In 2020, Priya Sahgal hosted a topical talk show from Delhi with Subramanian Swamy, on the English speaking TV channel NewsX, called “Swamy Says”. This report is an update on what Swamy is saying, as everyone knows Swamy is never short on ideas, opinions, making decisions and making things happen. Sometimes his ideas and opinions do not match the BJP party line but Swamy remains undeterred and sticks to his maxim “I give as good as I get.” Swamy says that some believe he is blessed with a “Kavach”, the divine armour of Karna in the Mahábhárata.
Subramanian Swamy’s connection with China goes way back to the 1980s, Swamy says he does not feel that China’s aggressive claiming of India’s territory has altered his personal relationships with Chinese people; he says the Chinese Consul in Mumbai and the Xinhua correspondent understands that he is he going to react as an Indian patriot and that he bears no hostility against China per se.
Swamy queries if the Prime Minister’s education has equipped him well enough for the job in hand, and he is not any more polite about the selected bureaucrats.
Swamy recapped on the 1993 landmark Himalayan border agreement between PM Narasimha Rao and Premier Li Peng that vowed against the use of force and agreed to solve disputes through consultations. However since 2005, during UPA times, China has occupied 3000 square kilometres on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and built a settlement in the east part of Arunachal. Swamy says “this is an act of Bad Faith” and he is not sure that the entire Chinese population endorses Xi Jinping’s actions. Swamy is perplexed that neither the UPA nor Modi governments have addressed the Karakoram occupation in Depsang; he thinks something went wrong between Xi and Modi because there is no substance behind all the meetings. Swamy sees antipathy in China’s social media, recently a Chinese State-Run Media post on Weibo compared fire with fire, with an illustration of a Chinese rocket launch juxtaposed with an Indian Cremation (image given below). Chinese netizens objected to the insensitivity and the post was withdrawn. Swamy says boldly “This time we have to evict them, all our neighbours have caved into China. Bangladesh is sophisticated in its language but it is with China. Sri Lanka was treated badly by India, Tamils in Sri Lanka are nothing to do with India. And Malaysia has allied with the Americans.” It is worth remembering Swamy is feted in Sri Lanka and invited back regularly.
Swamy queries if the Prime Minister’s education has equipped him well enough for the job in hand, and he is not any more polite about the selected bureaucrats. But he says “ India has been here before, we have had an emergency before, and this time Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi have voted for the opposition.”
In October 2020, sitting on the Standing Committee of Health Swamy highlighted the shortage of oxygen; he says it is thanks to him that the Bharat Biotech Covaxin manufacturing has been expanded. Swamy says he has only attacked the policy of the BJP and that he has been vindicated, several times, making his position outside the government far stronger. Now Swamy says that PM Modi should stop centralising COVID-19 logistics and set up a crisis management team led by Nitin Gadkari: “Gadkari is an efficient go-getter who knows how to talk to the media, we need to get the truth out, there is too much spin and foreign spin.”
Swamy says the economy is a “right royal mess” that he can rectify by abolishing income tax, giving doles to migrants and to the unemployed, all imperative to get people spending. On the revival of international tourism Swamy does not think it will be before April 2022.
Despite Swamy’s sometimes contrary opinions and due to his virat brand of patriotism, his popularity rating is on an ascending curve and he is thought to be the second most popular politician in India.
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.
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