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He was a master exponent of the inclusive Hindu philosophy who declared there was not ‘ONE GOD,’ but ‘ONLY GOD,’

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Wed 23 Sep 2020

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (GMT+0530)

2nd Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati Memorial Lecture by S Gurumurthy

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Swaminathan Gurumurthy

Swaminathan Gurumurthy, popularly known as a writer and journalist in India and a chartered accountant by profession, is a corporate adviser of high standing. Highly rated for his investigative writings, he has ceaselessly campaigned against corruption at high places, exposing the bribery in Bofors arms deal and the nexus between corporates and government. A beleaguered government arrested Gurumurthy and persecuted Gurumurthy, but faced humiliation with the entire media standing by him. The issues raised by Gurumurthy became elections issues, which led to the defeat of the most powerful government since independence. Hamish McDonald, a well-known Australian journalist, wrote in his book 'Polyester Baron', that Gurumurthy’s investigative work 'must rank among the most powerful examples of investigative journalism anywhere in the world', emphasising that Gurumurthy had 'a strong sense of probity'. Business Baron magazine rated Gurumurthy’s knowledge of economics, finance and accounts as ‘outstanding’. In his biography on the media baron Ramnath Goenka, BG Verghese, a highly respected editor and writer, described Gurumurthy as a 'brilliant chartered accountant and exceedingly astute amateur lawyer'. Gurumurthy is the Visiting Faculty of IIT Bombay in the domains of Economic, Financial and Management. He is also the Distinguished Professor Legal Anthropology in Sastra University. Gurumurthy was consistently seen by the media as a powerful from 1990 till now. He was rated among 50 most powerful persons in India in 1990 [Gentleman magazine]; as the 8th most powerful [Business Baron magazine 2004]; as the 17th most powerful [India Today magazine in 2005]; as the 50th most powerful person [India Today 2015]; as the 25th most powerful person [India Today 2016] and as the 30th most powerful person [India Today 2017]. Yet, on the advice of one of the greatest Sages Sankaracharya Chandrasekarendra Saraswati of Kanchi Kamakodi Peetham, he has kept away from all positions of power offered to him by different governments, corporates and other institutions.