This refers to the report that the Prime Minister’s Office has sent a rejoinder to the Washington Post slamming the “one-sided” story about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (Sept. 7). The report in the Post is quite in line with the practices followed by the media in free democratic countries.
In any case, what the daily has written in the article “India’s ‘silent’ Prime Minister becomes a tragic figure” is the bare truth. Instead of splitting hairs on the attribution of quotes in the article, the UPA government should understand what others think of our country.
Unfortunately, the discussions on the issue are revolving around ‘who said what’ and other frivolous aspects of the article in the Post. The assessment and criticism of Dr. Singh’s performance should be the matter of discussion. Unfortunately for us, the Post story appears to be a realistic appraisal of the current situation.
Given his brilliant record, Dr. Singh should not play such a passive role in governance. His coalition partners and some of his own partymen have their own agenda, and the gentleman PM is unable to do what he wants. Corruption is rampant and the country requires men capable of being ruthless. As Dr. Singh is too gentle, it is time he quit politics.