It used to be said that alumni of Eton and Winchester dominated the higher reaches of politics, the armed forces, the civil services and even the clergy in Britain. That has been well documented. The combination of Eton/Winchester and Oxbridge was supposed to be unbeatable till at least the 1950s. Later the prominent grammar schools and LSE were grudgingly added.
Not many prominent Old Etonians in Indian politics, though there is the late King Birendra of Nepal. There is also Gaj Singh, the nominal ruler of Jodhpur who has served a term in the Rajya Sabha besides diplomatic posts.
Not Old Wykehamists either, though there were several British civil servants who were prominent in India. Also M.A.K. Pataudi and Saif Ali Khan.
Harrow is a little below the two schools above. But it does have a number of politicians, such as Shashi Tharoor’s bete noire Winston Churchill. And of course, the present PM’s favorite scapegoat Jawaharlal Nehru.
In the US, the school where one studied is not so relevant but the university is. Here, the magic names are Harvard and Yale:
However, there is one school in India which appears to have the most representation in Parliament even in 2019. The information given below is taken from the official websites. Identify the dynasts if you wish.
LOK SABHA MEMBERS AS ON APRIL 15 2019:
(Old boys listed in the school’s official publications):
Most of them are expected to be contesting the 2019 elections.
Rahul Gandhi (INC, Amethi, UP)
Raghav Lakhanpal (BJP, Saharanpur, UP)
Kamal Nath (INC, Chhindwara, MP). Recently became Chief Minister of MP.
Jyotiraditya Scindia (INC, Guna, MP)
Dushyant Singh (BJP, Jhalawar-Baran, RJ)
K. Bharatendra Singh (BJP, Bijnor, UP)
Kalikesh N. Singh Deo (BJD, Bolangir, OR)
Footnote: Kamal Nath is Raghav Lakhanpal’s father’s sister’s husband (Phuphaji).
Many OB politicians in Punjab are related, including members of the prominent Badal, Brar and Kairon families.
RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS AS ON APRIL 15 2019:
Now it gets more interesting. We now look at those who are close relatives (i.e. parents, spouses, siblings or children of Old Boys).
Back to the LOK SABHA MEMBERS AS ON APRIL 15 2019:
Maneka Gandhi (BJP, Pilibhit, UP); Minister. She studied at Sanawar.
Sonia Gandhi (INC, Rae Bareli, UP)
Harsimrat Kaur Badal (SAD, Bathinda, PB); Minister of State.
Varun Gandhi (BJP, Sultanpur, UP)
Jagdambika Pal (BJP, Domariyaganj, UP)
Prem Das Rai (SDP, Sikkim). The SDP is part of NDA. He studied at Wynberg Allen. Is supposed to be the only MP who has graduated from an IIT and an IIM.
Moon Moon Sen (Mrs Dev Varma) (TMC, Bankura, WB)
And those who are RAJYA SABHA MEMBERS AS ON APRIL 15 2019:
Ahmed Patel (INC, GJ)
PL Punia (INC, UP)
RK Sinha (BJP, BH)
Digvijaya Singh (INC, MP) He studied at Daly College.
Bonus: Old Boys who are Chief Ministers as on April 15, 2019
Kamal Nath (INC, MP). Elected in 2018. Was Lok Sabha MP from Chhindwara until very recently.
Naveen Patnaik (BJD, OR). Facing re-election in 2019.
Amarinder Singh (INC, PB). Elected in 2017. Was also Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar in 2014-2017.
Is this something for which Old Boys of this school should pat their own backs? I don’t know.