An extract from a DNA Article:
Advani cites Padma awardee Zakaria to criticise NehruNistula Hebbar / DNATuesday, February 16, 2010 0:03 IST
After accusing Manmohan Singh of kowtowing to the American line, BJP leader LK Advani has taken on former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru for his foreign policy “blunders”.
Advani has quoted extensively from journalist Fareed Zakaria’s book Post-American World to shore up his argument against Nehru.
Advani is not saying anything new, but it leads one to ask how Zakaria managed to get a Padma Bhushan even after being critical of Nehru.
While Manmohan Singh has been accused by the BJP of projecting India as a soft state in his eagerness to start talks with Pakistan, Nehru has been accused of naivete in his dealings with the world. To the extent that “his [Nehru’s] mishandling of Pakistan has left terrorism and Kashmir as two festering sores for our body politic to this day,” says Advani in his blog.
Now we know how Padma Awards are decided.