MANMOHAN SINGH WAS ANGRY! MANMOHAN SINGH WAS SPEAKING!

What if it was the similar story, the expression (in this case anger) forgot how to express itself!

But, anyway, it was a winning combination, both rare events – Manmohan Singh was speaking and the words he uttered in the Parliament on Friday (August 30) expressed he was angry.

It was just yet another characteristically dull and familiar day of the Indian Parliament in session when Manmohan, uncharacteristic of him, decided to take on the Opposition even if his flat, expressionless face and a flat voice, once again, killed the essence.

Whatever he says has stopped making any difference. Probably he knows it well and so he doesn’t look making efforts to speak regularly. That may be a reason that he speaks so less, until the reactions on his recruited silence (or reticence) become too extreme.

His condition is precarious one should understand and he should be given the benefit of being a weak prime minister with no political base who, in the prevailing circumstances, has been given a fragile set-up to operate with.

Manmohan’s condition as the prime minister of the nation is too dependent on signals from the all powerful Nehru-Gandhi family. In fact, the populism (or the economic imprudence) of the policies forced by the Nehru-Gandhi family has effectively killed the economist in Manmohan Singh.

And the opportunity cost for it has been immense. It has effectively wiped out whatever good Manmohan had earned during decades of his career as an economist and an economist-cum-politician.

From a talking point for economic reforms, he has become the favourite political character of jokes and satires.

That would be a natural causal agent for anger. And when it gets mixed with difficult circumstances like the free, steep fall of Rupee, a declining GDP rate and an economy in mess, something that has been much of his government’s doing where he was forced to remain a mute spectator, it fuels the fire to create the rare flames that emerge as the ‘words of anger’ from Manmohan’s otherwise silent façade.

Okay, he needs to vent it but he cannot blame and target the ‘original’ reasons for his precarious situation so it’s better to dissipate it on the opposition benches that is what he did on Friday.

What if his expressionless face didn’t give anything when he was expressing his ‘great outrage’, what if his flat voice didn’t say anything when he was ‘aggressively hitting back’.

After all, the ‘words of anger’ were there (what if one of the most expressive words used by him was expunged from the Parliament records).

After all, he must be given the benefit of his ‘precarious’ position.

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

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THE BOLD NEW INDIAN POLITICS & ASHWANI KUMAR, PAWAN BANSAL AND THE MS-OFFICE (MANMOHAN SINGH, WHO ELSE?)

Let’s take the trend-setting and norm-establishing deeds of the breed of politicians of this generation who are neck-deep in corruption but are refusing to budge, who are in denial of their wrongdoings even if it is proven beyond doubt, even if it is there for everyone to see.

We have, here, the ruling coalition of India and its leading party, Congress, in the driving seat topping the corrupt-pack, with its high-profile leaders zooming to be in vogue of new highs of corruption and manipulation of the public office.

And this all is happening under the ‘able’ guidance of the prime minister of India, Mr. Manmohan Singh and his office, which has become exceptionally active, an otherwise comfortably numb prime minister.

Our dear Manmohan Singh and his ‘MS Office’ have enriched us with such many developments in the last few weeks and Manmohan Singh is clearly emerging victorious in the latest incarnation of the Indian politics that is bold,  brazen and immune to any criticism, even if a justified one in the public perception. The list of his gems adorning the list of corrupts is long, from Suresh Kalmadi to A Raja to Ashwani Kumar to Pawan Kumar Bansal.

While the development of the long list did involve some cases of surrender by the politicians when they had no other option left to manipulate and continue clinging to the power, the recent high profile cases of Manmohan’s two trusted aides, who incidentally come from his home state Punjab, Minister of Law & Justice Ashwani Kumar and Minister of Railways, Pawan Kumar Bansal, are representative of the new thinking of the Indian politics that has started believing in its right to absolute denial, not caring even if they do not have any option left to manipulate any more.

Now, they simply say they won’t surrender even if the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court of India, alleges them of breach of trust.

If they don’t care for the Supreme Court of India, who we are then to be taken seriously, though, we elect them and therefore, we give them the power to manipulate?

So the Congress is up, in arms, in brazen defense of its these two tainted ministers saying they won’t resign, when they should have resigned already, even if they go by the standard set by A Raja and Suresh Kalmadi.

And all this is happening the under the watch of MS-Office.

One of the duo, safe in the troubled waters, Ashwani Kumar, has subverted the guidelines set by the Supreme Court. The apex court had asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) not to share the status reports of the coal block allocation scam probe with the political executive. But, as the reports say, Mr. Kumar, the coal ministry and the MS Office directed the CBI Director, who says he is very much part of the government (the government that beats the bush every day claiming CBI’s independent functioning), to modify the status report in the investigation of a case in which Manmohan and his government is facing the heat.

Isn’t it like asking a thief to probe himself and come up with the investigation report so that he could be sentenced?

The other one, safe in the troubled waters, Pawan Kumar Bansal, until now seen as a non-controversial and clean politician, has got embroiled in an age-old scam of India where, in case of government jobs, a huge sum of money changes hands before any high-profile and lucrative transfer and posting takes place.

With every passing day, more and more skeletons are tumbling out telling us how companies were built in the name of Bansal’s son and wife; how they registered meteoric growth in a span of few years only; how the main accused in the case, his nephew Vijay Singla, was so close to him and how he managed his 2009 Lok Sabha election campaign; and how the Bansal family members share business interests with Vijay Singla. Being the Railway Minister, appointment for the Railway Board position for which the bribe was offered comes under directly overview of Mr. Bansal.

