Politics was earlier seen as a “dirty game”, but the situation has “altered” after the BJP was voted to power at the Centre in 2014, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Wednesday.
The minister of state for environment, forest and climate change (Independent Charge) created the remark during the inauguration of a three-day International Conference on Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership (ICEIL 2018) in Noida.
Mr Sharma, 60, recalled that he took a plunge into politics after 25 years of experience in medicine, even though his family members had confirmed against doing it saying that “it is a dirty game and nobody has a good opinion about it”.
“Politics and leadership are words which were not truly mixed, leadership does not mean politics. These words were being wrongly labeled and that is why the dirty game came about,” Mr. Sharma said.
“But things altered in 2014, the definitions changed. I am privileged to be serving for the first time in Parliament under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with four ministries,” he said.
The conference is being conducted by Amity University in association with the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) on the theme “Technology, Innovation, and Value Creation” at the varsity’s campus in Noida.
“Entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership are the elements to bring forth the transformational change and development in the world,” Mr. Sharma, who is also the minister for Culture and Civil Aviation, proposed.
The objective of the conference is to give a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, academia, industry, government and policy makers to come together and promote leadership, techno-preneurship and management practices in SMEs.