Manmohan Singh may well go down in history as India’s worst Prime Minister ever. In the past, Charan Singh never faced Parliament while Chandra Shekhar, VP Singh, HD Deve Gowda and IK Gujral all were in power for about a year. Manmohan on the other hand will complete a decade in 2014.
A look at 8 of his failures...
1. Corruption: UPA2 is the most corrupt government ever and the number of scams it has is enough to make you sick. We all learnt in our Civics classes about the concept of collective responsibility of the Cabinet and hence the Prime Minister cannot escape blame.
Being an economic expert he let the 2G fiasco unfold and to make matters worse he was the Coal Minister when the Coalgate scam happened. If a company reports fraud upon fraud for years, will the CEO remain?
So how is the CEO of India surviving?
2. Economy: US President FD Roosevelt took the help of the economics of John Maynard Keynes to take his country out of the Great Depression. Manmohan, who is allegedly both a politician and an economist, has put the Indian citizens into a great depression of their own.
This government is bereft of economic ideas and instead of alleviating matters is pushing one populist scheme after another down the taxpayer’s throat.
3. Foreign policy: Pakistan kills our soldiers, masterminds terror operations on our soil and Manmohan is still eager to have talks with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif under whose watch the Kargil War happened. Nothing seems to have changed since the Sharm-el Sheikh shame of 2009. Chinese soldiers cross the Indian border at will.
Myanmar sets up camps on our soil. Italian Marines shoot our fishermen and go home when they please. Iran holds our oil tanker over a dispute.The US snoops on us and we don’t even register a murmur of protest. Manmohan goes out of his way to modify the Nuclear Deal to suit US suppliers.
It’s not as if there have been major breakthroughs with Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan or Bangladesh. On struggles to think when things were so bad last on the foreign policy front.
Image: Manmohan Singh will complete a decade as Prime Minister in 2014 / AP