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Dr Swamy wins Homi Bhabha Fellowship

Dr Raju Narayana Swamy

Dr Raju Narayana Swamy

KUWAIT: Dr Raju Narayana Swamy, an Indian IAS official and Kerala's anti-corruption crusader, has been awarded the prestigious Homi Bhabha Fellowship. Dr Swamy, who is on a brief visit to Kuwait currently, was intimated yesterday about the decision of the council to award him a Homi Bhabha Fellowship.

"I'm extremely elated in receiving the fellowship. It is a moment of pride and happiness for me. Being a computer engineer, it is especially heartening," Dr Swamy told Kuwait Times yesterday. Dr Swamy arrived in Kuwait to attend the Alumni Association of St Berchmans' College, Kuwait Chapter's annual event as the chief guest.

Dr Swamy has a post graduate certificate in Cyber Law, a PG Diploma in Environmental Law and a PG Diploma in Urban Environmental Management and Law from National Law University Delhi.

An honest bureaucrat with backbone, Dr Swamy became a crusader against corruption in Kerala who gave numerous headaches to corrupt politicians and government officials alike. He was the commissioner in the civil supplies department of Kerala until January 2013 before being removed for exposing  corruption.

"The canker of corruption is unfortunately eating into the moral fabric of India. Need-based and greed-based corruptions have become the order of the day," Dr Swamy said. Dr Swamy was one of the three officers handpicked for the 'Operation Munnar' in 2007, which saw a number of unauthorized resorts being pulled down.

"I genuinely feel that it is the duty of the civil servants to fight corruption tooth and nail so that the 'tryst with destiny' does not turn into a tryst with destitution," he said. However, he is not complacent about the task he has undertaken. "I'm fully aware that I'm only a drop in an ocean and a cog in the hierarchy, but millions of drops do make an ocean," he said talking about his crusade against corruption.

Dr Swamy holds a B Tech in computer science and engineering from IIT Madras. He is the all India topper of the 1991 batch of the IAS. Swamy has 25 books to his credit. He won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi award for a travelogue, 'Santhimantram Muzhangunna Thazvarayil'. His other works include 'Niram Mangiya Vazhithara', which is a translation of 'The Road of Lost Innocence', the English version of the French memoirs by Somaly Mam.

Dr Swamy, who hailed from a middle class family, said, "the fruits of development in the country must reach the neglected and deprived sections of the society." He has presented papers in a number of national and international conferences and has published more than 100 papers in journals of repute. Dr Swamy was recently in France to attend a training program on Fighting Corruption organized at ENA, Paris.

Under the fellowship, Dr Swamy will work in the area of cyber law and cyber forensics. With the receipt of the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, Swamy will join an elite list of fellows including luminaries like Thanu Padmanabhan.

By Sajeev K Peter

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This article was published on 01/12/2013