Monthly Archives: October 2011

SC reserves judgement on Investigating Chidambaram. Dr.Swamy says Govt had no case

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Hail! Victory to Mahavir Arjuna Dr. Swamy in the SC today – V. Sundaram


The greatest moment for Dr.Subaramanian Swamy in his Dharm Yudh against the Asuric and Kaurava Forces of Himalayan Corruption of Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi and Pa Chidambaram will arrive at 2 pm today (Monday, 10thOctober 2011) when Dr.Swamy will be presenting his Final Arguments for Supreme Court Sanction of CBI Probe of the active and direct involvement of Pa Chidambaram in the 2G Spectrum Mega Fraud Case.
I have no doubt that the Supreme Court, based on the unassailable documents and records placed by Dr.Swamy before the Court, would direct the CBI to start an immediate investigation into the questionable, nefarious and dubious participation of Pa Chidambaram, in collusion with Former Telecom Mini8ster A.Raja, in the 2G Spectrum fraud.
Dr.Subramanian Swamy is the most resplendent symbol of the spirit of the helpless millions of India today in their fight against the gargantuan corruption of UPA II Government in general and that of Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi and Pa Chidambaram in particular.
When the millions of undivided Bengal were fighting against the tyranny of the Regime of Lord Curzon and when Police let loose brutal violence against an unarmed population who were protesting against the Partition of Bengal in Barisal Town in East Bengal in 1906, Shi Aurobindo wrote as follows against British Colonial Tyranny and Terror in India in his Journal “Bande Mataram’.
“Tyrants have tried but have they have ever succeeded in repressing the natural love of Freedom in Man? Repressed, it has grown in strength; crushed under the heel of the tyrant, it has assumed myriad forms and in successive incarnations gained in strength and inspiration from repeated failures and endless suffering, it has arisen finally, to overthrow its oppressor for good; this is the teaching of History; this is the Message of Humanity. But like the scriptural adder, tyrannies have eyes but they see not, have ears but they hear not, and the universal teaching of History and the Eternal Message of Humanity are both lost on them. And thus the Car of Progress has, through Human Folly and Perversity to wade through Blood and Ruin on Earth.”
Dr.Swamy’s message to each Indian today is this: Fervent nationalism is my religion which is based on Sanatana Dharma. What I seek for my countrymen is Liberty and Liberation from the soul-destroying Cancer of Corruption of the UPA II Government today. Let us all unite with heroism and rejoicing to offer to our Motherland—Bharath Mata—into the seven leaping tongues of YAGNA, all that we are and all that we have, feeding the Fire of Patriotism and Nationalism even with our Blood and Lives and Happiness of our nearest and dearest; for our beloved Motherland a Goddess who loves not a maimed and imperfect sacrifice, and Freedom was never won by a grudging giver.
Sister Nivedita (1867-1911) gave this Clarion call to the battered people of undivided Bengal during the Swadeshi Movement in 1906: “Age succeeds age in India, and even the voice of the Mother calls upon Her children to worship Her with new offerings, with renewal of their own greatness. Today she cries for the offering of Nationality. Today she asks, as a household Mother of the strong whom she has borne and bred, that we show to Her, not gentleness and submission, but manly strength and invincible might. Today she would that we play before Her with the sword. Today she would find Herself the Mother of a hero-clan. Today does she cry once more that she is hungered, and only by lives and blood of the crowned kings of men, can the citadel be saved.”

2G case: Will Chidambaram be investigated? The Supreme Court reserves judgement.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has reserved its order on whether Home Minister P Chidambram should be investigated in connection with the telecom scam that unfolded in 2008. At the time, Mr Chidambaram was Finance Minister.The telecom scam was allegedly masterminded by A Raja, while he was Telecom Minister. Ignoring advice from multiple departments and ministries, Mr Raja decided not to auction second-generation or 2G spectrum. Instead, the precious resource was bundled into licenses which Mr Raja sold at a pittance to companies who were reportedly ineligible for them.Mr Raja has been in jail since February.

Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy wants Mr Chidambaram to be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for failing to reign in Mr Raja. The CBI has, in the past, objected to this, stating that there is nothing to suggest that Mr Chidambaram could have acted differently, and that it is incorrect to single out a minister as culpable for Mr Raja’s actions. Mr Chidambaram’s party, the Congress, has also defended him staunchly.

