Their deeds or misdeeds gave 2010 the colour it needed. Imagine how boring the newspapers would have been without a Swami Nityananda, Niira Radia, A Raja or even Suresh Kalmadi.
Here's looking at the top ten controversial figures who raised hell and provided good copy, unwittingly or otherwise, in 2010.
Text: Salil Jose
Image: TV journalists record footage of unseen CBI officials at former Indian telecom minister A. Raja's residence in New Delhi on December 8, 2010. (Photograph copyright AFP)