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Updated: June 9, 2012 18:30 IST

Guilty on many counts, not corrupt

Harish Khare
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's decency and politics of reconciliation have been his undoing

Last fortnight I had cloistered myself away in the hills for a spot of reflection and writing. I had chosen to deprive myself of blessings like newspapers, the television and internet; telephone connectivity was at best erratic and in any case it was turned off most of the time. During one occasional moment of connectedness I got a call from a television channel, seeking my comments on the Prime Minister's response to Team Anna's charge. I politely excused myself but I was indeed shaken up by the sheer audacity of the charge. What kind of cultivated viciousness have we injected in our polity that a man like Dr. Manmohan Singh is to be labelled “Corrupt”?

Demonisation game

My mind instantly recalled a conversation I had had with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the day I joined him as Media Adviser in June 2009. That afternoon he spent an hour with me, sharing his views and thought-processes. At the end of the conversation, just as I was leaving, he beckoned me to sit down again and said: “One more thing, Harish. If you ever hear anything about any member of my family engaging in any kind of hanky-panky, please come and tell it straight to me, however unpleasant or painful it may be.”

Now this man is being called “corrupt” by a bunch of self-appointed Shankaracharyas who have arrogated to themselves the licence to declare someone clean and someone else corrupt. The charge of “corrupt” carries with it a suggestion of active collusion in abuse of governmental discretion in exchange for a monetary consideration.

Last year the argument was: “So what, if you are honest?” This season the demonisation game has been ratcheted up to declare Manmohan Singh to be corrupt. Was it not George Orwell who had warned us against how political language was “designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable”? Old George would have admired Team Anna's homicidal finesse.

Manmohan Singh is not corrupt, but he is definitely guilty. He can be easily charged — along with his political partner, Mrs. Sonia Gandhi — of pursing a politics of decency and of elevating reconciliation to a matter of state policy.

Significance of 2004

Historically, this was the only wise course open to the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) leadership when in 2004 it found itself saddled with the responsibility of governing a country that had been kept on the edge of fear and insecurities during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime. The country — including both the (Hindu) majority and the minorities — had been jolted out of its civilizational equanimity over what happened — rather what was allowed to happen — in Gujarat in 2002; and, that too despite Atal Bihari Vajpayee's moderating presence. So shaken up was “shining India” that it decided the only way to restore national sanity was to show the NDA the door. Not since 1977 had any incumbent government been as decisively spurned as the BJP-led regime. Never before did a new government have its mandate so unambiguously spelt out: restore sobriety, sanity and decency in public life and among its political leaders. India needed a healing touch and Manmohan Singh — the decent, non-politician — was the man to provide it. In partnership with Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh calmed the nation's frayed nerves. We all basked in the sunshine of Manmohan Singh's decent impulses and inclinations. Decency is an ephemeral virtue; it is neither easily identifiable nor quantifiable; but, its absence can be felt acutely. Just look at Gujarat; or, ask Medha Patkar, perhaps the only one in Team Anna with a three-decade record of pro-poor struggle. An activist who cut her teeth on the struggle for Narmada rehabilitation, Medhaben cannot today pitch her tent in Gujarat. The absence of decency at the top has converted Gujarat into a part of India totally inhospitable to any kind of democratic dissent, leave alone protest. It is no coincidence that Team Anna, rather Mob Anna, has not dared to test the Gujarat waters.

I remember another conversation with Manmohan Singh last year. Like every sensible student of statecraft, I too was baffled and dismayed that four senior ministers should have gone to the airport to receive and talk to Baba Ramdev. I was lectured on the virtue of reconciliation “There is no dishonour in seeking reconciliation,” remarked the Prime Minister.

Manmohan Singh, and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, are guilty of making a virtue of seeking reconciliation to the extent of avoiding confrontation; a luxury, statecraft does not permit a prime minister. Not being a politician or a lawyer or a policeman or a revenue officer or a businessman, Manmohan Singh happily assumes attributes of reasonableness, fair play and decency in everyone else. That is precisely his fault — and his undoing.

Historians will wonder how a man can be so unsparingly unsentimental and bloody-minded in pursuit of national interests vis-à-vis external interests; yet the same man allows his decent instincts to becloud his judgment about fellow-citizens.

Manmohan Singh is guilty of making the grievously erroneous assessment that Mob Anna was just a bunch of well-meaning civil society busybodies; he is guilty of not seeing through their incurable political agenda. And, he is definitely guilty of underestimating Mob Anna's cunning ability to manipulate the media's penchant to promote and project anyone masquerading as a modern-day Savonarola.

Second innings

Manmohan Singh began his second innings on a wrong note. He is guilty of not being ruthless enough to crack open the Nira Radia tape case, a rogue operation carried by unscrupulous corporate elements. Different segments of corporate Indian drew different inferences. This can of worms was the logical culmination of the corporate war that has now come to be known in popular folklore as the “2Gscam”; in fact, it was the falling out among elegant thieves, who were (and are) resourceful enough to enlist the media and the ambitious “eager-weaver” among civil society activists, to convert their internecine corporate quarrels into a morality play.

In the best traditions of Joseph Goebbels, the civil society crusaders have neatly diverted attention away from the corporate sharks to “corrupt politicians.” Manmohan Singh may be charged with having led the country on a path of development which could only produce a greedy and rapacious capitalism with all its attendant aberrations of inequity and injustices. He is certainly guilty of not going after the corporate charlatans who have used and exploited the very openness of the democratic system to weaken the legitimate state so that their thuggery goes undetected and unpunished. It is indeed how Mob Anna and other pretenders reserve their moral indignation only for the political class and never for the beneficiaries of the political class' corruption.

Manmohan Singh is guilty of not marshalling the intellectual and policy arguments to tell the nation that Vinod Rai's maximalist interpretation of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG)'s mandate has dangerously undermined the constitutional structure of equilibrium. A myopic political class has allowed a wayward CAG to take advantage of its divisions.

Above all, Manmohan Singh is guilty of pursuing the noble quest for reconciliation at the expense of another maxim of statecraft: those who spurn the public authority's hand of reconciliation must be made to learn the cost of confrontation. He is guilty of not learning the lesson from the mid-1970s and early 1990s when mobs were allowed to overwhelm the democratic institutions and their liberal ethos. A king who chooses to ignore the first principle of statecraft that the royal staff must be tapped — and, tapped hard — once in a while should be prepared to be called corrupt.

(Harish Khare is a veteran commentator and political analyst.)

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Dr Manmohan Singh may be everything that Mr Khare says. But like the figure of the mythical three monkeys that Mahatma Gandhi always kept before him, the PM has chosen to be deaf, blind and dumb to the sins committed by those around him and accountable to him as head of this Government. This could have also been acceptable and indeed was, for a considerable period when people and even sections of the media supporting him spoke up strongly for him against any criticism, relying on his " Impeccable integrity". Now it has been allowed too far for any extenuation by loyal supporters such as Mr Khare. Caustic comments dripping with acid when referring to the Team Anna or the BJP will not help the PM's cause. He has apparently lost the confidence and support of even that section of the media which always stood by the PM, Mrs Sonia and the Congress party. Even now the PM's team is only finding 'conspirators supported by foreign forces', reminding one of the Emergency days' 'foreign hand'.

from:  N.S.Rajan
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 16:13 IST

Amazing that Khare chooses to defend the Prime Minister, who has defended all the corrupt people in his government forcefully, only to have egg on his face on more than one occasion. A man who cannot stand up for the people of India but wilts every time his partymen or the bureaucracy pressurise him to do the wrong thing or at worst ignore it hoping the problems will go away by themselves, should not be leading the country. One doesn't know what is worst, his lily-white reputation that Khare defends so assiduously, or the fact that this man will let everyone around him do as they please without a murmur. As someone wrote in the comments here, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King: "The silence of good men are more dangerous than the brutality of bad men."

from:  Welingkar
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 15:08 IST

In philosophy there are two logically distinct concerns relating to
moral matters: DEONTIC (pertaining to action and behaviour) and
ARETAIC (pertaining to mental and motivational states); because of
this, citizens can morally criticise a person’s character, even if
they have “done” nothing wrong, while they can praise another person’s
motives even when they may criticise some or all of his/her actions.
The citizens (or “mob” in the author’s words) are merely asserting
that deontic and aretaic matters are logically distinct, and are
therefore not inclined to forgive the PM even if he has not indulged
in any financial impropriety or taken any wrong action himself; while
they can forgive the anti-corruption crusaders even if they fall short
of Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘virtues and finesse’ in some people’s eyes.
The more crucial point is will the history books, or the majority of
the electorate take any different view?

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 14:43 IST

Vintage Khare. One reason I still look up this paper on the net even today despite the new values being infused. Thank you sir for being a voice of sanity. Corporates !! They went scot free. And in this noise, they will remain free to do as they please while the Government will be under stress to pay attention to the cancer.

from:  Shiska Yakimahnka
Posted on: Jun 9, 2012 at 13:11 IST

This kind of article being given credence and space even by a newspaper like THE HINDU means , its high time we have media outlets like NPR or PBS in India for purest presentation of the national issues without mucking up the waters.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 14:48 IST

MMS may have had the "guts to acknowledge and apologise for the corruption that was carried out by his coalition partners". Just acknowledging and apologising for corruption would not give MMS a clean chit. The very fact that his coalition partners could merrily play their corruption game right under his nose exposes the competence (or lack of it) of the PM, who is supposed to be first among the equals in a parliamentary democracy. Now we know about the quality of these 'equals' and the PM should be the 'first' to go. Harish Khare should strive hard to come out with a better story of apology for his ex-boss.

from:  kvjayan
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 11:55 IST

The majority of the comments here says it all!Mr Khare needs to read this to give him some insight to the present day mind set. The very idea of blaming CAG for this mess and conveniently forgetting about CVC appointment and ignoring apex court's strictures against MMS'cabinet decisions on 2G, CVC , CWG, ...and so on. The question is when MMS lost his innocence and Mr Khare his mind? It's time for both MMS and Mr Khare to retire!!!

from:  Hiren Dave
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 06:00 IST

Firstly, for all of you claiming Mr. Khare is out to get his job back, please
remember that he RESIGNED from his post at media adviser, not the other way
round. It seems most of us have descended to the level of a mob, directing our
fury and anger at whoever does not tow the line.

In contrast to the lack of any contrition by the BJP over Yeddyurappa's scandals in
Karnataka, MMS had the guts to acknowledge and apologise for the corruption
that was carried out by his coalition partners and in doing so, took the first step
by any PM towards acknowledging the long pervasive problem of corruption
inherent in our polity. Mr. Khare's entire point here is that this display of
character left MMS completely vulnerable, and this vulnerability has been taken
advantage of by the media frenzy whipped up by opposition parties and others
pursuing their own agendas. All of these blind and propagandist comments here
go to show that we dont think independently, and have proved Mr. Khare exactly

from:  Uday
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 04:29 IST

I think it would be a fair thing to say 'the comments section here reflects the mood of the nation (the educated and vocal ones).' I dont know how much it counts at the ballot box. But if it is any indication, MMS should definitely have to do something very concrete and outstanding to prove his worth. The nation is definitely gullible, but the limits of it are being tested by articles like these.

from:  syam
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 01:13 IST

Utterly disappointed with the article. Harish's view is totally biased.
Whatever he is saying, it clearly shows that he is representing
Well everyone knows that PM Manmohan Singh is a very genuine person and
worked too much for this country. But i consider his role as
"DHRITRASHTRA" of Mahabharata , where he is just sitting and watching
when the whole damage has been done and he's still quiet !!!

from:  Sobhagya
Posted on: Jun 8, 2012 at 00:13 IST

Very dissappointing that a respected political commentator would act
like a hit man for Congress party. The economy cloaked just 5.3% so
your argument of growth doesn't hold, corruption scams are of the
scale of $40 billion - unheard around the world, still you chose to
paint the critiques as pack of wolves attacking a decent man. The PM
has failed to evolved any political consensus around reforms,
governance, FP etc. Its a failure of governance at all levels. The
sooner Congress and its apologists accept it the better, attacking the
opposition and Team Anna for their own faults won't serve anyone's
purpose and especially not Congress party's which is on its way to a
historic route in 2014.

from:  Rakesh Sharma
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 23:58 IST

Sorry to say, but the text seems as if the writer is still aspiring to join PMO and probably seeking to pacify people in the office. The government had a great opportunity to perform at the Centre. But, the unknown reason put apart, the person at the helm of affairs has miserably failed. The futile exercise of austerity drive which is by no means to save the economy is again a joke on common people and the writer should have been taken these thing into account while talking about 'corrupt practices and honest steps' by the authorities directly under the Prime Minister.

from:  Raj Vardhan Singh
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 21:44 IST

Harishji I think you are writing against the mood and general
perception of People.There is a limit to be a Decent when Every
congress leader is dancing on the tunes of Mrs.Sonia Gandhi.Now read
the headline in the yesterday's newspaper Now Sonia will decide The
Candidate (or the future) president and vice president.Now In this
case and so many other cases Decency is only the excuse and we must
tell Manmohan Singh that there is no wrong to have political views
and voice etc.He can not remain White duck where every one sitting
near him is Black Crows.Some black color will definitely stick to
him. So please Harish Sir don't take the side of a Lost Prime
Minister.He is not the Prime Minister,Sonia Gandhi is.Wake up Sid!
Oh sorry Harish Sir!People are angry.

from:  Sahil Joshi
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 21:22 IST

An excellent story by Harish In The Hindu not appearing as in defence of Manmohan singh but telling the realty to the people,particularly the opposition political class in India!Harish has clearly highlighted where Manmohan had erred but not like thievery etc. Before levelling allegations against Manmohan singh for thievery,one should think twice-Manmohan cannot be thief although I differ with his economic policy,which has ruined the economy ofIndia under the influences of imperialist America and Europe.Theso called growth story of Manmohan Singh, I failed to understand where majority of people are getting poorer and rich getting richer. During two tenures many resoect the two tenures of Manmohan Singh under the stewardship of Sonia Gandhi some things including Right to information , empluyment guarantee scheme. right to education for all etc have come.RightlyNDA had done many things at the centre to encourage corruotion in the country and that legacy of corruption Manmohan carrying!

from:  krishn kumar singh
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 21:20 IST

Team Anna possessing a political agenda may be debatable issue sir.But
by dragging in issues like post godhra riots , Narendra modi , BJP etc
you have clearly mentioned your political agenda.
Your tone is very similar to representatives of Indian national congress
, who are more interested in defaming BJP (may have concrete
points)rather than accepting their faults and shortcomings.

from:  Aaditya
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 21:05 IST

A very lame defence for a lame-duck PM and a little late also. Why drag in Shankaracharyas? The writer seems to have appointed himself the propaganda secretary for north-India by DK/DMK!

from:  kvjayan
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 20:53 IST

Again,I like to comment,since I read today, ANTHONY ROBBINS' book,Awaken the gaint within, as it is relevent."So while honesty
was important to him, avoiding confrontation was more important to
him(page 355).Trying to achieve the pleasure of sucess without ever
expecting the pain of rejection will never succeed long term".
Our prime minister feels the pain of himself and of people,as echoed in his statement.Ido not know whether he will succeed in long term. I like to warn my fellow countrymen.The great Rajaji aligned with DMK,to throw the Kamaraj's best rule.Tamilnadu is suffering for the past 45 years.Let what happened to Tamilnadu NOT
happen to our nation.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 20:25 IST

I cannot find no better person than MMS and Sonia in the current
political arena. Wonderful article. Sect of the media and so called
activists are paid by corporate honcos for slinging salvo.

