Both Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Iron Lady Indira Gandhi were direct descendants of Chanakya,former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was Ajatshatru with no enemies and Nehru was innocent. These gems of political wisdom are from D G Vanzara,the police officer who has been cooling his heels in Ahmedabads Sabarmati Central Jail for nearly five years now as a key accused in the fake encounter killings of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi.
If these were not enough,here are some more.
Rawalpindi must be freed from Pakistan and the Chinese must be shown their place,Vanzara writes in his third book,Ran Tankar (Battle Cry),a collection of 128 poems,which was released on Saturday by former DGP Shabbir Khandwawala.
Of all national figures,it seems Vanzara fancies Patel the most. After Chanakya,if anyone has contributed in protecting the geographical entity of this country,it is Patel and Gandhi,he writes.
During his stay in jail,Vanzara has earned a PG diploma in spiritual education,never mind his battle cry against Pakistan and China,and has written three books,all mainly collections of 400-odd poems.
Once he is done with his sermons on Indias many unfinished battles at one point in the book,he writes that the last war remains to be fought Vanzara turns personal.
Even before my arrest,I was taken for a criminal. After I was arrested,a one-sided war was started against me and the co-accused. Today,people refuse to meet me even in private,let alone in public.
His life in the jail,along with its mice and squirrels and squalor,also finds more than a passing mention in the book. The only thing the book does not mention is the enemy the encounter cops battle cry is directed at.