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Atishi Singh: A social worker turned politician

By Siddharth Gupta
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Atishi has been synonymous to educational reforms in the social media space. Born to Delhi University professors, Atishi has been a successful student throughout her life. She graduated in History from the prestigious St, Stephen’s College, as a Delhi University topper and later pursued her Master’s degree in the same subject from Oxford University.

In the year 2005, Atishi attended the Magdalen College, Oxford and added herself to the reputed list of Indian Rhodes’ scholars.

Apart from working in the education sector after attaining her education, Atishi had herself involved in organic farming and have worked with various non-profit organizations.

A longtime public policy reader, she chose to keep herself away from the 2011 anti-corruption movement, reasoning that, single-issue campaigns are ineffective. 2 years later, she was serving in the Political Affairs Committee of the Aam Aadmi Party. Party also chose her as their Spokesperson and have her confided with the responsibility to run as AAP’s candidate for East Delhi’ Lok Sabha seat.

Atishi has been, as many say, instrumental in redefining schooling system of Delhi.

She worked as an Advisor for the Education Minister of Delhi before she was removed in April 2018. Atishi was also entrusted with the responsibility of heading the Mohalla Sabha Project for the Delhi government.

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She has recently decided to drop her second name as it wasted her time “proving” her identity. “My actual surname is Singh and I come from a Punjabi Rajput family. Had I wanted to appease voters then I would have gladly used my real surname,” she added.

Interestingly, Atishi was given ‘Marlena’ name by her parents after political theorists, Marx and Lenin.

Atishi, who has been an influential policymaker for the Delhi government in the past 5 years, has a huge task cut out for herself, contesting the 2019 general elections.

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