Swaraj was popular at home for 12 yrs

Hari Nagar legislator credits music for his foray into politics

Swaraj was popular at home for 12 yrs

Much before activist-turned-Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s campaign, the word Swaraj had become popular in the home of Jagdeep Singh, AAP legislator from Hari Nagar in west Delhi.

The insurance agent had named his son Swaraj 12 years ago and when the call to bring Swaraj in governance came from activists like Anna Hazare and Kejriwal, he lost no time in joining them.

His wife Raminder smiled when asked about the great importance of the word Swaraj in their lives.
“The woman doctor’s name who attended to me when my son was born was Swaraj. Since then we had decided that we would name our son after her,” she said, adding that she and her husband were automatically attracted to the Swaraj call given by Kejriwal.

Elected as the chief whip of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, Jagdeep Singh also claimed that there was a deep link between his political innings and his passion for music.

He has been playing ‘dholak’ at early morning religious processions organised occasionally by Hari Nagar gurdwara and also played the instrument at protest venues of anti-corruption campaigners Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal.

“My passion for music and social service brought me closer to anti-corruption campaign,” said the 42-year-old legislator who lost his father in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

On becoming a legislator, he said: “We now feel we that we are also part of the government.”  
He candidly admitted he did not know much about politics.

He said he specialised in health insurance business and while dealing with several of his clients, he came across very seriously ill patients, whom he started paying regular visits in hospitals.

“I have made this a routine in my life to serve and help patients and poor,” he said, recalling April 4, 2011 as the date when he joined Anna Hazare’s campaign to rid the country of corruption.

The legislator’s wife said her husband always felt strongly against corruption. “Anna’s campaign gave him a platform to himself do something against corruption,” she said.

He used to come from office in the evening and immediately leave for the venue of Anna’s protest at Jantar Mantar.
“My peers in the school have started paying more attention to us, calling us MLA’s kids,” said the legislator’s son Swaraj.

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