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 20:04 IST

If there was one person who could have at least scratched the surface of corruption, it was the current PM. He had no skeletons, he was a technocrat to begin with and had a clean record. The despair is now total. If this man could not have faced corruption head on, who else can do it?
This man went from holding the moral high ground to a doormat. The proverbial straw that broke the camel's back was the Spectrum Scandal. Vague statements, and worse, an almost indifferent attitude showed a total lack of resolve in confronting serious issues that undermined security and the rule of law.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 19:18 IST

Any person will be accused if he has committed a homicide by mistake.
Similarly, any wrong doing or guiltiness, if it has allowed corruption
to happen then that person should be called corrupted. Prime minster's
post is not for doing a series of mistakes. I know how Harish had become
the Media adviser now.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 18:58 IST

Totally disappointing, we can understand the author's personal
relations with PM. But the author has 'arrogated to' himself the right
to write such falsification and biased views about the incapable
Mr.PM, in a national newspaper/website. And should the public ask,
what was the role of the editor of the prestigious. It is so disgusting!
We here discuss about the Congressmen who are corrupt, but is there a
thread that says corruption in media (btw I am a regular reader of The
Hindu). And author sahaab, you would have got the mood of public going
all against you, and by public I mean educated public. Not the ones
whom parties like Congress fools for votes. Soon there will be a day
when every Bangladeshi would have a Indian Voter Id card.
It is a shame that such biased people get to write articles in
national newspapers. Deep Regrets.
Man he just called Sonia Gandhi's politics as politics of decency.
Hats Off to the Author.

from:  Karan
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 18:57 IST

Mr.Khare, it requires great courage to write this article. Sad that very
few people understand Dr.Manmohan Singh and most allow themselves to be
swayed away by the venomous propaganda against this high order

from:  J J Kumar
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 18:26 IST

Disappointed and pained to read this column! Having read the comments I feel sympathetic to the PM. I have always held the view that he has been a complete misfit for PM's post gifting the country with unprecedented price rise and corruption. For a change, let me put some of his achievements for him to take solace in. He maintained an excellent relationship with his boss and established a record the longest serving PM after Nehru. He remained less corrupt than his colleagues for so long. He won the loyalty of persons like Harish Khare. He kept persons like Lalu, Mulayam, Mayawati under check. He did well in Kashmir and Pakistan.

from:  VMN Sharma
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 17:32 IST

A wonderful article!! It actually exposes the goebbelsian propaganda of Anna and his backers. Never ever has one of them raised any voice against the corrupt practises of the Adani or the Relaince group. They have a habit of projecting Anna Hazare who is no Gandhian as the Saint of the masses. It is always interesting to watch out his so called followers like Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi, who are just interested in getting the media attention by their theatrics.

from:  Ahmad
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 16:33 IST

Does editor reads these articles before publishing? I thought this kind
of biased articles appear only in Sakshi kind of news papers. This is
absolutely a ridiculous article I read in Hindu. Recently I switched to
The Hindu from Times of India. I better go back to it and read Bollywood
news than reading this kind of crap.

from:  dksreddy
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 14:14 IST

The reason we see so many comments for this article is because, no one is ready to accept an apology from PM or anyone who is trying to save his image. The reason for all this CHAOS in the current government is because our PM had no back bone to stand against anyone in his party.

from:  Hitesh Bhatnagar
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 14:04 IST

Is this a PR exercise to exonerate MMS? And to think that you had to go into a retreat to churn out this stuff is indeed amazing. You could have sat with Mr.Singhvi / Tiwari who keep singing these on a day to day basis. Mr. Khare, you lack the courage to call a spade a spade.
MMS is a failed leader. He is Shielding the corrupt in the name of Coilation Dharma and that is what MMS has candidly admitted.
Personal integrity is something else; but shielding corrupt people or rather remaining mum as though nothing has happened; for a prime minister is a CRIME.
A person of the highest office in the country is morally responsible for his team.

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 13:54 IST

Let us take the case of a PM who goes hammer and tongs against all scamsters and the corrupt ministers in his cabinet. People will be full of praise of such a PM for his effectiveness and for doing his constitutional duty. They will not discuss about his personal honesty. If that is so why should Khare discuss about the personal honesty of PM here. The points raised by public or by Anna are that this PM has not been effective in controlling corruption, he did not show willingness to act against corrupt ministers, he showed utter helplessness and took shelter under compulsions of coalition. These would also amount to a person being dishonest in discharging his duties which amounts to being corrupt. So Khare is defending the indefensible.

from:  Sridharan
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 13:43 IST

Being decent and reconcilitaory is not the primary job of a PM. He has to stand up to people when they are doing wrong. If he cares more about his gentleman image than the nation then he may be very honest and decent but at the same time he is utterly USELESS.

from:  Dileep
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 13:19 IST

The Hindu should have seen through the author's obvious attempt to get
back his lost job as PM's media adviser. We read The Hindu to get an
unbiased view. Had we needed such articles, we would have switched to

from:  Deepak B
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 12:59 IST

Having found the PM wanting on many counts himself during the tenure as the Media Adviser, Mr Khare should have had the guts to tell the PM. What is the point in now Khare making it known to all and sundry? Having associated with The Hindu prior to his joining the PM as the Media Adviser, Khare should not have indulged in stabbing at the PM's back, which is what one could infer from his article. Khare is equally irresponsible and guilty for having not advised the PM properly.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 12:29 IST

So Mr.Harish Khare in the absence of D.K.Bharuvas, Siddastha Shankar
Rays and the like, now advices the PM for the promulgation of
Emergency to the tame the CAG and the unruly ANNA group etc, to take
over the Supreme Court, to conduct the 2G trial etc in the Central
Governtment's own terms. The Left is now is now left out like Indhra
Gandhi's time , so they will actively co-operate in this endeavour and
the watchword must be safeguarding secularism, then the yadav
cheiftans Mulayam and Yadav will jump inot the band-wagon. And now
there are no Ramnath Goenkas to oppose Emergency from the Press.
Afterall The Hindu as the most prestigious newspaper of India since
1878 was famed as an ardent supporter of Emergency in Indhra Gandhi's
ardous task in subduing anti-national villains like JayaPrakash
Narayan, Acharya Krupalani and Moraji Desai. So it is the right time
for the PM to tap his royal staff very hard on the evils of the time .
Kudos to The Hindu for the timely reminder.

from:  Retnamony.C
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 12:10 IST

instead of lauding the guts of team anna for fighting an
allpowerful govt led by leaders like sibbal,digvijaya,khursheed
et al,the writer tries unapologetically to defend the present
govt...he sweeps uinder the carpet the contention that this
govtin its colectivity has been the most corrupt ever in
india....what recourse civil society has other than to take the
fight to the politicians and member parliaments ,many of who
themselves are accused of corruption..what credibility this govt
has that the writer asks us to shun team anna and trust the
ministers to expose that possible wen many of they
themselves stand to be in the dock!!!...pitiable sychophancy mr

Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 11:10 IST

Totally Paid Job by Harish.Our Dear PM has not been able to keep the system clean rather has shown his indiffernece in doing so knowingly. Under this honest person the sleeping people had been ladhicharged in the capital of bigest democracy of the world and our Dear Yuvraj never came out to listen to the pleight of the people but did went on eat food at some dalits house in remote area but when the entire nation has came to him they hid themselves and has sent armed policemen to welcome them. So what kind of honesty is this that you do not perform your expected duties willingly and still holding the post I am honest. That reminds me a dialogue of kamal hasan starrer movie Hindustani on corruption "In foreign countries people are paid bribes for not performing their duties but in India they ask bribes to do their duties for which they are hired."

from:  Sudhir Thakur
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 11:03 IST

although a journalist, Harishji should know how the press is manipulated and the press is manipulating the nation's agenda. it is difficult to fathom whether such agenda is a positive one or not. PM has not emerged smelling roses. There is no question of doubting his integrity and honesty. But he has not gone after those who have milked dry the nation. Hanving said that, Team Anna is a bunch of self-styled generals. Corruption can not be banished by going on high profile fasting every now and then. It does good to their health but not to the cause. Indian public itself has to ask the question what has been achieved till now by this charade? Has it impacted the common man at the tehsil level when he goes to get a registration done? Calling PM corrupt is a catch slogan invidiously designed by Team Anna now jointly with saffron-clad self-styled corporate yoga teacher. It is a political movement orchestrated by RSS and BJP,cleverly playing on the issue,conveniently forgetting their record.

from:  laxmiram
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 10:58 IST

I had great respect and good faith on Dr MMS when he took over as PM. But I still remeber the reply by Dr MMS on a media question about A. Raja & 2G allocation. He said " I asked Raja about 2G allocation and he replied that everything is done as per law without any wrong doing" Please Mr Media Advisor to MMS tell us was it a proper answer? He should have gone by files and facts not by asking a culprit whether you are a culprit? This is one good example how MMS acts.

from:  Santhiagu A
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 10:53 IST

I would accept the reasoning put forth by the writer as one who worked with the Prime Minister as his Press adviser. One can not agree with his reasoning but it certainly presents the other point of view. To me there seems to be a dichotomy of views within the Congress party on the economic path chosen by the country and by MMS. There are socialist elements in the party who are Left of the Center. Secondly, he is always trying to get everyone on board incl the opposition. But they play their cards as it suits their political agenda. Instead of discussion and arriving at a consensual Bill on important economic issues, they oppose blindly even on matters which are within their own agenda and common program. Another example is the role played by Mamatha Banerji who is more Leftist than the party she unseated by being a dictator though popular! How long can she succeed with her policy of opposition the Centre and yet be a part of the Govt. MMS's biggest fault is his silence!

from:  S.N.Iyer
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 10:45 IST

For a change The Hindu has published an article supportive of the Government. The article appears to be honest and factual. The flurry of negative responses to the article only suggests that most of the readers are completely caught in the highly emotive, sensational media be it electronic, print or otherwise. How many of the responderss can stand up and vouch that they have been completely honest and never contributed to any kind of corruption or violation of the rules of the land. Our country will start seeing the change when individuals begin to correct themselves in their day to day life and contribute to a "corruption free" society. Team ANNA if its really interested in tackling corruption should have a bigger team to ensure that the rule of the law ranging from traffic, real estate to corporate is implemented.

from:  A. Nandakumar
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 09:33 IST

I have been reading The Hindu for a very long time, but sometimes I do not understand the motive behind certain articles published. This article puts forth an opinion which does not make sense. After the supreme court cancelled a lot of Telecom licenses on account of corruption, which happened under MMS's nose and nothing happened in the inquiry until the supreme court took charge of the investigation, do we still say MMS is not corrupt. In Mahabharatha, Bhisma will be in the same courtroom where Panchali was striped. Yet Bhisma wouldnt stop the act as he thought he is following the rules. Bhisma is held in high esteem in Mahabharatha, yet his inaction is condemned in Mahabharatha and he realizes it later and regrets his inaction. Similarly when the entire nation is suffering due to corruption even though MMS is the PM (considered honest), do we still have to debate if MMS is personally a honest man or not. I still have respect for MMS, but this article is totally biased

from:  Sriram
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 09:15 IST

I am really amazed at the resentment the article has raised for some of the good things Mr. Khare has to say about our wise PM. Agreed, it maybe slightly biased, but to Mr. Khare's credit, he does clearly state that he begins in a purely objective(albeit unreal) world where the hype of media et al are absent! Tolerance is one of the pillars on which our nation is standing on, and this pillar has a historical base in spirituality and freedom struggle. Our PM carries the torch of such a legacy, that in this world of fleeting expectations is very hard to keep lit. Viewed in this light, Mr. Khare does a good job of reflecting upon the personality of Manmohan Singh in his role as the PM of a really complex nation and vibrous nation as India.

from:  Yamuna
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 08:06 IST

This is the first time that voices of sanity are emerging from a
political discourse vitiated by the dictatorial agenda of a mob of
self styled dissenters called team Anna. The media is guilty of
elevating them who actually have no credibility whatsoever. As a
citizen my idea of India is not what team Anna wants, they propose a
dictatorial, police state like some gulf countries which are craving
for real democracy like India. It is high time that the society at
large recognizes the narrow minded political aspirations of this
uncivil society in the interests of the well being our democratic

from:  Anjali
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 08:03 IST

Mr. Prime Minister may not be corrupt in person. But in this reign of
UPA what we have witnessed is deteriorating growth rate, slugging
economy and negative employment opportunities with a topping of corrupt
politicians. I wonder when would they stop blowing the pretentiousness
trumpet of 'aam aadmi' and actually slip into their (our) shoes. Its
high time that United Progressive Alliance does some real progressive
work. Thanks The Hindu, for Mr. Khare's article.

from:  Reetamoni
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 07:52 IST

Monetary Consideration is not the only criteria to judge corruption. Acts of omission and commission both are punishable under IPC.
Character is tested in crisis.How can an honest,self esteemed man stand so much humiliation .His actions definitely defy his projected & perceived character. Deaf & dumb ,puppet ,spineless & shameless ,inefficient PM.will be his adjectives in the books of history.
The PM who has served only his parties interest as against peoples.
Has he ever tried to clear the clouds .

from:  rajendra patil
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 07:06 IST

An outstanding article! very rare to find such ones in the current media din. "Mob" Anna! I love it. That's the exact description of this self-proclaimed "civil" society. Other commenters, please try to understand the seriousness of the issues that Mr. Khare has raised! If you disagree with his Gujarat assessment, then you are a rightwinger at heart! If you disagree with his nicely crafted criticism of Manmohan singh, then you are a capitalist! The need of the hour (both in India and the world) is a mixed economy and Nehruvian foreign policy! Tons of countries have embraced capitalism and right-wing ideology. Where are they today? Every single economy in Europe, the USA and of course the developing world is suffering. Harish Khare is trying to make an argument for a stronger role for democratically elected, people-friendly (not corporate-friendly) governments. Try to understand the theme of the article!

from:  Nijam
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 06:47 IST

As in most cases, the truth is neither here nor there. While Prime Minister Singh is inherently an honest man, many multi-crore scandals such as 2-G, coal etc have come up, and have done irreversible damage to the economy. Well, to be fair to the PM, at least these corrupt people are facing charges, several or them have been jailed. However, as Rome was not built in a day, so also corruption requires a determined sustained effort to stop it completely. Essentially, people need to develop a work ethic, to do their work unemotionally and straightforwardly, which are the hallmarks of all great countries

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 05:24 IST

It is amazing how many comments were targeted at the author rather than the contents. In fact, this is commonplace in any comment board - if you do not agree with the points, target the author. Amazing to see how 'accepting' we are of contrarian views. The fact remains that we have now become a mob that jumps to conclusion based on leaked reports. Policy decisions have to be measured in pros and cons. We have reached a point where every policy decision will be stalled because any report that outlines a financial benefit of another policy will result in being labelled as corrupt. What's wrong in waiting for the official draft of a report to be submitted before sacking a minister? If ministers are sacked on leaked drafts - we'd better get used to the stagnant economy.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 00:56 IST

Question to the author. What do you call someone who is accessory to a crime? In case of murder, accessory are guilty as well as actual perpetrator. Likewise, it stands to reason one who condones corrupt ways of their men are corrupt as well even if they did not particpate in corruption for their personal benefits. If a bank clerk embezzled mony defrauding depositors with full knowledge of bank manager then manager is guilty since he allowed the clerk to defraud. Extern this analogy to nation and citizen's wealth and you will find PM guilty of allowing corruption to flourish under his rule even if may not have pocketed a single rupee himself.

from:  Manoj
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 00:27 IST

Best way for learned Harish Khare is to read all these comments and come with one more article justfying his stand analysing these comments received from several persons from the knook and corner of the country. Readers at least had expeced Shree Khare to be sincre, unbiased and honest in presenting the facts of the case. People know very well that Dr Singh while becoming PM in 2004 and 2009 has taken oath for being loyal to Ms Sonia Gandhi, rather to the constitution of India.

from:  Dr Amrit Patel
Posted on: Jun 7, 2012 at 00:07 IST

Speaker after speaker have savaged Mr Khare for his article. Mr Khare
spoke out only after Team Anna accused PM directly. Whether CAG has gone beyond his brief or not I do not know. What I
know is Team Anna has grown too big for their boots. In Mahabharat, Uttara, roared that he will single handedly demolish
the Kaurava Army. He was well aware (?) that Kaurava Army had a bunch
of incompetent fighters. But, when he saw the Kaurava Army, he
sheepishly accepted his limitations and asked Arjuna to take over. In the same manner I request Team Anna to hand over whatever evidence
they have against the PM to the Supreme Court for further necessary

Many speakers have charged Mr Khare as mouthpiece of congress. If the
language of Team Anna is any indication, then I must say they appear
to be the mouthpiece of BJP/NDA.

from:  Raghavan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 23:54 IST

Most comments here are missing the larger point. It is not about whether MMS is
corrupt or not - it is about whether the Anna movement has been hijacked by those
who do not have the nation's interests at heart, and are using it to pursue political
agendas. Just as there should be (and is) concern and outrage about corruption by
our public officials, there should be concern and outrage if instruments of civil
society protest are so hijacked. It is simple and uncomplicated to point fingers at
the government, but this doesn't mean that we only focus on the problem which is
in plain sight.

from:  Uday
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 23:48 IST

When you mention Narendra Modi .. Always remember there is a pride in Every Gujarati saying Gujrat is one of it's kind. You are trying to compare a bad point of a person who did almost everything right with a person who has only one right attribute patience ! Why he has not openly spoken up for/against the campaign. He is the PM of the nation ! We expect him to speak. Do you know about Schrödinger's cat .. MMS is like that . we don't know he is alive or dead

from:  Pulkit
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 23:08 IST

It reminds me one thing. During the 2nd Great War some in-disciplined
incidents took place somewhere in Italy. General Eisenhower rushed to
the spot and admonished General Patton who was in charge, making him
responsible since the act of indiscipline took place under his (Ge.
Patton) command. Personal competence and integrity will not absolve
anybody if the subordinates indulge in wrong practices.

