- Vijay Simha
If you look for redemption hard enough, you will find it. It takes doing though. It won't come if remorse has just begun to dawn. It won't come if you have only begun to list the mistakes you made. It will come when atonement is complete.
LK Advani's decision to resign from the posts he holds in the BJP is a first step. It's not yet rebirth. Let's look at what his letter to BJP President Rajnath Singh says.
"All my life I have found working for the Jana Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party a matter of great pride and endless satisfaction to myself.
For some time I have been finding it difficult to reconcile either with the current functioning of the party or the direction in which it is going. I no longer have the feeling that this is the same idealistic party created by Dr Mookerji, Deen Dayalji, Nanaji and Vajpayeeji whose sole concern was the country, and its people. Most leaders of ours are now concerned just with their personal agendas.
I have decided, therefore, to resign from the three main fora of the party, namely, the National Executive, the Parliamentary Board, and the Election Committee. This may be regarded as my resignation letter."
This is more clever and hurt than grief or catharsis.
First, if Advani has been upset for a while about the BJP's work or its path, he ought to have articulated it. In the line of duty, silence is sin. By letting the world believe that he was all right with most BJP decisions, Advani committed grave error.
A big mistake is not corrected by second thoughts. It is corrected by equal and opposite action. You have to undo it from the roots. Advani had an opportunity ten years ago when the Gujarat riots happened. He was 75 then and Narendra Modi 52. All Advani had to do was say it and Modi would've been forced to quit.
Image: In this photograph taken on August 9. 2011, Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader L. K. Advani waves during a BJP Youth Wing rally against alleged corruption by the UPA government in New Delhi.