Sanjaya Baru

Sanjaya Baru

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Sanjaya Baru vs Upinder Singh In his ‘kiss-and-tell’ book about the UPA, Sanjaya Baru— Manmohan Singh’s media advisor during UPA’s first term—made some unflattering remarks about the former PM. While MMS stayed silent, his daughter Upinder Singh responded sharply, questioning the “exaggerated level of access the author has ascribed to himself.”


Sanjaya Baru
The H.Y. Sharada Prasad Medallion for ‘The book I won’t be reading’ to Sanjaya Baru, for crafting a kiss-and-tell collection of high-end PMO gossip from the lowly perch of a media advisor.

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Sanjaya Baru with his book The Accidental Prime Minister at an event in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister's former media adviser Sanjaya Baru during an interaction at Indian Women's Press Corps in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister's former media adviser Sanjaya Baru during an interaction at Indian Women's Press Corps in New Delhi.

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Manmohan Singh's media adviser, Pankaj Pachauri, at a 'Meet the press' programme in New Delhi. The Prime Minister's Office today came out with data to highlight the progress made under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the last 10 years in an effort to counter the damaging claims made by his former media adviser, Sanjaya Baru.

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The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh By Sanjaya Baru Publisher: Penguin As once-media advisor to Manmohan Singh, Baru writes The Accidental Prime Minister as an insider account of Indian political life and a portrait of the Manmohan Singh era. It swings from highlights on what it was like to manage public opinion for the PM to his equation with Sonia Gandhi and pushing through the nuclear deal.

Wednesday 27 June
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice lifts a basketful of mangoes from India, presented to her to her by Sanjaya Baru, the media adviser to the Indian prime minister after delivering her speech at the US-India Business Council (USIBC) in Washington D.C. The US Secretary of State created a diplomatic stir this week after questioning the relevance of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and asking India "move past old ways of thinking and old ways of acting" to build the future of Indo-US relations. In her speech at the the 32nd anniversary celebrations of the USIBC, Rice said, "at a time when people of every culture, every race and every religion are embracing political and economic liberty, what is the meaning of non-alignment?" and further added, "how can we not afford to join each other, on a global scale, to support opportunity and prosperity and justice and dignity and health and education and freedom and democracy?". The MEA was cut to the quick and shot back weakly by saying: "We don't believe that the movement has lost its relevance," and that India "remains committed to its ideals" and its "firm and abiding commitment" to non-alignment could not be questioned.

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