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Man, The Man

Manmohan Singh brings his self-effacing style to the prime minister's office too. Politics may not be his game but, make no mistake, governance surely is.

Man, The Man
Jayachandran
Man, The Man
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When Jawaharlal Nehru was sworn in as India's first prime minister, embarrassed officials reported to him that his office wouldn't be ready for the next few days. The room meant for him was still occupied by the secretary-general, Sir Girija Shankar Bajpai. Nehru promptly installed himself in the only other available one in South Block, a small corner room, insisting that Bajpai not be moved out for his sake. This impatience, verging almost on embarrassment, with prime ministerial rank is something Nehru shares with his 13th successor, Manmohan Singh.

Manmohan, in a gesture reminiscent of Nehru, has repeatedly turned down the official photographer whose job it is to shoot the portrait of the new prime minister to replace that of Atal Behari Vajpayee on sarkari walls. A visibly embarrassed Manmohan wriggled out of the appointment, saying that the only two portraits that need to hang on official walls are those of Mahatma Gandhi and President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He was in even more acute discomfiture over the fleet of six new BMWs he has been saddled with by the previous...
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