Friday, April 25, 2014

Wikileaks, Subramanian Swamy and the Truth


25th April 2014, 12:56 AM IST a very controversial tweet was posted in the micro-blogging site twitter.com by the notorious @wikileaks


This tweet created an uproar among the websites twitter users with various hash tags like #SwamyLeaks, #TraitorSwamy and #Swaymy420 trending high. So I thought of checking what lies within. Internet is really a superb tool. It really let you dig out the dead.

Now if you look closely at the tweet, there is a small link to it. This link will give the actual cable sent. Which, I think most tweepls forgot to check before trending hashtags.



Date on which cable sent: 3rd February 1977.

Period of Emergency: 25th June 1975 – 21st March 1977

This cable was hence sent during the emergency times.  As it is known to all, that during this “emergency period” Indira Gandhi the then prime minister ruled with no opposition role. And as Mr. Subramanian Swamy was a member of the opposition party Jansangh, I don’t see any way in which he would have any robust information on Indira’s plans.

Now to quote the content of the cable:
1. SEVERAL REPORTS SUGGESTING THE PRIME MINISTER MAY BE IN ILL HEALTH HAVE COME TO THE DEPARTMENT'S ATTENTION IN RECENT DAYS. IT HAS BEEN REPORTED JAGJIVAN RAM WISHED HER A QTE SPEEDY RECOVERY UNQTE IN HIS LETTER OF RESIGNATION. AN AFP REPORT FROM DELHI FEBRUARY 2 CITES AN INFORMED INDIAN SOURCE TO EFFECT SHE IS IN POOR HEALTH. HOWEVER THOSE CLOSE TO HER ARE ALSO REPORTED BY AFP AS EXPLAINING THAT SHE IS QTE SLIGHTLY INDISPOSED UNQTE. A FURTHER REPORT FROM DELHI INDICATES SHE LOOKED TIRED AND DRAWN IN RESPONDING TO JAGJIVAN RAM'S ANNOUNCEMENT. SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY SUGGESTED TO DEPARTMENT OFFICER TEN DAYS AGO THAT HE HEARD MRS. GANDHI WAS PROMPTED TO SET THE MARCH ELECTION DATE BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO SQUARE THINGS AWAY IN VIEW OF HER QTE FAILING HEALTH UNQTE. NEWSWEEK HAS A STORY SHE HAS TERMINAL CANCER AND THE SURPRISE ELECTION CALL WAS A WAY TO ASSURE THE QUICK SUCCESSION OF SANJAY IN THE NEXT 60-90 DAYS.
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2. ANY LIGHT EMBASSY CAN SHED ON THESE REPORTS WOULD BE APPRECIATED. WOULD PRESIDENT AHMED BE EMBARKING ON A TEN-DAY VISIT ABROAD FEBRUARY 6 IF THE REPORTS WERE ACCURATE? ALL OF THIS SOUNDS LIKE OPPOSITION WISHFUL
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Now if you look closely at the statement of regarding Swamy
SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY SUGGESTED TO DEPARTMENT OFFICER TEN DAYS AGO THAT HE HEARD MRS. GANDHI WAS PROMPTED TO SET THE MARCH ELECTION DATE BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO SQUARE THINGS AWAY IN VIEW OF HER QTE FAILING HEALTH UNQTE.

Co-incidentally ten days before this cable that is on 23rd January 1977 Mrs. Gandhi had herself announced  that fresh election would be held in March that year. So there is actually nothing political that Mr. Swamy shared with US which they already did not know.   

Now again if we look at the first few lines of cable
SEVERAL REPORTS SUGGESTING THE PRIME MINISTER MAY BE IN ILL HEALTH HAVE COME TO THE DEPARTMENT'S ATTENTION IN RECENT DAYS. IT HAS BEEN REPORTED JAGJIVAN RAM WISHED HER A QTE SPEEDY RECOVERY UNQTE IN HIS LETTER OF RESIGNATION. AN AFP REPORT FROM DELHI FEBRUARY 2 CITES AN INFORMED INDIAN SOURCE TO EFFECT SHE IS IN POOR HEALTH. HOWEVER THOSE CLOSE TO HER ARE ALSO REPORTED BY AFP AS EXPLAINING THAT SHE IS QTE SLIGHTLY INDISPOSED UNQTE. A FURTHER REPORT FROM DELHI INDICATES SHE LOOKED TIRED AND DRAWN IN RESPONDING TO JAGJIVAN RAM'S ANNOUNCEMENT.
Further
NEWSWEEK HAS A STORY SHE HAS TERMINAL CANCER AND THE SURPRISE ELECTION CALL WAS A WAY TO ASSURE THE QUICK SUCCESSION OF SANJAY IN THE NEXT 60-90 DAYS.
 This shows again that Mr. Swamy did not pass any health intelligence about Mrs. Gandhi to the US which they or the rest of the world did not know. They already had reports for this information.


What importance does Dr. Swamys statement really have in this context. I believe none. It is just a third person hearsay of a casual discussion, relating information which everyone knew. I feel that this statement 
Subramanian Swamy gave US political inteligence on Indira Gandhi's election strategy, health
is suspicious, questionable and may be politically motivated at times of the Lok Sabha Election -2014

I would also like to pass on a message to the Indian politically aware tweepls.

First of all, please don’t let foreign nationalists and nations decide the course of Indian politics. Our freedom fighters did not die to see this day. 

Secondly, I know Dr. Swamy is a member of the opposition party for congress supporters and supporters of the new party who love to do dharna. But please check you facts before posting anything. 

And finally there is another cable I would like to mention here about Dr. Subramanian Swamy.
He is also an ultranationalist. His xenophobic writings and speeches before the Emergency did not exclude the US. Swamy was the MP who broke open the ‘Migratory Bird’ controversy in Parliament in 1974. He spoke out against US and has been a longtime advocate of India going nuclear.
Note: The views here are personal. If you have any differences dialogue is the best way to resolve.

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