India's anti-graft hero offers too much personal transparency

By AFP
Published: December 30, 2013
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Arvind Kejriwal's latest comments were an instant hit on Twitter. PHOTO: REUTERS

Arvind Kejriwal's latest comments were an instant hit on Twitter. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI: India’s anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal swept to power last month on a promise of greater transparency and he began office Monday true to his word – admitting that a local restaurant had spoiled his first day.

Kejriwal, whose pledge to fight for India’s common man won over voters in New Delhi state polls, had been set to start governing the capital on Monday after being sworn in as chief minister over the weekend.

But after weeks of rallies in a gruelling election campaign that pitted him against the two main political parties, Kejriwal said he had fallen ill with diarrhea and a severe fever and could not come into the office.

“Running 102 fever since yesterday. Severe loose motions. Sad that I won’t be able to attend office today,” the former tax official tweeted on his verified Twitter account.

“It was so important to attend office today. We had planned the water announcement. God, bahut galat time par bimaar kiya (you’ve had me sick at a very wrong time.)”

Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi party was born out of an anti-corruption mass movement two years ago, has pledged to give free water to households in Delhi and slash their electricity bills.

He has more than 961,000 followers on Twitter and regularly tweets to share his views.

His latest comments were an instant hit on Twitter, with plenty of offers of sympathy – but also some suggestions for a little privacy.

“When the Chief Minister gives you minute by minute update on his bowel movements…Hail democracy,” said a Congress party spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi.

“Will Arvind Kejriwal pass the motion? That is the question we are asking tonight,” said television editor Ritupana Chatterjee.

“Wow you’re such a wonderful Aam Aadmi CM. talking publicly about loose motions. History is made!” said social worker Suryanarayan Ganesh.

Kejriwal’s party also asked wellwishers and supporters in a tweet to stop flocking to his home, saying he needed to rest.

Kejriwal’s party agreed to lead the Delhi government with outside support from the Congress party which rules nationally but was pushed to a distant third place at the Delhi elections.

Kejriwal’s stunning electoral debut at the December 4 polls jolted Congress and the main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party just months before the general election due by May.

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  • Dec 30, 2013 - 6:35PM

    One nuclear explosion on Ramlila Grounds where the uninformed masses gather by the hundreds of thousands at the rallies of Kejriwal, Modi, etc. will take care of their popular support but, instead, one nuclear explosion on RAW headquarters and one on South Block – North Block will destroy traitors, including Kejriwal, sponsored by CIA-RAW while it suppresses Satish Chandra who can make India the supreme military and economic power in the world immediately by destroying Washington and New York simultaneously with RAW headquarters, South Block and North Block with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation; his proposal about money will make India the most prosperous nation in the world within about ten years but it will be militarily dominant immediately on the destruction of Washington and New York and will be able to dictate in economic matters also immediately on the destruction of Washington and New York such as by having Americans work as slave labor for India — although the coast-to-coast destruction of the United States will take precedence over having Americans work as slave labor; I have shown that Americans deserve to be killed as ruthlessly as fecal bacteria. With its nuclear warheads emplaced in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities, India has the means right now to make all U.S. presidents — past and present — present themselves in India to be whipped and hanged, by warning that Washington and New York will be destroyed if the U.S. fails to obey and additional U.S. cities will be destroyed if there is any retaliation. Filthy niggers of the Indian government such as the Commerce and Industry Minister and the Foreign Minister insist on putting “the extremely valuable partnership” with the United States above all else; they have a partnership with the United States in raping Mother India — they pull apart and hold open the entrances to the cavities of Mother India which the United States then rapes. They deserve death even more than Ratan Tata about whom I wrote: “Ratan Tata should be whipped and hanged for giving $50 million to Harvard University where the world’s greatest scientist was publicly tortured for being an Indian and to keep India poor, weak and enslaved”. I have described — IndiasLegitimateRulerSatishChandraDOTblogspotDOTcom — the war waged with the help of 24-hour satellite surveillance for the past 37 years against the only Indian who is an obstacle to the Americans’ rape of India.Recommend

  • Candid1
    Dec 30, 2013 - 6:52PM

    Why is this news in Pakistan? We don’t give a damn about officials’ health in that septic tank across the border!