Had there been even an iota of verity in the claims of Mr. Bansal of being a clean politician, he would have resigned on the day his nephew was arrested for brokering the bribery deal misusing his department and his name.

He needed to come out clean. He needs to come out clean. And so Mr. Ashwani Kumar, and so Mr. Manmohan Singh, and so every other politician charged with allegations of manipulating and corrupting the public office.

They simply cannot be allowed to trade and tread our trust, again and again.

But this bold new breed of Indian Politicians is doing exactly that. This bold new breed of Indian Politicians believes in killing every such spirit. And they get support when they see that we, the voters, are short of options; when they see that we, the voters, are not able to make informed decisions while electing them.

A good case in point is the Karnataka assembly elections. Congress, neck-deep in corruption is poised to win when the votes are counted on May 8 because the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) government has lost its credibility due to massive and widespread corruption in the state under its regime.

See! We, the voters, are replacing one corrupt regime with regime of another political party that, in all probability, is going to lose the next parliamentary elections, due to the massive and widespread corruption in the country under its regime.

We, the Indian voters, wandering in the troubled waters, facing the classic dilemma of choosing between Scylla and Charybdis! Isn’t it?

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

ONCE, THERE WAS A PERCEPTION CALLED MANMOHAN SINGH

Manmohan Singh’s biography on the official website of the prime minister of India says about him: India’s fourteenth Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh is rightly acclaimed as a thinker and a scholar. He is well regarded for his diligence and his academic approach to work, as well as his accessibility and his unassuming demeanour.

There is nothing much to decipher about Manmohan Singh. There is nothing left to decipher about Manmohan Singh after his absolute fall from the ‘high of the apolitical and honest brand name of 2004’, during his second term as the prime minister of India.

Still, let’s see him and his integrity in the context of today’s developments; an integrity that is more fragmented than ever before.

A television news channel broke the news at around 1:55 PM that Manmohan Singh was studying the Supreme Court’s observations against his government on the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) affidavit on sharing the Coalgate probe status report with the government and would later come up with his response.

The Coalgate, a mammoth coal block allocation scam, in making over the years but precipitated during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)’s regimes with maximum coal block allocations, is being probed by the CBI. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in September 2012 involved the Supreme Court in the ongoing case. In March this year, the SC asked the CBI not to share the Coalgate investigation reports with the political executives.

And today’s observations by the SC that made the ‘thinker’ in Manmohan Singh to say that he was studying the apex court’s observations, is just the tip of an iceberg that, no doubt given the developments in the case till now, is going to throw big dirt on the sham of the UPA government and Manmohan Singh when the CBI submits its detailed affidavit in the SC on May 6 furnishing full details, naming persons and footnoting the changes describing the level of intervention by the political executive (Manmohan Singh’s government) in a clear case of vested interests and law-subversion.

But, beware, though you are already aware, that we are going to have a similar response from Manmohan Singh even then, shirking every responsibility, belittling the norms of democracy and shattering the notions of personal integrity and political sanctity.

So, the ‘thinker’ in Manmohan Singh pushed him to say, at 1:55 PM today, that he was studying the SC observations.

But the ‘scholar’ in him has got stuck somewhere in the ‘thinking’ mode it seem as it is over nine hours, while writing this, and we are yet to see what the studious assignment of Mr. Manmohan Singh has resulted in as Mr. Manmohan Singh is yet to come out with his ‘observations’ on the SC observations directly questioning his moral grounds putting him and his government in the dock. This all is happening on a day when there is a need of immediacy in responding to the SC’s remarks.

It simply tells us Manmohan Singh doesn’t bother about such questions of ‘moral sanctity’ and he is like any other politician of the political class that just doesn’t care for the values of democracy.

The prime minister’s website describes his academic credentials from Cambridge to Oxford but we need to find the source institution where this sort of ‘scholarship’ is a norm making the students immune to every criticism even if it is rightly targeted at them and intended to push them to take the corrective measures.

It is not a sad and black day for Manmohan Singh. It is a sad and black for the Indian democracy and its common man.

No politician is easily accessible in India. It cannot be said what does the website mean by ‘well regarded for his accessibility’? It has been written about a person who chooses not to speak when the whole country expects him to speak on a day like this after the highest court of the land makes scathing remarks against his government.

The country had expected in 2004 that the apolitical Manmohan Singh would prove a genuine politician and would serve the country differently, honestly. But all that is shattered now. Before becoming even a politician, he drifted to become one among the insensitive political class mascots of the day.

On political level, even after today’s development in the SC, nothing would move. Reports at the moment say that the government is firmly behind the Minister of Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar who is the front of the government’s manipulation machinery in the Coalgate probe by the CBI. Even on April 26, when the CBI Director Ranjit Sinha had admitted in the apex court of sharing the probe report with the political executives despite SC’s restrictive orders, Manmohan Singh was very prompt in defending his minister saying there was no question of his resignation.

The country had not expected this ‘diligence’ and it is certainly not an ‘unassuming behaviour’.

He is at the centre of criticism. He has been at the centre of whirlwind criticism. He is at the centre of political satire and jokes. His silence and selective responses on the monumental corruption cases by the colleagues of his government implicate him fairly. And this all is a well established line of discussion now.

Once, reading stuff on Manmohan Singh like that in the initial lines of his personal profile at his official website sounded good. But who knew then that it was driven more by the perception of yore. It started fizzling out as Manmohan’s term in the prime-ministerial office changed the calendar dates with rising corruption of unimaginable scales.

Manmohan Singh is failing India. Manmohan Singh is failing its common man.

Once, there was a perception called Manmohan Singh.

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