it is not necessary to agree with jaswant’s book to see through the cussedness with which advani has expelled him from the party. Even the pioneer notes that party protocol was not followed. Of course – it is each party’s discretion as to who will be their members. The point is not that you cannot expel people – but in this case, it is so transparently a power spat.
First vasundhara and now jaswant. LKA is aping indira gandhi – both in his intentions of exercising complete control over the party, and soon over the results i.e. probable disintegration and break-up of the party. With the LKA and Rajnath duo in action - I am reminded of Macbeth
“Macb. 'Tis better thee without, then he within.
Is he dispatch'd?
Mur. My Lord his throat is cut, that I did for him”
This also explains why the RSS-Shakha types are destined to fail. If properly read (and I have not read it yet!) – this book could have been a searing indictment of the Congress of the 40’s – its opportunism, its failed record of dealing with Muslim separatism, and its ‘towering’ leaders – all men of clay. But the shakha-wallah is too intellectually lazy and politically cowardly to take on that project. As I have noted before – their only ambition is to be recognized as certifiably secular.
P.S - I have never trusted the ELM to do their reporting fairly – but if this is true – it is sad to see Modi’s government coming down with a hammer on a book. Why don’t they simply write their own book?
I will wait to see how an NRI-pitying journalist explains this blow from his heroes!