In the second part of an exclusive interview with sify.com, journalist Kuldip Nayar talks about hereditary politics, the Times of India brand of journalism and our very obedient Prime Minister.Read the first part of the Kuldip Nayar interview here
You've said in Beyond The Lines that Bhindranwale was a Congress creation. But after the book's publication, you've retracted that remark.
No, I didn't retract it. I've said he was created by them, but he now showed his true colours. Because he was essentially a terrorist, and he became a sort of Frankenstein's monster, but originally, he was picked up by the Congress. I stand by that.
There are times when you've matter-of-factly said things about the Nehru-Gandhi family that the Congress continues to deny – such as Warren Anderson being helped by Rajiv Gandhi.
Yes, they deny it, but the fact is there. You can see how Arjun Singh used the state plane to get Anderson to Delhi, because Rajiv Gandhi asked him! Similarly, it is a fact that Indira Gandhi went to Sanjay Gandhi's crash site, picked up something and came back. It must be something important. So, I'm guessing it was his Swiss bank locker details.
You've also spoken about the Bofors case and Rajiv Gandhi's involvement in great detail.
Bofors case, this is a fact. One very close friend of Rajiv Gandhi's told me that he himself didn't know, but Rajiv had another account, direct, which benefited the family.
What has the Congress' reaction been to such revelations?
Oh, they pooh-pooh it, and they avoid me. See, all of them, these Congress people, I've seen them even when I was in Rajya Sabha, they kept a distance from me.
Why? Because they think I was responsible for getting Mrs Gandhi defeated after Emergency. Now, how is that possible? (Laughs)
I've been far more critical of the other parties, maybe softer on the Congress.
In Picture: Indira Gandhi delivers a speech, 20 March 1977, to announce her resignation after the first defeat of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections post Independence. She lost both her post as Prime Minister and her seat in Parliament.
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