Singh roars on Kashmir, outsourcing

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    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Singh-roars-on-Kashmir-outsourcing/articleshow/6891841.cms

    NEW DELHI: The normally shy and reticent Manmohan Singh was uncharacteristically outspoken on Monday. Even as US President Barack Obama gave his usual spiel on India-Pakistan relations at a joint press conference, asking India to resume dialogue and resolve the Kashmir issue, Singh did some plain speaking.

    "We're not afraid of the K-word," he said. "But talks can only happen when Pakistan has ceased its policy of terror-induced coercion. You (Pakistan) cannot simultaneously be talking and the terror machine is active as ever before."

    The sharpness of the PM's retort was particulary telling since he is known to have a soft spot for two countries -US and Pakistan. It's no secret that he wants to resolve disputes with Pakistan during his tenure.

    The PM also took on the outsourcing bogey raised by the American media, pointedly saying, ``Indians are not in the business of stealing jobs from Americans.''

    Obama had spent the last couple of days telling everybody that there was a perception in the US that American jobs were being shipped out to India, because of outsourcing. In recent months, he too has slammed outsourcing to India, from a bully pulpit in Ohio, warning the US against being "Bangalored".

    On Monday, it was Singh's turn. "The outsourcing industry, I believe, has helped to improve the productive capacity and productivity of American industries." It's the sharpest retort the PM has made on the subject.
     
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    Good that Singh has finally recovered enough to find his 'roar'.

    Reminds me of Lambert!
     
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    During the 2008 Presedential campaign for the Democratic ticket, Obama referred to Hilary Clinton (then senator from New York) as the "senator from the Punjab". He was effectively saying that she was the choice of Indian Americans, and that was not meant as a compliment. He also suggested that her team had a lot of Inadian American personnel.

    Perhaps he got his anti Indian bias from his father who was Kenyan Luo well known for their anti Asian (read Indian) bias in Kenya fifty years ago!
     
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    Good start hitherto.

    Now more is required from our honourable Prime Minister.

    Wake up, Mr. PM, wake up. You need to roar against the Maoist sympathiser called Mamata Banerjee who is sitting in your cabinet. Wake up and roar against Sharad Pawar. Wake up and roar against Kalmadi and MS Gill.

    We understand that you are a doctorate and certain actions are unbecoming of your stature. Nonetheless, we need to see some action, not the once-in-a-blue-moon roar.
     
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    Having some East African connections, there are good reasons for the Africans to be uncomfortable with the Indians who were taken there by the British.

    Labour and railroad constructors and petty businessmen became an economic force. Not all through the legitimate routes!
     

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