WEB DESK – Amid full swing in Indian elections, a ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ written by Manmohan Singh’s media adviser Sanjaya Baru had revealed many ‘secrets’ including that former President General (rtd) Pervez Musharraf had almost settle Siachen dispute with India.
The book published recently claimed that Pervez Musharraf wanted to settle the Siachen issue but Manmohan Singh faced objection from his defence minister AK Antony.
In the book, Baru writes, “While there has been some criticism of Singh’s Siachen proposal in India, the fact is that he pursued this idea only after consulting retired army generals who had actually commanded the troops at Siachen… All of them supported Singh’s decision…”
The book also claimed that Singh felt there would be far more criticism of the Musharraf-Manmohan formula in Pakistan, and suggested to the former president that he sell the idea as the Musharraf formula, owning and making it popular in Pakistan.
However, he miscalculated the criticism he would face in India within his party. He thought of receiving criticism only from the right-wing opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was surprised to find opposition from within his Congress party, particularly the then defence minister Pranab Mukherjee and his successor in the ministry, AK Antony.