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Meet Meera

Citizen

Meera believes that every citizen of India who cares about our country, must take a stand, if we want to free India from corruption, criminalisation and communalism. In 2009, Meera stood as an independent candidate from South Mumbai for the Lok Sabha. She inspired many others across the country to fight local and state elections. She has been awarded the:

  • Karmaveer Puraskaar, a national people’s award instituted by iCongo, a countrywide confederation of NGOs
  • Philanthropist of the Year award by FICCI,
  • Woman Banker of the Year award by the Indian Merchants Chamber,
  • Woman of Substance Award by the Rotary Club

Mentor to women entrepreneurs :

Meera believes that if you finance a woman to set up her business, you help her entire family on the path to self-reliance, dignity and prosperity. Over the past 4 years she has visited over 120 villages in 15 states staying in the homes of women who live in threatened ecosystems in tribal and forest areas, experiencing their struggles but also their enterprise and success. Meera has :

  • Mentored a Micro Finance program for over 650,000 women entrepreneurs in rural India.
  • Helped provide Direct seed funding & skill based training for 75,000 solo-preneurs (solo entrepreneurs).

Intrapreneur and job creator :

Meera believes the people of India are very hard working, honest, generous, enterprising and innovative. We do not need hand-outs or charity. We need affordable and reliable education and infrastructure. We need freedom from harassment and corruption. We need jobs and an enabling environment to set up and run businesses. She has direct experience of doing this as she :

  • Set up and built a global BPO in India.
  • Created >21,000 direct jobs in banking operations and technology services.
  • Set up the project finance team that financed core areas of India’s infrastructure. 

Ambassador for India

In 2011 Meera was invited by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to join the International Council on Women's Business Leadership as the sole representative from India. She has been invited to speak at Global seminars such as:

  • the Climate Summit in Copenhagen;
  • Swedish Agency for Economic & Regional Growth;
  • the Women of the Future summit in the UK,
  • the Asian Institute of Finance, Kuala Lumpur
  • Nikkei Summit for Asian Women Leaders in Tokyo
  • Competitiveness Summit, Seoul Korea 

Policy-maker :

Meera believes that we must have simple policies : that ensure our safety; that empower us to work hard, set up businesses and grow prosperous; that provide equal opportunities for education and basic health care to all citizens; that make the environmental future of our children more secure. Meera spends a great deal of time in understanding and helping formulate good policies. She is :

  • President of Liberals India for Good Governance – the Indian Liberal Group.
  • On the National Executive Council of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
  • Chairperson of FICCI’s Financial Inclusion Committee.  
  • On the National Councils for Public Policy and Women's safety of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Board Member & Banker :

Meera has had a distinguished banking career of over 30 years with Grindlays Bank, Lazards, and most recently as CEO & Chairperson of RBS India (formerly ABN AMRO). She is a Board Member of

  • PRADAN, a highly respected NGO that provides entrepreneurship skills to the poorest women in rural India. 
  • Right to Play, a global NGO that works with over one million children in more than 20 countries and uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity.

Lifelong student :

Meera is an MBA from INSEAD, France and an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK). She graduated from Sydenham college Mumbai, and studied at Cathedral & Fort Convent in Mumbai, and Loreto Convent in Delhi.

More important than formal education Meera believes we must learn from those around us particularly young people. She knows the youth of this country will lead us forward.

Meera has interacted with students at many educational institutions throughout the country, including the IIT's, IIM's, ISB, BITS Pilani, and BHU, and with students of colleges in Mumbai such as Xavier’s, Jamnalal Bajaj, SP Jain, Narsee Moonjee, Sydenham, KC college, and Jaihind, to gain an insight into their dreams and aspirations. In 2012, she travelled on the Jagriti Yatra, a 9000 km train journey around India, and was mentored by 450 young aspiring entrepreneurs. To remain in direct touch with young people Meera serves as

  • Chairperson of the national Advisory Board of AISEC
  • Board member of Jaihind College, Mumbai. 

Home- maker & Daughter

Meera is married to Ashish her partner and friend, who has always supported her to follow her dreams. She is the daughter of the late Admiral G M Hiranandani, a gallantry award winner and highly respected naval officer. From her father Meera learnt that the fight to defend our country is not an easy fight – but it's the only fight that really matters.


