The firebrand leader’s great career eventually faded into a failure
Ajay Singh | January 30, 2019 | Delhi
It was some time in 2011. Lal Krishna Advani was in his chamber in the parliament complex waiting to receive George Fernandes, a long-time friend and political comrade-in-arms. Fernandes was ushered in assisted by his wife, Leila Kabir, and sundry aides. His walk was infirm.
Advani looked at him quite pensively and asked, “Do you recognise me, George?” Fernandes showed no signs of familiarity. Disappointed, Advani lamented: “You see, George, I am in a strange position. I cannot talk to Atalji (Bihari Vajpayee) and Jaswantji (Singh). Now you also don't recognise me.”
Vajpayee died in August last year after being bed-ridden for around a decade during which time he could not recognise anybody. Singh continues to be in a similar state.
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