Posts Tagged ‘Manmohan Singh’

A comparison of two scenarios to drive home a point:

Imaginary Scenario1:

Where:
In the middle of a T20 match between Indian and Sri Lanka

The key players:
Dhoni, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Kirsten and the rest of the team

The scene:
Dilshan has gone hammer and tongs after the Indian bowling. Lot of runs have been scored against the pacers. Indian team at a loss as to what to do now.

The discussion:
“Man, this guy is trouble. How do we stop him?”
“Yeah, really miss Zak at such times.”
“Arre, shall we try spin?”
“Pata nahi whether it will work at all?”
“Yaar, try karke dekhte hai. At this time, we have little choice.”
“Ok, let’s give the ball to Bhajji, then.”

** Off-topic discussion in between **
“Yuvi, where’s your birthday bash yaar?”
“At the Sixer Lounge…; but what if we lose today?”
“Arre yaar, win-lose to hota rehta hai.. after all, it’s cricket. Can’t stop partying because of that!”
** Off-topic discussion over **

What follows:
Bhajji gets Dilshan soon.
Team celebrates.
But in walks Sangakara, the best batsman of spin bowling.
And what follows is a spectacle of unabashed hitting of the spin bowlers. All over the place, fours and sixes galore.

Frantic discussion again:
“Oh my God, where did we land?”
“Yeah, Dilshan gone, but now Sangakara is smashing away!”
“Fours and sixes everywhere. How to stop these?”
In a resigned tone, “Well, we’ll just have to wait for the 20 overs to be completed..sigh!”

And the run feast for Sri Lanka continues.

Not-so-imaginary Scenario 2:

Where:
In the highest political echelons of Delhi, between top cabinet ministers

The key players:
Pranab Mukherjee, Chidambaram, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and the rest

The scene:
K. Chandrasekhar Rao is on an indefinite fast for the demand of a separate state of Telangana. Situation volatile. Huge support. Few suicides already.

The discussion:
“Man, this guy is trouble. How do we stop him?”
“Yeah, really miss YSR at such times.”
“Shall we allow Telangana?”
“Pata nahi whether it will work at all?”
“Yaar, try karke dekhte hai. At this time, we have little choice.”
“Ok, PC, go ahead and announce it then.”

** Off-topic discussion in between **
“So, what plans for daughter’s wedding?”
“Booked the Taj..; but what if this AP matter intensifies?”
“Arre yaar, these things will happen in a country. After all, it’s politics. Can’t stop family affairs because of that!”
** Off-topic discussion over **

What follows:
PC announces that Telangana will happen.
KCR breaks his fast. Telangana supporters rejoice. Random suicides, protests stop.
But now anti-Telangana supporters erupt. What follows is a different mayhem. Resignations, more deaths, large scale protests. More lives lost!

Frantic discussion again:
“Oh my God, where did we land?”
“Yeah, KCR taken care, but now rest of Andhra is erupting!”
“MPs, MLAs, resigning, and lots of lives lost too. How to stop these?”
In a resigned tone, “Well, we’ll reverse the announcement, and wait for matter to fade from public memory…sigh!”
And meanwhile, causalities continue.

The cricket scene is probably imaginary. There is in all likelihood, more strategy that they use. And when they still fail, it is only a matter of a win or loss on cricket field.

The political scene is probably more real. Unfortunately. In a high command led dictatorial regime full of sycophants, political mileage is the only motivation. Even at the cost of random slicing of the country into states, notwithstanding public opinion. And when such knee jerk movements from the centre do not work, it is a serious matter of loss of lives. But then are Indian lives any more valuable to a politician than 4s and 6s on a cricket field??

Are we wrong to expect from our politicians, more responsibility of action, more foresight, some concern for the country and its citizens, and less for their personal political gains??

We have been admirers of our Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. In the 90s, when he took over as a Finance Minister during precarious times for the country, he single handedly brought back the country from the brink of disaster. Even this time around, when Congress was to form the government, he was a good choice. Better he than the old foggies like Arjun Singh or Pranab Mukherjee or Shivraj Patil… !

But there has to be the right person at the right time! And at this time, Dr. Singh is far from being the right person!

One had to only hear him speak to the nation in the midst of the encounter, and you could sense that he was totally out of place. He looked like he was addressing some Global Conference in Economics, and he was presenting a technical paper there!

The time was to inspire, to motivate, to rekindle the nation’s patriotic fervour. To speak strongly and let the nation know that he was going to act, to let the world know that we will not be suckers anymore. And that had to come out in an emphatic speech.

Instead, he was insipid and boring.

How can we have confidence that he is the man to lead us out of this mess? When all this time, he has not been able to stand up to the Left parties, to his own party colleagues and ministers, leave alone to “Madam Gandhi”, how do we expect him to stand up to terrorists or to a fearsome neighbour, who is willing to go to war with us??

Surely, at this critical time, we need a younger PM, one who shows huge energy, one who can motivate us. A strong leader. I do not quite see a person in the horizon at this time. And in that, maybe our misfortune. But if we can find someone who fits this bill, we must go with such a person, and Dr. Singh could continue to be the Finance Minister, and wade us out of the economic crisis (hey, that’s not gone anywhere, just in case we forgot about it!).

Thank you, Dr. Singh, but not now, Dr. Singh.. Enough is Enough!!