[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]E[/dropcap]nglish News channel Times Now’s Arnab Goswami bagged the prized interview of Prime minister Narendra Modi. The interview was detailed, providing Modi all the space to talk about his policies, thoughts and source of motivation. Arnab was unusually but understandably obsequious and Modi confident but apparently coy. All debating elements were ticked namely, Jobs, government’s policies, China, Pakistan, GST, Raghuram Rajan, Black Money, Anti-corruption, Elections, Opposition and Modi’s vision.
The interview had set the social media on fire and the piece which has been under intense debate is Modi’s response to Arnab’s questions on controversies surrounding RBI governor Raghuram Rajan’s exit.
Modi firstly explains how his government has not indulged in the “witch-hunt” of UPA appointed bureaucrats and how the government was magnanimous in allowing Dr. Rajan to complete his full term of three years. Whether Dr. Rajan would reconsider his decision “to not make himself available for a second term” is anybody’s guess.
Mr.Modi further states that those creating controversies around Raghuram Rajan are being unjust towards Dr.Rajan and then in an indirect snipe at Dr.Subramanian Swamy showers praise on Dr.Rajan and certifies his patriotism. He also admonishes “those” who are creating issues for the sake of publicity but it is not clear whom he was referring to. It is to be noted that apart from Dr.Rajan’s reference neither Arnab nor Modi took any names and only made indirect references leaving to some amount of speculation.
The social media has been fractured right at the middle with Swamy’s supporters expressing their disappointment over PM’s comments and Swamy baiters relishing this moment.
Now even Swamy’s bête noire Congress have latched on to Modi’s comments and have called for Swamy’s expulsion.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]I[/dropcap]t is to be noted that Arnab Goswami and Dr. Subramanian Swamy have not been on amicable terms with Arnab Goswami misquoting Swamy on the Tamil fishermen issue and Dr. Swamy refusing to appear on Arnab’s news debates unless Goswami apologises publicly to him for his false allegation. The questions were put forth by Mr. Goswami in a manner to evince a strong response.
With Modi throwing his weight behind the Finance minister and his bureaucrats; Dr. Swamy appears to be the only one championing the cause of Hindutva, especially the construction of Ram temple, and looks to be waging a lone battle yet again. But this is not a new situation for him. He had cracked the 2G scam, National Herald scam and other issues single-handedly fighting against the very system which Modi made a mention about. Also, the corrupt babus who still inundate the North block must be heaving a sigh of relief against whom Swamy had launched a scathing attack.
In the last two years of Modi Sarkar there has not been much traction on the cause of Hindutva with only Dr.Swamy regularly making efforts to bring a closure to the never ending court battle for construction of the Ram temple through legal means as well as through negotiations.
BJP’s ideological parent, The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Sangh Parivar would be well served to take a step back and take a holistic review of the progress made so far on the cause of Hindutva. It is to be noted that the massive mandate given to the BJP led NDA was on three core promises made to the electorate viz., Economic Development, Corruption-free governance and Hindutva.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he RSS should come out of its slumber and support those who are fighting the difficult battles against corruption and for the cause of Hindutva. Dr.Swamy is at that stage of his illustrious career where he needs no publicity. His various successful battles against corruption and for the cause of Hindutva have immensely helped in defeating the beleaguered UPA in 2014. The ruling government largely benefited from his aggressive stance on Agusta issue. In Vinay Sitapati‘s latest book Half – Lion: How P.V. Narasimha Rao Transformed India Dr.Swamy’s role in being the brainchild of 1991 Economic reforms is prominently mentioned.
Dr. Swamy is tough, pugnacious, fiercely independent, vocal against corruption and never bothered about being politically correct. But he has been factually correct and most of his allegations have turned out to be true time and again. These are rare skills and is extremely scarce in Indian politics where sycophancy is practiced across the political spectrum without an iota of shame. Also, being a renowned economist himself; Dr.Swamy brings in his rich perspective of shaping the Indian economy forward with reformist ideas like abolishing Income Tax, abolishing Participatory notes to name a few.
It would be interesting to see how Dr.Swamy charts his course from here and how his fight against corruption and his other pet projects takes shape. Also, to be looked out is his relationship with the BJP leadership and the larger Sangh parivar in the days to come.
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