A DIPLOMAT WITH POLITICS IN BLOOD
NEW DELHI: The passing of Brajesh Mishra has evoked memories of his role in organising the Pokhran II nuclear tests.
But what we sometimes forget is how extraordinarily powerful he was when he served as Prime Minister AB Vajpayee’s principal secretary and the country’s first National Security Advisor (NSA).
His grip over the government was so absolute that it was bitterly resented by many in the BJP, who complained that the wrong old bald guy had become India’s second-most powerful man – not LK Advani but Mishra. >>