This week brings a cover story in Outlook magazine, accompanied by an interview with his wife. It covers all the usual ground – extreme rhetoric, Emergency-era shenanigans, anti-Muslim agenda, etc – but offers this interesting theory about his long-standing feud with home minister P Chidaambaram
“According to a recent article by Punjab Kesri journalist GS Chawla, the rift between Swamy and his ‘student’ at Harvard originated in the HD Deve Gowda government in the mid-1990s. Chidambaram was finance minister then. Writes Chawla: “People do not know that Subramanian Swamy has been close to the controversial godman Chandraswami and Dr Prathap Reddy of Apollo hospital. All of them were members of a trust founded by Chandraswami. The enforcement directorate had found serious irregularities in the accounts of the trust in which some foreign currency was deposited. The finance ministry planned to act against all the three trustees.”
The Kesri article alleges that Chidu refused to back down even after one of the trustees approached former Attorney-General G Ramaswamy to broker a rappochement. In the end, former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar had to intervene to ensure that Deve Gowda stopped the proceedings.
The 2G scandal, hence, offered an excellent opportunity to settle this long-standing grudge http://www.firstpost.com/politics/subramanian-swamy-uncovered-doting-wife-leftist-brother-and-more-212638.html