Engineers, who rocked Politics.

January 17, 2017

Engineers don’t enter politics!! Engineering ‘mindset’ doesn’t include politics, we have heard a lot about this. But this is not really true there are a number of names that have done great works in this field. These people are smart, having innovative mind that helps them in doing good analysis. Their ability and practice with subjects like math and physics aids in solving complex problems. That mindset however does not appear inclined into politics. But, still a number of names have proved this wrong and have done really well in this field. Read on to know in detail about them.


There have been engineers as leaders of countries around the world and we can easily find some names of IITian’s who have done well in politics. These graduates have served the country in a number of ways at different designations. Arvind Kejriwal this name has been in air since the last Assembly elections 2013. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and worked for the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as a Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department. In 2012, he launched the Aam Aadmi Party and was appointed as Chief Minister of Delhi. He came up with a lot of new ideas for removing corruption.

Manohar Parrikar the Chief Minister of Goa has been graduated from IIT, Mumbai. He represents the Panaji constituency in the Legislative Assembly of Goa and is a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Besides Parrikar and Kejriwal, the other engineers who have really rocked in Indian politicians include Union ministers Ajit Singh and Jairam Ramesh.

Some of the Engineers in China are acknowledged as key players in that country’s rapid economic rise. They are well respected in the Chinese political arena as effective politicians in Government and become Ministers of important portfolios. Many countries have engineers in their ministries or as leader. We possibly could make a vicarious claim to US President (and Engineer) Edgar Hoover because of his family and work links to Western Australia.

Another engineer who became a politician is Andrew Clark, who lived between 1848 and1907. He initially qualified as an engineer but is better known as an Australian barrister, politician, electoral reformer and jurist. He trained as a lawyer so as to effectively fight for social causes that deeply concerned him. His long political career was mostly spent as Attorney General. He was acknowledged as the leading expert on, and made significant contributions to, the Australian Constitution. He was appointed a Senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Tasmania after leaving parliament and was also Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania. For most of his life, Clark was a progressive and championed the rights of workers to organise through trades unions. He championed universal suffrage (and women’s suffrage) and the rights to a fair trial: Things that we take for granted today.