Development alone can’t win polls, integrating Hindutva a must: Subramanian Swamy – PTI

Subramanian Swamy

Press Trust of India Logo“Our (BJP) spokespersons keep talking about development, but they should learn from (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee because even he talked about India Shining (BJP’s campaign slogan in 2004 Lok Sabha polls) and left other things. We lost badly and (the BJP tally) were reduced to half,” … adding “in politics, economic development is a must, but that is not sufficient.” – Dr Subramanian Swami

Finance Minister Arun JaitleyNEW DELHI: Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today said his party needed to blend development with Hindutva and a “promising fight against corruption” for electoral victory even as he deprecated the way demonetisation exercise was being implemented.

Swamy said he supported the idea of demonetisation, but not the way in which it was being implemented.

The senior Rajya Sabha member, a known critic of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, criticised the Finance Ministry for lack of preparation before undertaking the exercise, saying an economist should helm it.

“Economic development is a must, but you can win the polls (even) if the economy is flattened,” Swamy said speaking on “Desh Ka Mudda” (The issue before the nation) on Agenda Aaj Tak.

To back his claim, he said, former Prime Minister P. V. Narsimha Rao introduced economic reforms and took the economy from 3 per cent to 9 per cent, while Rajiv Gandhi’s tenure saw a phenomenal 14 per cent industrial growth. However, both lost the polls.

“Our (BJP) spokespersons keep talking about development, but they should learn from (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee because even he talked about India Shining (BJP’s campaign slogan in 2004 Lok Sabha polls) and left other things. We lost badly and (the BJP tally) were reduced to half,” Swamy said, adding “in politics, economic development is a must, but that is not sufficient”.

Advocating a three-pronged approach to win polls, Swamy said, economic development is a must, but it should be blended with “Hindutva and a promising fight against corruption.”

“The politics that has been going on before 2014 was (about) how to divide the votes on caste, region, religion and language, by consolidating the minority and dividing the majority.

“If one has to combat that, then majority vote has to be consolidated. Hindus are 80 per cent, but BJP got 31 per cent votes (in 2014). Consolidating Hindu vote is compulsory,” he said.

Swamy said there was no need for the Lok Sabha to pass Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016, which gives people with unaccounted cash another chance to come clean. Instead, he said, Income Tax should have been abolished.

The BJP leader also agreed with MIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who was a participant in the panel discussion, that the informal sector will collapse because of demonetisation and the country would have to face dire consequences because of that. – The Economic Times, 6 December 2016

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Mother Teresa brainwashed Hindus and fuelled an insurgency, claim BJP leaders – Andrew Marszal

Mugshot of Mother Teresa taken by the Vatican City Gendarmerie

Yogi AdityanathSome in Kolkata resent that their city became a byword for poverty due to her work. –  Andrew Marszal

Mother Teresa conspired to “brainwash” Hindus into Christianity and helped fuel a violent military insurgency in India’s northeast, leaders of India’s ruling BJP have claimed.

The controversy come just weeks ahead of Mother Teresa’s canonisation on September 4, when celebrations are expected in her adopted city of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) despite the Nobel Laureate’s divisive legacy in India.

Yogi Adityanath, an outspoken MP and Hindu priest, told a religious meeting in Uttar Pradesh state on Saturday that Mother Teresa had been “part of a conspiracy for Christianisation of India”.

Hindu poor, particularly from lower castes, turn to missionaries when they are unable to afford medical care for their children, but are “brainwashed” into becoming Christians, he warned.

“It is a conspiracy against the Hindus,” said Mr Adityanath, 44. “Hindus were targeted in the name of doing service and then converted by her.”

He added that large-scale Christian conversions “led to to separatist movements” in parts of northeast, including Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland.

The northeastern states neighbouring Kolkata are home to many of India’s 28 million Christians, especially among tribal communities visited by missionaries since colonial times. Nagaland, a Christian-majority state, has in particular has suffered a long-running violent separatist movement.

Mr Adityanath is seen as the extreme face of the BJP’s “Hindutva” agenda, which aspires to a non-secular India, and equates Hinduism with patriotism.

Dr. Subramanian SwamyBut his position was backed on Wednesday by Subramanian Swamy, a highly prominent firebrand politician recently promoted to India’s senate by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“You see the issue of Yogi Adityanath expressing his view is not an isolated view,” Mr Swamy told ANI.