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  • Anshuman Tripathy
    Dec 30, 2013 - 7:14PM

    The Aam Admi Party delivered on its promise of free 700 litres of water to every household within 48 hours of being sworn in and all you care about is his Bowel movements?

    Also Kejiriwal has denied Govt accomodation, security and vip treatment and is still living in his old flat in a suburb in delhi and goes to the CM office through the Delhi Metro.Compare that with Bilawal bhutto who doesn’t even live in pakistan and reprimands common pakistanis for whining about viber/whatsapp/youtube ban through his tweets, calling them burgers.

    Zameen aur aasmaan ka fark isi ko kehte hain.

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  • Aam Indian Aadmi
    Dec 30, 2013 - 8:37PM

    Inda is engulfing into Aam Admi fever. Come 2014 and we will see the real electoral battle in India My gut feeling is that AAP will form the government.

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  • Talking Point
    Dec 30, 2013 - 9:19PM

    @Candid1: sure , sure . Only the floating faecal matter would be able to distinguish a septic tank.

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  • Arzoo
    Dec 30, 2013 - 9:43PM

    @Anshuman Tripathy: I do not know what your motive is in comparing Kejriwal to Bilawal Bhutto, but you are right that they represent two diametrically opposite phenomenon. An AAM Pakistani is delighted and happy at the success of Arvind Kejriwal and hoping that he and his Aam Aadmi Party will be successful in making people’s life a little easier and livable. Our people, on both sides of the border, deserve better schools, hospitals, libraries, roads, and bridges. They also deserve better and more nutritious food, longer lives, and happier lives, than what we have had for quite sometime.

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  • Captain Hindsight
    Dec 30, 2013 - 10:02PM

    @Candid1- Big words for someone who lives in the sewer that feeds off the septic tank. Just sayin…..

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  • Saleem
    Dec 30, 2013 - 10:55PM

    @Candid1:
    Ha ha ha. Beggars since independence have the cheek to call a emerging superpower names.

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  • rg
    Dec 30, 2013 - 11:16PM

    @Candid1:
    Born losers since Independence, with diwali explosions being celebrated everyday!!! Rich words coming from a person who lives in the source of all sewage in Asia. Please get yourself a polio vaccine. I know it’s endemic in your sewage country….

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  • shah
    Dec 30, 2013 - 11:56PM

    Indians are hateful people as evidenced by anti-Pakistan comments on this story.

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  • Usman
    Dec 31, 2013 - 8:20AM

    I would like to see AAP try and run for elections in Pakistan, their leaders will be ganged up and beaten by status quo parties like PPP, MQM and PML-N, this will happen before elections. Come elections, they will get a resounding defeat because status quo parties will flex their monetary muscle and ensure plenty of fake votes are caste by their supporters and political agents at each polling station will make sure no one dares vote for the new comer. If our May ’13 elections are anything to go by, the election process will be farcical, complete with multiple votes, unverifiable votes and fake votes.
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    India’s bio-metric voting system nullifies all of the above problems, exactly the reason present government may never allow it to take shape in Pakistan.
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    If we as a nation do not put the May’13 elections under the microscope, we will lose a golden opportunity to further mature democracy in Pakistan. I find it extremely cynical that so called ‘supporters’ of democracy sitting in their air conditioned offices and sipping lattes have the guts to lecture people like IK to forget/accept the May’13 elections. If we ignore elections irregularities, the whole election process falls on its face, so why no criticise, debate and improve this process? Why ignore the massive irregularities? We have 5 long years before the next elections, ample time to develop, implement and improve a bio-metric voting system. The time is now. This is the first step for Pakistan towards are more mature and stable democracy.

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