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The UPA government totters as the Supreme Court further exposes the political corporate nexus in the 2G scam. Should the PM resign before more bad news hits him?


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Feb 27, 2012
Coalition Adharma

I wonder whether looking away when a crime is being committed does not itself amount to a crime, especially if one is a government servant or a public figure, such as a minister (Rook, Bishop, King?, Feb 13). Whatever the trial court may say, it’s quite clear P. Chidambaram, as finance minister, looked the other way when the 2G scam was perpetrated by A. Raja. Saving the government by remaining silent to honour the coalition dharma is also a criminal act.

Venkata Ramani, on e-mail

Your cover story on the 2G scam fallout suggests the UPA will find it increasingly difficult to justify its policies. What is unfortunate is that we are left with no choice. The BJP, which unleashed communal hatred in the 1990s, seems frozen in time. The Left represents ideas that just don’t work, and if it comes to power, it will turn the clock back by at least two decades on economic growth. In the interests of the country, the best the prime minister can do is to clean out his cabinet, punish those who are guilty and let India grow.

K. Anand, Bangalore

The apex court’s cancellation of 2G licences issued during A. Raja’s tenure as telecom minister shows that private individuals can indeed have a multidimensional role in democracy. Had it not been for the efforts of Subramanian Swamy and Prashant Bhushan, would this have happened?

K.R. Srinivasan, Secunderabad

The prime minister’s defence of A. Raja, the numerous statements from Kapil Sibal and other ministers implying that the PM or then finance minister, P. Chidambaram, did not have any role in the allocation of 2G spectrum and the insinuation that Raja paid no heed to anyone...all of it together suggests the ministry was “sold off” to the DMK to do as it pleased as long as it supported the Congress-led government.

Sreemoy Ghosh, on e-mail

Any halfway decent person in Manmohan Singh’s position would have resigned long ago. By staying on, he has lost the respect people had for him. He has forfeited his image as a man of integrity.

G. Natrajan, Hyderabad

Whatever anyone says, I don’t think there’s popular demand for Manmohan Singh’s resignation. The hysteria is among netizens, self-appointed political analysts and the BJP.

Anwaar, Dallas

India’s real tragedy is the belligerence of its political class, whatever the colour of politics.

Rahul Mudholkar, Pune

Since there’s not a hint to indict the prime minister in the verdicts of the CBI court and the Supreme Court, your cover showing the PM behind a pillar belittles the two courts.

Thir Mehta, on e-mail

Kapil Sibal’s press conference after the SC verdict in the 2G case was a stunning performance of naked chicanery. He presented what was an indictment of the Manmohan Singh regime as a chastisement of the previous NDA regime. If Raja didn’t listen to schoolmaster Manmohan, it speaks volumes about the latter’s lack of control. Sibal gratuitously thanked the SC for clarity on a policy “we now know is flawed”—as if the scales fell from his eyes just then.

Ramesh Ramachandran, Bangalore

Why should the honourable prime minister, an honest resident of Assam, resign?

Charan Dewry, Guwahati

Manmohan Singh’s honesty is a joke on the people of India.

Pradip Singh, Stafford, UK

Whatever leadership and political capital he had, Manmohan Singh expended on the nuclear deal. If he was indeed leadership material, he’d have cracked open our decrepit administration and the corruption it breeds and put in place a clean system. But he has stayed true to form—a bureaucrat rather than a leader.

Arun Maheshwari, Bangalore

Our unelected prime minister can’t resign, for he isn’t his own man. He’s a convenient fiction, a so-called PM, a rubber stamp for big business and the Nehru-Gandhi family’s interests.

Biswapriya Purkayastha, Shillong

Our prime minister has proved himself a Dhritrashtra.

Pramod Srivastava, New Delhi

Order by HAVE YOUR SAY
1/D-54
Feb 04, 2012
03:33 PM

The most disgraceful person to occupy the highest chair in India can retire peacefully now.

After all, he has made enough money for his party without even wetting his feet! And of course, enough anti-male laws in the Indian constitution that will please the feminists in his party for decades, without even alerting any male rights activist.

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
2/D-73
Feb 04, 2012
04:24 PM

A great economist and polite he is. Mighty India's PM has now reduced into a clerk.

Week after week passes but he does not appear on the front pages newspapers. Only emerge is his Govt’s magnificent loot of public money.

He neither speaks nor explains his position on the burning issues country facing now.