Its support for Mr Chidambaram had to be considerably stepped up after a letter surfaced that was prepared by the Finance Ministry earlier this year. The note suggested that Mr Chidambaram could have enforced an auction of 2G spectrum. The fact that a section of his own government had faulted the minister led to a deafening demand for his resignation from opposition parties, led by the BJP. The politically-toxic note was also hailed as an expression of the mistrust between Mr Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee, the Finance Minister. After a week of an alleged civil war within the government, at a joint press conference, Mr Chidambaram and Mr Mukherjee appeared together. The Finance Minister said the note was prepared with inputs from different ministries; he did not agree with all its inferences, he said. Mr Chidambaram then said he “accepted” that statement.

The Opposition has however said the letter and its contents cannot be treated as an internal matter of the Congress.

Protest in New York on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 against unwarranted harassment of Dr. Swamy by totalitarian and corrupt Govt. of India


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Indian American Community  in the New York/NewJersey area is organizing  a Protest Demonstration


Near Indian Consulate in New York City

[Corner of 64th Street and Fifth Avenue]

on Sunday, October 16th

from 12:00 to 02:00 PM.


Please join us in expressing your disgust and abhorrence against the unwarranted harassment of Dr. Subramanian Swamy, President of Janata Party and former Cabinet Minister who has emerged as the embodiment of resistance against totalitarian and corrupt system.

Today anti-corruption movement is result of Dr. Swamy efforts started as far back as 2008.  He is one person out of 1.2 billion who could nail many of the culprits of the 40 billion dollar 2G scam, from Raja, Kanimozhi and many others.  As his court case gets close to those at the root of those in corruption, there were inimic forces attempting to muzzle his voice and efforts.


It is alleged that under pressure from Home Mr. Chidambaram, the Delhi crime branch has registered an FIR against Dr. Swamy.   Dr. Swamy cannot be cowed down by adopting vindictive attitude or dictatorial techniques.  In a recent poll in The Times of India, 81% people said that Dr. Swamy is being targeted by the UPA Government for his role in the 2G spectrum scam case.


In addition to filing frivolous FIRs,  Govt refuses to act on his request for housing in safer area in New Delhi to protect from Congress goons and Jihadists.  Here are examples of attacks:


Aug 8, 2011:       Dr. Swamy house in New Delhi was attacked by Congress workers
Feb 21, 2009:     Dr. Swamy was physically attacked in Tamilnadu by lawyers right in front of  High Court
Oct 25, 2008:      Dr. Swamy party office was ransacked in Madurai


India is neither a Banana Republic nor a fiefdom of some Dynasty.  It is a full-fledged democracy in which freedom of diverse views is constitutionally guaranteed.  


Dr. Swamy is being hounded by the Governmental agencies for writing an article three months ago in which he had appealed to all the Hindus to unite against the biggest challenge of the world — Islamic terrorism.  There were no communal disturbances due to the article.  Calling Dr. Swamy  anti-Muslim is a lie perpetrated by corrupt and opportunists.    His own son-in-law is an Indian Muslim to whom is very close.  Many forget that in Aug 1987, he undertook a fast-unto-death to demand an inquiry into the illegal killing of Muslim youth by Police in Hashimpura, Meerut and forced the Govt to act.

Indians need to come together to act against the corrupt who destroying the nation.  You are again cordially requested to participate in the protest along with your friends.


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The Economic Times:

27 Sep, 2011, 09.16AM IST, TNN

Subramanian Swamy claims threat from Congress, jihadis

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NEW DELHI: After tormenting the government over 2G cases in court, Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy has pointed to an enhanced security threat from Congress activists and Islamic radicals to seek a house in central Delhi for a safer environment.

The former MP recently wrote to the government stating that his success in courts and his “constructive” views on Islamic terrorism had led to an increase in threats. The situation was compounded by his living in Nizamuddin East, which is accessible to Congress workers as well as Islamic radicals.

The request is with the home ministry and is being evaluated in the light of Swamy referring to a case of vandalism at his residence which he says was organized by the Congress. The leader’s comment that Muslims be denied voting rights if they did not recognize their Hindu legacy ignited a controversy and led to demands that his assignment at Harvard be terminated.

In his letter, Swamy has said that Harvard University extended him security during travel in the US and in classrooms and also quoted a representation by retired judges, civil servants and armed forces personnel for improved protection.

Arguing that he needs safer housing, Swamy said he would like a “AB type” official residence, with a ground and first floor besides an enclosed lawn, in an area like Pandara Road, Mathura Road or Zakir Hussain Marg in central Delhi. Swamy hoped that the government has the political will to act on his request.

When contacted, Swamy told TOI, “I had received a threat letter from al-Qaida sometime back and then another letter from LTTE. I forwarded these letters (to the police).”


Who attacked Swamy’s house?


