While the nation furiously nodded in agreement with the home minister about India having ‘moved on’ since the early 90s, there have been two folks who have reminded us that the more things change, the more things... you know the line. The first gentleman is former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya. Mr Dalmiya has returned to the holy fold of cricket administration after being rather ceremoniously shown the door in 2006 for ‘misappropriating funds’. One can’t be sure whether he’s making a comeback, but the safari suit that’s his signature is officially back. As is Pervez Musharraf — more gentrified, less general-ised than we last saw him.
The former Pakistan President, army chief and visible face of Pakistan as well as Punjabi ‘biradri-hood’ announced his return to ‘mainstream politics’ with the launch of a new party. Mr Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League (how we wish he had named it something a little more original and, therefore, less liable to be confused with any other Pakistani political party) will provide the man who has been living in Londonistan since he stepped down from power in 2008, a ‘clean slate’ that will make him a contender in the 2013 Pakistani elections.
The return of these two prodigals is unlikely to turn the clock back for the rest of us. But our question is: is a nostalgic man by the name of L.K. Advani, on hearing the good news about Messrs Dalmiya and Musharraf, thinking what we are thinking?