I wonder does he think his job only to go PM office in morning with lunch-box and coming back home in evening to play with grand children.

No public speech on any matter, no authority in decision making. I am surprised why he dwells in this humiliating situation. Why he allow himself to get disgrace by Queen’s sycophants. He has already achieved so much in life and its high time leave the stage with grace.
 

Gambler
Thar, India
3/D-80
Feb 04, 2012
05:07 PM

There are two aspects of this problem. One is policy aspect and other is political aspect. 

The economic policy is a prerogative of the government. A good economic policy translates into votes and a bad economic policy translates into loss. The economic policy in 2g specturum allocation was a good one because it helped the telecom industy of India. More Indians own mobiles than toilets can buttress this point. The only issue with the economic policy was the distortion in FCFS policy to help out some real estate corporates. The loss of 1.76 lakh crores is an arbitrary figure which has no economic sanctity. The auction route for 2g might have earned government good investment but it would have taken the telecom on a different path. The speculation doesn't make sense in terms of economics as it is not an exact science.

Then there is a political aspect for the 2g specturum. The political aspect has to be seen in coalition politics, relations between DMK and Congress, and the Radia tapes. Congress wanted to put the most vocal and powerful coalition member on the mat using the specturum case and it did succeed. With Radia tapes, congress was able to show India that corporates, media and politicians were working hands in glove. It also made sure that blame will be on all the players.No wonder radia tapes included the main politicians from DMK only. 

The only problem came congress way was maverick Swamy. Swami with Bhushan and others used 2g specturum as an opportunity to harass the government. The february 2 decision of supreme court is ridiculous cause it speaks on the economic policy of government which has nothing to do with the corruption. Only way a court case can be make out of 2g if any bribes were taken. Chidu was always safe for congress. The whole controversy would ensure that DMK will not bark for next 2 years. Once the 5 elections will be over, I am loathe to say what congress will do to Mamta Banerjee. Italian Mafia hurts when you least expect. Karunanidhi can write another script for a block buster. 

jackass
lol, india
4/D-105
Feb 04, 2012
09:11 PM

 “Isn’t it time to change the acronym Project 2G to ‘TOO GORY’?”

Rajneesh Batra
New Delhi, India
5/D-115
Feb 04, 2012
10:07 PM

Rook , Bishop or the King ? The court left the issue where it all started. And where Dr. Mammohan Singh wanted it to be which is to dump it at  door  Karunanidhi family retainer poor A. Raja. So if there would be a king,  Dr. Manmohan Singh is the king. As per the SC a huge fraud was perpretrated leading them to pass an order sending the entire telecommunication industry in a tailspin. And yet not a single player  got any retribution for their misdeeds. The Supreme Court with a pat in the back confirmed that Dr. Manmohan heard of no evil , saw no nevil , so question of doing anything about evil did not arise. As always  the lowly rook Raja who got to play along with sundry bishops by chance or by design - by design really - was felled & that is all about it. So back to next scam & only Arnab Goswami gets a bonus.

MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
6/D-16
Feb 05, 2012
03:04 AM

There is no popular demand for the PM's resignation. He is slow to come to the right decisions but that does not seem to have enraged the people. The hysteria is mostly among netizens, self-appointed political analysts and the BJP. Such issues are their bread and butter.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
7/D-34
Feb 05, 2012
09:43 AM

Anwaars post is thought provoking.

MMS finds support just as much amongst netizens who think he is a clean, ideal, economist, as he finds critics who think he is an inefficient, and dishonest puppet.

Has MMS ever tried his hand at the grass roots, Anwaar? And the answer, my dear fellow commentor, is NO.

The reason he is there, is by DEFAULT. We Indians do NOT have a suitable choice in the opposition. And instead of an opposition with a divisive agenda - religious or casteist, would rather trust a (1) 'woman' leader with a (2) 'Gandhi' surname - an unbeatable combination, given what we have all been brainwashed with by the media.

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
8/D-43
Feb 05, 2012
11:13 AM

Nothing will happen.A play go on from last act of play.People of India never  think corruption is crime.on the contrary they blame the person who  was on highest post did not acquisite  the wealth.Indians never feel guilty when they were prosecuted and send them to jail. On the contrary they think them self proud.When Laloo Yadav  released from jail on bail he proudly told to his followers what is wrong went to jail even Lord Krishna was also born in jail. People of Pune welcome to Kalmadi as a hero came to city as a conqueror of some great war.

