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When No One Spoke Up

The PM’s silence, the perils of not being ‘political’ were his undoing

When No One Spoke Up
Tribhuvan Tiwari
When No One Spoke Up
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One of my memorable encounters with Dr Manmohan Singh was sitting with him watching the results coming up on the TV screen at his home on Safdarjung Road in 1999, when he lost his Delhi election. His otherwise expressionless face looked a little surprised, a trifle saddened and bewildered. I rem­em­ber turning to him and saying, “Sir, don’t worry about this, you will be prime minister one day...this defeat is just a step forward in the world of politics....”

Looking at the last 10 years of Dr Manmohan Singh, I was intrigued to find that the single dimension of a “good, honest man, an intellectual and an economist” was just the veneer, the top skin of a complicated, multifaceted person. He may have exuded a sense of being reticent about being anointed leader of the UPA government, but he was by no means a reluctant PM, either in his first avatar or in his second term. He was an unusual candidate for that important post since he was not elected to the Lok Sabha by popular mandate, as should be the case for a prime ministerial candidate...

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