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The Doctor Knows His Medicine

By impugning the economist in Manmohan, Modi and Advani bullied out the fighter in him

The Doctor Knows His Medicine
The Doctor Knows His Medicine
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There are reasons and then there are reasons why the prime minister suddenly mounted his "sting operation" on the prime-minister-in-waiting, but perhaps the last straw was the questioning of his core competency in economics and his record as The Great Liberaliser.

First, Narendra Modi questioned Manmohan’s well-earned reputation as a finance whiz. "During the Narasimha Rao government, he was the finance minister when India’s biggest share scam, committed by Harshad Mehta, occurred. Now he is PM and Satyam scam has occurred," Modi said at a Gandhinagar rally. "Is it the result of his economic policies or something else?"

From then on, various talking heads, from Arun Jaitley to Ravi Shankar Prasad, picked holes in the UPA government’s economic record, especially in the construction of highways. The next arrow was the huge fiscal deficit staring the next government in the face, the prospects of the next government inheriting a bankrupt treasury.

The timing was exquisite: Manmohan Singh had just then taken on additional duties...

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