POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Sep 08, 2009 AT 14:45 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 08, 2009 14:49 IST

Ashok Malik in The Deccan Chronicle:

It was said of Ronald Reagan that he was the “Teflon Man”: nothing (no scandal) stuck on him. In the post-2004 period, Mr Advani became the “Fevicol Man”: he just stuck on to everything, every post. Did he really have to bring this upon himself?

...Whatever its other shortcomings, the Sangh leadership has been extremely courteous to Mr Advani. It has told him he has a couple of years to fade away from the party hierarchy and decision-making.

Till then, he can be guidance counsellor to a team that will probably be put together by the RSS.

Yet, as his “talent hunt” brainwave suggests, Mr Advani is not reconciled to his own irrelevance. He plans to use his grace period to keep himself in the limelight or merely in the news. Bheesma thinks he is Arjuna, believes he is the hero and the Pandavas and Kauravas are peripheral characters, and wants the script altered to his convenience.

This is not a modern Mahabharat; it is a political tragedy.

Read the full article: Advani’s fall: From Iron Man to Fevicol Man

POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Sep 08, 2009 AT 14:45 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 08, 2009 14:49 IST
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Sep 09, 2009
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Sep 09, 2009
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Its saddening to see a person like Advani reduced to cipher. It is hard to believe that this man used to be the ideal of many. Retiring with grace is the only option left with him, the sooner the better.
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