Unrequited love is always a great thing, said Neil LaBute, an American playwright and director. For Kumar Vishwas, 43, the controversial poet-turned-AAP leader, it indeed was a great thing, making an eloquent poet of a budding student of science.
AAP leader Kumar Vishwas being welcomed by supporters at Aligarh railway station en route to Amethi. (PTI Photo)
His poems hogged the limelight during the Anna movement that hit Delhi in 2011 and the rest, as they say, is history.
“He fell in love with one of his classmates at the intermediate college in his home town Pilkhuwa,” one of his close aides told HT.
He qualified for admission in an engineering college but quit midway when he learnt that the girl he loved had got married, and decided to pursue poetry to fill the void in his life.
One of his popular poems called ‘Pagli Ladki’ is said is inspired from his failed love life.
After leaving the engineering college, he did his BA, MA and PhD in Hindi.
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Thereafter he became a professor in Hindi at a college in UP’s Sahibabad town.
Those who know him say he is passionate and possesses a strong will. “He does what he decides to do,” said one of his friends, who has known him since childhood.
It was this quality that saw him join the Anna movement and challenge Rahul Gandhi in the family bastion Amethi.
Staunchly stationed there, he has vowed to come back only after the Lok Sabha elections.
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He has a sizable fan base on social media platforms. And the controversies around him — from his ‘love for Modi’ or ridicule against Kerala nurses — have not affected him to the point of self-introspection.
“He knows such controversies are the handiwork of his rivals who are scared of his popularity,” said one of his aides.