from:  S Roy
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 22:44 IST

Mr. Manmohan Singh might not have actively colluded with our venal politicians, but turning a Blind eye and failing to impugn the same rapacious policticians will forever be a black spot in his reign.When one is incumbent of one of the highest posts in a counrty, he/she should act responsibly and ensure that hard earned tax payers money is not squandered. Agreed,important attributes of a leader is to show restrain, and to take into account everyone while taking importan6t policy decisions. ts imperative that the leader should take hard stand when the situation demands, else the state will entrap itself in a deep predicament where the road to recovery be extremely unforgiving.

from:  shivanand
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 22:28 IST

"Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has
always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may
seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always"
Let Dr. Singh take strength from Gandhiji's this quote and move ahead.
Thankyou Mr. Khare for standing for a man who stands tall against all
odds. In every man, after looking at Dr. Singh a hope lights up, yes
still truth, decency, goodness and silent good work exists, thrives.

from:  Deepak Khaire
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 21:53 IST

king will be responsible if all her member was corrupt. same for prime-minister. we also see that cbi charges against who opposes the government.

from:  prashant
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 21:36 IST

Mr. Khare's too much emphasis on literal meaning of the word "corruption" is not at all justified. Though our prime minister may not himself be indulged in any act of corruption (one may take a literal interpretation of the word here) he is equally responsible for the same perpetuating in his government. By holding the most important and powerful position in the country, he has an obligation either to take some strict action against the delinquents or resign from his office. By not doing any of the aforementioned acts he can definitely be called as corrupt as he is enjoying his salary and other luxuries without actually fulfilling his constitutional duty. The author should understand that the salary and other emoluments of the prime minister are paid from the public money and public has every right to criticize him.

from:  Ashutosh Ghade
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 21:34 IST

I agree with Khare especially in his assessment of Vinod Rai. Where I
differ from him is his assessment of why the BJP lost the national
elections in 2004, when they had India Shining going for it. The events
in Gujarat had no impact except on the miniscule number of genuine
secularists in this country. The answers are far from clear.
Mob Anna has no locus standi especially as Shanthi Bhushan disgracefully
retained a rented house and paid a pittance to buy it and Khejriwal
finally paid his taxes after being accosted by the Government.

from:  George Kurian
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 21:03 IST

Appalled to read this piece by Harish Khare. Two wrongs never make a right, using Gujarat riots time and again to defend the misgovernance by UPA is plain subservience to the "congress high command"

from:  Sivaraman Natarajan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 20:33 IST

Is Mr.Harish Khare aware of terms "collusion"and "abatement of crime"? Being a silent spectator of a crime being committed and not taking any steps to prevent commission of crime,though in a position to do so, is itself a culpable crime.

from:  Virendra
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 20:30 IST

Thank you Mr Harish for a refresing look at the affairs. Several people who have worked closely with Dr.Singh swear by him. Arvind and Anna have reduced their own credibility in the eyes of people by calling Manmohan corrupt. Manmohan has admitted coalition compulsions, perhaps pointing to Raja's appointment as telecom minister. It is a real compulsion, any PM in such a situation cannot have a free hand. It is very unfair that media and Anna have created an impression that Congress and this government is very corrupt - all because of 1 scam involving a non-Congress minister. (CWG scam did not involve any ministry/minister). There has been 1 2G scam - let law proceed with it, and let the country move forward. People question what UPA has done to curb corruption. RTI. No government has done more to curb corruption and make governance transparent. Perhaps that is UPA's real fault. Indians have been very thankless.

from:  Deepankar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 20:23 IST

Dear author, I would be more happy to agree with you but situation in front of me is quite alarming and glaring. We can't act like pegions when cat is right in front. I will pray your wishful assessment in last be true..

from:  Rajnish
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 20:18 IST

A well balanced article on the Prime Minister -- sensible to say that PM himself is not corrupt but bold enough to say that the PM is guilty on other counts.

from:  Yashwanth P
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 20:13 IST

This writer does not understand the definition of Corrupt. Under Section 13 (d) (iii) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, “a public servant is said to commit the offense of criminal misconduct if he, while holding office as a public servant, obtains for any person any valuable thing or pecuniary advantage without any public interest.” In other words a Minister - be it the PM who feigns injured innocence, is guilty of misconduct if he benefits ANY PERSON, even if he did not gain personally. what remains to be proved is whether the actions of the minister were against public interest irrespective of whetherthe minister received any personal benefits.

from:  Gunasekar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 20:08 IST

Even if Mr. Manmohan Singh is himself not corrupt,his inability to fight
against corruption within UPA alliance and bureaucracy has ultimately
led to the suffering of common man of the nation.So,even if not
squarely,he is responsible for the predicament of the people.

from:  Vikas Sharma
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 19:02 IST

Former media adviser to PM, Harish Khare also aknoledged the fact that
Mr Manmohansingh failed as leader. Such type of leadership can lead the
nation nowhere. He is only maintaining the status quo and dont have
courage to take decision which may have longlsting better result but
politically dangerous for his party. Besides, Harish Khare wanted to
elevate the PM Manmohan's status but article in contrast, deteriorated
his character.

from:  Pravin Karule
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 18:11 IST

Our Prime Minister is HONEST and like a true Government Employee the "YES SIR" culture is on. He is an appointment and is carrying the baton of the Congress Leadership. To not know, to keep silent, not to wield his powers to prevent the corrupt and to accept failure in the name of mederation and for stabilisation of the coalition Govt is weakness. Our Prime Minister is not a politician nor a leader. The Prime Minister's beleives in his honesty and distances himself from the dishonesty of his collegues. The corruption flows in the government and the leader has to take the responsibility if he is unable to curb it. Dr. Manmohan Singh, he is honourable, but he will be remembered as a Weak Prime Minister who ran a corrupt regime.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 18:02 IST

Amazing title with a dissapointing narration inside. As many of the comentators above rise the issue of responsibility of a leader,our PM failed in every aspect. He or his family mayn't be corrupted. But he encourages the same by keeping mum on a lot of issues. only one question to PM- How does he justify his responsibility as PM to the top job? Did he taken any actions (rather reactions) to any of the event happened in the past, which was named as Corruption?

from:  Goutam
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 17:52 IST

Have you heard the old aphorism, "falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus"? Or is Hindu's philosophy (not Hindu philosophy!) based on the principle of the Curate's Egg -- rotten but some parts of it are excellent. In any case, the Judge sitting in the Editor's chair (temporarily, I hope) has found the accused GUILTY, but has ACQUITTED him of all charges.

from:  Renuka Sen Gupta
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 17:51 IST

Damn, I read all the 165 comments before writing mine one.... I was laughing all the time I was reading. Loved the comments from "Pramod Patil", " rahul", "Sid" and several others. One thing which was clear to me is that the only way people can work for a congress govt is that they need to praise them and never comment or question any thing unpleasant. Surely The author need to get his job back and this is the only way to prove his worth. I would like to advise Mr Khare that do not try to destroy your reputations by writing some thing like this, It takes years to build up a good reputation and only a few moments to loose every thing.

from:  Shekhar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 17:45 IST

Mr Khare , the PMs job is to first protect national interests. He has failed in this basic duty . As head of a coalition Govt, he should know coalitions are formed to run the country ,but only according to the constitutional norms & to protect national interests – not just to stay in power. That he repeatedly allowed decisions against national interests be taken by his ministers is what casts doubts on his honesty .After the Supreme court verdict that pronounced UPA policy decision on 2G as "illegal , arbitary and unconstitutional " ,he should have resigned on moral grounds as those policy decisions being questioned by the Supreme court were taken by his team , under his leadership and the buck should stop with him.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 17:28 IST

Now we know why the PM is facing such difficulties in performing his duties efficiently. Reading this article from the PMs former media advisor gives us a fair insight into the type and competency level of the people working in PMs team. I think the PM needs a good training in team selection.

from:  Praveen Nair
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 17:19 IST

I am really amazed by the fact that the hindu has given a place to mr. harish opinions in its editorial page.Everyone in india has a right to fight against the corruption, that has covered the whole nation.The writer here is completely biased and i do not think that anna hazare and baba ramdev are self proclaimed intellectuals. Actually i am not shocked by the writers comments but i am surprised that the hindu team has allowed such type of nonsense in its editorial. i have been reading this paper for the last 10 years and have believed that it is the only unbiased newspaper at present in India but such type of editorial only belied my faith fo THE HINDU.

from:  prakhar patel
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 17:13 IST

Mr. Khare kindly accept a part of responsibility for the present state of the PM of the country, for what were you on when you were his media advisor? If he was percieved as too weak, why couldnt you advise corrective measures? I am sure you understand that the Congress party and the goverment pins a lot of blame on you for the perceiving of Dr.MMS as is done today.

from:  Sambit
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 17:04 IST

Mr. Khare has tried very mildly to save his ex boss. The problem that he avoids to answer is what good is the honesty of the man if it does not give tangible results & people suffer. Because he is not accountable to either parliament or the people he is getting away. Being a noted economist he could not check the economy down-slide. The BJP lost not due to poor economic management but refusal to oil the machinery needed at the time of elections. They lost because they felt good economic sense would bring them back whereas it is the package that Mamata & like keep asking for that win the elections in India. Keeping in mind the stature of Mr. Khare it is a sad commentary on the state of affairs of the nation.

from:  Amitabh Pande
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 17:03 IST

This article could easily have been written by a congress/manmohan sympathiser, so what is the Hindu doing by giving Manmohan Singh a clean chit on curruption when the man himself hasnt botherd clarified anything in response to all these allegations?
'Inaction' is the same as corruption, and many indians including this paper's editors seem to forgetting that.

from:  Mathew V
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 16:59 IST

Counts of comments for this article and their content tell truth indeed mr harish, you may be good in whatever u are doing but have forgot i think like who is not able to take stand for good of the country can no more be called as leader , leader is one who commands the team , i rarely see no virtue like this in our PM, i appreciate his cool nature but this could help him in taking really effective and fit for the targets decision but he is not reacting at all , that makes no sense for PM of a country like India, ur article is biased and anti-national interest and sentiments , this type of views and acts by whomsoever can not be entertained in 21 century in which india is standing and facing the challenges for sustainable development, what is the point in being silent and cool when there is fire in ur home ???

from:  Deepesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 16:48 IST

Really surprised at THE HINDU publishing such an article under its 'Opinion' columns. Specially when the Editorial values of THE HINDU newspaper states "the discipline of verifying everything that is published" and “to protect and foster the bond of trust between our newspapers and their readers”. The responses to this article have been pouring in from readers and many have expressed shock & surprise at such an article appearing in The Hindu . Whatever the author has written in this article , should never have been given credence in this newspaper as it is nothing short of propoganda in favour of UPA and taking a dig at Team Anna, Gujarat & Modi and even the CAG - all those who have been speaking out against the Congress policys but only in nations interest .

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 16:48 IST

Sri Harish khare is correct. The Anna Team is only targetting the Centre. The team members agitate and make the mandate of the people mockery. Political leaders are invariably punished by the people if they fail.They will be thrown out when they seek fresh mandate!
Initially, the people felt that Anna Team is really doing noble service to the Nation. But their fight has become'selective'-unfortunately! Emerging doubt on their real intention of the Team is that their fight seems to be a sponsored one against the Congress. Team Anna's hidden agenda of destablising the elected govt at the centre and the attempt to annoy the institution of the Prime Minister has become clear now. We have an honest Prime Minister and Team Anna cannnot doubt his integrity.
The GAG which is duty bound to just audit the accounts under Art 149 of the constitution should not qustion the policy decisions of the Govt and thus become a feeding centre for Team Anna! Because, they are not accountable to the People!

from:  M.Kasinathan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 16:47 IST

This is a completely biased opinion. What gud is a leader if he cannot even stop his immideate subordinates(central cabinet) from doing what is wrong?? Consider the scenario where the Inspector of your area does not take bribes, but turns a blind eye to all the constables colluding with dacoits and thiefs ..would you say the inspector in this case is doing the right thing? We definitely don't expect such articles from a newspaper like 'The Hindu'

from:  aditya
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 16:35 IST

Of course, Manmohan Singh is sage, but there can be no denying that he is heading a government that is most corrupt. Even his ministers don't listen to him. From 2G to Aadarsh, Coal blocks to Sband Spectrum, government is drowned in malpractices. Mere saying that “if allegations are proved, i'm willing to give up public life” can save him (PM) from responsibility. If really there are no scams then why ministers are behind bar and CBI is filing chargesheet. It seems that author has no understanding of problem that people face in day to day life. Team Anna may not have authority to question the integrity of PM, but, isn't the accountability of PM to answer the questions raised by common man?

from:  Atul Pandey Gonda UP
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 16:35 IST

Let us not pass judgement on any person. There is a system of punishment by the Almighty. Generally the punishment by HIM is delayed and everyone has to suffer for his / her misdeeds.

from:  Raghavan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 16:29 IST

The political state of the country is not one that allows sentimental
defense of individuals. We dont deny Dr Singh's non-corrupt conduct, if
at all. But being in the position he is in, he stands responsible for
the shortcomings of his government. He is not isolate from it. If he can
do something about it, well and good, else he shall step aside. Let
somebody more dynamic and more proactive take his place and set things
in order.

from:  Rohit Srivastava
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 16:25 IST

It is a good article sharing his own experiences and opinions. The mob of Ramdev and Anna are just capitalising the limelight by using the name of corruption. They are making use of the reason to achieve their piece of famedom. Corruption does not exist only in congress and its cabinet whereas in the whole existing Indian system. When i pay my watchman an extra Rs.100 to take care of my car then i am bribing him. To get a educational seat money is offered both by parents and accepted by unviersities. It is a known fact that when everybody sell their house the rate shown on the document is lower than that transacted. To avail a berth in the train even Anna Hazare would have bribed the TTE if his wife was standing with his baby. So it is wrong to name indiduals rather it needs to be said that the faulty system has been made use of these intelligent criminals. So there is no point in blaming a political party as it becomes an advantage for the opposition as they think they are sheeeps.

from:  A Vivek
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 16:24 IST

Dr. Manmohan singh in his personal life may be a man of great integrity but he has not been able to put forth this image in better light in UPA 2. the reason can be his inability to take actions against issues of national interest.His effort has been suboptimal in taking actions and convincing people regarding the same. Instead of taking measures to find a solution to the problem the government has tarnished its image by engaging in fight with the team Anna.

bad for the government and bad for the country.:(

from:  Naveen Jha
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 16:22 IST

Totally in agreement with you . Nice article .

