This is the journey of Arvind Kejriwal form a common man to one of the most powerful post i.e. the Chief Minister of Delhi. We expect that India is in the right hands now and will progress and develop rapidly.