Aditya Sinha in the DNA:
What Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s pusillanimity — and there’s no end of it in sight, for despite the hints that Congress President Sonia Gandhi drops for him to move on and allow someone else to helm the remaining two years of UPA-2, he pretends deafness and settles deeper into his chair — has done is made a lot of otherwise fence-sitting Indians yearn for a strongman to run the country. This may not be all desirable once it happens: an authoritarian leader is likely to ram through unpopular policy measures; industrialists who are not used to taking orders will call him arrogant (as we saw at the start of this column); and even if the UPA-2 drops its Unique Identification project, an authoritarian leader is likely to implement it and make it more intrusive than imagined.
Yet whatever the pitfalls, both visible and unforeseeable, the fact is that Modi may never get a more conducive atmosphere to becoming prime minister (unless the 2014 election gives us a non-Congress, non-BJP government; chances are that the competing ambitions within such a government will lead to its early fall and make the voter yearn even more for a strongman).
Read on at DNA: Congress Hands It To Modi On A Platter