- Updated: Feb 20, 2016
Does anybody remember the exact date on which LK Advani lost his chance to become Prime Minister of India? If you don’t, it was 6 December 1992. What happened was this: Advani reminded karsevaks at Ayodhya how the Babri Masjid, which stood at the exact spot where Lord Ram was born, symbolized the evils heaped on the Hindu nation through the centures.
But the karsevaks were not interested in mere talk. They stormed a police cordon around the masjid and the police cheerfully gave way. Then, the mob attacked the Babri Masjid and demolished it till not a stone remained standing.
Advani seemed genuinely upset by this turn of events. Some say he was in tears when Pramod Mahajan led him away and took him to the guesthouse where he was staying.
In the weeks and months that followed, there was shock and revulsion across the world. Riots broke out throughout India, hundreds died. And later, when assembly elections were held, the BJP was voted out in those states where it held power.
The demolition effectively sealed Advani’s fate. It was clear that the BJP government in…