Manmohan Singh – “My silence is better than a thousand answers”

8 Oct

Manmohan Singh - UnderachieverTimes Magzine dubbed Manmohan Singh as an “underachiever” which says he appears “unwilling to stick his neck out” on reforms that will put the country back on growth path.

Here are some of the points from the article title “A Man in Shadow” by Krista Mahr published on Monday, July 16, 2012

In a recent national poll, nearly 66% of urbanites said Prime Minister Singh and his coalition had lost the right to govern.

“Singh doesn’t take money, he doesn’t make deals,” says Mohan Guruswamy, a fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, a New Delhi — based think tank. “But he doesn’t do anything.”

Some believe his unofficial power-sharing agreement with Gandhi has tied his hands and that he lacks the clout to go against other party stalwarts.

Jokes about his diffidence are circulating — like the one where Singh sits down in the dentist chair, and the dentist says, “At least here you can open your mouth!”

Read the full article – A Man in Shadow

Manmohan Singh - Tragic figureIndia’s ‘silent’ prime minister becomes a tragic figure by Simon Denyer, Published on September 5, 2012 in Washington Post

“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”.

“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. The historian told the Caravan, an Indian magazine, last year that Singh had been fatally handicapped by “timidity, complacency and intellectual dishonesty.’’

“Under Singh, economic reforms have stalled, growth has slowed sharply and the rupee has collapsed”.

“In the process, he transformed himself from an object of respect to one of ridicule and endured the worst period in his life”

Attendees at meetings and conferences were jokingly urged to put their phones into “Manmohan Singh mode,”

“He is obviously tired, listless, without energy,” he said. “At his time of life, it is not as though he is going to get a new burst of energy. Things are horribly out of control and can only get worse for him, for his party and for his government.”

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