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Five years ago, Arvind Kejriwal was far from being the man of the masses he is today. He abhorred politics and politicians and was in no quandary about enlisting the right wing in his anti-corruption fight. From that to his emergence as a natural leader of the poor and minorities, is a riveting story as riven with contradictions as it is full of surprises.
The Hindu Centre's Senior Fellow Vidya Subrahmaniam, who as a correspondent with The Hindu followed Kejriwal's public life between 2006 and 2014, traces his rise from activism to political stardom.
The Budget presented by the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, on Feb. 28, 2015, makes a case for inclusive growth within the framework of "business-like development". Though addressing supply-side challenges are important, the uptake of services and the long term success of programmes also depend on building individual capabilities, says Jayshree Venkatesan, emphasising that the outcome of this vision for growth will depend on the manner in which the policies outlined are implemented.