Kumar Vishwas

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Kumar Vishwas
Kumar Vishwas
Kumar Vishwas photographed in IIITM Gwalior 2009 Aurora function
Born (1970-02-10) 10 February 1970 (age 49)
Pilkhuwa, Uttar Pradesh, India
OccupationPoet, Politician, Comedian
NationalityIndian

Kumar Vishwas is an Indian Hindi poet and a lecturer. He was a member of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and a former member of its National Executive.[1]

Early life[edit]

Vishwas was born on 10 February 1970 as "Vishwas Kumar Sharma" in a lower-middle-class family in the village of Pilkhuwa in Uttar Pradesh, where he studied at Lala Ganga Sahay School. His father, Chandra Pal Sharma, was a lecturer at R.S.S. Degree College in Pilkhuwa and his mother, Rama Sharma, was a homemaker. Vishwas was the youngest child and has three brothers and a sister. He studied at the Rajputana Regiment Inter College and then joined Motilal Nehru Regional Engineering College because his father wanted him to become an engineer. However, engineering did not interest Vishwas and he left it to study Hindi literature, in which he subsequently earned a PhD.[2]

It was while studying for his PhD that Vishwas changed his name from Viswas Kumar Sharma to Kumar Vishwas, in order to maintain an identity separate from his caste. In 1994, he became a lecturer in Rajasthan, then taught Hindi literature at Lala Lajpat Rai College.[2] In 2012, he joined the newly-formed AAP as a volunteer worker.[2]

Presently[when?], Vishwas hosts a comedy show called "KV Sammelan" on the Aaj Tak television channel.[3]

As a poet[edit]

Vishwas routinely gives performances in which he demonstrates his poetry and love for Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit literature. He incorporates his comments on topical issues relating to India. He has participated in poetry recitations and functions abroad including the USA, Dubai, Singapore and Japan.[4][5][6][7]

Anti-corruption movement[edit]

Vishwas has known Arvind Kejriwal since 2005 and joined the India Against Corruption movement led by Anna Hazare. Thereafter, as the movement faded and morphed into what is today known as the AAP, led by Kejriwal, he was asked to become a member of its national executive.[8] He contested the 2014 Lok Sabha election as an AAP candidate from Amethi, losing to Rahul Gandhi.[9]

Media[edit]

Vishwas has been a guest judge on the Indian Idol television show[10] and a guest on Zee TV's talent hunt show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs.[11] He wrote the songs "De De Jagah" for the 2018 Hindi film Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran[12] and "Veer Bhagat Singh".[13]

Controversies[edit]

A sting operation was carried out by a tabloid media portal called "Media Sarkar" ahead of the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections that claimed that some AAP members, including Vishwas and Shazia Ilmi, had raised illegal cash donations.[14][15] The AAP accused the portal of slandering the leaders of the party.[16] Mediasarkar.com and AAP filed cross complaints against each other. The police promised action after a thorough investigation.[17][18][19]

As elections approached, a doctored video clip from a Kavi sammelan went viral in which he was shown making alleged derogatory remarks about Imam Hussain and Hindu deities and nurses from Kerala. As a result, various cases were registered against him. Vishwas responded that the clippings were doctored[20][21] and later apologised for his remarks, saying it was not his intention to hurt anyone's sentiments or feelings.[22][23]

In 2016, Vishwas was accused by a campaign volunteer of molestation and making "sexually coloured" remarks. The courts ordered a First Information Report to be registered because of the complaint[24] but an investigation by Delhi Police found no significant evidence to substantiate it.[25]

In July 2017, Vishwas was accused of copyright infringement by Amitabh Bachchan in relation to a posting on YouTube of a poem by Harivanshrai Bachchan .[26] The video was taken down and a compensation of Rs. 32 was paid.[27] This was around the same time that he was embroiled in a dispute within the AAP, which he had threatened to quit.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kumar Vishwas may get Lok Sabha ticket from Amethi". Times of India. 11 January 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "KV Sammelan ke launch se pehle - an interview with Kumar Vishwas". You tube. Lallantop. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  3. ^ "About Dr. Kumar Vishwas". www.matpal.com. Matpal. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Indian Mushaira in DSF — Dubai Travel News".
  5. ^ "India Abroad — June 4, 2010".
  6. ^ "Hindi poet on a peace mission — International News – News – MSN India".
  7. ^ Welcome to the ISKCON
  8. ^ "Arvind Kejriwal formally launches Aam Aadmi Party". The Times of India. IANS. 26 November 2012. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  9. ^ "Election Results 2014: Rahul Gandhi wins Amethi seat by 1.07 lakh votes". Economic Times. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Indian Idol - Geetkar Special". Sony LIV. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  11. ^ "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Lil Champs 2017 - August 13 2017". ZEE TV. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  12. ^ "Video: कुमार विश्वास ने फिल्म 'परमाणु' के लिए लिखा खूबसूरत नग़मा".
  13. ^ "अरिजीत सिंह, सोनू निगम, कुमार विश्‍वास, दिग्‍गज गायकों ने मिलकर गाया 'वीर भगतसिंह वे'". Zee News Hindi. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  14. ^ AAP sting operation: Website says will not give raw footage : North, News - India Today
  15. ^ ‘Media sarkar’ operation stings AAP candidates
  16. ^ AAP sees CD, gives clean chit to candidates - The Hindu
  17. ^ AAP,Media Sarkar file complaints against each other,cries of defamation do the rounds
  18. ^ AAP files defamation case against 'Media Sarkar' - The New Indian Express
  19. ^ "Kumar Vishwas' mail shows lack of trust in Arvind Kejriwal". DNA. DNA. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  20. ^ Kumar Vishwas has apologised for his Muharram comments, says Kejriwal : Delhi, News - India Today
  21. ^ Comment on Keralite nurses: Oommen Chandy wants Kumar Vishwas to apologize - Times Of India
  22. ^ "Kumar Vishwas apologies over his remarks on Nurses from Kerala". IANS. Biharprabha News. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  23. ^ "Kumar Vishwas booked in Lucknow for remarks against Hindu deities". Firstpost.
  24. ^ "FIR on Kumar Vishwas molestation Plee | The New Delhi Journal". www.newdelhijournal.com. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  25. ^ "Molestation case: Nothing substantial found against Kumar Vishwas, says Delhi Police". DNA.
  26. ^ "Amitabh Bachchan wants Kumar Vishvas to remove father's poem video; Vishwas offers to pay Rs 32". Economic Times. PTI. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 2017-09-12.
  27. ^ "Kumar Vishwas offers to pay Rs 32 after Amitabh Bachchan sends copyright infringement notice". The Times of India. 12 July 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  28. ^ Kant, Vishal (11 July 2017). "Kumar Vishwas keeps AAP on edge, 'rift' in national executive over leader's future". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2017-09-12.

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