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Manmohan: reform is a continuous process

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday defended the economic reforms, including the decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, saying, “Reform is not a one-off process, it is a continuous process.”

In an informal interaction with journalists at Rashtrapati Bhavan soon after the swearing-in of the new Chief Justice of India, Altamas Kabir, the Dr. Singh was responding to questions on demands by the Opposition for a rollback of the decisions on FDI in multi-brand retail, diesel price hike and cap on subsidised LPG cylinders.

Asked about allegations by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi that FDI was aimed at pleasing the U.S. , he said: “What has the U.S. got to do with this? We are an independent country not to be dictated by other countries.”

On United Progressive Alliance allies’ apprehensions that the government’s recent decisions could hurt their electoral prospects, he said the issue could be discussed. “We will do what is good for the country. We are far away from elections.”

To a query on attacks on him by Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee, who has snapped her party’s ties with the Congress, he said: “I am not bitter about anything.”

On the Supreme Court's opinion that auction is not the sole method of allocating natural resources, he said: “We will honour and respect the judgment. We welcome it.”

About the Kelkar Committee report on fiscal reforms, he said, “It has been put on the website.”

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Mr.Prime MIinister, you have not understood your country even after having been in the
position you are in for more than 8 years. While the rich and the powerful applaud you, the
suffering millions in the country despise you and your policies. Is this the legacy you want to
leave behind when you cease to be the head of government? Ponder over it, Mr.Singh.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Sep 30, 2012 at 17:10 IST

And about this time, US ambassador to India visits West Bengasl. Put all
these together, we Indians can reasonably fear that Uncle Sam is
exercising more than just pressure, it is indeed behaving as if it is
an empire and we are somewhere in the era of East India Company. This
cannot be tolerated by nationalistic Indians. Even reform protagonists
would not relish this type of aggressive behaviour of US.

from:  s.subramanyan
Posted on: Sep 29, 2012 at 16:07 IST

FDI is in the economic books.We hava a Prime Minister, who himself an
economist.Though naive in politics, Dr.Manmohan Singh handled positions
such as Governor of Reserve Bank of India and the Union Finance
It is common for the opponents of the FDI, especially the communists, to
term as American-inspired. The Government has taken a right decision to
fit in indian businessmen to compete with their foreign counterparts.The
common man will be the beneficiary.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: Sep 29, 2012 at 16:04 IST

Our PM is playing the role of Karnan in Mahabharat of Kaliyuga.
During the Mahabharath days, public were under the impression that what ever done by Dhuriyodhanan & Others were right. Despite many advices / chances from Lord Krishna, Dhuriyodhanan failed to correct himself. SIMILARLY now, India's history is going to be re-written. Dharma will succeed, may take time.
As said in Bhaghavat Gita, Lord Krishna might have taken birth to remove Adharma.

from:  SD Mani
Posted on: Sep 29, 2012 at 14:02 IST
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