This is the second time in a fortnight when Manmohan Singh has spoken and this time, the second time, he has created a lot of buzz through his words. Now pundits are busy interpreting what he meant and political folks are busy endorsing, denying or critiquing what he said.

I am not a pundit and I don’t have any intention to be the one but our dear Manmohan, the comfortably-numb-economist-turned-poor politician-cum-weak prime minister, pushes me again and again to write on what he speaks, on what he does.

Manmohanji, my sincere apologies, but as you have the right to speak selectively and be answerable to the nation selectively, I have the right to write on you whenever my urge pushes me to write, and writing on something that you speak that is uncharacteristic of you or something that makes for some unlikely ‘dramatic’ stuff from an expressionless face like you is a natural extension of that right.

So, where were we? Okay, Manmohan Singh speaking something on Rahul Gandhi yet again, but this time, in clearer terms. To put him in his words precisely, let’s quote him from a media report on what he illuminated us with about Rahul Gandhi while returning from the G20 Summit in St Petersburg. He said: “I have always maintained that Rahul Gandhiji would be an ideal choice for the prime minister’s position after the 2014 election. I would be very happy to work for the Congress party under the leadership of Mr Rahul Gandhi.”

In past, on more than one occasion, Manmohan has endorsed Rahul Gandhi’s candidature but he was never ever so clear. In fact, in the series of ‘Rahul Gandhi’ endorsements, he endorsed even himself for the third term, like he did in April when he said ‘he was not ruling it in; he was not ruling it out’.

So, what made him eulogize Rahul Gandhi in so clear terms now?

Can it by the growing realisation that he has lost all his credibility and it is better to step aside now? But, why then he added he would be happy to work under Rahul Gandhi? Haven’t we seen more than enough of him?

Or alternatively,

Can it be the growing realisation in the Congress party that it can still win the next parliamentary polls riding on the triple factors of (1) a scattered political opposition, (2) a divided house – Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Narenrda Modi and (3) the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) populist electoral measures like ‘direct cash transfer, food security and land acquisition bills’ and so, it is the time to play from the front, to put forward the Congress scion for that elusive prime-ministerial chair that has been ditching the Nehru-Gandhi family for over two decades now?


Is it the dawn of ‘right’ realisation in Manmohan’s thinking that UPA is not going to win back even if counting the return of all the populist election sops in and it is the time to settle the score (by shifting the axis of electoral loss away from him) by clearly endorsing the name of Rahul Gandhi so as to give some definitive push to the demand of almost every Congress politician to project Rahul Gandhi as the prime-ministerial nominee for the next parliamentary polls in 2014? There have been real-time speculations on Sonia Gandhi-Manmohan Singh differences, especially on extreme push for the populist sops when the economy is in tatters, something that is directly ominous for the brand Manmohan Singh; something that has played a pivotal rule in bringing down Manmohan’s fame, obviously, in collaboration with the ‘compulsions of the coalition politics’.

Anyway, if Manmohan’s words come true, he will give India its yet another ‘first’ – this will be the first time in India’s political history that an ex-prime minister would take a junior job in his party’s future government.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/


  1. UPA 3 or NDA 2 ? What is your Choice ?

    Our country is facing a long list of Economic and Social problems
    Many of these require enacting new legislation
    Equal number require strict implementation of existing laws
    Solutions of quite a few problems , need bold / innovative and often , unpopular steps demanding deep sacrifices from different sections of our society

    All of these need,

     A heightened sense of co-operation ( National interest comes first )

     Willingness to reach compromises ( win some / lose some )

     An acute sense of urgency ( get going now / improve along the way )

    Unfortunately , during the past few years , hardly any progress could be made towards Political / Social / Economic reforms , since no single political party got an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha
    And , unless the Indian voters understand the shortcomings of the Coalition Government and decide to give one party ( it does not matter which ) , an absolute majority in the forthcoming 2014 national elections , we can expect repetition of the history !
    No Government which has to hopelessly depend upon its coalition partners , can carry out the desired reforms
    I believe , any major national party ( only Congress and BJP ? ) , which gets less than 275 seats in Lok Sabha , will continue to be blackmailed by its coalition partners
    And it would make absolutely no difference whether Rahul Gandhi or Narendra Modi heads UPA 3 or NDA 2 , as the Prime Minister !
    Either would be an impotent puppet of “ Coalition Dharma “ where corrupt partners dictate the shape of reforms !
    It is simple
    Either we give 300 seats to a single party or we continue to suffer for another 5 years !
    Remember , an imperfect decision is any day better than No Decision !

    • hemen parekh

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