The man who would be PM



Back in those days when I was at college and Subramanian Swamy was a Havard-returned guest lecturer at our university, I remember one of our professors of political science watch the man grimly as he spoke more on economics than on politics.

The whole faculty was in ecstacies about his visit and thought he could become India’s Prime Minister one day. The professor who had been watching Dr Swamy grimly was the only one who rang a sour note. He was a RSS sympathiser and while my own political views were still to evolve, I remember him saying, “Swamy will get nowhere. Let alone to the office of the Prime Minister.”

His words, clearly, were prophetic but he was no soothsayer. The professor was closely connected to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which had just been kicked in the teeth by Dr Swamy and he was basing his prediction on cold logic.

As students, we knew little about the political nuances of that era, except for the fact that the Janata Party experiment had failed because of the bickering of every leader in that party for the post of prime minister and that Mrs Indira Gandhi was back as PM again. It did not seem possible at that time that anyone outside the Nehru-Gandhis or the Congress could run a full term government at the Centre and Dr Swamy was someone we had never heard of at that time.

However, our professor said his premise was based more on Swamy’s character than on the tendency of the country to vote the Nehru-Gandhis. “Swamy stands for nothing but himself. He is just a gadfly. He goes wherever he pleases and does what suits him at any particular time, not caring for the consequences even to himself. That kind of a man does not get very far, let alone to the office of the prime minister.”

That’s how I began to take a mild interest in the shenanigans of Subramnian Swamy over the years as I took up journalism soon after university and then was steered towards political reporting.

For much of the time I did like the man and found his press conferences in the earlier days very engrossing. However, as the years flew past and his chances to become prime minister steadily diminished, I discovered a pettiness in the man with regard to even inconsequential people – like a local MP from the Congress in the 1980s who unexpectedly defeated the mighty Subramanian Swamy at a Lok Sabha election. Swamy could not stop holding press conferences and spilling the dirt he had dug up on the man, including trashing the MP’s claims to a privileged education. But that particular Congressman continued to win elections, even after Dr Swamy had long deserted his constituency and, at one time, also ended up as a minister. None of Dr Swamy’s dirt stuck to him, nothing was ever proved in the courts agaist him and now all the high drama of the days when Dr Swamy wanted to sting a man simply for legitimately winning against him at a democratic election is a distant memory.

However, over the years, I was never able to work out whose side Dr Swamy really was on as he jumped from Dr J Jayalalitha’s bandwagon to that of her rivals, from arranging a tea party between Sonia Gandhi and Jayalalitha to then abusing Sonia Gandhi for God knows what, to professing to belong to a secular party but propagating the kind of Hindutva that any true blue Hindu would be ashamed of supporting… When an article written by noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani decribing him as a ‘diseased insect’ popped up, I recalled and finally understood what my professor pf political science had been saying all those yeara ago.

“This country has suffered many a misfortune but none greater than the vice and persistence in our public life of a despicable character called Subramanian Swamy. His has been a life of character assassination, malicious mendacity and sordid blackmail of any one who happens to cross his path. No body has been able to deflect him from his criminal course of conduct because few have the inclination to take on this vicious viper and expose him for what he really is.” Jethmalani had said about Dr Swamy.

Somewhat similar, though not in so many words or such strong invective, had been my professor’s description of Dr Swamy as economical with the truth, self-besotted and spiteful to nyone who crossed his path. And that was nealy 30 yeara ago. Clearly, Subramnian Swamy has stayed the course and not been deterred from pursuing his goal to be PM despite hs self-deeatng ways.

I do not hold nay brief for any of Dr Swamy’s targets but his recent shenanigans against union finance minister P Chidambaram and his subsequent harsh words against the judges who threw out his case against PC lead me to believe that both Jethmalani and my professor were right about Dr Swamy. Now he targets Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for alleged misappropriation and while I have no idea if he is right or wrong or simplybeing vicious and himself, I think I would not be wrong to presume he burns up with thw thought that at least Rahul might get to th office of the Prime Minister when a worthier person than him – like Dr Swamy himself – could not make it to the top.

