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A Fortress Unto Himself

Others may not see the method in his plan, but the PM knows what he’s doing

A Fortress Unto Himself
Narendra Bisht
A Fortress Unto Himself
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Why The Party’s Unhappy With The PM

  • A section within the Congress has been voicing its disquiet over the Indo-Pakistan joint statement because it feels that it will give a handle to the Opposition to attack the government.
  • Another section, which is being described as the coalition of the disgruntled, consists of those who were looking for an occasion to attack the PM, and used the BJP's ire as an opportune excuse.
  • Very few in the Congress are really upset by the substance of the statement. They are most concerned by the fact that the PM is asserting himself.
  • Some members of the old guard feel that the party should have been consulted before the joint statement was drafted.

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Man Can Cook: Trust, But Verify

  • In UPA-2, the goal the prime minister has set for himself is to try and achieve a breakthrough in Indo-Pakistan relations.
  • India's policy has always been that the only way forward with Pakistan is through dialogue.
  • Manmohan Singh believes that to make any headway the government cannot remain a prisoner of old mindsets.
  • This is why he wants to be seen as being more accommodative. That is the only way he thinks progress can be made.
  • As in the second half of UPA-1, he will play a proactive role in foreign affairs.
  • The fact that external affairs minister S.M. Krishna is a lightweight helps him play a dominant role.

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