The war of words between Manmohan Singh and L.K. Advani is undoubtedly entertaining—but it has more to do with personalities rather than substantive issues.
The usually mild-mannered Singh hit out at Advani on Tuesday, listing a whole set of failures by the Bharatiya Janata Party leader when he was home minister, and adding that the demolition of the Babri Masjid was his only major contribution.
This outburst comes in the wake of incessant personal attacks by Advani, who has said that the current Prime Minister is the weakest India has ever had and one who takes orders from his party boss, Sonia Gandhi.
It would be far better if the two prime ministerial candidates focus on telling the nation what they plan to do if they were given power for the next five years.
We think it is time the two faced off in an American-style series of national televised debates, outlining their plans for the economy, foreign policy and national security. Indian television audiences are now big enough for such debates to have an effect.