Atanu Dey On India's Development

Convicted Criminals as Members of the Indian Parliament

Is this the much tom-tommed Indian democracy? The convicted 6 who may decide UPA’s fate:

Among those who hold the key to the survival or fall of the government on July 22 are six jailed MPs, some convicted on serious charges like murder, others accused of heinous crimes. Check out the men who both sides are seeking to woo to win that day.

  1. Pappu Yadav alias Rajesh Ranjan

    RJD, Purnea, Bihar

    SENTENCED in Feb 2008 for life for murder of former CPM MLA Ajit Sarkar in 1998.

  2. Suraj Bhan

    LJSP, Balia, Bihar

    SENTENCED To life last month for murder of a farmer in 1992.

  3. Ateeq Ahmad

    Phulphur, Uttar Pradesh

    Charged in: 21 criminal cases, including some involving murder. One such was the murder of Bhartiya Samajwadi Party MLA Raju Pal in 2005.

  4. Afzal Ansari

    Samajwadi Party, Ghazipur, UP

    Brother of Uttar Pradesh don Mukhtar Ansari. In jail facing charges in murder of Bhartiya Samajwadi Party MLA Krishanand Rai in 2005.

  5. Umakant Yadav

    BSP, Machhlishahr, Uttar Pradesh

    Jailed for allegedly razing shops and houses while trying to forcibly occupy land in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh in 2007.

  6. Mohd Shahabuddin

    RJD, Siwan, Bihar

    Convicted in: 3 cases between March and August 2007: life term for kidnapping leading to murder of a trader in 1999, 10 yrs for attack on Siwan SP in 1996 and 2 yrs for attack on CPI(ML) office in 1998.

I think it is a cargo cult democracy. I have long maintained that the Indian government is the real enemy of the people of India. This is not at all remarkable considering that it comprises mostly of criminals and other low life.

  • Amit

    I think it’s Indian citizens who are also responsible for this mess, as a healthy democracy is contingent on citizen participation on a regular basis, and not just voting once in 4-5 years.

  • http://jihadwatch.org/ Notsure

    And just how is Lal hussain Advani any better?

  • pankaj

    People get the leader they deserve,our indifference, myriad castes,communities what else can one expect.India has i think lived its purpose and needs to be dismantled into smaller countries, it will be a physical separation as mental separation already exists.No loyalty to country but to ones tribe.

  • prateeksha

    @pankaj:

    I think India will progress towards what we see in cities like Mumbai. A melting pot. Isn’t it that we should live together in spite of our differences? Become tolerant. Instead of building walls? After all, there’re a million differences even in a small family. The religions and customs we cling on to, are just around 2-3 thousands of years old. And humans have been around for around 5 million yrs. Environments and climates have never been constant too. Nor have the creatures inhabiting Earth. Change is healthy. So, there’s no point hanging on to something – which doesn’t really help – which people introduced long ago. We dint even know them. It is in our hands to do what we want.

  • http://www.deeshaa.org Atanu Dey

    Prateeksha wrote that “humans have been around for around 5 million yrs.” That is not true. It took around 2 million years for the evolution of Australopithecus to Homo Sapient. The cultural history of man is estimated to be around 12 thousand years only. Agriculture is dated back to around 10 thousand years only.

    Modern human beings are less than 20 thousand years old.

  • pankaj

    Prateeksha, Melting pot , what melting pot. Even mighty USA is not a melting pot its a salad bowl.bombay being a melting pot is a myth. people stay and have relations from those who are from their own community , have houses in localities where they have members from their community and so on.U live in a dreamland

  • prateeksha

    I don’t think so.