Funny, I thought iron men were expected to stand up for things they believe in. Not merely mutter about them when it's too late. If he truly did not want Singh expelled, why did Advani allow it to happen? Why did he not make a point of preventing it?
Not that I much care whether Jaswant Singh is or is not part of the BJP.
Advani's remark brought to mind his comment about the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6 1992. That was, he said then and has said many times since, the "saddest day" of his life.
Well, that's fine, but how are we supposed to reconcile that sentiment with Advani doing nothing to prevent the demolition? With the views of others in his party, who refer to it as a day of honour and redemption?
It must be India's tragedy that its leading politicians are blessed with feet of clay, and that they stick in the mud anyway. To mix metaphors a little.
Postscript: I had an idea that there would be comments asking me what my point is. Which is partly why I held back a third example of Advani's reluctance to stand up and take responsibility. I refer, of course, to his contention that he had no idea about Jaswant Singh's trip to Kandahar in 1999. No routine sight-seeing trip, this, of course. Jaswant Singh travelled with terrorists released by India's government in exchange for the lives of hostages held on board a plane in Kandahar.
In that government, Advani was Home Minister: the country's ultimate authority about law and order and security issues. He didn't know?
Not that I much care whether he knew of Jaswant's trip or not. But to claim that, as Home Minister, he was unaware of the goings-on in this serious crisis his government was faced with -- I mean, this not only strains credibility, it is a commentary on that government itself.