The Prime Minister's press conferences are not just question-answer sessions. They give him or her an opportunity to reach out to the citizens in India and elsewhere. Both Dr. Singh and the media failed to make Monday's press conference an occasion to understand the working of the government. Crucial issues of concern were sidelined. The press meet neither enlightened nor entertained. It was a tame affair. The media should have done some good homework.
Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi made the best use of press conferences to elucidate government policies and reach out to the masses. Nehru used to lose his temper on occasions, but he would compensate with some good observation. Atal Bihari Vajpayee's press meets were full of wit and humour, with instant repartees.
Dr. Singh's press meet was insipid and uninteresting. He deflected questions and when he did answer, he gave stereotypical answers. The Prime Minister meeting the press is a rare event and it should have been more significant, providing details of the government's action plan to tackle the issues facing the nation. But Monday's session was reduced to a formality.