But if Rahul does become PM he would be at the head of and with the backing of the entire Congress party, if nobody else. Who backs Subramanian Swamy? Not even the BJP! I finally understand what my professor, a relative of one of the sarsnaghchalaks, had told us: “The RSS will never forgive Swamy for what he did to them. And without the RSS, he will never get anywhere.” Perhaps that is why the BJP is unwilling to admit him to the party all these years later despite his entreaties in the past months.

Like my professor said, one who travels alone, might travel swiftly but chosen destinations may not always be reached without a guiding hand to steer you in the right direction.

Clearly, Subramanian Swamy is a victim of his own ambitions.

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  • yogi

    ha ha. So you claim to be a true blue Hindu. Can you define that on your own or you will have to look up your convent sponsored books?

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    anangsen Reply:

    I hope that I am not the only one who sees the duplicity and the hypocrisy of the author in using the props of a communalist RSS and a vicious and hatefilled Jethmalani to denounce Swamy as a gadfly?

    The author has not even dared to discuss the merits of the charges that Swamy has laid upon Rahul Gandhi. Nor has she mentioned the many successes of Swamy. Far be it from her then to even discuss the obsolesence and inappropriateness of Rahul Gandhi as a future PM! Yet she will jeer Swamy for being considered as a possible PM candidate by a few people ages ago. This smells of an agenda and a total lack of journalistic objectivity.

    All in all, I am left with the unmistakeable impression of having read something very amateurish, very low-wattage, and very deliberately misleading.

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  • venkatraman ganapathi

    If one was to quote and rely upon the pappad and cuddy greasyJethmalani the less said the better

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  • anmadhusudan

    The author,while tracing the long political journey of Mr.subramanian Swamy seem to send a message that His political ambitions are self centric and he has least mileage in the present day context ,as compared to the chances of rahul Gandhi by virtue of the Congress solidly behind him.The logic is not only irrelevant ,but ignores the CORE issue of Propriety of the Scam ignited by Swamy,Letus not delebrate whether Swamy will become PM one day ,rather we should worry about forces like Rahul Gandhi assuming Larger Political SPACE in the days ahead.In my view, what Swamy indulging is not only appropriate ,but the need of the hour.In any case Swamy is still relevant in the body polity of our Country.Though,one man army,he has guts to alter the course of political activity as we travel towards next general election,when ever it happens

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  • Abhishek

    How ironical! The author while alleging Dr. Swamy of character assassination indulges in that very same thing – character assassination. Consequently, all the adjectives she used for Dr. Swamy, automatically apply to the author – for instance, a despicable character – that the author proved herself to be, with this piece of writing.

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    anangsen Reply:

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    Gaurang Reply:

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    RN Reply:

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    Gaurang Reply:

    Sujata Anandan is still immature as far as her political ideologies are concerned. If I remember correctly – she has been known to shower praises upon corrupt and communal leaders with aplomb!

    Now that she hasn’t got anything against Swamy, she is trying to call him Jealous!

    So according to dear ms A, everyone who opposes Italian Raj is J?

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  • Jeet

    Paid bootlickers are going crazy…..shows where the media payments come from. As soon as someone says about Gandhi family HT, TOI, NDTV, IBN are all after defaming the Swamy, BJP, RSS…..for the sake of their 10 janpath paymasters

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  • KUMAR

    Sujata Anandan if I recall correctly when she joined as a journalist in Mumbai in the 1980s had very poor IQ and I wondered how she had got in then as a Journalist., nepotism I though !!

    Now nearly after 30 years she still does seem to have grown up.

    She is not able to pay direct compliments to Dr Swamy so she is doing it in a perverted way.

    She appears to be little J of a fighter that Dr Swamy is !!

    Hope you do not eat your own words SUJATA in the near future !!

