Politics takes center stage at NASSCOM leadership summit

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Mumbai, Feb 14 (UNI) Politics took center stage at the ongoing leadership summit of NASSCOM, the voice of the Indian IT industry, with young Congress MP Sachin Pilot aptly facing questions on political transformation of the country.

Mr Pilot, joined other panelists, including Bajaj Auto Managing Director Rajiv Bajaj, HCL Technologies CEO Vineet Nayar and TPI Chairman Emiritus Dennis McGuire in the session 'Global Leadership Next Generation'.

To a pointed question from the audience that when will the Indian politics see next generation leaders in center stage, Mr Pilot answered that it was taking place and over the next decade the change would become visible.

''You can't except an overnight transformation as you witness in the IT industry, but things are changing. There are a few young representatives who have entered local bodies, the state assemblies and Parliament and the number will gradually increase,'' he said.

Mr Pilot did not forget to stress the contribution of the current generation of politicians and several leaders of the past who had guided the country to the shape it is now. India, is currently being looked into by the global world.

Admitting that there was a need for a lot of change in the political system, he said the elected representatives should realise that they owe it to their electorate and should strive for their welfare. Once this realisation takes place the Indian polity would be in its rightful place, he added.

Future leaders would emerge from the younger generation, it might take ten more years, Mr Pilot said.

Replying to another question whether the growth of the IT sector had created a digital divide, Mr Pilot said on the contrary it had kindled the hopes and aspirations of the young Indian population to aspire to become IT professionals. It has contributed to improvement in the education system, he stressed, adding that the economy of the country had also seen an all-round growth.

In his message to the next generation leaders, Mr Bajaj said their mantra should be innovation, perfection and interdependence.

Instead of joining the run of the mill syndrome, people should aspire for a change in whatever they do to stand alone and lead the society, he added.

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