6 Indian CEO Turned Politicians
Bangalore: To be a successful businessman, one needs strong leadership ability, quick decision-making, interpersonal skills and a good understanding of the environment. Being wealthy, it is also expected that they would be less corrupt unlike politicians, who have to often use their position to fund the next elections for their party and themselves.
Here are such Indian CEO's who entered Politics and became Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar is a businessman and presently serves as an Independent member of the Parliament of India representing Karnataka and Bangalore Urban in the Rajya Sabha. He is the Founder and Managing Trustee of RC Foundation which is mainly focused on programmes aimed at primary education for poor children and has been at the forefront of raising finances and resources for important causes like support for Tsunami affected people, Kargil war and defense personnel, training of tribal's in Kalahandi region of Orissa and rehabilitation of children impacted by the tragic burning of school in Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu. In 2006, a year after exiting his telecom venture BPL Mobile, Chandrasekhar was elected as an independent MP from Karnataka, with support from both the BJP and the Janata Dal (Secular), which was in an alliance back then in the state.
Rajeev Shukla, a Rajya Sabha member, serves as the secretary of the All India Congress Committee. He is also the founder and director of BAG Films Limited. Before beginning his political innings, Shukla was a reporter for the Jansatta, a Hindi daily newspaper. He has been a Rajya Sabha member since 2000 representing Maharashtra. Shukla is the also the vice president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and manager of the Indian National Cricket Team. He is lauded for his leadership qualities and his cool and calm demeanor. As Member of Parliament, his work has been appreciated across parties. Rajeev Shukla is a rare political leader whose friendly demeanor and calm composed attitude is a refreshing change from the mundane image of the political scenario in India.
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