Ramesh Raghuvanshi
pune, India
9/D-64
Feb 05, 2012
12:43 PM

Anwaar >> The hysteria is mostly among netizens, self-appointed political analysts and the BJP.

You are right.. 2G scam itself was  a creation by Sangh parivar. Infact Spectrum itself did not exist till Sangh Parivar discovered it and the Sanghis invented spectrum and cell phone to create 2G scam and defame secular UPA. Bloody evil Sanghis !!

Ramki
Delhi, India
10/D-67
Feb 05, 2012
12:53 PM

Before reading this article, I just searched for "Sonia Gandhi" and all that I find was one simple statement "Sonia Gandhi was in poor health last year". Then i looked at who was the writer and it is our good old Saba Naqi, Resident Outlook writer cum apologist for India's longest ruling political dynasty.

So, the whole edition of Outlook is just an elaborate edition to absolve India's royal family of any responsibility. So when anything good happens,the Gandhis get credit.When anything bad happens, everyone else is to be blamed. Gr8 Logic.

Ramki
Delhi, India
11/D-68
Feb 05, 2012
12:57 PM

@Anwaar "He is slow to come to the right decisions"

slow ??? 7 years and still waiting !!

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
12/D-75
Feb 05, 2012
01:50 PM

He is slow to come to the right decisions

And superfast in taking the wrong ones.

MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
13/D-77
Feb 05, 2012
02:09 PM

Ramki,

>> "Sonia Gandhi was in poor health last year".

What kind of a person would use the above statement to make an empty-headed hostile comment?

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
14/D-78
Feb 05, 2012
02:10 PM

>> And superfast in taking the wrong ones.

There is no evidence of that.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
15/D-81
Feb 05, 2012
03:09 PM

There is no evidence of that.

You still need evidence ? Really , Anwar,  don't be left behind. See every body is changing horses, including Saba Naqvi if you have read this piece.

MANISH BANERJEE
KOLKATA, India
16/D-82
Feb 05, 2012
03:23 PM

Any sensible Prime Minister should have dismissed A.Raja immediately and cancelled all the licenses given by him.


It is true that PM could not have noticed the conspiracy of A.Raja and others who amassed wealth beyond imagination of human beings in this greatest scam of the world.
But once, it all came to light, with his knowledge of finance, in fact using his genius he could have easily understood what was done, why it was done, how much loss it had brought to the country. It was almost equal to the entire defense budget!!!


Why he spared him in the beginning and while a year passed on, since that shameless person A.Raja had been in jail, why PMO did not cancel the licenses, calling for fresh bids is not a mystery. Madam Sonia Gandhi as the chairperson of UPA should be blamed. In fact none else should be blamed except her and her kitchen cabinet.


PM has been under pressure is very much clear. He is under pressure from hawkers like Kapil Sibal and a probable beneficiary like Sonia Gandhi ji though finding any evidence against Sonia ji's involvement is next to impossible because she has all the authority without responsibility
 

bowenpalle venuraja gopal rao.
warangal, india
17/D-94
Feb 05, 2012
06:23 PM

 Any half-decent person in Manmohan Singh's place would have resigned long ago, and shown the world the real truth about Sonia Gandhi and her coterie. By not resigning, Manmohan has lost everyone's respect. It is absolutely shameful that a person of his education, stature and integrity should allow himself to be used like this. 

G.Natrajan
Hyderabad, India
18/D-95
Feb 05, 2012
06:35 PM

 I wonder whether the fact that when a person looks the other way , when a crime is being commiteed ,    does not itself become a criminal act .Especially when one is charged with the duty of preventing it . The then Finance Minister , guardian of Finance in India, turned a blind eye , is amply proven . How then he is not criminally culpable , defies logic .When even an ordinary citizen is charged with the task of reporting theft to the police ,  it beats all logic that the then finance minister kept silent . I feel even when no pecuniary benefit is derived , the act of innocent witness , amounts to criminal culpability . Saving the government , by remaining silent and following coalition dharma , is also a criminal act . Can any of the eminent lawyers , who cry hoarse " no jail , but only bail "'  answer these questions ? 

venkataramani
Hyderabad, India
19/D-102
Feb 05, 2012
07:55 PM

Spectrum was quoted as India's most shining success story of the Decade but it finally turned into the most shameful scam of the Decade for India which has now humiliated us world over !

a k ghai
mumbai, India
20/D-107
Feb 05, 2012
08:37 PM

" One Raja in jail, all of UPA in handcuffs

The 2G scandal has seen the UPA government in blundering retreat from one indefensible position to another, much in the fashion of our army against the Chinese in 1962. And if it hoped the two court judgments of this week would provide it some breathing space, it would be delusional. Because, the government may have managed to stay out of jail, in a manner of speaking, but it is caught in multiple wars, all with its own, very much in the way of an unfortunate human body being eaten up by some awful, auto-immune disease.

