India’s ‘silent’ prime minister becomes a tragic figure

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  1. Blackwater

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    NEW DELHI — India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh helped set his country on the path to modernity, prosperity and power, but critics say the shy, soft-spoken 79-year-old is in danger of going down in history as a failure.

    The architect of India’s economic reforms, Singh was a major force behind his country’s rapprochement with the United States and is a respected figure on the world stage. President Obama’s aides used to boast of his tremendous rapport and friendship with Singh.


    But the image of the scrupulously honorable, humble and intellectual technocrat has slowly given way to a completely different one: a dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government.

    Every day for the past two weeks, India’s Parliament has been adjourned as the opposition bays for Singh’s resignation over allegations of waste and corruption in the allocation of coal-mining concessions.

    The story of Singh’s dramatic fall from grace in his second term in office and the slow but steady tarnishing of his reputation has played out in parallel with his country’s decline on his watch. As India’s economy has slowed and as its reputation for rampant corruption has reasserted itself, the idea that the country was on an inexorable road to becoming a global power has increasingly come into question.

    “More and more, he has become a tragic figure in our history,” said political historian Ramachandra Guha, describing a man fatally handicapped by his “timidity, complacency and intellectual dishonesty.”

    The irony is that Singh’s greatest selling points — his incorruptibility and economic experience — are the mirror image of his government’s greatest failings.

    Under Singh, economic reforms have stalled, growth has slowed sharply and the rupee has collapsed. But just as damaging to his reputation is the accusation that he looked the other way and remained silent as his cabinet colleagues filled their own pockets.

    In the process, he transformed himself from an object of respect to one of ridicule and endured the worst period in his life, said Sanjaya Baru, Singh’s media adviser during his first term.

    Attendees at meetings and conferences were jokingly urged to put their phones into “Manmohan Singh mode,” while one joke cited a dentist urging the seated prime minister, “At least in my clinic, please open your mouth.”

    Singh finally did open his mouth last week, to rebut criticism from the government auditor that the national treasury had been cheated of billions of dollars after coal-mining concessions were granted to private companies for a pittance — including during a five-year period when Singh doubled as coal minister.

    Singh denied that there was “any impropriety,” but he was drowned out by catcalls when he attempted to address Parliament on the issue. His brief statement to the media afterward appeared to do little to change the impression of a man whose aloofness from the rough-and-tumble of Indian politics has been transformed from an asset into a liability.

    “It has been my general practice not to respond to motivated criticism directed personally at me,” he said. “My general attitude has been, ‘My silence is better than a thousand answers; it keeps intact the honor of innumerable questions.’ ”



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  3. Blackwater

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    phaaaji hun ta resign kar do.Now, even I am getting embarrassed as a sikh. How long i will defend you on this forum..:frusty::frusty::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
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    Just read the news... now Indian media was not enough and now foreign media has started picking on him. :facepalm:

    Mew Mew Singh SHOULD RESIGN if he has got any shame left... he has become a BLOT on sikhs now.

    Chal utar ja kursi se ab to.... :frusty:
     
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    When MMS became PM in 2004 I had very good impression of him as he ticked all the right boxes being a Sardar ji and college professor for many years and I had high hopes. But last 8 years have shown he is a cowardly person at best and himself dishonest at worst.
     
  6. Daredevil

    Daredevil On Vacation! Administrator

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    Why blot on Sikhs?. He is a blot on India. From hero to zero.
     
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    he was not a leader he is not leader

    he is a representative of gandhi family .

    every one in congress know in 2014 they are not coming back so its time when they can earn as much they can
     
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    Washington Post refuses to apologise for article slamming PM

    New Delhi: The Washington Post has refused to apologise for the article criticising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, calling him a failure. While PMO sources indicated to CNN-IBN that the publication tendered an apology and will also publish the Prime Minister's response, The Washington Post said there was no question of an apology.

    Washington Post Journalist Simon Denyer said, "We have nothing to apologise. We stand by the article. Yes we did not have the PM's version. I contacted the PMO for an interview in July but was denied. They knew that the story was coming."

    The Congress attacked the American newspaper, slamming the article that says, "The image of the scrupulously honorable, humble and intellectual technocrat has slowly given way to a completely different one: a dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government."

    However, PMO sources have indicated that the publication has tendered an apology.

