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Swamy flays ‘The Economist’ for editorial against Modi

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BJP senior leader Subramanian Swamy Swamy took strong exception to an editorial by ‘The Economist’ magazine against Narendra Modi and asked “How does a foreign magazine decide upon our internal affairs?” File photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
The Hindu BJP senior leader Subramanian Swamy Swamy took strong exception to an editorial by ‘The Economist’ magazine against Narendra Modi and asked “How does a foreign magazine decide upon our internal affairs?” File photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Stating that the magazine in the editorial said that “Modi as a prime minister will not be good for India,” Mr. Swamy asked “How does a foreign magazine decide upon our internal affairs?”

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday took strong exception to an editorial by London-based The Economist magazine against Narendra Modi, terming it an attempt to “interfere into India’s internal affairs“.

The External Affairs Ministry should immediately take up the matter with British High Commission and seek an explanation since “the report by the magazine was an attempt to interfere into India’s internal affairs,” he told reporters here.

Stating that the magazine in the editorial said that “Modi as a prime minister will not be good for India,” Mr. Swamy asked “How does a foreign magazine decide upon our internal affairs?”

Mr. Swamy also attacked Union Minister Shashi Tharoor, seeking his second term in Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram in the April 10 polls, saying he had failed to implement his assurances.

“Tharoor failed to implement many of his promises like bringing High Court bench here. He shows more interest in Aranmula Airport project than Vizhinjam Port in his constituency,” he charged.

He also wondered why Mr. Tharoor was “keeping quiet” on the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

Mr. Swamy said he would soon approach the court, demanding a detailed inquiry into the incident.

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if swami campaigns for BJP , BJP will lose what little ever gains it gets.

from:  sarath
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 19:15 IST

It is neo-colonialism in the disguise of free speech. These fellows
have rarely questioned the 1984 genocide of Sikhs (organised and
perpetrated by the foremost secular party of India) and now want to
question the higher judiciary and make last minute desperate attempts to
stall Modi's election.

from:  kvjayan
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 18:48 IST

yes , this is the true colour of BJP , they cannot digest any kind of
negative remarks against them, even if they commit crimes and
corruptions,immoralities etc. They shout from roof tops against their
critics, paint them as evils and criminals etc, the ridiculous statement
of Mr.Swamy is an example.

from:  salim
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 18:14 IST

In democracies, the newspapers have the right, to evaluate the policies and programmes of
other countries. The criticism can be positive or negative. Dr Subramanya Swami is a
scholar and still a learned professor of the prestigious Harwad institution, and he cannot be
ignorant of this reality. Here in India, leading news are objectively evaluating the
happenings in other countries and in the same manner, other countries can evaluate India
also. Eminent professors criticism about the editorial in a foreign journal, has no validity

from:  C p Chandra das
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 18:02 IST

Swamy represents everything that can go wrong with a person in
politics. It is not surprising he is rooting for the BJP. Is he that
dumb that he doesn't know that there are absolutely no restrictions on
an international magazine publishing an article about a person who is
in the running for the PM post, albeit in a different country?
Interfering in internal affairs? Modi as of now is nothing but another
person fighting to win his seat. How is writing about him an
interference into Indias internal affairs? It is baffling that a man
who is so robbed of his intellect should be given news space.

from:  Abhi
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 16:14 IST

Dear Swamiji, Please come and ask vote for BJP with mr. vaiko & vijaykanth... We are waiting!!!!

from:  ibrahim
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 14:12 IST

NDTV, TIMESNOW, Arnab and the likes beware. This is the attitude of BJP every secular person in INDIA dreads. If this man is made PM and the likes of S.Swami comes to power they will ruin the democracy and freedom of speech in this country. There will be more fake encounter cases and opponents will be terrorized by Safron extremists with silent support from the master of silent support Mr. Modi itself.

from:  Ajith
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 13:17 IST

Mr. Swamy lowered himself a few rungs in the eyes of the discerning public by responding in this manner to the article in 'The Economist' on Mr. Modi. And, he did further got himslef to the bottom-most rung when he commented on Mr. Tharoor's silence on his wife's death. It was a shock to me when I saw Mr. Swamy stooping so low to stay in the limlight!

from:  P Rajeswaran
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 10:33 IST

the stable india with strong leadership is alway thorns of eye for
foreigned funded christian missionary,saudi arabia funded
conversion,modi stands for nationism which made japan, germany
under congress leadership india always struggled with left ,right and
centralist hypocracies, now modi like strong leader are curse for
their supermacy which is based on first befooling,brainwashing.then
buying conduits by bribing ,at last whole their efforts if fail ,
they can chose assassination,murdering or attacting,as the did in
lybia,syria ,iran and vanzuala,like many nations,india is not any
exception, because nationalism directly hurt them

from:  bhupinder
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 10:29 IST

The Economist is a much more detached observer than Mr. Swamy and is therefore much more likely to be closer to the truth.

from:  Benoy Mukherjee
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 10:26 IST

Dear Swamy Sir, heard of term called "outsider's perspective"?

I am deeply disappointed that a man of your intellectual status is
propagating such ideology.