It has to present itself in the Supreme Court, again now, tail between its legs, on the issue of the army chief’s date of birth. Former ISRO chief R Madhavan Nair is challenging--"

www.indianexpress.com/news/national-interest-one-raja-in-jail-all-of-upa-in-handcuffs/908101/

Sibbal,Narayan Swami ,Singhvi and other Congress men plus Secu brigade better read the above article by Shekar Gupta.They are gloating  like our Cricket Team after crowning themselves with ultimate humilations with  8 Lost against one won .

a k ghai
mumbai, India
21/D-9
Feb 06, 2012
01:33 AM

Manish,

>>  See every body is changing horses.

I like to see evidence first.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
22/D-15
Feb 06, 2012
04:46 AM

>> "I like to see evidence first." - Anwaar

It is refreshing to see the sickulars talking about evidence instead of conspiracy theory.

The Irreverent Indian
Online, India
23/D-16
Feb 06, 2012
06:36 AM

12D

" And superfast in taking the wrong ones. "

For eg., the "women reservation bill" that sought to rob males wholesale, of their right to franchise.

The 498a and DV bills, which gave anti-males the right to extort money at divorce.

And the Antrix-Devas 'deal', which probably like many others, including the nuke deals, of which the nation heard not a word.

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
24/D-17
Feb 06, 2012
06:40 AM

ALL deals done by ministries headed by Manmohan Singh need to be probed.

ALL laws passed by brute force in Parliament need to be re examined.

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
25/D-18
Feb 06, 2012
06:44 AM

Another example of the MMS anti-male machine at work :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Panel-wants-a-couples-assets-to-be-treated-as-joint-property/articleshow/11773230.cms

( in a country where males are the richer partner in most marriages, this will discourage richer males from marrying, hopefully )

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
26/D-20
Feb 06, 2012
06:51 AM

>> "I like to see evidence first."

Since when have sickos cared about evidence? MMS was sleeping all the time when evidence of Raja's illegalities were public knowledge.

As for his promptness in taking bad decisions, witness how quickly he agreed to minority reservations, which is unconstitutional.

But providing evidence to you is as meaningless as it is to MMS. As the saying goes, "Bhains ke aage been bajana".

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
27/D-27
Feb 06, 2012
10:48 AM

>> ALL laws passed by brute force in Parliament need to be re examined.

That's right. Parliament is there to get the title of world's largest democracy. Real power lies with civil society Ayatollahs. 

Rajesh
Phoenix, United States
28/D-36
Feb 06, 2012
01:24 PM

Anwar Looks you dont have any idea about Mr Singhs Popularity..He heads the most corrupt Govt in history of Indepedent India..He is also dishonest to the core as he didnt have balls to even honour his oath that he took while assuming the office(which is corruption of highest order)

Also Sir MMS doesnt have guts  to fight a loksabha election This itself is an indicator of his popularity ...Please dont rant stuff which you are not aware of

jai hind....

Indian
coimbature, India
29/D-41
Feb 06, 2012
02:23 PM

As a supposedly clean man (at least clean image) and an "outsider", if he was leadership material, he would have been the "wrecking ball" to bring in systemic reforms and destroy the current culture of politics and corruption it breeds - at least could have tried whether successfully or unsuccessfully. He tried no such thing - nothing that is visible - even went along with the handling of Anna Hazare. He stayed true to his background as a bureaucrat, not a leader.

Whatever little political capital he had was spent on the nuclear deal. Anyways, he doesn't have much, since he comes to the RS all the way from Assam and is unelected and most likely unelectable, but whatever capital he has is given from the High command. The best and most charitable one can be is he is trying his best given his realities as a faithful servant of the Congress and it's High command. Why do we expect anything more.

BTW, if the "King" in this was MMS, I afraid, he isn't the "King". We have a "Queen bee" .... so your metaphor itself might be misplaced.

