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Chanakya: Brajesh Mishra
Leader: A.B. Vajpayee
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All The King's Men, And Greater Than All
Cracked Digvijay Singh's Mr Invincible image; stormed Laloo's bastion and steered BJP to its first electoral win in the south, in Karnataka
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Brahmins are fashioning new political rhetoric from old stereotypes
Gopal Guru
brahmins in politics
Of course, not all of India's Chanakyas are Brahmins, even though the community clearly provides the biggest talent pool for political advisors.
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A smart spokesperson, does his master's homework too
Sugata Srinivasaraju
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First Laloo, then Nitish, back to Laloo and now with Nitish
Smita Gupta
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When she does seek an alternative opinion, the puratchi thalaivi turns to Thuglak editor
Smita Gupta
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Helped build the PM's tough image on the Indo-US nuclear deal
Smita Gupta
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The external affairs minister is the party's chief troubleshooter and a crafty draftsman of statements. The latter is coordinator for Lok Sabha election-related affairs and the Congress president's English speechwriter.
Smita Gupta
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The party has no key strategist. But when it needs a negotiator, Yechury's their man. His past UF experience and people skills come in handy.
Smita Gupta
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L.K. Advani may have been the deputy PM, but Brajesh Mishra, it was said, wielded more power. He was principal secretary, NSA, special envoy.
Smita Gupta
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Some say it was Naveen's mother, Gyan, who asked Pyarimohan to help; others say he offered it himself. All said, it's been a good partnership.
Smita Gupta
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Turned the Congress Brahmin-Muslim-Dalit formula on its head, bringing BSP to power and returning UP to single-party rule after more than 20 years
Smita Gupta
brahmins in politics
Every party has one: a Brahmin drafting canny political strategy
Smita Gupta
Atal Behari Vajpayee is, of course, the ultimate Brahmin: in his six years in power, he displayed a perfect sense of political timing and succeeded in steering the first coalition government at the Centre to a full term. He clearly needed little political advice but he virtually left the running of the government to his alter ego, Brajesh Mishra: the joke was that Vajpayee only paid the occasional visit to South Block, preferring to work out of his office at his 7, Race Course residence.

A retired career diplomat and son of veteran Congressman Dwarka Prasad Mishra, Brajesh used to head the BJP's foreign affairs cell till he made the transition to South Block as principal secretary, national security advisor, the special envoy to France for strategic dialogue and member of countless committees established by the prime minister. L.K. Advani may have been the number two in the BJP in the NDA years, but in many ways, the pugnacious and controversial Mishra, many felt, wielded more power. It is a different matter that the man has faded into obscurity yet again.

COMMENTS PRINT
opinion
Brahmins are fashioning new political rhetoric from old stereotypes
Gopal Guru
brahmins in politics
Of course, not all of India's Chanakyas are Brahmins, even though the community clearly provides the biggest talent pool for political advisors.
Profile
A smart spokesperson, does his master's homework too
Sugata Srinivasaraju
profile
First Laloo, then Nitish, back to Laloo and now with Nitish
Smita Gupta
Profile
When she does seek an alternative opinion, the puratchi thalaivi turns to Thuglak editor
Smita Gupta
Profile
Helped build the PM's tough image on the Indo-US nuclear deal
Smita Gupta
Profile
The external affairs minister is the party's chief troubleshooter and a crafty draftsman of statements. The latter is coordinator for Lok Sabha election-related affairs and the Congress president's English speechwriter.
Smita Gupta
Profile
The party has no key strategist. But when it needs a negotiator, Yechury's their man. His past UF experience and people skills come in handy.
Smita Gupta
Profile
L.K. Advani may have been the deputy PM, but Brajesh Mishra, it was said, wielded more power. He was principal secretary, NSA, special envoy.
Smita Gupta
Profile
Some say it was Naveen's mother, Gyan, who asked Pyarimohan to help; others say he offered it himself. All said, it's been a good partnership.
Smita Gupta
Profile
Turned the Congress Brahmin-Muslim-Dalit formula on its head, bringing BSP to power and returning UP to single-party rule after more than 20 years
Smita Gupta
brahmins in politics
Every party has one: a Brahmin drafting canny political strategy
Smita Gupta
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