However, the Time magazine (10-17 July, 2012) on its cover remarked that Singh was an "underachiever" who was unwilling to carry out the economic reforms required to put India back on growth path. At another place, the Independent claimed that Singh did not have ‘genuine political power’.
The opposition leader, L.K Advani once had said of Singh, "He is weak. What do I call a person who can't take his decisions until 10 Janpath gives instruction." Of late, Singh took some firm economic reform decisions like allowing foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail and a cap on the number of cooking gas cylinders.
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