Subramanian Swamy is a maverick politician and he does pretty anything that he likes, whether it is criticising his own party, the BJP, or calling people names on TV debates. He is extremely volatile, a reason, perhaps, why the Narendra Modi Government did not offer him a cabinet post.
Swamy recently met with the disgraced Asaram Bapu at the Jodhpur Central Jail and assured the languishing baba that he would defend him. It is unfortunate that an intellectual like Dr Subramanian.
Swamy should announce his love for a person who has violated women for a long time. Swamy is wise enough not to display paranoia, but he believes the Hindus are under siege. He also believes that Hindu leaders and saints are being systematically jailed. These are demons that prevail in his head and it’s difficult, if not impossible, to see a different Subramanian Swamy in this life time.
Comparing Asaram’s case with politicians like Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jayalalithaa, who were in jail for practicing corruption, Swamy asked, ‘if they are out of jail despite being convicted, why can’t Asaram get the same privileges’? That is an incorrect, unfair comparison. There is a difference between a rape case and fodder scam. There are still young, powerless women out there who had to undergo shame at the hands of Asaram but are afraid to come out. Men like him will commit the same offence the moment they get outside.
A delusional Asaram believes Swamy will magically have him released. Even Swamy would know that he cannot get him out of the jail. The purpose of the entire exercise may just be to create unnecessary tension among people. Hardliners like Praveen Togadia and Ashok Singhal have openly supported the shameless baba on some senseless pretext. Togadia has even called him a saint! People with such a mindset are dangerous to the peace in society. They are vengeful, unpredictable and intolerant.
In 2000, the Asaram Ashram was allocated about 10 acres of land in Bhairavi village by the Gujarat government. The ashram encroached upon an additional 6 acres, causing protests in the local villages. On a complaint filed by locals, and after repeated notices were ignored, the district authorities with police assistance bulldozed the encroachments and took possession of the land.
In the 2012, gang rape case, Asaram was criticized for his statements that accused the victim as much as the rapists. He had said: “Only five or six people are not the culprits. The victim is as guilty as her rapists… She should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop… This could have saved her dignity and life. Can one hand clap? I don’t think so.” He was also reported to have said that he was against harsher punishments for the accused in the Delhi rape victim case, as the law could be misused.
Such men cannot be allowed to roam free. They are a menace to society and Dr Swamy would be doing a great disservice if he managed to have him released.
In August 2013, Asaram was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at his ashram in Jodhpur on the pretext of exorcising her from evil spirits. Two days after the alleged assault, the girl’s parents filed a complaint and a medical examination confirmed that she had been assaulted. Expectedly, the accused denied all charges and said it was a conspiracy orchestrated by Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi of the then ruling Congress Party.
Such wild, senseless imagination bordering on insanity should be ridiculed and shamed.
People like Asaram Bapu are like termites. They make absurd proclamations and are self-appointed God-men. They are eating into our sense of right and wrong, especially the innocent, gullible millions who show blind faith. They are misled by the Asarams of this world.
Dr Swamy should declare his intent in the Asaram affair. Those of you millions who follow Swamy on twitter need to question the man’s integrity and line. Is the Hindutva agenda so powerful that it takes away one’s sense of right and wrong?
Unless Dr Swamy has proof that clears him of all charges, he should not unnecessarily interfere in the matter just so that he can advertise his commitment to save the Hindus. Swamy’s political career is littered with inconsistencies. His followers admired his championing of economic liberalisation. However, they have also been left in anguish due to his openly stated allegiance to the Hindu right and his views on Muslims. His one of the most controversial statements came out last year when he said in an op-ed in DNA: India’s Muslims should not be permitted to vote unless they acknowledge their Hindu ancestry.
It’s difficult to understand such thought process, especially when it is shared by a well educated, respected politician.