Ajit Doval in theory and practice

01 September 2017
Ajit Doval is among the very few to constantly have the ear of a prime minister who has centralised power more than any of his predecessors in decades.


PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump addressed a joint press conference at the Rose Garden of the White House on the afternoon of 27 June. This followed the first meeting between the two leaders, and now each stood at a lectern with his prepared remarks. Trump addressed the audience first. “I’m proud to announce to the media, to the American people and to the Indian people, that Prime Minister Modi and I are world leaders in social media,” he said, drawing some laughter, before plunging into the usual diplomatic boilerplate. As Trump plodded on—“I look forward to working with you, Mister Prime Minister, to create jobs in our countries”—a gust of wind swept away some of Modi’s papers.

Praveen Donthi  is a staff writer at The Caravan.

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