Southasia - - Editor's mail - Nalini Saxena, Mum­bai, In­dia

Your ar­ti­cle ti­tled ‘The Te­flon Prime Min­is­ter’ in the May is­sue could have been a sim­ple re­flec­tion of the much-talked about and the much ad­mired In­dian premier Dr. Man­mo­han Singh had he not been caught in the most bizarre sit­u­a­tion. Things are not as easy as they sound. The UPA Gov­ern­ment of In­dia has slipped in a pe­cu­liarly silly man­ner and seems to be un­able to come out of the corruption charges against it. Its fa­tal flaw has been a mis­cal­cu­la­tion about In­dia's anger against corruption. And this is some­thing that not even Singh’s friendly per­sona can smoothen. He might have been more com­fort­able in this cri­sis were he a com­plete cynic, which for­tu­nately he is not. As a re­sult, he is pay­ing a heavy price. For his sin­cer­ity, thor­oughly in­ap­pro­pri­ate to the pol­i­tics of UPA sur­vival, the premier is caught be­tween his self and his lawyers. In­dia ex­pects Dr. Singh to act; his lawyers and min­is­ters tell him to ar­gue. But what he needs to re­al­ize is that though his dilemma might be ex­pli­ca­ble to a sym­pa­thizer, it will not be con­doned by the peo­ple in In­dia any­more. It is time to take charge.

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