February 24, 2011

Manmohan's Spine

Wonder why Indian journalists call Dr Manmohan Singh, a PM without a 'spine'? Don’t we guys notice how Arab world is driving out its dictators who had powerful spines? Dr. Manmohan Singh has more spine than most of us other Indians. Remember what he did he do for nuclear deal with USA? Mr Advani has tried this ‘weak theory’ in last elections too. People rejected that contention soundly. Let me recall some more events from our history. Mr LK Advani led the Hindutva mobs to pull down a Mosque, and he conveniently denied the charge in the courts. Can you tell me if Babri Mosque was not attacked by Hindu zealots, then who else were there? Did that gang show any signs of spine by not admitting their act? When PM Vajpayee said that we would be having a 'aar paar' war with Pakistan, and no war took place, did he show less spine? Indira Gandhi imposed emergency & jailed leaders was that not a case of strong spine?

I am not saying that a hundred mistakes could justify a new error. We have to appreciate the context & time of the events. The problem of India lies within its people, not leaders. In a democratic set up we get leaders that we deserve. Dr Manmohan is different as he has not been elected by people in an election as their representative. We are a country that has serious issues of poverty, education, old ways of thinking, meaningless rituals, divided by caste, money and numbers etc. We have many contradictions. India is a country that reveres Ganga and also pollutes it. We are a secular republic where Sikhs could be murdered and no one is punisshed, and moreover, the majority of people support the killings by voting the responsible party into power with huge numbers. Only Congress cannot be blamed for cold blooded murders of innocent Indian Sikhs but also all those who voted for the party in the subsequent elections. Modi perfected the science by repeating the same with equal effect resulting in proven success in Gujarat. Modi has been rewarded by Gujarati people for his act of bravery. It gives ideas to other leaders to emulate the feat. Let’s wait for the next experiment

India should be grateful to Dr Manmohan Singh for steering the country out of economic crisis away from the Hindu rate of growth into the double digit aspiring economy. Before we seek to hear & understand him how about some honest soul searching to check if we have attained a level to understand his words completely. Tell me, when you have cardiac failure, do you wish to engage the doctor to explain you how & why? Let Dr Manmohan Singh do his job and going by his previous record, India would be grateful to him that such a person ever led it with unprecedented humility, honesty, caliber & spine.

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