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'Brand Manmohan Is Now As Big, If Not Bigger, Than Brand Sonia'

R. Jagannathan in the DNA:

Both the party [Congress] and Manmohan discovered their spunk only towards the end of their first term, when both knew that the only thing they had to lose was their timidity...

The soft-spoken prime minister unleashed a quiet viciousness that destroyed Advani. To Advani's repeated taunts, Manmohan replied with quiet anger and a sharp twist of the verbal knife. It ended Advani's pretence of being the hard man of Indian politics...

It works with middle class India and women; it may also work abroad. In the emerging global power scenario, China represents the much-feared macho power; India, as represented by Manmohan and Sonia, represents soft power. It looks sane in a world marred by extremist violence. This image of outward softness helps us since it can enable us to take hard decisions based on realpolitik and still appear reasonable on the world stage.

Read more at DNA

'Brand Manmohan Is Now As Big, If Not Bigger, Than Brand Sonia'
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R. Jagannathan in the DNA:

Both the party [Congress] and Manmohan discovered their spunk only towards the end of their first term, when both knew that the only thing they had to lose was their timidity...

The soft-spoken prime minister unleashed a quiet viciousness that destroyed Advani. To Advani's repeated taunts, Manmohan replied with quiet anger and a sharp twist of the verbal knife. It ended Advani's pretence of being the hard man of Indian politics...

It works with middle class India and women; it may also work abroad. In the emerging global power scenario, China represents the much-feared macho power; India, as represented by Manmohan and Sonia, represents soft power. It looks sane in a world marred by extremist violence. This image of outward softness helps us since it can enable us to take hard decisions based on realpolitik and still appear reasonable on the world stage.

Read more at DNA

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