The constellation of stars seems perfect for the official visit to Japan later this month of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. A Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, sold on Indo-Japanese partnership is in office again after his short stint in 2006-07.
With the India-China border faceoff following the Chinese intrusion into Indian territory over for the present, New Delhi has lessons to learn, the chief of which is the old Russian proverb President Ronald Reagan was so fond of repeating, “Trust but verify”. As the Manmohan Singh government contemplated the correct posture to adopt towards the Chinese move, it had already lost the first battle in the public perception of its attitude.
Beyond Narendra Modi’s assiduous self-promotion as the inevitable choice of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate and Rahul Gandhi’s confused interaction with corporate India lies the portentous question: What kind of a leader does India need? Nitish Kumar’s definition of an all-inclusive leader ruling by consensus is one definition, heavily tinged though it is as an anti-Modi ploy.