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  • Sampath R

    Whatever may the scenario says, This Congress becomes a major liability for citizens of India, the biggest democracy in the World.

    Even Supreme Court of India would take 100 years to probe into the Gifts by Congress to India: Bofors, CWG, 2G, 3G, CNG-LPG, CVC, BSES-Delhi-Electricity-Racket, Corporate-Political-Nexus-Scam, SharadPawar-Agri-Scam, Lalu-Fodder-Scam, Adarsh-Vadra-DLF-Rahul-Land-Mafia-Scam, AMS-NDT-C-OilyMoliy, Under Achiever PM MMS , Coalgate, Scorpene-Tatra-Defence-EML-Deal-Scam, ISRO-Devas-Antrix-DIAL-Scam, Goa-Mining-Scam, Mahatma Gandhi NREGA-NRHM-Scam , PIMPs it goes on and on..
    goo dot gl slash 0PLSe , goo dot gl slash jzMDu

    So what your thoughts, dear readers !!

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  • Bharatiya

    I’d say this post would have gotten the author a years rent in a posh 3 bhk apt. Nice goin. why dont you write that Swamiji is hired by Dawood or sent by Aliens who have vested interests, that would get you the apartment itself not to mention a Honda city complimentary.

    SUJATA ANANDAN ? I consider you a modern day MIR QASIM. He was solely responsible for 200 years of british slavery of India. He, fighting on the Diwan of Bengal’s side with 20000 soldiers, conspired with Robert Clive and made his huge army to surrender before Clive who had 800 men with him.

    So Sujata, if you, for a moment consider monetary gains to be trivial to the glory of our great Bharat, you will see that what a traitor you are and how 13 lac Indians who were hanged by British from 1757- 1947 would feel if they see you selling out their ultimate sacrifice.

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    Shanker Travden Reply:

    Shame one you!, you seem to have a dirty jaundiced view against Congress. Mr. Subramaniam Swamy is indeed a dirty rat, and supporter of him like you suffer from sick mentality.

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    som Reply:

    that was bang on the point.
    I wonder how HT has the highest readership in NCR.

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  • Rao

    Wow article sponored by Congress. Don’t worry Sujata a seat has been booked for you in Rajya Sabha by congress cronies for rambling nonsense about a patriot like Subramanian Swamy.

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    Akaula Reply:

    Her name should have been KuJaata ;-)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/samir.mehta.779 Samir Mehta

    Sujata Anandan would stoop to any level to be in the good books of Congress parasites.

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  • Anand

    I asked Swamy once; how is it happening that a single individual can take upon and find hollowness behind all dangerous and ferociously barking high and mighty? His response was surprisingly direct, something to the effect that – *You* care for the Truth alone, and you will see nothing can have power against you. You will have support.
    Should I care about measuring his personal success or failure from a third person yardstick? In this case, the author disguised behind some ‘rss’ man or see leave it on him to define his success and life-journey and see how he set an example and case after case (literally winning in courts) brought responsibility (2G is just one example) in day light at the door where it belongs.
    Sujata, somewhere thinking about personal comfort you perhaps lost your journalistic ideals and inner-dependence, and its funny that you know it. Hope you regain.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pankajkr06 Pankaj Kumar

    Swamy rightly said HT was a congress mouthpiece before Independence and so is now. By the way when did u last write about the R Gandhi ?

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  • Sumit Bose

    @Sujata, true Dr Swamy runs a one man political party, but his contributions to India in the last 2 decades were incredible to build up a groundswell against the ruling dispensations that ensured all the media outlets drew sustenance only from their resources; the net result even someone who wears a mask/veneer of politically singular is reduced to nothing but a dalal of of our beloved Italian ex-maid and her university drop-out son and their deeds and mis-deeds all around the world.

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  • anil

    Sujata Anandan, answer one question honestly and sincerely if Dr. Swamy has not pursued/exposed all the cases of corruption and cheating by the politicians – politicians obviously you admire – would that be of more value to the people in the long run?

