The “Man” who betrayed himself

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  1. Ray

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    The “Man” who betrayed himself

    We assume that knowledge, learning and professionalism is what makes the difference between an “extractive” policracy and a “developmental” one. This builds on the modern Indian tradition of education being the path to progress and the high ritual status given to learned Brahmins, poets, literatures and artists in ancient India. Dr Radhakrishnan (1962-67), Dr Zakir Hussain (1967-69), Dr Abdul Kalam (2002-07) and Pandit Nehru (1947-1964) did not disappoint in their actions as President/Prime Minister by remaining true to their intellectual integrity.

    In 2004 when Dr Manmohan Singh was selected by Mrs Gandhi to became PM, there was relief that after a hiatus of two decades, India would again be led by an “intellectual” far above the hurly burly of election politics, with no personal stake and no motive, except to “wipe the tears from the eyes of the poorest Indian” (the Mahatma). We exulted when Dr. Singh showed his mettle in initiating change in our energy policy, continuing the BJP approach in external relations of abandoning the deadweight of polarizing ideology, unless it served national interest and seemingly putting Indian on the track of fast growth with social inclusion. In 1984 he was an accidental choice as PM, out of the several other “old” faces around, who were considered politically innocuous enough, to keep the seat warm for Rahul.

    In 2009 we voted for Dr Singh, based on his record of the past five years but also based on our belief, that more and better was to come. He and the Congress with him, won and the deluge began. Like the collapse of the mountains above Kedarnath, the lofty edifice built up by reputation and public expectations cracked and collapsed under the weight of timidity, poor political instincts but most importantly self-betrayal.

    Dr Singh betrayed himself time and again as he turned a Nelson’s eye to massive corruption, allowed decision making to be subverted by unconscionably partisan politics and sloth. He defined the integrity of the highest executive position in India as a narrowly construed “personal” integrity and in doing so reverted to his essentially “babu” roots of keeping “his desk clean”. Even this is questioned in the 2G scam and Coalgate, though most would put down the seeming links to him, to a secretariat, outside of his control. He betrayed his profession, since economics played, at best a marginal role, in the working of his cabinet. He betrayed his earlier characterization of himself as a Sher (Singh) and appeared to meekly toe the backward looking, ineffective and contradictory party line. In acting thus, he debased the high office he holds. Who holds the Nuclear “button” today is really the question? and does the World believe that Dr. Singh would be allowed to press it should the situation warrant?

    Could he have acted differently? Was he constrained by the limitations imposed on “outsiders” joining the “policracy” laterally, as Russi Mody was in Air India or Sudhir Muljee in the State Trading Corporation? The analogy itself nails the absurdity of the comparison. When the going gets tough, the tough get going….one way or another.

    Here is some gratuitous advice to Dr. Singh. It is not too late to resign. Rahul is ripe to take over and we would all welcome his coming out of the shadows. More importantly, when you became PM you became “our” PM, not the Congress Party’s representative. You are, hopefully, not just any other policrat. Please preserve our faith in the belief that professionals and intellectuals are actually “high minded” enough to work against their own self-interest. Are you scared that once the “immunity” of high office is lifted the opposition will go after you hammer and tongs and even your own party will “sacrifice” you, just as they failed to support you, when you fought your first and only election in South Delhi in 2004? Surely, as the PM, you have a “black book” in the “cloud” which will act as “insurance”? Please do it now, so that all of us, who believe that education and erudition results in intellectual integrity and purposefulness, can continue to dream.

    T.N. Seshan (Chief Election Commissioner 1990-1996), another babu, turned upon the political machine which created him, once he was given a high constitutional position. But he served us Indians well by working against election malpractices. Most recently, Raghuram Rajan (RBI Governor) has done exactly the same by ignoring the noise of corporate and government “likes” and remaining true to his intellectual integrity and commitment to the poor, by targeting inflation, rather than pandering to the optics of growth orientation…just as his babu predecessor (Subba Rao) had done. This is a time honored tradition amongst babus. We sup with anyone who parties in the evening, but come the morning, we do the “right” thing, no matter what the consequences. There are thousands of babus who do this for 35 long years of their working lives and are none the worse for it. Please shed your intellectual robes and become the babu you have been.

