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Swaraj

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  509 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
The year 2011 was defined by the Anna Hazare-led agitation against corruption. The fakir from ralegaon siddhi shook the bastions of power in Delhi to their foundations. Even the middle class and the elite, who normally confine themselves to drawing room discussions on politics, joined the movement and took to the streets. Arvind Kejriwal played a key role in this agitation ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published July 2012 by Harper Hindi (first published June 1st 2012)
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Harshal
Jan 23, 2013 Harshal rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, india
In the first view, it appears to be overly ambitious project. After a little thought in it, we recall that long back a certain Mr. M. K. Gandhi, proposed the same. Empowering the villages is the only road to empowering the nation. Making sure the building blocks are of perfect quality is the only way to make sure the whole structure will withstand anything.

The book advocates the importance of empowering the progress of individual village, by the villagers. This shift in power makes the villagers
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Aanchal
May 19, 2013 Aanchal rated it really liked it
The book is in fact a long essay written to highlight the advantages of Panchayati raj system over the present system. The book focuses on providing swaraj (self-rule) to villages and mohallas in towns.
The book brings before us the views of Team Anna/Aam Aadmi Party. The book is a thought provoking one and leaves you thinking where the country is headed. The examples of various successful experiments experiments conducted all over India to give powers to gram sabha and mohalla sabha say it all.
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Anurag
Dec 11, 2013 Anurag rated it really liked it
If somebody asks to define the books in just one word, that will be ‘Decentralization’. 'Swaraj' or self-rule focuses on political decentralization. Same is the focus of the book by Arvind Kejriwal. It talks about empowering people to take decisions about their own lives. Problems concerning Aam Aadmi (common man) like education, food & water, and housing are solved in the light of Swaraj.

The e-book version is free to download(just do a Google search) and is available in both Hindi and Engli
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Kartik Singhal
Jul 07, 2015 Kartik Singhal rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-at-home
Ended up reading a Hindi book after many years, a 'Kathetar' (non-fiction, new word learnt!) on that.

Little Background:

I haven't followed Kejriwal's or Anna's movement from the beginning. I first gave serious attention when AAP managed to win a substantial number of seats in Delhi last December. Since then, I have come to admire Kejriwal's clarity of thought, his ideas and his mission, all of which can be ascertained in any of his recent interviews or QA's with audience where neither the intervi
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Anshul Goel
Dec 31, 2013 Anshul Goel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kejriwal has explained what a democracy means and how we as a country are really far from it. He has explained how things can improve by shifting the power back to people. He has literally given solution to each and every problem of the country through this solution which was practiced till 1860 when British dismantled it to gain power. Since then, we as a country have moved year by year away from democracy.
Book talks about various issues that have plagued our country and how can they be resolv
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Malika
Mar 02, 2015 Malika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Almost romantic, with gaping flaws.

The book correctly highlights that there are major problems in the governance structure today which cause much distress to the people. However, while reading the book it seems that everybody who is in any position of power right now is corrupt and the 'people' whoever they are, are all knowing. This is rather depressing.

According to the author all the problems would be solved if there is near complete transfer of power to the the gram/mohalla sabhas.

There are
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Priyank Kumar Singh
A must read book for every Indian.This book highlights the problem the citizens of India are facing & emphasises on giving power to the people challenging the prevailing political system in the country.It also explains how this will lead to the betterment of the people & the country.
Pranay
Aug 14, 2012 Pranay rated it it was amazing
Almost a complete account of what has been done and what is needed to change the condition of India as a democracy. I thank the author to provide the solution of the same. Great Work!
Kedar Kulkarni
May 04, 2014 Kedar Kulkarni rated it did not like it
Some observations -

