Time Magazine flays Manmohan Singh as Underachiever and the UPA Government

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    Time Magazine flays Manmohan Singh, UPA Government


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    New Delhi: Time Magazine did the unthinkable on Sunday. It called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh 'The Underachiever', flaying him and his government, the UPA-II for failing to act at a time when India's growth was slowing down.

    Questioning Singh and the UPA's policies, Time said the PM, appointed so by Congress President Sonia Gandhi despite never having fought and won an election, was "a man in shadow".

    Criticising the PM for his "unwillingness to carry out reforms", the magazine said that the PM "wasted the past three years". It also questioned his ability to manage the Finance portfolio following Pranab Mukherjee's exit.

    Interestingly, in a previous article in March this year, the magazine had a cover story on Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, and while it lauded him for his development work across the state, the article questioned his Prime Minsiterial ambitions.

    Meanwhile, criticising the UPA, the magazine said, "The laws that could help create growth and jobs are stuck in Parliament, sparking concerns that politicians have lost the plot in their focus on short-term populist measures that will win votes."
     
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    Let me give you example how Print media works in Gujarat:

    After Time published this, one of the Gujarati newspaper Divyabhaskar published article names "Manmohan Singh defeat Modi on Time Magazine"
    But after some users commented on article that this is misleading they changed it. :rofl:

    modi defeat manmohan on time magazine - 'TIME'ની નજરે 'મનમોહન', 'મોદી' સામે થયાં નબળા પુરવાર! - www.divyabhaskar.co.in
     
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    Time magazine dubs Manmohan Singh as 'underachiever'

    Time magazine dubs Manmohan Singh as 'underachiever'


    NEW YORK: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has long been lauded for his pivotal role in liberalising the Indian economy, has been dubbed as an "underachiever" by a top US magazine which says he appears "unwilling to stick his neck out" on reforms that will put the country back on growth path.

    79-year-old Singh is featured on the cover of Time magazine's Asia edition, which will be out next week. With his portrait in the background, the title on the cover reads 'The Underachiever - India needs a reboot'.

    Is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh up to the job?' Time's report titled 'A Man in Shadow' asks, adding that apart from facing the challenges of a slowdown in economic growth, huge fiscal deficit and a falling rupee, India's Congress party-led UPA coalition "has found itself fending off corruption scandals and accused of showing a lack of economic direction."

    "....investors at home and abroad are beginning to get cold feet. Voters too are losing confidence, as rising inflation and a litany of scandals chip away at the government's credibility," the magazine said.

    Pointing towards Singh's fall "from grace," the magazine said, "in the past three years, the calm confidence he (Singh) once radiated has been absent. He seems unable to control his ministers and -- his new, temporary portfolio at the finance ministry notwithstanding -- unwilling to stick his neck out on reforms that will continue the process of liberalisation he helped start."

    The magazine said at a time when India cannot afford a slowdown in economic growth, "laws that could help create growth and jobs are stuck in Parliament, sparking concerns that politicians have lost the plot in their focus on shorter-term, populist measures that will win votes."

    Time magazine dubs Manmohan Singh as 'underachiever' - The Times of India
     
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    Re: Time magazine dubs Manmohan Singh as 'underachiever'

    Already posted.
     
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    Re: Time magazine dubs Manmohan Singh as 'underachiever'

    Poor man, he is now being heaped with sad ephitets.

    But what can he do?

    He is indeed 'A Man in Shadow''.........in the shadow of the Supreme Leader.
     
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    How far is Manish Tiwari right when he says the Congress led UPA provided political stability, social harmony, internal cohesion, economic growth and a greater role in global affairs ?
     
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    Re: Time magazine dubs Manmohan Singh as 'underachiever'

    PM dishonest, failed to act on time: Yashwant

    [video]http://ibnlive.in.com/videos/270115/pm-dishonest-failed-to-act-on-time-yashwant.html[/video]

    Jul 08, 2012 at 08:02pm

    This programme has just been aired a little while ago.
     