Arun Maheshwari
Bangalore, India
30/D-46
Feb 06, 2012
03:07 PM

The HONEST ORDINARY RESIDENT OF ASSAM- MMS need not resign. The state animal of Assam is RHINO and the Rajya Sabha MP from Assam - MMS would have inherited some of its thick skin to withstand any SHAME.

Charan dewry
Guwahati, India
31/D-57
Feb 06, 2012
04:49 PM

27D

"Brute force" = Money Power + Horse trading

MMS is known to buy MPs on the sly, using proxies, and almost pulled off a womens reservation bill using this method too.

Most of the anti-male rules were passed through the back door, and did not require even the nod of parliament.

It is nauseating to see anti-MMS commentors not write about solid evidence of MMSs slavery to madam, and to anti-male forces, instead relying on mere verbal diarrhoea.

Male Unblocked
Chennai, India
32/D-75
Feb 06, 2012
07:07 PM

MMS is a thick skinned servant of the Nehru Gandhi family. He will do anything to serve the interests of his master and her progeny and progeny - in laws.

His so called honesty is a joke on the people of India.

Pradip Singh
STAFFORD, United Kingdom
33/D-99
Feb 06, 2012
10:53 PM

 Zoya Hassan's comment that the BJP should also shoulder some responsiblity is totally off the mark. Even accepting that the FCFS policy opened the Pandora's box, all that can be said is that the policy was stupid, though in the conditions then prevailing, it was indeed justified. However, what may have been 'stupid' was turned into 'diabolically crooked' during the UPA regime. What is worse, and as clearly pointed out in the article itself, the UPA smart alecs are  crowing as if they have actually been patted on their back by the Court for exemplary conduct and the Court has held the NDA gulity!   It is this rubbing  salt into the AAM AADMI's wounds that is the more galling.

The post script says it all. It is back to the congress pretending it is smelling of roses.But, 'just you wait,'enry iggins, just you wait; you'll be sorry but your tears will be too lait'. Yes. Wait till 2014 and all will be well.

N.S.Rajan
bangalore, India
34/D-41
Feb 07, 2012
09:31 AM

>>The BJP may be morally indignant yet they too must shoulder some of the responsibility for the 2G fiasco

Typical leftie - can't criticize the Congress without balancing it with the BJP. But the ignoramus will never tell you why BJP should shoulder responsibility for 2G fiasco?

RSM
Delhi, India
35/D-43
Feb 07, 2012
09:54 AM

" But the ignoramus will never tell you why BJP should shoulder responsibility for 2G fiasco?"

Donot ask these uncomfortable questions ? She is a political scientist ( what is the hell that ? ). I see there is a planned attempt to blame NDA for this fiasco. Congress spokespersons and lackies in the media have started it. They will not go in details. But expect that in every election speech in coming days. 

Maha
NJ, United States
36/D-50
Feb 07, 2012
11:20 AM

Q: Mr Multi Mega Scam,  are you not worried that the PMO is under severe attack by the courts for acts of commission and omission ?

MMS: What is a PMO ? Post Masters Office ?

Q: No sir, it is not about post master - It is the PMO - your office , the adjoining one.

MMS: That one ? I thought they were there to serve me coffee/tea. Are they running the government in my name all these years ? I don't know anything about that. I am totally innocent. Trust the opposition to target innocent persons like me !

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
37/D-53
Feb 07, 2012
11:33 AM
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Kiran Bagachi
mumbai, India
38/D-54
Feb 07, 2012
11:33 AM

@SABA - "To save itself from multiplying embarrassments, the Manmohan Singh regime should perhaps have acted on moral principles and cancelled the 2G spectrum licences"

This is a contradiction. How can it be 'on moral principles' , when the stated motivation is "to save itself from multiplying embarrassments' ? Saba is confusing 'political expediency' with 'moral principles'.

K.Suresh
Bangalore, India
39/D-57
Feb 07, 2012
12:14 PM

What the newspaper/magazine editors have got it a golden goose and they are about to kill it. People are being told about culpability by extension moral responsibility, shrugging ones duties, looking the other way, hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil etc. How many of these self professing pseudo intellectuals can claim a bit of self respect on any of the above counts.

Life has given you an opportunity to make a difference. Pseudo-intellectuals on the other hand are born to destroy that very concept and kill all semblance of intellect in a discussion by beating a dead horse till they like it. There is another way to see it - Intellectual Sadomasochism, with the pseudo-intellectual adopting the sado role and the reader subjected to being a masochist. Where he gets it wrong is when the reader realizes the predicament. Rid this world of self professing sadistic minds.

