Don’t Underestimate the power of Common Man – Part 1
No Arvind Kejriwal had not said this dialogue rather it’s the combination of a recent hit dialogue from bollywood with the mere name of a real hero, who had stood against the Government odds in an extraordinary fashion under the guidance of a new-generation Gandhian. I personally beg the pardon of the creators of Chennai Express to use this dialogue as a title of this post and then again of Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, their Aam Aadmi Party, and supporters to write & dedicate this blog post on a common man who is the Chief Minister of Delhi.
Born one day after the Indian Independence in 1968 to a BITS-passed Electrical Engineer, Mr. Gobind Ram Kejriwal and Mrs. Geeta Devi in Siwani, Mr. Arvind had spent his childish days in the cities of Hisar, Ghaziabad, and Sonepat. Schooled from Campus School, Hisar and graduated in Mechanical Engineer from IIT , Kharagpur; Mr. Kejriwal had joined Tata Steel but could not find the inner satisfaction there in his working span of three years from 1989 to 1992. With a thought of serving the general masses, he started preparing for Civil Services and started attending Nehru Yuva Kendra and Ramakrishna Mission.
The fruits of three years of preparation resulted into his selection into the reputable Indian Revenue Services where he had worked for almost five years generously until Mr. Kejriwal founded an organization meant for bringing the change in the lives of the people leaving in a deprived area – Sunder Nagari, New Delhi in 1999. The foundation of this organization may be the lacking of satisfaction what he was looking at while preparing for the Civil Services after leaving a Class A private job as an Engineer in a top-grade company.
2000 to 2003 – Mr. Kejriwal @ Sunder Nagari
He worked at Sunder Nagari a lot for the improvement of the general public without seeking the media highlights even no one knows his name outside the working area. Since then Sunder Nagari had turned into the Karam-Kshetra or Kurukshetra for Mr. Kejriwal. While working for the betterment of the people, he comes through different odds of the Government Departments and those include corruption, no information at all, and an obligation to the things at all. To give a boost, Mr. Arvind had left his job by applying for two years paid leave to proceed for higher education and that education has to be done in the rann of Sunder Nagari. From 2000, he started working full time to serve the ordinary people who he considered them alike like his brothers and sisters.
As one or two similarly named organizations was running, Parivartan was never registered in the records of Government but it continued its journey till date and will continue running in future as well as a jan-andolan (public revolution). For establishing Parivartan, he received ` 50,000 from his elder brother Manoj and ` 50,000 from his maternal uncle as a donation.
After striving for two years, a need for more firm step was being felt and then first of its kind the Public Hearing on development works was organized in Sunder Nagari, which was attended by activists like Arundhati Roy, Aruna Roy and Shekhar Singh, ex-civil servant Harsh Mander, and Justice P.B. Sawant. This proved to be a complete turn over to the current situation as the group of Mr. Kejriwal helped the people to get their general issues resolved.
2003-2006: Leaving the Jobs of Heaven
Civil Services were and always termed as the jobs of heaven but such a job was not seeming good for a man who had to serve the masses with his efforts and thinking. Mr. Arvind rejoined in 2003 in the IRS but soon after 18 months, he again took unpaid leaves for next one and a half year after coming in touch with a Gandhian named Anna Hazare.
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