By: Atul Krishan and Shivani Kala   Date:  2011-08-08   Place: Delhi



His wife Dr. Roxna alleged the hooligans were Congress party workers

A group of unidentified men allegedly attacked the house of Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy in Nizamuddin area of south-east Delhi on Sunday evening. Swamy’s 38-year-old daughter, Suhasini Haider, was alone when some people, allegedly shouting slogans in favour of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, barged into the house, said Swamy’s wife Dr. Roxna. She said, “My husband is in the US. I was shopping at Khan Market and my daughter Suhasini was alone in the house.”

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Under fire: Residence of Janata Party MP Subramanian Swamy at 
East Nizamuddin in New Delhi on Sunday. Pic/Subhash Barolia

“Our security guard Jai Singh, a Delhi Police Head Constable, tried to stop the assailants but they overpowered him. They broke the flowerpots and tried to break our doors. My daughter called the police around 5 pm but by the time the police control room van could reach, the goons had fled,” she added.

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Vandalism woes: Subramanian Swamy’s wife Dr. Roxna (far left) 
and a cop at their house in New Delhi on Sunday. Pic/Subhash Barolia

When asked what could be the reason behind the attack, she said, “My husband filed the first case in the 2G scam in Supreme Court of India. I don’t know that could it be a reason behind this incident,” she said. Meanwhile, speaking to MiD DAY, additional commissioner of police, south-east, Ajay Chaudhary said the police have lodged an FIR regasding criminal trespass in this respect.

“We have lodged an FIR against unknown people under Sections 451 (house-trespass in order to commit offence) and 457 (lurking house trespass or house-breaking by night in order to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) of IPC and are looking into the matter,” said Chaudhary.

A police source said recently, Swamy had written an article regarding Islamic Terror in a daily newspaper, which was not received well by the public. In the article, Swamy had asked the Muslim community to proudly declare their ‘Hindu’ ancestry and wished that India be declared a ‘Hindu Rashtra (state)’. Delhi Court had then directed Delhi Police to file a status report regarding this statement on August 16.

Earlier, Tilak Marg SHO was ordered to file the status report but now the case has been transferred to the Nizamuddin SHO. National Commission for Minorities had also issued a notice to Swamy.

Quote unquote
Suhel Seth
Political commentator
The act of vandalism is ridiculous. We live in a democracy and respect free speech. If somebody wants to protest, they should use the same forum or take the party concerned to the court. But what happened was despicable. A few Muslims give a bad name to the whole community and that is what the Hindu fanatic community wants. All said and done, in my personal opinion, I do not agree with Swamy’s article at all. It was inflammatory, in bad taste and did not achieve anything. As an editor, I would not have published such an article. So, in a way, DNA acted very irresponsibly.

Manish Tewari
Congress spokesperson

The article was extremely uncalled for. The method of dealing with such offensive writing, however, should be legal. We hope the law will take its own course.

Vijendra Gupta
BJP Steate president

The whole incident is worrisome. Proper action should be taken against the culprits. Nobody, belonging to any party, can attack a person’s home in this way. Law should take its course now. I condemn this act of vandalism

Courting controversies
For years now, Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has been mired in controversies.  In November 2008, he wrote the first of five letters to the Prime Minister, seeking permission to prosecute A. Raja in regard to the 2G spectrum scam. The PM, however, took no action, leading Swamy to file a case on his own in the Supreme Court of India. Recently, he wrote an article in a daily newspaper, that invited sharp criticism from many quarters. In the article, he set out a programme to deal with Islamic terror, including repealing of Article 370, removing various mosques, disenfranchising non-Hindus who refuse to acknowledge their Hindu ancestry, prohibiting conversion from Hinduism to other religions and so on. National Commission for Minorities then accused him of violating IPC Section 153A.

Dr. Subramanian Swamy Rightfully Assaulted by Eelamish Lawyers

– February 21, 2009Posted in: News

[TamilNet, Saturday, 21 February 2009, 10:00 GMT]

Chennai, 17 February, Indian Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy was manhandled and abused by a group of lawyers supporting Eelamish Freedom Fighter organization (LTTE) in a court room at the Madras High Court today. Dr. Swamy has already urged the Centre to Impose President Rule immediately in Toilet Nadu, and thus stripping the Tamil Jingoistic Chief Minister MK Karunanidhi of his Governing powers.





A group of of pro-LTTE advocates entered the court hall of Justice P K Mishra and K Chandru, while they were hearing a petition in connection with the ‘Chidambaram temple case’, in which Swamy was present to plead himself.  Dr. Swamy is a Self-Loathing Tamil who hates the LTTE and does not agree that they are the SOLE REPRESENTATVES ® of the Tamil People.  This Traiterous Lackey of the GoSL has been trying to stifle the Righteous Tamil Communalism that has been brewing in Toilet Nadu for many years.

