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Updated: March 18, 2011 09:16 IST

Hillary checks out Pranab, and the competition

P. Sainath
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In a cable to the New Delhi Embassy, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wanted to know why Pranab Mukherjee was chosen Finance Minister in UPA-II over Montek Singh Ahluwalia. File photo
PTI In a cable to the New Delhi Embassy, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wanted to know why Pranab Mukherjee was chosen Finance Minister in UPA-II over Montek Singh Ahluwalia. File photo

‘To which business groups is Mukherjee beholden?'; ‘Why was [he] chosen over Montek?'

“To which industrial or business groups is [Pranab] Mukherjee beholden? Whom will he seek to help through his policies? What are Mukherjee's priorities in the upcoming budget... ?”

“Why was Mukherjee chosen for the finance portfolio over Montek Singh Ahluwalia? How do Mukherjee and Ahluwalia get along?”

These were among the questions U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton posed in a cable to the New Delhi Embassy in September 2009, a few months after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh settled in for a second term. The questions are focussed on India's “New Government Economic Leaders,” particularly on the Finance Minister. They seem to imply that Washington had been expecting either P. Chidambaram to return as Finance Minister or Montek Singh Ahluwalia to be elevated to that post.

“How does Ahluwalia feel about remaining in this position? Which, if any, particular agenda items will he be pushing? Does he get on well with the prime minister?” Also, “What is Mukherjee's relationship with the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, D.V. Subbarao? How does Subbarao view the removal of Chidambaram from the Minister of Finance slot? What impact has his removal had on relations between the finance ministry and the RBI?”

The September 14, 2009 cable (225053: secret/noforn) asks: “What are Mukherjee's primary economic concerns and his views on Prime Minister Singh's economic reform Agenda? How quickly does he plan to 5-pursue these reforms? What is his ability to enact reforms?” The sharp Secretary of State also asks: “What are Mukherjee's views of the US bilateral economic relationship and where does he see the relationship Headed? What areas of cooperation is he eager to advance? How does he see the US-China economic relationship in comparison to the US-India relationship?”

Washington analysts, writes Ms. Clinton to the New Delhi Embassy, “are closely monitoring the newly appointed economic leaders in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) coalition government. We are interested in their views regarding future economic policy, opportunities for bilateral economic cooperation, and their ability to work together as a cohesive team. As time and resources permit, we would highly value any information on the following topics and questions, and plan to incorporate post reporting into finished analysis for policymakers.” The topics include the attitudes and likely directions of a few Ministers and top officials.

“What policies are Mukherjee and other leaders considering to address the global financial crisis? What does Prime Minister Singh think about Mukherjee's new role as finance minister?”

Ms. Clinton wants to get the measure of Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma. “Why was Sharma chosen for the job? What are his larger ambitions? Why was [Kamal] Nath moved to the road transport and highways portfolio? What are Nath's views on the change? Does Sharma get along with Mukherjee and Prime Minister Singh?” And also, “What is Sharma's relationship with Ahluwalia?”

Other queries on Mr. Sharma: “What policies does Sharma plan to pursue? How does he view India's trade policies? What are his views on Prime Minister Singh's plans for gradual economic reform? What does he perceive as India's primary trade obstacles? What are Sharma's views on the World Trade Organization (WTO)? How will he approach initial meetings with his counterparts? What does he think of previous Minister of Commerce Kamal Nath's actions over the past five years? How close will Sharma remain to the NAMA-11? Is he willing to begin discussions with the US to advance WTO negotiations? How does Sharma view US-India economic relations?”

“How does Sharma view India's current Foreign Direct Investment guidelines? Which sectors does he plan to open further? Why is he reluctant to open multi-brand retail? What are his views on the special economic zones?”