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    When Modi got coverpage of Time, Gujarati media accused that he gave money to be on coverpage. I won't be surprised if they accuse modi again.
     
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    The role of Yashwant Sinha, in unleashing the liberalisation of Indian economy is sadly ignored.

    For people who have worked in the Finance Ministry know that Yashwant Sinha, the Finance Minister in the Chandra Shekhar Govt. had already prepared a set of measures for the reform of the economy under guidelines of the IMF. The Govt. collapsed due to the Congress Pulling the plug on the Govt., and in the elections Manohan Singh was made the FM by Narsimha Rao. Based on the inside story the reforms unleashed by MMS were just dusted off proposals of Sinha.
     
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    Noted economist Bibek Debroy ( the one who got kicked out of Rajiv Gandhi foundation , for releasing a report praising development in Gujarat, under the one who must not be named), has asimilar take on MMS, albiet almost 18 months back.

    Manmohan Singh: Never a bold change-maker - Economic Times

     
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    Well certainly underachiver does hold atleast for the last 2 years or so. Underachiver in the sense that so much more was expected of a stronger UPAII. Does anyone have the entire article available as I can't seem to find it anywhere.

    You can't really compare governing Gujarat with governing India. Modi has a 2/3 majority in assembly and doens't have to worry about any oppostion from coalition partners. At centre, not only do don't have a 2/3 majority, You don't even have a simple majority in the Rajya Sabha to just pass simple bills. At the same you have the magic of "coalition compulsions" to take care of. There there is the centre-state tussles that have to be taken care of when implementing any projects or treaties on the ground.

    But given the dimal movement of the executive even; there is certainly a need for a reboot. If after the Presidential elections as well the GoI doesn't do anything to improve the situation, then forget the high we had in 2010 when we grew faster than China for the first time in GDP growth; we will probably end up with slower economic growth than 2011.
     
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    Sinha is right when he says that MMS is dishonest.

    Sent via Tapatalk from a galaxy far far away
     
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    His dishonesty starts with his elections as Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, a state where he has never stayed in his life.
     
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    How does it matter how Gujarat is governed.

    What matters to an Indian, is how is India being governed.
     
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    Underachieving, in the manner it is being stated, would not mean that one has failed to live up to the euphoric expectations of the UPA I.

    There is a school of thought that UPA I rode the good work that it inherited from the previous govt, since the gestation of good policies takes time and it showed up during UPA I. That is the similar argument that Modi rode high because of the good work of the previous govt before he took over. Though unlike UPA I, Modi II is still riding high, while UPA II is a certified disaster.

    In the context that ‘underachieving’ is being mentioned, it would be closer in meaning that given the ‘windows of opportunity’, UPA II was so bereft of leadership that such opportunities were not seized, resulting in a poor and even abysmal performance. That the Govt has dithered and run its drunken course like a rudderless ship, with the Captain sleeping on the Bridge leaving everything to God, is so evident. I take it that he is God fearing and does seek the Almighty’s guidance as would a pious man like him would! But leaving everything to God would be blatantly unfair on God!

    Even the diehard supporters of the Congress have not been able to disprove that there is a total policy paralysis, leaving the governance totally moribund and the Govt appearing to be gripped in its death throes! It obviously has nothing to do with the Parliamentary process.

    That the UPA does not have majority in the Rajya Sabha is a pathetic excuse. It got the Nuclear Bill through which was initially opposed by a large majority including those supporting the Govt from within and without the UPA. It merely proves that the Congress has abdicated its political will to govern resolutely to achieve results.

    That lack of political will is what surprises me, given Renuka Chaudry’s and Tiwari’s (IIRC) assertion that they have a thumping mandate from the people and that the Nation has faith in them! I am not too sure if Indians are daft that they have faith in incompetence, dithering and total imbecilic governance, caused by abject policy paralysis and direction.

    Then again, the argument that the Govt is moribund because of a lack of majority in the Rajya Sabha.

    What has majority in the Rajya Sabha got to do with the numerous scams that the Congress majority in Govt, with its own PM, directed by the Super Monitor and Director, Sonia Gandhi, taking place and maturing to a state of an overripe mango?

