19/03/2012

This is also a leader

Many might have heard the name of Dr. Subramanian Swamy, also seen him in photographs, and read news items about him that he is a typical person in Indian politics. Now there is news that his Janata Party has joined N.D.A. N.D.A is a forum of some Opposition parties led by B.J.P. The news is that Janata Party has joined it. But the fact remains that it is Swamy who has joined it, and not his party. Because his party does not exist. Might be it is there on paper only as many schools are on paper only. This news does not hold much importance for common people or for those who have been keeping an eye on the manoeuvrings of Indian politics for fifteen or twenty years; however this news is indeed interesting for those who have been aware of Dr. Swamy’s political gimmicks since 1980s. In the very beginning Dr. Swamy was with Bharatiya Jana Sangh. During the Emergency imposed in 1975 he went underground wandering about. When the Janata Party was formed in 1977, he joined it. But when Bharatiya Jana Sangh was reinstated in the form of Bharatiya Janata Party in 1980, he did not re-join it; or even if he might have re-joined it, he soon left it only to hurl abuses on the party.

The list of abuses
And the abuses were not minor. He called R.S.S a terrorist and anti-national organisation, held it responsible for riots, called Sangh and B.J.P. leaders coward, used to say that those people happened to be very pigeon-hearted; and if the administration and police act in an stringent manner, they would be seen nowhere. Had the complete list of abuses been in the record of some people, they are the senior B.J.P. leaders of today. Swamy had made all these allegations against the B.J.P. during the movement for restoration of Babri Masjid. At that time Swamy was in full support of Muslim standpoint, and used to participate in their every big programme. Not only this, Swamy raised his voice against anti-Muslim riots and the excesses committed against Muslims by the police and administration. It was only due to him that the incident of Muslim massacre in Hashimpura in Meerut got attention at international level. The campaign of Subramanian Swamy against B.J.P (R.S.S) and in favour of Muslims was so intense that he was dubbed a pro-Muslim leader. But a few years ago, Swamy took a sudden turn and appeared in his old Jana Sangh colour. And then this colour got deepened.

This is the worst kind of corruption
Opposing Sachar Committee, filing a case against Islamic Banking in Kerala and writing poisonous comments against Muslims in a Mumbai-based magazine, Swamy qualified himself fully for the B.J.P. Now why did the party not throw a red carpet for this leader? This remains the history of the party. It can stoop to any level for attainment of its specific interests. It has done the same in cases of Uma Bharti of Madhya Pradesh, Kalyan Singh of U.P, and Gopi Nath Munde of Maharashtra. One more reason for its closeness with Subramanian Swamy is that nowadays he is much against Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and the B.J.P thinks that this can topple the Congress government at the Centre. We are not interested in the wayward politics of Dr. Swamy nor in the morality of B.J.P; however this opportunistic politics of both presents a glimpse of electoral politics in India and shows how deep moral decadence has gone. Anna Hazare and his team should also pay attention to this worst kind of corruption.
19/03/12 khabar-O-Nazar by Parwaaz Rahmani, sehrozaDAWAT, translated by: Abu Yusuf

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