I don’t know who is on who’s side. From afar, they look like cats of the same breed, although they ostensibly belong to competing political parties.
Here’s Chitra Subramaniam Duella writing about “THE QUATTROCCHI GRAVY TRAIN“, July 16th:
It is because of who Q was that George Fernandes, India’s Minister of Defence during the NDA regime, told me that he had been told by National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra “not to touch the Bofors file” – because of instructions from former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and deputy Prime Minister LK Advani. It is no secret that Vaypayee and Advani were very accommodating about Q and his friends in New Delhi. How else can one explain why the NDA government, in power from 1998 to 2004, couldn’t arrest Q?
Brajesh Mishra passed into the great unknown last year in September. PTI reported, “Sonia, Hamid Ansari, Farooq attend Brajesh Mishra’s funeral.”
Vice President Hamid Ansari, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, former External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh and BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad were among the prominent personalities who attended the cremation.
I wonder what kind of services Mr Brajesh Mishra provided to the Nehru-Gandhi-Maino family. Just wondering. Also wondering why PV Narasimha Rao was given shockingly shoddy treatment by the Maino-clan. What did he not do? Just wondering.
Go read M D Nalapat’s moving piece, “Narasimha Rao’s final humiliation“, Rediff, Dec 2004.
In fact, despite being a former AICC president and a prime minister, Narasimha Rao was not just excluded from the Congress Working Commitee since the current heir to the Nehru dynasty took charge of the party in 1998, he was not even allowed to become one of the numerous ‘special invitees’, most of whom get selected for their cheerleader skills rather than any other contribution.
Given that former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi, Charan Singh and the non-prime minister Sanjay Gandhi were given state funerals and a final resting place in what may be termed the National Capital’s ‘Zone of the Dead,’ the reasons why such a privilege was denied to Narasimha Rao are obscure.
They, however, are depressingly in line with a pattern that dogged Rao since 1992, when he refused to accept that he was not a public servant, but a Nehru Family retainer. In what follows, an account is given of the circumstances behind the final humiliation of Pamulaparthy Venkata Narasimha Rao.
There is something deeply depressing about a nation that does not recognize merit, that is unable to distinguish between loyalty and treachery. We have a long way to go before we become a modern civilized nation.