Does India need atheist politicians?
Not necessary. We only need politicians who are CONVINCED and strictly follow the the CONSTITUTION OF INDIA.
The constitution of INDIA has defined the Indian republic and the safeguards it offers to its citizens irrespective of one's RELIGION or gender and the freedom to practice their opinions without interference.
In fact India`s 1st PM and longest serving PM has been an ATHEIST and a staunch secularist.
West Bengal and Kerala were ruled by comunists who were mostly ATHEIST,
CM Karunanidhi of Tamil Nadu and the DMK cadre were mostly ATHEISTS.
Did it help? I am NOT SURE. Ultimately the people of India need to be SECULAR in their beliefs and practices.
Unfortunately the current BJP/RSS/HINDUTVA governments are blatantly partisan and gaining political mileage by being communal in a largely Hindu nation.(80%)