Meet Naveen

Naveen at Work

The sense of the 'possible' draws our attention to what 'could be', and therein lies the concept of 'hope', of the capability of favourable development.

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Quotes by Naveen

On his inspiration to join politics…

  • My motivation for becoming an MP is to take responsibility for issues that face this country as a whole, rather than only for my business and the limited corporate social responsibility attached with it.
  • My father, Shri O. P. Jindal always used to say that if I have to join politics I must join the Lok Sabha rather than Rajya Sabha so that I may have direct interaction with the public.
  • It is only when we go to meet the public to find out their problems that they are willing to come to us and tell us what is really happening in this country.
  • The India of our dreams is waiting to be built. We have been provided a strong political and economic foundation; it is up to us, to build an inclusive and equitable society. I am confident the youth of India is conscious of its role and will discharge this responsibility with deep commitment and rightful conduct.

On his passion for the ‘Tiranga’…

  • Keeping the flag flying high – not merely the tricolor, but what it represents – the value and beliefs, the courage to follow your convictions no matter how tough or lonely the path.
  • My inspiration comes from the national flag – Saffron is about service to society, White is about probity in public life and Green is about sustainable development. I want to keep the banner flying in the performance of my duty and in the service of my people. You want to do the same and I salute your initiative and your enthusiasm.
  • As a student in the U.S., I noticed that people in U.S. are free to fly their flag – the “stars & stripes”, and they do so with great pride. Looking at the profusion of red, white and blue, the three colors of the American flag, fluttering in offices and outside homes, evoked in me a greater sense of pride in saffron, white and green, our Tiranga.
  • We are divided into many states and have many different languages and cultures but one symbol that we all relate to is the “National flag”. Even though the country has a common flag it was not exactly “common” as the common man did not have the privilege to hoist it. We were merely spectators of the flag and not actually living the spirit. Today we have come a long way and our national flag is in reality for the people, by the people and of the people.
  • I am a doer; a man of action, and everything I do, be it in my business for public service, is to keep the banner flying – in performance of our duty, to serve the people and my debt to society. For all of us Indians, let our Flag provide the inspiration to go forward.

On the strength called ‘Youth’…

  • Our generation has grown up in an assertive India, confident of meeting our aspirations, secure in our abilities, we have the right to dream and build a life on our own terms.
  • Our country’s growing pool of educated and skilled men and women will drive social and economic change.
  • Majority of our population comprises youth who are aspiring for opportunities. And for us to provide these opportunities, we need to grow and for growth, we need to co-operate, collaborate and co-exist with our neighbours.

On progress and development…

  • A healthy India lies in the healthy body and mind of its citizens.
  • Since my childhood, my father, Shri O.P.Jindal, always used to tell me – until man’s hunger for food is fulfilled, one cannot instill any other hunger in him – the hunger to progress, to create or to succeed. And having seen a bit of the world myself, I now truly believe in it.
  • The best talent in the world is concerned about economic security-like every human, but what drives them is the drive to work to realise their dreams and their passions.
  • No private sector CEO in a developing country like India will be successful without understanding and contributing to the development of the country.
  • You will notice that smaller families are happier families. If all families are happy, then we will have a happy country.
  • It is true that our speed of change has not always been spectacular but it has been steady, and more importantly it is sustainable. In the years to come our progress will be a lot more substantial.
  • The journey from the Walkman to Itouch has been long, but it had to start somewhere.

On democracy and our responsibilities towards it…

  • It is likely that in the journey of life, you will constantly re-define the parameters of success and happiness. I hope you learn what you want to do, and love what you do.
  • Our systems are not perfect but our intentions are honest. Our democracy has multiple stakeholders, we are a billion-strong family – our ideas and thoughts are complex, chaotic and contradictory. We argue, disagree and fight, just like a joint family but our liberal and plural culture is the binding force.
  • While you strive to succeed, remember that life is about discovering who you are, what your passion is.
  • We have to preserve and create without destroying traditional ways of life and sources of livelihood. We must give when we take. There is no other way.
  • We are a democracy, we have multiple stakeholders and conflicting interests and we have to take all people along. Consensus evolves over time, convincing a billion plus people is never easy, but we must persist.
  • Power is anything that could change a million lives. Power is anything that could change the way people think. Such is power. Power is big – power is huge – power is world changing.

We need to think differently because things won’t change otherwise. Things won’t change because they would be bound by constraints. They would be bound by constraints because our thinking is limited. Our thinking is limited because we haven’t thought differently. The answer lies in thinking imaginatively. Answer lies in thinking beyond constraints. Answer lies in thinking differently.

On issues that need to be addressed…

  • To my mind, when we are adopting a new symbol for the Rupee and want to display it with pride, then why are we not willing to accept the Rupee at our own duty free shops!
  • Another issue, which has been agitating me, is the right to vote for NRIs and those Indians who for reasons of higher studies or employment are not residing in their constituency at the time of election.