From tea-seller, waitress to actress: Politicians and their past jobs

Oct 23, 2018, 14:30 IST
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    Everyone knows that Narendra Modi was a 'chaiwala' or used to work as a tea vendor. But did you know that the current Prime Minister of India used to work in his father's tea stall at Vadnagar station? As a child Narendra Modi dreamt of serving in the Army but destiny had other plans. His family lived in a small single storey house and often struggled to make ends meet. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Narendra Modi is the current Prime Minister of India and is known for bringing a number of significant changes to the country. He will also be participating in the 2019 elections. Pic/ File photo

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    Mamata Banerjee earned a law degree from the Jogesh Chandra Chaudhuri Law College, Kolkata and was honoured with a Doctor of Letters from Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology. While she got involved in politics at the age of 15, Mamata Bannerjee is known as an artist and poet. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Mamata Banerjee is the current and eight Chief Minister of West Bengal since 2011. After quitting the Indian National Congress, she founded the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Pic/ File photo

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    Sonia Gandhi lived in a village near Vicenza, Italy. Sonia Gandhi was raised in a Roman Catholic Christian family. She used to work as a waitress in a restaurant in the Cambridge campus before she met Rajeev Gandhi -- an engineering student at the time. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Sonai Gandhi is the former President of the Indian National Congress. Sonia took over the post in 1998, seven years after her husband Rajiv Gandhi's assassination. Pic/ File photo

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    Rahul Gandhi started his career by worked at the Monitor Group, a management consulting firm, in London. In 2002, he was one of the directors of Mumbai-based technology outsourcing firm Backops Services Private Ltd

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    Rahul Gandhi has grown in the Congress party and was elevated to the position of President in December 2017. Pic/ File photo

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    Smriti Irani was one of the finalists of the beauty pageant Miss India 1998. In 1998, Smriti Irani featured in a music album titled 'Boliyan' of the album 'Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' with Mika Singh. In mid-2000, Smriti Irani won the lead role of Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor's production 'Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi' on television

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    Today, Smriti Irani is a Member of Parliament and was elected to the Rajya Sabha from the state of Gujarat. She is the current Textiles Minister in the Government of India. Pic/ File photo

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    Mayawati was working as a teacher in Inderpuri JJ Colony, Delhi, and was studying for the Indian Administrative Services exams, when Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes politician Kanshi Ram visited her family home in 1977 and her career path changed forever. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Mayawati is the national president of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and has also served as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for four separate terms. Pic/ File photo

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    Sushma Swaraj has a bachelor's degree with majors in Sanskrit and Political Science, and started her practice as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India in 1973. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Today, Sushma Swaraj is the Minister of External Affairs of India, she took over office in 2014. She is a former President of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Pic/ File photo

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    After graduation, Lalu Prasad Yadav worked as a clerk in Bihar Veterinary College, Patna where his elder brother also worked as a peon. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Lalu Prasad Yadav was the Chief Minister of Bihar from 1990 to 1997 and Minister of Railways from 2004 to 2009 with United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. He is currently the President of the Rashtriya Janata Dal political party. Pic/ File photo

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    Shashi Tharoor moved to the United States in 1975 to pursue graduate studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he obtained his MA and MALD and was awarded the Robert B. Stewart Prize for Best Student and completed his PhD at the age of 22. At Fletcher he also helped found and was the first editor of the Fletcher Forum of International Affairs.  Shashi Tharoor's career in the United Nations began in 1978 as a staff member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. From 1981 until 1984 he was head of the UNHCR office in Singapore, during the boat people crisis. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Shashi Tharoor currently serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs as well as the All India Professionals Congress of the Indian National Congress. Pic/ File photo

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    Devendra Fadnavis enrolled at Government Law College, Nagpur after completing his 12th standard, for a five-year integrated law degree, and graduated in 1992. Fadnavis also has a post-graduate degree in Business Management and a diploma in Methods and Techniques of Project Management from DSE (German Foundation for International Development), Berlin. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Devendra Fadnavis has been the Chief Minister of Maharashtra since 2014. He is the second youngest CM of the state of Maharashtra and is also a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Pic/ File photo

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    Arun Jaitley had been practicing law before the Supreme Court of India and several High Courts in the country since 1977. In January 1990, Delhi High Court designated him as a Senior Advocate and he was appointed as the Additional Solicitor General by the V. P. Singh government in 1989 and did the paperwork for the investigations into the Bofors scandal. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Arun Jaitley is currently a  member of the Bharatiya Janata Party and is the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs under Narendra Modi's government. Pic/ File photo

