There is an old saying by George Bernard Shaw:
“Old men are dangerous, it doesn’t matter to them what is going to happen to this world”.
One can definitely draw parallels with our very own Manmohan Singh. The way he is running the country certainly seems that it doesn’t matter to him what’s going to happen to our country in future!! He knows that he is going into oblivion after 2014 elections so he couldn’t care less about India.
In a country of 1.2 billion people where 65% population is below 35 yrs of age, why do we have to have an octogenarian Prime Minister who actually hasn’t won any Lok Sabha elections and isn’t a elected representative in a true sense. And still he is our Prime Minister for nearly 10 years.
But we didn’t choose him to be our PM…he was thrusted upon us by Mrs. Sonia Gandhi. I don’t know why we take so much pride in our democratic system. It is a flawed system. How many of us can dream of contesting a Lok Sabha elections? Most of the elected members are either criminals or billionaires or inherited the political legacy from their families.You can only dream of contesting elections from a national party if you have multi crores in your kitty.
Once the government is elected it is there to stay for five years.Governments don’t fall mid way now because of simple understanding between the politicians of our country that “ you save my ass and I save yours”. There is always a post poll alliance of convenience. The likes of Mulayams, Mayawatis give support to government so that the CBI doesn’t act on them for their earlier corruptions. So there is virtually very little chance of Government falling mid way of its term because of the support of these regional parties with their corrupt leaders. During voting either these parties abstain or vote in favour of government and on other days they keep criticising the government as if they are the only custodian of the general interest of Public.
Even then if the ruling party is short of few MPs, the likes of Amar Singhs are always there to buy MP’s for you…. We have no say in any matter. We don’t even have a right to recall. Political parties are kept out of RTI act. People who show displeasure by the means of social media get arrested. It is nothing but the subversion of democracy.It is almost autocratic way of functioning.
Our democratic system needs an overhaul. We were told very early in our life that democracy means by the people, for the people and of the people. But how much of it is true. Once the government is elected in Lok Sabha, the role of “we the people” is as good as finished for the next five years. We are mere spectators. We watch helplessly as our corrupt politician takes us for a ride one day after another. As a friend on twitter (@mihirbijur) aptly puts it that our democracy is off the people, far the people and bye the people.
There is no qualification required for being a politician. I&B minister, Manish Tiwari was suggesting examination for being a journalist few days back. But what if we suggest to him that even politician should have basic qualifications and go through an examination before standing in an election and of course with no criminal record. Will he accept it?
I totally believe that we should have had a personality based democracy rather than party based democracy so that at least we are aware that we are voting for a particular person who will surely be our leader just like we have in USA.
Lets talk about Manmohan Singh. He has had a glittering academic career.Studied in foreign universities. Always a topper. But why did he fail so miserably as a politician….? It is vindictive of the stand for that a topper doesn’t necessarily be good at everything he does and MMS is classic example.I truly believe that he has failed India like no other PM. Why can’t he see what is required of him??
Few days ago Rahul Gandhi said That if India is a computer, then congress is its default program.I’d like to change it in context of Manmohan Singh. If India is a computer,Manhoman Singh is its fatal error ( Fatal error is something you lose all data of a program you are working on and you have to reboot for your system to work properly again)
Tell me which International magazine has the audacity to put Prime minister of any country on its cover and give the title of under achiever. Don’t believe me…. Time magazine just did that. Here is the proof.
Which prime minister in the entire world will not give even a statement (forget the action) when his own soldiers are beheaded and killed mercilessly by the neighbouring country. But then we have a novel way of responding. We serve biryani to top Pakistani diplomats. Mr. Salman Khurshid hosted a lunch for Pakistan’s foreign Minister only few days after the beheading of our soldiers.
When our president can issue a statement in his address on the eve of Independence Day to boost the morale of our soldiers why on earth our prime minster can’t utter a word….
China is now trespassing in Leh, Uttrakhand and Arunachal…It is literally playing ping pong with India. Indian counterparts were seen requesting them with folded hands to retract from our land!! You will be amazed to know even Myanmar soldiers had entered Manipur a week ago …
Read the article in India Today.
