Interviews

“BHEL has made ground-breaking achievements”

Mr Anant Geete is a political stalwart who has represented the Shiv Sena very ably in Parliament—he has been elected MP six times between 1996 and 2014—and as a Minister in the NDA Government. Credit for much of the political camaraderie that exists between the BJP and the Shiv Sena at the Centre goes to Mr Geete for things have not always been hunky dory between the two parties in Maharashtra. Back in the days of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government, Mr Geete had been Union Power Minister. Now having completed three years as Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Mr Geete is easily one of the senior-most faces in a Cabinet rank in the Narendra Modi Government. India Empire had featured him on the cover in the December 2015 edition. In this issue, he responds to a few questions from the magazine once again:

“Acceptance of AYUSH is becoming wider”

Soft-spoken Shripad Yasso Naik is Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) in the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoepathy (AYUSH). He won his Lok Sabha seat of Panaji first in 1999, and has held it ever since, winning in 2004, 2009 and 2014. He speaks to India Empire’s Editor and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty at his Lodhi Estate residence