“The prime minister of India rarely gets to speak, face-to-face, with the people of India,” writes historian Ramachandra Guha.
We might add the next-best-possible substitute ‘the media’ to this plaint.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will indeed have a rare conversation with the media on May 24, while presenting a report card on his government’s first year in office.
This is only the second time in six years the media gets to interact with the prime minister on a many-to-one basis.
So what prevents him?
Sonia Gandhi hardly ever gives interviews but then she is not a part of the government.