Nara Chandrababu Naidu (born 20 April 1950) is an Indian politician and the President of Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh. He is the current Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh
Naidu became the state’s youngest assembly member and youngest minister at 28, and served as the longest chief minister of the state from 1995 to 2004. He unleashed a series of reforms after taking over the reins of state. With a firm conviction, Naidu laid emphasis on the use of modern information technology. Thus, he was instrumental in making Hyderabad one of the IT hubs in India and earned praise from global leaders and media for his public policies and approach to governance.
The 2004 election defeat for Naidu was primarily attributed to the Farmer not being factored high in his scheme of things. The severe drought and increasing debt had driven hundreds of farmers in the state to commit suicide. Naidu ignored the large rural population with his policies, which created a negative image for him. He subsequently lost 2009 Assembly elections and became the longest serving Leader of opposition since 2004. Naidu was also criticized for his frequent change of mind regarding support to Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation. He stormed back into power in the general elections held in 2014.
Many call him India’s only politician with a 21st-century vision and perhaps the only chief minister in independent India whose objectives and achievements are difficult to describe without using terms out of classic management texts. British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Hyderabad during Naidu’s tenure as chief minister, and the Governor of Illinois proclaimed a Naidu Day in his honour. He has won a number of awards, including IT Indian of the Millennium from India Today, Business Person of the Year by The Economic Times, South Asian of the Year from Time Asia and membership in the World Economic Forum’s Dream Cabinet. Naidu chaired the National IT Panel under the NDA government and was described as one of the “hidden seven”, working wonders around the world, by Profit (Oracle Corporation’s monthly magazine).