January 24, 2012.
Statement of Dr. Subramanian Swamy,
President of the Janata Party.
The Congress Party-led UPA Government needs to be thoroughly condemned for the sneaky way they prevented Salman Rushdie from speaking through video link to the Jaipur LIT Fest gathering. To me it is no surprise that given the Fascist parentage of Ms Sonia Gandhi, and later her being weaned on the authoritarianism of the Soviet system, she at the first opportunity would undermine democratic freedoms especially when her position was threatened electorally.
But the writers, and intellectuals who assembled in Jaipur should now recognize that freedom of expression is not divisible. These affected people in Jaipur had kept their stony and loud silence when a Op-Ed article of mine in the DNA newspaper was targeted both nationally and internationally by the same forces to curry favour with wealthy Muslim fanatics.
The fight for democratic freedoms can succeed only when there is eternal vigilance and a commitment to defend even those with whom we do not agree. As of now there is a creeping Emergency type situation in the country and the catalyst for it is Ms Sonia Gandhi. We should no more pretend that it is not so.
( SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY )