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ABHISHEK BHATTACHARYA

NEWS + ANALYSIS

A POLITICAL RENAISSANCE IN INDIA?

January 8, 2014 | by Abhishek Bhattacharya

The man who handily unseated three-term incumbent Sheila Dikshit from India’s Legislative Assembly of Delhi last month is a 45-year-old bespectacled Indian Institutes of Technology graduate, Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the upstart Aam Aadmi – Common Man – Party (AAP) and an advocate for freedom-based sustainable development and political transparency. From his activist beginnings at Parivartan (Hindi word for “change”) in 1999, while still in the Indian Revenue Service, Kejriwal was recognized for “activating the right-to-information movement at the grassroots,” as the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation put it in giving him its 2006 Award for Emergent Leadership, which is widely described as Asia’s Nobel Prize.

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