29 November, 2020

Arun Jaitley

A senior Sangh pracharak rang me up: "We must release cables sent from Ashoka Road to Nagpur on a variety of issues"

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Arun Jaitley

If you ask me, it’s most unfortunate and rather ironical (as Advaniji put it) that a paper which takes its name from one of the great religions of the world should print my views on Hinduism as interpreted by Robert Blake, a firangi diplomat. The gentleman in question is the kind who doesn’t know his karma from his cola. Which is why he and his assistant (some Mike-Shike fellow) who accompanied him for that famous May 6, 2005, meeting got it all wrong. To get the right perspective, let me reveal what actually transpired that Friday. In the course of a rather long discussion, Mr Blake wondered what my take was on the BJP and Hinduism. “Well,” I said, “Hinduism, as we all know, is just a way....” Which is when Mike-Shike interrupted with this lame crack, “Mr Jaitley, this so-called way, does it lead to 10 Janpath or to Parliament?” I tried my best to explain that what I was referring to was the dharma followed by every practising Hindu. “You mean coalition dharma?” came the next...



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