18 January, 2021

Classroom Wars: Educating Sita

AAP leader and former advisor to Delhi Deputy CM, Atishi is aware of the challenges faced by women in politics.

Photograph by Jitender Gupta
Classroom Wars: Educating Sita

It’s 10 pm and Atishi is in a strategy meeting at her one-room campaign office in Lakshmi Nagar. Sitting on the floor, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lea­der, preparing to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the East Delhi constituency, briefs volunteers. She is one of the three women in a room packed with men. AAP has been doing politics on the grassroots level from day one, she tells Outlook afterwards, and her electoral strategy will be the same: “Work on the ground, reach out to the people. Because we’re in government, we now have to show our work. People do realise the fundamental transformation made in health and education.”

Born to two Delhi University professors, Atishi studied history at St. Stephen’s College, securing the top rank across the university when she graduated in 2001, before obtaining a Master’s degree from Oxford University. She was involved in social activism for many years afterwards: “I had been living and working in a village in Madhya Pradesh from 2006 to 2012. But I realised things were...



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