Advani's Jan Chetna Yatra a Launch Pad for Daughter Pratibha?

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Mangalore, Nov 3: Despite being on the wrong side of 84, BJP leader L K Advani has kept alive his Prime Ministerial ambitions much to the exasperation of his party colleagues who wanted him to bow down gracefully and makes way for a younger leader to be projected in the next elections 2014.

However, Advani’s filial love is proving to be much more embarrassing to party leaders and even the RSS which it is believed is slowly losing patience with the veteran leader. That his daughter Prathibha accompanies him during the 38-day long strenuous ‘Jan Chetna Yatra’, has sent enough signals that Advani is no different from other political leaders when it comes to promoting his family and his own band of faithfuls. Though Pratibha has been part of most of Advani’s events, for the first time she is in the limelight along with her father, making it a family affair. It is also learnt that top BJP leaders have been advised against participating in the yatra. In Karnataka it was a huge setback for Advani and Co as many ministers (Yeddyurappa supporters) including those who have grown in the RSS backyard chose to abstain during the Karnataka leg of the yatra.

Newspapers have flashed photographs of Prathibha in her saffron coloured salwars, waving at the crowd and sharing vantage position along with her father all through the yatra. Some newspaper have reported about RSS’s displeasure with Advani for turning his Bharat Chetna Yatra into a promotional tour for himself, his family and his so called loyalists led by the indomitable politician from Karnataka, Yeddyuyrappa’s bête noire Anant Kumar.

The RSS is peeved the way the yatra is proceeding, contrary to the original idea that it should be a party show raising voice against corruption and not a yatra with a personal agenda of promoting his family or projecting himself as BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate. But what is happening now is quite embarrassing for the BJP central leadership and also the RSS. That Pratibha Advani is a part of the entire yatra of 38 days which is quite exhaustive and demanding, is in itself an indication that this yatra is will be a political launch pad for this articulate daughter of iron man of BJP.

It may be remembered that just two years ago Pratibha Advani had categorically denied joining politics (for the time being) saying ‘she is in no mood to join politics’. But she had not totally ruled out joining politics. “I have unfortunately not been able to devote much time for active politics myself but my involvement with my father has been pretty complete. Later in life, if I feel I want to give it my whole time or something then I will”, PTI had quoted her saying in 2009.

Within a short gap two years the Indian political scenario has changed drastically what with many politicians sent to jail and people forging a united fight against corruption. In the changed political situation it looks as though Advani and his loyalists thought the time is just ripe for Pratibha to make a politically correct statement by slowly making her entry but in a bigger platform. But such a move is sure to boomerang on him personally and also on the party considering that Advani has always derided the congress for its dynastic rule and had time and again stated that he’ll not do anything disparaging for his party. Such a move would also take the sheen away from the BJP leaving only the communist party which has stayed true not to promoting political dynasties.
Though she has grown up in a political atmosphere Pratibha Advani has over the years earned a name for herself away from politics. She is a well-known name on television anchoring programmes especially cinema programmes and also owns a media company which is engaged in producing programmes for television channels.

It is widely believed that Pratibha had not used her surname avoiding it wherever possible so that not to get the undue advantage she would have got otherwise as Advani’s daughter. But all those carefully orchestrated plans are history now and there are enough indications that Pratibha is inching towards a political career to follow in her father’s footsteps. That must be making the BJP central leadership quite fidgety as the party may not be able to harp on the subject of dynastic rule (especially aimed at Nehru-Gandhi family) in the coming elections. Of course Pratibha’s entry into politics cannot be equated with that of Rahul or Priyanka Gandhi. Even Pratibha Advani had said on an earlier occasion that such comparisons are out of question because when it comes to Nehru-Gandhi family their political entry is a foregone conclusion whereas it is not so in case of others. There is certainly an iota of truth in this as Pratibha is a political novice and cannot or does not have the charisma of the Nehru Gandhi family.

While the infusion of fresh and young blood in parties is a welcome step one has to only wait and see whether Advani also has succumbed to the much maligned but highly tempting filial love syndrome afflicting Indian politics. His supporters may cry foul saying Pratibha’s political entry is on merit which holds true of other parties including the Congress.