The weak governance of India and projection of India as a soft state has virtually made our land free for all …..
Which other prime Minister in the world had so many jokes on him… If you combine all the jokes on all previous prime ministers…. Jokes on Manhoman singh will easily surpass them. Just google “Jokes on Manmohan Singh” and you will be thoroughly entertained.
Here are few examples that I have taken out from google search only.
Then we were made to believe that he is an upright and honest person… I tend to disagree here… even if you are honest and you let the corruption happen under your very nose in the ministry that you are heading then… you are equally dishonest to the nation and there is no second opinion about it. Arun shourie labels him as intellectually dishonest if not financially dishonest.
Why on earth will so many people criticize in such vitriolic ways unless there is something drastically wrong in the way he governs our country. If you listen to this interview of Arun Shourie by Karan Thapar on Devil’s Advocate… you would know what I am talking about.
Corruption is rampant everywhere be it political class, bureaucrats, law enforcing agencies and even our defence forces. He is heading the most corrupt government of our times. It’s the cesspool of most corrupt ministers which are led by him. Then your muteness has become a disease and sufferer is India. You can’t speak impromptu. You don’t want to address the press… Forget about taking questions from them.You have no fresh ideas.
I entirely disagree that there are two power centers . I believe that there is only one power center that is 10 janpath … MMS is just a facilitator and executor of the decision made there. No sane economist will defend the Soniaconomics of FSB but MMS endorses it ( as if he had a choice). He just doesn’t speak in parliament and when he does…always with a prepared speech and one can’t make out what he is saying……! Mr.Prime Minister have you ever seen your British counterpart speaking in Parliament on every subject? I suggest you must see it.
Tell me in which democratic country, a son in law of the ruling family is exempted from Airport checks?
Since he is the son in law of Sonia Gandhi and he will be given exemption from security checks and will be given SPG protection because he is a public figure and there is a threat to his life. But otherwise, he is a private person and can’t be discussed in parliament and none other than parliamentary affairs minster jumps into the well of the house to defend him. This is called the politics of convenience!!
.All I am saying is that we need to have a younger man with fresh ideas running this country. And by younger man, I definitely don’t mean Rahul Gandhi. It is better to be led by Sunny Leone than by him. And why Rahul Gandhi can’t lead this country is another topic in itself and will be taken up susequently!!
There is no dialogue between govt and people. Always an ever increasing gap between rich and poor…. Hunger, poverty, illetracy, population explosion, health services, tackling of corruption. economy, infrastructure, black money, malnutrition, farmers committing suicides… not even one problem has been tackled effectively by our government for the last 10 yrs.Everyday new scam emerges and we are so used to it that it doesn’t affect us anymore.
Only saving grace is Supreme Court who actually seems to be running our country.Last month Supreme court called India’s top investigation agency nothing more than a “caged parrot” for the ruling party.
And sadly our media houses have sold out to the incumbent government… If you listen to the interview of Nidhi Razdan with the British MP you would know why…
Then there was a TV journalist heard prompting on TV “ congress ko defend kar dena” see the video at 53 seconds
Ram Guha rightly said about Manmohan Singh and I quote
“ But, unable to resist the lure of office, he stayed on thereby presided over what is arguably the most corrupt government in Indian history. The great Indian cricketer Vijay Merchant, when asked why he had retired from the game after scoring a century in his last Test innings, answered: “I wanted to go when people asked ‘Why’ rather than ‘Why Not’?”
Mind you, MMS has refused to leave himself out of the race for third term.
Under this very eminent economist our growth rates have fallen to almost 4% and he inherited the economy at 8-9% . A person who doesn’t take risk with his dress code how can you expect him to take risks where it matters.
Couple of days ago he himself said and I quote ” In which country MP’s say that uska PM chor hai… ” and Arun Jaitley promptly replied that which country buys MP’s for trust vote..
I’d like to conclude by saying that we the people of India deserve change in leadership. A leader who is not afraid to take bold measures. A leader who doesn’t project India as a soft state and leader who is answerable only to the people of India.