Fascinating coverage. Thank you to Hindu for analyzing these cables. Wikileaks has done everybody a great favor by bringing this material out in public. Though it can cause some embarrassment in the short-term, this is great for transparency. This was a cable by Secretary of State Clinton. Presumably there must have been an answer to this cable. I am really interested in seeing the American diplomat's unvarnished responses to Clinton's queries related to Mukherjee.

from:  Vishwas
Posted on: Mar 21, 2011 at 14:25 IST

Wikileak will do nothing but throwing a stone in the mud which will at last leave us all dirty. It's better to talk something creative when the parliament is in session.There are hundreds of laws and bills waiting for approval of the parliament. Lets talk on that. After the session we can reveal all this.

from:  Amrita Kumari
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 12:25 IST

I salute you Sainath. I was always thinking why 'The Hindu' is silent while India going into hands of corrupted politicians and crony capitalists. Even though its late, 'The Hindu's move is great. When you look back history, Hindu will have a golden page in building new India.

from:  Venu
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 02:13 IST

i think having interest in internal political structure of a country and interfering in it are very different. US is interested in these things like who our are ministers and what they will do, and there is nothing wrong in it. Aren't we interested who will be next US or Russian president and what will they think of us (eg whether they will support us in UNSC's permanent or not)? Don't we want to know who is doing what in Pakistan and China? What is wrong with knowing or trying to understand certain things which will affect relation between two nations. God knows only leaked cables are those of US; if we find what our diplomats are doing than only we can say who is right and what is right. These things are part of the process of formation of foreign policy in country and doing it properly needs data and information and there is nothing wrong in gathering information.

from:  Pranjal Pandey
Posted on: Mar 19, 2011 at 01:45 IST

People are incorrectly interpreting these queries from Hillary as interference. You would expect every foreign embassy worth their salt to do this ...it is one of their primary jobs. Most of this information could just be deduced from press stories but it is expected of the Embassy to collate this knowledge and present to its bosses. Just because the source is WikiLeaks, it doesn't translate into a conspiracy.

from:  M Latem
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 20:58 IST

We see a routine question 'what do we get from this?'. We are getting valuable information on what is going on out 'there' and how decisions are made. I am surprised that some educated individuals are belittling the awareness all this is giving to the common man. A very simple example, Suppose you know that there is a danger lurking around in a zone, then you would avoid it or take necessary precaution. As far as the government is concerned, we need to know exactly how it is working and why it does something. Suppose, you are not told what is going on and also your day-to-day life is not affected, then things are fine. But when there is problem with basic amenities, health care, water, food prices, while a few elite enjoy all the benefits, the only way to collectively come to a conclusion is to have that awareness about what is going on and why the entity we gave money to and put our hard work for, is not functioning properly.The first person who commented here that goes by the name voodoo, says 'but the truth sometimes is just not required to be heard and for the better of the world.' We need not hope that this gives some dramatic results in the political arena, but atleast we know how things work at the international level. Isn't that a big breakthrough in itself? Remember the folklore about political figures that paint big super-hero like picture of people? It's about time we saw our ministers as common men.

from:  Karthik
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 19:47 IST

@Dr.K Shankar - The best post I have read in a thousand years. Good work man !!

from:  Chandrasekhar
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 19:25 IST

Interesting to read some of the naive comments. What do you think, we Indians don't collect information about Senators, Congress, and Presidential appointees? Every nation on the earth does it. Don't you collect information about your competitors, business prospects, etc? If you don't you are way beyond being naive! The most interesting thing about Wikleaks, there's absolutely nothing earth shattering. All it has done id to put Mr. Manning who gave the information to Wikileaks in the brig.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 18:41 IST

This shows hoe US keeps eye on who gets what portfolio and how its agenda can be pushed forward. Amazement shown over appointment of Pranab Mukherjee as FM over Montek Singh Ahluwalia is not the matter of bafflement but of curiosity, since he was quite new to the job. Pranab had been no different FM from his neo-liberal predecessors, its visible from his way of working in the subsequent years. Hillary Clinton seems to have got good job of checking on everyone everywhere. I am wondering where is the limit of these spoiled activities.

from:  Seema Duhan
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 18:19 IST

One may say there is nothing special or objectionable about Hillary asking some questions about India's financial managers bu linking prefences with our business houses to assess their utility for the US Government is somewhat a confirmation of our fears that America is trying to influence our economic policies having successfully foisting team of IMF and World Bank Mangers in our political system. Manmohan Singh's elevation as Prime Minister given his distance from the common Indian and political system was perhaps a part of the American strategy. It appears that now with so many unwanted and saddening events coming to notice and degeneration of the system under his stewardship the whole thing stands revealed. 'The Hindu' deserves our gratitude that it has brought out the skeletons from the cupboards of the coterie and the nation is ready to turn back the ignominious slide. Hope there will be good days ahead.

from:  Dharam Pal Karkara
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 17:54 IST

