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Later, By the time I was fit,DNA,the text of whichis no longer available on theirwebsite So until 2011 it could have been said that Swamy had relatively enduring links with the US Should this become a ground for us to suspect that he might have extra-territorial loyalty Obviously not Perhaps a more pertinent question to ask is: What does the phrase “mentally not fully Indian” mean Who is mentally fully Indian Swamy’s elder daughter Gitanjali is married to Sanjay Sarma who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology It would be interesting to inquire from Swamy whether he considers them mentally fully Indian Is Swamy circumspect in talking to his daughter and son-in-law fearing they might ferret away information useful to the US After all Swamy is a Rajya Sabha member and a senior leader of the BJP In a diverse country such as India it is absurd to even attempt to define who is truly Indian mentally in appearance or both I learned this the hard way in the days following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 The newspaper I was working for back then had sent me to Bihar to figure out whether a person of Italian origin Sonia Gandhi would be acceptable to people as prime minister For those few days Congress leaders were clamouring to have Sonia lead the party So there I was sipping tea at a shack surrounded by villagers deep inside rural Bihar They said that they were going to vote for the Janata Dal not the Congress as the latter didn’t earnestly support OBC reservations – which the VP Singh government had decided to introduce a year ago You can’t ever accept Sonia Gandhi as Prime Minister can you I asked They looked puzzled Because she is a foreigner I suggested in the hope of prompting them One of them immediately responded: “For us even you look like a foreigner” He pointed to my jeans and shirt to emphasise his point triggering uproarious laughter all around You realise that there exist severalideas of who is Indian at the ticket counter of historical monuments – whereforeigners have to pay a higher rate foradmissionthan Indians It isn’t uncommon to have officials sidle up to challenge Indians about their citizenship They make their assessment on the basis of the dressing sense the colour of skin and whether or not the speech is accented Then again Swamy’s phrase should have special resonance in Britain where Indians cheer the cricket team of their erstwhile home even against the English team It had once provoked former English captain Nasser Hussain to write “I really cannot understand why those born here or who came here at a very young age like me cannot support or follow England Following England has got to be the way” Should these cheering Indian-origin Brits be banished from important public offices because they are well mentally not fully English Should Meghnad Desai be stripped of his lordship as his interest in India is more than just passing Think of Indian Americans who cheer Prime Minister Narendra Modi every time he addresses a function in the US You could say they are mentally to varying degrees Indian even though they have accepted the American citizenship Imagine a red-neck conservative demanding that American universities shouldn’t hire people such as Rajan or Arvind Subramanian who are mentally not fully American as they skip to India every now and then to assist in its rise In hindsight it seems logical and inevitable why Swamy has become the flag-bearer of the Hindutva brigade For one who has coined the phrase – mentally not fully Indian – Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar’s theory of who is Hindu must have a special appeal Savarkar said a Hindu is one whose fatherland and holy land is India It is why his loyalty to India will never be suspect – and that of a Muslim or a Christian will be given that their holy land is in West Asia Rajan and Subramanian are both Hindus Yet Swamy doubts their patriotism and makes innuendos about their extra-territorial allegiance It tells you that the suspicion inbuilt into the Hindutva ideology against Muslims and Christians turns its adherents paranoid They see enemies all around them Is this why Swamy has taken to rail against Rajan and Subramanian as constituting a prototype of the Fifth Column Legal luminary Ram Jethmalani will surely have a different take In a piece penned for the Indian Express in 1998 he said this of Swamy “True democracy must take in its stride even dangerous megalomaniacs like him but equally the people must know what they are dealing with This diseased insect cannot be disinfected He has to be crushed and carefully incinerated It is not enough to throw him into the gutter That is his natural habitat There he will grow and flourish” Jethmalani was undoubtedly harsh on Swamy But Swamy has been no less in his description of people he abhors Rajan and Subramanian included (Ajaz Ashraf is a journalist in Delhi His novel The Hour Before Dawn has as its backdrop the demolition of the Babri Masjid It is available 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