How these accomplished Indian businessmen fared in politics
Some of them proved to be good at politics, but a few were not that lucky.
Born in 1938, Rahul Bajaj is the chairman of the Bajaj Group and a member of parliament (MP). In 2001, Bajaj was awarded the country’s third highest civilian award — Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the nation. In June 2006, he was elected as a Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra. Bajaj, who is the grandson of Jamnalal Bajaj, is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. He took over the Bajaj Group in 1965.
Born in 1964, Rajeev Chandrasekhar is the founder chairman and CEO of Jupiter Capital, a financial services company. He was also the founder of BPL Mobile, a mobile phone services company, way back in 1994. In April 2012, he was re- elected to the Rajya Sabha for a second six year term representing Karnataka. He is a staunch supporter and advocate of internet freedom.
G D Birla
Ghanshyam Das Birla was born on April 10, 1894. A member of the Birla family, he was elected to the Central Legislative Assembly of British India in 1926. He became the founding President of Harijan Sevak Sangh founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1932. Birla was a close friend of Gandhi, and the father of the nation was staying at Birla’s house when he was assassinated.
Heralded as India’s Richard Branson, Vijay Mallya—chairman of the UB Group — was born in 1955. He was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 2002. In 2003, Mallya joined Janata Party, contested unsuccessfully and was ousted from the party in 2010.
Not so lucky ones…
Infosys co- founder Nandan Nilekani (Congress) and former CFO of Infosys V Balakrishnan (Aam Aadmi Party) stood for the 2014 general elections from Bangalore, but were swept away by the Narendra Modi wave.