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Career in politics for engineers - thoughts?

Question asked by Kaustubh Katdare in #Indian Political on Feb 15, 2015
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Feb 15, 2015
Rank A1 - PRO
Politics isn't the career line any engineer would think of pursuing unless he/she belongs to a family active in politics. This discussion is meant for anyone who's thinking of making a career as a politician to get thoughts and ideas on how to get into it if you don't belong to political family, career aspirations, expectations and survival etc. In the recent times we've seen several successful politicians play an active role in national and state level politics (in India). Latest report on IBN notes that several engineering students from top IITs are considering career in politics.

Do we have anyone on CrazyEngineers who is considering entering politics? Or anyone who's already playing an active role in politics? Would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on this topic. Posted in: #Indian Political
Don Ross
Don Ross · Feb 15, 2015
Rank C3 - EXPERT
Time has taught me that we all must be engaged in politics at some level. An engineer can not crawl into his specific engineering hole and expect to enjoy a balanced life outside of it. There are certain people, with certain social objectives that in time will be accomplish. And that doesn't mean it's a good thing. Being involved starts by staying current in whats going on. Secondly being involved in the background at least insures that the issues see a true light. An engineers light. Not a social, fluffy dream like light. People mean well when they in act these laws, but do not really think out the reality with facts as engineers do. So get involved, set seeds, start questions, then run like a rabbit. lol and crawl back into your specific engineering hole. lol At least you contributed a reality to their dreams.
Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare · Feb 20, 2015
Rank A1 - PRO
Agree with Don here. Youngsters being actively/passively involved in national politics is the key to a great government. If engineers choose politics as their career option, that would be a boon for the nation.
The few examples that we have in India are enough proof of what a well educated engineer can give back to the society via a political career. If people here have questions about recently appointed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, let's leave him out of the discussion.

Another great and very relevant example is that of the IIT Mumbai graduate Mr. Manohar Parrikar who has served as the Chief Minister of Goa twice in his career and is currently the d Defence Minister in the Government of India.
He is well known as an efficient administrator and there are numerous articles about his good governance skills in newspapers and blogs. He works in silence and makes his work do all the noise.
Those interested can check his work profile and his major achievements.

The other engineers who have really rocked in Indian politicians include Union ministers Ajit Singh and Jairam Ramesh.

The question is - Would engineers that have come out of the rot learning process ever be ready to give-up a regular 9-to-5 MNC job to work for the nation? Is there enough incentive for them to be lured into the career as a politician?

Would love to hear everyone's opinion on this.

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