The Hindu

Tamil Nadu - Madurai




Subramanian Swamy’s office ransacked

Saturday, Oct 25, 2008

Eyewitnesses said the mob raised slogans against his stand on Sri Lankan issue


— Photo: G. Moorthy





Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy’s office in Madurai, which was targeted by a mob on Friday.

MADURAI: A mob, claiming to represent Tamil Vazhakkaringar Koottamaippu (Federation of Tamil Advocates) and Puratchigara Ilaignar Munnani (Revolutionary Youth Front), on Friday ransacked the office of Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Lal Bahadur Shastri Road here.

According to eyewitnesses, the mob, carrying placards and sticks, came in a procession to the office and raised slogans against Dr. Swamy for his stand on the Sri Lankan issue. While a few entered the twin-building office premises through the gate, others scaled the wall. They stoned the building and damaged the lights, nameplate and flag mast. On entering the office, they pulled down the chairs, almirah and telephone, and attacked the Madurai rural district president of the party, S. Purushothaman.


“They were carrying footwear and broomsticks. I was attacked with sticks. Some of them were wearing white shirt and black trousers,” said Mr. Purushothaman. The mob also damaged a two-wheeler parked outside the office. A mobile phone and Rs.3000 kept at the office were missing.

One of the two buildings is used as residence by Dr. Swamy. This building, on the left side, was not targeted. Two persons, including the watchman, sustained injuries in the attack.


The police said the mob had earlier participated in a demonstration at Tallakulam where slogans were shouted against those who opposed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The demonstration was organised by Tamil groups in protest against the military action in Sri Lanka.


The Tallakulam police arrested Pandi (58) of Tamil Desiya Iyakkam, Velmurugan and Mayalagu, students of law, in connection with the incident. Cases were filed under Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapons), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 355 (assault), 379 (theft), 452 (trespass) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code along with provisions of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act.


Dr. Swamy said he would file a petition in the Madras High Court on Saturday seeking attachment of properties of the Dravidar Kazhagam till the damage was recovered. “I will also demand dismissal of the State government,” he said, while calling his office from New Delhi over phone.




Sonia, Rahul fail to control UPA govt, Cong drift – IndiaToday

Sonia is battling health problems while Rahul is reluctant to step in.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi‘s waning magic and Rahul Gandhi‘s reluctance to take the plunge has exacerbated the drift both in the UPA-II government and the Congress party.

Unlike UPA-I, when an enthusiastic Congress chief chased the aam admi and pursued flagship programmes vigorously, her waning interest in the second innings of the ruling coalition has compounded the problems for a scam-tainted and cornered government.

Her two-month-long sabbatical between August and September to recuperate from a surgery proved too costly for the government, as it struggled to contain the anti-corruption agitation led by social activistAnna Hazare. Party insiders believe that Sonia would not have allowed the situation to go out of control. It was her unchallenged authority over the party which forced Pranab Mukherjee and P. Chidambaram to declare a truce after a controversy over a finance ministry note on the 2G spectrum scam.

Sonia also failed to effectively intervene on the price rise front. High-level party meetings to discuss major issues became scarce, rendering rank and file confused. As the party faced a string of political crises and failed to come up with a smart strategy to dislodge the BJP governments in half-adozen key states, a planned chintan bhaitak (brainstorming session) was planned early this year but it never materialised.

Congress’ image also took a beating due to motormouth ministers and partymen who did not care to spare a thought before targeting their peers. If leaders like Mani Shankar Aiyar were allowed to get away for his vitriolic attack on Ajay Maken, Sonia had to intervene when Digvijaya Singh termed Chidambaram “intellectually arrogant”.

The disconnect between the political managers at 10, Janpath, ace troubleshooter Pranab Mukherjee and the PMO caused a complete washout of the entire winter session of Parliament over the spectrum scam.

Sonia had directed party leaders in December to set up committees to monitor implementation of flagship programmes. The panels are being set up now after almost nine months. But the Congress chief has not taken the leaders concerned to task.

AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, sources said, on his part was reluctant to step in to provide a helping hand to his mother. Sonia, party insiders said, too careful not to create a third power centre in the UPA dispensation, wanted to confine Rahul to the Youth Congress and the NSUI.

But in the wake of Sonia’s surgery in the US, many in the party hoped that Rahul will shoulder more party responsibility. He was included in the four-member committee to monitor party affairs in his mother’s absence. But Rahul declined to step in to douse the Anna fire.