I guess everyone is reading only one side of the story..namely the US story..I wonder what would you say if we got to read the Russian, Chinese, British, German and the French diplomatic cables.Have you guys ever thought what Indian diplomats are saying about 'them'. What questions are being asked about appointments are being made in these countries? What actions are being taken to influence those appointments/policy decisions ( aka call that interference!!!)? How are Indian Business affecting decisions on 'other' countries? Diplomacy and politics are not a pretty jobs...Get real about it..Rhetoric makes good reading!!!! We had enough of it for last 50 years..and it took us nowhere.

from:  Rajesh V
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 17:43 IST

On the one hand people are accusing the Government of acting on US's instructions. On the other hand Hillary Clinton poses a series of questions about formation of ministry and the portfolios alloted, such why Mukerjee was made Finance Minister and not P Chidambaram or Montek Singh Aluwalia. She is baffled about the happenings.

This is a proof that India is not acting on their cues. It is however Hillary's job to find out about the view of the new incumbant in the finance ministry. Going by their country's culture, she wants to know he belongs to which business group as all appointments in their country are lobby based.

Wikileak has thus illustrated that India has a mind of it's own and that they (US) are concerned about the economic policies of of the emerging India. Some twenty years back they wouldnt have bothered to check that.

from:  Saranyan BV
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 17:12 IST

‘To which business groups is Mukherjee beholden?'; ‘Why was [he] chosen over Montek?'
Ans- To Sonia Gandhi.
“To which industrial or business groups is [Pranab] Mukherjee beholden? Whom will he seek to help through his policies? What are Mukherjee's priorities in the upcoming budget... ?”
Ans-To those persons who have Secret Swiss Bank Accounts, Foreign Bank Accounts, Income Tax Defaulters (including Hasan Ali). In the upcoming budger Mukherjee's priorities are the very same group mentioned above.
“Why was Mukherjee chosen for the finance portfolio over Montek Singh Ahluwalia? How do Mukherjee and Ahluwalia get along?”
Ans-Mukherjee was chosen for his sycophancy towards Sonia Gandhi. Mukerjee and Ahluwalia do not get along well only because both of them are sycophants.
“How does Ahluwalia feel about remaining in this position? Which, if any, particular agenda items will he be pushing? Does he get on well with the prime minister?”
Ahuluwalia will be happy to remain in any position. He has no power to choose. He has the Sonia's agenda to push. He need not get on well with the Prime Minister. It is enough if he is able to get along with Sonia.
“What is Mukherjee's relationship with the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, D.V. Subbarao? How does Subbarao view the removal of Chidambaram from the Minister of Finance slot? What impact has his removal had on relations between the finance ministry and the RBI?”
Ans-There is no difference except in their titles.
“What are Mukherjee's primary economic concerns and his views on Prime Minister Singh's economic reform Agenda? How quickly does he plan to 5-pursue these reforms? What is his ability to enact reforms?”
Ans-They are not seriously interested in implementing reforms or eliminating corruption. It is only on paper and for public consumption. His ability is more seen in protecting and promoting the corrupt. Their only work is to be searching for corrupt persons and making them CVCs and Ambassadors.
“What are Mukherjee's views of the US bilateral economic relationship and where does he see the relationship Headed? What areas of cooperation is he eager to advance? How does he see the US-China economic relationship in comparison to the US-India relationship?”
Ans- How to earn more money through the many deals. That is all the thought.
“What policies are Mukherjee and other leaders considering to address the global financial crisis? What does Prime Minister Singh think about Mukherjee's new role as finance minister?”
What matters is what Sonia things about him. Manmohan Sing is a nobody in the matter.
“Why was Sharma chosen for the job? What are his larger ambitions? Why was [Kamal] Nath moved to the road transport and highways portfolio? What are Nath's views on the change? Does Sharma get along with Mukherjee and Prime Minister Singh?”
People are chosen for the jobs not because of their qualifications and aptitude. Sycophancy is the matter. Getting along with the Prime Minister is not required.
“What is Sharma's relationship with Ahluwalia?”
They are not really related. Relationship with Sonia is more important.
“What policies does Sharma plan to pursue? How does he view India's trade policies? What are his views on Prime Minister Singh's plans for gradual economic reform? What does he perceive as India's primary trade obstacles? What are Sharma's views on the World Trade Organization (WTO)? How will he approach initial meetings with his counterparts? What does he think of previous Minister of Commerce Kamal Nath's actions over the past five years? How close will Sharma remain to the NAMA-11? Is he willing to begin discussions with the US to advance WTO negotiations? How does Sharma view US-India economic relations?”
Ans-His views do not really matter. In fact he has no views on WTO.
“How does Sharma view India's current Foreign Direct Investment guidelines? Which sectors does he plan to open further? Why is he reluctant to open multi-brand retail? What are his views on the special economic zones?”
Foreign Trade will come on its own depending on the interests of America. His interests do not matter. Swiss Banks and other secret accounts abroad matter more.

