I read the article in DNA website by Dr Subramanian Swamy, a political leader and Harvard Summer School Professor of Economics (“Analysis: How to wipe out Islamic Terror”).
I was shocked to read a blatantly arrogant portrayal of India and Indians. I respect the freedom of expression which can rightfully be claimed by every free citizen, compounded by additional rights that can be expected in an academic environment such as Harvard. But, there is red line not to be crossed even by an academician. Dr Swamy crossed it in this article penned by him on the 16th of July, 2011.
Please search the web and read for yourself. But, I conclude that Dr Swamy has lost his academic savvy and erudition. He has blatantly attacked Indians who converted from Hinduism to other religions, and wants to disenfranchise non-Hindus. I think there is a limit that all sensible people do not wish to cross and should not cross, and he has crossed it.
What would be the result if such a reputed academic and a political party leader does something as irresponsible as this ? The terrorists will get emboldened. They will first get threatened by the aggressiveness and the brutal tone of the article, for sure. But it will not take them long to realise that the agenda mentioned in the article would be almost impossible to implement in a secular India. However, they can easily use such diatribes to strengthen their own base across the border and launch even more vitriolic attacks on a peaceful India.
Do we want this ? Surely not. So, what should we do ? Engage in a constructive dialogue with Pakistan and help Afghan people by rebuilding their nation. Which is what the present Government is doing. But, it appears that Dr Swamy does not want this dialogue process to continue.
It is rather strange that such things are happening. Extremism is worse than terrorism, and the results are hard to predict. Such actions will lead to a strong polarization along religious lines, which will surely not be helpful to India at this critical juncture.
We need peace and harmony. We also have to show a strong hand when and if required. We are building a formidable arsenal to defend the country from potential attackers. But at the end of the day war and strife do not solve problems. Ask the U.S., Israel, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan.
So, Dr Swamy, please desist from such actions for the benefit of India. Many people respect you, and you have done well by precipitating the 2G scam. Let us focus on scams and bring the perpetrators to book. But let us not create new religious tensions and damage the already weakened fabric of our society. Please listen up.
30th July 2011