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  • raj

    Sujata, look at comments and rating of your article,you would know how bad you are at your profession! If you have any shame, change it soon before its too late.

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    Italian Waitress Reply:

    Abe Duffer Indians , 1.9 Rating has been manipulated by “Manish Tewary S/O N.D. Tewary “

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    sumit Reply:

    abe bananrepublic…teri maa bhi apni naam itne hi bar badalti hai uske randibazi ke dhande mein

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    Dhruv Reply:

    I don’t believe how any sane people can believe anything what swamy says… Once he called sonia gandhi an esteemed lady. He says he brought down the vajpayee govt. He says Vajapyee used to sleep with girls on foreign tours. Describes RSS as an oragnization trying to destroy him. Then sonia ditches him. He comes back and say sonia is a KGB agent, Sonia smuggles paintings. In my understanding such persons are not to be taken seriously although you could have some laughs…

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  • rahim

    One more paid article that will please her Italian masters. The money will be credited to you account on time.

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  • Anonymous

    Superb kicking of the worthless Swamy. The guy is a parasite.

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    Deep Bhaduri Reply:

    Sujata is doing her best for what she is paid for!

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    Banana Republic Reply:

    Hey GanPhath Surya ?

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    Shanker Travden Reply:

    I agree with you entirely. unfortunately majority of the so called netizens, who are the real beneficiaries of the economic reforms use dirty language against the Congress, and never speak a work about the hyppocratic BJP and likeminded dirty pigs like Dr. Swamy.

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  • Ramesh Kumar

    THE AUTHOR IS SERVING HER MASTER’S INTREST.SHE HAS DUG ALL,SHE COULD BRING AGAINST SWAMI.BUT SHE DOESNOT KNOW ABOUT TRUTHFULNESS OF CLAIM OR CHARGES MADE BY SWAMI AGAINST SONIA ,RAHUL OR CHIDAMBRAM.
    THE BASIC QUESTION IS ,WHETHER HIS STATEMENT IS TRUE OR NOT?
    REST HIS PAST HAS NO RELEVANCE WITH CURRENT TOPIC.
    DO YOU FIND BY ANY CRITERION RAUL WINCI A LEADER?
    PL RESPOND ON CHARGES ALSO?
    WHEN WILL OUR MENTAL SLAVERY END?

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  • http://twitter.com/georgemathai George Mathai

    Sujata Anandan, doesn’t it bother you even a little bit that you’ve sold your soul?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/vijai.lugani1 Vijai Lugani

    people like swami arre dangerous person who can create hate between the society and can mar the carrier of good person s

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    Shanker Travden Reply:

    Yes, you are right, I support you.

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  • Worldwindow

    The analysis of the writer is very interesting. The career chart of Dr. Swamy reflects the analysis. The genius Swami is eclipsed by his own inconsistencies, and a great leader in the unmaking!!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fair-Reforms/100001048670263 Fair Reforms

    If swamy is a gadfly then what sort of fly is the nameless wonder who wrote this ****?

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    Quatrochi - Adnan "Duo" Reply:

    Her Name is “Sujata” . Our Ex-girl friend ! Later on she eloped with Dawood !

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    Shanker Travden Reply:

    Have some shame, if anyone uses the same lingo against your Mother or Sister, how will you feel?

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    Banana Republic Reply:

    Abe tere baap0n ne to India ki Maar di hai ! Duffer P!G could not recognize my post ??

  • http://twitter.com/Tarudutt Reuben Jadhav

    A rabid foaming at the mouth demagogue .he will continue to remain in the wilderness and a political pariah.

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    Shanker Travden Reply:

    Yes Reuben you absolutely right!

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  • Des

    “Now he targets Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for alleged misappropriation and while I have no idea if he is right or wrong

    Yes …. you have no idea if he is right or wrong,
    You have no desire to know if he is right or wrong,
    You have no intention of doing your job as a self-described journalist to find out if he is right or wrong,
    and yet you thought it befitting to post this write-up full of ad-hominems ?

