15 June, 2021

The Flint In The Mosaic

Even in the malleable worldview of the UPA, one man causes unease

AFP (From Outlook, August 02, 2010)
The Flint In The Mosaic
outlookindia.com
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Where The Buck Stops

  • Bright, cogent and articulate, thinks in paragraphs; made for TV
  • Immaculate in his understanding of issues; meticulous in his ministerial demeanour; brisk despite his 65 years
  • Proactive approach, unlike predecessor Shivraj Patil, that has seen near-zero terror strikes since 26/11
  • Appeals to urban, English middle-class audiences who want "action"
  • Handles complex issues like relief package for Bhopal victims with ease

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And Where It Doesn’t

  • Seen by colleagues, compatriots as intellectually superior but arrogant, with an eye on the main chance
  • Congress tongues wag at his political detour to Tamil Maanila Congress and the support he elicits from BJP
  • "My way or the highway" attitude on issues like Naxalism and Chinese security fears etc sparks rows with ministerial colleagues
  • Cultivates sections of Delhi media to get...
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