Why Should We Know Subramanian Swamy?
Subramanian Swamy is an academician, economist and politician from Tamilnadu. Swamy has studied in the Harvard University on a full Rockefeller scholarship – which is only given to the best of the brightest.
He was one of the founding members of Janata Party. He has been an MP, a Cabinet Minister and a member of the Planning Commission of India. He is also credited for creating the blueprint that opened Indian market and economy to the world – Indian’s own glasnost and perestroika. His party recently merged with the BJP.
All that is very well, but what makes him relevant today?
While his past laurels are enough for anyone else to rest on, Subramanian Swamy, a strong supporter of free economy, is something of a dreamer and idealist (it is said that Indira Gandhi has once dismissively described him as “Santa Claus with unrealistic ideas”).
Beyond being a mere politician, Swamy is something of an activist. He has been an important (and maybe the first) mover for some important investigations. In all cases, Swamy’s allegations are usually accompanied and based on well researched and well-documented evidence.
- The 2G Spectrum Scam: Amongst others, Swamy had also written to the Prime Minister seeking permission to prosecute Raja. When there was no action forthcoming, Swamy filed a case of his own in the Supreme Court about this matter. He has also made serious allegations against the role of Sonia Gandhi’s sisters in this matter and has sought permission to prosecute Sonia.
- Security of EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines): In January 2012, Swamy filed a PIL questioning the security of EVMs. While the case was earlier dismissed in the High Court, sometime in 2013 there was a news item (it was a probably report of a Supreme Court judgement) admitting that EVMs are not tamper-proof.
- Indian Money in Swiss Banks: Swamy has founded and is the chairperson of Action Committe Against Corruption in India (ACACI). After spending many years fighting to get the Indian black money stashed away in Swiss banks back into the country, ACACI has the specific agenda of fighting against corruption in high places and getting the black money back. (To jog your memory, the black money scandal was very big about 5 to 6 years ago. Conservative estimates said there were trillions of dollars in black money stashed away – enough to be about three times Russia’s GDP. After quite a bit of hue and cry, this scandal, like others including the Fodder Scam , too has petered off with time.)
- In addition to the above, Swamy has also exposed Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi like no other. First he alleged that Sonia’s claims of a degree from Cambridge were false. He then reasoned why she could not become the Prime Minister in 1999 (when she selected Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister). He uncovered that both, Sonia and Rahul, did not have Indian passports.
Subramanian Swamy is indeed one person who is working tirelessly for cleaner politics – but for unknown reasons, he remains less covered and somewhat ignored by the media (because of his plainspeak ?).
By Sujata Garimella
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