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  • commented 2014-04-18 10:34:42 +0530 · Flag
    To Be or not To Be ?

    Shakespeare would say , " That is the question "

    For Federal Reserve Board of Revenue ( Pakistan ) , that question was ,

    " What to publish ? And what not to publish ? "

    It seems , in Pakistan , only 1 million people [ out of a population of 140 million ] , pay income tax

    Finally , the Board published the names of those 1 million ( running into a 17,000 page directory ) , with the amount of tax paid by each

    To give to Pakistan , a loan of $ 6.7 billion ( approx Rs 41* Thousand * Crores ) , the International Monetary Fund ( IMF ) , insisted on such a publication

    Now , in India , we have 40 million people who pay personal income tax ( out of a population of approx 1220 million )

    Obviously , for India’s Income Tax Department , it would be an impossible task to publish their names in a directory – which could possibly run into 17,000*40 pages !

    Then again , India has no need for an IMF loan , what with its Personal Income Tax revenue amounting to , Rs 2.47*Lakh*Crores

    And if the incoming government at the Centre , dares to implement my suggestion of INVERSE TAXATION regime , that revenue could go up 100 times !

    Simply , " Inverse " the tax slabs as follows :

    > Up to Rs 2 lakhs………………… NIL

    > 2.1 – 5.0 lakhs…………………. 10 %

    > 5.1 – 10 lakhs………………….. 8 %

    > 10.1 – 20 lakhs…………………. 6 %

    > 20.1 – 50 lakhs………………… 5 %

    > 50.1 – 100 lakhs………………… 3 %

    > Above 100 lakhs………………… 1 %

    What is likely to happen with such " INVERSE TAXATION " regime ?

    Following few things :

    > Total personal tax payer base will go up dramatically from current 4
    crores tax-payers

    > Total personal tax collection too , will rise dramatically

    > with this " INVERSE TAX REGIME " , there will be no incentive to evade
    taxes and to generate " BLACK MONEY "

    > There will be no resistance to accept ALL payments by cheque / electronic
    clearance ! > The more you disclose as your income , the less you pay by way of taxes ( Of course , incrementally )

    > For a change , we will learn to reward honesty / efficiency / productivity !
    No need to bribe those Income Tax officers !

    > Lakhs of crores of BLACK MONEY , stashed away in bank
    lockers / gold / land – and , of course those Swiss bank accounts – will ,
    become " WHITE MONEY " , overnight !

    > There will be a huge surge in bank deposits ( – even with , the inevitable
    lower interest rates )

    > Banks will be awash with funds to finance businesses / infrastructure
    projects etc , encouraging entrepreneurs / self-employed to set up new
    businesses ( at 2 % interest rates of loans ) and generate millions of jobs

    > There will be a phenomenal rise in Capital Markets

    Only questions are :

    > To innovate or not ?

    > To think out-of-the-box or not ?

    > To feed poor or to teach them how to fish ?

    > To enable people to earn more or to subsidize their expenditure ?

    > To let people stand on their own legs or continue “Dependency Culture” ?
    • hemen parekh ( 18 April 2014 / Mumbai )
  • commented 2014-04-17 23:45:11 +0530 · Flag
    Madam,You said that India should be free from corruption, criminalisation and communalisim but you have appreciated Mr.Narendra Modi the person who was the Chief Minister when Gujrath riot took place in 2002.Gujrath model is a myth and you too know it only a handfull of people had benefitted from so called development.I didnt expect something like this from you.Everybody are entitled to their opinion but I am very much confident that in sometime you would change your opinion.

    Suryakanth C H
    suryakanth103@gmail.com
  • commented 2014-04-17 17:22:04 +0530 · Flag
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  • commented 2014-04-16 13:01:54 +0530
    अरवींदजी सवराज बिला बंददल TV वर बोला लोकांना खूप आवडेल धंऩयवाद
  • commented 2014-04-16 08:16:24 +0530
    Down with Dictator ?