WikiLeaks: ‘Rahul Gandhi failed as an MP representing Amethi’

New Delhi: Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has released another US cable showing some comments made by columnist and political insider Saeed Naqvi on Rahul Gandhi, who is general secretary of the Congress party and the son of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

According to the US cable, Saeed Naqvi, in a March 1, 2005 conversation with US official Poloff, had commented on Rahul Gandhi at some length. At the same time, Naqvi had prefaced his remarks by noting that he was a personal friend of Rahul’s father, Rajiv Gandhi.

Naqvi had claimed, acording to the cable, that the word among Congress insiders, including those in the coterie surrounding Sonia Gandhi, was that Rahul would never become prime minister of India for several reasons. Naqvi told the US official  that it was increasingly common knowledge that Rahul suffered from ‘personality problems’ of an emotional or psychological nature.

Naqvi had also claimed that his Congress contacts told him that Rahul failed as an MP representing Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

The cable further says, “Naqvi told in his conversation that Rahul has done nothing for UP except to make pro-forma appearances in Amethi and he made no impression on the people of the state.

Naqvi stated that the Gandhi family always preferred that Rahul’s sister, Priyanka, enter politics, as she was judged to be more intelligent and savvy.  Arguing that Sonia Gandhi is an Italian mother, and ‘like an Indian mother,’ has a protective feeling regarding her son, Naqvi speculated that Sonia apparently went against her better judgment and selected Rahul over his sister as ‘heir apparent.’

In another cable released by the whistleblower website, which was sent from the US Consulate in Chennai in June 2008 has indicated that the DMK preferred to project Sonia Gandhi as the prime ministerial candidate instead of Manmohan Singh in 2009 Lok Sabha Polls.

Quoting the party’s senior strategist, retired businessman Siva Prakasam, the then US Consul General Dennis T Hopper had said that “Sonia Gandhi would be the most appealing in TN while Rahul is ‘not ready’.

VHP demands Z-Plus security for Swamy

Express news service Posted online: Wed Oct 05 2011, 03:45 hrs
Lucknow : Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s international president Ashok Singhal on Tuesday demanded Z-Plus category security and a safe residence for Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy against whom the Delhi Police has registered a case for writing an article, which allegedly incited communal passions. Singhal has written a letter to the Prime Minister in this connection.Talking to reporters here at a press conference, Singhal said he wrote the letter to the PM Monday evening. “Swamy has been making public several documents related to various cases, which makes him target of various disgruntled elements,” said Singhal. However, Singhal did not specify as to which of the documents that he had made public made him a target.Singhal said Swamy’s residence in Nizamuddin was attacked and there was a need for him to move to a safe place. “There are several extremists who can be a threat to Swamy,” said Singhal.


VHP President writes to PM demanding Z+ category security cover for Dr. Swamy (5 October 2011)

VHP President writes to PM demanding Z level security for Dr. Swamy

New Delhi, 5 October 2011

Aadaraniiya Pradhan Mantri Ji,

Sadar Namaskar & Jai Sri Ram!

Your learned-self knows that Dr. Subramanian Swamy has brought out in the open many a fact and issue serving public and national interest through the Supreme Court as also his statements. The fearlessness with which he has put up his side of the matters, that undoubtedly could make some extremist elements harm him. Some recent incidents also speak volumes about this real threat perception.

There is no doubt in it that there has always been a feeling of adoration in his heart for your learned-self. I have just returned from a 23-day visit to Europe and the USA and it seems also to the overseas supporters of Dr. Subramanian Swamy that there is a grave threat to his life. Dr. Subramanian Swamy is a leading thinker of the country and, therefore, an asset of the nation, whose safeguarding is required to be ensured under all circumstances. To this effect the initiative could come from your high offices only. He deserves a secure residence and he should nevertheless be provided with ‘Z+’ category security cover. The country has no suspicions about your noble intentions and I trust that for Dr. Subramanian Swamy’s security cover you would take the earliest steps.

Thanking you for your kind consideration and in anticipation!

Yours in the service of Maa Bhaarati,


Ashok Singhal,
Int’l President, Vishva Hindu Parishad

Congress-led UPA unfit to govern

Hari Om
05 Oct 2011

The Congress party is in total disarray. Senior party leaders are fighting with each other and their eyes are on the office of Prime Minister. The party’s main spokespersons have gone into hibernation because they cannot face the nation and the media. Or, the party spokespersons have gone on the defensive. One spokesperson has tendered an unconditional apology to Anna Hazare, who has unleashed a crusade against corruption. The party fielded Digvijay Singh, Rashid Alvi and Renuka Choudhary to counter the opposition’s charges, but they have made the party’s position even more precarious as they are uncouth, arrogant, abusive and too incompetent to handle the issues and rebut the opposition’s serious charges. Indeed, they are not acceptable to the people.

