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Manmohan Singh

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A weak prime minister

I did my duty” is the defence of former Prime Minister to the charge that he was aware of corruption taking place in the mobile (2G spectrum) and sale of coal mines and did not do anything to stop the corrupt deals going through. That he himself is above board goes without saying but it does not absolve him conniving at open corruption going on under his nose. The report by the former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Ray is...

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Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

Fantasy-peddling is not diplomacy

SAINTS are the exception. Anyone else in the writing business, including those of us at the nether end of the business, can rarely resist the temptations of glory. The danger is obvious: vainglory, that purgatory space where imagination outstrips the boundaries of reality and ego functions on the basis of what we imagine we...

Modi to take oath as PM Monday

Modi to take oath as PM Monday

Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi, who led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a decisive victory in parliamentary elections, will be sworn in as Prime Minister of India at a function in Delhi on May 26. Armed with the support of 336 lawmakers of his party and its allies, Modi, 63, met President Pranab Mukherjee...

Manmohon’s silence hurt Congress: Indian minister

Manmohon’s silence hurt Congress: Indian minister

Lack of communication was at the root of the outgoing government's problems and its prime minister Manmohon Singh’s silence was the worst, observed the Union minister Kamal Nath. He made the comment while criticising Manmohan for being uncommunicative, reports Times of India. He regretted that Congress's approach to politics was a few years behind the...

Manmohan resigns

Manmohan resigns

After 10 years of eventful rule, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today bowed out of office, insisting that he had tried to do his best in serving the country and his tenure was an "open book", reports Times of India. Singh bid adieu as prime minister of two terms in a televised address where he...

He goes out with dignity

He goes out with dignity

They may have crossed swords on several occasions over a variety of issues, but senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley yesterday praised Manmohan Singh, saying the prime minister's personal integrity was always above board. He also termed him as a “wise man”, saying with an element of scholarship, he was always be well read and well prepared on any subject that he dealt with. While Manmohan is the leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley is the leader of the opposition in the Upper House. He said as curtains draw to a close after a ten-year-long period of providing leadership to the government, the prime minister "goes out with dignity...

The Syce's whip

THERE is merit in the Congress' criticism of the book on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh written by his former Media Adviser, insofar as accusations of it being self-serving and aimed at personal gain are concerned. Certainly, the “insights” Mr. Sanjaya Baru offers on the power equation between Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister are curiously timed, not the least because it has been abundantly clear for some time that Mr. Singh is serving out his last days...

Indians vote in first phase of election

Indians vote in first phase of election

Indians have voted in the first phase of a general election which pits the governing Congress party against the Hindu nationalist BJP opposition. The nine-phase vote got under way in the north-eastern states of Assam and Tripura and will conclude on 12 May. Votes will be counted on 16 May. More than 814 million Indians...

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Pressing need for Teesta accord

MATERIALIZATION of our long standing due in terms of a fair share of Teesta water still remains elusive. Bangladesh Prime Minister during her visit to Myanmar a week ago had raised the Teesta issue with her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the Bimstec Summit. During the Indian PM's visit to Dhaka in 2012 in reciprocation of our Prime Minister's visit to New Delhi a year before hopes were raised for finalizing a deal on Teesta water...

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The 3 mistakes of Congress

EVERY good drama needs a few sub-plots whirling through the mainframe. The most captivating within our current political theatre is surely the joust that P. Chidambaram has begun with Narendra Modi. On surface level, it is not much more than a claim for primacy between a politician who inherited wealth, English and Harvard as a birthright, and the outsider who learnt life's lessons in a teashop. But no story-within-a-story is worth the price of admission if it is limited...

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