Thursday, January 27, 2022



Contesting elections was big mistake, says Nandan Nilekani

- Advertisement -

Bengaluru, July 27, 2019-

Infosys Chairman Nandan Nilekani on Saturday admitted that contesting the 2014 Lok Sabha elections was a “big mistake” he made in his life.

“Standing for elections was a big mistake I have learnt in life,” said Nilekani in an interview to ET NOW business channel here.

Resigning as Chairman of the state-run Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) which gives Aadhar identity card to Indian citizens, Nilekani had joined the Congress in March 2014 and contested on its ticket from the high-profile Bangalore South Lok Sabha constituency. However, he had lost to BJP’s Ananth Kumar by a margin of over 3.2 lakh votes.

Though Nilekani continues to be a Congress member, he has not been active in politics since then.

He was one of the richest candidates in the country then, having declared assets valued at a whopping Rs 7,700 crore in the affidavit along with his nomination to the Election Commission.

In a candid interview to the business news channel, Nilekani, 64, said he preferred reading and thinking than using apps in daily life.

“I am actually a technologically illiterate when it comes to consumption of technology. I am more appless now! Prefer reading and thinking over using an app!” he said.

On productivity hack which worked for him, Nilekani said he does not follow cricket, Bollywood and politics.

Asked which entrepreneur he admires, the technocrat plumped for Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella.

“What he has done at Microsoft is astonishing. The company is a trillion-dollar market cap today. It did not do well in the mobile era but got back in the cloud. He is emphatic and a very thoughtful leader,” said Nilekani.

The 51-year-old Indian-born Nadella succeeded the Seatlle-based global software product firm’s founder CEO Steve Ballmer and worked for over two decades with its founder Bill Gates.  (Agency)

- Advertisement -

Yes Punjab - TOP STORIES

Punjab News

Sikh News

Transfers, Postings, Promotions

- Advertisement -spot_img

Stay Connected






Pakistan on a new track? – By Asad Mirza

Pakistan after 75 years of its existence has released its first ever National Security Policy (NSP), which it claims will ensure human security for...

Nationalism and Democracy go together – By DC Pathak

India got its Independence some 75 years ago but it still looks like a 'nation in making', judging from the in-terminate debate on 'the...

5 ways to manage childhood allergies – By Dr Nidhi Gupta

Motherhood comes with its own mixed bag of emotions; we want to save our child from every little peril that comes their way, including...


Health & Fitness

90% of people with Covid likely to have underlying heart damage: Experts

Delhi, Jan 25, 2022- While Covid-19 has primarily been a respiratory disease, about 90 per cent of people with moderate to severe infections have lasting effects on the heart, said experts here. Covid affects lungs the most, but studies have shown there is increasing evidence of cardiovascular complications due to Covid-19. The virus can cause acute myocardial injury and chronic damage...

Gadgets & Tech