Get well soon Sir.

from:  Archanendra Azad
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 10:23 IST

Read the article from The Economist. It is full of non sense about Modi. As always, it is the way the western media projects the growing economic power. The west is simply scared of us be it politics or for that matter the recently released Climate Change report.

Swamy should not be worried about these reports insted focus on what he needs to do for BJP to provide a clean, corrupt free government. Swamy was the person behind bringing the UPA II govt corrupt practices to light & now he has to see to it that NDA does not face the same.

from:  vignesh
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 09:48 IST

this is an age old problem, if the west endorses it goes to town and if the west disapproves it amounts to "foreign interference" ...

double standards of an equivocating party ...

from:  Seth
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 08:49 IST

"How does a foreign magazine decide upon our internal affairs" - they didn't "decide" anything. It's just a magazine article. Look up "freedom of speech" in the dictionary, O Swami-ji.

from:  Mahe
Posted on: Apr 7, 2014 at 08:37 IST

It is not only the question of who will be good or bad Prime Minister for India.The entire attitude of the article smacks of ' white men's burden, and the civilising mission' of the colonial period of Indian history.It is not about questioning the right of foreign press to express its views on electoral issues pertaining to an ongoing election in India. It is about the value judgements passed not only about a prospective PM candidate but on the Judiciary in India. The article is outrightly in a bad taste, and is insulting to any Indian with an iota of self respect.

from:  Satish Kumar Tyagi
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 21:08 IST

Churchill once described Mahatma Gandhi as "Half Naked Fakir".Did it , in
any way, impact our immense love and respect for the Mahatma.Let Economist
and all the MUrdoch magazines say what they want to. We will not be swayed
by their comments.

from:  subbanarasu Divakaran
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 20:59 IST

Why is Dr.Swamy not seen anywhere in tamilnadu? He is going to other
states to campaign for BJP but not in tamilnadu. We are all waiting for
you eagerly Dr.Swamy. MDMK is our ally now and so you need not worry

from:  shankar
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 20:58 IST

Reading Mr Swamy's remarks leaves one doubtful whether the man has the capacity to discern some very plain ideas or whether he is attempting to draw attention by distorting these notions to drum up support for Mr Modi.

In a world where free speech is cherished, on what basis he calls The Economist's views as "interference in India's internal affairs," is something only Mr Swamy will know.

In raking up the issue of the unfortunate death of the late Mrs Pushkar and questioning Mr Tharoor's silence, Mr Swamy comes through as being an insensitive bully; if Mr Tharoor needs to answer anybody, then it is the people from the agencies involved in the investigation of his Mrs' death. If Mr Swamy cannot contain his morbid curiosity in the matter, then he can take his questions to the police and the courts instead of announcing his intentions to the media and indulging in crass self-promotion.

from:  Sridhar S
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 20:44 IST

Has the same editorial something in favour of Modi, it would have been
quoted by the same BJP. Now since it is against them, it is
"interference". Height of opportunism.

from:  Mohit
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 20:19 IST

When an international
magazine praises an Indian politician, it is taken to be a recognition by the
international community. When there is a criticism, it is termed to be an interference.
What double-faced people!

from:  Sathya
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 20:08 IST

I can never really understand these paranoid rants of Mr Swamy and more
so why every publication feels the urge to print them. In all truth,
many people would not have even heard of this editorial and his comments
have now inevitably drawn attention to such a reputable and influential
magazine, which simply can't be good for the prospects of Modi whom he
is trying to protect.

from:  Na. Palaniappan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 20:02 IST

I should like to ask Mr Swamy if he thinks Indian newspapers and magazines can
comment on elections and politics in the UK, USA, and other countries. And if the
answer is yes, why can't The Economist or any other newspaper or magazine in other
countries comment on Indian elections?

from:  Madhav Badami
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 19:49 IST

Mr Swamy, When Mr Manmohan Singh was criticised by Time magazine, did you not take the news to town like an eager errand boy? Where was your patriotism then, Sir? More to the point, had the Economist published a piece in favour of one of your tribe, would you not have been the loudest voice amongst those screaming from the roof tops, as if it were the greatest approbation anyone could receive?

Does it really hurt so much to see an accurate but unflattering portrait of who you and your tribe are and what you stand for? Perhaps you could flash that famous grin of a cheshire cat, as you are wont to do in front of the flash bulbs, and bear it to keep up the pretence of a democrat.

from:  Ray
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 19:47 IST

Why should Govt of India come in the picture. The editorial from a magazine is not digestible to Swamy means it is his baby. The magazine is not the Brit Govt- Swamy should wait for his views to be recognised till his Boss takes over.

from:  Dennis
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 19:25 IST

Why is Swamy quiete on his relation with his own family?

from:  harry
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 19:24 IST

The autocrat can not tolerate any truth coming out leave alone criticism. What will happen to us if he becomes ...........Fortunately it will not happen.

from:  selvan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 19:20 IST

I wonder why Indians, including the politicians, are so paranoid. Swamy seems to be weak on the concept of free speech. The Economist is not "deciding" anything, as Swami puts it, it is only giving its opinion that Modi is not good for India. Just as Swami, The Hindu, and virtually everyone else in India gave their opinion when Bush attacked Iraq. It is called free speech. Anyone can do it.

from:  K. Raghunathan
Posted on: Apr 6, 2014 at 19:18 IST
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