Atishi Marlena: All You Need to Know About AAP’s Lok Sabha Candidate

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Atishi Marlena: All You Need to Know About AAP’s Lok Sabha Candidate

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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he 2019 elections are now looming around the corner like board examinations, and all the political parties are scrambling to get ready for the test. The Aam Aadmi Party has also started its campaign in earnest, announcing Atishi Marlena, former education advisor to Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, as its first candidate for the polls. As a topper from St Stephens, Delhi, and a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford, Marlena doesn’t fit the mould of holy man or ex-convict that typifies most Indian politicians.

But given her track record in improving Delhi’s public education system, one hopes Marlena will be able to buck the trend. In a classic case of Indian politics at work, she’s already dealing with controversy even before entering the fray: There are reports that AAP asked her to drop her last name and that all campaign material only has her first name, Atishi. According to this report, “sources claimed it was because the BJP has started targeting her, telling voters that she is a Christian.” (Marlena is actually a portmanteau of “Marx” and “Lenin”.)

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