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  • MANOJ SHARMA, Kathmandu, Nepal

    Wed, Nov 09 2011

    I do not see any harm if Pratiba Advani coming to POLITICS.Such a versatile character with and wide exposure should be acceptable to all. Looking through opposition ideology and blaming everyone is disgusting.

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  • Jarvin, Bangalore

    Fri, Nov 04 2011

    By that count, you should have been in politics ahead of everyone else..

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  • T.K. Hamza, Kushalnagar

    Fri, Nov 04 2011


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/ Mumbai

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    This man has not done any thing good of INDIA accept demolishing the Babri Masjid and inviting international terrorism to India. Thanks to this man today, in all our metros no one is sure if their breadwinner who sets out in the morning will be back home safe or in an ambulance.
    Politics of Religion and Hate does not work anymore in India. This man is desperate to become the PM of India but no one wants him. I hope his daughter does not follow his footsteps.

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  • Deepak Rao, Birmingham/ Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    I saw his interview on NDTV where he categorically said that Pratibha will not and should not enter politcs

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  • Rajesh, mangalore

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    Mr vasanth i thought bjp and their supporters oppossed entry of children and grand children into politics.. just the otherday Advani was lamblasting that Sonia nad her family is involved with dynastic rule then what is this???

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  • Rahil, Mangalore

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    She is a talented young women. She can do a lot if she comes into Indian Politics. Well, i guess it should not be through BJP, Or else she will be left behind Umma barathi and others.

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  • S.K. Nair, Trivandrum

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    Welcome Ms. Prathibha, all the best

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  • Jayanthi, Neralkatte

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    I liked very much comments of Harsh Malhotra. It's true Pratibha/Supriya are having bright future as like there father.

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    Dear Harsha Malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi.
    Taste varies to individuals. What suits me may not suit u. For me,Prathiba Advani is very smart and has very good outlook. I respect Prathiba Advani & your observations and expect the same from you.

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  • Harsha Malhotra, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    Mr.Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India..

    pratibha is 'smart' but not carrying good outlook....but in case of supriya is not smart..(daughter of sharad pawar)..but carrying good outlook..her plus point....charming face!! both are having promising career in near future...

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  • Wilson Dsouza, Dubai

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    I strongly agree with Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, & PRASHANTH, Mangalore / Bahrain

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  • Harold D'cunha, Mangalore, India

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    DearVasant Raj, Udupi / Abudhabi. If u wear a black glass, the world looks black. If a person is himself/herself an idiot, for him/her, the world looks like idiot.

    We wish Prathiba Advani all the best in every step she takes, whether political or in any field she chooses. She is very smart and has very good outlook.

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  • PRASHANTH, Mangalore / Bahrain

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    Its Really nice if she comes into politics..She got a good educational background also...We wish to see her in active politics..

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  • s.moorthy, mangalore/dubai

    Thu, Nov 03 2011

    We should appriciate Pratiba for her excellent performance as an anchor in the television. Mean while we also should not forget that in spite of the fact that she is daughter of high profile politician we always seen her humble and down to earth. So if at all she intended to come to indian politics I feel we should not think of dynasty. Because forget about other small parties, congress believe in pleasing Gandhis. But we never seen any of the BJP leader said that Pratiba should come to the politics. This is the difference between BJP and other parties.

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  • Canute , Mangalore/ Dubai

    Wed, Nov 02 2011

    Even though he is not corrupt he is evil minded. He has secret plans to grab the chair with the religious fundamentalism rather than love for the nation. He is not interested in National unity. Now he is working for his family affair.

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  • Vasant Raj, Udupi / Abudhabi.

    Wed, Nov 02 2011

    Idiot like Rahul Gandhi is there in politics, why can't Prathibha Advani ?

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    Wed, Nov 02 2011

    I am differing with editor bit here that PRATHIBHA ADVANI, used her surname widely as she is a media women.She is talented and good TV anchor, press person and been in public life for quite a long time.I think her entry to politics does not make any impact on theory of 'DYNASTY RULING' intellectual,educated,honest and especially females need to enter active politics.Prejudice in this regard citing silly reasons not augur well for democracy.

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  • Agee, India - UAE

    Wed, Nov 02 2011

    he should have done repentance yatra for sure her daughter would have bright future in politics

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