The charming scion of the illustrious Scindia clan, Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia, is currently on an upswing in Parliament. The man, who had become the cynosure in the Lok Sabha during the debate on the Union Budget proposals, was on a lightning visit to Mumbai when ROMMEL RODRIGUES caught up with his address at a Rotary meet.
It is indeed rare for an educated enlightened and wealthy person at least in India to enter the rigmarole of politics but the Scindia family has done so over three generations. They have come out of not merely ivory towers but beautiful palaces, so much out of the heat and dust of the political arena. But, for a person like Jyotiraditya Scindia, who has been well qualified in finance with core experience with some of the best financial institutions of the world, Morgan Stanley, Merill Lynch, and some in the Silicon Valley, becoming a politician might not have been his remotest ambition.
He was comfortable with his business in Mumbai but destiny took a sudden turn and changed the entire course of his future after the death of the young and dynamic Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia, his father, who had been a great support for the Congress high command, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.
With the entry of Jyotiraditya Scindia (a brilliant student from four of the best institutes, Doon School, St. Stephens College, Harvard University from where he graduated in economics and Stanford University), the Congress now has more young (and clean) blood to adorn the corridors of its oft-tainted image.
Some excerpts from an interview conducted with Jyotiraditya on his way home after he addressed the Rotary Club of Bombay on the 'Status of the Indian Economy':
How did you take your fathers death?
Can we trace your past upto being a parliamentarian?
What's your view about the state of the economy today?
Finally, did the royal tag status ever came in your way?