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 15:39 IST

completely biased!!!

from:  Vinod
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 15:31 IST

The direct result of corruption in the cabinet is apparent when we look at the miserable condition of the poor in the country and indifference to this situation can be seen in the Budget. If in the name of decency, the PM decides to overlook corruption of his ministers, then I am sorry to say but he is equally guilty of the same crime. Silence is approval in many cases and this is just one of them.

from:  Salina Wilson
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 15:27 IST

What a good use of George Orwell for wrong defense.I think, Mr Khare is right not in touch with public otherwise he couldn't have dared to write such crap.He thinks, people can't understand media designs and corrupt corporates.After all, who will deal with them? Who will take action.Our PM is like, Nero was fiddling when Rome was burning.Mr Khare, You can't see, the sorry state of affairs and defense by PM of corrupt till the end.You created your own definition of corruption.By showing fear of Modi, you want to justify misrule by MMS.People can deal with Modi as they dealt with emergency.I think, you assessed people wrong for their cognitive abilities.And, in last, The Hindu is not expected to publish such one sided propaganda where PM and Sonia Gandhi are made virtuous people and general public, those came out to support anti-corruption movement 'MOB'. People are genuine in their concern about corruption but MMS is sleeping and refuses to do his duty and finds excuses for his inaction.

from:  Dinesh Pilania
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 15:24 IST

Feel sorry to listen this from you (Mr khare).Our respected Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh is found guilty of not taking strict and quick action against corruption.He is the PM and head of the central government not the Mrs Sonia ,so he ought to take correct decision for the benefit of public and for God sake don't ask Mrs Sonia for each and every move....We have trust in you Dr. Singh ,take your own decision ..Bring back the Black Money , Recover money from Coal Scam and 2G scam ,Illegal mining ,etc...Please stop the cabinet ministers to accept their faults ...May God give you require Courage ...Don't let us down.

from:  Rishi Pateriya
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 15:15 IST

Team Anna Members are not Sankaracharyas.But in the same tine Dr Manmohan Singh is not Lord Rama who his beloved wife Sita Mahasaadhwo to forest because one washer-man in his kingdom doubted the character of Sita who was also the queen of the kingdom. Dr Manmohan Singh is unable to control his own ministers and party men.Though people of India voted for Manmohan singh in 2009 from the sameday Congress People started talking about Rahul Gandhi and his becoming of PM.. He has been unable to sack Salman Khurshid,BP Varma and Digvijay Singh who said during the last UP Assembly Elections that Rahul Gandhi would be the PM on the same night if he wanted. The major economic decisions are taken by his government against his will keeping in view Political Considerations. For all bad DR Manmohan Singh has become responsible..

from:  Karavadi Raghava Rao
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 15:02 IST

MMS has presided over a govt which is filled with tainted ministers. Several independent reports establish the case. MMS is simply saying that he cannot do anything due to Coalition Dharma. What about coal ministry. It was under him. What did he do when the coal blocks were being gifted away. He defended Raja till the last minute. He participated in corruption by presiding over the looting by his ministers. Mr. Khare is only concerned about BJP and Modi. It seems to him that everything can be ignored against the alleged misdeeds of Modi. What a wonderful logic. As far as "Mob Anna" is concerned, what have they gained out of their movement. Arvind Kejriwal was unfairly targeted and had to pay Rs. 9 Lakh as penalty for raising his voice against the Govt. Now after this article, I am sure that Mr. Khare will be rewarded by Sonia Gandhi as he has given a character certificate to her (who facilitated the lot by Quatrocchi).

from:  Rajeev Sharma
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:56 IST

he is doing his duty of media adviser to the best of his ability

from:  chandan kumar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:43 IST

A supposedly clean man defending or covering up unclean subordinates. .does that make the man corrupt or saintly ?...People have already made their judgement. Just ask around.

from:  Anand
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:37 IST

I can understand that Mr.Khare has a great soft corner for our PM. Nothing wrong in that, after all everyone has the right to their opinion. But one should not let that soft corners and other feelings to come in the way to decide what is right and what is not. Khare is completely blinded by his respect to our PM. One of the readers rightly commented mentioning that it was irrelevant to bring in the BJP argument in the article. This was heights of stupidity.
Mr Khare, please understand that most of the people ofcourse feel that PM is not shaking hands with corruption, at the same time he is not doing enough to stop those hands from doing malpractices. As a PM, it is his duty to see cut down such illegal activities. Hereafter please keep asied your personal feelings before writing any article and see from a wider perspective.

from:  Pratap
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:34 IST

Congratulations to the new Editorial board of The Hindu for publishing this heavily biased article as their lead. Quite painful for loyal readers of "The Hindu" like me. Whats next? Maybe you should publish something defending "35 lakh toilet affair" of Planning Commission.

from:  Shekhar Sengar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:34 IST

Having moved to Bombay I always regretted having moved from The Hindu to TOI. After reading this rather delusional article that regret seems all but gone. What a distorted, biased and myopic view and the overwhelmingly negative mood of the comments should serve as a warning to The Hindu and this writer. Also a reminder of changing times. You can't sit idle and absolve yourself of all the crime, neither can you write in support of such people and expect the country not to react. Really good quality (and quantity) of comments. Sonia and MMS are wonderful examples of power without accountability. If you want to see all the wrong and do nothing about it, you don't belong in the PM's chair, but on a couch in front of a TV in a retirement home

from:  ramprasad
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:32 IST

"Harish Khare is a veteran commentator and political analyst"
I could have believed this title before reading this article but after reading it Mr. Khare can aptly be defined as Political Sycophant.
All his efforts to create an aura of honesty and fairness around Mr. Singh by mud slinging the social activists and demeaning NDA rule are nothing but the desperate (failed) attempt. A man's integrity is not defined by his character but by his actions. If Mr. Singh is so concerned about fair play than he should not be apologetic about the coalition dharma and put national interest before the political power. He did not and he will not makes his stand clear to every Indian citizen. What good is your character or personal integrity if you are not fit for the job?

from:  Gaurav
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:22 IST

I thought its going to be interesting read with some valid point but once i read this
"Historically, this was the only wise course open to the United Progressive Alliance
(UPA) leadership when in 2004 it found itself saddled with the responsibility of
governing a country that had been kept on the edge of fear and insecurities during
the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime."

Hahhahaha another UPA sycophant with no decency .

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:19 IST

ok So if Manmohan Singh as a head is responsible for all corruption by his mininsters then same way Anna Hazare will also responsible for "act of Swami Agnivesh", "Act of tax due by Kiran Bedi's NGO", "Act of supporting Naxalism and bribe case by Bhusan's", "Act of non payement of dues by Kejriwal", "Act of secretly passsing information by Maulana".. If we are ready to make Anna Hazare responsible for all these acts then go ahead and make Dr Manmohan Singh responsible for all these grafs done by his ministers.. Team Anna is losing his credibility by attacking on Dr Manmohan Singh.. No body have even second though about his integrity and honesty..

from:  Syed Najeeb Ashraf
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:16 IST

What will you call a person who allows everyone under him to be
corrupt but still calls himself clean? I think, one will have to define a totally new definition of corruption given the way Dr Manmohan Singh has been behaving and
providing protection. He may not be taking the money himself, but he
is facilitating and shielding the corrupt via his outer-projected
image. He is even more corrupt that the corrupt. If he had any
conscience, he should ask himself, whether it befits him and the
nation for him to continue.
He has had enough run as family caretaker prime minister, but he
should rise above family and resign in the interest of country.

from:  S Vishwajeet
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:15 IST

a person who let crime happen in front of his eyes is the biggest criminal... and i think the same logic applies to corruption also.

from:  jatin
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:15 IST

The eloquence of language can not absolve someone of servility. Throughout the article, the learned man has just tried to pass off the responsibility of an erring responsible person to others in the disguise of honesty.
Honesty does not mean keeping your eyes shut while the persons under you keep committing crime. "Where truth is demanded keeping silence is the biggest crime." And our our "Honest" prime minister is culpable of the same crime.
No one is questioning his personal integrity, it is his political and official integrity that is under doubt. He can not claim himself clean, when his colleagues, whose action he is supposed to endorse being the leader of the cabinet, are indulging in malpractices and abuse of their powers. He is guilty of inaction when the nation is reeling under the biggest scams in history. His integrity is not sufficient enough to cover up his in-actions and misdeeds of his colleagues.

from:  ravi verma
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:10 IST

After having fabricated an article to defend the PM's actions and his honesty, I am sure that the Author of this peace would not read the comments written below by those who read this ridiculous article.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:09 IST

MS reminds me of the blind king Dhirthashtra in Mahabharath. Being oblivious to reality smacks of incompetence and this is bad enough for any CEO to lose the job. MS may be the most honest person in universe but that is not helping India's cause. Turning a blind eye to corruption, when you are empowered to stop it, makes you as guilty as the corrupt. In a private sector, the Board or the Regulator would pull up the CEO for what happens and not give the benefit of doubt on the grounds that the CEO is personally clean. I think it is a classic case of Peter's principle of incompetence in play here. Good for nothing, make her / him a President / PM. We need a politicacl Renaissance in India and it definitely won't happen with the present polity, Team Anna included. May be we should invite the English to come back and rule us or outsource governance to China who understand how to govern.

from:  Sriram
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:07 IST

This is a very biased article. How can the leader of the team say he is not to blame if his team is corrupt..Buck stops with him.

from:  Srikanth
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 14:01 IST

Mr Harish Khare has certainly been in awe or has been mesmerized by the PM. Letting scams of astronomical size take place under his own nose and making the poor bereft of their right to live is certainly what has happened in the near past in the reign of Mr You-cant- question-my-integrity ! So if you want to tell that he did not know about inefficient policies his cabinet ministers made for personal interest takes a long time to digest. Not obtaining information about black money holders when Germany was readily giving it as a gift of goodwill around the world, that's totally malevolent. Electing a president just to get ur rubbish incompetent bill passed when she tours the world and acquires army land for personal purposes is a shame on the whole republic.

from:  Kandarp Gandhi
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:58 IST

When we enter a college lecture room to find that students are copying in their exams and that the lecturer ,who is supervising the exams is facing the blackboard ,showing his back to the students and speaking on a cellphone , how would we judge the lecturer ?? He is not copying neither has he got any money to allow the students to copy (assume) , still he is "unaware" of the copying act going on .. In such a state ,we would ask the lecturer ,if he is 'fit' enough to execute his duty !! And ,for that case he should be reprimanded ,for not executing his duty properly , issued notice ,summoned and should be subjected to the judicial proceedings of the college !! For the practicality , if an incident similar to the above had happened ,the lecturer might have actually been suspended !! But ???

from:  shriraaam
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:59 IST

An extremely polished view on things. A correct tribute to our PM indeed :) !

from:  Santhanakrishnan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:58 IST

Amen. Well done Shri Khareji.

from:  gmdhanaraj
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:52 IST

What Mr Harish Khare's meant in his article is not clear. Our PM is innocent. An IT major from Bangalore with its chief mentor, CEO and past CEO went all the way to New Delhi to award a historian about 2-3 years ago who was none other than our PM's daughter by handing over Rs.50 lakh as gift. Next day the photo came in some of the leading dailies with PM at the centre along with his daughter and the IT team. That incident somehow indicated that an innocent man was taken for a ride by a corporate giant indirectly inducing to get favours done through people who are closer to PM. I do not know whether Mr Harish Khare (HK) could have taken note of it and broght to the notice of PM as he has been told or whether HK was in charge then. HK sort of people have misguided/mislead the PM.

from:  Albert Joseph
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:49 IST

In spite of the hagiographic undertones,the article highlights many salient points: (1) Team Anna is not genuine in their agenda; they have a hidden agenda; (2) Team Anna is not grappling with the real issue which is the corporate takeover of the Indian polity - corruption is a result of that mostly; (3) Dr Manmohan Singh is not a corrupt person...

from:  Matheikal
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:43 IST

If a factory manager of a company neglects to comply with Factories Act or contract employee rules or tax deduction requirements, the CEO an even non-executive directors can be prosecuted. But when some Minister sitting a few rooms away from the PM does illegal acts, takes bribe, rejigs bid norms to favour some parties, the PM can wash his hands off? This is quite amazing.

from:  Bhaskar Sen
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:11 IST

Wonderful article. Manmohan's singh's shortcoming - if I can call it that - is that he's too decent and honest to respond to the rogues on the other side.

from:  Sameer
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:07 IST

The article makes me feel good and bad at the same time. The author, true to his role of being media adviser to Mr. PM, has tried hard to create a aura of honesty around Mr. PM and has failed miserably in doing so. He says Mr. PM is guilty of being Mr. Right. He is guilty of no tapping hard the mobs. The mobs here are the people of India. Some of the best minds in the country fighting hard to get people accountable for there actions. Calling them mob itself shows the mindset of the writer. He is right about there are certain element in self proclaimed righteous team that cause suspicion on the motive of the movement altogether. Also the timing of the agitation every time leaves more questions than answers. But what is author trying to depict here? That Mr. PM is right because he is to good to be wrong? On can't have lambs to lead loins. After reading the article, I feel 1st thing Mr. PM has to do is to change his media adviser, becoz all author has done is to make look Mr. PM as joke.

from:  Saurabh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:06 IST

To all those reader who thought this article to be biased,it is my request that you need to keep the glass empty.If your mind is full of thought that Anna is INDIA,then u dont find any loopwhole in the so called movement.Now a days it is being clear that what the ultimate aim of this MOB Annaa.And the Ramdev issue is like adding cheese to their clear intention.The credibility of these civil society is at challenge.One need not to criticise or tag them as biased if one is able to visualise what actually is going on.

from:  Sikander
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:05 IST

Here is the Government crippled by corruption and policy paralysis. Who do you blame for this ? Some small fry ministers or Congress Spokepersons or MMS. As mr. Shekhar Gupta , a renowned Journalist had said in the TV Channel that MMS does not talk in the Parliament, he does not talk to Media and does not even come on National TV Network to explain the achievements(if any) and the ways to overcome the problems faced by the nation. Anna Hazare and his team have awakened the nation to the issue of corruption. We have cynics like Mr. Khare who will always find faults with any honest efforts against corruption and nongovernance.

from:  Pratap Ganatra
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:04 IST

Mr. Khare, it disgusts me to read such an article, which at best is grossly misleading. There is very little merit in the article to qualify as credible defense and rather it resorts to debates on 'authority of those who have raised voice', NDA, Godhra-Modi and Corporates. Citizens might never know the truth of 2Gs, Bofors, CWG...thanks to biased opinion formers like you, who play with words and never establish the truth. But we know the truth of a 'cut' in a passport office, a PDS shop, a police station, govt bank for loan (list is endless..). PM failed on all accounts to show his integrity by locating the truth, fixing the responsibility and punishing the culprits in a fast track manner. I expect my PM to be proactive, pro-public and accountable to people beyond parliament. In a democracy, if you can't understand a common man's plight, your fate is sealed. People's mandate is not very far (2014) for us to see.

from:  Naval Kishor Gupta
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 13:03 IST

What is reconciliation, Harish? Is it some big process we cannot understand? Some unknown magic that is used only by the most honorable people on earth? This is our country, India. The person to lead this nation as PM should have known what he was getting into. He had to be fit for his job, be politically and strategically aware. MMS was not. So, he is the most inept PM we have ever seen. Do you think all these nice words will wash with an angry nation? Take another break, my friend!

from:  Indraneel
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:59 IST

I am more peeved at Hindu for publishing this naked piece of sycophancy wrapped in ornate obsequiousness than the author for writing this utter nonsense. To paraphrase dialogue from a popular movie- I simply feel that Mr. Khare had the misfortune of being born in the wrong century. He would have been right at home in some ancient royal court consummately displaying his supreme art of flattery. This article is devoid of even any pretense of serious analysis so I fail to understand why did Hindu publish it? Is it because Mr. Khare used to work for Hindu before? Dear Editor, you can't take refuse under the fact that one is entitled to his / her opinion. Divergence of opinion is welcome but you can't & shouldn't let your space be used as unmasked mouthpiece of MMS. I have been reading Hindu for 2 decades but I must say, you have betrayed my trust on this occasion.

from:  Abhijeet
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:57 IST

What a shame/ Shock to see This kind of Biased article on THE HINDU. Sad indeed.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:56 IST

MMS is caught in the wrong job and proves that a learned man may not necessarily make an efficient leader. Mr. Khare should understand that plundering national resource is not the only way to be labelled as corrupt. He is corrupt because he didn't take any action while all was happening under his beard. I believe he is more corrupt than the like of A. Rajas and Kalmadis because as a head he should have ensured no one is misusing his office. Instead, he misused and abused his position by not taking any action.

from:  Piyush Gupta
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:49 IST

Reconciliation as policy of state craft - Police tried that at Ramlila Maidan, MMS and his group of ministers tried that with Team Anna when a joint committee rejected all proposals by Team Anna. The fact is that the only reconciliation that the PM (and his political Partner,Sonia Gandhi) have attempted are with those charged with corruption in 2G and CWG and with Mulayam, Laloo, Mayawati against whom CBI investigations for disproportionate assets are on. MMS and his political partner would love to reconcile with Jagan too, if he agrees. If there's one thing MMS was guilty of, it's having people like Khare as his media advisor.

from:  BP Mohan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:46 IST

This article seems to be in line with many attempts being made by Congress these days to spread a bad word about the people who are pushing the Govt(Congress) to see the mirror and get its act right. This is a biased article to push its readers to see the situation from the glasses of the cornered Congress and is an attempt to convince them that all is well, Congress is good, Dr. MMS is good, Mr. Modi is bad, Civil Society Activists are bad and so on. This is an attempt to make its readers believe that only Congress can maintain sanity in this country and rest are anarchic. Shame!

from:  Ravinder
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:38 IST

Great power comes with great responsibility.But I don't know when Dr Singh will use his power against the Corruption and will prove that he is clean. just by keeping image clean in media and society doesn't mean that you are doing good for public welfare. Dr. singh we have faith on you.Take some strict action against corruption and inflation so that you should not need such articles for your defence.

from:  Jiteshwar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:36 IST

Irrespective of whether he is personally corrupt or not is irrelevant. He is responsible for allowing a loot to take place under his nose, with his knowledge, by any of his colleagues or associates. There cannot be a distinction between an individual and the PM. Individual integrity is no shield for the head of a corrupt government. It is amusing that journalists are making a distinction between the two.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:36 IST

