Indian Express sums up well the man who had the chutzpah to proclaim himself a socialist while helping to prop up the most right wing government in India.I hope his loss of the Presidentship of the JDU (S) is really his political obituary.
Here was a man who espoused Socialist politics and went on to broker a rightwing political arrangement that presided over the country for six years. Here was a man who took on the might of the Indian state, and went on to become one of its pillars. Here was a man who threatened to blow up railway tracks, and went on to become a railway minister. Here was a man who had once sharply criticised the Babri Masjid demolition and went on to defend Narendra Modi’s handling of the Gujarat riots. Here was a man who talked of world peace and Hiroshima, but found himself the country’s defence minister during Pokhran II. Here was a man who dropped out from Catholic priesthood and went on to offer a whitewash of an inquiry report on the heinous killing of Australian missionary, Graham Staines, and his two sons.
His profile at Wikipedia is hagiographic by any standards.