    Congressmen ( – including ex-Congressmen like Sharad Pawar ) , do not tire of calling Narendra Modi , a DICTATOR

    And every other party , afraid of losing its Lok Sabha seats , echoes

    Congressmen are warning 814 million voters ,

    “ Look , If NaMo comes to power , he will take decisions How dreadful ! Look at his audacity – taking decisions Doesn’t he know that “ Decisiveness “ is a , debilitating disease of decadent Crony Capitalists ? Have you ever seen us taking decisions ? Ask any farmer putting a rope around his neck ! We never do We believe in perpetual procrastination We believe in Democracy Occasionally , we even believe in Mobo-cracy ( eg : 1984 ) We leave it to the Dynasty to take decisions Can’t believe ? Read Sanjaya Baru’s book “ An Accidental Prime Minister “ ( Much as we would like to ban it , we will not decide on our own ) Or , look up P C Parakh’s book , “ Crusader or Conspirator ? “ It will dispel any lingering doubts that you may have , as to WHO in UPA – 2 , takes the decisions ! We abhor Dictatorship We strictly abide by the Dynasty – ship You cannot find us making any honest mistakes , because we never take any honest decisions ! Now don’t ask , What about 2G / 3G / CWG / CoalGate / Irrigation / Land-Grab etc ? Those were NOT honest decisions ! And believe us , Maya / Mamta / Jaya are no better than “ Daughters of Dictator “ ! They too , take decisions COUNTRYMEN , Beware of Decision – Takers Don’t vote for them Vote for us Vote for Status Quo Vote for “ More of the same “ Vote for Yesterday Vote for Dynasty Vote for Darkness “
    • hemen Parekh ( 14 April 2014 / Mumbai )
  • commented 2014-04-14 09:51:18 +0530
    AAP Faces Problems due to Arvind’s hasty nature
    केजरीवाल चुनाव के दौरान स्वीकार
    कर रहे हैं कि इस्तीफा देना गलत था
    चुनाव के बाद स्वीकार कर लेते !
    जो चाहे थप्पड़ मारकर चल दे रहा है
    और उसके घर जाकर उसको सम्मानित
    कर रहे हैं फिर तो भ्र्ष्टाचार के सरदार
    और सौदागर हाथ छोड़ने वालों की
    लाइन लगा देंगे और यह प्रचार करेँगे
    कि जो व्यक्ति अपनी रक्षा नहीं कर
    सकता वह शाशन क्या चलाएगा ! अतः
    हर माला में मुंडी घुसेड़ने की ज़रूरत
    नहीं ! माला विष्फोटक और जानलेवा भी
    हो सकता है ! सुरक्षा नही चाहिए तो अपनी
    रक्षा स्वयं करें! देश को आपकी ज़रूरत है !
    इस्तीफा देने से लोकपाल नहीं तो मिल
    गया ! अली बाबा के इशारे पर 40 सदयों
    ने असेम्ब्ली में सुनियोजित और
    योजनाबद्ध रूप से आपको इतना
    अपमानित और आहत किया कि उससे
    मर्माहत होकर आपने इस्तीफा दे दिया
    असेम्ब्ली में जो सदस्य दुराग्रह से ग्रसित
    होकर बैठे हों उन्हें आप धर्मोपदेश और
    नीतिशास्त्र सुनाएंगे तो उनपर कोई असर
    नही होगा ! असेम्ब्ली में अपना लक्ष्य प्राप्त
    करें और सत्र समाप्त करें क्योंकि वेतन
    और भत्ता के अलबत्ता किसी मामले में
    आम सहमति नही बन सकती !
    T IQBAL. PATNA.
  • commented 2014-04-13 21:12:59 +0530
    We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone..

    Soma dave is a member and volunteer of our party, she is also social worker .
    Soma Dave husband Ketan Dave is no more in this life, He Was expired . He was suffering from brain tumor.

    soma dave has two kids one kids is 7 months old. soma Dave lost her
    earning member. some dave spend lot of money in medical treatment. She
    is also taken mortgage loan for treatment.l

    soma Dave is hardworking women, she is graduate with economics, She was working
    in idea, Now she is working in Medusind Solution,•. you can also give her good job.

    If you want to help her you can deposit /transfer money in below account,you

    Can also give personally help on below address.

    our small helps give this family new hope.