Part 2: Let us not forget, this very UPA Govt also had advocated & issued a statement earlier that "there should be no judicial intervention in policy decisions ". Why ? The supreme court verdict on 2G again gives the anwer. The PM is culpable, without doubt, atleast for neglect of his duty. Instead of publishing such sponsored articles in the newspapers to defend his position , it is better for him to resign and dissolve his Govt ,that has lost all its legitimacy to run this country or to safeguard national interests.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:33 IST

Part1:What did the Supreme Court verdict on 2G state ? 'Arbitary & unconstitutional policy decisions , even detrimental to national interests"! And who took that policy decision? This UPA Govt under this PM . Where is the question of 'compulsions of coalition politics' to allow for 'arbitary ,capricious and illegal ' policy decisions to be taken by a Govt ,even detrimental to national interests ?Raja was a part of this UPA Govt and this Govt had the right and collective duty to stop Raja . It didnt. The PM didnt , even though national interests were being violated . Coalitions are formed to run the country , yes MMSji , but only according to the constitutional norms & also to protect national interests - not just to stay in power.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:32 IST

What more can be expected from journalist who was Media Advisor to Prime Minister. Completely biased article. This article is breach of journalistic ethics.

from:  Ganesh Acharya
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:25 IST

a very apt description of the MOB - I would call them the Rabble Rousers --- and those who don't understand this please read he dictionary or better still read shakespeare's Julius Ceasar. We may not have gained any thing much as a nation --- but then what we have gained i.e. Democracy is it right to destroy that - Think Think!!

from:  Brajesh Khanna
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:25 IST

I remember Arundhati Roy referring to Anna Hazare as 'freshly minted saint' and now Harish Khare refers to someone (Anna or Baba - not sure which one) as 'self appointed shankaracharya'. Is this piece a similar exercise as Ms Roy's article - throw your opinion on the public just because you have the right of expression and a very good (no matter how inefficient) command on the language.

from:  Mayank
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:22 IST

It seems that the Gujarat Carnage is something the UPA is harping about even after 10 years and are brushing their own black spots under the carpet. To be honest, being good in a bad company is not good at all. Even Bhishma had to face the wrath for his alliance! What good is Manmohan Singh, if he as a leader a) got bullied by his so called partners and handed out portfolios of ministries without measuring their competencies b) He could not control the rampant corrupt practices within the ranks in his cabinet.

from:  Aparna Gunjikar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:20 IST

Not at all surprised by the reaction of people on this article.Not wrong to say even that many of them have been influenced by so-called 'Social Activist'.Team anna have demonized UPA in such a way people have a mindet towards the gov. as whatever they do,its all anti-people.Now we have so much of faith on those activist that we have even forgotten that if INDIA is considered as one of Asian giants the credit goes much to the 'GREAT ECONOMIST MANMOHAN SINGH' who led the financial reforms in 1991.Now people like Ramdev and Anna are telling MS how to run an economy as if some cricket expert sitting in AC room advising or teaching Sachin tendulkar how to play well. We all know there are considerabe wrongdoings but does not even meke any sense to critisize the whole UPA or MS for it.

from:  RAHUL
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:13 IST

Why so emotional? Is he accusing an autonomous CAG ?Should it come under government just like CBI is (with it's excellent track record and recent performance of inability to file FIR against Adarsh scam accused) I cannot understand the last para.Is the author indicating towards clampdown on those raising (unnecessary) commotion over scams. Perhaps My mental faculties cannot gauge the hurt a government mired in corruption feels!

from:  sourabh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:12 IST

This author must note , the same PM - MMsji has said after every Mumbai bombing episode 'nobody will be spared'. And what has this PM or his Govt done to the perpetrators ?Nothing ! Just like on corruption . Kasab and even Afzal Guru is enjoying our Congress hospitality today - hospitality for the sake of vote-bank politics and zero national or citizens interests . And corrupt Ministers are rewarded with elevation to plum Ministries. So much for our honest PM. Shocking that THE HINDU can publish such an article.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:10 IST

Congratulations, Mr Khare! Your article, too is in the best traditions of Goebbels! An unashamed piece of propaganda fulminating with manufactured indignation that anyone can dare to raise a voice against the 'sainted' MMS. You will find very few takers for your thesis Mr Khare as the comments here show. MMS' honesty now covers him about as much as the Emperor's new clothes did. The only way for him and the UPA now is OUT.

from:  Sumedha
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:10 IST

Please get rid of old mindset people from Politics. we need some forward thinking young India. someone in the power cant use his power to protect. What is the use of electing people to those powers ? let these people do some other honest profession where they don't need to use power. Amen

from:  rasa
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:09 IST

I admire The Hindu for publishing the view of someone who worked closely with the PM. This is an excellent example of 'absolutist' journalism, approaching an issue not from a 'majoritarian' point of view but from the experts point of view.

from:  Jamsheed
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:10 IST

the article is a joke and I think Harish Khare is trying to play an April fool's joke. Mr Khare, this is June, our country is in a mess and the UPA has been in power for too long. Please wake up. The PM and Mrs Gandhi are not angels that they cannot fight against corruption. If they are choosing to take the sides of corrupt, greedy and worthless politicians then that also makes them one. It doesn't make them Holy. Please stop preaching to us, we have heard enough lies and cheated enough. I am very surprised that the Hindu has published such a biased article that seems to exonerate the guilty so easily? Has this even been proofread or is the Hindu becoming a mouthpiece of the UPA. Please publish this if you are as neutral as you claim to be.

from:  Nitya
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:09 IST

The article seems too biased towards INC.Mr. Khare, have you forgotten the violence induced by INC after Mrs. Indira Gandhi's death or the quashing of fundamental rights of the citizens of this country when Allahabad HC held Mrs Indira Gandhi responsible for electoral malpractices. A Prime Minister is supposed to be a leader along with the honesty and integrity.Our respected Dr. Singh has never shown the quality of a leader when dealing with corrupt coalition intricacies and policy making.The same planning commission headed by another respected economist of whom Dr. Singh is fund of has changed the definition of poverty and uplifted most of rural india above poverty by such pre-posterous practice. Dr. Singh always failed as the PM of this country. Such is the sorry state of our india induced by his gross inactions and unablility to take decisions.

from:  Suhaas
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 12:07 IST

The above article states truth but the only erroneous part is the TITLE.
If we replaced the article name with "The In capabilities of Prime
Minister" then it would be more germane.

from:  sanya
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:54 IST

I must say comments are much better then the article. Well done,team

from:  Arvind Dewan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:51 IST

I feel after reading this like Dr MS is so great, its the fault of the people that 4 lakh farmers committed suicide, CWG, coal scandal , 2G...etc list goes on are done by common poor people. It is a classical example,how biased an author can be. Promotion of Mr Harish is definite after this article. May be minister in next government. Loyality can not give honest opinion.

from:  suryakant pundir
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:48 IST

A very good observation by Harish Khare ji..... people of India need to understand that politics is a game of appearances.... it was always on B.J.P's agenda from day one to thwart Manmohan Singh's personal reputation.... if someone thinks he's spineless then he/she must remind themselves about his stand on nuclear deal, and only P.M in Indian political history who sailed through no-confidence motion.... only P.M who asked his cabinet ministers to resign after he himself found them on fault..... 'MOB ANNA' is the right word for Anna and his counterparts ...

from:  Apkirat Singh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:46 IST

Considering the company he keeps and his associates, it is only rational to conclude he is corrupt too. To continue to believe that he is not, is being naive. In fact, at this juncture, the onus is on him to prove himself as 'not corrupt.'

from:  Raghav
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:45 IST

Grandeur is a delusion of the mind. This is a well written article for a different country and different PM. Remember, the buck stops the PM's office. If you are not part of the solution of rooting out corruption, you are an impediment and hence a part of the problem of corruption and by that nature corrupt and Manmohan Singh is guilty as charged.

from:  Sree
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:42 IST

Things mentioned by Mr. Khare certainly arise in defence of Mr. Singh. However, his comments on Team(Mob) Anna seem to have struck a ground. A self-proclaimed civil society is bound to fail. Throwing tantrums around does not make for a good democracy. It needs to be participative and inclusionary. No one can hijack democratic insitutions in the name of fighting corruption(already flawed in its ideologies). Its a very pro-congress article and is obviously attacking the BJP, and reads more like a victory speech after the 2004 polls. Thats where its problematic. Mr. Harish Khare has gone one step too far in defending the PM, maybe over-defending him. Criticisms should be attacked with rational arguments and augmentation in policy persepctives rather than presenting an emotional association. It just takes away the gravity from his arguments. Well for the PM, sadly enough, its time to buck up and let his political positioning come out in the open. For Good!!

from:  Saurabh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:42 IST

It is shocking that THE HINDU chose to publish such a biased article by Harish Khare. As one of your readers has rightly pointed out we are now in 21st century and 125 crore people can not be fooled any longer with this sort of 'paid news'. Gone are the days of 70s and 80s when corrupt Congress led by an autocratic leader could do anything it liked and then with a brute majority in the parliament could hide all its misdeeds.It is ridiculous to still project M.M.S. as 'Mr.Clean' and that he may be guilty of many actions but not corrupt! It is obvious that M.M.S. is either after a position or is an inefficient administrator. If he is an honest person he should have quit rather than pretend that he is a victim of coalition dharma.Mr.Khare has lost his credibility whatever left in him with this kind of trash he has written.

from:  S.Sarangan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:39 IST

This article is just showing author's literary strengths, using catchy phrases and idioms, It is totally one sided as if it is authored to satisfy beleaguered PM. Further it is highly objectionable to see the term 'Anna mob',the author's intention to libel all those who share views of this movement. It should be understood by Mr.Harish, that mobs are and can only be organized by politicians, giving money and liquor, not by ordinary people like Anna.

from:  B Sajjanar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:34 IST

Not that I expected something better from Mr. Khare. But, he is setting a dangerous precedent of absolving the PM and the Congress President by shifting blame of corruption to corporate sharks. This is untenable. We, the people of India want a more resolute PM. Mobs had taken over Indian democracy in mid 1970s? What does this mean? Mr. Khare wants to shield Mrs. Gandhi from the unforgivable blot she had left in the face of Indian democracy? Nonetheless, this is a piece which seeks to provide a shield of protection for our Prime Minister, who has a lot of questions to answer to the nation. It would have been good had the PM spoken directly to the people rather than relying on mouthpieces like Mr. Khare. This shows the PM's pusillanimity and the author's gradual progress towards sycophancy. May he be provided with a RS ticket!

from:  Pulakesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:30 IST

If inaction against Raja on 2G scam amounts to corruption than even Anna Hazare is corrupt as he failed to stop Kiran Bedi from making false bills to get claim. I am shocked to see that most people who have comment have conveniently failed to see through Team Anna. Manmohan Singh is the same man who took India to the path of prosperity through his liberalization policy in 1991. I refuse to believe that he can ever be involved in corruption. I can accept that there has been incompetency due to coalition politics but certainly not corruption by MMS.

from:  Rocky
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:26 IST

Correct mind supports correct people. Failed person supports failed leader!

from:  Raghavan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:25 IST

Truelly unfortunate....I am still not sure whether its by veteran commentator or by UPA itself.Completely Biased.

from:  amit kumar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:24 IST

Very good article.. At least someone told the other side of the story we were unable to hear in loudness of BJP and Team anna's war cries. Well done Mr. Khare

from:  Vishal
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:22 IST

Virtues of decency and reconciliation – Author seem to have gone overboard in support our PM. May I ask Author is it with same virtues that our beloved PM seem to reconcile with Corrupt Minister?. Dhritarastra is never condone in the history for turning a blind eye to his son's misdeeds. So will be the case of our PM who is turning a blind eye to corrupt practices of his cabinet colleagues Personally non-corrupt is an appreciated virtue of a Clerk not a Prime Minister of Large country.

from:  vijay
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:18 IST

What a insightful article indeed.Manmohan Singh is really a very good Prime Minister.Team Anna seems to have some political agenda.More and more agitation is leading the people to loose their faith in democratic system... it must be stopped or turned in some other way for the sake of our country....

from:  shravan pandey
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:14 IST

The Hindu made a 'faux pas' by publishing this article.

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:11 IST

I would like to point out to the writer that our current prime minister was respected a lot as a framer of the NEP. I would also like to point out that India is a democracy in which freedom of expression is guaranteed and we are free to even criticize the leaders as long as we are doing it in a peaceful manner. even the father of the nation had to face criticism, hope the writer doesn't underestimate his greatness. As far as Gujrat is concerned it is true that what happened their was very disappointing for a democracy. But i would also like to recall what happened on 4 June 2011 in Ramlila ground. Can the writer call that act of the government legitimate and as the head of the government it is our prime minister's responsibility to take the blame for the action. And coming to the latest coal mine scam. it is disappointing that the government is not ready to setup an inquiry in the case and prove the prime minister Innocent.

from:  Manu
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:11 IST

There are so many outright lies and disingenuous half truths in this piece that I hardly know where to begin. But I'll take up one point that Harish Khare takes up as 'proof' of Manmohan's Singh incorruptibility and honesty, i.e., the statement that any hanky panky by relatives/family should be brought to his notice. Yet, strangely, this very same person couldn't stand up to his own ministers when knowledge of the 2G scam was brought to him... by his own Department. Did his decency prevent him putting the nation's interest above the party/political interest in preventing the 2G scam, and now as it turns out, the Coal block allotment scam? Manmohan Singh has held public office in one capacity or the other for the better part of the last three decades from RBI, Planning Commission, et al. Does Harish Khare seriously expect us to believe that he has no idea how people in Government function? What sort of decency or 'reconciliation' is it that mandates turning a blind eye to corruption.

from:  Alok
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:04 IST

Nice article. An eye opener for everyone who blindly believes the group of people who try to blackmail the government and hinder the growth. The same happened with FDI in retail, the government was held at ransom by petty retailers and allies who care more about the tiny business class rather than the larger portion of end consumers.

from:  Mukesh Kiran
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:03 IST

With due respect to the author and his magnanimous view of Dr Manmohan Singh's integrity, honesty and compulsion to stretch the limits to achieve reconciliation, I beg to differ. I have read somewhere that honesty is being uncorrupted but that integrity is a larger virtue and that is to ensure others are honest too. That Dr Manmohan Singh is honest is the view/opinion of a large number of Indians but that his integrity matches up with his honesty is in doubt. The reason for that yawning gap is because Dr Manmohan Singh will not be able to explain why he allowed, consciously or sub-consciously, the likes of Raja,Kalmadi, Ashok Chavan, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sharad Pawar to lay waste to India's national resources - spectum in 2G, funds for CWG, illegal allotments for Adarsh, using political pressure to influence decisions (Vilasrao) and hundered of thousands of food grain rotting but not giving it away to the poor because 'it is the executive' that has to take decisions. Any answers

from:  Sharad Savur
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:03 IST

What a convoluted argument. Khare has undertaken a major effort to be different and not to let down his old boss. Manmohan no doubt comes out smelling of roses ! A leaders job is to provide a groundwork for his people to improve their standard of living and to ensure equity and growth . Without growth at 9-10 % nothing can be achieved. Merely winning elections is not an endorsement. The former he has failed to manage in any meaningful way and the party is in a mess; it is more than 3 years since the Congress got an endorsement of any kind from the electorate in any state.

from:  K I Nair
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:03 IST

Anybody who thinks dispassionately and logically will allege that Mr Manmohan Singh is corrupt. But it is vivid as daylight that Mr Singh has been in a way acquiescing the wrong doings in the UPA vis a vis his silence and unwillingness to act.. Mr Singh as the the helmsman of the ship cannot absolve himself and distance from the stinking corruption that has become the life line of his Government. An act that is inaction is by itself culpable.

from:  Anilkumar Kurup
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:02 IST

Since Harish Khare personally knows the PM, he can vouch for his personal integrity. But it is a completely different matter for him to accuse Team Anna of nefariuos intentions and goals. The fact remains that corruption is deeply imbedded in the Indian society and is practiced by all elements that can. Few transactions are completed without black money. Despite the professed paiety by all sectors of the society, little has been done to deal with this national curse. We have now arrived at a strange juncture in our national life: while people practice corruption but they declaim it and wish it was not there. As if a smoker realizes that smoking is bad but is unable to give it up. He is looking for something magical to cure him. Effective national leadership would have used the opportunity to craft policies, institutions and other means to deal with this menace. Instead we have demands, promises, debates, and aaccusations but no serious action. How long must this continue!

from:  virendragupta
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 11:01 IST

Harish Sir, If Dr.Manmohan Singh is really guilty of his pursuits and have realised his inacapability to estimate mob power , Please advice him to get off the throne. He is such a gentleman that he would listen & nod to everybody ,for not loosing his decency.

from:  Swapna latha
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:59 IST

This piece seems like a PR exercise by a UPA minion. THE HINDU has conveniently provided a platform to the media advisor of the PM to not only shield his boss from the criticism but to take potshots at the opposition party (Gujarat carnage!! Really Khare ?, You keep on harping the same boring string after 10 years ? And pray tell me how is the central govt. responsible for something that is a state subject (prevention of riots and maintenance of peace). You lot have already milked to death those unfortunate happenings in bringing down Modi, but you now have scaled new heights in using the same old excuse to shamefully project your UPA bosses as 'saviors' from the NDA rule.) If this piece (written by a lackey to show his obedience towards his bosses) doesn't qualify as 'paid news' I don't know what else is.

from:  Rakesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:55 IST

Mr. Khare writes as if he's still the media advisor for the PM. He is attempting to make a virtue out of Mr. Singh's inaction and shirking of responsibilities as the head of the Government. Mr. Khare quotes Mr. Singh as saying that "If you ever hear anything about any member of my family engaging in any kind of hanky-panky, please come and tell it straight to me, however unpleasant or painful it may be." We wish he had said the same thing about members of his cabinet. Mr. Singh has either willfully or negligently ignored various misdeeds happening right under his nose. He has not done a single significant thing to address the numerous deep-rooted problems plaguing the country, including corruption, in his second term. He has time and again been caught napping while national resources have been plundered. To shove all this under the carpet of 'reconciliation' is a joke. The buck should stop with Mr. Singh. His inaction on blatant corruption in the Govt itself is a form of corruption.

from:  Bala Raja
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:51 IST

Our PM might have ignored this... 'Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups'

from:  mukesh kumar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:49 IST

We Indian citizens know the present CAG , the Team Anna and Gujarat under Modi have caused major embarassments for the Congress and are like thorns in the flesh of this Govt and PM . Does the author also want to say that the Congress or the politician is uncorrupted while the corporates are corrupt ?The author must note , the same PM and his Govt were behind the 2G spectrum giveaway as well,for a pittance . Which the Supreme court has termed as a "illegal , arbitrary and unconstitutional " policy decision 'detrimental to national interests' and now fortunately annulled the 122 license allocations . What can be a more damning indictment on this UPA Govt and this PM ?