The post script is indeed proof of who they get it all wrong!

Jacob
Kottayam, India
40/D-58
Feb 07, 2012
12:17 PM

As Arun Shourie clearly enunciated in one of the TV debates, in 2001, India's mobile market was an unknown species. Even though some of the players had foreign partners, there was no way they could evaluate the market and price it accordingly based on their experience in foreign markets. So the FCFS policy was adopted. In the absence of precedence and any comparision, no one could accuse the policy of being unprofitable. In fact, it can be argued that it allowed operators to price their tariffs on the lower side and that in turn, kick-started the Indian mobile market and brought it to where it stands today.

Even the Congress does not accuse the NDA of having adopted the FCFS policy to benefit anyone other than the public. Instead in a roundabout way, it says the FCFS policy was first brought into vogue by the NDA, so all blame lies with it.

More than Congress spokespersons and lackeys, it is these journalists paid to pull wool over the public's eyes who are accusing the BJP/NDA for this fiasco that has blown up on the Congress' face.

Alakshyendra
Hyderabad, India
41/D-59
Feb 07, 2012
12:23 PM

Kapil Sibal’s press conference post the Supreme Court’s judgment in the 2G case was a performance of naked chicanery. In trying to twist what was in effect an indictment of the Manmohan Singh government and using it to chastise the predecessor NDA regime, and while it at saving his party's skin, he has exposed his true colours. Shouldn’t deliberate misinterpretation of a court judgment amount to contempt of court?

If student Raja didn’t listen to the admonitions of schoolmaster Manmohan Singh and was allowed to continue with his mischief, it speaks volumes of the latter’s command and control abilities. Sibal also gratuitously thanks the Supreme Court “for giving clarity on the policy [which] we now know is flawed.” Does he really expect us to believe that the scales fell from his eyes only now? And if, as he says, the BJP should apologise to the nation for having put in place a flawed telecom policy in the first place, the Congress has to go on its knees and beg forgiveness for having continued with it for all the subsequent nine years and criminally exploiting it.

The self evident truth is that the DMK hankered after the telecom portfolio during both the UPA1 and UPA2 tenures for the express purpose of milking the spectrum dry, and it was the Congress Party’s “coalition adharma” to have knowingly allotted it to them both times, all for the dishonest expedience of clinging to political power at the nation’s expense.
 

Ramesh Ramachandra
Bangalore, India
42/D-69
Feb 07, 2012
12:51 PM

 " Any half-decent person in Manmohan Singh's place would have resigned long ago, and shown the world the real truth about Sonia Gandhi and her coterie. By not resigning, Manmohan has lost everyone's respect. It is absolutely shameful that a person of his education, stature and integrity should allow himself to be used like this". Says Natarajan. This is a question which has crossed minds of many people.

Then what could be the reason for the PM to stick to the chair which has brought him no glory but only disrepute. I very seriously ponder about a possibility,though very remote,if the PM has been inadvertantly compromised by the cunning coterie and chairperson of the UPA,which does not allow the PM to just quit,so as to hide behind him. Remember this kind of suspicion even shrouded behaviour of Mr. Somanath Chatterji during 'cash for vote'scam and, mind you, this was the suspicion of the earstwhile colleagues of his former Party.

P.H.Bhanage
Mumbai, India
43/D-73
Feb 07, 2012
01:35 PM

It was unimaginable from a person of MMS repute to express his helplessness against the coalition compulsions. But the more surprising is that instead of resisting and putting his foot down, he kept silent and ignored several acts of massive corruption not only by his supporting partners but also by his own partymen. In fact it looked as if he has been aping "Dhritrashtra" of the epic Mahabharat who simply never liked to hear anything against his kins. Further, it is more customary from him to hear about the expected GDP growth in his statements instead of mentioning the other burning national issues !   

Pramod Srivastava
New Delhi, India
44/D-133
Feb 07, 2012
09:29 PM

The unelected so-called "Prime Minister" can't resign, because he is in no way his own man. He is only a convenient fiction, a rubber stamp for business interests and the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. He will only be permitted to resign when his usefulness is over - that is, when the Congress feels the Crown Prince will be able to take over as Prime Minister, or is comprehensively defeated in the next election. Singh himself knows it, but then he has always known it. He has never been his own man, since his entry into politics. He has always been a creature of the World Bank, international capital, and his party hierarchy. Completely lacking a political base, he is incapable of winning even a municipal election on his own.