    Details are as under,

    soma ketan dave

    Account no. 32253888341

    state bank of india

    ifs code SBIN0005743

    chandkheda, ongc branch

    Address of soma Dave

    N-402, ANAND VIHAR,

    TRAGAD ROAD,TRAGAD

    AHMEDABAD

    (M) 9726604317

    email id- somadave@ymail.com
  • commented 2014-04-13 21:09:42 +0530
    कॉंग्रेस युक्त भाजपा या भ्रष्टाचार मुक्त भारत?
    बीजेपी की लहरः मुरली मनोहर जोशी
    मोदीसरकार की लहर —पैड मीडीया
    सच कौन है?
    भ्रष्टाचार मुक्त भारत की लहर है जिसकी सुरुआत आम आदमी पार्टी ने की है
    यह बेहद ही आवश्यक है कि हम
    भ्रष्टाचार के इस जहरीले सांप को कुचल डालें। जिससे हम एक
    भ्रष्टाचार मुक्त भारत के सपने को सच कर सकें।
    भ्रष्टाचार को दूर करने के लिए प्रभावी कदम
    आम आदमी पार्टी को वोट देकर आम लोगो को के सपने को सच करे
  • commented 2014-04-13 10:38:15 +0530
    People who live in Glass – Houses

    People who live in glass houses , should not throw stones at houses of others

    What are Congressmen ( – and sundry advocates ) trying to achieve by raking up the case of Narendra Modi’s marriage to Jashodaben , some 46 years ago ? – When , she herself is praying for his electoral success , instead of complaining ?

    Haven’t they heard of the Bible story where Jesus told the crowd ,

    " Let him be the first to throw the stone at this sinner woman , one who has never sinned himself "

    I agree , we Indians are not terribly conscious / concerned about personal privacy

    But , by and large , Indian politicians – and even general public – have refrained from discussing the private lives of public figures

    Of course , other than in cases of some Bollywood celebrities who couldn’t care less , as long as their photos appeared on page 3 !

    Congressmen even failed to realize that , by talking about NaMo’s forgotten marriage , they have only helped his " Brand – Recall " amongst the voters !

    I believe , BJP has passed a resolution thanking Kapil Sibal , for saving Rs 100 Crores on publicity !

    Remember the case of the Hollywood actress who got herself " kidnapped " , 2 days prior to launch of a movie in which she starred as heroine ?

    With the terrific / free publicity she got in national / international newspapers , the movie broke all box-office records and became a blockbuster !

    NaMo seems to be saying ,

    " To hell with privacy ! Just get voters to talk about me "
    • hemen parekh ( 13 April 2014 / Mumbai )
  • commented 2014-04-12 19:50:43 +0530
    I was hoping that your manifesto, included getting rid of Stamp duty and Service tax. Also your manifesto should have talked about putting a proposal in the Parliament to eliminate the post of Governors. The area occupied by the Governor’s mansion could be made into a public park for all the South Bombay residents
  • commented 2014-04-12 14:43:32 +0530
    CONGRATULATIONS for contesting LS-election, best wishes to you MeeraJi, we know U’ll win &‘ll be most successful AAP’s-Mumbai-MP in next few hours/days, W’Regards & let Tons-of-Success be in your ways – InshaAllaH !
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  • commented 2014-04-12 10:58:07 +0530
    Please , Don’t Stop !

    By ordering Amit Shah and Azam Khan , not to conduct rallies / road shows etc, Election Commission seems to be saying :

    " Enough is enough . No more violations of Model Code of Conduct "

    It has further asked UP Government to file FIR against both , for inciting violence / communal hatred

    Dear Election Commissioner ,

    Please don’t stop !

    Take similar action against ,

    > Ajit Singh who urged people to throw Modi into the sea

    > Mulayam Singh who encouraged ( obviously to get their votes ) , UP’s
    " Young Lads " to ignore Anti-Rape Law

    > Abu Aazmi , who wants young girls hanged for having extra-marital sex

    > Masood Imran , who asked listeners to chop up Modi into pieces

    > Suresh Rana / Kadir Rana / Saeed-uz-Zama , for inflammatory speeches

    > RajKumar Thukral for fanning communal violence

    > Sharad Pawar for asking voters to vote twice

    Please , immediately " disqualify " all of these " Gentlemen " ( and their sons / daughters / daughter-in-laws etc ) , from contesting ANY election ( Lok Sabha or State Assembly ) , for the next 15 years !

    Let your message ring out – loud and clear ,

    " Don’t mess around with inciting communal violence – or else be ready to
    go behind the bars ! "

    Talk to them in the only language that they understand !

    This is the ONLY time they will listen to you !
    • hemen parekh ( 12 April 2014 / Mumbai )
  • commented 2014-04-10 09:19:29 +0530
    We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone..

