Dr. Subramanian Swamy can now manage the Pakistan Cricket Board!

"Analysis: How to wipe out Islamic terror" by Dr Subramanian Swamy caused quite a stir. Enough has been written about how it crosses a lot of boundaries of tolerance.

Before starting I must confess that I have been an avid follower of his writings and respect his intellect. However with time I have learned to ignore his radical undertone which has little practical value. The underlying principle in his recent recommendations (renaming of "India" as "Hindustan", the civil code, conversion to-and-from Hinduism... ) is pretty simple - create a Hindu state with a dominant Hindu mentality.  

I have a few problems with that. I will hold back my ideological differences and talk only about practical aspects here: 

1. First things first - how does having a Hindu state help in countering terrorism? Not only will it provoke Muslims outside India but also inside India (incidentally India has more Muslims than Pakistan). I am not an intellectual so I assume there must be a big piece missing here. If you get it, please let me know. 

2. With all his radical plans- how does he plan to deal with the backlash of say 100 million Muslims (~170 million Muslim population in India) and let's say another 200-300 million liberal Hindus and other minorities? That's more than the US population. I don't see how that can be managed. I should stop talking about the practicality of his ideas right here, but let's try to move on with an open mind.
3. "Non-Hindus can vote only if they proudly acknowledge that their ancestors were Hindus". Again, how exactly? And what if they acknowledge that and still vote for a leader with secret anti-Hindu sentiments? What is this? An enactment of 1984? Might as well write down practical ways to catch thoughtcrimes

4. With all the drastic steps that he is recommending - where does that leave our diplomatic relationships or investment grade or corruption problem or nuclear weapon race... ? I would very much want the World Bank projects to continue and we could do without sanctions. 

There's a lot more but there is really no point going into all that. I just wish he hadn't written this. He was probably angry about Government's inaction against repeated terrorist attacks. I don't think his strategies even qualify to be called strategies and on those grounds alone he should be sent to manage the Pakistani Cricket Board

Update: To elaborate my point (people who don't follow cricket) - Pakistan's have fantastic players coming in every other year but sadly a lot of them don't dominate the world cricket for as long as they should. I think a lot of the blame lies with their management. This has been especially true in the last 3-5 years. 

1 comment:

  1. It is not only Mr Swamy but many other so called intellectuals of various religious identity/ political affiliation and right/ left leaning NGOs. They want to be known and seen by giving only statements. Some how every country in the world has such people and they are a pampered lot and fed to remain healthy so that attention of the mass can be diverted to non issues. I think these people should be mummified and preserved so that our successors can learn from the history whatever good or bad lessons one wants to learn.