Motivation - 4 cases exist in current system.
1. Representative takes good decision, people like it.
2. Rep takes good decision, people don't like it.
3. Rep takes bad decision(deliberately/by mistake), people like it.
4. Rep takes bad decision (deliberately/by mistake), people don't like it.
The mere existence of 4th case indicates that whole system is flawed and hence we restructure it without saying even a word about how it affects the first 3 cases. Policy dynamics? What's tha
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Vishwanath K N
Oct 29, 2014 Vishwanath K N rated it it was ok
Very bad book to read.. Half of the book has wordings "Give power and fund to people/ gram sabha". Every page, every sentence has the same meaning. One single sentence is made as big book.. Very depressing book to read. Giving power back to people is good but AK's vision of complete power transfer in the hands of people create chaos. AK's arguments are very weak and naive. He presumes society is filled with morality and generalises everything with few exceptional examples. He still thinks like a ...more
Avinash Pandey
Jan 24, 2016 Avinash Pandey rated it really liked it
#Swaraj# Reading this make an urbanite to see the shady mirror and murkier politics which ampute development at ground level. Swaraj is people self rule where gram sabhas comprising villagers decide what they want and officials have to oblige by fulfilling those demands or face punitive action decided by such gram sabhas. The funding must be allowed ' untied' to any social schemes such as NREGA, Indira Awas Yojana or Sarv siksha abhiyan, let the villagers decide their priority and necessity and ...more
Pratip Aditya
Feb 20, 2013 Pratip Aditya rated it liked it
The editing could have been a better nontheless the message comes out clearly. This book to some might be a book of activism and corruption but underneath it lies an economic perspective which probably has never been tried before in Indian Economy- the bottom-up approach. Though the reliability of this new way is still to be tested, the book though is a good read. It could have been better had the grammatical and punctuation errors been rectified
Sanju Sunny
Apr 04, 2014 Sanju Sunny rated it really liked it
A book that is highly relevant in the conditions prevailing in our country today.

I feel that every Indian should read this at least once, it takes little investment from your part (90 Rupees and three hours).
Arvind Kejrival denounced the royalties for the book to make it affordable, so that the message could reach maximum people.

'Swaraj' takes the idea of 'self-rule' proposed by Gandhi and churns out a thorough analysis that makes perfect sense, given the political and economic conditions in Ind
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Susan
Feb 24, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
I read this book because I happened to be in Delhi on the day(s) of the election, and soon after when the Aam Aadmi Party swept into power on their astonishing new broom, with the promise of cleaning the Augean stables that masqueraded as the democratic polity of India. It was an eye opener to me that every driver, maidservant and sweeper that throngs the fringes of the rich and middle class homes and play places, had voted for them, and cheered as news came in indicating the complete crushing o ...more
Akshaya Srivatsa
Jun 26, 2014 Akshaya Srivatsa rated it really liked it
I am a believer and a skeptic of Kejriwal's suggestions in this book. The sure way to know is to try it out and that he is already doing that in Delhi. This books talks about a paradigm shift in politics: where power is devolved from all the "Babus" in Parliament to the people of India.

Great read. Principles sound very left but who cares: he has some great suggestions to fix India's crumbling democracy.
Anushree
Feb 28, 2014 Anushree rated it did not like it
Read the first few pages and you have read the complete book. Repetitive content, becomes very boring after few pages.

The book repeats three things again and again and again. (3 agains are less for its description)

- Everyone in the bureaucracy is corrupt and thats because of powers vested in central and state governments
- Give all the powers to Gram Sabha (from planning to execution, from funds to hiring govt employees)
- Punishment is important

He has no views on development and incentives. His i
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Nishant Sharma
Feb 13, 2015 Nishant Sharma rated it it was amazing
First off, I wanna thank Arvind Kejriwal Ji for taking the fight against corruption against the giant capitalists alone. I am fortunate that I live in Delhi and so I am exposed to what goes around the city and the nation politically. The country was mired in corruption and the UPA government was seeped till neck with shady development plans and this man came and took the country by storm. I respect that I have been a part of the struggle.

The book is written in simple Hindi and English. It detail
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Suyash Karangutkar
Oct 22, 2014 Suyash Karangutkar rated it it was amazing
I’ve considered Arvind Kejriwal as a perfect example for Indian politics, an ideal for good governance and a speaker for a progressive development. I wished to read his book Swaraj which is written by him, himself and thus read each and every page of it with scrutiny.

I rarely find non-fiction books interesting but this book is really, really interesting and fantastic. The book explains each and every problem which India is currently facing. Arvind Kejriwal has mentioned detailed information on
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Suyash Karangutkar
I’ve considered Arvind Kejriwal as a perfect example for Indian politics, an ideal for good governance and a speaker for a progressive development. I wished to read his book Swaraj which is written by him, himself and thus read each and every page of it with scrutiny.

