30 July, 2021

Asleep At The Wheel?

Or did the BJP-RSS leadership trick him into a sorry complacency?

Asleep At The Wheel?

Taken By Surprise

  • Rao did not expect things to go out of hand in Ayodhya
  • This, his former aides say, was because he had received assurance from Vajpayee and Shekhawat and RSS leader Rajendra Singh
  • Had he gone by intelligence reports, he could have acted in time to prevent the demolition


On the fateful morning of December 6, 1992, even as kar sevaks were assembling  in the temple town of Ayodhya, around the 400-year-old Babri Masjid, Prime Minister
P.V. Narasimha Rao was ensconced in his official residence, 7, Race Course Road, deep in conversation with a close associate. He was perfectly calm and composed, the associate told Outlook, as though he was totally in command of the situation. Around 11.30 am, the phone rang. It was the director of the Intelligence Bureau. He tersely informed the PM things were getting out of hand in Ayodhya.

Rao, the associate recalls, turned...

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