Monday, July 16, 2012

Shameful consequences of supporting wrong people.

Outrage to follow UK headline that asks if Manmohan is 'Sonia's poodle'

Edited by Amit Chaturvedi | Updated: July 16, 2012 11:37 IST


After Time magazine, which branded the Prime minister as an underachiever on its cover just last week, a UK daily has carried a similar piece with a headline that is likely to provoke fierce outrage among the Congress.

"Manmohan Singh: Saviour or Sonia's Poodle" runs in today's edition of The Independent. It offers few observations that go beyond what Time magazine made, or the analysis offered in a Standard and Poor's report in June that said the Prime Minister has no real hold over his Cabinet.

The Independent says "Observers say one of Mr Singh's problems is that he has no genuine political power. Rather, he owes his position to Sonia Gandhi... this has meant he has sometimes been unable to even control his cabinet" and "From within his ruling Congress Party there are repeated, if oblique, demands for him to step aside ahead in favour of his presumed successor, Rahul Gandhi."

The Independent says that as far as India's liberalization goes, "In something of an air-brushing of history, Mr Singh received the lion's share of the credit, while the role of the prime minister of the day, PV Narasimha Rao, was omitted." (Read the article) The reporter, Andrew Buncombe, goes on to say that the PM is a "man whose reputation is at risk of being permanently damaged."   

The piece acknowledges that "While he may unfairly have become the target for criticism of an entire administration, it is he who needs to do something if he wants to secure a favourable place in history."

The Prime Minister's Congress party has begun its week defending the PM against President Obama's criticism that the investment climate in India is deteriorating. Corporate Affairs Minister Veerappa Moily said that the US leader appears to be misinformed.

But for the Congress, facing general elections in two years at the very outside, the growing wave of PM-bashing in the international media is a PR nightmare. Last week, Law Minister Salman Khurshid ran into trouble when he said that the party is waiting for Rahul Gandhi to accept more responsibility. "Until now, we have only seen cameos of his thoughts and ideas...but he has not weaved all of this into a grand announcement. This is a period of waiting," he said in a newspaper interview. But a day later, he said his remarks had been taken out of context and that from now on, he would ensure that discussions about the Congress' leadership would be confined to the party.


I don’t think anybody can express their views in a better (or I should say) in more shameful way, congress used to say that opposition is giving bad name to the government. Now what??? I still remember PM’s strong reply to Team Anna, but now outsiders r also seeing/saying the same thing, now what???? Will he quit politics immediately or he would like to take 2 more years  and bring lot more shame to the Sikh community. I’m just waiting for the climax scene; wonder in what way our PM had planned to end his political carrier.

GS Virdi

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