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:49 IST

In a nutshell what Mr. Khare, medaia advisor to Prime Minister, in his article,is saying is that Mr. Manmohan Singh is not corrupt but, is guilty of promoting and bearing corruption unprecedented.Mr. Anna Hazare and Baba Ramdev may constitute only a MOB, but the fact is that what they are saying is wholly correct.The writer should ,also admit that Mr. Manmohan Singh is a grand failure both as an economist and as an administrator. The only question worth asking is, why he is clinging to a post which he least deserves and, obviously enjoys not.Why he accepts to be a mere proxy, if he doesn't have any courage to assert? Mr. Khare should have told us in cleaner terms if Mr. Manmohan Singh and his coterie of Montek, Chidanbram and mukherjee are not the stooges of World Bank, which most of our people believe them to be.Why he risked his job to smooth en the sale of American n-reactors which no other country in the world would buy even as junk? Why he never acts against corruption?

from:  Surinder Paul
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:47 IST

This article sounds very biased and I get a feeling like reading an article from a Congress spokesperson. My personal opinion is that such articles undermine the credibility of The Hindu newspaper.

from:  Swami
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:44 IST

Very well stated by the analyst. In a democracy like India it does not suffice to be an stoic incumbent with pauperlike attitude. One should be able to lead from the front like a true statesman. Our PM has to cultivate this element of thought before its too late. Being honest at the cost of money-laundering, corruption and other outlaws is just not acceptable to the people of India. We need a verbose leader to lead from the front rather being on a credulous side.

from:  pravin roy
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:40 IST

Talk about putting a spin on things...In Mr. Khare's view, our congressmen and their allies are whiter than driven snow and it is the businessmen and social activists who are corrupt. Of course, the courts are conspiring with the corrupt businessmen and social activists against the poor innocent congressmen. What has the world come to...

from:  sudarshan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:35 IST

In his desire to buttress Manmohan's credentials, the author has gone overboard in qualifying the CAG as 'wayward'. Taking one's job seriously is an indication of dutifulness and not of waywardness. It is the prime minister who has been wayward in tolerating corruption and giving a convenient slant to the concept of coalition dharma. The myth of prime minister's reconciliatory spirit was debunked when he ignored the suggestion of a member of selection panel to go in for a person of unimpeachable integrity while appointing a CVC.

from:  K.R.Srivarahan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:35 IST

A few points (rather the absence of them) have to be noted while analysing this discourse you have presented. 1. Though you mention four ministers going to meet Ramdev at the airport , you fail to mention his eviction at the dead of the night leading to the death of one unfortunate lady. 2. You mention the Radia Tapes which is a very negligible scam compared to those of Commonwealth Games, 2G spectrum allocation, swiss bank black money and the illegal mining scam. 3. Though you mention Anna Hazare and Ramdev to be vilifying slanderers spreading canards about the Yudhistira of the nation , yet nowhere have we seen the Prime Minister producing documents that clears him of all charges. 4. The discourse presented here has numerous other flaws which due to shortage of word limit I could not highlight. But a summary of such points would be it is a passionate outburst of a person who loves his Prime Minister but he is answerable to the people of India as he lives on our payroll.

from:  Indradeep Banerjee
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:33 IST

I am quite shocked after reading the article. How on earth could The Hindu publish such biased, politically motivated article. It is a huge disappointment. Well the author is another obsessed with the Indian political family. Across the world, everybody knows the story of Gujrat. It's development and prompt decision are a shame for the central government. And what UPA, He talk about. Ministry, full of thugs and criminal, who swallowed all the natural resources and taxpayers' money without a burp. Well even if Mr PM is honest, How come he has such a cabinet. During NDA country progressed and many policies and deals were finalized. In this regime, we have twin account deficit, uncontrollable inflation and roaring value of dollar. And how awesome Mr PM replies to queries; I do not know anything about any scam. And the politically motivated authors blame people like Anna, Kezriwal and Ramdev.

from:  A R Godara
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:32 IST

Why doesn't MMS retire? Isn't there enough science evidencing that cognitive abilities decline with age, particularly at his age. The same is true for all humans. We don't have retirement age (of late fifties, early sixties) for no reason. The experience that comes with age can be harnessed in other ways--rather than making these senile men and women become the face of the nation. No other country in the world probably has this old pollies still trying to push one-another to 'become' someone important. Let these people live a quieter but productive life. They should teach but not lead.

from:  varun
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:32 IST

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke

from:  Anil P.
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:30 IST

Manmohan Singh is guilty of much more than Harish Khare 'accuses' him of. If as Khare says, it's Manmohan Singh's decency that has led to such rampant corruption in UPA, then Mr.Singh should resign and let someone else with a little less 'decency' and a little more resolve to tackle corruption take over as Prime Minister.

from:  Manoj
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:30 IST

i am completely in agreement with the analysis of Mr Khare. CAG has certainly overreacted to the policy matters which is not his domnain. He is not suppose to tell the govt whether natural resources should be allocated by auction or FCFS basis. if natural resources will be auctioned then the prices which consumers will have to pay will go high. Its only because of FCFS basis allocation of spectrum that we have cheapest mobile phone tariffs in the whole world with 900 million users. If their is any QUID-PRO-QUO in the process of this either by public representative or govt.officials in the form of money or any other favors then that is for sure a matter worth of investigation and that should be carried out by an independent investigating agency and not by someone who is under the control of govt. regarding members of anna group, i agree with mr. khare that they are for sure MOB ANNA and not TEAM ANNA. they are certainly not fit and capable enough to comment on policy issues in india.

from:  aron
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:23 IST

Dear Sir, Well written! We respect our Prime Minister for what he is and what he had done for so many years. But I feel that this nation deserves a non sense, self righteous, self proclaiming vibrant BJP - NDA government in next general election whenever it happens.

from:  Kaushik Mehta
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:20 IST

I am amazed at the gall with which Mr Harish is trying to defend the PM...what is this country coming too?...there's a loot of the country going on under the so called honest PM and still there are people who want to defend his integrity? I think it would have been better to have had a dishonest PM who took his share and did something for his voters than have a 'honest' PM who has only served the corporates

from:  Mahesh Tumpalla
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:15 IST

Unfortunately Harish Khare's argument is based on the personality of Dr Singh. He may not be personally corrupt. What we should remember is that trying to protect one's corrupt colleagues also amounts to corruption. The civil society and citizens concerned about the state of the nation have a right to demand accountability from institutions. Suppressing such questions would be blatantly totalitarian.

from:  Jobin Mathew
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:14 IST

Have you scrutinised any documents or just because Manmohan told you personally that he is not corrupt? This is the problem with Indian bureaucrats. They form judgements easily. You are showing your disdain for Anna Team, but do you know they have collected enough papers to support their claim. They initially did not charge him but after collecting evidence they suspect him now.

from:  Brijlal Verma
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:11 IST

Mr Khare, I find your article heavily biased, you seem to be drumming up support for the beleaguered Prime Minister, and at its worst extorting him to punish the protestors in the form of Team Anna. Shooting the messengers will not make our catastrophic situation go away. You dwell at length on the decency,which is an admirable trait, but we are too far gone as a Nation, its a question of survival now, and the person at the top needs to show some strength of character - courage and integrity, is it too much to ask for ? I am surprised you make no mention of the sorry state we are in and the possible causes. Or are we Indians conjuring up our deplorable situation ? P.S As regards decency and decorum, I hope you remember our Prime Minister's acerbic utterances against Mr Advani's prime ministerial ambitions and the same holds true for Mrs Sonia G.

from:  Sumit Vijayan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:12 IST

The writer,an accomplished commentator,gives the inevitable impression that he has wasted his rhetoric to defend the indefensible.His talk of the decency of the PM who had exhibited a shocking disrespect to the mood of the nation against the Indo-US nuclear deal,makes one wonder if the reporting could pass the test of objectivity. The article reveals at best the writer's soft corner for the PM or at worst his inept attempts to earn some brownie points.It is a pity that the learned writer has jumped the gun before the allegations are proved either way beyond doubt.The writer calling team Anna as Mob Anna is unwarranted to say the least.When the leadership of MMS has not in any way arrested the bust of scams where is the room for the talk of state craft.Is it not a fact that the rich become richer and the poor poorer? Is not our economy in shambles because of inefficiency in tracing and arresting the black money? This article has to be held as an insult to the readers' intelligence.

from:  G.Rajaram.
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 10:06 IST

Not corrupt;accepted. Guilty; again accepted. What punishment or atonement the writer would suggest for the PM being guilty on whatever counts?

from:  balvinder singh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:50 IST

Harish, first part of your article seems more like anti-modi/anti-bjp rather than pro-MMS. MMS is perceived as honest. May be he does not have swiss account. But he morally corrupt. With so many corrupt ministers around why is he not cracking a whip? Why is he mute? You need a strong conscience to come out in public and speakout loud about corrupt practices in your own cabinet. If every thing in cabinet (and country) would have been fine and healthy no Anna Hazare would have come out and protested. Its a perception that MMS is honest. His honesty was tested with CWG happened, his honesty was tested when 2G happened and his response were not even reactive. Leave alone pro-active response. Its shameful to have such meek PM who might be a good economist but a below average PM. At the end of the term there is nothing that will shine and glitter. People will remember his term (atleast 2nd) as most corrupt phase in indian democracy.

from:  vivek
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:43 IST

Harish is perhaps still the Media Advisor of the PM, going by his 'strong defence' of MMS in the style of Mark Anthony. He sounds like Manish Tiwari or Abhishek Manu Singhvi (or perhaps even Kapil Sibal of 0 Loss fame) than a veteran commentator and political analyst. He has written like an ostrich which denies reality by digging its head inside sand.

from:  Badri
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:41 IST

The manner in which is this article has sought to depict BJP's tenure is ridiculous.Instead of talking of what the article was to be about,the writer has made references to things as irrelevant as godhra riots.

from:  shishir agrawal
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:35 IST

Mr.Harish, you are simply a sycophant.Many scams happened and happening under his (Manmohan) nose and you are not talking about that.Once Manmohan said "2G.Raja is enjoying his confidence". Then why he suffered in jail???Is SC ,CAG,Media,civil society,people are idiots to listen your point of contention.Is 2002 riots was made happen or 1984 genocide was made happen? Atleast some justice has happened in 2002 riots case but what about 1984 genocide?? SIT appointed by SC given clean chit to Modi,then why you are shouting? Why our economy is declining,what steps taken to bring balck money,why rupee depriciation,why inflation,why policy paralysis?? 'The Hindu' should feel guilty for your article and we should feel guilty in reading your article.

from:  Prakash
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:32 IST

Indeed, Author depicts here dignity/personality of Mr.Manmohan Singh. It was perplexed to contemplate author stand by Honorable Prime Minister position/responsibility. Who-else he/she should honor dignity of the position and employ effort to mushroom the nation as whole. Our Honorable Prime Minister Mr.Manmohan Singh has decency and handy with politics of reconciliation, But I am sorry to say Black Money,CWG Scam,2G Scam,Corruption,Mining scam are played hide and sick under Mr.Manmohan Singh nose. Let's not be so individual to blindfolded, while we talk about such a high esteem position. Let's pour respect to it. If some is undermine and not aware about his functionality, we as a nation have prerogative to think of our country's growth.

from:  Prasannajeet Mohanty
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:15 IST

It is true that our PM does not require any certificate from any one about his honesty. However his silence, inaction and occasional delayed action on so many issues concerning our economic administration are indeed very annoying even to his admirers. His ministers'and his government's unsatisfactory performance and dithering in the matter of economic reforms cannot be overlooked too.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:10 IST

Dear Harish, please don't fire emotional rantings and subjective platitudes. Talk objective facts. Let the PM disprove the allegations by allowing a probe on him by an independent investigating agency (and not CBI). Team Anna has only made allegations seeking an independent probe, they are not claiming to be sure that manmohan is corrupt. Let not the standards of The Hindu fall by your emotional blackmailing.

from:  gshah
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:09 IST

Long out of office this looks like a statement of purpose to get Harish Khare his old job. But while he slept the level of sycophancy demanded and given has risen several fold. Hard luck Harish!

from:  uday
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:01 IST

This article resonates most with me. Showing where Team Anna stands in morality play and calling it as Mob Anna has not come a day late. People are already realising that a bunch of anarchist jokers was entertained beyond their worth by our decent Prime Minister. He is also right in labeling Vinod Rai as a wayward CAG is not off the mark. He is almost singly responsible for triggering the policy paralysis and encouraging bureaucratic pusillanimity. Both Mob Anna and CAG have done incalculable harm , even if some of the things they drew attention to may be right, have gone overboard.

from:  R.Sundaram
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:01 IST

MMS is guilty of personal ambition to holding of PM office instead of fighting Corruption and problems for common men, a basic requirement of RAJ DHARMA.

from:  Atma Gandhi
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 09:00 IST

very badly written article. any person at a position where he is responsible for the running of the business/country etc will be decided on how effectively he runs and not ONLY on his personal virtues. I also question those virtues..if he is so clean why does he defend kalmadi, raja etc? is he totally unaware? then he is unfit to hold the chair. if he believes they are corrupt and protects them, then he is a liar, misleading the country. again why a reference to Gujarat? i think that after the great india pakistan divide we are approaching the india/gujarat divide. Yes Singh is DECENT enough to protect the guilty. If that is THE one quality the writer finds that a person needs to run a country..please sir have a relook.

from:  subramanian
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:59 IST

Mr. Khare are you still media adviser to PM, If not then I must say u should join him. Very cleverly u defended him. But i insist if u want ur job back u must praise Mrs. Gandhi and not PM.

from:  saurabh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:56 IST

What a hypocritical article! The author asks us to believe that when Congress goons massacred Sikhs in Novermber 1984 on a large scale (and not just in Delhi) the people of India gave Rajiv Gandhi the biggest majority any central government has had whereas in 2004 the same pople of India voted out the Vajpayee government for the Gujarat riots in 2002, which were on a much smaller scale and in response to the Godhra train burning. The author obviously admires the Prime Minister (that is his business) and is trying to project him in a positive light. But that does not mean he has a monopoly on the truth or is even stating the full truth.

