The article titled 'Sonia Gandhi health mystery sets India leadership adrift' paints a gloomy picture. "So with unanswered questions about Sonia Gandhi's future and Singh expected not to run again for the prime minister's job, India looks to be a bit adrift. Hard decisions about economic reforms and investment rules have been postponed, and the country has slowed."
According to Riedel, the ruling party's chief is "arguably the most powerful woman in the world today, perhaps even the most powerful woman in history."
Citing Sonia's role in preventing a deadly flareup between India and Pakistan post the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, he adds, "It is far too early to count Gandhi out. She has been underestimated far too often in the past."