What makes Amit Shah, Amit Shah," the modern day Chanakya of India
He is tough, a task master and yet a simple person. He is termed as a modern day Chanakya and a man seen as capable of winning any election. This is the 53 year old Amit Shah, the national president of the BJP.
Shah believes in three things- Karyakarta, vichardara and karyalaya. This means he understands the importance of the workers, the commitment to ideology and the value of the workplace.
Shah was interested in politics from a very young age. He read Kautilya's Arthashashtra when he was nine years old. In politics, Shah ensures that the words of Chanakya are implemented and he has often told party workers that the success of a project depends on its secrecy.
Shah was a go getter since day one. As a child he drew inspiration from the Bhagwat Puran and the political thought of Mahatma Gandhi. He joined the RSS at an early age and met his mentor Narendra Modi at a shakha in Ahmedabad.
He worked for long under Kushabhau Thakre and is said to have learnt his organisational skills. As a booth level worker, he took up the challenge of registering all BJP workers manually. As the national president of the BJP, he ensured that the party became the largest in the world.
Those who work closely with Shah say that he is a task master, but equally simple. During the state visits, he stays at the party office and does not believe in 5 star accommodation. If not at the party office, then he stays at the government guest house. He never uses as a chartered aircraft and prefers doing short distances by road.
A strict vegetarian, non-smoker and teetotaler, Shah believes in a style of functioning that does not involve a coterie. None in the party can say with confidence that they are part of an Amit Shah coterie. Shah believes in a style of functioning that involves making use of every worker in the party.
Shah gained the simplicity due to his upbringing. He was born in a very prosperous family. His great grandfather was the nagarseth of the princely state of Mansa. His parents ensured that he did not get used to the comforts. His family stayed in a one room apartment when they moved to Ahmedabad. Shah would walk to school and eat from a brass plate when the others would be served in steel plates.