Generally, the word ‘Politics’ is referred to as a dynasty. One can also refer to it as an area of ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Bahubali’ Netas (Leader), and a common man stays away from the political fray.
However, nowadays educated professionals are also joining the bandwagon of Indian Politics. If you glance through the list of the candidates who are in the political fray, you won’t be surprised to find doctors featuring on the list.
These well-qualified medical professionals have chosen politics over their medical career. In Maharashtra alone, more than ten doctors are ready to jump in politics.
Name of the candidate, and their profile
|Dr Subhas Bhamre||BJP||Dhule||A renowned Cancer surgeon has worked at Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital. Studied from JJ Medical College, Mumbai|
|Dr Shrikant Shinde||Shivsena||Kalyan-Dombivali||
Is running for the second term Post graduate in Orthopedics ‘MS-Orthoo’. Studied in DY Patil Medical College
|Dr Heena Gavit||BJP||Nandurbar||
Daughter of former Medical Education Minister of Maharashtra is ‘MD-Medicine’. studied in Mumbai’s JJ Medical College.
|Dr Amol Kolhe||NCP||Shirur-Pune||
MBBS from Mumbai’s civic-run KEM hospital.
|Dr Sujay Vikhe-Patil||BJP||Shirdi||
Comes from a well-known political family from Maharashtra. A Neurosurgeon by profession. Studied from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum
|Dr Pritam Munde||BJP||Beed||
Daughter of late BJP stalwart Gopinath Munde. Pritam is also a medical professional. studied from DY Patil Medical College
|Dr Anil Kumar||Vanchit Bahujan Aaghadi||Mumbai-city||
A renowned cardiologist from Mumbai is also fighting the election against former Congress Union Minister Milind Deora
When asked about why a large number of medical professionals are choosing a political career over medicine, Dr Shrikant Shinde said, “If a doctor wins the election and becomes a public representative, it is easier to make ideation and implementation of a scheme related to health. A doctor knows the pulse of the common people.”
“Doctors have the experience, and it helps them to serve the people better,” added Dr Shinde.
Not only in Maharashtra, but the rising trend among the medical professional to choose politics over medicine is also seen in the other states as well.