the fi­nal jour­ney

Governance Now - - VAJPAYEE: AN EVALUATION - PHOTOS by Arun Ku­mar

It was the hot af­ter­noon of a hu­mid day, be­tween one spell of rains and an­other. That did not de­ter thou­sands of peo­ple from com­ing out to pay their fi­nal re­spects to a dear de­parted leader. Va­j­payee, one of the tallest mass lead­ers of in­de­pen­dent In­dia, used to say in the nascent stage of the BJP that peo­ple come in hordes to lis­ten to his speeches but don’t vote for his party. That, how­ever, was an in­di­ca­tion of how much peo­ple – even those who might not agree to his politics – loved him, his or­a­tory, and found hope in him. On Au­gust 17, the fu­neral pro­ces­sion started from the new BJP of­fice in the heart of the cap­i­tal and moved on to the Rashtriya Sm­riti Sthal on the banks of Ya­muna where Va­j­payee’s mor­tal re­mains were con­signed to flames.

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