Monday, August 29, 2005
The tactical failure of LK Advani
LK Advani has blundered away his position in Indian politics. The darling of the far right, he thought he'd win himself the support of moderate (and secular) Indians with his comments about Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Pakistan, but he only succeeded in angering his core constituency on the right. And now, he's trying to woo them back with his support of Narendra Modi, which is ensuring that those moderates who were impressed by his statements on Jinnah have gone back to disregarding him. He has become na ghar ka na ghat ka, while earlier he could at least call one of them his home. What he must have thought of as a significant tactical shift has backfired completely.