Ram Kumar Anand, 71, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) candidate from Faridabad Lok Sabha seat, is wit and grit personified. His grip on issues and confident, articulate talk make the otherwise short-statured Anand stand out as a politician.
Though he has been a Rajya Sabha member on the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) ticket in 2000, this is the first time that he is contesting a Lok Sabha election. “There is nothing new for me in politics, I have been contesting one election or the other since 1972,” he says, adding that he has jumped into the election fray to improve the system.
Born in Delhi, he did matriculation in 1958 from Panjab University. He also studied at DAV College, Chandigarh, later at SD College, Palwal, and did law from Delhi University. He has been the chairman of the Delhi Bar Council thrice, vice-president of the Indian Law Institute for five times and vice-president of the Indian Olympic Association.
On being termed an ‘outsider’ by rival parties since he lives in Delhi, he shrugs it off as a non-issue.
“Faridabad is special to me as I spent an important part of my life when I was here in 1963 for studies. Faridabad used to be a beautiful place. Not any more. There are no roads; dust, garbage and slush are everywhere; drinking water is contaminated; and unemployment is rampant.
The need of the hour is to work with a focused approach irrespective of considerations of caste or creed,” he says.
Anand, who is also the president of the Kukhrain (biradari) community sabha of Delhi, is known for the cases he has handled for three prime ministers. Anand represented Indira Gandhi when her daughter-in-law Maneka Gandhi sued her over succession after the death of her son Sanjay Gandhi.
Former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and PV Narasimha Rao also hired his services.