Blogger Advani defends Jinnah comment,again

L K Advani who has used the cyber tool to justify his controversial comments on Pakistan founder M A Jinnah that had sparked a furore.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:January 10, 2009 3:33 pm

There is a new star in the blogosphere from the galaxy of politicians. It is none other than BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate L K Advani who has used the cyber tool to justify his controversial comments on Pakistan founder M A Jinnah that had sparked a furore.

The 81-year-old BJP leader has started blogging on his website and in his latest writing on Friday he explained how his meeting with the then Ramkrishna Mission chief Swami Ranganathananda had led him to make the Jinnah comment in a “subconscious way” over three years back.

“Swamiji(Ranganathananda),in particular,lauded Jinnah’s historic speech in the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on 11 August 1947 and said,”The true exposition of the meaning of secularism can be found in this speech. In a subconscious way,this last conversation with Swamiji was to play a decisive contributory role in my own remarks about Jinnah when I went to Pakistan in May-June 2005,” he writes in his blog.

Advani had to resign from the party president post after his comments earned the ire of RSS. In his latest blog entry he also talks in detail about his association with late Swamiji and the memories of association with him since his days in Karachi before partition.

“Our conversation at this last meeting (in 2003 in Kolkata) centred on our days in Karachi,the tragic developments triggered by Partition and the role of Mohammed Ali Jinnah,” he writes.

Advani describes the Swami as one of the brightest spiritual lights that shone upon Indian society in our times quoting from his autobiography ‘My Country My life’.

“My last meeting with him was in 2003,when I had gone to Kolkata for a function,and Swamiji,after having become the all-India President of the Ramakrishna Mission,was living at Belur Math,the missions headquarters in the city. During the last three years of my life in Karachi,every Sunday evening,I started going to the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram to listen to the discourses on the Bhagavad Gita by Swami Ranganathananda. I was as much fascinated by Swamiji’s personality,” he adds.

“Once when Swamiji was delivering a lecture on Islam and Prophet Mohammed in Karachi,one person entered the hall and sat in the last row. It was Mohammed Ali Jinnah. After the lecture,Jinnah reportedly rushed to the dais and said,Swamiji,so far I had believed that I am a real Muslim. After listening to your speech,I understand that I am not. But with your blessings,I will try to become a real Muslim,” writes Advani.

The blogspace of Advani promises to have two more writings from the BJP leader in a week and also invites comments from readers.

Advani,who has a dedicated website on his name,writes,”I was told that a website without a blog is a like having a letter without signature.”

Advani has joined the league of leaders who blog including Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. The former deputy prime minister has also promised to increase the quantum of writing as the Lok Sabha election campaign picks up pace.

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