    Almost a month after the 'Time' magazine dubbed the Prime Minister as an "underachiever", the article in 'The Washington Post' tagged Manmohan Singh as a "tragic figure'.

    "India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh helped set his country on the path to modernity, prosperity and power, but critics say the shy, soft-spoken 79-year-old is in danger of going down in history as a failure," the article said.

    The Opposition took no time to react to the article. "It is true about this corrupt government. Now, the world has also come to know about it and the Prime Minister's image has demolished badly," said BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

    The Congress, however, said it stands by the Prime Minister and 'The Washington Post' will have to apologise for publishing the article. "It is unfortunate that a paper of the repute of post makes these allegations," said Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan.

    'The Washington Post' article came in the backdrop of Parliament deadlock. The House could not function for more than half of the Monsoon Session over the alleged coal scam. "Every day for the past two weeks, India's Parliament has been adjourned as the Opposition bays for Singh's resignation over allegations of waste and corruption in the allocation of coal-mining concessions," the article said.
     
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    summon american ambassador or ask him to leave India
     
  11. Daredevil

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    Why?. US government is not responsible for Washington Post. And also there is nothing wrong in what Washington Post article said about MMS. He is an incompetent and corrupt prime minister.
     
  12. Nagraj

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    actually

    PMO should apologise fro lying about receiving apology from washingmton post.
    if PMO really wants the so called high ground then find the bastard who liied make him resign.
     
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    Who will replace him if he resigns?
     
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    The facts given by the Washington Post are not totally out of place, even though it is an embarrassing issue to admit.

    This statement of the Post - The irony is that Singh’s greatest selling points — his incorruptibility and economic experience — are the mirror image of his government’s greatest failings. is the most telling one.

    Singh has been led up the garden path and, most surprisingly, he has followed this path most meekly - a trait that is most surprising to understand to be that of a Sikh. They are not known to be meek people at all, instead are very aggressive even at times when there is no cause to be so! :)

    Being a gentleman is indeed a great trait, but to be trampled over as has been done by this Ministers or nodding obediently at every desire of Sonia Gandhi has not quite got him the genuine respect that a man of letters like him should have got, leading to such comments as dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat, underachiever or what Ram Guha has stated, rather ungenerously, More and more, he has become a tragic figure in our history,” and describing him as a man fatally handicapped by his “timidity, complacency and intellectual dishonesty.”

    He is and has indeed become a tragic figure in India's political history.

    I am reminded of this from Hamlet:

    For they are the actions that a man might play,
    But I have that within which passes show,
    These but the trappings and the suits of woe. (I.ii.84-6)
     
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    carbon-based life (coal)
     
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    They openly call Pakistan: Failed State, no one cares, why people in CONgress getting riled up. Its the truth. Entire India knows it, hell even world knows it.

    Putting all the blame on him is wrong. They are right about talking about corrupt government.

    But I would like to ask if something was published similar about China, what would be Chinese reaction.

    May be Indian newspaper should publish front page story about Barak Obama who got the Noble Prize for Peace yet failed to bring all US soldiers back which he promised, increased drone strikes, asked Medved to pass message to Putin that let him deal with his election and they will talk about Missile defense shield later. Is political campaign too important than situation of this magnitude.

    Indian media should slam the our govt. for corruption and Obama too. That will be the right approach.
     
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    :rofl: :rofl:

    A real tragic figure as seen in cartoon.
     
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    PM is continuing not because he loves the job but because he is grateful to Sonia
    Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi does not trust any body else

    Unfortunately for the PM if he does NOT resign and continues till 2014 will be remembered
    more for negative things rather than for his many positive contributions

    And if he resigns he gets the moral high ground

    Let the Congress go to hell
     
  19. Ray

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    Poor man.

    But he has brought this ignominy upon himself because he is not assertive.

    His dharma should have been two swift kick on the pants of the erring Ministers and also those who want to be cleverer by half!

    This battery of lawyer amongst his Ministers have led him adrift with their false legal drama, all of which has backfired to haunt Manmohan Singh!
     
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    Can we stop this diatribe towards one guy when the problem is with the entire establishment. Let's not help Congress in escaping this because we created a scapegoat for them.
     
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    I would prefer to remain mum on this silent topic.
     

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