The media has focused on the bits about the relationship between PM Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi. There are numerous other details that are eye-catching as well. Let me mention two:
- The post of principal secretary to the PM was first offered to a Tamilian. He declined saying that he had promised his father never to take up a government post after retirement. I would love to know the identity of this ex-bureaucrat. The man is a hero! A large number of bureaucrats do everything they can to get some position after retirement and they stoop to unbelievable levels to appease their political masters. Here is a man who said 'no' to a plum position that came to him on a platter!
- Baru quotes former NSA M K Narayanan as telling him that Narayanan kept tabs on the credit card spending habits of influential editors. If this is true, it means the intelligence agencies in India have carried snooping to heights not attained even by America's National Security Agency.The agency, one is given to understand, at least respected the privacy of US citizens. Baru's revelation is a serious one, especially given the way the UPA government has pounced on allegations of snooping done on Mr Modi's behalf- the so-called Snoopgate affair. One hopes the new government will look into what the intelligence agencies are up to when it comes on spying on citizens