He is one of the trinity that shaped right-wing politics in India. Along with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi was instrumental in founding the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after the fall of the Janata government. Joshi was a teacher and scientist. An erudite man, he was, however, made to play second fiddle to Vajpayee. He was the president of the party and Union minister of Human Resources in the Vajpayee government. Murli Mahohar Joshi, always speaks his mind. He discusses a range of issues, from the nation’s security to the need for a more responsible media, with Shahid Faridi. Excerpts.
The Indian state is in danger of collapsing. There is no other explanation for the nightmarish fact that a handful of terrorists could hold a whole nation to ransom for 60 hours
The game of political musical chairs is on what with the general elections around the corner. The latest overture has come from the Left with the CPM holding out its hand to Jayalalitha’s AIADMK with the hope of forming a Third Front once again. The Left is also hoping to rope in BSP’s Mayawati. But will the two head-strong women able to survive in the same scabbard. These pre-poll alliances may come to naught because both these women would want to hold their cards close and watch how the elections finally play out.
The UPA government seems to be napping. Caught on the wrong foot where national security is concerned, the government has also chosen to ignore a key sector for economic growth — POWER