“The gods had condemned Sisyphus to ceaselessly rolling a rock to the top of a mountain, whence the stone would fall back of its own weight. They had thought with some reason that there is no more dreadful punishment than futile and hopeless labour.”
The Myth of Sisyphus
Unrewarded labour is indeed a terrible human condition. Lesser men and women lose the yen to keep going. But not L.K. Advani, the self-confessed “political Hindu” with the Protestant work ethic. Still, in moments of existential angst, he may have contemplated the fruits of his many labours. If his goal had been to bring the BJP to the national stage, he had achieved that two decades ago. But if the goalpost had shifted along the way to becoming the prime minister of India or, short of that, remaining in perpetuity the pre-eminent leader of the BJP, he must feel thwarted.
To understand one’s own limits is a sign of great wisdom, they...