from:  Dr. K. Shankar
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 17:05 IST

This is an article that reveals what people posted in embassies do. I am sure the folks posted by India in embassies worldwide collect similar information on governments and politicians of those countries. And that in essence is what they are here really for. In this regard, Mrs. Clinton's interests in who gets to work in which ministry shows her keen interest to deal with the Indian government. She would obviously prefer to deal with people who are friendly towards the US than those who are inimical. I do not see anything morally or ethically questionable in these cables.However, if there is evidence to show that the US tried to lobby for certain individuals to get specific coveted posts, then it is equivalent to interference.There is a positive aspect to these cables though - India and who governs India matters to the largest economy in the world because it hopes to trade. This may not have happened a couple of decades back when the only focus of looking at India was from a Russia or Pakistan POV.

from:  Shankar V
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 16:25 IST

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, whose papers on various topics on economy and as an advisor to IMF and for a long period of time as deputy chairman of the Planning Commission could provide more strength to the portfolio of the Minster of Finance especially at a critical period of broad inflation and difficult bureaucratic hurdles for investors to enter India. However many powerful business houses that for long had had strong influence on the Ministry of Finance may not welcome him and would prefer a politician like Pranab Mukherjee; the questions by Hillary Clinton shows that US and G-8 are looking for someone to work with at a broader pace than being inter-locked with somebody else who has more conservative view of India's financial model right from the time of John Mathai or even to say Sir R.K.Shanmukham Chetty. The intricate model of financial policies influenced by the powerful business and trading houses right from the beginning by R.K Shanmukham Chetty in cognizance with the Coimbatore Mills have extended to the rise of Reliance Groups, and on a lesser note the Sun TV Group. Even Indira Ghandi could not do much, being influenced by Mohan Kumaramangalam to nationalize the banks to reduce the power of Indian business in the Minstry of Finance. Hillary Clinton will never get the right answer from her consulate members in New Delhi; as they will never be able to understand the uniqueness of Indian financial policies unless they become part of the Indian business houses like the Tata or Murugappa Groups. Whatever may be India is going to have some of the most powerful business houses in the world in the next 30 years supported by thousands of lesser trading houses around the sub-continent. That is India's financial policy and Montek Singh may not be part of it, is for sure.

from:  Richard Kamalanathan
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 15:22 IST

First of all, The Hindu has just done what The NY times, The Gaurdian, Der Spiegel, El Pais and Al Jazeera have already done in the past, it was about time someone in India did what The Hindu has done now. I can only show my appreciation to The Hindu that's all, because, let me be honest, I can't call this as an achievement of The Hindu, not when I'm learning on the kind of hardships faced by Pvt. Bradley Manning as of today, the U.S army personal who was arrested for leaking sensitive U.S led Iraqi war documents/video and currently is held in torturous conditions in the U.S and may even face death penalty; also Julian Assange of Wikileaks foundation, who faces many threats from several countries in general and the U.S in particular, he recently stated that he is afraid that he may end up in Gitmo, an American centre for holding prisoners for long durations without charging them. Secondly, politics is dirty, I repeat politics is dirty by its nature, for those of you who dream that a particular party is corrupt and wish that India would have certainly shined if some other party or alliance were in power, I'm sorry I will leave you alone because you are not dreaming, you are not in a sleep, you are in a state of coma. Today, if I put it dramatically, the source to all evil in this world is the U.S, the economic system that is running the U.S is responsible for this, unless this is not identified or imbibed into the youth all over the world, I'm specific here - 'the youth' and 'all over the WORLD' life will get harder in the future. Wait till the harsh corporate capitalism, the kind which just eats up everything on its way, the kind which started the Global financial crisis of 2007, the kind followed in the U.S, raises its head in India, we caught a glimpse of it in the form of 2G scam. Stop complaining on politicians or parties or alliances, they are just pieces, even the Gandhi family is no exception, they are all moved by some invisible force. For those of you interested to know more on how things actually work, here is an example, take this test, find out answers to these simple and straight forward questions - Why was the Indo-US nuclear deal truly signed? Who really benefits from this deal? If India needed more power for its future growth, why was the U.S. so much interested in passing this deal (As per yesterday's Wikileaks revelation)? Suppose the Indian parliament had NOT voted in favour of this deal or if UPA had NOT won the elections, was it really an end to this deal? What are the flaws in the design of the Japanese nuclear reactors which may most probably lead to the melting of the cores? Who designed them? Who was really benefited from president Obama's visit? What was GE's Jeffrey Immelt doing in India when Obama visited? How many deals did GE bag in the recent months? In what sectors were these deals? Why was the defence expenditure raised further in the recent budget? Connect these dots and you will see the invisible force I mentioned before and the line you draw through these dots is only one of the many.

