~Indeed with Ministers, his status is more that of king among courtiers than first among equals. We are told that in cabinet no-one, with the possible exception of K C Pant, the Defence Minister, dares to contradict him~
hindustantimes.com/india-news/uk-…
~With 24 re-shuffles in four years, no Minister has been allowed to remain in one job long enough to establish an independent political reputation~
~After over four years in office, inexperience is no longer a sufficient excuse. It has become clear that Gandhi also has problems of indecisiveness and a tendency to lose interest in the implementation of policies~
~believe that at the root of Gandhi’s monarchical proclivities there lies a sense of personal insecurity…Perhaps the only confidante he trusts completely is his wife, Sonia…
~(There) is little doubt that in private she is a tower of strength, and exercises a powerful influence on his choice (and rejection) of friends~

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