Arvind Kejriwal is an Indian social activist working under the banner India Against Corruption.He was an Indian Revenue Service official before joining social and political activities.Arvind Kejriwal was born on 16 June 1968, Haryana.
His father an engineer and he spent most of his childhood living in small northern Indian towns like Sonepat, Mathura and Hissar. He did his schooling from Campus School.Kejriwal graduated from IIT Kharagpur with a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering in 1989.In PAN IIT 2011 speech, Kejriwal recollected how IIT Kharagpur shaped him as a person saying, "I was at IIT Kharagpur from 1985 to 1989 and I think that was the most critical period of my life. Whatever I learnt at IIT has stayed with me...the entire culture, environment has laid the foundation 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 in 1992and spent some time working with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, the Ramakrishna Mission in North-East India and Nehru Yuva Kendra.
Kejriwal joined the Indian Revenue Service in 1992 after qualifying through the Civil Services Examination.
In February 2006, he voluntarily resigned from the IRS as Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department.
After voluntary resignation from his 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 and Abhinandan Sekhri started Public Cause Research Foundation, which works for promoting better local self governance and RTI related campaigns.
In 2012 during his fight against corruption, he wrote a book 'Swaraj' which was released on 29 July at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, India.
1- He along with Aruna Roy and others campaigned for the Right to Information Act (RTI), which soon became a silent social movement. Delhi Right to Information Act was passed in 2001, national level Indian Parliament passed the RTI in 2005.
Kejriwal has been using 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 movement actually started when Anna Hazare started a fast at Jantar Mantar on 5 April 2011.Arvind Kejriwal along with Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan, Santosh Hegde and Kiran Bedi drafted the Jan Lokpal Bill. As the bill was edited and revised time to time after country wide public consultations, it was known as the Jan Lokpal Bill i.e. the People's Lokpal bill.
Arvind Kejriwal is regarded as the architect behind the movement Jan Lokpal bill. India Against Corruption had announced indefinite fast from 15 August 2011 if the government would fail to bring the lokpal bill in the monsoon session of the parliament in August 2011. On 16 August 2011, key members of the India Against Corruption including Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi, and Manish Sisodia were arrested four hours before the planned indefinite hunger strike by Hazare.
India Against Corruption demanded an establishment of a Special Investigation Team to investigate corruption charges against the 15 tainted cabinet ministers and establishment of fast track courts to prosecute MPs against whom grave criminal charges are pending. These demands being rejected by the Government, Arvind Kejriwal along with Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai sat on an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar beginning with 25 July 2012. This agitation was supported by thousands of people nationwide. Even after 10 days of fasting, the Government did not respond to any of the demands. When a group of 23 eminent citizens of the country including the Ex Army Chief/Naval Chief, retired Chief Justice of the supreme court, retired bureaucrats requested them to break the fast and give a political alternative to this country. After consulting the popular opinion, Anna Hazare and his team decided to go ahead with forming a political party.
Kejriwal alleged of a nexus between realty firm DLF and Robert Vadra (son in law of Sonia Gandhi). He accused Vadra of taking an interest-free loan of Rs. 65 crores and heavy bargains on land from DLF Limited in exchange for political favors. He even said that Harayana government has become an agent of DLF. He said the Haryana government gave 350 acres of land meant for a hospital to SEZ. Robert Vadra had 50% of shares in SEZ project in Haryana.
3.531 acres of land holdings in Shikhopur village, Manesar, Gurgaon and its subsequent sell to DLF by companies associated to Mr. Robert Vadra.
Kejriwal told the press that Salman Khurshid had threatened him: "Salman Khurshid has threatened me. The country's law minister Salman Khurshid should not use such a language. My life is not in the hands of Khurshid. My life is in the hands of God. We will go to Farrukhabad and we will return from there as well. Killing me won't help because the country has been awakened. If one Arvind is killed, there will be another 100 Arvinds. Rather than threatening like this, it would be better that the Congress sensed the anger of people and took some concrete steps against corruption. He has spoken such a language against people of his country. He has behaved like a mafia don."
Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan alleged that Reliance was blackmailing the government to increase the price of gas by almost stopping the production and indulging in hoarding like petty traders.
if his party wins, the Lokpal Bill will be brought within ten days of the elections. To maintain transparency, the vision document says all the expenditure will be put on the party's website immediately.
"This is not my party. This is your party not mine... it is a party of the people of this country. People are fed up of corruption,"
"Democracy is when the people rule the country. We have to change the system where everyone who comes into power becomes greedy. We don't want to change the faces, we want to change the system. We have to change the system within 10-15 days. I used to work in the I-T dept. I know how it works,"