from:  Vikram Shivanna
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 15:04 IST

What is so wrong about the questions Hillary Clinton is asking? This is the job of the diplomats posted abroad. Going by the leaks, american diplomats seem to have done excellent job and incisive analysis of our so called leaders. As long they don't influence any appointments nor pay bribes from their Govt, it is fine.

from:  Baskar
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 14:42 IST

I recall at the time of Soviet Uion, my Russian colleagues would tell me that they were able to break through not only Indian bureaucracy but also procure ministerial posts for military weapons and whatnots.It seems, since 1991, when Import Raj came to an end under this same Dr Singh, as FM, US influence has gain most in Delhi's Red Fort. It's a shame that Indian strategic interests cannot be protected against US buy-outs.

from:  Hari Naidu
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 14:24 IST

As I go through political career of Montek Singh Ahluwalia, other than deputy chaipersons of planning commission, he has been divisonal chief of World Bank, Finance Secretary of Ministry of France and member of Washington Financial Advisory. He was a serious candidate of IMF chairman in 2010. So Montek singh is definitely a world known personality and has been key figure in Indian economic reforms. But Pranab should also have not been not totally neglected for the work he had done in Rao's government as deputy chairperson of Planning Commission.He worked closely with Manmohan Singh to take India out of economic crisis. He helped dismantle License Raj and open up economy to be capitalistic one. We should give credit to india resurgence to these persons as well otherwise our economic would have been creeping like other third world countries.

from:  Kumar Vivek
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 14:02 IST

Hindu is doing a GREATE job with this. But at the same time the same has to published in all regional languages. Since most of the major news papers are not ready to publish this because of the their political issues in their states.Can Hindu do with their partners ?

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 13:49 IST

Why do our politicians talk indiscreetly to American diplomats? Is it the lure of the white skin,other inducements, or just to show off? How successful are our diplomats to gather information from the other side?

from:  Haridasps
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 13:38 IST

Question: Has UPA made India a province of United States of America? Manmohan Singh's Answer: 'Absolutely not. We are of course an Independent country and we do have immense autonomy! Only in areas like Finance and Foreign Affairs, we submit to America.'Moral: We are back to square one since we have achieved independence from British imperialists.

from:  Yashwanth P
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 13:27 IST

Rather wild assumptions are being made by commentators here. The questions put by Washingtion appear several months after government formation, not ahead of it, and so cannot be interference. The questions are what any active organisation will seek to know, and those who are astonished by them seem to work and live in a coccoon. As to Singh being a US stoogie, its more likely his instincts are capitalist, and no different to those of the predecessor government. So, to believe India might get a different stance with others is fantasy land; policies derived from western ideas and features is what india's influential classes have chosen, wrongly, but there is no way any intelligence in this matter will ever permeate into the corridors of power.

from:  K Kitchlu
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 13:20 IST

Kudos to 'The Hindu' for going ahead with publication of the wikileaks cables. Not many newspapers left today with the guts and moral fibre to go ahead and publish the facts irrespective of the reprisals unlike other newspapers and media channels who seem to be beholden to political parties and business groups...

from:  Machiah Apparanda
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 13:13 IST

The common man stays aloof from day to day happenings in corridors of power. So many things happen behind closed doors. A great nexus remains between the power hungry and corrupt politicians, who get shoulder to shoulder with corporate houses. I am glad to see this brave step from 'The Hindu', still following the rules of true journalism. As a citizen, i have full support and gratitude towards 'The Hindu' its team.

