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The last one-and-a-half years in India have been defined by the anti-graft agitation led by Anna Hazare. His key lieutenant, Arvind Kejriwal, has played a central role in the movement.

In 2012, as it became clear that the political establishment was not going to accede to the main demand of the movement to pass the Lokpal Bill. Team Anna demanded the setting up of a Special
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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
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.
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
Kartik Singhal
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
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
Priyank 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.
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
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
Anshul Goel
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
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
Vishwanath K N
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
Pratip Aditya
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
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
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
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.
Nishant Sharma
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
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
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
Gautam Mohan
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...
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
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
Sumantra Mukherjee
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
Lots of sand-castles, some of them sturdy, some of them very weak. But, what more can one expect from a book on governance?
a good read for the semi-literate.
Good book. Thought provoking.
Neel Adhiraj
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
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.
Nikhil Gupta
In the start I was skeptic about the ideas being proposed and thought It was overly ambitious. But, as I progressed it become clear to me that ideas presented in the book are far better than the current system. Though like any other system gramsabha system will not be without loopholes but it will be tough to find them when everything is monitored by so many people. And by the end you will get answers to the most of you doubts. A must read for all, and specially for Kejriwal haters.
Rohan Pradhan
This book is more of an essay giving us the DOs and DON'Ts to achieve the actual Swaraj in our present times and how to make it function efficiently.

The book has many important elements because it focuses on the development of the backward areas .. which usually the people just ignore.

This book is a must read for all the Indian Youths as it has a vision .. of change. Change towards greatness.
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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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