PM Left in the Lurch

India Today - - MAIL - PRAMOD SRI­VAS­TAVA, New Delhi

With due re­spect to our docile and ‘hon­est’ Prime Min­is­ter, I must con­fess that I am awed and mar­veled by his sin­cer­ity and de­vo­tion to­wards 10 Jan­path (“The Aban­doned”, Oc­to­ber 21). De­spite the hu­mil­i­a­tion that he has had to face from the Op­po­si­tion, from within the Congress party and the Gov­ern­ment in the last few years, Man­mo­han Singh has yet not been in­spired to quit. The news­pa­pers and the in­ter­net are flooded with car­toons and text mak­ing a poor joke of the man, thus de­mean­ing the stature of In­dia's prime min­is­ter. Next six months till the 2014 elec­tions, could be more trou­ble­some and em­bar­rass­ing for Man­mo­han Singh. He should un­der­stand the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion and do the wise thing by quit­ting im­me­di­ately. NAREN­DRA BEHL, via email It’s un­for­tu­nate that a man of re­pute with im­pec­ca­ble in­tegrity, who is a renowned econ­o­mist and the coun­try's prime min­is­ter, has been hu­mil­i­ated by his own party mem­bers with no sup­port ex­pected from any quar­ter. How­ever, de­spite all his qual­i­ties, the fact re­mains that he has failed to prove him­self as a suc­cess­ful politi­cian and al­ways pre­ferred to lie low or re­main silent on cru­cial is­sues of na­tional im­por­tance. Lack of com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and assertive­ness have been his great­est weak­nesses. How­ever, he de­serves ap­pre­ci­a­tion for not hav­ing caused any po­lit­i­cal up­heaval by re­sign­ing at the fag end of his ten­ure which proves his loy­alty to the congress party de­spite his be­ing treated un­fairly.

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