New Delhi: Otherwise chary of asserting or projecting himself or upstaging the Gandhi family, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "made sure he had his way" on the India-US civil nuclear deal, says a new book on him that has kicked off a lot of political dust during a heated election campaign.
His achievement in stitching together the India-US civil nuclear deal and successfully overcoming domestic resistance to it, including from his own party boss, is chronicled in "The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh" (Penguin) that hit the stands over the weekend.
While trying to get the support needed for the India-US civil nuclear deal, Manmohan Singh was "left to his own devices and he made sure he had his way," the book said.
"He cajoled the nuclear establishment into falling in line.
He pushed (then national security adviser M. K.) Narayanan to seal the deal. He ignored the doubters in the external affairs ministry and empowered the believers."