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Aamir will make a great politician, says actor-politician Gul Panag
Hindustan Times
August 09, 2014
First Published: 16:58 IST(9/8/2014)
Last Updated: 07:23 IST(10/8/2014)
Gul Panag

The best part about being an army kid.
The sense of patriotism, the chance to travel, being disciplined and the opportunity to serve the nation before the self.

You have been a national-level debater. What is your secret weapon to win arguments?
You have to acknowledge both sides in an argument, but put your side across more articulately than your opponent. And do your research.

One thing no one knows about beauty pageants.
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How did you get into politics?
I’ve always had an active social conscience and have been vocal about many issues. Like everybody else, I too wanted an atmosphere of clean politics and thought that the time to step up was right.

You are a Twitter star. How can politicians use Twitter better?
Social media is where private can turn public. It is important to strike the right balance and work on positioning yourself correctly.

We know you are an avid reader. How many books do you read in a year?
I have a habit of reading two or three books simultaneously. I have one in my car, one on my bedside and one in my hand.

A book that changed your life.
George Orwell’s Animal Farm because it explains, very simply, how societies really function.

While growing up, were the boys who liked you afraid of your father?
Yes, much to my dismay!

An actor who secretly does a lot of social work.
Salman Khan, I hear.

An actor who would make a great politician.
Aamir Khan.

The most romantic place your husband has flown you to.
Leh.

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Your fondest memory while hiking in the Himalayas.
I recently went to Lahaul valley in my customised Mahindra Getaway. With its roof-top tent, we set up base wherever we wanted.

One change you’d like in India.
Equal opportunity for all, irrespective of gender, caste, or religion.

The most powerful line from your election speech.
I’d like to think every line was powerful.

An issue that angers you.
Corruption and patriarchy.

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