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India Today Conclave 2014 - 'The Politically-challenged Activist'

NEW DELHI, February 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Blurb: He ideated with us earlier as a speaker at two conclaves. This year, we will debate activism & politics with him as the ex-Chief Minister of Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal is a man of many definitions depending on who you are discussing him with. He has been the centre of drawing room conversations, the hero of local mohalla huddles, he even features in overseas calls from relatives. He is the aam aadmi who dominated media, swaying opinion from one side to another, in his less than 50 days of governing Delhi.

The ex-chief minister of Delhi has carved out a niche for himself with his ballistic anti-corruption campaigns, giving voice and nerve to the latent anti-incumbency sentiment of the common man on the street.

Kejriwal, who graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, left the Indian Revenue Services to plunge into the thick of activism for spearheading issues like implementation of the Right to Information (RTI) Act at grassroots level and drafting the proposed Jan Lokpal Bill.

He shot into prominence as part of Team Anna and moved on to lay the foundation of the Aam Aadmi Party.

In public life, he is more of an oxymoron as a political-activist and his stint as a chief minister was an attempt towards governance through activism that finally cost him his position within 49 days of assuming charge.

Dressed in his trademark grey trousers, a navy blue sweater, and a muffler wrapped around his neck, Kejriwal is an icon in search of a clear identity. He rides a blue WagonR, donated to AAP by one of his supporters. But his furious aspiration to drive India into the corruption free zone sure is a bumpy ride through the corridors of the rich and the mighty.  Will the exit door to the Delhi Assembly lead to the entry into Lok Sabha? One can only wait and watch.

Join us in debating the future of Indian politics & citizen activism at the India Today Conclave March 7 & 8. Register here

Contact:

Vishwalok Nath

Sr. General Manager

Marketing & Syndications

India Today Group

E-mail: [email protected]

SOURCE India Today Group (Digital)

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