Five time parliamentarian, two-time Union Minister, the brain-child behind India’s Economic reforms in 1991; Dr Subramanian Swamy has been one the most revered politicians in Indian history after Independence. His detractors term him as a ‘loose cannon’ but he calls himself a ‘maverick’. The most active politician on social media (Twitter), Swamy has been one of those political leaders with the stature equivalent to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, P V Narasimha Rao, Lal Krishna Advani or perhaps higher.
Dr Subramanian Swamy is an economist, lawyer-by practice and a shrewd leader with sharp intellectual critique. Swamy was born on 15th September and is celebrating his 75th birthday today. Swamy also happens to be an alumni of the Harvard University, from where he was dropped over his articles in a newspaper i.e. DNA. Swamy has been one of the founding members of Janata Party, of whom he is been the president since the year 1990. Swamy merged his party with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) last year, so to combine the forces against the rampant corruption done in United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
There are many examples of Dr Subramanian Swamy being a one man army, be it defying Indira Gandhi’s diktat during emergency days or bringing down the Vajpayee government or single-handedly gunning after the Gandhis’ (ref: National Herald Case). We bring to you some of his amazing and stunning life experiences here.
1. Daring act during Emergency in 1975
The then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had imposed a state of Emergency in India in the mid 1975. Arrest warrants were issued against ministers including Swamy. However, Swamy managed to escape from India and flew to Colombo and onward to United States of America. Who would dare to step-in the Parliament on a working day, if he has an arrest warrant against his name? Well, Subramanian Swamy did just that. It took everyone by surprise in the House and once again, donning the disguise of a Sardara (Sikh) he managed to flee India.
2. Access to Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
It’s not a hidden fact that Swamy’s relations with officials on foreign land have been rock-solid despite drawing criticism within the country. It was Swamy’s effort in 1981 that he managed for the Hindu devotees to get an access for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. His meeting with then China’s paramount leader Deng Xiaoping normalized the issue and the pilgrimage route was re-opened.
3. Brain-child of Economic reforms in 1991
Dr Subramanian Swamy was a member of Planning Commission and Union minister of Commerce and Law during the period of 1990-91. Not many know that the blue-print of the landmark economic reforms was prepared by Swamy and not Manmohan Singh. Swamy prepared it under the prime ministership of Chandra Shekhar Singh but Manmohan Singh only carried it out as a Finance Minister during PV Narasimha Rao’s prime ministership.
4. The drama by Sonia Gandhi sacrificing PM’s post – busted!
It was widely propagated by a section of media that Sonia Gandhi had sacrificed the post of Prime Minister, but it wasn’t the truth. Congress President Sonia President after winning the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections had put forward her name to President APJ Abdul Kalam, so as to be the next Prime Minister of India, with a letter of support signed by the party MP’s. But it was Subramanian Swamy’s letter to President that made Kalam to persuade Sonia Gandhi to not make her a Prime Minister. However, the former President has refuted the claims, but Swamy has challenged the former President’s version.
5. Electronic Voting Machines’ (EVM) fraud
Dr Subramanian Swamy demanded an independent committee should be appointed to investigate the authenticity and security of EVMS as they are tamper-prone. Swamy gave the examples of how the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Germany and Netherlands have abandoned the method and have resorted to paper-ballot system. It was because of Swamy’s efforts that Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was introduced in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections.
6. Exposing the 2G Scam
Everyone knows that the 2 G Scam under UPA-regime caused a loss of Rs. 1.76 lakh crore to the national exchequer as per a CAG report. Dr Subramanian Swamy was the first person to write to PM Manmohan Singh seeking permission to prosecute the then Telecom Minister A. Raja and asked the CBI to come out with a detailed report on the matter. Manmohan Singh took paid no heed to it and consequently Swamy had to file a case himself in the Supreme Court. And the rest they say is history.
7. Challenging the Madras High Court in Natraja Temple Case
Dr Subramanian Swamy filed a petition in the Supreme Court (yet again!) challenging the Madras High Court order. Madras High Court had ruled that the administration of the Natraja Temple should be handed over to then Tamil Nadu government in 2009. The case eventually was ruled in favour of Swamy in January this year. (Not many know that Swamy is lawyer by practice and not degree.)
8. Taking on Gandhis’ head-on in National Herald Case
Known fondly for his one-man army antics, Subramanian Swamy has taken on the Gandhi family by himself for years now. Swamy has accused Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Congress leaders Oscar Fernandes and Motilal Vohra in the funds embezzlement case (National Herald Case). Swamy accused the Gandhis of setting up another company named Young India Company to pay the debt using Congress’ party funds. The next hearing is on 22nd September. Will it be Tihar for the Gandhi’s?
9. National Hindu Renaissance
The next mission on Subramanian Swamy’s agenda remains to bring a National Hindu Renaissance into force. His ideology of uniting the majority (Hindu) votes and dividing the minority (Muslim) votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections proved rich dividends for the saffron party. However, bringing a renaissance in India remains his top priority now. The latest PT (Patriotic Tweeples’) meet in Delhi on Sunday is a small indicator to it.
Well, implementing Uniform Civil Code and scrapping Article 370 are other priorities but for now, not letting Sonia Gandhi escape away in National Herald remains the topmost priority. It’s difficult to tell-all about Subramanian Swamy’s life in a nutshell but however with a person (politician) being able to do all this in national interests earns respect.
Many believe that Dr Subramanian Swamy is the best Prime Minister India never had!