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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Team Anna: 10 things you may like to know about ex-IRS officer Arvind Kejriwal


ONE of Team Anna Hazare’s key aides, Arvind Kejriwal, was an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer who worked as Additional Commissioner of Income Tax in Delhi before opting for a quiet exit of his high profile government job. A crusader for stringent anti-corruption laws in India now, Kejriwal once met Mother Teresa in Kolkata and worked for her for two months. He started his NGO Parivartan informally even when he was in the Income-Tax department. Here are 10 things you may like to know about Kejriwal, a Ramon Magsaysay Award winner and a confidante of Anna Hazare.

1. Hailing from Haryana, 43 year-old Kejriwal is an engineer from IIT-Kharagpur.
2. Worked for the Tata Group before joining Indian Revenue Service in 1995.
3. Before leaving the Tata and joining the IRS, he met Mother Teresa who asked him to work at Kalighat in Kolkata. Kejriwal worked for Mother Teresa for two months.
Spot Kejriwal: IRS officers of 1995 batch 
4. He also traveled inside Bodoland of Assam when militancy was at its peak.
5. Kejriwal thought he would be a misfit in the IRS service, but did not leave the job immediately.
6. Started his NGO Parivartan informally even when he was an Income Tax officer. Received Rs 50,000 donation from his relatives to begin the process. The idea was to appeal people that “don’t pay bribe in the tax department, get your work done through Parivartan”.
7. Won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership in 2006.
8. Played a key role in lobbying for the Right To Information Act passed.
9. Kejriwal’s wife Sunita is also an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer. They have two children.
10. He lives at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh. It’s just at the outskirts of Delhi.

41 comments:

  1. role model for young people....far better person than rahul gandhi

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    1. yes he is better than rahul gandhi

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    2. yes he is...but not iin comarison with modi.

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    3. modi to kuch bhi nhi h......Arvind kr saamne

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    4. he craves what rahul already has!!!

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  2. He is no role model,please BOI is a forum for Bureaucracy and its news not for your political football

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  3. Everyone has a right to choose his right career. A failure in I-T department, Kejriwal has turned hot in Anna movement. But he needs to prove much more to be compared with Rahul Gandhi or any other top politician. He needs to win an election too!

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    1. If you are ambitious to follow the interest of life, there is no means that you are failure in past life. Quitting and rejection are different thing.

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    2. Can you tell me what exactly has Rahul Gandhi proven till date apart from getting born with a silver spoon in his mouth with which you can compare him with Kejriwal? He does not have even half the IQ, commonsense of Kejriwal.
      Do you even know the difference between Failure and Leaving something?

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  4. We forgive all sins of corrupt but set tough parametres for honest like wearing scanty gandhian clothes.What he(kejriwal) has done is not only praiseworthy but remarkable also..

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  5. for me IAS or IRS, means a person who will more or less corrupt.....mr.Kejiwalis like a lotus in Mud. deepak is very much right..he is far better than dmb mamma's boy Mr.Rahul Gandhi.

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  6. A Very Brilliant Person Who Is Handling The situation very carefully. nice done wish u all the best.keep it up

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  7. If we compare him with Rahul, it will be an insult of Arvind ji. Work speaks. Ye jo public hai ye sab janti hai....!!!

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  8. It is insult to compare Arvind with Rahul. Arvind is from IIT background and was IRS officer with a humble back ground. He had no forefathers from royal family to groom and serve the poorest.Arvind is working for the society but Rahul...?

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  9. he is rollmodel of of new generation of india. he is so far from politicians like sibbal, manish tiwari.

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  10. Why Politics in BOI site ? The comparison seems to be unfit here ! Arivind is not a politician in strict sense of the word, then why compare him Rahul?

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  11. Arvind has better sense of politics and will to serve people to country Rahul Gandhi is a Jonson baby when compared to him . Role model for Youth .

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  12. Our country requires such leaders who for the sake of the country and betterment of the society do not hesitate to even give up their personal comforts.
    Mr. Arvind could have led a comfortable life as an IRS Officer but he rather chose to serve the people in the actual sense and try to eradicate their sufferings( although in the process had to sacrifice many things).
    I am proud that we have such people in India who shall always provide the guiding path for the youth of this country.
    I salute you, Mr. Khejriwal.....

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  13. Civil Society is working for people and they really mean it. Rahul too is working for people but by wearing a mask of poor.

    Why are leaders from Congress, BJP or any political party becoming rich year by year and their followers poorer..?

    Why does Rahul stand beside a poor man and take a photo, when he can really help him with money?

    Hope Mr. SenthilKumar got it.