“If you go to Google you would get a lots of books about her,” he said, referring to the works of polemicist Christopher Hitchens who once famously called Mother Teresa a “thieving, fanatical Albanian dwarf”.

Mohan BhagwatMr Swamy also raised Mother Teresa’s alleged support for the scandal-hit American financier Charles Keating.

The row echoes claims made last year by Mohan Bhagwat, leader of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which nurtured Mr Modi as a young man, that Mother Teresa’s charitable works were aimed at converting the poor to Christianity.

Mother Teresa, who was born in Macedonia to Albanian parents, was hailed worldwide for her work helping the poor and diseased.

But some in Kolkata resent that their city became a byword for poverty due to her work. – The Telegraph, 22 June 2016

» Andrew Marszal is The Telegraph’s correspondent in New Delhi.

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Academics condemn Mother Teresa

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Swamy on Rajan: More sound, less light – Punarvasu Parekh

Raghuram Rajan

JournalistRajan cannot be accused of incompetence, carelessness or cussedness. While the credit for taming inflation must go to the crash in international commodity prices and global slowdown, Rajan has stabilized the rupee, made monetary policy transparent and predictable, took many initiatives in the financial sector and placed the system on a sound footing. His presence at RBI has been a source of assurance for the markets. His competence has been acclaimed around the world. – Punarvasu Parekh

The maverick in Subramanian Swamy has been a great positive in our politics. With characteristic audacity, Swamy has taken on “untouchables” (e.g. Atal Behari Vajpayee, Sonia Gandhi), destroyed carefully constructed myths and demolished undeserved reputations. He has articulated forcefully and brilliantly Hindu position on issues ranging from Ram Temple to Terrorism.

For once, however, he seems to have erred in the choice of his target. His tirade against the Reserve Bank of India’s Governor Dr. Raghuram Rajan has more sound and less light.

Thanks to Swamy’s broadsides against Rajan, the question of granting the latter another term in the office has become a subject of heated public debate. Rajan’s term ends in early September. No decision as yet has been taken about giving him extension or choosing his successor. However, presumably perturbed by the needless controversy, Rajan has indicated his unwillingness to accept a second term.

According to Swamy, there is no question of giving Rajan another term; indeed, he should be removed forthwith from the office. This is because the dear money policy Rajan has been following in the name of fighting inflation has inflicted enormous damage on the economy. Needlessly elevated interest rates have crippled industry with high capital cost, discouraged investment and hindered creation of employment, output and incomes. Farmers, afflicted by two successive droughts, have been driven to suicide by the heavy burden of debt. With companies unable to service bank loans at double-digit real interest rates, the non-performing assets of banks have soared to unprecedented levels, wiping out their profits and threatening their viability. The aggregate effect of Rajan’s policies has been to dampen economic recovery and weaken the banking sector.

Swamy’s fusillade against Rajan has been applauded by many Hindu nationalists. We are told that the government should overcome its fascination for foreign-bred, foreign-trained and foreign-brainwashed Dr Subramanian Swamypromoters of exotic prescriptions, and appoint in critical positions out-of-the-box thinkers rooted in the country’s ethos who would be in tune with the country’s imperatives.

On the other side, finance minister Arun Jaitley has decried attacks on Rajan. Some prominent industrialists have cast aside their usual reticence and come out openly in Rajan’s support. ASSOCHAM has urged politicians to avoid comments on the issue, whereas the prime minister has said that this issue should not be of interest to the media.

What is the reality? Rajan’s predecessor Dr. Subbarao obstinately followed the dear money policy to control inflation and Rajan has continued to tread the same path. He has linked the monetary policy, especially the change in the key interest rates, to inflation.

A strong lobby of industrialists, bankers and speculators is highly active to canvass for lower interest rates which it says are essential to promote investment, create jobs, raise output and speed up growth. It argues high interest rates have crippled industry, discouraged investment and choked growth. India should take a cue from advanced economies which have pressed interest rates down to zero and resorted to quantitative easing (practically, printing money out of thin air) to resuscitate their economies.

