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Anupam Singh (born 23 September 1987) is an Indian politician, writer, poet and motivational speaker whose primary interests are in political and social activism. Trained in Mechanical Engineering, he had a corporate career before joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2013. He is a founder member and media in-charge of Swaraj Abhiyan, a political organisation formed on April 14, 2015 by Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan. He is the youngest member in the National Working Committee of Swaraj Abhiyan.
Early life[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]
Born in Bihar, Anupam was brought up at a small township of Chandrapura in Jharkhand. He spent most of his school life in the naxal affected belt of Jharkhand, where his father served as an Indian Railways employee and retired as a Station Manager. His brother, Abhinav is a poet and a marketing & advertising professional based in Delhi.
Anupam did schooling from De Nobili School, CTPS and his +2 studies from St. Xavier's School, Ranchi. He did his B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh where he took up an enterprising project of designing a wind-powered automobile. A student leader during his college days, he took part in students' activism and was an active cricketer. He won the regional championship of a business leadership hunt, Tycoons 2008, organised by Times of India and Career Launcher. His tryst with activism took a halt after he got selected with Mahindra & Mahindra in the college campus selection process. Though a bit reluctant, but he joined the Mahindra group primarily because of requirements of paying back the education loan hovering over him. He worked for four years at the group's farm division based at Mohali, Chandigarh before putting in his papers on November 30, 2013.
Politics[edit | hide | edit source]
Though Anupam was active during his university days, but he took the serious plunge into politics when he joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a new party formed out of the anti-corruption Anna Aandolan. A critique of the Anna Andolan, he strongly believed that the civil society activists fighting for a Janlokpal should form a political party and fight within the system. He served as a media spokesperson of the party for state Haryana and traveled widely in Punjab during Indian general election, 2014. He worked in Delhi during the historic assembly elections of 2015 where the Aam Aadmi Party emerged victorious with a thumping mandate of 67 out of 70 seats.
After the assembly elections, a turmoil erupted in the Aam Aadmi Party when its National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal decided to throw away four of its founding members, Yogendra Yadav, Prashant Bhushan, Anand Kumar (sociologist) and Ajit Jha out of the party. Anupam opposed the moves of AAP and took a stand against Arvind Kejriwal. In April 2015, he quit the party when Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan were unceremoniously expelled for raising questions on transparency, probity, accountability, volunteer's participation and autonomy for state bodies.
On April 14, 2015 a new outfit named Swaraj Abhiyan was formed at a rally held in Gurgaon where thousands of volunteers stoop up against the dictatorial steps of AAP. In a public voting in presence of the national media, volunteers voted for not becoming a political party as of then. It was decided that the decision not to fight elections will be reviewed in six months. Anupam was elected as a national executive member and is currently entrusted with the responsibility of national media in-charge of Swaraj Abhiyan.
Jai Kisan Andolan[edit | hide | edit source]
Anupam was also closely involved with a farmers' movement, the Jai Kisan Andolan against Land Acquisition Bill of Modi government. He was a part of the 10-day Tractor March which started from Punjab and culminated in the Jai Kisan Rally at Delhi's Jantar Mantar on August 10 after passing through the states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. The Jai Kisan Andolan brought various farmers' organisations and leaders under one umbrella under the leadership of Yogendra Yadav. In the midnight of August 10–11, Delhi Police illegally detained him along with Yogendra Yadav in a police clampdown at Jantar Mantar. He was released the next day on orders of High Court. Within a month, the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to withdraw the Land Ordinance, which is seen as the first big victory of Swaraj Abhiyan and Jai Kisan Andolan.
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