Monday, September 07, 2009

“My Country My Life” by L K Advani – A Journey Through the Heart of India

Autobiography of L K Advani "My Country, My Life" takes you through the history of India for the last eighty years through the eyes of an honest, sincere and dedicated politician. A must read book for any political student, I must say.

This book starts with Advani’s life in Sindh in undivided India and ends with his views on issues as latest as Ram Sethu that happened in 2008. This book is divided into five phases each phase describing a particular period of history. The first phase of the book talks in detail of the events from LK Advani’s birth to 1947, when India got independence and when Pakistan was craved out of India. The second, third, fourth and fifth phase of the book narrate the period 1947-57, 57-77, 77-97,97-2007 respectively.

Advani is one of the very few practicing politicians out there in India who has actively participated in all the Indian elections till now. His narration of all those elections fills us with pride about the greatness of democracy in our country. Advani has dealt with in detail about the Ayodhya issue and recounts all the discussions and the various behind the scene activities that occurred before the mosque was demolished. He throws light on the Emergency imposed by Congress government and how all the opposition parties joined together to form the Janatha Party and its subsequent demise.

Advani’s commentary on his functioning as the Home Minister is a great read. The resolve of the NDA government lead by Vajpayee to solve the Kashmir issue has been narrated by Advani in great detail. The major events like the nuclear testing in Pokran, on the day of the attack on the Parliament by extremists are all penned down in detail in this book.

The chapter I like most in this book – one dedicated to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee where Advani takes us through his association with him. Their relationship is unparallel in post independence Indian political history as never before two such strong political leaders could work together for over 50 years with one mission – development of the nation.

There are shortcomings also in this book. One of the major drawbacks – Advani has taken pains to explain all the good things he has done as the Home Minister. The hijacking of the Indian Airlines flight and subsequent surrender to the terrorist demand was definitely the lowest point of his term as Home Minister. He doesn’t go in depth of what happened those days and never explains the need for an Indian Minister to accompany those terrorists to Afghanistan.

I don’t agree to lot of his political views especially about how he defines Hinduism or Secularism but reading this book was like a journey through the heart of my motherland knowing the highs and lows she faced in the last eighty years through the eyes of L K Advani, who was a major player in the political landscape of India.

Here is an interview L K Advani gave soon after his book was published to Burkha Dutt

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Sanjay said...

OK, here is my point. I can understand your unprecedented praise of Advani. You are a closet-fascist. Oh, come on. I do not know the last guy who praised Advani and not being a right-wing fascist. Your unbridled procrastination to the face of right wing terror in India is pathetic and your comments about him are reflective of your hidden agenda to paint him as having a halo and as being secular. The terror he unleashed with the Babri masjid issue is still felt across the country. Ah! Maybe, you dont know or that you dont want to know. Ultimately, its a choice. And everybody wants to rule the world. Especially, the upper caste Hindus = BJP (RSS). You tell me the percentage of lower caste Hindu leaders in BJP and I shall tell you their agenda. Its very blatant. The upper caste Hindus are the BJP/RSS leaders who use Hindutva to get the votes of the majority lower caste Hindus and in turn end up ruling them. I am sure that the lower caste Hindus shall wake up to this reality some day and let us see who shall have the last laugh. And last but not the least, you are an upper caste.

September 07, 2009 12:36 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Sanjay,

Have you read what I wrote? Can you show me where I have done "unprecedented praise of Advani"?

Read the last but one paragraph again before you make such comments.

September 07, 2009 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nair,

As home minister he promised to publish a white paper on ISI activities in India. He never did that. He is all talk, no action. He always practiced divisive politics with his rath yatra.

Padmakumar

September 07, 2009 5:01 PM  
Blogger Karthikeyan said...

Since i have not read the book, i can't say much about it. However, my cynical mind has only this question.

If he can lie through his teeth about th Kandahar episode, as is clear now after the Jaswant book episode, what else has he lied about to show himself in a good light?

I never had any good opinion about him and i find it very hard to change my opinion based on his word about himself.

September 07, 2009 8:05 PM  
Blogger Brijesh Nair said...

Padmakumar,
I don't agree with most of his ideologies. But this book is a nice read as it throws light into the functioning of various political parties and government machinery.

Karthik,
See the second video I uploaded. He explains what all happened during the hijacking of the IA flight.

September 08, 2009 12:08 AM  
Blogger Karthik said...

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September 08, 2009 8:54 PM  
Blogger Karthikeyan said...

Brijesh,
I saw the video. It was wishy-washy denial of the allegation that he was distancing himself from the Kandahar episode.
In anycase i don't think you are here defending him.

What i find difficult to accept is the characterization that this guy is either honest or sincere. Kandahar episode aside, right from Rath Yatra to displaying the bribe in the parliament, he has shown scant regard for any higher ideals or considered anything sacred (including our parliament).Rather, he misled people and misused the idea of Hinduism without shame.

September 08, 2009 8:55 PM  

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