Hundred most controversial Indians in the last century, that's the list prepared by weekly magazine The Sunday Indian in its latest issue.
The list hardly throws up any surprising names. Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar has been profiled by Shyam Keswani, the lawyer of Haseena Parkar (Dawood's sister). And Keswani terms Dawood as an 'impeccable personality, brought up in an atmosphere of ultimate respect for elders, a brilliant student' but finally 'it is only destiny which drives every soul'.
Keswani further says that whatever Dawood is today is only due to the brilliant mind he possesses. He is clear at heart and can't be judged only on the basis of anecdotes circulating about him. The lawyer of his sister ends the profile with this statement, 'Although destiny has driven himt o the present upheaval in his life, I feel that otherwise, Dawood Ibrahim is a personality par excellence'.
The list is divided into six categories;
Rebels and Renegades
Mohamed Ali Jinnah
Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy
Haji Mastan Mirza
Jai Prakash Narain
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
Mohammed Iqbal (Sapru)
Mirwaiz Maulvi Farooq
General K Sunderji
General KS Thimmaiya
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
VK Krishna Menon
Giani Zail Singh
PV Narasimha Rao
Acharya Chatur Sen
Sathya Sai Baba
Nirad C Chaudhuri
Imam Abdullah Bukhari
Maharaja Hari Singh
NT Rama Rao
Saadat Hasan Manto
Mahendra Singh Tikait
Justice PN Bhagwati
Begum Akhtar KL Sehgal
Periyar EVR Naicker
Subhash Chandra Bose
Dr KB Hedgewar
Another interesting thing is the choice of persons who profiled these personalities. Phoolan Devi's written by Seema Parihar and Narendra Modi by Shankar Singh Vaghela.
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