    For the benefit of future journalists:
    An ad hominem is an argument made personally against an opponent, instead of against the opponent’s argument.Ad hominem reasoning is normally described as a logical fallacy,

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    som Reply:

    you’ve raised the absolute legitimate questions.

    anybody with a positive integer IQ can make out that the author is judgemental about Mr. Swamy , while she still has to say “for god knows what….”.

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  • KELA RPUBLIC

    MOUTH PIECE OF CONGRESS NAKED PARTY

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  • KELA RPUBLIC

    KALAM KE SAUDAGARO NE AKHBARO AUR NEWS CHANNEL KO KOTHA BANA DIYA HAI. GOD BLESS INDIA.

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  • ROBER T VARE NYARE

    SUJATA MADAM YOUR ARTICLE IS TOTALY BIASED AND WITH MALAFIED MOTIVE BEST KNOWN TO YOU.

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    Banana Republic Reply:

    Wh0res are always biased ! More Money More Pleasure( favorable article) !

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    arvind Reply:

    you talking about your mother babana republic? The well known RSS ***** who all initiates lose their virginity too?.

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    Banana Republic Reply:

    Wh0res are always biased ! More Money More Pleasure( favorable article) !

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  • JOKING SERIOUSLY

    NAKED ARTICLE WITH NAKED MOTIVES.

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  • mahadevan

    Hindustan times is wholly CON-gi sponsored- owner-paper-editor just as in lock-stock -barrel.

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  • Anonymous

    There should have been moderators in the Comment Section of this newspaper, because there is no serious debate taking place here, only one sided views in every article. The best Comments Section that I regularly monitor is of New York Times.

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    Shanker Travden Reply:

    I agree with you that this is one sided, there should be healthy debate, instead of one sided barrage of dirty words against the writer.

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  • Banana Republic

    I must mention following here :
    1. When Swamy was the RSS sympathizer SUJATA ANANDAN was flirting with Quatrochi & Adnana Ghagoshi , simultaneously .
    2. Why has this ***** Sujata not mentioned about the qualification/activities of fake gandhis , posted by Dr, Swamy on “You Tube “??
    3. If & If Raul Vinchi Does become PM with the backing of Khangress : But where will be the Khangress , after next elections ?

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    Shanker Travden Reply:

    You *******, why don’t you write with your real name, you coward?

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    Banana Republic Reply:

    You, A Product of Orgy of Dawood /Raja/Kalmadi & P!GS + Doggy Sing . Writing with a name would not change your “DNA” !

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  • SLAVE OF SONIA

    HINDUSTAN TIMES FOR FREEDOM STRUGGLE OF INDIA TO SLAVE OF SONIA.

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    abhijith Reply:

    and you seem to be cheddi of Gadkari

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  • sanjushibu

    IN INDIA 99.9% PEOPLE NEVER BELIEVE IN SWAMY AS HE IS AN ANARCHIST JUST LIKE ARVIND. SOME NEWS CHANNEL GIVE THESE PEOPLE IMPORTANCE BECAUSE THEY WANTS TO TARNISH BIG PEOPLE. OTHERWISE SWAMY AND ARVIND ARE BIG ZEROS

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  • sanjushibu

    IN INDIA 99.9% PEOPLE NEVER BELIEVE IN SWAMY AS HE IS AN ANARCHIST JUST LIKE ARVIND. SOME NEWS CHANNEL GIVE THESE PEOPLE IMPORTANCE BECAUSE THEY WANTS TO TARNISH BIG PEOPLE. OTHERWISE SWAMY AND ARVIND ARE BIG ZEROS

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  • shekhar

    This is not really sujata anandan but vinod sharma writing under a pseudonym

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  • k

    Congress was forced to admit the transaction, I don’t see how Election Commission and Income Tax can ignore this. See Sandhya Jain’s exposes on the SoniaDynasty property scams.

