Is Priyanka Chopra Trying to Become an Indian Politician?

Priyanka Chopra wants to change the world, and becoming India’s Prime Minister may just be the way to do that. The actress recently admitted she has political aspirations, that could also include her husband, Nick Jonas. Are Chopra’s goals realistic? Let’s take a look at what it takes to become the Prime Minister of India, and if Chopra would fit the role.

Who is Priyanka Chopra?

Priyanka Chopra
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In addition to winning the 2000 Miss World Pageant, Chopra has worked with UNICEF since 2006, becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016. She is vocal about social causes, such as women’s rights, education, and the environment. Her foundation, The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education, provides support for women and children across the world.

Chopra told the Sunday Times, that her upbringing changed the way she saw the world. “My dad refused to let me into the kitchen,” she said. “He’d say, ‘Where are your books?’ It was my brother, Siddarth, who graduated in hospitality while I wanted to be an engineer. We were raised in a very progressive family.”

Priyanka Chopra’s political aspirations

In the Time interview, Chopra also revealed her political aspirations. “I would love to run for prime minister of India,” she said. “I would love Nick to run for president. I don’t like the things associated with politics… but I know that both of us really want to make a change. Never say never.”

Chopra says in the past she hasn’t been that interested in politics, but her philanthropic work has encouraged her to change the world, and she now sees politics as a way to do that. “I’ve tried to be apolitical all my life because I like to cheer for humanity,” she said. “As a woman of the world, I see violence everywhere. My hope for the world is that every country has its own culture and we can be proud of it. I feel global. I can go to any country in the world and identify with someone because I’m human.”

Is Priyanka Chopra eligible to become Prime Minister of India?

According to the Constitution of India, to be eligible to become the Prime Minister of India, a person must have these four requirements:

  • Be a citizen of India
  • Be a member of the Lok Sabha or the Rajya Sabha, or become a member of either of these houses within six months.
  • Be above age 25 (for Lok Sabha members) or age 30 (for Rajya Sabha)
  • Not hold any office of profit under the Indian Government

Chopra is an Indian citizen. She was born in Jamshedpur, India and maintains dual residences in Mumbai and New York City. Before her marriage to Jonas, she told Marie Claire that she was in the United States on a visa. Now that she’s married to an American citizen, we assume she still has the same immigration status, as she hasn’t mentioned a change.

She is 36 years old, so that puts her above both age requirements. She would still need to become a member of one of the Indian political houses, and those have additional requirements, but it appears that’s something she would be able to work toward in the future. At this time, it appears that Chopra does have the potential to fill all the requirements of becoming the Indian Prime Minister.

If Chopra was to become the Prime Minister of India, she wouldn’t be the first woman to serve in the office. Idira Gandhi served as Prime Minister for a total of 15 non-consecutive years, between 1966 and 1984.