01 December, 2020

Devendra Fadnavis

For nearly 20 years I am a faithful follower of Hindutva, I have worked for the ABVP and RSS even while rising steadily in the Sangh parivar hierarchy.

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Devendra Fadnavis
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Yes, I am only 44 and cannot recite Vishnu Sahasranamam and Rig Veda, chapters 1-20, in the reverse order. But for nearly 20 years I am a faithful follower of Hindutva, I have worked for the ABVP and RSS even while rising steadily in the Sangh parivar hierarchy. Corporator, MLA, party leader and now chief minister. Also an avid collector of Hindi song lyrics, of which I know more than 2,000 by heart. But that has not affected my work. During the poll campaign, the election itself and the CM selection process, I hardly slept for three hours daily and if I still looked fresh it was due to the soothing impact of Hindi film songs.

How did I remember lyrics of so many film songs? A combination of love, admiration and devotion to great men and women like Naushadsaab, ‘Anna’ Ramchandra, Lataji and Ashaji, Rafisaab, Mukeshji and others. Even today, in the thick of my political battles, I come across newspaper headlines and political stories I can link with Hindi film lyrics. This enables me to remain fresh. Let me illustrate how the lyrics helped me to understand...

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