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  14. true...role modle for the upcoming generation!! far better than cricketers, film stars n politicians....

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  15. India is run by elitist civil servants of which he was once a part. Great Anna is zero without Kejriwal Ji and Bedi ji. We have elitist democratic set up where King can do no wrong.

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  16. Why is it that most people supporting Raul Vinci are posting as "anonymous"? Too ashamed to support their "national hero", is it?

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  17. u r really role model 4 us... great job sir.

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  18. I also gave IIT JEE exam, but was not able to qualify. I m preparing for Civil services, yet havent qualified it. So, this man is certainly a role model for me. Moreover, during the anti-corruption campaign i watched him educating people about the government draft of lokpal bill and its shortcomings. Certainly, he is a hard working person.

    Regarding his comparison with the congress gen sec., few have correctly pointed that there is no comparison . Rightly so , how can u compare someone who has qualified India's two most toughest exam with someone who has most of his degrees fake.

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  19. Thank you for this information. Good to know more about a person who is a Hero in its true sense and spirit.
    This person will be a legend in the Indian history.
    Rahul Ghandi did interfere in the Lokpal drafting/issue in a negative and undemoratic way. He gets into business class 1st seat with dark glasses till dubai, slips into a private jet in Dubai zips off to god knows where without even immigration formalities there. He is dangerious and a farce. Hope people understand that. God Bless India.

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  20. I don't think the article had anything to do with Rahul Gandhi. I am not a supporter of Rahul Gandhi and agree with many other that he is not a good orator. We are yet to see his leadership qualities. But we should not resort to rumours about what Gandhi does. At least, this should not be a platform for such rumours-based observations.

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  21. hats off to you sir..As vaclav havel(former czech president) said,the ruling regime made people as little screws in the monstrously big ,rattling and stinking machine..now team anna is tightening the screws to stop the rattling sound of the machine inorder to make it to work properly...

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  22. Annas right hand. There are very few persons who does selfless service for the people. Arvind is one of them. Rahul Gandhi cant b compared with Aevind.Keep up it up.

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  23. why are we always looking for role models. Arvind kejriwal is just one more successful person. Every field has someone to exhibit success.

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  24. HE is a role model for the country's youth. An outstanding IRS officer with impeccable integrity, a great social worker and fighter for a cause.

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  25. The whole Gandhi family is corrupt. Country needs complete reforms to get rid of these motherfucker politicians. And we need people like Arvind Kejriwal to bring in those reforms.

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  26. Saying whole Gandhi family corrupt is a frustrating statement. During the last 7 years of the UPA rule, there is not even one corruption charge against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Arvind Kejriwal and his cyber supporters are no longer fighters for Jan Lokpal but 100 per cent political activists in favour of BJP. If Arvind is not for politics, why should he be compared with any political leader?

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    1. here is another example of Rahul-Sonia chamchas....

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  27. Once you are a part of the system, you are no less than any other civil servant. Delivery and his talent would be known only after sometime. Comparison of civil servant with Man born with silver spoon of course is unimaginable and not acceptable at any cost.

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  28. huuuu i think some people have lost their love for country just because they are gaining money by exploiting india.have some shame people have given their lives to india.what does rahul or sonia has done for india.sonia qualification has married to rajeev and rahul is the son of gandhi family.
    is it the qualification of national hero.i felt shame its disgusting.rahul supporters if
    he is the hero why not u.what else he has done expect being born in a family who is exploting india since long at least every is better than him.

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  29. he is 100% politician and used Anna Hazare in a very good manner

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  30. please dont use Arvind's name and Ra... ga..his name in the same sentence

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  31. Rahul Gandhi is just not comparable with Kejriwal. Kejriwal is self made man. Rahul Gandhi's (so call) greatness is imposed. Tell us a single deed of Rahul Gandhi for which he will be remembered.

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  32. I am not an Indian But really Fascinated By Kejjirwal---I Am too old and poor health to Support Him in anyway--But I write this to all who read this , HELP this Great man whatever a way you can to Become a Leader with a Vision

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  33. did any one forsee him as next cm of delhi!!!

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  34. It is a very useful information about Arwind Kejrirwal ji,(AK JI) He is a REAL HERO OF POLITICIANS,IF WE SUPPORT ARWIND JI WE DEFINITELY ACHIEVE in 2020 strong India. OUR BELOVED RESPECTFUL FORMER PRESIDENT A.P.J.ABDUL KALAM 'S (AK JI) VISION 2020 MISSION 2020 INDIA.AK JI 'S DREAMS,NOW AK JI 'S HAND.wait and c.

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