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  • Tiger

    Seems everyone in the politics and the media is getting involved in some kind of expose or the other……soon we will have universities offering degrees in Professional Exposes !!!

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  • Ravi

    Man ! This so called journalist needs some attention ( right, may be someone have filled he pockets too) . Talking about dirt, i guess your article reflects the dirt that is stuck on you.

    I just wasted 5 minutes of my life reading your article and posting a reply for you. I pity u and my lifes 5 minutes.

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  • suds

    Sujata Anand – Shame on you to even think of writing like this. One man has made India and its political and judicial system very proud -it’s Dr. Swamy! You look like paid to write – no wonder despite your best education – you seem to live by writing such things – selling your soul.

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  • Anish Sharma

    Inspite of the rightwing hatemongers who get paid by the RSS, I appreciate ur article as a true reflection of Swamy’s character and persona.

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  • Dhruv

    I don’t believe how any sane people can believe anything what swamy says… Once he called sonia gandhi an esteemed lady. He says he brought down the vajpayee govt. He says Vajapyee used to sleep with girls on foreign tours. Describes RSS as an oragnization trying to destroy him. Then sonia ditches him. He comes back and say sonia is a KGB agent, Sonia smuggles paintings. In my understanding such persons are not to be taken seriously although you could have some laughs…

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  • http://twitter.com/sapnaspeaks Sapna Gosavi

    Excellent piece.. Brilliantly dissected the life of Swamy.. He lacks conviction in his own ideology..All his life has been shifting ideologies and loyalties..

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  • som

    well, well…nothing better could be expected of Hindustan Times as is clear from the fact that they print all the congress party defaming news in small columns somewhere in the middle pages…..and when it comes to BJP’s news like the one of Gadkari, HT Media initiates a campaign to cover half page stories like “ANJALI DAMANIA, the lady who unearthed the Irrigation Scam” amongst others
    It has apparently decided to take stand in favour of the congress.
    If you are so governed by the principles of idealism in journalism, why dont you put out the facts before your readers rather than saying, “Clearly, Subramanian Swamy is a victim of his own ambitions.”
    Let the a readers be the judge of the facts rather than you being judgemental about it.

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  • som

    well, well…nothing better could be expected of Hindustan Times as is clear from the fact that they print all the congress party defaming news in small columns somewhere in the middle pages…..and when it comes to BJP’s news like the one of Gadkari, HT Media initiates a campaign to cover half page stories like “ANJALI DAMANIA, the lady who unearthed the Irrigation Scam” amongst others
    It has apparently decided to take stand in favour of the congress.
    If you are so governed by the principles of idealism in journalism, why dont you put out the facts before your readers rather than saying, “Clearly, Subramanian Swamy is a victim of his own ambitions.”
    Let the a readers be the judge of the facts rather than you being judgemental about it.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/ramakrishna.hosur Ramakrishna Hosur

    Imagine where our nation would be if we did not have the likes of Dr Swamy.He had the guts to appear in the Lok Sabha when Indira Gandhi had imposed emergency and people of our generation know hat it meant to be under the emergency when petty politicians and vile bureaucrats were the power centers.We may not agree with his views or his methods but we do need need people like him to keep our politicians on leash.He has the gumption to take unpopular causes which we shy away from!

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  • http://twitter.com/ArabianDacoit Arabian Dacoit

    Who exposed the 2G scam?. Perhaps in Sujata the so called journalists mind,it was not a big deal.

