Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Dr. Singh should realize that his days as PM are numbered. He’s not likely to be the UPA’s candidate for PM in 2014. He’s what the Americans would call – ‘a lame duck Prime Minister’, waiting for the days to end and the new to come. For long he has been a pawn in the games played by Sonia Gandhi and the Congress. He has willingly submitted himself to the Gandhi family and it’s myriad politicking at the cost of his honour & reputation. I understand the compulsions, but it’s time for him to realize that an incredible opportunity is awaiting and he just has to seize it. At this point of time Dr. Singh has, if you look at it, nothing left to loose.
The Congress has been devastated after the results in the recent state elections. Rahul Gandhi is nowhere near as popular as the Congress would like us to believe. Most of the UPA’s allies, with the exception of the Trinamool, are also in bad shape. Even Mamta Banerjee needs the Centre’s support to off-set the huge budget deficit that her state is ridden with. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, the only real PM alternative, looks set to be the next President.
Dr Singh needs to seize the initiative and do what needs to be done. We’ve seen sparks of this in the economic reforms of ’91 and the nuclear bill of ’08. We need more of the same. Dr. Singh doesn’t need to be given support. Rather he should demand it. He is an intelligent and honest man- a reputation that he has been able to maintain throughout his tenure. I’m sure he always has the nation’s best interests in mind.
Dr. Singh needs to get aggressive in these last legs of his government. If nothing else but for the legacy he will leave behind. The various economic reforms like the GST, DTC and FDI in Retail and Insurance should be put on the fast track. On the foreign policy front too he should settle the Siachen issue with Pakistan. He should improve relations with China and other BRIC nations. By just annoucing his intent on these issues in strong words he will do much to improve his current ‘paralysed’ image.
Dr. Singh has a chance to prove that he is, after all- ‘A Good Man’.