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10 Politicians I Want to Chat With

If I get the opportunity to talk to any politicians of my choice at any point in time then the list of 10 politicians that I would enjoy talking are mentioned below. The reasons for this interesting list may be a contest but the idea is intoxicating and powerful.

Politicians are humans with emotions and yet they project an image. This image slips and the person behind the mask is seen briefly and I would want to capture that moment. It’s like putting your foot in the door when it’s almost closing and prying your way inside.

My personal favourite politicians to engage in a conversation would be:

Abraham Lincoln – He was the man who abolished slavery in the US and held on to an ideal. Many were against his ideas and the country faced war and break up but yet the leadership of Lincoln held together the United States. Lincoln said, “The authors of the Declaration of Independence never intended ‘to say all were equal in colour, size, intellect, moral developments, or social capacity’, but they ‘did consider all men created equal—equal in certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’.

Sardar Vallabhai Patel – He was the first Home Minister of India and called the Iron Man of India. He was the man who unified India and understood that there is great strength in coming together irrespective of our backgrounds.

APJ Abdul Kalam – The People’s President was the title we bestowed on him and I do not think that is going to change for the people who were active under his tenure as the President of India. A humble man who could connect to all ages and held our attention, the missile man of India will always be riding on Wings of Fire.

Sushma Swaraj – I would want to talk to her purely because of the strong voice, clear thought and the ability to put her ideas into words in good simple Hindi for all to understand.

Lal Krishna Advani – He was the senior politician and the Home Minister of India when India tested nuclear weapons for the second time. He had to face the challenge of a plane hijacking and be part of the dreadful decision of releasing 3 terrorists. A lifetime in politics and he has seen India change with times and can identify points in time where society surged for a change.

P. Chidambaram – Having seen him as finance minister and home minister, the one that stands out about him is the ability to answer a question coherently and connect it to issues. His crisp, logical and to the point answers makes him a good conversationalist.

Sonia Gandhi – She has never been seen giving interviews even though she is Congress party president and it would surely be nice to know what she plans for India and Congress and the Aam Aadmi

Narendra Modi – Everyone wants a piece of him. I would want to know how he feels to be hated and loved at the same time. He is the epitome of a conundrum and I am interested in him as a person.

Nitish Kumar – Bihar has seen a sea change under his government and progress has been his mantra and I would want to know how he plans to apply to India as a whole.

Barack Obama – The first black President of the US and for two terms is as historic as Abraham Lincoln. He inherited a fractured country and world and it was interesting to see a president who danced, sang and engaged with people in such a close level.

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