Biswapriya Purkayastha
Shillong, India
45/D-33
Feb 08, 2012
10:08 AM

>>As Arun Shourie clearly enunciated in one of the TV debates, in 2001, India's mobile market was an unknown species. Even though some of the players had foreign partners, there was no way they could evaluate the market and price it accordingly based on their experience in foreign markets. So the FCFS policy was adopted.

Actually Shourie repeatedly said during those debates that FCFS was not the ONLY criteria, there were ten others. Yet Congress spin masters and their lackeys in the media keep repeating 'flawed policies of the NDA'!! It is also a well known fact that the NDA tried auctions in March 2003 but there wasn’t a single bidder. That the media still spreads this canard that NDA's FCFS policy was questionable shows the low levels of integrity and morality in our editorial circles. Vinod Sharma of HT has gone to the extent of arguing that the SC did not mention about collective responsibility of the government becasue they also recognized the difficulties of running coalition governments. This is the level to which Congress apologists will stoop.
 

RSM
Delhi, India
46/D-63
Feb 08, 2012
02:20 PM

 Mr Manmohan Singh, whom the media touted as the most "honest" PM, will go down in history as King Of Thieves.

As for resigning, which sycophant will the Congress select? The biggest sycophant has led the country to ruin.

Dinesh Kumar
Chandigarh, India
47/D-109
Feb 08, 2012
10:04 PM

[[Vinod Sharma of HT has gone to the extent of arguing that the SC did not mention about collective responsibility of the government becasue they also recognized the difficulties of running coalition governments.]]

I haven't seen a more shameless apologist for the Congress than Vinod Sharma. The guy is a grade A bootlicker. 

Alakshyendra
Hyderabad, India
48/D-16
Feb 09, 2012
05:59 AM

Sir,
The Supreme Court milestone verdict to cancel 122 2G spectrum licenses which were given by the former Telecom Minister A. Raja came at a time when the UPA-II government was building castle in the air with a hope of winning the election in five states. The ruling government have embarrassed itself and fallen from the grace in public eye again in terms of protectionism for its corrupt ministers. A. Raja had definitely misused and gobbled up the public exchequer but why his predecessor late.Pramod Mahajan was allowed to go scot-free. Who was supposed to have involved in the scams during the NDA time. Since, with his death all unsolved riddles related to 2G scams were buried under the sands of time.
The SC verdict will certainly revive the hope of the common people to rely on the judiciaries. But not having the least faith in the Congress led government. It is likely that after the elections are over in all five states we will have to face yet another economic problems including budget which are now kept at abeyance for polls. The two faced government will show its true colors after the polls even though it seems generous at the moment. Beside, being an economist Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a failed leader suitably not fit for the politics. Even if he resigns, a problem remains the same as it is now. Because, who do we trust in the Congress or the NDA.
 

Janga Bahadur Sunuwar
Bagrakote, India
49/D-145
Jan 21, 2013
07:59 PM

 Why an illegal telephone exchange in Maran's house?
January 21, 2013 12:42 IST

Was something bigger and better getting transmitted from the illegal telephone exchange set up in the residence of former telecommunications minister Dayanidhi Maran [ Images ] in Chennai? M R Venkatesh analyses...

The startling details of a secret and possibly illegal telephone exchange set up in the residence of former telecommunications minister Mr. Dayanidhi Maran in Chennai are in public domain for over three years. In fact, it is part of political folklore in Tamil Nadu.

The UPA Government, despite its avowed zero tolerance policy towards corruption, has maintained a stoic silence on these allegations. The PM, as is his wont, not spoken anything on the charge.

According to the petition filed in Supreme Court, the preliminary report of CBI concludes that installation of 323 lines "was programmed in such a way that no one other than the authorized BSNL staff were aware of the existence of such an Exchange created for his exclusive use."
Yet, the CBI continues to "relentlessly investigate" the matter since 2007 without reaching any definitive conclusions. Left to itself, it may well do so for eternity.

All this when a preliminary report of the CBI dated as early as 10th September 2007 prima facie established that Maran had set up a telephone exchange with 323 high-speed telephone lines. Importantly, these were set up in the name of Chief General Manager of BSNL apparently to be used as a ruse at a later date. ''

www.rediff.com/business/column/column-why-an-illegal-telephone-exchange-in-marans-house/20130121.htm

ASHOK KUMAR GHAI
Mumbai, India
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