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    Pranab Kumar Mukherjee was an upper-division Clerk in the Office of the Deputy Accountant-General (Post and Telegraph) in Calcutta. In 1963, he became Lecturer teaching Political Science at the Vidyanagar College and he also worked as a Journalist with the Desher Dak (Call of Motherland) before entering politics. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Pranab Kumar Mukherjee served as the 13th President of India from 2012 until 2017 and was also a senior leader of the Congress. He also served as Union Finance Minister from 2009-2012. Pic/ File photo

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    After graduating in law from a Kanpur college, Ramnath Kovind went to Delhi to prepare for the civil services examination. He passed the exam on his third attempt, but did not join as he was selected for an allied service instead of IAS and thus started practicing law. Pic source/ YouTube

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    After a nomination for the post of 14th President of India, he resigned from his post as Governor of Bihar. Ramnath Kovind won the election on 20 July 2017 and is the current President of India. He perviosly served as Governor of Bihar. Pic/ File photo

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    Jayalalithaa was a child actor and grew up to be one of the most famous actresses in South Indian films, especially Tamil movies

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    Jayalalithaa served six terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for over fourteen years between 1991 and 2016. From 1989 she was the general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), a Dravidian party whose cadre revered her as their Amma (mother), Puratchi Thalaivi (revolutionary leader) and Thanga Tharagai (golden maiden). Pic/ File photo

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    Hema Malini began her carrer as an Indian actress, director, producer and dancer. In 1963 she made her acting debut in the Tamil film 'Ithu Sathiyam' as a dancer and supporting actress. Hema Malini first acted as the lead actress in Sapno Ka Saudagar (1968), and went on to feature in numerous Bollywood films. Hema Malini was initially promoted as the 'Dream Girl', and in 1977 starred in a film of the same name. Pic source/ YouTube

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    From 2003 to 2009, Hema Malini was elected to the Rajya Sabha, the upper House of parliament, as a representative of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 2014, Hema Malini then became a member of the Lok Sabha. Pic/ File photo

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    Kirron Kher started her career in theatre, film and television actress and as a TV talk show host. She made her film debut in 1983 in the Punjabi feature film 'Aasra Pyar Da', a non-descript production which sank without a trace. Between 1983 and 1996, she appeared in Pestonjee (1987), wherein she acted in a bit role alongside her second husband Anupam Kher. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Today, Kirron Kher is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In May 2014, she was elected to the Lok Sabha, which is the lower house of Indian Parliament from Chandigarh. Pic/ File photo

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    Jaya Bachchan is considered one of the finest Hindi film actresses of her time. During her career, she won eight Filmfare Awards including three for Best Actress and three for Best Supporting Actress. In 1992, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Jaya Bachchan was first elected in 2004 as a Samajwadi Party member of parliament, representing Rajya Sabha till March 2006. She got a second term from June 2006 till July 2010, a third in 2012. Jaya Bachchan is currently in her fourth term being re-elected in 2018. Pic/ File photo

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    Jayaprada is a former Indian film actress and was the recipient of two Filmfare awards and has starred in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Marathi films. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Jayaprada switched careers to enter politics and was a Member of Parliament (MP) from Rampur from 2004 to 2014. Pic/ AFP

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    Rekha, also known as Bhanurekha Ganesan is an Indian film actress. Known for her versatility, Rekha began her career in 1966 as a child actress in the Telugu film 'Rangula Ratnam', although her debut film happened four years later with 'Sawan Bhadon'. Despite the success of several of her early films, she was initially panned for her appearance. It was only later on in the 1970s when Rekha was given her due as an actress. Pic source/ YouTube

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    Rekha entered politics and was nominated as a Rajya Sabha member. She is currently a member of the Rajya Sabha (as of May 2012). Pic/ File photo

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    Ramya, with the stage name of Divya Spandana was an Indian film actress who acted predominantly in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films. Pic source/ YouTube

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    In 2013, Spandana won a by-election to become the Indian National Congress (INC) Member of Parliament for Mandya constituency in Karnataka, but was defeated in a general election the following year. Today she is the face of the social media for the Congress party. Pic/ Ramya's Facebook page

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