AICC president Sonia Gandhi is unwell, though nobody knows what exactly her ailment is, which is still secret from the general public. Unconfirmed reports say she may soon revisit the United States for treatment. As she is sick, she is not in a position to stem the rot in the party. True, in the past few days Sonia Gandhi has taken part in political meetings, but all these meetings took place either at the Prime Minister’s official residence, 7 Race Course, or at 10 Janpath, Sonia Gandhi’s official residence.

Sonia Gandhi made a brief post-illness public appearance on October 2 at Rajghat, to indicate that she would soon be back in full command. But the trouble is by no means over; it is in fact almost impossible to fix the mess.

Rahul Gandhi has simply failed to click, despite the backing of the party president and entire Congress leadership, which is essentially a collection of sycophants and yes-men. Gone are those days when there were leaders of mass/district and state experience who would keep the party alive and the central Congress leadership would merely supplement the efforts of state-level leaders. Right now, there is not a single leader in any state who is in a position to carry the people. The few leaders present in some states, such as Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi, Bihar, Haryana, are busy in petty politicking, striving to tarnish the image of party rivals in the eyes of high command. Neither Sonia nor Rahul Gandhi is personally aware of the ground situation, as they are surrounded by a coterie with no mass base and overweening ambitions.

Rahul Gandhi is now unlikely to click. He was a greenhorn in politics when Sonia induced her to join politics and he remains a greenhorn to this day. He has no leadership qualities and cannot even speak properly ; has no sense of what to speak and where; and only courts controversy when he speaks, forcing seniors, including general secretaries like Digvijay Singh and spokespersons like Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Manish Tiwari to come to the rescue. The memory of what the putative PM-in-waiting said in the Lok Sabha on the Lokpal issue lingers in public memory. He tried to prove his political sagacity and administrative ability by reading from a prepared statement, but landed in a piquant situation by taking a line different from what the Prime Minister had taken a day earlier. Notwithstanding all the media hype, Rahul has failed to establish himself as a leader in his own right.

Worse, the people now believe that the Congress is the most corrupt party and has outlived its utility. The Congress is not for aam admi; it is against aam admi.

The Congress-led UPA is also in complete disarray. Senior ministers are fighting with each other publicly. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the party trouble-shooter whose office was allegedly bugged by the Union Home Ministry under P Chidambaram, has made the regime’s position untenable. Media claims that the UPA chairperson has brokered peace between the two, but this is only a temporary truce and the differences between the two are sure to surface again. Reports have already started emanating from concerned quarters that it was only under duress that Mukherjee distanced himself from inferences and conclusions drawn from the March 25 Finance Ministry-prepared note on the multi-crore 2G spectrum scam, and that he is seething with frustration and anger. The reports suggest he was so upset that he offered to resign. Mukherjee has refuted these reports formally.

The note virtually held Chidambaram responsible for the huge loss to the public exchequer (Rs 176,000 crore, according CAG report). So great was the controversy generated by the note that the Union Government was dysfunctional for over 8 days; it continues to suffer from the after shocks.

Even otherwise, the truce brokered by Sonia Gandhi has no meaning as the matter is not only being directly monitored by the apex court, but is also under the scrutiny of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and Public Accounts Committee (PAC), both constitutional bodies. Besides, opposition parties including the BJP, CPI and CPI-M, have kept up pressure with the demand for Chidambaram’s resignation, failing which the Prime Minister must sack him. BJP says the right place for Chidambaram is Tihar Jail where Andimuthu Raja, the sacked Telecom Minister, languishes along with other accused.

Neither Mukherjee, who hopes to occupy the top seat, would forgive Chidambaram, who also considers himself a prime ministerial candidate; nor would Chidambaram forgive Mukherjee as it was his ministry’s note that practically held him responsible for the scam. Since then, Chidambaram has not responded to media queries regarding his involvement or otherwise in the scandal, which has already sent a minister, an MP and a number of officials to Tihar Jail.

The contents in the March 25 note, the subsequent letter written by Mukherjee to the Prime Minister and AICC president on September 27 to explain his position and set the record straight, have marred Chidambaram’s chances and landed him in serious controversy. These also point fingers towards the Prime Minister, who always feigns ignorance. Yet even Pranab da’s claim that the March 25 note was based on inputs from the PMO and other concerned ministries has not moved the Prime Minister to break his stoic silence!

