Many of us just loathed the term ‘politics’ until this man renounced it for us. Many of us thought that the city has gone to the dogs, until this man snatched it out of their claws. The man who made everybody look at him, for he promised winds of change while still staying grounded. Mr. Arvind Kejriwal has arrived. He has led the life of a common man, while doing uncommon deeds. He was sworn in as the youngest chief minister of Delhi with the youth of the city voting him in.
Here are some great deeds done by him, before he came into light as the anti-corruption crusader
- He was a radically shocked by some advice given to him by a senior official at his first job in the Indian Revenue Services, which went like- “That man told me how to make money in the beginning (of one’s career) and then pretend to be an honest officer for rest of the life”
- Parivartan is an NGO started by Arvind Kejriwal, the first organization to come under its scanner was his own IT department where he used to work. The people there did not know that the person putting pressure on them for honest tax assessment and swift reimbursement was their officer.
- Kejriwal won himself 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.
- He was also awarded the Satyendra Kumar Dubey award for his campaign in promoting government transparency. Satyendra Kumar Dubey was an great individual who exposed corruption and was murdered for his honest acts.
- The Auto Rickshaw Revolution: Kejriwal supported the agitation of Delhi auto rickshaw drivers, who were protesting the Delhi government’s ban on advertisements on auto rickshaws. This is how he became their hero!
Arvind Kejriwal is somebody who has more approachable image in the minds of the people; he is just not the kind person with all fluff and no action. Time and again he has proved his mettle with utmost dedication to the cause. All of us are looking forward to a changing picture of Delhi, by how much that remains to be seen.