The Mak­ing of the Prime Min­is­ter

India Today - - LEADING FROM THE BACK -

Once upon a time, there was a prime min­is­ter in In­dia who was a prime­time em­bod­i­ment of un- free­dom. An hon­ourable man and a du­ti­ful ser­vant of the sys­tem, who was made chief ad­min­is­tra­tor by the im­pe­rial de­cree of the Em­press Dowa­ger of 10 Jan­path. The cho­sen one owed his luck to the benev­o­lence of the max­i­mum leader, who, in a chore­ographed melo­drama of re­nun­ci­a­tion in Par­lia­ment, stunned courtiers with her “no”. In power, he was a man fet­tered, as the Krem­lin in In­dia’s cap­i­tal ex­er­cised its veto when­ever he at­tempted any re­form. INDIATODAY, AU­GUST4, 2008

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