That Dawood Ibrahim has lived a luxurious life in Pakistan for over two decades has always been that country’s worst-kept secret as I discovered many years ago. It was a convivial evening in Karachi’s upscale Clifton area. I was covering the 1997 India-Pak one-day cricket series, the first in Pakistan in almost a decade, and had been invited to a dinner by a fellow journalist. While comparing the relative merits of the cover drive of a Saeed Anwar and Sourav Ganguly, I slipped in the dreaded ‘D’ word. “So, I am told that Dawood Ibrahim lives in this same neighbourhood,” I asked innocently.
The BJP is beset with a familiar Indian trait of never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Till Narendra Modi came along and used every available opportunity to catapult himself on the national centre stage. And yet, even a Modi-led BJP can commit harakiri.