Arvind Kejriwal, national convenor, Aam Aadmi Party

He resolutely kept corruption on the front page
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First Published: Fri, Dec 28 2012. 05 39 PM IST
Kejriwal at his Ghaziabad residence. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Kejriwal at his Ghaziabad residence. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
What is 2013 going to be like for the person who made 2012 an unforgettable year for the ruling elite? Arvind Kejriwal, former bureaucrat and the current bugbear of politicians, elected representatives and industrialists, will continue to roll out the exposés on corruption that made him the leading headline-grabber of 2012. He also hopes to catch up on some movies. “There is no personal life now,” says the 44-year-old national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). “I just hope I will be able to watch movies at regular intervals and go for vipassana (meditation).”
For Kejriwal, the high point of 2012 was his 10-day fast (25 July-3 August). “I was not sure I would pull it off because I am diabetic,” he says. “No doctor was willing to say that I could pull off the fast for more than 48 hours. They said I would collapse.”
Far from collapsing, Kejriwal and his fight just got stronger as the year progressed. “It has been an exciting year and it gives a ray of hope, but the kind of hope that this movement (against corruption) has created is also scary,” he says. “It gives you a sense of huge responsibility.”
He took two far-reaching decisions: To part ways with his mentor, Anna Hazare, and to enter electoral politics through AAP. The split from Hazare was the “not-so-good” part of the year, Kejriwal says. “Anna should have been there with us because I am very, very fond of him and I really respect him.”
The first big test for AAP will be the Delhi assembly elections next year. “We want to be able to change the manner in which other parties behave,” he says. “We want that people of this country look at politics in a positive way. The parties who do not change themselves, those parties should perish.”
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