I rarely find non-fiction books interesting but this book is really, really interesting and fantastic. The book explains each and every problem which India is currently facing. Arvind Kejriwal has mentioned detailed information on
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Gautam Mohan
May 09, 2013 Gautam Mohan rated it liked it
The book's suggestions appears good on paper, the central theme of endowing power and autonomy to "Gram Sabhas" while other government servants and political leaders carrying out the orders of the "Gram Sabhas" looks a far away dream in this country...
Moinak
Jan 10, 2014 Moinak rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books is very well written, short, crisp, and to the point. But i feel it misses a very important point- women empowerment especially at the gram sabha level, and definitely in all higher sabhas. If 100 is earned by woman, she tries to think how best to use it for the family, and then how much she can save. Unfortunately it is not how the present male dominated society acts. Alcohol abuse is prominent across India, and the book highlights how permissions are sought, and also suggests, how i ...more
Nilesh Trivedi
Jan 28, 2014 Nilesh Trivedi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short and very readable book about Aam Aadmi Party's ideology. I liked that the book is very specific in terms of concrete changes proposed in the system instead of just providing a vague philosophy. Kejriwal knows his stuff well. This book will be specially informative to urban indians who aren't aware of how the bureaucracy and government works at village level.

I also like the ideology. I myself have been arguing for decentralization, be it in technology, economics or politics. Decentralized
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Sumantra Mukherjee
Jul 21, 2013 Sumantra Mukherjee rated it it was amazing
Inspiring book with a practical book. A must read for all true Indians. Grand it , understand it and please introspect with it. I give it rating 5 for its socialist and nationalist outlook.
Gaurab Mukherjee
The book is a realistic take on the current Indian system. The book points out many loop holes in the Indian political and social structure. The people's participation is missing and political class is not following democratic processes. The book beings into focus many points which will make you question the social structure and the political class. Points are also raised about how honest the politicians are? and Is there a possibility that these politicians have just become corrupt and puppets ...more
Prakash
Dec 03, 2012 Prakash rated it liked it
Lots of sand-castles, some of them sturdy, some of them very weak. But, what more can one expect from a book on governance?
Neil
Aug 04, 2015 Neil rated it liked it
Shelves: read-twice
Readable, but in current scenario. This book in written for present politics and what kind of measure we should take to improve our lives. Kejriwal had done fine work by collecting something good for this society. This is based on Mahatma Gandhi's 'Hind Swaraj'. The book provides you practical application of the Gandhi's work in contemporary world. Before reading this book. I suggest you to read hind swaraj by Gandhi. This is average book like essay on Gandhi's philosophy. Read it you will defin ...more
Singh
Dec 27, 2013 Singh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a good read for the semi-literate.
Swapneel
Dec 21, 2012 Swapneel rated it liked it
Good book. Thought provoking.
Neel Adhiraj
Jul 01, 2014 Neel Adhiraj rated it really liked it
If people complain that Arvind Kejriwal is less of a politician and more of a social activist, let me assure you he is even less of a writer. Swaraj is poorly written, repetitive, has no semblance of structure. Yet it is harrowing in it's outline of a seemingly hopeless situation which Kejriwal insists can be mended with his solution. His message is accompanied by unhelpful and somewhat ridiculous pictures before every chapter that only retract from the serious tone of the book. His model is rev ...more
Suriya Gayathri
Mar 15, 2014 Suriya Gayathri rated it liked it
Arvind Kejriwal writes about the flaws of India’s present political and economic systems and stresses on solutions for improvement. The content promotes the theory of ‘Swaraj’ and revolves around observations, stories and suggestions for significant changes to the system. The book is a right pick if you want to know about how India is currently being poorly governed and how her resources are being misused.
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Arvind Kejriwal is a social activist fighting for transparent and participatory governance. He is considered to be one of the main architects of the Jan Lokpal movement or the Anna movement, which shook the nation in 2011. He graduated in mechanical engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1989 and joined Tata Steel. In 1992, he joined India Revenue Service (IRS). He took a long leave from the government ...more
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“Gandhiji used to say, ‘True democracy is not run by twenty people sitting in Delhi. The power centres now are in capital cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. I would like to distribute these power centres in seven lakh villages of India.” 0 likes
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