Rahul Gandhi ‘excited’, takes this ‘Big Data’ step to boost Congress; has Nandan Nilekani link

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New Delhi | Published: February 6, 2018 3:09:09 PM

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday appointed Economist Praveen Chakravarty as the head of the party's 'Data Analytics' department.

Rahul Gandhi with Praveen Chakravarty (Twitter).

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday appointed Economist Praveen Chakravarty as the head of the party’s ‘Data Analytics’ department. Gandhi announced the appointment of Chakravarty on Twitter. He wrote, “Excited to announce a “Data Analytics” dept under the leadership of Praveen Chakravarty to effectively use “Big Data”” and also shared a picture of the two in the same post. The party, after the appointment, released an official statement saying that Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday rechristened the party’s computer cell as Data Analytics Department and appointed Praveen Chakravarty as its chairman with immediate effect. Big Data and analytics plays a major role in political campaigning, which has been recognised across the world. The appointment of Chakravarty is being seen as Rahul Gandhi’s move to put more emphasis on data insights.

According to a report by Hindustan Times, Chakravarty is a former investment banker and angel investor. He had, in order to work under Nandan Nilekani in the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), quit BNP Paribas Securities. Currently the newly appointed Congress Data Analytics chief is a political economist and Resident Senior Fellow at IDFC Institute.

Praveen Chakravarty, who is a graduate from BITS, Pilani and Wharton Business School, while talking about taking up the new position said, “I am a strong believer in the utility of data and the Congress president shares his conviction. It is a new and exciting step for me and I hope I will be able to make a positive difference.”

Reportedly, the department was earlier headed by Vishwajit Singh, a scion of the Kapurthala royal family, who died last year. This move by Rahul Gandhi comes after he revamped several other party department in the recent past along with setting up some new ones after taking the position of Congress President.

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