    The “Man” who betrayed himself | OpinonIndia

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    About Sanjeev Ahluwalia
    Sanjeev S. Ahluwalia is an independent consultant with core skills in economic regulation, institutional development including decentralization, public sector performance management and governance. He was a Senior Specialist with the Africa Poverty Reduction and Economic Management network of the World Bank for over seven years, 2005-2013. He has over a decade of experience at the national level in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India as Joint Secretary, Disinvestment from 2002 to 2005 and earlier in the Department of Economic Affairs in commercial debt management and Asian Development Bank financed projects and trade development with East Asia in the Ministry of Commerce. He was also the first Secretary of the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission from 1999 to 2000. He worked in TERI as a Senior Fellow from 1995 to 1998 in the areas of governance and regulation of the electricity sector and institutional development for renewable energy growth. Previously he served the Government of Uttar Pradesh, India in various capacities at the District and State level from 1980 onwards as a member of the Indian Administrative Service. His last posting was as Secretary Finance (Expenditure management) Government of UP from 2001 to 2002. He has a Masters in Economic Policy Management from the Columbia University, New York; a post graduate Diploma in Financial Management from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and a Masters in History from St. Stephens College, Delhi.

    He is also Montek Singh Ahluwalia's brother.

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    A sad commentary on a Vision that gave India hope that it will be pulled out of the doldrums.

    It is also a sad commentary laced with pathos symbolising the deep sorrow and regret that India feels with the total eclipse of a man who gave India hope at one time.

    Unbelievable is the way how Indian politics can emasculate even a non political person wanting to do his bit for the Nation.
     
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    I MMS self honoured men we would resign and let other steer the ship

    But if he is foot soldier then continues then he would make mockery of himself
     
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    Montek’s brother slams PM for ‘timidity’, says quit now

    NEW DELHI: A blog asking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to quit is no surprise. After all, the cyberspace is hardly a friendly arena for the PM or the Congress, dominated as it is by right wing opinion.

    But this blog, burning up Delhi's bureaucratic grapevine, is different. Its author was till recently a serving Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and is, more significantly, brother of Planning Commission deputy chairperson Montek Ahluwalia - a key long-term aide of the PM; in fact, Singh's original choice for finance minister in 2009.

    In a post this week, Sanjeev Ahluwalia, describing himself as an independent consultant, slams the PM for "betraying himself time and again, as he (PM) turned a Nelson's eye to massive corruption, allowed decision-making to be subverted by unconscionably partisan politics and sloth".

    The younger Ahluwalia's blog (The “Man” who betrayed himself | OpinonIndia) piece, titled "The Man who betrayed himself," and offers forthright advice to the PM that he should quit office for having clearly overstayed his welcome.

    "Here is some gratuitous advice to Dr Singh. It is not too late to resign...when you became PM you became "our" PM, not the Congress party's representative," Ahluwalia writes.

    "You are, hopefully, not just any other policrat. Please preserve our faith in the belief that professionals and intellectuals are actually "high minded" enough to work against their own self-interest," says the blog being devoured in ministries across Delhi.

    "There are thousands of babus who do this for 35 long years of their working lives and are none the worse for it. Please shed your intellectual robes and become the babu you have been," the blog advices the PM.

    Ahluwalia was a 1980-batch IAS officer from the Uttar Pradesh cadre who retired about a year ago. He has worked with the World Bank in Sudan till recently.

    Sanjeev Ahluwalia's blog says the time could be ripe for Rahul Gandhi to step out of the shadows, but more strikingly refers to the PM as returning to his "babu" roots by defining a "narrowly construed "personal" integrity aimed at keeping "his desk clean".