from:  Manu Dahiya
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 12:40 IST

I don't see any problem in Ms Clinton checking for the ambition and perception of the Indian Ministers. As India's role in world economy is keep growing, every responsible government would like to know what kind of people are gonna make decisions for Indian financial policies.

from:  Ankit Agarwal
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 12:06 IST

So, we can be sure of What sort of Democarcy - we are having and West[ed] group wants! It is the high time, to Form some Highly intellectual groups, to be formed , to quiz and elect the High Posts. Otherwise, 'simply saying Sorry' in the Parliment, should become a precedent and 'more things' will follow. Integrity of individuals, high moral ground should be 'tested' and there should be' system' to govern this.Otherwise, the way in which the country is moving and with Coalidation Dharma, we can't avoid another 2G. Accountability should be brought into practice which will drive for change - as 'still our Indians worry about their perception in the society'.

from:  Moorthy
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 12:02 IST

If diplomats collect from the host nations whatever information their governments want, it cannot be faulted unless it is done using methods which are illegal in those nations or in the countries they represent, or not in conformity with established international conventions. What is worrying is the nature of the information that is being sought by Washington from its diplomats in India. The questions indicate that Washington has branded or wants to brand our policy makers as friends, those who are not sufficiently friendly or those inimical to its intersts. Washington's desire to influence decision-making in New Delhi through friends in the Indian government is all too clear. This desire is probably fueled by past successes in this regard. The opposition has always talked about US influence on the UPA government.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 11:42 IST

After the recent dramatic development from the US.Wikileak's leak of the cash for the votes on Indian Politics was sad and painful to read as well see the proceedings in the Parliament.The funniest part on this episode Hilary Clinton US Secretary interfering,the appointment of Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee,over Montek.Interfering in our Politics is highly unacceptable.All this is happening ,because of our Shameless Politicians. God only has to save our country.

from:  K.Ragavan
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 11:38 IST

Marvelous adventure by the Hindu and Sainath in revealing the Wikileaks about the internal affairs of India and America's interferences in our domestic affairs.One more exposure of corruption and money power politics has been revealedby Wikileaks thanks to 'The Hindu' to publish that US notes from its embassy in India about how MPs were bribed to save the UPA 1 government of Manmohan Singh on the floor of Lok Sabha- it exposed Manmohan Singh -how he could stoop so low to put Congress in power and continue as prime minister of the country. Are the Indian government led by Manmohan Singh becoming tools in the hands of American government , ignoring the plight of common mass? Perhaps, US government is brokering in the affairs of India- whether it is economic policy decision or arms purchase or implementing pro-rich programmes and schemes! We had heard a few countrymen, particularly a few journalists brokered in the corridors of power in Delhi as revealed by Nira Radia tapes but not the type of US interferences in our internal affairs including who should be who in the pro-American government of Manmohan Singh. By adopting such policy and toeing the line of US dictum, is India really drifting towards capitalism, ignoring socialist pattern of society and policy? The US is creating its influences in South-East Asia by capturing its economy and policy at large and UPA government has become tools in the hands of America. In process, India has befriended many socialist countries and creating inimical relations with them. At least why should we take quarrel with Iran when India had old age ties with that country or say Cuba at the instance of America! Americans are preparing for its base and military strategy not only in South-East Asia but the entire Asia in search of market to dump its obsolete goods in the Asia's markets and also arms adventure to silence the opponents , particularly socialist and communist China in Asia from Indian soil in the long run. People of India must beware of America and its misadventure as being adopted by Manmohan government!

from:  Krishn kumar Singh
Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 10:59 IST

It's a brave move taken by The Hindu. Truth should come out and people responsible for the wrong doings should be convicted. But when i analyse the current status of Indian politics one argument that comes in mind is that is it really required? Agreed that we cant and we shouldn't just sit and let these people play with the money we earn. But opposition firing on UPA and UPA countering that, about something that happened years back, do we want this? One parliament session costs at least 2 crore each day. Walking off from it and playing tom and jerry game with each other for coming months or so, it is that important. I know what i am saying is unpractical. But what i am trying to convey is that maybe, maybe wikileaks is doing a remarkable job in doing what no one can ever do, but the truth sometimes is just not required to be heard and for the better of the world. Analogically, everyone has freedom of speech but sometimes its better when its restricted.

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Posted on: Mar 18, 2011 at 09:42 IST
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