POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 16, 2012 AT 20:33 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 16, 2012 20:33 IST

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UK's The Independent newspaper seems to be having a difficult time making up its mind about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Independent's website started the day with the headline which asked: "Manmohan Singh: India's saviour or Sonia's poodle?"

Perhaps someone thought "poodle" is what Tony Blair was of George Bush, so it was replaced with "puppet" and the headline thus stood amended to: "Manmohan Singh: India's saviour or Sonia's puppet?"

Within a few minutes, however, the headline was back to "poodle" till finally it was edited to the Time magazine formulation, viz: "Manmohan Singh: India's saviour or just the underachiver."

The administration has been accused of sitting on reforms that could bring in new foreign direct investment (FDI), such as the opening of the food retail sector, and failing to create a sufficiently stable investment, leading to a plunge in FDI of up to 38 per cent in the first part of the year. A decision this spring by the then finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee, to allow retroactive taxation of companies was seen as particularly harmful. Last month, the ratings agency Standard and Poor's threatened to downgrade India's investment category and pondered whether it could become the first "fallen angel" of the so-called Bric nations. Inflation is high and there is a trade deficit of around $13bn...

...Observers say one of Mr Singh's problems is that he has no genuine political power. Rather, he owes his position to Sonia Gandhi, widow of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, mother of Rahul and Congress Party chairwoman, who to the delight of India's middleclass selected him for that role when her party won a surprise victory in 2004. This has meant he has sometimes been unable to even control his cabinet and his failure to more quickly address the actions of a coalition minister, accused of defrauding the country up to $40bn in a telecom licence scam, led to him being accused of further weakness.

Read more at the Independent


POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 16, 2012 AT 20:33 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 16, 2012 20:33 IST
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Daily Mail
Jul 23, 2012
03:45 PM

Whatever the West Media say or think, the ground reality will not get altered till 2014.

After that it may be even worse, coz, 'Good for nothing - Rahul' will be the PM with the help of crooks like Diggi / Sibal / Chiddu.

Its better we allow MMS to continue indefenitely to continue as PM, hoping that he will understand his responsibility & be a true leader of the conutry one day.

Anil S Dandina
Mysore, India
Jul 21, 2012
05:01 PM

 Arun Maheswari >> Forget what the rest of the world says or thinks. The country knew he was an appointed Regent.

I am afraid you are using too soft words to describe the 8 years of UPA misrule. The right way to describe MMS is that he is a shiny shoe that is worn by the feet to crush and stamp the aam admi. The feet that is actually crushing the aam admi are that of Sonia Madam. But typical of Indians is to miss the wheat for chaff and blame the shoes rather than the feet. So we end up cursing MMS when the real evil behind the misery is the Sonia Dynasty.

Delhi, India
Jul 20, 2012
03:02 AM

minister kare na chakri, main bhi karun na kaam

Daas manmohan keh gaye sabki daata Sonia

                                                     ---Daas Manmohan


Azgar kare na chakri Panchi kare na Kaam

Daas Malooka keh  gaye sabke daata Ram

Melbourne, Australia
Jul 19, 2012
09:14 PM

 Of course OUTLOOK must show what it can do to reduce the sting of underachiever tag on MMS. The magazine is going the whole hog, and calling Obama an underachiever! Better that than censoring the Net, Google or Facebook, which is as far as Sibal dare go.I am sure Obama will be petrified at being labelled an underachiever by OUTLOOK magazine.Serve him right; tit for tat.I am sure OUTLOOK's circulation will climb skywards. 

Chennai, India
Jul 19, 2012
07:17 PM

"In something of an air-brushing of history, Mr Singh received the lion's share of the credit, while the role of the prime minister of the day, PV Narasimha Rao, was omitted." <independent>

Anwar did deliberately not quoted this ? 

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