    But this manoeuvre, he says, might be dated. "Even this is questioned in the 2G scam and Coalgate, though most would put down the seeming links to him, to a secretariat, outside of his control...He betrayed his earlier characterization of himself as a Sher (Singh) and appeared to meekly toe the backward looking, ineffective and contradictory party line."

    "Who holds the nuclear "button" today is really the question? and does the world believe that Dr. Singh would be allowed to press it should the situation warrant?", the blog says.

    The PM had debased the high office he holds. Ahluwalia says that in 2004, "when Dr Manmohan Singh was selected by Mrs Gandhi to became PM, there was relief that after a hiatus of two decades, India would again be led by an "intellectual" far above the hurly burly of election politics, with no personal stake and no motive, except to "wipe the tears from the eyes of the poorest Indian" (the Mahatma)."

    The blog notes that the PM showed his mettle in "initiating change in our energy policy" and "abandoning the deadweight of polarizing ideology" to "seemingly put India on the track of fast growth with social inclusion. In 1984 (2004) he was an accidental choice as PM, out of the several other "old" faces around, who were considered politically innocuous enough, to keep the seat warm for Rahul."

    The PM's image, says Ahluwalia, took a beating soon after 2009 when "we voted for Dr Singh, based on his record of the past five years but also based on our belief, that more and better was to come."

    But instead, "Like the collapse of the mountains above Kedarnath, the lofty edifice built up by reputation and public expectations cracked and collapsed under the weight of timidity, poor political instincts but most importantly self-betrayal."

    "Could he have acted differently? Was he constrained by the limitations imposed on "outsiders" joining the "policracy" laterally...When the going gets tough, the tough get going....one way or another," says the blog.

    Asking the PM to reclaim his upright image, Ahluwalia writes, "This is a time honored tradition amongst babus. We sup with anyone who parties in the evening, but come the morning, we do the "right" thing, no matter what the consequences.

    Montek’s brother slams PM for ‘timidity’, says quit now - The Times of India
     
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    The mantle of Leadership & Politics are difficult to don.

    Worst side is, it exposes the weak, opening the so called hidden wounds/ vulnerabilities to attack by all kinds of parasites.

    For the strong and able it gives divine deliverance, sublime justice and a place in the history books.

    Many intellectual pygmies, without completeness of form within, have tried their luck at achieving greatness,only to be humbled by the un forgiving deity

    of Public Office/ scrutiny. Yet many a fool treads this slippery path in search for glory. Dr MMS was just not up to it. He has at last been found out to be a

    pipsqueak.
     
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    UPA's formal and informal hierarchies

    NEW DELHI: A senior Left leader with a ringside view of two power centres in the UPA during their days of comradeship remembers how the arrangement worked to near-perfection so much so that the Left was caught napping when between the official power wielded by Manmohan Singh and political power of Sonia Gandhi they were fooled into believing the promise of consulting them before going to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    Five years ago, Manmohan Singh could do no wrong and Sonia had already established herself as the one who did not care for the trappings of power. "Any political party would have killed to have such a blending between the formal and informal hierarchies. Even if there was cleavage between the two and power was not intrinsically wielded by the Prime Minister, it was not noticed in the initial euphoria of the second term," says the Left leader.

    Sociologist Dipankar Gupta says, "Manmohan Singh was also kept since it was difficult to find a leader who could hold the coalition together. Coalition is full of prima donnas and that is precisely why he was there. His persona suited both Manmohan Singh and the coalition."

    But in its second outing, as the UPA lost the plot, fissures began to appear. "Since then the two sides have been pulling in opposite directions. Rahul Gandhi's outburst is its highpoint. Even if Sonia Gandhi is not the face of what happened on Friday it is clear the political apparatus calls the shots," says a seasoned politician. Among the political class itself there is a feeling that though the script went awry with Rahul's intemperate language, Manmohan Singh having reaped the fruits of this arrangement is not going to relinquish office just because relationship between the two has turned rocky.

