It has been a quick climb up the greasy pole of politics for Amrinder Singh Raja Warring, the new president of Indian Youth Congress. But the gritty fighter, who takes his surname from his native village of Warring in Muktsar, did it with his dint of hard work, ambition, charisma, and some passionate oratory. Not to forget, the art of making the right friends at the right time.
In a dynasty-ruled party that still places premium on blood lineage, the 37-year-old, first-time MLA from Gidderbaha has made it to the top rung of Youth Congress despite having no political pedigree. In that sense, he represents a refreshing change from the generational politics of Punjab and beyond.
Born in a landed Jat Sikh family in Muktsar, which has long been turf of former chief minister Harcharan Singh Brar and his kin, Amrinder had a king-size true to his nickname ‘Raja’. A tragedy struck when he was nine years old, leaving him without parents. Raised by his maternal family, he says, “Right from getting married to building my own house, I have walked a lonely path.”
But the politician in him always knew how to put up a show. He delivered emphatic speeches and put up an impressive cavalcade of cars when one of his friends, Aman Sidhu, contested the elections of DAV College in Chandigarh and was elected its president in 1999.