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At the beginning of my career as a college lecturer, the only idea I had in my mind was to do something that could change the lives of some.

What if I cannot change the whole world? I can be a ray of hope for those who needed support from an educated individual. From my tender age, I grew up watching my dad and mom saving a part of their income to educate the dropouts in our village schools. For me, money was not an aim. I did not study just to earn money and have a luxurious life.

My mission is to pass knowledge through education to everyone. But as a lecturer I found that it is just not enough to educate only those who reach the universities. But there are umpteen number of children who do not get the chance to study. This reality was a path breaker in my life, where I realised that no changes can be effected without power or position. It was an eye-opener to me and I decide that I need the power and position so that I can make changes. That was how I stepped out of the university and started my social work. Years into such work made me realise that political power is needed to bring in true changes to the system.

Those were the days when I chose to continue my work with the support of the Congress party.

I had many plans to solve the problems I was dealing with. I could help the needy with my ideas. But the implementation of these plans and ideas only remained as an unfulfilled dream for a lecturer but it was not the same for a politician.

Once I came across a quote by a Canadian Politician Justin Trudeau -“I am a teacher. It’s how I define myself. A good teacher isn’t someone who gives the answers out to their kids but is understanding of needs and challenges and gives tools to help other people succeed. That’s the way I see myself, so whatever it is that I will do eventually after politics, it’ll have to do a lot with teaching.”

I believe, the root cause for all evils in our society is bad politics and bad politics can’t be challenged by No politics but by Good politics.

I walked some distance as a lecturer. Later when I travelled the path of politics I realised that this is where I can educate and carry out social services. Now, I have miles to go and many works to finish before I quit.

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