Advani good home minister
I disagree with what AG Noorani has to say in "All in it together". During Advani's tenure elections were held in J&K (the state started burning in late 80s under Rajiv Gandhi), talks with Hurriyat started, attack on ULFA from Bhutan alongwith Bhutanese Army (Assam problem began under Indira Gandhi), Indian Maoists ran for cover due to a coordinated policy alongwith the states and India initiated dialogue with Pakistan.india Updated: May 02, 2006 18:26 IST
During Advani's tenure as home minister - elections were held in Kashmir (Kashmir started burning in late eighties under Rajiv Gandhi), talks with Hurriyat started, attack on ULFA from Bhutan alongwith Bhutanese Army (Assam started burning under Indira Gandhi's rule), Indian Maoists running for cover due to a coordinated policy alongwith the states, India having the initiative in dialogue with Pakistan.
These are just some examples, but yes he did not come out with a white paper on ISI, one can weigh the positives versus the negatives. Let's see where the country stands currently-ULFA is exploding bombs at will, Jehadi terrorism has never been so blatant with bombs in temples and mosques with the perpetrators of these crimes never caught, Tribes in the north-east are massacred by other tribes, Maoists have formed a red corridor and have never been so active, etc.
Noorani objectivity always allows one to build and project measured opinions. Subjectivity clouds the mind. Your opinions about Advani are biased and bereft of objectivity. I have not read your critique on Shivraj Patil, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi or even Lalu Yadav, for the simple reason your biases against the BJP and its leaders prevent you from doing so.
Hence I reject your article as motivated and incorrect portrayal of truth.
First Published: May 02, 2006 18:26 IST