Advani’s Christmas

L K Advani is a versatile actor.  He can don any cap and change his (and the cap’s) colours accordingly.  Unlike Narendra Modi who is overtly uncomfortable with any cap related to Islam, Advani can be comfortable wearing any damn cap as long as it may help to win votes.  Yesterday Mr Advani celebrated Christmas in Delhi with some Christians.  He even allowed his grand-daughter, Navya, to be dressed as Santa Claus.  [See the picture scanned from the print version of the Malayala Manorama newspaper of 17 Dec 2011 – the newspaper didn’t deem it worth to put the photo in their online edition]. 

According to the front page report in the Malayala Manorama, Advani delivered a Christmas message too in which he reiterated that the BJP’s history resembled Jesus’ life in some ways.  The Jan Sangh workers were ousted from the Janata Party in 1980 on Good Friday.  Then the Jan Sangh resurrected like Jesus as the Bharatiya Janata Party on the Easter Sunday.  Mr Advani said this same thing on many different occasions earlier too, like during his election campaign in Shillong.  During that campaign Mr Advani also referred to the fact that he had also mentioned the Jesus link with the birth of BJP in his own speech delivered at the founding conference of the BJP on April 6, 1980. 

Jesus was resurrected again by Mr Advani yesterday during the Christmas celebration at his Prithviraj Road residence in Delhi.  He went on to mention his other Christian associations.  He said that he had studied at a Christian school (St Patrick’s School) in Karachi.  He added that Musharaf who left India after the Partition also studied in that same school after he reached Karachi.  He further mentioned that he had visited the school two times later and was given a warm welcome.  He remembered the Christian principal and other teachers with love in his Christmas message. 

I wonder why the English press ignored the celebration.  According to the Malayalam newspaper it was a grand celebration in which many BJP leaders like Fransisco D’Souza from Goa BJP, Alphonse Kannamthanan from Kerala BJP, Chandran Mitra and Bijoya Chakravarti from West Bengal BJP (?) as well as many prominent Christian religious leaders from the North-East took part.

Maybe, the English press doesn’t like Mr Advani’s chameleon colours.  I too don’t like it.  I wish Mr Advani rose above the need to change colours.  I wish Mr Advani really understood the psychological value of religion and left it at that instead of using it for nefarious political purposes.  I wish Mr Advani understood the real meaning of Jesus’ saying: “Give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”  That separation of religion from politics will certainly work more miracles for the BJP than all the Medieval strategies it takes recourse to from time to time.

Advani ji, I wish you a real Merry Christams.  Almost as Charles Dickens would have wished Scrooge. 



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12 Responses to Advani’s Christmas

  1. bhupendra says:

    I hope u’d write about Rahul Gandhi’s recent visits to poor and eating @dalit’s home during election seasons and only in UP, if you find that’s not chameleonatic. ANd you can suggest him to visit Naxal affected areas too.

  2. Sid says:

    Not just about Advani but generically – politics is all about convenience. In today’s newspaper you have Russia on the verge of banning Gita bcoz they feel its a ‘extremist text’ which would spread ‘hatred’. Ideally GOI should intervene, since it is symbolic of our ancient past but ignoring this would be a part of Congress’s minority appeasement policy. What else is ‘divide and rule’. That’s why we don’t need politicians, we need statesmen.

  3. matheikal says:

    Any discourse can be interpreted in numerous ways. Isn’t quite interesting that Russia finds extremism in the Gita? Don’t you think the Gita is amenable to such an interpretation?

    Yes, I agree with you, we don’t have statesmen.

    • Sid says:

      Well sir, I ‘ve read the Gita and didn’t find any extremism in it at all! Probably after reading the text the only moral you draw is ‘all inclusiveness’. I wonder what made the Russians think the other way around.

      • matheikal says:

        Sid, there are places in the Gita where one is asked to ignore relationships and go all out on the battle at hand. It can be interpreted in many ways, you see.

  4. Raghuram Ekambaram says:

    I am curious why it bothered you so much this time, matheikal … yes, at times the pressure release valve has to see some action :)))

    Matheikal, a religious death is necessary for a secular resurrection. In the case of Jesus, the path was traveresed backwards … But LKA is just spinning his wheels in mud … this is my charitable response to his current shenanigans.


    • matheikal says:

      Raghuram, there’s only reason why it keeps bothering me at any time: up to what age will one keep pretending? I think a time comes in everybody’s life when the pretension should cease and the real identity should emerge. I feel that there is a strong element of secularism (in the Indian sense, the Nehruvian sense) lying deep down in Advani’s psyche which he has been smothering relentlessly just for political benefits. Shouldn’g he now, in the winter of his life, come out openly and say that religious fundamentalism is just absurd.

      • AditiAditi says:

        Matheikal, you are too charitable vis a vis LKA. The man has not even been able to follow the dictates of the religion he is supposed to follow and propagate, At an age when he should take ‘Sanyaas’ after going through ‘Vaanprastha’, he says that he is still open to being the prime minister ‘if his party wants him to’…if he is ‘secular’, that is only to fish for acceptability and tolerance among non-Hindus, nothing else.

      • matheikal says:

        Aditi, I think Advani is as much secular as Jinnah was. Both played a game with the people. One reason why Advani was able to praise Jinnah is that both of them share many things in their personality make-up. Both are fraudulent to some extent. It is that nature that I tried to question, mildly though.

  5. Raghuram Ekambaram says:

    And, lose sight of the mirage of occupying 7, Race Course Road? Tut, tut … 🙂


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