The Blunder That Is India(n Politicians)

sidhu.jpgPublished in 1954, AL Basham’s The Wonder That Was India is considered a classic in Indian historiography.

With a quick reworking of the title, it probably also reflects the Indian electorate’s choices. Here is one take coming from the prestigious Foreign Policy Passport Page.

Navjot Sidhu (in pink turban),Indian cricketer-turned-politician and member of Parliament for the right-wing nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, flexes his muscles with bodybuilders during his campaign in the northern Indian city of Amritsar on April 26.

Sidhu is a colorful character on India’s political scene. The former cricketer won a seat in Parliament in 2004, resigned in 2006 after being convicted for manslaughter in connection with a 1988 parking dispute, and won back his seat in 2007 after the Supreme Court stayedthe conviction. Unfortunately, criminality among Indian politicians isn’t especially unique. Of the 543 politicians returned to the lower house of Parliament in the last election in 2004, 128 had charges against them, including 84 with murder charges.[emphasis added]

Happy voting!


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6 Responses to “The Blunder That Is India(n Politicians)”

  1. RP Singh says:

    "Nearly one in four of the members of the country's parliament is charged with at least one criminal offense."
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?stor

  2. RP Singh says:

    “Nearly one in four of the members of the country’s parliament is charged with at least one criminal offense.”
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103442462

  3. Ibadat Gill says:

    RP, that's classic. Great coverage by NPR, thanks for the post.

  4. Ibadat Gill says:

    RP, that’s classic. Great coverage by NPR, thanks for the post.

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