He once said that I am not a chowkidar, I am Brahmin. Being a BJP Man, he refused to add Chowkidar to his Twitter handle. This well-learned politician of India daringly exposed the 2G Spectrum case. Having known for his inscrutable politics, he is a Statistician, an Economist, and is a pro-Hindu, who was once called by Indira Gandhi as ‘Santa Claus with unrealistic ideas’. He is the firebrand politician of India and he is Dr. Subramanian Swamy.
Born in Chennai of Tamil Nadu, he completes his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and did his master’s in Statistics from ISI, Kolkata. Mr. Swamy then flies to Harvard University and receives a Ph.D. in economics in 1965. At that time, he was just 24-year old! After serving as an Asst. Professor at Harvard for 4-years, he moves to IIT-Delhi and serves as a full-time Professor for a year. In the early 70, he gets sacked from his IIT job. However, in reply, he sues the prestigious institute for wrongful dismissal and wins the case in 1991.
Mr. Swamy’s political career begins with his involvement in the Sarvodaya movement which later forms the foundation for the creation of the Janata Party. Dr. Swamy is one of its founding members to which Indira Government lost the 1977 General elections. Interestingly, this was the first time that Congress lost control over independent India.
During 1990 and 1991, as a cabinet minister of Law and Commerce, he claims to have provided the blueprints for the Economic Reforms in India, which was later carried out by Manmohan Singh under the leadership of PV Narasimha Rao. Dr. Swamy continues as the president of the Janata Party till 2013 and officially joins BJP post-Janata party’s merger with the party.
Today, he serves as a nominated MP in Rajya Sabha and often goes viral for his controversial statements. Subramanian Swamy is largely known for his petitions, right from exposing the 2G scam to a claim on Rahul Gandhi’s citizenship. Dr. Swamy is one of the fearless leaders of India. In 1996, he flies a criminal complaint against Jayalalitha which leads to prosecution, conviction, and sentencing to four years imprisonment by the trial court in 2014. Subramanian Swamy was one of the five people to write a letter to the then Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, exposing a loss of 1.76 lakh crore, resulting in the then Telecom Minister A Raja to spend 15 months behind the bars.
In 2016, Swamy files a petition in the Supreme court allowing the construction of the Ayodhya temple and in 2019, he writes to Narendra Modi saying the center does not need an SC nod to allocate Ayodhya land for Ram temple. One of the most daring acts of Dr. Swamy came during an emergency when he attends Lok Sabha sessions breaking all security barriers and then runs back to America disguised as Sikh. People call him ‘One Man Army’. And truly he is! From academics to politician and lawyer. He is indeed Man of facts with fierce determination.
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