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Subramanian Swamy's 'hate' article invites criticism


Smitha Nair,CNN-IBN
Jul 29, 2011 at 10:57pm IST

New Delhi: The National Commission for Minorties is incensed with a hate article by Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy in a national newspaper. The controversial analysis piece penned days after the Mumbai blasts that prescribes how India should deal with Islamic terror.

They are now contemplating legal action against Swamy for his inflammatory comments against minorities.

"We get it checked by our legal advisor. It's a violation of article 153a, 153b and several others," said National Commission for Minorities Chairman Wajahat Habibullah.

Swamy is also courting trouble at Harvard, where he has been a visiting professor teaching economics at the summer school. A petition seeking his ouster, signed by a few hundred students, parents and faculty members has been submitted, Swamy is unperturbed.

"These are the views I have been expressing for quite some time and it has won the hearts of all the Indians who are terrified and upset with the terrorist attacks," said Swamy over phone.

Another question arises is - should the newspaper be hauled up for publishing the article?

"It's a very bad article and it is seditious also," said Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh.

Then there are those that believe, however hateful Swamy's views, he has a right to speech, and that banning the publication of unacceptable views however visceral or distasteful, will only make Swamy a martyr. The debate as in the case of Arundhati Roy's articles in the past that some believed were seditious, continues.

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