That ManMohan Singh is’.an Honorable Bureaucrat’ is a media creation.
Another myth is that he is the author of Indian Economic liberalisation.
The Economic liberalisation was initiated by Late.P.V.Narasimha Rao who was the then Prime Minister of India, who appointed Manmohan Singh as Minister Finance and he implemented the economic Reforms as a Bureaucrat would.
The Government wanted the credit for economic liberalisation and at the same did not want to alienate the people who were with the Congress because of its then professed socialist Policy.
The used ManMohan Singh as a front.
Later Man Moahn Singh was selected as the Prime Minister subsequent to the forced refusal of Sonia Gandhi to become the Prime Minister because he was/is perceived to be a man with no political base.
It is worth noting that Manmohan Singh has never contested a direct Election till date.
And he has no political base.
This is the Man who gave a clean chit to A.Raja, ,the master mind of the rs.1,86,000 crore scam , as’ an honest man’
He declared he did not know what was happening in the Telecom Ministry when the scam papers were forwarded to him excepting to state that he had advised the ministry to be transparent.!
On the ISRO scam, he said there was no impropriety involved.
He had conducted a ‘paperless discussion’ with the 2G scam accused Raja and the then and current Finance Minister P.Chidambaram.
On the CWG scam he studiously kept quiet.
When the then Home Ministry under P.Chidambarm tapped the telephone of the then Finance Minister Pronob Mukherjee( now President of India), Singh declared he knew nothing of the affair.!
You name any problem, Singh is eloquently silent or his refrain is ‘I Know not what’
The assessment is right and Singh is not only an acquiescing Prime Minister and a culpable one in various scams.
He shall go down as a sad ,criminally negligent and an indifferent bureaucrat who loves his post.
India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh helped set his country on the path to modernity, prosperity and power, but critics say the shy, soft-spoken 79-year-old is in danger of going down in history as a failure.
The architect of India’s economic reforms, Singh was a major force behind his country’s rapprochement with the United States and is a respected figure on the world stage. President Obama’s aides used to boast of his tremendous rapport and friendship with Singh.
But 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.
Every day for the past two weeks, India’s Parliament has been adjourned as the opposition bays for Singh’s resignation over allegations of waste and corruption in the allocation of coal-mining concessions.
The story of Singh’s dramatic fall from grace in his second term in office and the slow but steady tarnishing of his reputation has played out in parallel with his country’s decline on his watch. As India’s economy has slowed and as its reputation for rampant corruption has reasserted itself, the idea that the country was on an inexorable road to becoming a global power has increasingly come into question.
“More and more, he has become a tragic figure in our history,” said political historian Ramachandra Guha, describing a man fatally handicapped by his “timidity, complacency and intellectual dishonesty.”
The irony is that Singh’s greatest selling points — his incorruptibility and economic experience — are the mirror image of his government’s greatest failings.
Under Singh, economic reforms have stalled, growth has slowed sharply and therupee 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.
In the process, he transformed himself from an object of respect to one of ridicule and endured the worst period in his life, said Sanjaya Baru, Singh’s media adviser during his first term.
Attendees at meetings and conferences were jokingly urged to put their phones into “Manmohan Singh mode,” while one joke cited a dentist urging the seated prime minister, “At least in my clinic, please open your mouth.”
- US paper refuses to apologise for slamming PM (ibnlive.in.com)