[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]S[/dropcap]ubramanian Swamy, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Boxer Mary Kom, journalist Swapan Dasgupta, economist Dr Narendra Jhadav and Kerala movie star Suresh Gopi were nominated today by the Government to the Rajya Sabha.
Dr. Swamy is a five-time parliamentarian, who entered the Rajya Sabha first in 1974 and was a member of Rajya Sabha two times and a member of Lok Sabha three times. This would be the third time he is entering Rajya Sabha.
Dr. Swamy is regarded as an expert on China. His book Economic Growth of China and India, 1952-70, comparing the economies of the two countries was an eye opener. He followed it up with Economic Growth in China and India, 1870-1985, and then Economic Reforms and Performance in China and India (1980-2000).
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]H[/dropcap]is path-breaking work on Index Number Theory, in which he published a joint paper with Paul Samuelson lay the foundation for how we compare two disparate entities such as a kilo of potatoes and a dozen oranges.
A prolific writer, he has authored 21 books till date. His ability to handle multiple, disparate tasks is unparalleled, truly giving him the moniker, “Ashtavadhani” (someone who can do 8 tasks at a time). His presence in Rajya Sabha will electrify proceedings there and the last bastion of the Opposition is in for a rude awakening.
The nominated members are recommended by the President on government’s advice from fields like literature, science, sports, art and social service.
On March 21, five members of the upper house — Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyer, lyricist Javed Akhtar, theatre personality B Jayashree, educationalist Mrinal Miri and economist Bhalchandra Mungekar — retired. Last year, industry expert Ashok Ganguly and journalist HK Dua retired from RS.
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