The UnderAchiever– Last Chance for An Absent Leader
“Over Rated” Economist & an “Under Rated” Politician
By : Himadrish Suwan
“I will hand the baton over to a new Prime Minister”- Dr. Manmohan Singh ,Singh effectively bid goodbye in his recent and so called last Press Conference as an Indian Prime Minister; declaring that he is not a candidate for being PM in 2014 General Elections ;laying the virtues of Congress VP Rahul Gandhi and unleashing personal attack against BJP Narendra Modi it is being called his farewell message as an Indian Prime Minister. It is a fact that Dr.Singh is an “Over Rated” Economist & an “Under Rated” Politician. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has long been lauded for his pivotal role in liberalising the Indian economy in 1991, 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.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has spent more than three thousand days in office, a privilege not shared by anyone from outside the first family of Indian politics.As the man now walks his last mile towards the sunset ,there seems to be no achievement to his credit other than his sense of survival amidst some of the worst scandals in Indian history. Nine years ago when he took charge the growth rate stood at eight percent .India in sync with global market was in rise. Still,India was not shinning contrary to the self-defeating slogan of the previously BJP government .In other scenario there was no one better than Manmohan Singh –India’s first Economist Prime Minister to take the story forward.It did not happen in spite of his first 5 years that saw the reluctant politican mastering the game and the end of his term, becoming a best selling item for the Congress in general elections 2009. “HE WON THE ELECTION & LOST INDIA” .Slumbering at a pitful 4% growth rate & the free falling rupee turning into one of the worst performing currency in the world,India @ 68 is not a matter for joy. The Manmohan Singh of UPA-II was a repudiation of the Manmohan Singh circas of 80’s.The two big corruption scandals of his term the Coal Gate and the 2G Spectrum have shown us a negative signal in the world market. Manmohan Singh the modernizer was one of the wisest man from the east he is now one of the weakest head of a government and so called ‘A liability for the Congress Party’.
A R.T.I(Right to Information) filed to the PMO(Prime Minister’s Office)by Citizen Journalist & RTI Activist Himadrish Suwan reveals & exposes that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is not “ MON” he has spoken quite well but not influential that can reach the ears of common man.
He may be accused by critics of keeping silent in the midst of a crisis but may have set a record of sorts by delivering 1,300 speeches during his record tenure in office since May 2004. Starting May 24, 2004, the PMO has a faithful record of all of them which only RTI can reveal & expose .
The situation of India under an absent leader reminds us of a play “Andheri Nagri, Chaupat Raja” Taka ser bhaji, taka ser khaja (vegetables sold at the same price as exotic dates). Prime Minister Singh addressed a press conference in Delhi and took questions from the media. Prior to that he spoke length about the UPA government and his work as the Prime Minister of India. The Prime Minister accepted failure to check unemployment, inflation & corruption in the last press conference of his tenure as PM. “I am concerned that we have not been as successful as we need to be in generating employment in the manufacturing sector. This is an aspect of performance which we are working hard to correct,” he told the media.
To a question asked by a media official if he had ever felt like putting in his papers out of frustration, he said: “I never felt like resigning at any time. I have enjoyed doing my work. I have tried to do my work with all honesty, with all sense of integrity without regard for fear or favour.” The PM claimed that he would come out unscathed when history is written about this period. But Let us see what History records for him as an Under Achiever or a Over Achiever . Dr.Singh Press Conference let the BJP give another chance to curse the Prime Minister & its party. BJP’s Sr. Leader Arun Jaitley said: “If after 10 years in politics, Rahul Gandhi is called untested, then it only reflects how little impact he’s had in ten years. Jaitley said that ‘Manmohan Singh was bitter at the media during the press conference, more bitter towards the Opposition and most bitter at Narendra Modi.’ “During 2G, and coal scam, PM could have taken steps to stop corruption but he did not,” Jaitley said. He said that no leader has been scrutinised like Narendra Modi. “And that has vindicated him. Going by PM’s logic, Modi has won in 2002, 2012. Then benefit of PM’s logic applies to Modi too “It was PM’s farewell press conference. it was a time for introspection and not for bitterness,” he added.
Dr. Singh led government is undoubtedly the most corrupt government in the Indian History with corruption cases ranging high in his tenure. The 2014 is a Political year for India .It may be a tri-sided fight between Narendra Modi VS Rahul Gandhi and may be VS Arvind Kejriwal. Traditional Indian Politics is changing following on the Marks of the Simplicity by some of our Simple Netas Mr.Manohar Parikkar , Mamata Banerjee , Manik Sarkar & Arvind Kejriwal. Looking at these many leaders have now cut down their convoys and lal battis. It is the politics of change. As now Sun Sets for Dr.Singh it is now under the leadership of Congress V.P Shri.Rahul Gandhi to save Congress from so being called “Sinking Ship”. It is now for Congress Leaders to say “ Ab Rahul Ji, Tumhare Hawale Congress Sathiyo”
Dr.Singh said that he believes that he has not been a weak PM. “That is for the historians to decide”.So,let us leave for Historians to Rate Dr.Singh Rate Card as Over Rated Economist OR a Over Rated Politician…
The UnderAchiever– Last Chance for An Absent Leader