“We use to call him second Mahatma Gandhi of India, as he was always concerned about the have-nots,” says Ranjana Gupta while shedding light on the earlier life of her brother Arvind Kejriwal.
A practising doctor in Haridwar, Ranjana was surrounded by patients at her clinic in Subhash Nagar, when this correspondent went to seek information about her brother.
“My brother has always worked on two principles -- Simple living and high thinking,” she says, adding he would always tell them “do your duties honestly without worrying about the result.” It is these very beliefs, which has brought him success, she says.
On his party’s landslide victory in the very recent Delhi Assembly polls, she says it was beyond the expectations of their family.
“We had expected 40 plus seats in the Delhi assembly elections, but yes, this sweeping majority was a surprise to us. In December 2013, he had defeated the three-term chief minister Sheila Dixit by 25,864 votes. So, we were sure of his victory this time too,” she said.
His fastidiousness and focused approach helped him in forming the party and win the elections with a massive margin in just a year’s time, Ranjana said.
However, when he gave up the post of chief ministership suddenly, the entire family was very upset with him, she goes on to say, adding “…but I knew people would forgive him.”
Her brother shares a deep bond with her; she says and talks about his last year’s visit when he came calling on her with his wife and son.
“Along with his wife Sunita and son, Arvind visited us in our new house in Shivalik Nagar. His wife Sunita is his batchmate from civil services days in Mussoorie. The two had joined the Indian Revenue Services together.” Inspite of his busy schedule, he is fully devoted to his family, she says.
Kejriwal is a vegetarian and keen practitioner of Vipassana (a self discipline technique) for many years. He follows the principles of life, as Lord Krishna has directed in the Bhagawad Gita.
He won Ramon Magsaysay Award for helping enact the RTI Act and then donated the prize money to fund NGO Public Cause Research Foundation, said Ranjana.
The family is going to Delhi on Friday to participate in the swearing in ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal at Ram Lila Maidan. She says her daughter Anjali Gupta is very excited about participating in her maternal uncle’s oath ceremony.
Expressing her confidence in her brother’s resolve to fulfill the promises made to the Delhi voters, she says he is a man of words and strong willpower and will set an example for others to follow.