Janardhana Swamy

I don’t personally know Janardhana Swamy expect through a few emails, one phone call and a recent brief meeting at a dinner in Maryland, USA hosted by his friends. He has come across as a very humble, yet confident, professional politician during these occasions.

Whenever I remember Janardhana Swamy, I get positive energy. I didn’t know about him until some of my classmates from BDT recently told me about him. Yet, his story encourages and inspires me about positive politics. He had humble beginnings. He studied in the same college as mine – BDT College of Engineering, Davanagere, just a few years earlier. After BDT, he went to IISc and then worked in the United States for nearly a decade in the IT industry. Then, he returned to India during 2007 or 08, and then decided to enter politics and now an member of parliament (MP) from Chitradurga.

A few friends have said “give him some more years! I bet he will become like everyone else in politics”. I realize it is too early to tell. Nevertheless, Janardhana Swamy is a live example to feel encouraged and determined about the possibility of positive politics. His example provides a reassurance that an Indian citizen doesn’t necessarily need to belong to a rich business or political family – or have “qualifications” such as being corrupt to the core or having friendship with local goondas – to be able to enter politics.

Thank you, Janardhana Swamy.

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Janardhana Swamy’s “radio interview” conducted by Madhukanth Krishnamurthy in California. (This is recording of the live program broadcast in bay area FM station KZSU on 30 June 2010)

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Great – I hope Mr Swamy does well.

    He seems to be from BJP. My impression is BJP (like Congress and other established parties) is corrupt to the core. In fact, 19% of its MPs in 2009 Lok Sabha have serious pending criminal cases against them (38% with all kinds of pending criminal cases; corresponding figures for Congress are 13, 21%).

    It is common knowledge that all major parties spend much more than the legal expense limit of Rs 25 lakhs per constituency for parliamentary elections (average about 20 times ie Rs 5 Cr). All candidates however have to declare these expenses, which they do and lie about. The expenses above Rs 25 l have to be done in black therefore. Corruption begins from step 1.

    It will be good if Mr Swamy could comment about these two issues.

    Ref: http://books.google.co.in/books?id=zU9utu7wZpQC&pg=PA154&lpg=PA154&dq=sabhlok+election+expenses&source=bl&ots=UIdcITkHBF&sig=LBL_Jzy3E_EUGKrmDCkLspdBlhI&hl=en&ei=-qZhTP8Cz4dxlNfF0wk&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBUQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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