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List of politicians of Indian descent

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List of politicians of Indian descent








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  • The late CV Devan Nair, Singapore's third President (1981-1985), father of the modern trades union movement in Singapore.
  • Sellapan Ramanathan, President of Singapore since 1999, former head of Singapore's intelligence unit and Ambassador to the United States, amongst other senior positions in the civil service.
  • S Rajaratnam, former Senior Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Labour and Culture. Co-founder of the Peoples Action Party and Association of South East Asian Nations. Author of the Singapore Pledge and one of the pioneer leaders of modern Singapore.
  • S Jayakumar, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Law and co-ordinating Minister for Security. Former Foreign Minister and ambassador to the United Nations, and Dean of the Law School in Singapore.
  • S Dhanabalan, Chairman of Temasek Holdings and DBS Bank, former Minister of National Development, Trade and Industry and Foreign Affairs. Tipped by Singapore's first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew as one of the four men he considered as a possible successor.
  • Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Minister of Education and former head of Singapore's de facto central bank.
  • Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Community Development, Youth and Sports. Former CEO of Singapore General Hospital.
  • Dr.Balaji Sadasivan, Junior Minister.
  • J. B. Jeyaretnam, former opposition leader, and the first person to break the PAP monopoly in parliament in 1984. A former magistrate.
  • James Gomez, senior leader in the main opposition party (the Workers Party) and founder of 'Think Centre', a political NGO.

South Africa



Trinidad and Tobago

United Kingdom

See also British Asians in politics of the United Kingdom

United States

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