Dr. Rajan has given no quarter to this lobby. He has maintained that the first and foremost objective of monetary policy is not growth but inflation control. Growth is optimized by keeping inflation within agreed limits. He has brought down interest rates, but far less than the expectations of industry and markets. He says that banks have not fully passed on the benefits of the rate cuts to the customers and, in any case, the mechanism for transmission of rates changes to the rest of the economy is weak. A lax monetary policy in these circumstances can only fuel inflation rather than spur growth. International economic and financial conditions are not conducive to a stronger economic performance by India.

Meanwhile, Rajan has done something which has made his critics see red. For long, RBI used to base its monetary policy on wholesale price index (WPI) inflation, which is important for industry. The WPI-based inflation which remained below zero for 17 months edged up above it last month. So, looking at WPI inflation, there has been a strong case for cutting rates. However, Rajan has changed the basis of monetary policy to consumer price index (CPI) inflation. Since CPI-based inflation has been rising in recent months and rules near the limit set by RBI, there is little chance of a rate cut in the near future.

What is more galling for Rajan’s critics is that his approach to monetary policy issues has been written into the law. The Monetary Policy Framework Agreement signed between the centre and RBI in February 2015 adopted inflation targeting as the objective of monetary policy. In last budget, the Reserve Bank of India Act 1934 was amended to the same effect.

The reality is that the ability of monetary policy to accelerate investment, employment, output and growth is highly limited. Lower interest rates are not a guarantee for high growth. Even in the advanced Raghuram Rajan & Narendra Modieconomies with much more efficient systems for transmission of interest rate changes, growth has remained elusive and economic recovery fragile despite quantitative easing and near-zero interest rates. The extra money found its way to speculation in oil, gold and real estate rather than productive investment. A quantitative easing in India is a recipe for hyperinflation.  

According to the critics, artificially elevated interest rates have proved damaging not just for industry, but also for the banking sector. Tormented by slow demand, low prices of finished goods and high capital costs, companies have been unable to service their loans. The dud loans of banks, euphemistically called non-performing assets, have assumed alarming proportions, eroding profitability of banks and threatening their viability.

The fact is that Rajan has only exposed the real condition of Indian banks before the public. He has brought out what was so far pushed under the carpet, raising hopes of a real and durable cleanup. Indeed, shares of some banks firmed up after they put up a poor show precisely on hopes of future improvement.

To be sure, RBI policies on interest rates, exchange rate and recognition of NPAs are not above criticism. Besides Subramanian Swamy, Rajan has many critics whose expertise and neutrality are beyond doubt. Interpretation of the same set of facts provides room for healthy difference of opinion.

The point is that Rajan cannot be accused of incompetence, carelessness or cussedness. While the credit for taming inflation must go to the crash in international commodity prices and global slowdown, Rajan has stabilized the rupee, made monetary policy transparent and predictable, took many initiatives in the financial sector and placed the system on a sound footing. His presence at RBI has been a source of assurance for the markets. His competence has been acclaimed around the world.

Swamy’s arguments have more personal pique than substance. Indeed, it is hard to avoid the impression that he is carrying out a hatchet job or a command performance. The real forces in play may not be visible to the public. Yet the fact remains that this kind of shadow-boxing does the country no good. The fall in rupee due to uncertainty over Rajan’s fate is just an example.

» Punarvasu Parekh is an independent senior journalist in Mumbai.

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Video: Jihadi elements in Tamil Nadu influence the ruling regime – Subramanian Swamy

Dr Subramanian Swamy

In a stirring speech on the menace of jihadi elements in Tamil Nadu, at the Hindu Munnani function in Chennai on 21 Feb 2016, Dr. Swamy starts his address in Tamil and explains why he has to switch to English to address the global audience. He starts speaking in English about one minute from the beginning of the video. He traces how right from 1946, despite being just 6% of the population, Muslims have aligned with whoever is in power to ensure that they can get their space. Video quality is excellent.

Go to http://www.livewebcast.in/hmdocu/ and click on Part 3 to listen to Dr Swamy’s speech. Other speakers on the video are Rama Gopalan (Part 4) and Sushil Pandit (Part 1).

Rahul Gandhi’s foreign bank account revealed – Team PG

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Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi must be cringing every time Subramanian Swamy makes a trip overseas! Details of his bank account in England tumbled out along with the revelations that both his “pseudonym” Raul Vinci (allegedly used for security purposes) and his real name Rahul Gandhi reside at 2 Frognal Way, London NW3 6XE. We have covered this in the past about RaGa’s company Backops Limited.

