In his blog titled “How association with RSS has given meaning to my life”, Advani recalled his recent visit to Khushwant Singh, who entered his centenary year on Feb 2, and lauded him for being a prolific and active writer despite his advanced age.
Advani also recalled how Khushwant Singh had in an article praised his “liberal” persona despite criticizing him in the past in connection with the demolition of Babri Masjid. “Only a liberal and generous and earnestly large hearted person can so readily shed his aversion to another, one of whose actions he had so strongly disapproved earlier....,” the BJP leader said on his blog about Singh. Quoting from Singh’s article, Advani wrote on his blog, “After he (Advani) led his Rath Yatra from Somnath Temple to Ayodha and watched the Babri Masjid being pulled down, I have been one of his severest critics. I used harsh words for him on his face at a public meeting he was to address. “So, about my visit to his residence, he wrote: I had reason to fear that he wanted to tick me off and tell me to go to hell....Instead of ticking me off, as I expected, he brought a bouquet of roses for me and my daughter.
“I had to concede he was better Sikh than I am. He is an Amil Sindhi, a community that subscribes to Sikh tenets. “We spent an hour talking about different things but did not refer to rath yatra and the destruction of Babri Masjid. It was entirely a courtesy call to reaffirm that despite differences we were on amicable talking terms. He is a bigger man that I thought he was.” (PTI)