    Although political scientist Pratap Bhanu Mehta agrees there are two power centres, he says, "The long and short of it is that the PM was humiliated." He provides his own perspective to the argument that Singh should have seen it coming and it's no big deal. "Precisely because he's served for so long, some other method should have been applied. Rahul could have called the PM and told him about his problems with the ordinance. A leader is one who takes more of blame and less of credit."

    Those charitable to the PM say a similar relationship existed between the 'official' power centre headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and 'political' power centre that was the RSS. During the NDA years it was a common sight to see Sangh stalwart Dattopant Thengadi of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh regularly admonish the government for its policy of disinvestment of public sector undertakings. Thengadi even refused one of the Padma awards by the Vajpayee government. RSS regularly intervened in policy matters and Vajpayee had to regularly make little adjustments.

    Even abroad, references are often made to dual power centres — be it the Christian Right groups and the Republican Party, or the labour unions and the Democratic Party in the US, or the Archbishop of Canterbury and the British Prime Minister in the UK. Gupta, however, does not agree with this analogy. "The Archbishop of Canterbury told Tony Blair not to go to war. He did and won the election," he points out.

    In fact, Gupta says what has happened between the 'official' and the 'political' centres of power within the UPA is that the 'political centre' finds its position weakened due to unpopular decisions. "They were in denial mode about unpopular decisions but now that elections are near, the comforts of power are not as important as earlier. Therefore, Rahul comes out, speaks his mind and shows he is decisive. The idea is that if you are looking for an authoritarian ruler, here he is," Gupta says.

    But this, he says, is the hallmark of a short distance runner and will only weaken the 'political' power centre. "Now the opposition can build on this cleavage. Many ministers will swallow the humiliation in the darkness of their room. It will take the elan out of the campaign."

    UPA's formal and informal hierarchies - The Times of India
     
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    Another supporter of Rahul babu.. the amul..
     
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    I am shocked to learnd that's dirty skunk Nawaz Sharif had the disgraceful lack of decency to call a more educated than the real dehati, namely Sharif, a dehati aurat.

    The PM should not talk to this louse from Pakistan.
     
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    the timing of what and when RG said what he did. the foreign minister was defending and making speeches on RG when he could have been doing some actual foreign policy work. it beats a slap towards the foreign policy establishment (and the people with any connection to that apparatus).
     
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    Stop reading afterwards. How conveniently TOI labeled cyber space as right winger....but does it have guts to label whole freaking media as full of left venom spewing wingers ??

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    Nawaz Sharif's comment is good opportunity to cancel talks with Pakistan.............it was nobel to continue them even after Jammu Army camp attack, but such a direct insult can be advantageously used by us..........
     
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    Don't worry about TOI. Go for what Montek's brother has written.
     
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    Well, when some RaGa licker writes something that would blame MMS but not Congress or Gandhis for the mess created, TOI & other money suckers would gladly report it but not when some other random person genuinely raises questions regarding corruption, policy paralysis or even foreign policies. I don't think younger ahluwaliyas opinion actually matters to me still I went through the article and found these people want to make MMS a scapegoat, nothing else.
     
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    Looks like Congressis and their fellow travelers in media are asked to turn against MMS.
     
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    VIP Ultra Nationalist Senior Member

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    It was always the game plan. Put a proxy, rule virtually, suck the nation like there's no tomorrow and if someone catches, proxy is there to sacrifice and yeah feed the dogs(Media) regularly.
     
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    MMS is a political lightweight.

    Can he be assertive?

    Why blame him alone being a scapegoat?

    What about Chidambaram, Sibal, Jairam Ramesg, Maken?

    They too have always kowtowed to the Dynasty.

    Are they not men with feet of clay, even if they present the facade as men of worth?

    In fact, they are worse - total foot mats!
     
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    MMS isn't a politician like you named some here. Sibal, Maken, Chiddu etc aren't some scapegoa, they know very well what they're up to. And I'm not blaming him that he himself is being a scapegoat, it's other fuddu people who make him a scapegoat, I blame that same dynasty for this mess and for portraying a good person as bad.

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