Rahul Gandhi’s British nationality and company details and allegations that he may have received kickbacks in defence deals has been extensively documented in this site and elsewhere. Here is a detailed list on where all things Rahul Gandhi stand as of now:

  1. British nationality of Rahul Gandhi – This issue is now currently in Ethics Committee in Lok Sabha. L. K. Advani is the chairman. The findings are still awaited. In a routinely used strategy, an advocate M. L. Sharma, filed a sloppy Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition on this in the Supreme Court, which was rejected. Congress promptly claimed that because of this, there was no merit in the allegations.
  2. Scorpene submarine deal – Subramanian Swamy had alleged that Rahul Gandhi’s company received kickbacks in the Scorpene deal signed by India with the French company DCNS. There have been no updates on this except for the Navy buying three more Scorpene submarines.
  3. National Herald case, money laundering – In August 2014, it was announced that the Enforcement Directorate would be probing the case from a money laundering angle. The findings are still awaited.

It is easily seen that Mr. Gandhi’s troubles are only mounting by the day. With a new session starting, one can expect Congress to do more of the same, i. e. stall proceedings. It would be interesting to see how the other opposition parties respond.

Coming back to Rahul Gandhi’s British bank account, a letter has been sent to Shri Karnal Singh, Director of Enforcement Directorate by Subramanian Swamy furnishing all the details and the salient pages are shown below:

Dr Swamy's letter to Enforcement Directorate (1)Dr Swamy's letter to Enforcement Directorate (2)Raul Vinci's Barclays Bank Statement for Account No 504664922071640796

Rahul Gandhi

Source: PerformanceGurus, 23 February 2016. All of Rahul Gandhi’s dubious activities have been extensively documented on this website (tag: #RaGaSaga).

Ram temple will become a reality: Subramanian Swamy – Debobrat Ghose

Subramanian Swamy

Ram Lalla VirajmanSenior BJP leader and former Union minister Subramanian Swamy is confident of a positive verdict from the Supreme Court on the Ram Janmabhoomi case and is hopeful that the construction of Ram Mandir would begin in Ayodhya by year-end.

In a conversation with Firstpost after his address at Deendayal Research Institute at Jhandewalan on Saturday evening, the maverick politician and one of the most vocal proponents of Hindu nationalism, Swamy shared how he plans to go about the issue and why it is important for the country. Excerpts:

• How do you see the Ram Mandir becoming a reality?

• We’ll wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict. I’m confident that the apex court will give a favourable judgment. And if it happens, by the end of the year, construction of a Ram Temple will begin with mutual consent. I’ve filed a writ petition seeking day-to-day hearing of petitions in the Supreme Court. Our case is very strong and even the Allahabad High Court had supported out stand based on the evidence presented by us. The historical, archaeological and epigraphy-based evidences have shown that there existed a temple beneath the Babri mosque.

According to Hindu scripture and the present law, a praan-pratisthit vigraha (deity) is a living entity and a deity (Ram Lala) can hold the property, so all the property vests with the presiding deity and Ram is the owner. Nobody can have adverse possession over it. The Muslim scriptures and law lay down that no wakf can be created on another’s property. The Sunni Waqf Board was in adverse possession of this property. The emperor Babur owned no land on this soil.

• Do you think the Muslim leaders will agree to it?

• The Muslim leaders have said that they would accept the Supreme Court’s verdict. I don’t want to do it forcibly. I had discussions with AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, Syed Shahabuddin and other Muslim leaders. They also want day-to-day hearing. Earlier, I had taken up the issue for negotiation with Shahabuddin who was heading the other side. But the government fell, and so I could not complete the process.

During Narsimha Rao’s government in 1994, the Supreme Court had asked the government to take a stand on Ram Janmabhoomi issue. The government gave an affidavit in the court, which stated that if a pre-existing temple was found beneath the mosque, the Hindus would keep this land for temple construction. And, across Saryu river Muslims would build a mosque. No mosque will be allowed to be built in Ram Janmabhoomi.

• Is it practically possible to shift/construct mosque across the Saryu river?

• Even in Islamic countries like in Saudi Arabia, an important heritage mosque was demolished to give way for the construction of a project. An alternative plot was given and it was built at some other site. According to Islam, a mosque is a facilitating centre for offering namaz, where people gather and read. It’s a kind of prayer hall, unlike the way a temple is. If Muslims agree to it, Hindus will join in the construction of the mosque.

