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How the Gandhi family destroyed Indian National Congress

As the news broke on Congress’ appointment of former Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge as the leader of the party in Lok Sabha, I didn’t know what the perfect reaction to this piece of information was? Shall we laugh at the Gandhi family-controlled Indian National Congress (INC) or shall we cry for the fate of a Read more »

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If Manmohan Singh is the hero, Sonia Gandhi has to be the villain: The politics behind Sanjaya Baru’s book

Those of us who have been part of the Delhi political journalism circuit are well aware of a slew of anti-Manmohan Singh pieces in all leading publications in the last few months leading up to the elections. In fact, even news organisations that have otherwise been known to be pro-Congress were seen to be blaming Read more »

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India’s regent Prime Minister

A slew of articles have appeared recently in foreign press, including Time Magazine, Foreign Affairs and The Economist, on the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s leadership abilities. After the departure of Pranab Mukherjee from the finance ministry, the PM has taken over his original job. He is credited for having fathered the economic liberalisation process in India as finance minister in the 1990s. However, somewhere between the criticism and counter-criticism and the rhetoric on good and bad economics, people seem to have missed the original reason for the mess in the Singh government. One of the first agencies to criticise the government was Standard and Poor’s (S&P), which pointed out 10 reasons for a possible downgrading of India’s credit ratings. Five of these reasons were clearly political: divided leadership, Sonia Gandhi holding no cabinet position, an unelected PM who has no political base, his limited influence over the cabinet, and the Congress party being divided on economic policies. Read more »

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