Atanu Dey On India's Development

The Evil That Men Do Lives After Them . . .

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The good is oft interred with their bones. Shakespeare, that great observer of the world that fallible humans inhabit, was right on the mark. Being imperfect creatures trying to survive in this material world, we end up doing a mix of good and bad. Sometimes the consequences of the bad bits reverberate through the passages of time — and the good just fades away in comparison. Mr Advani could have withdrawn from that fate but it appears that now the time for that has passed.

Back in Nov 2011, I asked the question, “Is Advani merely senile or is he really intent on destroying the only chance India has of getting rid of UPA/Congress raj?” Then I wrote that Advani should exit gracefully. Here’s a bit:

Should a person’s ambition blind him to reality? Should the future of India be jeopardized — which it surely will if Antonia Maino aka Sonia Gandhi and her brood continue the rape of the land — merely to satisfy the personal ambitions of an old man?

Yes, Advani is old. Too old to take on the burden of hauling a country out of a deep hole. India needs not just someone with a great CV but also someone who can put in the 18-hour days, work under relentless pressure, make very tough choices, face up to ruthless enemies at home and abroad, be brave to say it like it is, be a beacon of hope, deliver a vision that motivate Indians to do what has to be done, and more.

Advani is not being served well by this advisers and his family members if they are fueling his continued ambition to be the PM. History will judge him very unkindly if his attempt ultimately results in the continuance of Maino/UPA rule and India’s inevitable decline.

Advani is no doubt held in high regard by many people, both within and outside the Sangha Parivar. Indeed, I myself have immense respect for him. However that respect does not prevent me from seeing that he could be instrumental in Maino/UPA victory in the next general elections.

I beg of you, Mr Advani, for the sake of the nation, please go. I beg you in the name of all that is holy and good and decent, please go. Please go because we would like to remember you as a patriot who worked tirelessly for the country and did what is right for the country, and not as someone who sacrificed the country in the vain hope of being the PM for a few years.

Ambition makes fools of us all, young and old. They say that there’s no fool like an old fool. Adding ambition to old foolishness is a dangerous deal. If you are the religious kind, I suggest prayers.