PM's journey from an 'underachiever' to 'ineffectual bureaucrat'
A leading US daily has called the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a 'dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government'. The article titled, 'India's 'silent' prime minister becomes a tragic figure' quotes critics as saying that the prime minister is in danger of going down in history as a 'failure'.
EARLIER THE Time Magazine had called him 'underachiever', and now the Washinton Post has targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
, maintaining that 'the image of the scrupulously honorable, humble and intellectual technocrat has slowly given way to a completely different one: a dithering, ineffectual bureaucrat presiding over a deeply corrupt government.'
The UPA government is under the scanner after the 'Coalgate scam' and it seems that it has attracted the world's attention for its reported Rs. 1.86 lakh crore worth loss to the exchequer. The article further says, 'economic reforms have stalled, growth has slowed sharply and the rupee has collapsed. But just as damaging to his reputation is the accusation that he looked the other way and remained silent as his cabinet colleagues filled their own pockets.'
Union Information and Broadcasting minister, Ambika Soni, remarked, “I will read the report carefully and then will have a word with the ministry of external affairs and other important officials. If they have written this then I can assure you that I will protest against this.”
Meanwhile BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told ANI, “Manmohan Singh had an image of an honest man and an efficient economist but even we ourselves had never thought that image of such an honest man would be demolished to such an extent that he would allow corrupt practices right under his nose and he would be a mute spectator.” He further lashed out, “Congress party, which was earlier known for corruption has now become a multinational firm of scams under the leadership of Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi.”