In the historic tradition of boring speechmaking of last 9 years, Manmohan Singh added one more chapter of empty rhetoric today with his 10th Independence Day speech from the Red Fort.
10th in row, that would have been achievement but for the reasons that the whole nation knows now and that Mr. Manmohan Singh wants to run away from!
10th in row would be nothing more but one more statistical addition to his profile now.
During his earlier tenure, the boredom was largely due to his lifeless delivery of words, a flat voice, an unclear or highly accentuated diction and an expressionless face.
But he remained largely bearable due to his personal image when the nation saw in him a man of integrity.
That is not the case anymore.
In fact, that has not been the case anymore for the last four years.
He is no more seen as a man of words, a persona of integrity. He has lost all what he earned during his first term as the prime minister of the nation. The wash-out also includes the good name earned before becoming the prime minister.
He heads a government that is undoubtedly one of the most corrupt governments in the Indian political history.
He heads a government that is ironically one of the most undemocratic governments in the Indian democratic history.
He decides to remain silent when the whole nation expects him to speak.
He decides to remain silent when he is expected to be answerable for the endless corruption and undemocratic acts of his government.
He may not be in control but his silence only implicates him. His selective utterances only tell that he has become a politician who wants to save his political chair somehow, at any cost, like almost of the politicians of the day are.
He looks and sounds more like a sorry figure now. His words, now, never reflect an honest introspection of an intellectual he was known as.
He beats the drum about achievements that are clearly misleading. He makes projections for the future while still living in the past. He is trying to claim the future by misleading us on his present, the four years of which, make us lament for the sorry state of affairs in the nation that directly affect our day-to-day lives.
There was nothing new he spoke about on India’s 67th Independence Day. It was a boring repetition of what he has been saying all these years, speech after speech.
I am not going to waste my symbolic joy of the Independence Day by digging into the shambolic soul of Manmohan Singh’s yet another lifeless speech.
I have already written much when it didn’t reserve even a passing mention.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/