A Few Lines on Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India
Manmohan Singh has achieved exceptional recognition from a section of the global people as the best of the prime ministers of India since the glorious days of Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru. One should, nevertheless, keep in mind that he has been in Indian political arena for the last two decades only. This is to mean that he is not and has never been a seasoned politician. Actually, he is a successful academician, a scholar in economics, a scholar with worldwide reputation. He has to contribute to the economic reforms in India since 1991 when the then Prime Minister P.V.Narasimha Rao has offered responsibility of Indian economy in his hand. Manmohan Singh has tried his best to change India into a matching partner of the active nations in the international trade and commerce.
Manmohan Singh, eighty years old at present, has remained in the chair of the Indian Prime Minister since 2004. His simple approach, soft and gentle voice, enviable patience and silent firmness have charmed everyone. An ardent champion of capitalism, and therefore, of open market although he is, his four years old partnership with the Indian left could not raise many questions. This may be because of the fact that the Indian left are not really left or the Indian left has, with passage of time, left much of the qualities and limitations of the leftist ideology and practices. This has helped Manmohan Singh to be with them on the same boat from 2004 to 2008 till Prakash Karat (General Secretary of CPIM) and his comrades have pulled the carpet with wild stupidity to cause a fall of the Manmohan Singh government. Manmohan Singh has, however, managed to reach to the end of the term of five years.
Manmohan Singh, as the favorite boy of the western world, especially of America, has worked mainly to serve the interest of the rich and going-to-be rich of the Indian populace, when little has been, by this time, achieved to wipe out tears of the hungry millions, who although represent fifty percent in strength in India, are deprived of food and shelter and health and education and electricity. Manmohan Singh has remained silent when the left in West Bengal under the leadership of Communist Party of India (Marxist) has violated all norms of democracy and has allowed its armed cadres in loot, arson, murder, rape of women etc. Yes, Manmohan Singh was the Prime Minister, as he is now still, in those days when CPIM government has conducted barbaric genocide in Nandigram and dislodged the rural people of Singur at the point of gun to support Ratan Tata. His silence of those days will remain questionable in the history of India. He has behaved so cruelly with the tortured humanity of West Bengal just in fear of losing support of the Indian left who had, during this period, 60 + members in the Indian Parliament to provide oxygen for his coalition government.
Much more things are there which do not match with Manmohan Singh’s otherwise wonderful personality. DMK is an important partner of his United People’s Alliance II government. A minister from this party, A. Raja by name, has been indicted for corrupt practices. Raja should have been thrown out of the council of ministers long ago. Manmohan Singh has been snubbed by the apex court for not paying attention to this issue at an appropriate time, and this is a matter of great humiliation. It is also insulting when he is found to be rebuked by the Supreme Court of India on the issues of Suresh Kalmadi and P.J. Thomas (Chief Vigilance Officer). It is not a display of good health for a government which has been charged with scams and corruptions to the magnitude of millions of bucks.
Agony of the nation and also of humanity is that a person of honesty and integrity like Manmohan Singh has been manifesting his unshaken obedience to the political party and to the political party-based compulsions in a country where Gandhiji was born only a century ago.