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Third way in India

After the shock election result, I sought out my friend Manmohan Singh, the new prime minister. Can this centre-left economist tame the communists and lead India on to overtake China?

By Jonathan Power   July 2004

I was becoming impatient. I had sent both Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh messages by all sorts of different routes but, once the astonishing election results were known in mid-May, Indian politics was a 20 hours a day affair – the principals barely had time to sleep, much less grant an interview to a foreign reporter. For the first few days the question was, would the communists, who had won 7 per cent of the vote, surpassing their own best expectations, join the Congress party in forming a government of the left. Despite arguments in favour by communist heavyweights such…

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