Wednesday, May 19, 2004

A break in the Dynasty?

So Sonia Gandhi has decided not to become India's next prime minister. Judging by the popular reaction, her popularity remains unabated, and, if anything, has increased, meaning that she can act the Elder Statesman from the back, without having the pressure of being PM. Maybe I'm being too cynical here; reports have said that she did seem visibly emotional when announcing her decision and she does strike me as an honest person. It's nice for someone that embedded in the political web to honestly say that power was never their ambition, even if some part of me does regard that with cynicism.

It seems that the economist and former finance minister Manmohan Singh will take her place as leader of Congress and be the next prime minister. It will be interesting to see how he gets on.

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