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I’m happy every day, want to be reborn in India: Amit Shah

india Updated: Jul 17, 2016 12:56 IST
Amit Shah

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Amit Shah, the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wave to their supporters during a campaign rally in New Delhi.(REUTERS)

BJP chief Amit Shah wants to be reborn in India and his favourite food is banana though he cannot eat the fruit because of diabetes.

In an interview with Patrick French, the 51-year-old Shah said he will write about religion when he retires from the political sphere and that he was a religious person since his childhood. Excerpts:

What keeps you awake at night?

I get a good sleep.

Which other politicians do you admire, for their professional talents?

It’s not appropriate for me to give names.

If you weren’t a politician, what would you do?

Most probably I would be a businessman. No, I would not go back to making PVC. (Laughs.) I would do something different.

Which foreign leaders do you admire?

I don’t tell anything.

What is your guiding principle day by day?

Clarity. Hard work. Making only a 0.0001% compromise on ideology.

What will you do when you retire?

I will write about religious matters.

What is your first memory?

My mother only. My mother was a staunch Gandhian, a follower of his values. She did prarthana and was a strict vegetarian. She didn’t spin but – see – I am wearing khadi pants! My mother gave me guidance and was a big influence on me. She passed away in 2010. I still feel her presence every second of my life. My mother, she gave me sanskar.

What books are you reading?

The Gita. I read about Indian history.

What movies do you watch?

The last one I watched was TE3N with Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan. Before that, Baby.

What music do you listen to?

Indian classical.

Are you religious?

I have been a very religious person since childhood. I do astrological study. I don’t need to go to an astrologer because I know astrology myself and I believe in it.

Which society would you like to be reborn in?

Bharat mein, only in India.

When were you happiest?

Every day I am happy.

What is your favourite food?

Banana. But I can’t eat it, because I have diabetes.

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