Dr. Subramania Swamy’s Realism

published on September 22, 2013

In a heated debate/discussion on NDTV the topic was ‘Muzzafarnagar: Riot of a political kind’ hosted by Vikram Chandra (Sept. 21, 2013). The expected personalities were there : Gaurav Bhatia from the Samajwadi Party, Kamal Farouqi from the same party, S. Bhaduria from the BSP, sociologist Ashish Nandy, journalist Aarti Jerath, Rita Bahuguna Joshi from the Congress and Dr. Subramania Swamy of the BJP.

In the cacophony of arguments Dr. Swamy was the only speaker who tried to present a realistic analysis of what is to come, if the riot situation of Muzzafarnagar is not understood in its proper context.

To Rita Bahuguna’s saccharine sweet statement (with an eye on the Muslim vote bank) that Muslims have always voted for Hindu leaders, Dr. Swamy asked a realistic question : would a Hindu leader in Kashmir get the Muslim vote? After Kamal Farouqi’s sweet talk about how Muslims and Hindus have always lived side by side (which the young audience applauded ) Dr. Swamy turned to the same audience and asked how many of them would call for a Uniform Civil Code. The majority of hands went up to answer in the affirmative.That was encouraging. But he won’t agree, said Dr. Swamy pointedly, looking at Farooqi. There was silence from that worthy. Nor would Jerath or the others, one may add, call for a Uniform Civil Code, despite their so called ‘secularism.’

Needless to say, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP spent time accusing each other and the BJP of fomenting trouble in Uttar Pradesh, specifically Muzafarnagar. On the odd occasion that Aarti Jerath got an opportunity above the din she manged a few swipes at the BJP (revealing her intense dislike of the BJP) and sociologist Dr. Ashish Nandy seemed to suggest that identity politics would continue in India for a long time to come, a pessimistic view of the fragmented body politic.

In the midst of these accusations and counter accusations and pessimism, Dr. Swamy underlined what was an obvious fact : should the Hindus of India unite as a voting bloc the current malaise would end.

One knows from history that the syncretic culture of India was owing primarily to the Hindu ethos which tolerated a wide variety of religious practices and ethnicities. While the Hindu rajahs ruled and practised their private religious beliefs, the population was free to engage in their own religious practices. It was after the barbarian invasions that this changed and the subject population of the country was either forcibly converted or killed off or were expected to live as second class citizens paying the jiziya tax.

In his concluding remark Dr. Swamy was clear that India was an ancient civilisation which presently had lost its identity and the significant task (obviously he was addressing the young audience, not his fellow debaters) for Hindus was to recover that identity. Fair enough.

It is a pity that the Hindu viewpoint is not allowed full expression in these television debates. And yet, the recovery of its Hindu identity would be a significant step forward, rather than a regression, as the secularites fear. This fear is partly owing to their ignorance of their Hindu past and partly owing to their ideological confusion , a confusion generated by Macaulayism and the contemporary global discourse on modernisation. It is also from a sense of complacency. Add to the mix the weepy platitudes of an A. Ghosh, the writer. The man was literally in tears in an interview with Sagarika Ghosh of CNNIBN.

He bleated about the fact that this new Hinduism (his sinister inuendo could not be missed) was not what he had known in his childhood and growing up years.
It would be interesting to know what he meant by ‘his’ Hinduism. Probably not much.

Dr. Swamy was exactly right not only in countering some of the rubbish that passed for political analysis but in addressing the audience at important moments in the program.

(The writer is a Political Philospher who taught at a Canadian university)

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  1. Dr Saradindu Mukherji Reply

    September 23, 2013 at 4:18 am

    Dr S.Swamy’s Realism
    Dr Swamy is a towering intellectual and those who participated are like pigmies, except one , but he being a “secularist” has no interest in telling the truth. In all these pro Muslim discussion/debates/articles the Jihad friendly “intellectuals” deliberately smother a few basic things-fast growth in the Muslim population in that area, large circulation of counterfeit currency(Telgi variety) and the growing network of the Pakistani agencies and the vote bank politics of “secular” politicians whose loyalty to India is suspect but loyalty to the ummah is paramount.

