India’s most promising leaders

Indian politics has always had its fair share of charismatic leaders. On the occasion of our 64th Republic Day, we looked at a few young leaders who stood out on the political scene for the work they do, the causes they support, a youthful, energetic persona and a sense of style.

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Omar Abdullah: Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and the scion of one of the state’s most prominent political families, Omar Abullah has a clear understanding of what suits him best. He carries himself extremely well and is always seen in his pathani kurtas and safari suits.

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Manish Tewari: Manish Tewari, currently serving as Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, comes from a prominent political family in Punjab and has also served as the President of the Indian Youth Congress back in the late 90s. His graceful sense of style, whether a two-piece suit or a crisp white shirt and Nehru jacket, serves well his position as Congress spokesperson.

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Kumari Selja: Kumari Selja, senior Dalit leader within the Congress party and daughter of the well-known Chaudhary Dalbir Singh, has served as president of the Mahila Congress in 1990. She is currently a member of the 15th Lok Sabha and has held the posts of Minister of State for Education and Culture as well as Minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation. Her sense of style reflects a business-like and no-nonsense attitude which serves her position well. Mostly seen in a salwar kameez with an elegant but sternly-draped dupatta, Kumari Selja is a good example of female power-dressing in Indian politics.

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Sandeep Dikshit: Sandeep Dikshit, son of CM Sheila Dixit, is an IAS officer with a degree in History and Rural Management. His career is marked by a long-term commitment to rural development and human development issues, and a significant contribution to landmark legislations of the UPA government including the NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) and RTI (Right to Information). As Congress spokesperson, he carries his responsibility seriously but lightens the heavy image with earthy-toned kurtas, a disarming smile and quite surprisingly, an earring!

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Agatha Sangma: A lawyer, environmentalist and amateur photographer, Agatha Sangma completed her masters at Nottingham University, and later joined the bar at the Delhi High Court. Following her father’s footsteps, P. A. Sangma, former speaker of the Lok Sabha, Agatha Sangma was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in 2008. She has also served as minister of state for Rural Development at the age of 29, making her the youngest member of cabinet. Her style reflects her youthful energy; she sports trendy shirts and elegant salwar suits accessorized with a pair of chic spectacles, a bindi or long earrings, and has even been spotted wearing a pair of bold purple pumps.

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Priyanka Gandhi: Born to the Gandhi family, Priyanka Gandhi has a confidence and power that she holds within. Keeping her audience in mind, the fashionista always manages to be bang-on trendy. Be it a graceful sari or a crisp shirt and trousers, she carries each look with ease and élan.

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Shaina NC: Shaina NC is a fashion designer and spokesperson for the BJP. Young, energetic and cosmopolitan, she is a contestant for the Bandra assembly seat in Mumbai. She plans to work on fashion designing and politics together, aiming to mobilize the women and youth with her message – I am young, I am a woman and I am honest.

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Jyotiraditya Scindia: Jyotiraditya Scindia, of royal lineage, his grandfather being the last princely ruler of Gwalior. He studied Economics at Harvard and Management at Stanford before working with Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley in the corporate sector. He was elected into Lok Sabha in 2002 and is currently serving as a Member of Parliament as well as president of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association. In public, he appears to carry heavy the mantle of his lineage, almost always seen wearing somber formals, switching between a two-piece suit and a Nehru jacket.

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Rahul Gandhi: A shy and reserved Nehru-Gandhi scion who did not consider himself a politician, Rahul Gandhi is today the Vice President of the Indian National Congress party. He speaks in the voice of the youth and is considered a ‘youth’ icon. The charmer has incorporated many style staples from his father, especially the bomber jacket. Be it the suited look or the traditional kurta, Rahul always knows what to wear, when and where.

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Akhilesh Yadav: One of the youngest persons (as of March 2012) to hold the office of Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav was born to Mulayam Singh Yadav and his first wife. The Gandhi cap, white kurta pyjama and black sleeveless jacket have been his trademark style.

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Sachin Pilot: Son of late Congress politician and Union Minister Rajesh Pilot, Sachin Pilot represents the Ajmer constituency on the ticket of Indian National Congress. A management graduate from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Sachin’s personal style makes him look smart and chic in any attire. However, he seems to be following his late father’s footsteps in his sense dressing.

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Priya Dutt: Daughter to Sunil Dutt and Nargis, Priya Dutt holds a degree in Sociology from Mumbai University, has worked in television and video before joining politics. She currently represents the Mumbai North Central constituency in the 15th Lok Sabha and has also served as secretary of the All-India Congress Committee. She runs a charity that has does a lot of commendable work across the country, and she has also worked with Muslim refugees during the period after the riots in 1993. Stylish and personable, she wears printed cotton fabrics and is always neat and well-groomed.

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Milind Deora: Milind Deora a member of Lok Sabha representing the Mumbai South constituency, serves as Minister of State for Information Technology and Communications and with the Ministry of Shipping as well. He holds a degree in Business and Political Science from Boston University, and is known as for his skills as a debater and a blues guitarist, as well as his enthusiasm for squash and swimming. His wardrobe reflects an easy confidence, and he carries off a pair of denims as effortlessly as he does a formal suit, complete with tie and pocket square.

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Shashi Tharoor: Born in London, with a degree in History from St. Stephen’s, Delhi and a Ph. D. at age 23, the accomplished Shashi Tharoor looks nothing short of a model! After serving as the Under-Secretary-General at the UN, Tharoor joined Indian politics in 2009 and currently serves as the Minister of State for Human Resource Development. An author and columnist of repute, he has lectured widely on India. A non-believer in fashion trends, suits and colorful kurtas with waist coat seem to be his trademark.

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Baijayant (Jay) Panda: Jay Panda graduated from the Michigan Technology University with a background in engineering and management. He spent some time in the corporate sector before entering politics and is currently a Loksabha MP, representing the Kendrapara of the state of Odisha. He was awarded the “Bharat Asmita National Award” for best parliamentary practices in 2008. His long-term commitment to the battle against child malnutrition in India and strong association with the Young Parliamentarians Forum puts him on the list of most-promising young politicians in the country. His easy sense of style, ranging from casual khakis to dapper suits and elegant cotton kurtas benefits him the additional perk of being easy on the eyes.

Courtesy:http://in.lifestyle.yahoo.com

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