Manmohan Singh knows what ails Sonia, says ex-CIA officer

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New Delhi, Jun 25: A US news website says that the mystery surrounding Congress president Sonia Gandhi's disease, for which she reportedly underwent surgery at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York back in August 2011, has had a remarkable impact on politics in India.

Bruce Riedel, who used to work for the CIA, has written in the 'Daily Beast' that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "does know what ails his boss, but very few other Indian officials are in the know."

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."

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