Swamy alleges that Associated Journals Ltd (AJL), a private company that owned the defunct newspaper National Herald, and Young Indians (YI), the section 25 company that all but acquired AJL, committed “fraud” by violating the Companies Act—and breached a “moral code of conduct that dictates to politicians”. Both the trust and the company are controlled by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi as well as top Congress (AICC) office-bearers. Swamy, touring the nation “exposing” the AICC’s role in giving AJL a Rs 90 crore interest-free loan, contends the Gandhis rather than the AICC were the beneficiaries. He says they have a role in 27 “companies and trusts” in all.
The Election Commission has given a clean chit to Rahul Gandhi on one charge (that of perjury, as he did not disclose his ownership of YI shares). The allegations include how it is illegal for a political party to engage in a commercial activity. The Rs 90-crore loan was then written off (minus the Rs 5 lakh returned).
The AICC, however, admits to the loan and justifies it as a “sentimental” step taken towards an ultimately political goal—which happens to be YI’s mandate. (Sentimental, because the National Herald and Qaumi Awaz were launched in 1938 by Jawaharlal Nehru to play a role in nationalist revival.)
Meanwhile, AJL was “acquired” in all but name by YI—whose controlling stake, 76 per cent, rests with Sonia and Rahul Gandhi—for just Rs 50 lakh. AJL is said to be a Rs 2,000-crore company, much bigger than YI, whose starting capital was a few lakh, making this transaction noteworthy. YI, however, does not claim to have acquired AJL.
Not so neat is the logic dictating AJL and YI’s objectives. One is a newspaper, the other an organisation dedicated to the inculcation of secularism and democracy in the youth. Swamy’s attack has forced the Congress to revise its position and claim that the old newspaper will indeed be relaunched.
Swamy’s allegations range from corporate “fraud” to backdoor deals, right down to how Sonia Gandhi’s official residence was misused to call an annual general meeting (AGM). The seven-storey Herald House was illegally let out, he says. But the Congress, not to be put down, has responded to one of these charges—countering that AJL’s earnings went into retiring its former employees. It’s not at present known if the AGM was indeed held at 10 Janpath.
Further, AICC’s loan to AJL, amounting to taking on the debt of a Nehru-era newspaper to start a new one today, or soon, has a political purpose. Given the to-and-fro, perhaps it is in the public interest that the parties go to court.
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
>> "Subramaniam Swamy was involved in the assasination of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi" - Nasar
Subramaniam Swamy was involved in the assasination of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhia and it is a shame he is allowed to live in India.He escaped the noose because of the support of the late PM Narasima Rao.
Jain commission was asked to inquire only the assasination angle and not the conspiracy.JJ called him a CIA agent while deposing before Jain commission only to retracted her statement the next day!
His PA gave a detailed account of his involvement.Unable to control his anger and frustration the Justice ended the report saying that the assasins of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are same with the suspicions on CIA and Mossad!?
How would any sane human being would accept a criminal who was behind the murder of his grandmother and father?No wonder they hate him and rightly so.By allowing a person like him to become a minister and MP India is encouraging assasination of their leaders by foreign powers and this is a shame.
>>Basic ethics of journalism would dictate that an author discloses ALL relevant facts. Pragya Singh has failed that test.
That is because Pragya is not there to report events but to bring in 'balance'!
The DYNASTIC DEMOCRACY OF INDIA ruled by - The Gandhi's of Congress, Ms Mayawathi of BSP, Mulayam Yadav's of SP, Mr Laloo Yadav of RJD, Karunanidhi's of DMK, Ms Jayalalitha of AIDMK, Badal's of AKALI DAL, Abdullah's of NC, Mufti's of PDP, Gowda's of JD(S), Thakery's of SHIV SENA, PAWAR's of NCP, Owaisi's of MIM, Mr Biju Patnaiks BIJU JD, Ms Mamata's TMC etc etc. There can be NO DIFFERING OPINION than that of the FAMILY in any of the above "democratic political parties" in "Democratic India". Speaking against the FAMILY of the above "so called" DEMOCRATIC PARTIES would result in the order - OFF WITH THE HEAD without even seeking an explanation. ------------------------------------ The FAMILY, the PARTY & the GOVT are so MIXED UP that it is impossible to know where one begins and the other ends. It is normal for The PARTY to spend Party Fund & the GOVT to spend Govt Fund for the FAMILY.
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy and the Congress’s Rahul Gandhi have threatened to sue each other
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy and the Congress’s Rahul Gandhi have threatened to sue each other
The Congress' initial threat to sue has been, as widely predicted, just bluster. They have already clarified that they have no intention to sue and that Swamy can go to court if he so desires.
Swamy, on the other hand, has already initiated the judicial process by filing a complaint with the EC. This has been dismissed out of hand without a hearing and Swamy has repeatedly stated that he will be going to court in December once he has all his ducks in a row.
Basic ethics of journalism would dictate that an author discloses ALL relevant facts. Pragya Singh has failed that test.
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