One of the successful entrepreneur of Dhenkanal, an admirable leader, and a notable social activist Shri Harshavardhan Singhdeo, has been recently appointed as Secretary ( Regional Development) of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), well known for his flamboyant personality, Shri Singhdeo had a detailed conversation with Abinash Sahu, here are the excerpts,
1- How do you manage both business and party work at same time ?
I believe if you are lucky then you have work to do. And if you are busy it’s important for you to manage your time efficiently. I think a busy person knows how to manage time. I am still learning. Since I was already into business, this party work is an additional responsibility, which I hope to carry forward successfully.
2- Being an observed businessman or being a leader, which one is tough ?
I think both the work are tough, but you have to be a leader to manage your business too. So, it’s tough being a leader whether you manage your business, or you manage politics or family. But at the end it’s your leadership qualities which will get you through.
3- Who inspires you ?
To be very frank, there are lots of people who inspires me. But actually who inspires us are the people who don’t have a celebrated name “THE NAMELESS.” For example let us think about the history we read, we have read about great rulers, about the mughals, about the Afghans, great rulers like Pritviraj Chauhan, King Rana Pratab who ruled over the land. But we shouldn’t forget about the nameless people who ruled between these periods of glory and who faught alongside them that has kept the country what it is today. Even if we talk about our freedom struggle, we probably know a thousand of names, but this couldn’t have been possible without the tens of thousands of nameless people who had put in their lives and efforts in the struggle, and today, we are a free country. I respect those people, who might not have got the publicity, but who are nameless. Actually I am in great awe of my late father.
4- What is your perception on this ongoing pandemic ?
The present pandemic has created havoc all across the world. But what it has taught us is that we shouldn’t be complacent. Right now we don, ‘t have any vaccine or any known treatment to contain it, but we have some guidelines to save ourselves, like the basic thing of wearing a mask, keeping our hands clean and maintaining social distancing. Every country has gone through a very bad phase of time, where GDP has plunged down. But I hope this will teach us to fight with it, come out of it and be stronger. A lot of research should go on after the pandemic so that these pandemics can be controlled in a better way, and we can be aware of any future pandemics in advance. So, this can make society prepared and be stronger to fight any future pandemics.
5- Recently you have been named as secretary (Regional development) of your party, would you please like to share your notion on that ?
I would take this opportunity to thank our party president Shri Naveen Pattnaik ji and the party leadership to have faith in me. This appointment has arrived as a surprise to me but ultimately I believe that all the hard work has paid off. It’s a big responsibility also. Our BJD government in odisha has managed the covid-19 situation in odisha very efficiently. It was a great onus on the government to manage lakhs of migrant labourers coming back to the safety of their homes and families. At the same time thousands of infected people were treated on time before the pandemic got out of control. Hopefully the pandemic will ease off and the state will on the path of growth and it’s a honour for me to work for the party and whatever capacities I can.
6- Coming from a noble family, you have been closely associated with politics since your childhood, what are the pros and cons in politics according to you ?
I came from a political family and I have seen the pros and cons that our family members have gone through. As far as I can see the pros of being in politics are that you can work for the development of the people. I think there is no high than being appreciated by the people for the good work we have done for the society. The cons I would say is that you have less of a family and social life. But at the se time if you are busy in any kind of work, your social and family life suffers and people who can balance this are always successful.
7- How do you deal with emotional and sentimental surged situations ?
The biggest virtue to deal with this kind of situation is patience. If you have patience then you have time to think over it and pull out the answer or solution for the problem.
8- You are closely associated with many social organizations, what are your plans for the development of the society ?
Lot of social organisations work in various fields, be it environment, be it poverty, be it the water crisis, working for people with disabilities, working for underprivileged families or climate change. I appreciate the hard work the social organisations put in for the betterment of the society. Ultimately what matters is what are we going to give to the coming generations. If every person from the society tries to change a little, I think we will leave a better world for the coming generations.
9- You have been an avid traveller since your college days, would you please like to share some of your best travel experience ?
Studying in a boarding school, we were stucked inside the campus but there were so many activities apart from studying that we were never idle. The school put us in the habit of traveling during the breaks and holidays. Since our family and relatives are distributed all across the country, we had to travel a lot. It was very refreshing and rejuvenating to go on outings. Fortunately I love traveling because we got to see a lot of new places, cities, historical monuments and religious seats. Travelling by train was always a joy as it gives you time to relax, read books, and meet up with people from all works of life who shared their joys and sorrows in the train. One trip I remember when I was in class five, which was probably a 20-day tour on a bus from Raipur via Nagpur, we went to Bombay, Goa, Banglore, Mysore, Aurangabad, Golconda and Hyderabad. Indeed, it was a lovely experience being with So many friends, packed in a bus for such a long time. It was a remarkable trip I had.
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Written By: Abinash sahu