Renouncing one of its most successful prime ministers at the altar of expediency and defending Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s “secular” credentials is a feat only the Grand Old Party of India is capable of accomplishing. The Liberhan commission report, by exonerating Narasimha Rao and censuring Vajpayee, had put the Congress in a quandary. After all, the meta-narrative of the post-Rao years has been that the demolition of Babri Masjid was Rao’s fault. For this, Rao was not merely punished but humiliated. Even in his death, he remained persona non grata with even his body not being allowed to be taken inside the All India Congress Committee building. Now, the debate in Parliament on this report has made it amply clear that the focus of the Congress’ defence will remain attacking Rao.