New Delhi, Mar 20 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition L K Advani has said he felt anguished after the Pakistan visit because his own ideological 'parivar' had failed to understand what he said.
The former Deputy Prime Minister also made it clear that he had come to terms with the idea of Pakistan.
''The idea of Pakistan does not trouble me today. In Karachi itself when I was asked are you in favour of undoing partition, I said history cannot be turned back,'' he told CNN-IBN in an interview.
The BJP's Prime Minister-in-waiting also acknowledged the role of RSS in shaping his life, saying joining the RSS at the age of 14 years was one of the ''defining moments'' of his life.
Speaking about regrets, he said: ''Not bringing back Dawood (during the NDA rule) is not a mistake, but a regret.'' Mr Advani also tried to justify the NDA government's role in the Kandahar hijacking episode. ''The government was under pressure from everyone to secure the release of the passengers.'' Mr Advani spoke to CNN-IBN a day after the release of his long-awaited autobiography 'My Country, My Life' last evening.
The former Deputy Prime Minister gave his wife and daughter the credit for motivating him to write his autobiography.
''My wife Kamala and my daughter Pratibha have been prodding me for quite some time. With your experience and such a long time in politics behind you why don't you write they told me,'' he said.
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