    What has it to do with the pathetic attempts by the Govt to fudge the truth through Kapil Sibal that there was no scam and no loss to the Govt in the 2G? What has it to do with Pranab Mukherjee, now that he has resigned to become the President, being the villain of the piece, as propounded by paid journalists? The PM was the Prisoner of Zenda? Or was he totally an incompetent Lambert the sheepish Lion? Which PM in Indian history has been so brazen as to blame all errors in governance to his Ministers and taking no blame himself? Is he a Duck where the water slips off the back? Maybe a Lame Duck. Even if he isn't, his Govt is!

    What stopped the Govt to ensure that Kalmadi does not undertake the biggest thievery of the time? Why is Sheila Dixit going scot free when others are indicted? Why, inspite of 2G, there is this Coalgate? What has all these issues to do with majority in the Rajya Sabha?

    The issue is not Coalition Dharma. That is another pitiable excuse. The Congress has taken policy decisions and then informed the Coalition partners, as if they were not of consequence. That is a sureshot way to get their backs up, and anyway, that is hardly how a Coalition works.

    Further, if for the Presidential elections, the Congress can hand out largesse to States and get them to distance themselves/ split from their Coalitions, then that shows political will, even if not quite ethical. But then when was politics based on ethics?

    Surely, this political will could also be shown to pass Bills by splitting them from their Coalitions. Therefore, this Coalition dharma excuse or that of the lack of majority in the Rajya Sabha is totally bogus and disingenuous. Even their own partners in the UPA played truant and L’Enfant Terrible! They cannot even control their partners or have the courage to throw them out and damn the consequences.

    There are many who are not fond of the BJP for good reasons. But they are not also fond of the sleight of hand, rampant corruption, and above all, deceit.

    Everyone is aware that there is corruption in India and is practically reconciled to this regretful fact. However, they were not aware of the magnitude! The 2G, CWG, the scale of Black Money abroad, the fraud in defence deals (now these deals are opened up like the floodgates since they feel that the present military dispensation are pliable to their devious ways) etc! This having been exposed was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back! Such thievery and yet, the Govt has no shame and instead continues to increase the tax burden on the public and let prices run wild so brazenly!

    And worse still, is the attempt to fudge, obfuscate, pull wool over the eyes when the facts were so clear to see and those fact being endorsed by the very Govt agencies that they control, and which apparently was thoroughly ticked off with the magnitude of fraud being perpetuated in the name of governance.

    This web of lies, fudging and obfuscating is what has got the public’s goat – that indicates the Govt takes the public for granted and more so, that the public to be a swarm of total imbeciles and cretins beyond an iota of intelligence and analysis!

    The manner they have fooled the Anna Hazare Team is another case in point of skulduggery and chicanery. There are many who are not too enamoured by Hazare and his ilk, but deceitful ways to curb them is also not laudable and instead has given ground to having sympathy with the Hazare Team.

    No sir, not only is the PM an underachiever, he has not shown any sign of Leadership qualities.

    Worse is that on his watch, his Govt has proved to be deceitful and even in cohorts with the rampant thieving at the cost of the taxpayer, who continue to bear the burden of their misdeed by being taxed heavier by the year!
     
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    It appears that the media (and Telegraph is a pro Congress paper) is finally emerging from the grips of sycophancy that has befooled the country since ages.

    Khurshed seems to have set the ball rolling. One is observing with bated breath is his head will be soon rolling.

    I saw the NDTV discussion on the book of Shashi Thaoor, which too seems to be taking pot shots and what was interesting was that Khurshed, Jaswant Singh and others too did some friendly ribbing over the Khurshed and Rahul cameo role issue.

    There is no doubt some serious introspection is required within the Congress if it is to remain relevant.

    Malvika Singh articulates this issue very lucidly and as a Congress well wisher, her agony is so persistent.
     
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    More criticism directed against Man Mohan Singh and his team on their economic policies (or the lack thereof)

     
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