from:  RJ
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:39 IST

Dr. Manmohan Singh is guilty of not reigning on his team when the country was being looted of its scarce resources. He is guilty of dereliction of his duties to the nation by being spineless and condescendingly submissive to all the loots happening under his leadership. And for meekly standing in with other congressmen in protecting one family which is their only investment of the last 65 years. Perhaps his biggest guilt of all is being a very nice man and being in politics with the corrupts, and couldn't bring in a change (at least this time around).

from:  biju kumar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:36 IST

I always wondered why the self-promotion of our political class looks so shameless and second rate. Having read Harish Khare's opinion, I now know. If this is the kind of media advisor that Manmohan Singh could select, I don't know about corruption but he is definitely guilty of extremely poor judgment. Coming back to Khare's paid article -- yes, it's a paid article even if he is no longer on the PM's payroll -- in the midst of all the name calling, the mullah of mediocre phrases doesn't answer the basic question: Why doesn't the so-called paragon of virtue agree to an independent investigation rather than by the CBI? (After all, doesn't the PM try to be Caesar's wife?) Nor does he explain which part of "We, like all others believed the PM to be 'personally honest', but we now came across evidence of his corruption" he doesn't understand. Nor does he educate us on who the appointed Shankaracharyas are that should point out the PM's corruption.

from:  K Palaka
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:35 IST

None other than Shri; Harish Khare - an impartial political commentator and one of the media giants who quietly accepted to serve as the Media Adviser to Prime Minister and silently relinquished the same subsequently - would have been fit enough to tell the nation the truth that all of us are badly in need of. A genuine reader would doubtless admit that Khare's piece is definitely different from the orchestrated responses generally penned down by media muscle men these days and that it is a genuine expression of an uninfluenced mind. It is high time that 'Anna's Mob' stopped wasting public energy by diverting our attention to their nonsense-talk-shows. The commentator is apolitical in all respects.

from:  Annavaram Neredimalli
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:28 IST

Bravo! Spoken like true His Masters Voice, as a media consultant to a modern Nero ,you could have done nothing more to ingrate yourself to Sonia. And Manmohan. Surprised that the Hindu would publish this thinly veiled sycophancy.

from:  Sid
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:29 IST

Please Hindu never allow partisans to write an article to your newspaper!!!!It decreases the credibility of Newspaper.....Nevertheless everyone has his/her opinion but it should not be aired in public platform........

from:  sankeerth nedunoori
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:17 IST

i think Mr khare needs to go back in a cave in himalayas to wash his eyes and mind. he should learn defination of sobriety, sanity and decency in public life from a 10th standard school boy before analysing about PM. only one in you or PM can be foolish but not the public. Call civil society self proclaim or mob but they have right to do it in very consitition in which Manmohan singh has right to be PM till 2014 irrespective of how corrupt or failure or unsuccessful he is..i hope u stay in cave till 2014 and you will see a new india.

from:  rahul
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:17 IST

Shri Harish Khare is right. MMS's decency itself is his own undoing. In today's world a PM should be a Lord Krishna and definitely not a Lord Rama. We require the qualities of Margaret Thatcher or Indira Gandhi in a Prime Minister. I pray that India gets one such Lord Krishna soon as a PM to fight the Mahabharata War of Indian politics. Just as a Telugu proverb says if you give a garland of flowers to a monkey you can imagine the fate of the garland,so too what can you expect out of democracy in the hands of people like team Anna?

from:  T.N.Sethumadhavan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:13 IST

Your words "(UPA) leadership when in 2004 it found itself saddled with the responsibility of governing a country that had been kept on the edge of fear and insecurities during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime.", so disappointing. How many terrorist attacks happened during UPA rule ? Did u forget Mumbai train blasts, TAJ attack, VT station attacks, Hyderabad serial bombings, Delhi bombings, Benarus bombings, There is a consistent threat. And economy went to down like never before. Why shouldn't we assume this as paid news by UPA

from:  krish
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:08 IST

A biased view presented by a person who feels that encounters with a person are enough to make sure that he is crystal clean.Instead of well known facts like CAG reports the author relies on his personal experiences with Mr. P.M.Also,the article explains the misery of the situation in our country,a person merely watching the curropts take over the government is considered honest in INDIA.This just explains how low our expectations are from the leaders and what is the usual standard of moral expected from everyone in India now.

from:  Raghvendra Shroti
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 08:03 IST

Defence of PM, who has shown no qualities of a LEADER. One crisis after another, after 2009, but the PM has been like Nero, at least Nero played the Fiddle. Decency alone does not qualify a person to be the PM or a Leader. A rebut-all of the specific charge about the coalgate, would have added strength to the arguments put forward in defence of Mr Manmohan Singh. Mr Harish Khare may call Team Anna as Mob Anna. What does he call the millions who face corrupt officials in every contact with the Government. Is that also a Mob? Please do not underestimate the anger and frustration of the public who are suffering.

from:  Anil
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:58 IST

The 'virtue' of reconciliation was on display only with unprincipled and wannabe partners of UPA who extracted a heavy price in the name of coalition dharma. With the Left, which provided UPA-I the much needed outside principled support based on a common program, Mr. Singh not only spurned reconciliation on the Nuclear issue but saw to it that the relation ended acrimoniously. Did not Mr. Singh regret much later that he missed the company of Left?

from:  Periasamy
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:50 IST

Biased article to say the least. Can't understand Prime minster of the nation to be sleeping on the matters of national importance.If Prime minster helps system out laid to be manipulated under his nose to benefit few and cause loss to nation's exchequer then what do you call him if not corrupt. Author seems more interested in finding facts as why NDA lost. Must remind him loss in that election were mostly due to results of TN and AP not because of Godhra and its aftermath. term why they lost election 2004. Any how media gives us the news/editorial they want us know so poor citizens can't help.

from:  Manjunath
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:49 IST

The sensationally titled leader, "Guilty on many counts, not corrupt" by Harish Khare, The Hindu June 6, is as self contradictory as its title. Khare has enumerated Manmohan Singh's various unintelligent political misreads that the later made during all these years. But how could Khare call the PM 'guilty' on those very stupid counts? Obviously Khare, through this veiled piece, wanted to protect both, himself and his past benefactor. Otherwise how could he miss PM's undue protective efforts that he made to salvage likes of Kalmadi and Raja initially? PM surely is guilty, not for his political ignorance but for the acts of being an active and protective part to the corrupt political system to which he is surely not blind.

from:  balvinder
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:47 IST

As an academcian connected with Dr. Manmohan Singh I fully agree with what Harish Khare has written. A fine article and must be widely circulated.

from:  T.S.Ramachandran
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:44 IST

While one may admire Harish Kare's loyalty towards the persona of Manmohan Singh, all he has done is to indulge in generalities without going into specifics. He accuses Mr. Vinod Rai of misinterpreting his role as the premier auditor of the country. However no specifics are furnished. CAG may have worked out loss figures which are notional. However is not true that allotment of 2G spectrum and coal blocks have been misutilized by beneficiaries? What has the government done to prevent this crony-capitalism? While Mr. Manmohan Singh may be paragon of virtue in his individual capacity, what good this has done for the country, which is reeling under inflation, stagnation and unprecedented loss of value of its currency. Mr. Khare should have graciously admitted that Mr. Manmohan Singh has outlived his utility as the PM and time has come to passs over the mantle to some other worthy person ( may be within the Congress).

from:  Pramod Patil
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:26 IST

How many more messengers will you shoot, Harish,before realizing that something is rotten in the state of Manmohan's cabinet?

from:  S. K. Acharya
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:24 IST

It makes sad reading that our P.M.'s image is being shattered by the company he keeps; whatever be the compulsions of running a coalition government. The final remark "A king who choose to ignore the first principle of statecraft that the royal staff must be tapped-and tapped hard- once in a while should be prepared to be called corrupt" sums up the whole situation. It is not too late even now and get rid of unscrupulous elements out of the Govt;.

from:  S.R. Nagarajann
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:17 IST

This glowing tribute to Mr Manmohan Singh fails to convince an intelligent reader that 'honesty' alone can make one person a good prime minister. Mr Khare blames business men alone for 2G scam (please note he has 'corrupt politicians' under quotes!!). Is Mr Khare trying to say all ministers and UPA politicians like Raja, Kalmadi, Marans etc are innocent and non-corrupt?? Sorry, you have not convinced anyone, besides your own credibility has been damaged by this pro-government piece. Truth is corruption is systematic in our government, right from a peon to a cabinet minister. It is a great nexus between corrupt politicians, babus and businessmen that is behind our nation's decline. MMS can not be a great PM if he doesn't have the will power to crack the whip on his corrupt colleagues. After all he is THE head of cabinet! MSS did not show the courage, leadership, or will power that is required of a true leader! That's the truth.

from:  Prasanth Nambiar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:16 IST

Mr Khare's line is unconvincing. The problem is not the increasingly unsavoury ways in which members of Anna's group make comments on people in power. It is the inability of the Government to address the problems faced by the overwhelming majority of our population. It is the continuous habit of denying that problems exist or that they are responsible for it. It is not the Prime Minister's infinite tolerance towards his critics that is remarkable, but the same quality he shows towards his own ministers and his party. Mr Khare has at best given a conduct certificate. In any case, we are not living in Nazi Germany and all of today's Goebbelses could be prosecuted, unlike their original.

from:  Ramesh Parthasarathy
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:12 IST

One can only see which one wants to see, good to see your eloquence in terms of highlighting the decency of our worthy prime minister as the reason for many ills to our nation but does decency means inability to act in best interest of the nation? Are the issues being raised by civil society of no significance? If one needs to bribe even to get the required services from the public servant then it is deplorable, if the masters of the public servants ignite this practice and collude with the public servants, criminals & capitalists then it is insane. If civil society has hidden political agenda then what is bad in that? At least, they are highlighting the ills of the society & insisting the government to do its job. Whatever you say about Gujarat, its the fastest developing state in India. The chief minister of that state tries "works for the masses, so what if his style is a bit different than so called socialist or kleptocratic demagogues? Is it still right to adore personalities?

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:12 IST

I cannot believe that The Hindu published a pro-government article. However it is well written and as partisan as any other Congress spokesperson's address. I know there was some hidden agenda (anti- BJP) which led to the publication of this article, but really didn't expect a blunt partisan viewpoint ,nonetheless pro-UPAII government. I also had few questions. 1) Isn't the PM guilty of not changing any cabinet minister when none of their flagship policy (liberalization, anti-naxal war) seems to be working. 2) Isn't he guilty of not asking support his 'corrupt' cabinet minister. 3) Isn't he guilty of being silent, when everyone wants his reassurance in the sanctity of the government.

from:  Piyush
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:01 IST

This is an absolute shocker from one of the balanced political commentators and a regular contributor to THE HINDU. I find it hard to believe his labeling of Dr.MMS , under whose watch thousands of crores of public money had been looted, as an honest man, and those who dared to come on the streets and question him as 'Mob'???? I guess that Mr.Harish Khare's benevolence of giving the decency tag to Dr.MMS (wonder how he thought it fit to extend it to Soniaji as well??) is driven more by his singular agenda of wanting to demonise the Team Anna as a a bunch of mobsters , who are trying to clean up public life and make politicians accountable every single day of their mandated 5 years. How is this considered wrong by Mr. harish khare? The people of India are reeling under the worst economic management, or mismanagement to be apt, and the price inflation is eating up whatever they earn working hard. Mr. Khare wants the people to be decent and open their mouths only every 5 years !!!!!

from:  K.S.Ranganathan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 07:01 IST

Mr. Khare, thank you for the excellent analysis and wonderful insight into our Prime Minister's thought-process. The man's greatest flaw is not only that he is a Nice Guy, but that he truly believes others--be it the Opposition, his Allies in the UPA, the media or, worst of all, 'civil society'--also to be Nice Guys.

from:  Mohun
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 06:59 IST

Hats off to Harish Khare for the superb defence of the much maligned and most misinterpretted PM,inside India,and one hailed as 'Leader respected by Leaders of the World',abroad!This piece being the product of the 'compulsions of creativity' of a soul implored by his sense of social-responsibilty will remain a true masterpiece,for many a year to come! In the most enviable manner the writer has presented what could have otherwise passed as a 'Clash between CLASS and CRASS'! What pains a sensitive soul is a hoary land,which once made people of the world to look-upto it for its superior knowledge and a society governed by higher values of life, has fallen in the abyss of indictable ignorance and inveterate intolerance!

from:  mnyamathullah
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 06:42 IST

In the entire article, instead rebutting the allegations, author chose to target Team Anna and BJP. This indicates that the author is unable to defend MMS. - Demonization Game- If Mr. Raja had the same conversation with author, would author infer from the conversation that Mr. Raja is not corrupt? Author has invented a new definition of corruption. Monetary Consideration is not the only criteria to judge corruption. Acts of omission and commission both are punishable under IPC. -Significance of 2004- Here author talked about Gujarat to gain sympathy of readers but has completely failed to make any connection between Gujrat and the corruption charges against MMS, and failed to show any significance of 'significance of 2004' to the corruption charges against MMS. In this article I did not find any relevant point to the corruption charges against MMS; this article is all about bashing Team Anna and BJP. Author must change the title of this article to " Obama on holidays, MMS not corrupt".

from:  Deepak Saxena
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 06:39 IST

If you didn't betray your ideological inclinations so completely by fulminating against market reforms, capitalism and so on, this article could have carried some credibility. As it happens, the same market reforms that you decry have been responsible for lifting more people out of poverty in the last 20 years than anything that was tried in the previous 40 years after Independence.

from:  Mitra
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 06:36 IST

Had the PM resigned on moral grounds, during the heydeys of coalition compulsions, he'd have a golden chance to thoroughly expose the unscrupulous who were holding the coalition to ransom and the public would have got to know who is looting the country. But, instead, since he did not want his High Command to be deprived of power -and thus become vulnerable to all the things that a powerless man faces - he chose to keep quiet, just concentrating on steadying the boat. You can call it reconciliation. But the history will remember it as an exercise to cling on to power at all costs.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 06:19 IST

A person is known by the company he keeps. In the present day political scenerio irrespective of party affilations the greed to amass wealth is epidemic. All pursuits of capturing power are aimed at amassing wealth. We as a nation have done Dr.Manmohan Singh a disservice by electing wrong representatives at the elections to the Parliament and legislatures. It is we the people who have to choose the MPs and MLAs and we have failed badly in exercising the right franchise succumbing to parochial overtures of caste,creed and religion not to speak of allurements doled out by the contestants. All said and done our PM has done his best to keep the nation on the right track of development. Others who had the opportunity squandered away the chances of contributing to the nation's welfare. We cannot expect the Prime Minister and the Chair Person of the Congress party to cleanse the society of its ills. The nation needs to engage in soul searching rededicating itself to ethics and moral values.

from:  R.Vijaykumar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 06:10 IST

The author ignores facts and blindly supports the acts of omission of this so called decent PM. The PM is guilty of corruption as he has willingly let several cabinet members abuse the power and play money politics. If he was truly 'non-corrupt' and 'decent' he would have resigned and let some other congress stooge continue as PM. Instead he hangs onto power and is guilty of complicity!

from:  Pankhaj Shah
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 06:06 IST

I am not an expert but I find this article very biased. The methods and tactics employed by team Anna may be questionable but not their objectives. Also, the CAG finding are so summarily rejected. I think it would have been apt to delve a little deeper into that, and why the author think CAG is overreaching his constitutional mandate?. I am not sure how the what is the theory of equilibrium that is referred to, is it mentioned in the constitution? Also, looking at the current state of our country, I cannot say Manmohan Singh is not at all responsible. There was a white paper on black money, but nothing substantial will come out of it, why?. Because there is no political will to fix anything. I have not forgotten how this country was put to shame in CWG by this government, and Mr Singh could only watch in helplessness. He might not be corrupt, but he is well aware of all the corruption that is happening around him and he is 100% percent guilty of watching all it as an innocent bystander.

from:  Abhishek
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 06:03 IST

My great grand maa is honest but she can't get out of the bed. PM is honest but can't do a thing about corruption. Who cares such kind of honesty

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 05:43 IST

Well done, Harish Khare! The media generally has allowed the corrupt corporates to get away by blaming the 2G scam on the political class. The UPA, particularly the Congress, must tell their side of the story to the public.

from:  raghu nathan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 05:44 IST

So biased towards govt. Manmohan alone being not being corrupt and sitting quiet on PM chair does not server any national ineterest. All of his ministers are looting india. It's his responsibility to make sure his cabinet is clean. NOT STOPPING CORRUPTION IS STILL A CORRUPTION. ITS CALLED POWER CORRUPT.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 05:39 IST

