Shweta Shalini works closely with Chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis as an advisor, election strategists and technology consultant. She has been in charge of, elections war room and has played a crucial role in elections for the BJP. She has a successfull track record of winning elections. Shweta Shalini is married to Ankush Tiwari, co-founder and CTO ( Chief Technology Officer) at Mobiliya a global software engineering company. She has twin boys named Ansh and Laksh.
Full Interview with Shweta Shalini:
Question: Can you please throw some light on your journey so far.
Answer: My Journey has been very interesting. I am an army officer’s daughter. I was born in a place called Darbhanga in Bihar. I studied in nine different schools in seven different states, finally ended up doing engineering from Pune University and MBA from Symbiosis. Post that I was working with a Swedish multinational company for seven and a half years. I wanted to be an entrepreneur, so I became an entrepreneur, but there was always a calling that I am build for more. I felt I was born for a purpose and their could be millions of people who could get affected by the work that I do, that’s when politics happened to me. Now I am a full time politician, a very responsible wife and a mother of two. My entire family is supporting me in my endeavor to give back to the society and make a future for India, which is the place where I would love my children to grow up.
Question: Were there any obstacles that you faced in your journey.
Answer: Life is a sinusoidal wave. You need to see the ups and the downs, you actually enjoy the highs, when you actually know how the lows feel. Yes there are going to be challenges in life, and I faced a lot of them. I had different challenges when I was a kid, different challenges when i grew up, and different challenges when I was employed. This company that i had worked in, never employed women in their marketing and sales role. I was an engineer, I had done my MBA and I wanted to work in a mechanical company and do sales, this was my dream. The company had never employed women , so that was a challenge, I had to give five rounds of interview, but i did overcame that. I feel that there are people, who are ready to support your dream, but firstly you need to live up to your dream and work hard. I firmly believe that women are blessed, god has blessed them to be a multitasker,they have this inherent capacity to connect to people and convince people.
Question: Can you share your view on caste politics, your father too had opposed it.
Answer: My father was a member of JP ( Jayaprakash) movement. In the Jayaprakash movement, my father use to be the treasurer, Jayaprakash ji, at that point of time talked about doing away with one’s surname, that is if you have to cut the barriers of the society, it is important that you move away from what cuts you apart. In Bihar its very feudal hence my father decided to drop his surname and not carry a surname for his children’s as well.Thankfully i was married in to a family that never insisted that i carry a surname. We are a country which has realized its potential and understands that, potential lies with its people. We also need to understand that these so called castes, were related to the skills attached to our profession, and that’s how it needs to be maintained. If you look deeply in society, you will realize that, when Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar wrote the constitution he talked about reservations. I am one person in favor of it, because i feel the unrepresented needs to be represented and sometimes you need to give them a chance. We need to understand that some castes and its people which has been downtrodden for a long time, needs to be uplifted and that’s what the constitution tried doing. I think with education and with people coming up we will come to a generation, where a person will stand up and say i do not deserve reservation. I might be of whatever caste but i will give it away. This is where the younger generation is heading and this is a country we would want to create.
Question: Can you tell us about the 1000 trans-formative villages project in Maharashtra.
Answer: We have adopted 1000 villages across Maharashtra. United nations has proposed 17 sustainable development goals, out of those 17, we have identified 10 which are extremely critical for transforming rural India, these could be livelihood, sanitation, sustainability, drinking water and so on. We have converged all our resources, have created a platform where all the stake holders come together. One person has been posted from outside the village called the Gram Parivartak. He takes efforts, creates the village development plan and converges the efforts of all stakeholders to ensure that within the stipulated period of time transformation happens.
Question: What message you would like to give to the youth of the country.
Answer: In another couple of years India is going to be the youngest country in the world. If we are looking at the dream of making India the superpower, each one of us needs to get down, because its on our shoulder, that India is going to climb over the globe and become a leader. It is important each person contributes, work extremely hard and lead from the front.
Question: Finally what message you have for the women.
Answer: I believe that each women is already empowered from within. All she needs to do is to realize that potential, talk to herself and say that today is my day because all 365 days in a year are women’s day. The choice of being real and finding the real you lies in you. With every women its important that she realizes her true potential and flies because this is the time that India is all set to fly, as, 50% of its population are women. Women needs to be equal contributes in this flight. I feel women and youth are going to be two crucial points for taking us forward.