Personally I would always know him as an efficient finance minister, an able economist who failed the nation as prime minister.
Dr Manmohan Singh once said “.. I honestly believe that history will be kinder to me than the contemporary media or for that matter the opposition in Parliament…” It turns out, history didn’t want Manmohan to wait long. It’s already judging him and it’s not kind by any yardstick. While Manmohan might be busy packing up, accounts from his erstwhile aides have driven final nail into the coffin. Two books released this week portray Manmohan in poor light. His former media advisor Sanjaya Baru‘s book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh establishes that he never had final authority on the matter of governance and that Congress President had access to PMO files. Another book ‘Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths’ by former coal secretary PC Parakh echoes the same concern. While Parakh reiterates that Mr Singh had little political authority, he implicates him in corruption stating that Coalgate Scam could have been averted had the government pushed for the reforms as per his suggestions.
Congress rubbishes these books as ‘a work of fiction‘. His family members term these as a ‘stab in the back’ and ‘breach of trust’. I am not here to discuss the authenticity of what these authors claim. I neither have resources not intentions for doing the same. These books might just be another hole in the sinking ship and hence inconsequential for the present elections. UPA-III is as improbable at present as finding a survivor from MH370 and the silence of Manmohan Singh has been as mysterious as the disappearance of the plane. UPA already appears to be fighting for a lost cause.
I am not disparaging the fact that Manmohan Singh led the most stable coalition government of all times in the political history of India. But this stability came at the cost of coalition compulsion, which meant turning a blind eye to all the wrong doings. Corruption cases were pushed under the carpet till these cases were too huge to hide. 2G, Commonwealth, Coalgate, Aadrash scams glorify the decade long rule of UPA.
Being the prime minister for a decade, MMS should have been the busiest man during the elections. But the fact that he has addressed just 4 rallies so far not only questions his oratory skills but also his position in the party.
A man is known by the company he keeps. His company was corrupt and so was he. He chose to be silent. But we choose otherwise. When he prophesied that history would be kinder to him, he might have referred to distant history or he might have banked on the fact that public memory is short lived. But history has chosen to be cruel and he will have to accept it. Personally I would always know him as an efficient finance minister, an able economist who failed the nation as Prime Minister.
Its NOW or NEVER!!