27 July, 2021

Delhi Diary

The irresistible rise of Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Admi Party (AAP) is nothing short of a miracle...

Delhi Diary
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Pehle AAP

The irresistible rise of Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Admi Party (AAP) is nothing short of a miracle. It is a political rags-to-riches story, for it shows that politics and power are not the exclusive preserve of fat cats with money and lineage. Arvind has had his share of reverses (the bad-tempered split with Anna Hazare, alle­gations of links with the Sangh parivar which almost saw his party gobbled up by the likes of Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar), yet today opinion polls suggest he is a serious challenger both to the Congress and the BJP. Moreover, he is the most “preferred” candidate for the post of chief minister. All this in just over one year.

I have known Arvind from well before he took the political plunge, when he was merely an RTI activist. His drive, determination, energy, organisational ability, talent for generating buzz around...

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