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  • Javed

    and like every week
    sujata farts agains

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  • ankit

    look at her face …..she looks like a *****>>>>even digvijay will not **** her

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  • Naitik

    WTF are u a paid agent if the congress.
    shame on u Sujata . u r against the basic principles of
    journalism. reporting the truth and reporting it unbiasdly
    f*** u.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/drkvranjit Dr KV Ranjit

    Like in the stampede killing over 100 pilgrims at Pulmedu hill camp of the famous Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa temple in 2011 wherein rogue sections of Dewasom board&police along with ISI-MSS(Ministry of State Security-the illknown Chinese intelligence counterpart)fake note,terror&spy module of Kerala and especially Pathanamthitta headed by Kingpins Adv Mathur Suresh(earlier arrested in a fake note case)&Adv MANOJ S,who delayed the ceremonial Makara villakku(lamp) lighting by 15 min from the customary 6.55pm to 7.10pm for darkness to set in with a jeep ploughing into the crowd(VIDE India Today etc) entangling pilgrims clothes in the bumper&wheels as well as surprising absence of sufficient security at Pulmedu hill were the real reasons for the stampede,

    The stampede at the Allahabad stations is in fact gas been caused by the ill motivated lathi charge by police on the Kumbh mela pilgrims deliberately to cause stampede.The motive could be to subvert sanctity of the holy occasion since both Pakistan&China are upto devilish acts through terrorists,agents&rogue sections.

    Gross and unchecked corruption is breeding an extensive and well entrenched rogue sections endangering social to national and even international security.And like in 1975 the solution lies in an a supervening emergency.Of what use can be such subversive activities when 10 times backlash is seen in Karachi&Balochistan and Tibet&Xinjiang

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  • Proud Hindu

    who are you to ask for such a discouragement?….we will come out in larger numbers every year…….why is media out to paint anything related to Hindus as bad ??…

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    Ramesh Reply:

    This is funny very indeed. People will come in tens of millions and will die and you think media is painting everything relating to Hindus as bad? A very strange logic unless you believe that stampedes are the surest and shortest way to moksha.

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  • http://twitter.com/Farrukhabadi Praveen Saxena

    The stampede and the deaths were sad. As per my information it happened due to a few policemen raising their lathis at a time when there were heavy crowds at the station . Also I am told, there was a wrong announcement about a train .
    As for the people congregating in large numbers .. it is all personal and it would be wrong to sermonize. As an Allahabadi .. I feel most thrilled when I see images of the Kumbh.. I hope to go there before it ends.

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  • Abu Ahmed

    The deaths of around 36 is nothing though a single life lost due to mismanagement is highly unfortunate. If not 3 even if 1 crore people have travelled for the Kumbh, such tragedies are difficult to avert, if not impossible. The Saudis have a Hajj ministry since decades who have several boards for the purpose of researching every aspect of the huge Hajj exercise wherein millions of people move into Makkah, go to Mina, then Muzdalifah, then Arafat coming back to Mina and eventually to Makkah – all in 3 days flat! Logistics, stay, food, medical facilities, health and sanitation – its a nightmare – and you wont believe the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene that are constantly maintained at the holy sites 24 hours for several days by thousands of workers and hundreds of machines. These boards study each hajj and find out ways to improve the facilities provided to the pilgrims and minimise accidents and deaths – resultantly there is constant improve every time you go there.
    I do not think we lack the resources to conduct a similar exercise for the Kumbh, and at various Teerth sthans and all shrines – especially improving hygiene, sanitation, public health, transportation and stay of the pilgrims. Needs constant study, research, dedication and yes honesty. Hajj officials never indulge in any corruption, even an atheist or criminal would vouch for that – can we say the same about our bureaucracy incharge of the Kumbh and Tirupati?

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  • chinmay

    what has actually happened between Swamy n RSS???can somebody tell what did he do to RSS???

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003620567670 John Rock

    hehe another paid article by congress. This is what 2G spectrum mess does. Attack the person who exposed the corrupt. Sujata Anandan, u liberal hippie, try your trick somewhere else

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  • Krr

    “Clearly, Subramanian Swamy is a victim of his own ambitions.” You couldn’t be more wrong. In 1990, Rajiv Gandhi wanted to make Swamy PM instead of Chandra Shekhar. It was Swamy who turned it down (CS was prez of the Janata Party then, not Swamy). Go read Rajiv’s biography.

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