Sonia Gandhi watches Manmohan Singh greet Rahul Gandhi after Mr Gandhi was appointed vice-president of the Congress—PTI

Sonia Gandhi watches Manmohan Singh greet Rahul Gandhi after Mr Gandhi was appointed vice-president of the Congress—PTI

Sonia Gandhi watches Manmohan Singh greet Rahul Gandhi after Mr Gandhi was appointed vice-president of the Congress—PTI

Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.