UPA’s problems have been aggravated by Union Agriculture Minister Shard Pawar’s demand that the nation be taken into confidence about the issue. The UPA also has to deal with Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy who has gone to the Supreme Court and the trial court to demand that the CBI interrogate Chidambaram. Everyone knows Swamy doesn’t relent. It was he who produced before the Supreme Court the March 25 note that put UPA on the mat, and he told media persons on September 28 that he has many more documents with him about the 2G spectrum scam.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is also there to queer the pitch for Chidambaram. Ever since she scored a landslide victory in the Assembly elections, she has been demanding his resignation saying his position as Home minister is untenable as he won the Lok Sabha election through “fraudulent means”. The latest controversy has further inspired the TN Chief Minister to up her ante and demand dismissal of Chidambaram.

Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid has publicly acknowledged that there were differences between Mukherjee and Chidambaram, but has tried to defend Chidambaram, saying he “has committed no wrong” and that “he only went by the decision of NDA Government”. It is a weak defence.

What was most unsavoury was that the trouble-shooters tried to blame the bureaucrats who prepared the March 25 note. How could the ministers disown what the Finance Minister himself saw and later disowned under pressure from 10 Janpath or 7 Race Course? Such a move can create anarchy and instability and paralyse the government.

Then there is the face-off between Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna and Defence Minister A.K. Antony. Krishna favours peace with Pakistan at any cost, including a compromise on Jammu & Kashmir. He is not willing to abandon the 2009 Sharm-el-Sheikh (Egypt) line, where the Indian Prime Minister and his Pakistani counterpart said that Pakistan, like India, was also a victim of terrorism; that talks and terrorism were two different things and that the terror attacks in India should be no excuse for abandoning “peace process” between the two countries. Krishna has been pursuing the Sharm-el-Sheikh line despite the fact that Pakistan has on umpteen occasions crossed the line and caused grave provocation by pursuing a forward policy to promote its geo-political interests in the region, including India and Afghanistan. Krishna doesn’t attach much importance to the existence of terror training camps in the enemy country and POJK. Nor does he consider export of terror from across the border a cause for ending the ongoing dialogue process between the two countries.

Antony doesn’t endorse this line. Only last week, he publicly stated that “if relations between India and Pakistan are to be harmonised, then Islamabad has no other option but to dismantle all the 42 terror training camps, located in Pakistan and POJK,” that “talks and terrorism cannot go hand-in-hand”. He insisted that Pakistan had to destroy all 42 terror camps.

Such differences at the top of the UPA has an adverse impact on the country’s polity, economy, internal security and defence preparedness.

Most worrying is the plight of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. There is a national consensus that he heads the most corrupt government India has ever seen in decades, and that, instead of leading the nation, he has allowed himself to be guided by those who draw their inspiration from 10 Janpath. Reports suggest that Sonia Gandhi, who now thinks that Manmohan Singh’s second term has proved disastrous and marred the party’s poll prospects, is toying with the idea of giving him the boot but cannot find a suitable replacement. Rahul Gandhi is her natural choice, but he has failed to inspire confidence.

The power struggle between the present incumbent and Sonia Gandhi and her loyalists has reached a decisive stage; anything can happen anytime. Dr Singh has accused the BJP of conspiring against his government to force midterm polls. This indicates his nervousness; it has emboldened BJP to ask its cadres to be ready for snap polls as a crisis of leadership and credibility has gripped the government and put a question mark on its longevity.

The author is former Chair Professor, Maharaja Gulab Singh Chair, University of Jammu, Jammu, & former member Indian Council of Historical Research

Stop mockery of democracy and misuse of authority. Delhi Police should be asked to withdraw FIR against Dr. Subramanian Swamy


Statement of Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Janata Party President
           I demand that the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh intervene and ask the Delhi Police to withdraw the stupid and vapid FIR registered by the Crime Branch for my DNA article of July 16,2011 on ” How to Wipe Out Islamic Terrorism”. This FIR has made India a laughing stock in the democratic nations of the world, while convincing patriotic Indians that it is motivated by the fear of my relentless investigations into the 2G Spectrum Scam, which investigations is to lead to making persons at the top of Congress  Party culpable.
           The FIR has been registered 2 1/2 months after my alleged inflammatory article was published in the Mumbai daily, The DNA. Since then 3 Police Stations have declined to register the FIR since no offence could be discerned. Hence the Crime Branch’s act is obviously a command performance that has lowered the reputation of the government.
            If the PM has any concern for the reputation of the nation as a democratic country that respects fundamental rights, and if he has learnt anything from the Emergency, then he must wake up and assert his authority not to allow such blatant misuse of police powers and various Supreme Court judgments on the issue of FIRs and arbitrary exercise of such powers.

