K.P. Nayar in The Telegraph, Calcutta:
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s declaration of “deep love” among Indians for the president of the United States of America, George W. Bush, needs to be defended… It is very clear that Bush likes Singh and has great regard for him. Bush certainly likes Singh much more than L.K. Advani or Sitaram Yechury likes the prime minister. And Bush certainly doesn’t say snide things behind the prime minister’s back, as Amar Singh does, that are contrary to what he says in public.
It is a human weakness to want to be liked: for the prime minister, Bush fulfils that need, which Singh reciprocated in the Oval Office.
Besides, Bush doesn’t harangue Singh — unlike the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, or José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, in the latest instance — on issues such as violence against Christians…. Bush’s own deputy secretary of state, the second-ranking diplomat in the Bush administration, John Negroponte, wants to punish India for not doing enough to curb trafficking in human beings. But Bush is clearly unfazed by all that, and he loves Singh.
Shouldn’t Singh love him back and claim that the people of India “deeply love” Bush as well, even if that claim is questionable?
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