    Soma dave is a member and volunteer of our party, she is also social worker .
    Soma Dave husband Ketan Dave is no more in this life, He Was expired . He was suffering from brain tumor.

    soma dave has two kids one kids is 7 months old. soma Dave lost her
    earning member. some dave spend lot of money in medical treatment. She
    is also taken mortgage loan for treatment.l

    soma Dave is hardworking women, she is graduate with economics, She was working
    in idea, Now she is working in Medusind Solution,•. you can also give her good job.

    If you want to help her you can deposit /transfer money in below account,you

    Can also give personally help on below address.

    our small helps give this family new hope.

    Details are as under,

    soma ketan dave

    Account no. 32253888341

    state bank of india

    ifs code SBIN0005743

    chandkheda, ongc branch

    Address of soma Dave

    N-402, ANAND VIHAR,

    TRAGAD ROAD,TRAGAD

    AHMEDABAD

    (M) 9726604317

    email id- somadave@ymail.com
  • commented 2014-04-10 09:15:16 +0530
    भारत में बढ़ता भ्रष्टाचार : भ्रष्टाचार एक बीमारी की तरह है। आज भारत देश में भ्रष्टाचार तेजी से बढ़ रहा है। इसकी जड़े तेजी से फैल रही है। यदि समय रहते इसे नहीं रोका गया तो यह पूरे देश को अपनी चपेट में ले लेगा। भ्रष्टाचार का प्रभाव अत्यंत व्यापक है।

    जीवन का कोई भी क्षेत्र इसके प्रभाव से मुक्त नहीं है। यदि हम इस वर्ष की ही बात करें तो ऐसे कई उदाहरण मौजूद हैं जो कि भ्रष्टाचार के बढ़ते प्रभाव को दर्शाते हैं। जैसे आईपील में खिलाड़ियों की स्पॉट फिक्सिंग, नौकरियों में अच्छी पोस्ट पाने की लालसा में कई लोग रिश्वत देने से भी नहीं चूकते हैं। आज भारत का हर तबका इस बीमारी से ग्रस्त है।
  • commented 2014-04-09 23:32:28 +0530
    यह बेहद ही आवश्यक है कि हम
    भ्रष्टाचार के इस जहरीले सांप को कुचल डालें। जिससे हम एक
    भ्रष्टाचार मुक्त भारत के सपने को सच कर सकें।
    भ्रष्टाचार को दूर करने के लिए प्रभावी कदम
    आम आदमी पार्टी को वोट देकर आम लोगो को के सपने को सच करे
  • commented 2014-04-09 18:39:52 +0530
    Hello Meera,
    I noticed that small/micro loan seekers – which include poor, middle-class, women and small business owners are often exploited with high interest rates by micro financers and bankers. I suggest we should have a law to cap on the max interest rate any institution and individual can charge @ 24% pa or 2% pm. Hope you understand these micro loan seeker problems and curb the monopolistic businesses who exploit their need and situations.

    I wrote it in v short – but hope you would understand/get the bigger picture.

    Thank
    Mahesh
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  • commented 2014-04-09 11:21:02 +0530
    SANJAY CHAUDHARY • 21 minutes ago

    वोट के लिए सिर्फ़ बाते
    मोदीसरकार AHMEDABAD के पब्लिक यूरिनाल पर मीडीया से सर्वे कराए कितन विकास गुजरात का हुआ है आपको पत्ता चल जाएगा, या मोदीसरकार के लोग पब्लिकयूरिनाल का उपयोग कर बताए
    पुरुष तो जगह न मिलने पर सार्वजनिक स्थानों की
    दीवारें गंदी करने खड़े हो जाते हैं, लेकिन महिलाएं क्या करें? अधिकतर
    महिलाएं कहती हैं कि घर से ऑफिस तक के रास्ते में कोई पब्लिक कनवीनियंस
    पड़ता ही नहीं। यदि हो भी तो इस्तेमाल करने की हालत में नहीं होता। ऐसे में
    वे आस-पास के मॉल में चली जाती हैं। यदि मॉल वगैरह न दिखे तो किसी के घर
    जाकर रिक्वेस्ट करती हैं। कभी-कभी मजबूरी में उन्हें घर या ऑफिस वापस लौटना
    पड़ता है। रात के समय परेशानी और बढ़ जाती है।.