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LKA's Resistance - A Carion Call of Conscience
Naim Naqvi | 15 Sep 2013

“Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have got. Not for kudos and not for cash: your picture in the paper nor money in the back either. Just refuse to bear them.”     William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust.

The above quote is submitted to support the following news:

Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Wednesday is now the real stumbling block for the saffron party in finalizing the name of Narendra Modi as its Prime Ministerial candidate. Hectic efforts were underway to convince him to give up his opposition. BJP President Rajnath Singh had a 30-minute meeting with Advaniji to persuade him on Modi's candidature. Unfortunate  for Modi, he failed to get an assurance. His predecessor Nitin Gadkari had also met Advani on Tuesday as an emissary of the RSS. He too went back empty-handed. Gadkari left for Nagpur, the RSS headquarters, to brief the Sangh Parivar’s Marg Darshaks on the developments.

There are also reports that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat may meet Modi in Gandhinagar on Thursday to discuss this issue. RSS has categorically said there is no dispute over Modi's name but the timing of the announcement has to be decided by the BJP. Meanwhile, General Secretary (Organisation) Ramlal has been given the task of finding a suitable date before September 19 when the Parliamentary Board members are in the capital so that a meeting can be held. Other than Advani, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj and Murli Manohar Joshi are also opposed to announcing Modi as the PM candidate before the forthcoming Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi.

That reminds Hamlet:

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles.

Lal Krishna Advani is an embittered man. He is hopping from one plank to another in search of his lost identity. His jump from Jai Sri Ram Chariot to the Mousoleum of Qaid-e-Azm at Karachi and what followed afterwards is a pathetic story of ambitious politician who neither believed in himself nor in any ideology permanently. Every platform for him was a Transit room to achieve his political goals which kept changing from situation to situation..

Now we can blame his old age. In past he played various contradictory roles. After the departure of Atal Bihari from the political radar Advani had no competition, at least in BJP. Atal ji has left a much sober and tamed RSS. Advani acted like senile politician confusing his roles between Krishna and Arjun. His notorious role in the demolition of Babri Masjid never made a clean break with him. His worst political blunder was to give in the RSS line to support to the architect of Gujarat Slaughter House, a life line against the discretion of Atal ji. He didn’t realize at that time that he was cherishing a serpent in the bosom. One day the same serpent Frankenstein would be the great source of insult and almost political exile for him.

Sitting in twilight of his political career he must have been asking himself: “What achievements did I make in his lifetime? Was bringing down the Babri Masjid an achievement? Was provoking the passions of people in the name of Ram an achievement? Would you call the communal riots that broke out across the country after his December 6 misadventure an achievement?”

Today, looking at the hindsight, one could safely say that resisting Narendra Modi is what the pricks of conscience is forcing him to do. His inner voice is asking him to rebel against the person he had supported, a doctrine he had propounded and a injustice against the innocent martyrs of Gujarat who never got justice, whose cry remained unheard. The only tragedy is that he cant say it in words even now.

His resistance against Mody’s candidature of PM ship is an act of repentance in his old age. It is not a swan’s song but a clarion call for correction of the past.