• Considering the present turmoil in the country, don’t you think construction of Ram Mandir and shifting of mosque would escalate it?

• As I’ve mentioned, all Muslim leaders have said that they would accept Supreme Court’s verdict on this issue. As far as extremist elements are concerned, they can be dealt with.

• Is the issue only restricted to the Ram Mandir, or does it extend beyond it?

• During the 800 years of Muslim rule, some 40,000-odd temples were demolished in the country. We’ve asked for three—Sri Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Krishna Temple in Mathura and Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi. If Muslims agree to give us these three temples, they can keep the rest 39,997 mosques.

As per news reports, the arrival of stones to Ayodhya from other states has triggered panic among the locals. Is there any tension brewing there?

No, there’s no tension and it (arrival of stones) has been taking place for quite some time. People know well that without the Supreme Court’s ruling, construction won’t begin.

• Finally, do you think people are still interested in the construction of Ram Mandir?

• There is a public demand for building the Ram Temple. This is not the only project that I’ve been pursuing. Earlier I’ve taken up several projects, including religious ones. On the issue of Ram Temple, people are very much concerned. They came and told me to pursue it in the manner I did on Ram Sethu, which was a big success. The Ram temple will become a reality. – Firstpost, 21 February 2016

» Debobrat Ghose is a correspondent for Firstpost.

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Ram temple work to start this year-end: Dr Swamy – PTI

Ram Temple on the Babri Masjid site after the demolition.

Subramanian Swamy“Swamy claimed that efforts are being made at resolving the issue amicably between Hindus and Muslims so that the temple and the masjid come up on both sides of the Saryu river in Ayodhya. … The issue will be discussed at the two-day national conference in Delhi University on “Shree Ram Janambhoomi Temple: The Emerging Scenario” which would see the coming together of 300 scholars, academics and archaeologists who would discuss legal and other aspects of the Ram Temple.” – PTI

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today claimed that work on the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya would start before this year-end and an action plan for that would be unveiled at a conference here on January 9.

He, however, made it clear that the temple would not come up through a movement but only after the court verdict, which he hoped would come by August-September and with the mutual consent of Muslim and Hindu communities.

“We expect the construction work on the Ram temple at Ayodhya to start within the next two-three months and certainly before the end of this year. We will wait for a court verdict and the temple would not come up through any ‘andolan‘ (movement),” he told reporters at the VHP office here.

Asked if the decision was linked to the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in early 2017, he said, “Rama should not be linked with elections. Rama is a matter of faith for Hindus and construction of the temple at Ayodhya is a commitment of every Hindu.”

Ram Seminar at DU 2016He said if the issue comes up later, it will then be linked to the next Lok Sabha polls.

Swamy claimed that efforts are being made at resolving the issue amicably between Hindus and Muslims so that the temple and the masjid come up on both sides of the Saryu river in Ayodhya.

The issue will be discussed at the 2-day national conference in Delhi University on “Shree Ram Janambhoomi Temple: The Emerging Scenario” which would see the coming together of 300 scholars, academics and archaeologists who would discuss legal and other aspects of the Ram Temple.

Among the speakers at the conference include legal experts, archaeologists and experts, besides historians and Swamy himself. It will be organised under the aegis of Arundhati Vashisht Anusandhan Peeth.

“An action plan will be presented at the conference and government urged to move the court and become a party in the case,” he said, adding, “If government supports us, we will start the construction work on the temple within two-three months”.

Talking about the case, he said, “it is in such a stage that the verdict is likely to come out by August or September this year.”

Swamy when asked about the controversy over the conference at Delhi varsity campus, said it is not a Delhi University sponsored event but an event for which a hall has been rented out and the same is being held on a weekend.

He also rubbished charges by Congress and Left that it was aimed at vitiating the campus atmosphere among students there.

“We will hold consultations with the Muslim community and help try to resolve the issue amicably,” he said, adding that the Narasimha Rao government had in 1994 told the constitution bench of Supreme court that it will allow a temple to be rebuilt if it is proved that the site belongs to a temple.

The conference will discuss the history, archaeological evidence and the legal issues relating to the Ayodhya temple. – Economic Times, 6 January 2016

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NSUI protest at Delhi University