A public official is measured by his public morality, not private life. Richard Nixon's private life was above board but he was forced to resign as President because he misused his public office. Bill Clinton's private life was scandalous but there was no misuse of public office. So Manmohan Singh's private life doesn't excuse his tolerance of corruption from defreezing Quattrocchi's bank account to the uncountable scams under his watch. As President Truman once said 'The buck stops here.'

from:  N.S. Rajaram
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 05:32 IST

The author seem to conveniently side step the huge corruption under Dr. Manmohan Singh. Dr. Singh may not be corrupt, but he certainly did not have a problem defending Mr. Raja despite the evidence. People of this country are tired of the corruption and I hope there are less journalists singing the congress tune.

from:  SK
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 05:15 IST

Mr Khare, Why shoot the messenger? I think that the govt will now threaten to pass constitutional amendments to destroy the institution of CAG as they threatened the social media.

from:  Diva
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 05:08 IST

Wow! Why in this country only Mr. Harish Khare know all the good things about our decent Mr. MMS. I would just say one thing, this article reminds me of a story, " Akbar ask Beerbal, whose son is the best; and finally they concurred that for any mother her son is the best ". I would say, Mr. MMS is MOTHER OF ALL THE POLITICS.

from:  Vikas Saxena
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 04:59 IST

From the title of this article I thought the author would be describing how our PM failed to stop corruption and how he let his cabinet colleagues rape India's economy. But it seems Mr Harish Khare is a preacher of Congress. I did not know The Hindu allows politicians to spread their propaganda through it. Mr Khare says "He is certainly guilty of not going after the corporate charlatans...". The author does not think Dr Singh is guilty of not going after corrupt politicians like A Raja and Suresh Kalmadi. He does not think Dr Singh is guilty of being too silent. I too had a great respect for Dr Singh for his decency, his modesty. But I started disliking him because I elected him to ACT and not to remain silent in every matter. Congress party should make someone the PM who would have the power to take decisions on his own, someone like Pranab Mukherjee or Sonia Gandhi herself and remove the baby doll of the Gandhis from this powerful chair of PM. This is a shame to our nation.

from:  SRG
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 04:38 IST

Harish, good work. It is amazing that you are stuck writing for this little newspaper when such big opportunities are destined to come your way after writing this gem of an article. You must have some real special powers that no one else has. You sense that people are thought to be corrupt or hiding corruption and are in position to run a good government but do not are actually the 'good guys'. They are doing their best and if a few corrupt acts happens and people die then so what? People who are mere ordinary citizens and have little to no official power are clearly arrogant, misguided and nazis as you have stated. What a genius you are to come up with such bold ideas. Hope you are rewarded for this fine piece of reporting. When you wake up in the morning and sleep at night, what a clear conscience you must have.

from:  Amol
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 04:28 IST

A typical Harish Khare article -- while he appears to be harsh on the PM (the guilty verdict), he uses his article to mock the NDA and his imagined 'edge of insecurity' and all that crap. True Godhra is a national shame. But our comrade never stops fawning at the ruling family. With all his experience,he is yet to understand Anna's movement,Goebbels, and the ruling family.

from:  Jay Ravi
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 04:19 IST

This article makes out one point very very clear to the Indian public. That is, there is no place for honesty and integrity in the Indian politics of today. Only those who are adepts in practising decadence and duplicity can thrive in that base wilderness just like the rats do in sewage gutters. If Mr.Manmohan Singh had been a man of high integrity and honesty through out his public service, it would be impossible even to imagine that he would deviate from the path he had been treading all along and turn himself corrupt after becoming the PM. Moral uprightness in the Indian politics is at it's nadir today because it has become a refuge for all Self-seekers to carry on with their work with impunity . India can not get rid of corruption without getting rid of the corrupt and self centered politicians from the public life. The country is now in a 'now or never' situation for a renaissance in moral uprightness in all walks of life. Sooner it comes better it will be for the Nation.

from:  T.Sathyamurthi
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 04:10 IST

It is indeed heartening that a person of Mr. Harish Khare's stature has exposed Team Anna (or as he prefers to call them Mob Anna). Such groups exist only because there is a media waiting to cater to their base whims and fancies. Why Team Anna has not pointed their guns at Gujarat Chief Minister is mystifying. Is it because they find the PM to be a soft target? Or for that matter at other more colourful of our CMs who have made it a point to milk their state?

from:  Pradeep Ranade
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 03:55 IST

Unbelievable!! It is utter nonsense written here. Just one question for the author here who is going on and on praising our PM and Sonia Gandhi....WHAT HAS MANMOHAN SINGH DONE TO ERADICATE CORRUPTION? MENTION ONE SINGLE STEP..Team Anna or Mob Anna, who cares...atleast there is cause they are fighting for and that cause (corruption) affects the whole of India.

from:  Vikram Dhawan
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 03:46 IST

The author's opinion is clearly biased. The PM may not be corrupt and may not have aided the corruption but certainly abetted passively the corruption practiced by members of his cabinet. The PM attributed this to coalition politics as defense. Neverthless, he admitted the existence of wholesale corruption in his cabinet. The so called self-appointed Sankaracharyas appointments bacame real appointments because the PM allowed it by abetting the corruption in his cabinet. The PM is simply paying the price for the abetment of corruption. The democracy is functioning! The warnings of George Orwell cuts both ways unless the author wants to declare that Congress party is a bunch of Sankaracharyas.

from:  K V Rao
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 03:29 IST

You say: "Manmohan Singh may be charged with having led the country on a path of development which could only produce a greedy and rapacious capitalism with all its attendant aberrations of inequity and injustices. He is certainly guilty of not going after the corporate charlatans who have used and exploited the very openness of the democratic system to weaken the legitimate state so that their thuggery goes undetected and unpunished." Then you accuse the citizens of not criticising 'beneficiaries of the political class' corruption' and of having 'diverted attention away rom the corporate sharks to 'corrupt politicians' "!! But who is responsible for going after any culprits -citizens themselves, or elected politicians, particularly those currently in charge of the govt? Who is responsible for governing the nation, managing ministries and govt machinery, enacting effective laws and enforcing them rigorously? Instead of accusations & counter-accusations, why not establish the truth?

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 03:28 IST

Harish your pionts on Manmohansingh are very valuable and very honest . I admire you for telling the truth. India is in dire need of honest journalists like you.

from:  devdas
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 03:27 IST

It is surprising that while preaching the decency,Mr.Khare as Mr.Singh's media advisor, forgot his own rules by calling Team Anna 'Mob Anna'. Also, while putting his defence for Mr.Singh,he conveniently injected a few lines about Gujarat as any other pseudo secular journalist/politician would do. Only Mr.Khare would know the relevance. Coming back to Team Anna's comments,why can't PM be accused of not doing any thing to prevent the corruption under his watch? He may not have accepted the bribes as his colleagues did but at his position people would expect their PM to act ruthlessly when it comes to corruption given the state of Indian economy. It is good that Mr.Khare's affinity is mentioned in the column, so that readers know what to expect.

from:  VJ
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 03:22 IST

Harish Khare ought to know that just one act of corruption by anybody is enough for that person to be labelled as 'corrupt' and therefore punished by a court. But to certify honesty of a person, one should know that the person has been honest in every past action of that person. When a corruption charge in a case against someone is not proved in a court of law, the judgement will only say that enough evidence has not been produced by the prosecuting agency for the court to declare the accused person corrupt in that particular case and to award punishment. The judge will not give a general certificate of honesty to the person found not guilty in that particular case.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 03:14 IST

Mr. Harish Khare calls it 'decency' for what the public calls it 'corruption'. Clearly, Khare is more decent than the public.

from:  Sridhar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 03:07 IST

Dear Harish, "Guilty on many counts, not corrupt". OK so Harish Khare is answering Anna charges on PM.U r using George Orwell reference " who had warned us against how political language was " designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable"? I think that u are a master of using language the way George Orwell has predicted. " Guilty on many counts, not corrupt". I don't think that I need to go ahead than your heading. First of all in an article of around 1200 words you can't count all the points for which PM should be responsible in his two Terms.y all the political analyst has to use Narendra Modi to save Congress? The Holy Grail of Political Parties.India is a five thousand year old civilization. We will survive Modi, BJP, Congres, PM and Sonia. My problem with u charging Anna Hazare. He is an honest man & honesty is his power.George Orwell was true & u are the one who is using language to make murder respectable.India and Indian's will survive You also.

from:  Abhinav Kumar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 03:01 IST

there is only one name for someone who labels Team Anna as Mob Anna and then goes on to call Sonia Gandhi as decent - a die-hard Congress loyalist parading as a journalist. The writer greatly devalues Indian people's wisdom . The entire nation stood by Anna during his fast because they knew his sincere ideals. Try getting Sonia to do it. None of the praises you heap upon the PM or Sonia is true. It rather flies straight in the face of truth. When you hold the highest political office in the world's largest democracy , you are as much responsible for the acts of your ministers as your own. If not you are indeed corrupt - that is what Team Anna is saying and is correctly saying so. Lastly, Sonia went light on Radia tapes because of the fear it would expose her misdeeds.

from:  Swarna
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:59 IST

Manmohan Singh's decency is respectable but he is holding a Political post which demands strong political decision as he has taken during UPA-1 like Right to Information,India-US Nuclear deal. The strong decision taking ability is seriously lagging in UPA-2's Manmohan Singh.

from:  Naveen Yadav
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:40 IST

3. regarding Medha Patkar, sir there are 10000s of such activists in this country (most of them are culled by central/state govt's), but you and the media are so hell bent in defaming Modi that you have made a hero our of one activist and villain out of the rest (She is a champion for talking against the Modi govt, but Anna and his team working for a better cause deserves comments such as 'homicidal finesse', 'cultivated viciousness', 'arrogant' and what not).. good going sir 4. 'reconciliation', 'decency'.. you are attributing these characteristics to Manmohan singh, what about the MURDER of an innocent lady without any provocation in the middle of the night on innocent/hapless people sleeping in a ground?? 5. Sir you deserve a bharat ratna for trying to blame the media and corporate elements for uncovering the 2G scam... so it's good to loot, but wrong to uncover 6. What wrong has the Govt appointed CAG done in telling us facts? Shame on you Mr. Khare..

from:  Pondy
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:34 IST

How come the writer only sees good in Manmohan Singh, and not see the faults. He ignores the problems of nearly all the senior Congress Misnisters, who are charged under corruptions. Manmohan Singh kept on saying clean image about A Raja and says nothing about Kalmadi and Sheila Dixit's CWG scam earnings.

from:  NN
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:34 IST

The article is not convincing. It is not proper to blame Anna Hazare and corporate world.But I feel that there is some truth that CAG has done HARM to the nation by giving explosive,exaggerated and unrealiastic figure on notional loss.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:33 IST

If Man Mohan is not corrupt, why not he drop the corrupt ministers like Vilas Rao Desmukh and Azhagiri, pawar from his cabinet?

from:  RK Nageswaran
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:22 IST

It is a definitely a right analysis but a wrong defence. As law states a person who is trying to protect the victim is also to be behind bars. That's exactly applies to Dr.MMS. Why team anna should target PM as if they have no other work...There has to be difference between an individual and his office. PM may be clean but the post he is holding has lots of expectations. He is guilty and corrupt on that count. Rajiv Gandhi is very good but he allowed Babri Masjid opening. PV Naramasimha rao allowed demolition... History will be against these people on these counts. So applies to Dr.MMS

from:  ganesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:20 IST

Part-2 As a Prime Minister and Coal Minister, we expect him to stop the corruption, but instead stopping the corruption, he is allowing other people to loot the country by turning the blind eye on them. To me this is indeed an act of corruption. Mr. Mahmohan Singh may not be taking the bribe directly, but indirectly he is. He is allowing corrupt ministers and industrialists to loot the country. In my opinion this article is another attempt to hide the sins committed by Mr. Manmohan Singh, Ms. Sonia Gandhi and Congress party.

from:  Deepak Saxena
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:10 IST

Part-1 I generally restrain my language, but after reading this article I must say "What a ridicules article it is". In this article author has invented his own definition of 'Corrupt'. Author argues that "The charge of 'corrupt' carries with it a suggestion of active collusion in abuse of governmental discretion in exchange for a monetary consideration." As per IPC (Prevention Of Corruption Act-1988), Whoever, being a public servant, in respect of whom, either of the offences defined in Section 8 or Section 9 is committed, abets the offence, whether or not that offence is committed in consequence of that abetment shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall be not less than six months but which may extend to five years and shall also be liable to fine. Prevention Of Corruption Act is not only limited to monetary considerations, but also it states that if a public servant ignores or supports the act of corruption, he should also be punished as corrupt.

from:  Deepak Saxena
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 02:10 IST

Harish Khare as Media Adviser to PM didn't do his work properly, so why he is on The Hindu to drum the beats for PM? Mr. Khare should have advised PM to address the nation on regular basis and update the citizen on his policies and express his thoughts freely to the nation, please follow at least US on this.

from:  prasbad
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 01:49 IST

Nice try Mr.Khare! You don't provide any evidence to rebut claims that the PM is corrupt. Further, you conveniently club Mrs.Gandhi with the PM of being virtuous. I don't believe that the PM is outright corrupt, as in, he has not personally gained financially from his years in office, but he has remained a silent, if not active spectator in the looting of the nation conducted so efficiently by Mrs.Gandhi and her cohorts in collusion with alliance partners like the DMK. If the PM is such a man of virtue, why hasn't he spearheaded an honest and independent investigation into the scores of scams that seem to come out every other week? If he doesn't have the power to fight this corrupt mafia, he should have resigned in protest to maintain his integrity. If he remains a silent spectator with the placard that I am clean howsoever corrupt the people around me are, he loses the argument that he is not corrupt as he has enabled those who are.

from:  Easwar
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 01:35 IST

Harish is a respected political commentator but I am shocked and disapponted to read this article. No one is accusing MMS of accepting bribe like a typical babu does. But his inaction and tolerance of corrupt practices around him makes him culpable. Most of ideas in the article are misplaced and misrepresented. Team Anna is no demon and they have not manipulated media. It is media which is acting paparazi for them and propping them up free! People have found emotional cord with them but that does not make them count for anything and for that matter, Baba Ramdev. The only idea i could agree to with Harish is grave mistake by senior ministers (including Pranabda!) in going to receive Baba Ramdev. This was most idiotic and the stupidest idea ever. It gave legitimacy to everything being done by Team Anna and Baba Ramdev. MMS does not act and his inaction is 'Shikhandi' like. Time has come to ask MMS to go and get a political and competent PM, whoever he or she is!

from:  Surendra Barsode
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 01:33 IST

Hi ! Your article is not very informative, and would like to co-relate to Bhisham's (Mahabharata) and PM's state. Bhishma choose to keep quiet for all the injustice done to Pandava's and PM has acted same way by not-acting on cabinet colleagues corrupt behavior. PM is not corrupt but has not done enough to defeat corruption, in the end common man is still suffering. We all remember Bhisham in high esteem, but sadly he comes from Kaurava's camp..

from:  Lalit Batra
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 01:24 IST

This is totally biased article...editor seems to be scion or adherent of Manmohan Singh or Congress Family..this is not times of 70s or 80s when so called kings or rather Queen of Congress could hide their misdeeds..this is 21st century..we ( 125 crore) people know what is truth and what is false..nothing can hide from us and no one person, no political party or even bunch of society representatives can fool not far when we ourselves will take our future in our hands...

from:  Raju Singh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 01:01 IST

Authors remarks are highly skewed. He overlooks the governance deficits and indecision; Singh's silence to stop corruption among his peers which is indirectly facilitated high end corruption, in long run. CAGs role is to audit, not to prepare an opinion to make executive look nice.In India,democracy run is a wrong path were parliament members are accountable to none and have a free run. A type of Kleptocracy; and when they are questioned, they cry out,democratic institutions are undermined. Manmohan Singh's govt. preach, and act nothing for the people or good for the country.They live for themselves with a feudalistic mindset.

from:  Joe
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 00:57 IST

I am sorry, but this article seems too apologetic. Lets be honest here. His job is a leader; of a nation and his party. He has failed as a leader. If the country's best interests are at heart, he would have shown some spine and resolve. However, he is a of his party and keeping Sonia happy is more important than anything else. He is not only guilty, but corrupt of abusing his power by NOT ENFORCING THE LAW. He can throw up his hand all he wants and claim his hands are clean; yet, he chose to look the other way when bad things were happening on his watch. He did nothing to stop it or resolve the problem. That, my friend, is CORRUPTION!!!!

from:  nikhilesh
Posted on: Jun 6, 2012 at 00:41 IST
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