Remember Arvind Kejriwal? Here’s how AAP lost the national plot

By Shivam Vij

(This article first appeared in ThePrint on 25 December 2018.)

It seems like a long time ago when the AAP occupied the national political mindspace. Continue reading “Remember Arvind Kejriwal? Here’s how AAP lost the national plot”

Make No Mistake, Odd Even 2.0 Was A Failure

By Shivam Vij

(This article by me first appeared in HuffPost India on 30 April 2016.)

Pity the politician who starts blaming the media. Shooting the messenger is the surest sign of the politician’s frustration and failure. Continue reading “Make No Mistake, Odd Even 2.0 Was A Failure”

Odd-even: How Arvind Kejriwal took everyone for a ride

(This article by me first appeared in Quartz on 11 January 2016.)

The odd-even experiment of car rationing was supposed to reduce pollution in Delhi by causing some inconvenience to car owners. Continue reading “Odd-even: How Arvind Kejriwal took everyone for a ride”

Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Kishor And Captain: The Making Of A Summer Blockbuster In Punjab

By Shivam Vij

(This article first appeared in HuffPost India on 21 January 2016.)

In some ways, it will be a battle of equals. The two people who changed how election campaigning is done in India, Prashant Kishor and Arvind Kejriwal, will be face to face in the Punjab assembly elections in early 2017. Continue reading “Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Kishor And Captain: The Making Of A Summer Blockbuster In Punjab”

AK49: Arvind Kejriwal’s oddly-coloured socks and the 2014 general elections

For Scroll.in on 5 March 2014

A thirty-something architect sat next to me as we waited for the show to begin. This was to be the second edition of Facebook Talks Live, an interaction with several wannabe PMs. But the first guest, Narendra Modi, had cancelled his participation at the last minute.

Continue reading “AK49: Arvind Kejriwal’s oddly-coloured socks and the 2014 general elections”

The rise and rise of Arvind Kejriwal

(This article by me first appeared in The Express Tribune on 26 December 2013.)

Arvind Kejriwal is the new Sachin Tendulkar. You throw him the most difficult googly and he sweeps it to add runs for his century. In 2011, he started a national anti-corruption movement with the specific aim of setting up an anti-corruption ombudsman called Lokpal. The movement’s public face and leader was Anna Hazare, a respected social leader, who like Gandhi, believes in fasting for politics. The critics said Anna is just a puppet and it’s Kejriwal’s movement, and that such sophistry showed Kejriwal (who takes oath as chief minister of Delhi tomorrow) had sinister motives. Continue reading “The rise and rise of Arvind Kejriwal”