The history of India has names that left an indelible mark in the political arena of the country. When discussing the political history of India, one cannot overlook their invaluable contribution in building the nation. But some Indian politicians left no stone unturned in defaming the nation either on the global front or in the eyes of its own people. Either through scams or through irresponsible statements, these politicians have shamed the nation. Their activities have brought nothing but disgrace to the country and the common man. Here is a list of top 10 politicians who gave India a bad name.
1. A. Raja for 2G scam:
The former union minister of telecommunications and IT, A. Raja has been held responsible by the CAG for the Rs.176,000 crore 2G Spectrum scam. The magnanimity of the scam earned it the dubious distinction of being the second biggest example of Abuse of Power according to TIME magazine. Raja is the prime accused in the 2G scam and the case is under trial.
2. Suresh Kalmadi for CWG scam:
The man behind the infamous Commonwealth Games scam, almost single handedly swept crores of rupees under the carpet. The total value of the scam is estimated to be around Rs.70,000 crore and Kalmadi, along with his accomplices, left no stone unturned in bringing disgrace to a great nation at a time when half the world was watching it. The CWG scam is one of those scams that shook the collective psyche of the masses and was covered by the world media.
3. Rahul Gandhi, the Congress scion:
The famous Congress scion and a self-proclaimed ground leader of India, Rahul Gandhi is not all innocent when it comes to giving the country a bad name. Though he is now the vice president of Congress party, Rahul Gandhi has acted as an immature leader whose contemptible political antics and unripe public rants have been ridiculed by all. Rahul Gandhi was detained by the FBI at the Boston airport in September 2001 but the reasons have not been made public. His naïve views on matters of utmost importance and age old publicity tactics also attract condemnation from various quarters of the country.
4. Sharad Pawar, the scam supremo:
The deadly combo of power with money doesn’t suit most, but the rare exception is this seasoned leader from Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). You name the scam and he finds an association, and the stake increases with the scam’s figures. The famous Telgi stamp paper scam, wheat import scam and Lavasa scam are just to name a few. People on social media platforms call him the King of Scams in India. But, the reason why he is worse than Karunanidhi is because during his tenure as Minister of Agriculture, more than 15,000 farmers committed suicide per year.
5. Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the corruption patriarch:
M. Karunanidhi could easily be referred to as the leader of all corrupt politicians in India. Numerous criminal cases are lodged against him in courts. Karunanidhi had actively supported LTTE when the central leadership of our country was planning to send peace keeping forces to Sri Lanka. He is often referred to as the founding father of institutionalized corruption in southern India. His daughter Kanimozhi was charged and arrested in the 2G spectrum scam.
6. Mayawati, the scam diva:
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo, Mayawati is another famous example of political leaders who have brought disgrace to the nation. The former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh is s a regular on the list of corrupt ministers. Her name has figured in many scams in the past including the famous 2002-2003 multi-crore Taj Heritage Corridor scam. A recent one was the Memorial Park misappropriation where Rs. 2,500 crore was diverted by her from the public exchequer and assigned to another project of her interest. She was criticized for erecting statues of elephants in parks at a time when thousands in her state were unable to afford two meals a day.
7. Narayan Dutt Tiwari for being an infamous Governor:
Four time chief minister Narayan Dutt Tiwari had to step down disgracefully from the position of governor in Andhra Pradesh following the infamous sex scandal in Raj Bhavan. A paternity suit was filed against him in 2008 and a subsequent DNA test revealed that he was the biological father of the plaintiff. This has not only dented his image but also portrayed the treatment of women by our politicians.
8. Laloo Prasad Yadav for Fodder Scam:
One of the biggest Indian scams in the last decade of the 20th century was the Fodder Scam. The 1996 scam earned the then Chief Minister of Bihar, Laloo Prasad Yadav, an assured place in any list like this or those related to corruption. The Rs. 950 crore scam unearthed the criminal-politician nexus in Bihar and Laloo Prasad Yadav became the poster boy of corruption. He was charged, and later arrested, but that did not hamper his political career as he went on becoming the Railway minister of the country in 2004.
9. Mamta Banerjee for erratic decisions:
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is one such politician who has left no stone unturned in bringing a bad name to her state and the whole country. Under her rule, the famous Park Street rape case was handled in the most immature and opaque manner by the Kolkata police. The CM infamously painted the victim in bad light by describing the case as a conspiracy against her government. The case of the Jadavpur University professor who was arrested for merely circulating her cartoons via e-mail brought lots of ignominy from around the world. She is also known for storming off the sets of an on air talk show on a leading news channel.
10. Shushil Kumar Shinde for Hindu terrorism remark:
Union Home Minister Shushil Kumar Shinde invited severe criticism for his Hindu terrorist remark. His recent statement, like a few others he has previously made, is enough to make a mockery of our secularism on the international podium. In order to counter BJP, the principal opposition party, on the political front, the Home Minister termed all Hindu activist groups in the country as terrorist organizations equating them with Islamic outfits internationally recognized as terror organizations.