26 February, 2021

Sir, Where To Get Off The Bus?

BJP’s original yatri L.K. Advani has launched as many as five yatras. A look at the forays of the BJP’s iron man

HT
Sir, Where To Get Off The Bus?
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

In a political career spanning over six decades, BJP’s original yatri L.K. Advani has launched as many as five yatras. His portal describes a yatra as a “procession, a journey, a pilgrimage....” Here is a look at the forays of the BJP’s iron man:

Ram Rath Yatra, 1990

The first yatra, centred around the Ayodhya controversy. Advani got on a Toyota pick-up truck dressed to look like a chariot, set out from Somnath on September 25, 1990, and traversed across India, setting off a tremendous public response and lots of communal tension in its wake. The journey was supposed to culminate at Ayodhya on October 30, after covering a distance of 10,000 km, but was stopped abruptly at Samastipur when Laloo Yadav, then Bihar CM, ordered Advani’s arrest. A sort of variant-on-wheels of famous post-independence padayatras—like the early ones by Acharya Vinoba Bhave or Chandra Shekhar’s ’80s version—it was Advani’s only hit roadshow, the success of which he kept trying to recreate, with...

In this article:

Latest Magazine

March 01, 2021
content

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section