  2. Dr.Vijaya Rajiva Reply

    September 23, 2013 at 7:02 am

    @Dr. Saradindu Mukherji
    Thank heavens there is one towering intellectual to articulate to the young audience (and it was clear that he was speaking to them, not to the jihadists and their ‘secular’ supporters)the message that India is a Hindu country and that is indeed a good thing!

  3. Sunil Jaggi Reply

    September 25, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Reality Check
    Dr. Sawmy’s always been talking Reality and above his & Party Interest only been talking India First and he has Proved that with his Actions. Even one look at the Two Persons called by the Channel to discuss the Ground Reality only a Muslim was Naming the Communal Party and Complaining about everthing not the Hindu. Yes why in a Debate every one was against Dr. Swamy when he said we should call or ask for Hindu Unity than dividing the Hindu society in Caste. That shows the hypocracy of these Pseudo-Secular Parties because they it very well the moment it happen their shops of Pseudo – Secularism will start getting closed. Dr, Swamy even asked on other Pseudo- Secular Paid Media Channel the same thing that its not only Hindus who have to Carry the Secularism burden Minority also either have to be told to Learn Tolerance or else they can go where ever in the world they are allowed to live the way they want and Stop Playing Victimhood Politics. Yes of Course Hindus have to take care of their MotherLand and Proudly so. Garv Se Kaho Hum Hindu Hai.

  4. Sunil Jaggi Reply

    September 25, 2013 at 6:02 am

    Reality Check
    Dr. Sawmy’s always been talking Reality and above his & Party Interest only been talking India First and he has Proved that with his Actions. Even one look at the Two Persons called by the Channel to discuss the Ground Reality only a Muslim was Naming the Communal Party and Complaining about everthing not the Hindu. Yes why in a Debate every one was against Dr. Swamy when he said we should call or ask for Hindu Unity than dividing the Hindu society in Caste. That shows the hypocracy of these Pseudo-Secular Parties because they it very well the moment it happen their shops of Pseudo – Secularism will start getting closed. Dr, Swamy even asked on other Pseudo- Secular Paid Media Channel the same thing that its not only Hindus who have to Carry the Secularism burden Minority also either have to be told to Learn Tolerance or else they can go where ever in the world they are allowed to live the way they want and Stop Playing Victimhood Politics. Yes of Course Hindus have to take care of their MotherLand and Proudly so. Garv Se Kaho Hum Hindu Hai.

  5. Sunil Jaggi Reply

    September 25, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Reality Check
    Dr. Sawmy’s always been talking Reality and above his & Party Interest only been talking India First and he has Proved that with his Actions. Even one look at the Two Persons called by the Channel to discuss the Ground Reality only a Muslim was Naming the Communal Party and Complaining about everthing not the Hindu. Yes why in a Debate every one was against Dr. Swamy when he said we should call or ask for Hindu Unity than dividing the Hindu society in Caste. That shows the hypocracy of these Pseudo-Secular Parties because they it very well the moment it happen their shops of Pseudo – Secularism will start getting closed. Dr, Swamy even asked on other Pseudo- Secular Paid Media Channel the same thing that its not only Hindus who have to Carry the Secularism burden Minority also either have to be told to Learn Tolerance or else they can go where ever in the world they are allowed to live the way they want and Stop Playing Victimhood Politics. Yes of Course Hindus have to take care of their MotherLand and Proudly so. Garv Se Kaho Hum Hindu Hai.

  6. Sunil Jaggi Reply

    September 25, 2013 at 6:22 am

    Reality Check
    Dr. Sawmy’s always been talking Reality and above his & Party Interest only been talking India First and he has Proved that with his Actions. Even one look at the Two Persons called by the Channel to discuss the Ground Reality only a Muslim was Naming the Communal Party and Complaining about everthing not the Hindu. Yes why in a Debate every one was against Dr. Swamy when he said we should call or ask for Hindu Unity than dividing the Hindu society in Caste. That shows the hypocracy of these Pseudo-Secular Parties because they it very well the moment it happen their shops of Pseudo – Secularism will start getting closed. Dr, Swamy even asked on other Pseudo- Secular Paid Media Channel the same thing that its not only Hindus who have to Carry the Secularism burden Minority also either have to be told to Learn Tolerance or else they can go where ever in the world they are allowed to live the way they want and Stop Playing Victimhood Politics. Yes of Course Hindus have to take care of their MotherLand and Proudly so. Garv Se Kaho Hum Hindu Hai.

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