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29 Dec, 2013

2013: Year of the person – Arvind Kejriwal – The Times of India

In a country of 1.2 billion, choosing Person of The Year can be as tough as getting Manmohan Singh to smile. But when you push Narendra Modi off the front pages and primetime television, when you force Rahul Gandhi into hyperactive mode on the corruption issue, and when you shut up rivals who called you “monsoon pests” and “unelectable” by becoming chief minister after starting a party only a year ago, it’s actually a no-contest.

But nothing stated above can really explain the enormity of Arvind Kejriwal’s impact over the national mindscape these days. Who would have thought that the fate of Delhi’s election would be so closely followed by the rest of India? It was, as if, everyone was awaiting the outcome of a major laboratory experiment that had the potential to alter everyone’s fate.

To his fans, and the tribe is growing every day, Kejriwal is the creator of a new matrix of clean politics, without the traditional baggage of caste, community, religion and region.

Read the rest: 2013: Year of the person – The Times of India.