Dif­fer­ent era, dif­fer­ent pol­i­tics

Business Standard - - DEMOCRACY AT WORK -

BJP leader and for­mer Delhi chief min­is­ter Madan­lal Khu­rana died re­cently. He was a le­gend in Delhi. Long­time re­porter Pankaj Vohra has a lovely story about Khu­rana. Congress’ HKL Bha­gat and Khu­rana were bit­ter ri­vals. But when Bha­gat was on his death bed in hospi­tal, Khu­rana wanted to bid farewell. His son Deepak ar­ranged a time. Khu­rana and Vohra went to the ICU. Af­ter meet­ing Bha­gat’s wife, the two were led into his room. Bha­gat, suf­fer­ing from mem­ory lapses, recog­nised his ri­val im­me­di­ately. He greeted Khu­rana by whis­per­ing his name and in a ges­ture of bless­ing placed his hand over his head. By this time, Khu­rana had tears in his eyes. That was a dif­fer­ent era and a dif­fer­ent kind of pol­i­tics.

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