Member, Political Affairs Committee & National Executive
Advisor, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of NCT of Delhi
Atishi is a leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, and a member of the party’s Political Affairs Committee (PAC). She has been made in-charge of the East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency unit, where her role is to prepare the party organisation in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Until April 2018, she served as Education Minister Manish Sisodia’s Advisor. She played a pivotal role in revamping the state of education in government run schools in the national capital.
Born to Delhi University professors Vijay Kumar Singh and Tripta Wahi, Atishi did her schooling from Springdale School in New Delhi. She studied history at St. Stephen’s College, where she stood first in the Delhi University, and went on to Oxford University to pursue her Master’s on a Chevening scholarship. A few years later she earned her second Master’s from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in Educational Research.
Academic qualifications aside, Atishi is also a committed activist who has chosen the hard path of politics to achieve lasting change. Atishi has spent seven years in a small village in Madhya Pradesh where she got involved in organic farming and progressive education systems. She worked with several non-profit organisations there, where she met some AAP members for the first time.
Atishi joined AAP at the time of its inception. A key member of the Manifesto Drafting Committee of the party for the 2013 Assembly election, she played an important role in shaping the party’s policies in the early stages of formation. She has registered her presence as a Spokesperson of the party and is admired for her pleasant and calm demeanour on television debates.
Atishi has tirelessly worked towards the welfare of the society with special attention to the education system. Her passion for mass politics and expertise in policy makes for a potent combination and a breath of fresh air in Indian politics.
“Politics is the only means to achieve large scale and long term change,” says Atishi, “and Aam Aadmi Party is the best vehicle of that change in the country.”