Education in Politics Helps, But Only if Backed up with Work Experience

Just being educated in politics is not enough. A politician will have to blend that with the devotion and capability to work at the grassroots and produce development and progress. Educated or not, a politician needs to deliver.

You learn a lot on the field as a politician, whether from your own people or from farmers, who form a large part of my constituency. On the way, you gather experience and each type of experience in life adds another arrow in your quiver. So, whether it is my undergraduate education, or my employment – I worked with an investment bank for 6.5 years – or my MBA experience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, or my experience as a politician: they are all arrows in my quiver. Now who knows which of these arrows will, at some point of time, assist me in solving a problem?

I think of my investment banking stint as a successful one, in which I loved my job. But somewhere, I felt that there couldn’t be anything more meaningful than being able to affect the lives of people directly and in a positive manner. The amount of satisfaction that it gives your heart cannot be compared with any number of zeroes on a paycheque.

Being with people, especially those from my constituency, has been an enriching experience. My professional and educational experience has taught me to always give few promises but try and over-deliver. There are two types of politicians in our country – one that over-commit and under-deliver and the other that under-commit and over-deliver. I try and be the latter. There is lots to do and I am geared for it.