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Hindutva and National Renaissance

Subramanian Swamy (Author)
Hindu civilization, the author argues, cannot be defended or protected merely by individual or personal piety or by performing of pujas. Hindus to survive collectively require a new mindset today to meet the growing challenge from this highly sophisticated multi-dimensional siege that is international in character, or risk over the next millennium perishing like the ancient Greeks, Egyptians, or Babylonians. It was a new mindset of the Jews after World War II that has kept Judaism alive and vibrant today.

Hindutva or Hinduness, the author defines is a collective mindset that identifies India as the motherland from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean. Therefore, however pious a Hindu is, however prosperous Hindu temples become from doting devotees offerings, it is this collective mindset of the people that matters, and not the piety of the individual in that collective.  
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Subramanian Swamy

Dr. Subramanian Swamy is nationally known and widely respected for his ideological conviction, his commitment to furthering democracy and market economy in the country, his scholarly credentials, and a blemish-free political career. He has been elected to the Parliament for five terms and has been a cabinet Minister twice. Dr. Swamy has a Masters degree in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta, and a Bachelor Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Delhi. In 1964, he earned a doctorate in Economics from Harvard, after having worked with Nobel Laureate Simon Kuznets. He has jointly authored papers with another Nobel Laureate Paul A. Samuelson on the Theory of Index Numbers, Dr. Swamy taught Economics at Harvard over a number of years (1963-9, 1971, 1973, 1985-6). From 1969-91, for twenty-two years, he was Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology, new Delhi, till he resigned the post in 1991, when he become India's Cabinet Minister for Commerce, Law and Justice. His high educational achievements distinguishes Dr. Swamy from other political leaders in India. Since 2001, Dr. Swamy has been teaching Economic every summer at Harvard University. Dr. Swamy is proficient in Tamil, Hindi, English, and flows Chinese. As Commerce Minister (1990-1) he prepared the blueprints for economic reforms that were implemented by the Narasimha Rao government (1991-6). The current Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh recently stated that Dr. Swamy was the first to envisage and articulate the need for reforms in India. In1976, during the proclaimed state of Emergency when Fundamental Rights were suspended by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Dr. Swamy shot into a national prominence for his daring escapade and challenge to the denial of democracy. Despite being 'Most Wanted' by the police, he escaped abroad to reorganize the overseas Indian against the authoritarian rule in India and assist the underground movement at home. In August 1976, he re-entered India undetected despite an arrest warrant, made a dramatic appearance in the Parliament, raised a 'point of order', signed the attendance register, and then escaped abroad again. This bravery and demonstration that the security of the authoritarian system could be breached at will, is believed to be partly responsible for the subsequent announcement of elections in 1977 and the withdrawal of Emergency by a demoralized Mrs. Gandhi. The reorientation of India's foreign policy towards China from hostility to normalized relations is widely ascribed in both countries to Dr. Swamy's untiring efforts in this direction. In 1982, Dr. Swamy became the first Indian political leader such as Yitzhak Rabin and the then Prime Minister, Menachim Begin. His efforts at normalizing relations with Israel bore fruit with India's decision in 1992 to open its Embassies in Tel Aviv. During his tenure a Minister, India negotiate and signed the first trade agreement with China, Afghanistan, and Poland. Dr. Swamy also simplified India's trade procedures and formulated a new export strategy which became the forerunner of trade reform adopted subsequenlty. In 1994, Dr. Swamy was appointed as Chairman, commission on Labour Standards and International Trade with a Cabinet Minister's rank by Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao. This was the first time in India that an active opposition party member was given a Cabinet rank post by the ruling party. As Chairman, CLSIT he produced four voluminous reports on Labour laws reforms. He also complied an omnibus new Labour Law to replace the existing piecemeal and contradictory legislation. Government accepted the Commission's Reports but have yet to implement the recommendation.

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Bibliographic information

Title Hindutva and National Renaissance
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.10.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788124115275
length 294p., Tables; Index; 23cm.