Chargesheet: Starring Dev Anand or Manmohan Singh? – Aditya Sinha, DNA

Aditya Sinha | Sunday, October 2, 2011
Aditya Sinha
Aditya Sinha

The other day, while TV played endless clips of Pranab Mukherjee and P Chidambaram acting as if they had just been given a spanking by the headmistress, relief arrived in the form of a promo for the new Dev Anand film, Chargesheet. It was jaw-dropping: not in the way that Rajnikanth’s high-speed head-spinning was in Endhiran, but in the way that Dev Anand still believes himself to be a stud, perhaps surpassing even Salman Khan in machismo. He even dances towards the end of the promo (I think; or perhaps he’s just lying on the ground, kicking a booze-bottle, I couldn’t tell). I wondered whether or not Dev Anand suffered this kind of demented vainglory when he starred in Hum Dono, Guide, Johny Mera Naam, Hare Rama Hare Krishna or even Des Pardes, films which led boys like me to believe he really was the archetype of hero. I wondered when Dev Anand would finally stop appearing in films (until I realised, boy, what a stupid question). And then I wondered whether or not it was this Dev Anand-type self-love which promises to keep two men going for the rest of the decade (and possibly beyond): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP charioteer LK Advani. Again, I realised, silly me: what a dumb question.

Let’s face it. The prime minister will last the next 32 months, and he will be the Congress candidate for the top job in the next parliamentary elections. No, I’m not being my usual reckless ad absurdum self. Just look at the events of the past week: the PM gave a muscular press conference during his return from New York, telling journalists that Chidambaram enjoyed his confidence, that the Opposition was unnecessarily howling at the moon, and that the government would last its full term and surprise Indians with its initiatives, etc, etc. These were not the words of a man with his back to the wall, but those of a man who had just had his fill at the fountain of youth.

Then there was the Pranab-Chidambaram war that broke out into full public view. How happy Manmohan Singh must have been.

Notice that the men fighting were the very two men who are spoken of whenever there is speculation about the next Congress PM. (Only the truly naïve believe that either Defence Minister AK Antony or Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde could ever qualify for the top job.) Thus, the two men who are the only threats to Manmohan Singh stand diminished. Not just in the eyes of the Congress President, but also in the eyes of the party rank-and-file and the ordinary voter. Rumours during the past few weeks had it that Pranab saw a window of opportunity to become deputy PM closing. It is, for all purposes, now closed. He won’t be going to Rashtrapati Bhawan, which is to get a new occupant next year, either. Chidambaram may have got a breather, but there’s a Supreme Court hearing on October 10 which must be giving him sleepless nights. It would not be surprising if he eventually goes the way of former foreign minister K Natwar Singh or former Cabinet heavyweight Arjun Singh. The UPA-2 has become like a medieval court, where two powerful advisors to the monarch are made to neutralise one another. Come to think of it, wasn’t the controversial 2G note at the heart of this skirmish leaked by the prime minister’s office?

If internally there is no challenge to the PM (the party boss is perhaps too distracted by personal issues to take the job herself, and the reluctance of family members will probably increase after the party’s showing in the UP assembly polls a few months from now), there is none externally either. The BJP remains a confused party bogged down by uninspiring leadership and a Dev Anand-type whom everyone is too polite to simply ignore.

Narendra Modi may give corporate India a hard-on but he can never attain power at the Centre for his party or coalition. No wonder his party keeps mentioning the possible candidature of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar; it’s not just to keep Nitish in check but to also follow the old Indian political trick of subverting a candidate by repeatedly speculating on their name. (The only person to overcome this jinx was AB Vajpayee.) We Indians truly are like crabs in a barrel.

With no one within to challenge him and no opposition, it is a safe bet that Manmohan Singh will remain our PM till the next elections, and possibly the elections after that. He’s only 79, a full eight years younger than that other Punjabi born in Pakistan, Dharam Dev Anand. Like Dev Anand, Manmohan Singh’s best work is behind him: the implementation of PV Narasimha Rao’s economic liberalisation policy, and the con job that was the Indo-US nuclear deal. Like Dev Anand, Manmohan Singh sees himself as the clean-cut hero of the film he is in. And like Dev Anand, Manmohan Singh does not have the word ‘retirement’ in his vocabulary.

— The writer is the Editor-in-Chief, DNA, based in Mumbai