Top of the town: Respected Rajendra Aggarwal, MP
Who was your inspiration in Childhood ?
My dad and my uncle were my inspiration in my childhood. Both of them were associated with RSS. They inspired me to join RSS too. From there I got the inspiration to do social service.
Which great leaders from history or your contemporaries influenced your thought process?
My thought process is influenced by many leaders. One of the most influential person is Swami Vivekanad ji, he was the ultimate propagator of truth. Then Deendayal Upadhyaya ji also influenced my thought process. And if you talk of today’s leader, then our Prime Minister Modi ji, as he is a person who I feel that after independence has that ultimate zeal to work for the country. I also appreciate the work and leadership of Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam azad.
When did you start working on your ambition?
I am basically a social servant and not a politician. Politics was never my ambition. I joined RSS and for 13 years, I had been the propagator of the ideologies of RSS.
Then I became active in BJP and there also I was interested in doing social service.
What do you do in your leisure time i.e. your hobbies?
Though I do not get much free time but whatever time I get, I love to read books. I am very fond of reading books and read all sorts of books, may be religious text, may be biographies or may be fiction.
Quick bites of favorites?
- Holiday destination – The most beautiful and peaceful place in the world, the banks of River Ganga
- Book – A wide range of books. But Gita has influenced me a lot not as a religious text but as a text teaching life practices. I have read the interpretation of various authors on Bhagvad Gita and was quite mesmerized by that.
- Movie – Guide, Bandhini, Chupke Chupke, Golmaal, Sahab biwi aur Gulam, Sholay
- Food – Any kind of food.
- Actor – Amitabh Bacchhan
- Actress – Waheeda Rehman, Nutan
- Singer – Lata Mangeshkar, Rafi
- Song – “Main Zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya”
What is your fitness regime?
I do not do much about the fitness. But I am very particular about a 20 minutes workout that I do regularly. Quite often I also go for a walk but not very regularly.
Who all are there in your immediate family?
My wife, one daughter and one son. My daughter is married and my son is a software engineer associated with Patanjali group.
How do you maintain work-life balance?
Yes, maintaining work life balance is a real difficult task for me since my job is very demanding. At times I spend 24 hours working, so on family front there are complaints. But my family is very understanding and they cooperate with me. Whatever little time I get, I try giving it to my family.
Who is your best friend and his/her good qualities?
Mr. Puneet is my best friend, because I can discuss almost anything and everything with him.
What one thing makes you very angry?
People who lie really make me very angry. Also repeated nagging about anything irritates me a lot.
What one thing makes you very happy?
I love to watch little children playing and that make me very happy. I also try to be a part of it.
What accomplishments of your life you are proud of?
Whatever I had been able to achieve in the course of my social service towards my city, my state and my country leaves me very satisfied and inspires me to move ahead and work more. Due to some work that I had been able to do, my city Meerut is progressing towards development and the speed of development is intensified.
What are your contributions to your city Meerut?
Meerut even after being added to NCR has not seen that kind of development that should be there. It has always been in the shadow. But we had tried to work on various projects such as connectivity from Meerut, electrification of trains, STP for IT Parks, Doordarshan Kendra. I am very much concerned about the pollution and specially Kali Nadi’s existence. Therefore, I had attached Kali Nadi with Namami Gange project.
What are your future goals?
Our future goals are to go for all round development of our country and especially western UP. I am working on different projects for the same. I also want to do some projects on food processing industry as I feel there are a lot of opportunities available in this field.
One line that defines you in totality?
I am a very simple man and I would like to say that being into politics still not a political person.