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Indian politicos have a lot to learn from Vajpayee. Never mind that he helped pull down the mosque.

Delhi Diary
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A Tall Behari Vajpayee

Justice M.S. Liberhan is getting a great deal of stick for taking such a long time and spending so much public money for telling the country what it already knew. Besides the inclusion of A.B. Vajpayee in the Gang of 68, no revelation has come as breaking news. Waste of time? No. The judge has done us a monumental service by finally closing the ugly saga of rumour, gossip, confession and hearsay regarding the demolition. Despite the cynicism, commissions of inquiry have a sanctity, an authenticity, similar to that of a judicial conviction. With one difference: there is no court of appeal. The guilty can dispute the verdict till the cows come home, the guilty can evade punishment, but they cannot wash off the stain. Since this commission existed under regimes of various political colours, no political party or individual politician can disown its findings.

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