Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Insulting the Prime Minister?
Vasu Reddy from Chicago
Until he was appointed as the prime minister of India, Dr. Singh was one of the most respected economists and policy makers in the world. His leadership in leading Indian economic engine to grow and prosper is the story of legend and will forever be remembered for the decisions the finance ministry took and implemented. There was no question of his decision making and policy implementation in leading India into the new century with astonishing results.
The past week saw him called a few choice names by a US publication, which were quickly rebuffed by the Indians, and asked for an apology of sorts for calling the Prime Minister a do nothing wimp in kind words. We all know anyone can write anything they want in any country and just get away with it, and even heads of state are not an exception to the sharpness of the language being used by the writers. The truth of the matter in making a story on Dr. Singh is new to the international media in a negative light, but there are no short stories on him in the Indian media. There is a constant attention to his style of governing and his inaction on many of the issues that continue to plague India, specially referring to the ongoing and ever expanding scams of the government at the center and in most states.
While no one accuses Dr. Singh of any wrong doing of the nasty kind, he certainly is at the helm of the party that has made India popular for scams, and each passing one getting bigger. The party identifies the scams and throws a few of the politicians involved into jail for a few months, and profess to be taking action. In the first place why is the government allowing the elected officials to scam the country? And only after a massive abuse of people’s resources happen is when you take action.
No money has ever been recovered from the scam leaders yet, although some of them have been sent to jail. A few have been sent to jail because they no longer want to listen to the government’s prophecy anymore. Those landing in jail claim total innocence and also claim that they were acting according to the law, and only implemented the policy of the government.
Everyone including babies know that people in power cheat, lie and steal, and only to the degree they do these things once they get elected is for the record. With each passing election the cost of getting elected gets higher and higher, and once elected the recovery of the investment also is at a massive scale. Politics has become as if people investing in education and training to get good jobs and get a life of comfort after initial sacrifices. Politicians have become so used to cheating as much as possible to recover their investment into to getting elected. There is only one political agenda in India that is to get elected and steal as much as possible as quickly as possible.
While Dr. Singh personally may not be interested in wealth creation, his party certainly has been quite aggressive in scamming and cheating while in power. No matter how you define his personal qualities, he as the head of the nation has not been able to rub off any of his personal qualities on his fellow party men and women to work for the benefit of the people. If the US papers call him names, it is difficult not to question Dr. Singh’s abilities rather than the news papers that raise the issue of inaction against corruption. Judging his personal abilities is no longer important as he is the head of the largest democracy, and he should be responsible for the actions of his party at all levels, and should impose the same standards he has on all of his colleagues.