Too little, too late
The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has collapsed amid recrimination and hostility and contempt. Manmohan Singh is widely despised for speaking too little and acting too late; Sonia Gandhi's party faced one of its worst defeats in history.
This is so much a part of our mental baggage that we usually seek to validate it by declaring the UPA itself a disaster. And, certainly, it has often been both lazy and incompetent.
One of the first things that Dr Singh promised when he became prime minister in 2004 was administrative reform; that has not even been touched in these 10 years and is the primary reason for much of the trouble we're facing today.
But the simple truth is that unless you are seeking to justify hazy anger at the UPA's leadership - which, sadly, is the purpose of much analysis, for reasons I'll get to later - this government's record is not just defensible, it is admirable.
That nobody in the government defends it, and nobody out of the government admires it, is quite a different matter.
Text: Mihir S Sharma, Business Standard
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