01 November, 2020

Tarred ’N Feathered

Key Coalgate files are missing, Manmohan Singh’s image is at its nadir. Who cares if it’s a self-goal or sabotage...or just bad weather?

Narendra Bisht
Tarred ’N Feathered
outlookindia.com
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Singh’s No King

  • Slump in economy undercuts prime minister’s USP as original reformer
  • Barrage of scams under his watch leaves his image of integrity in a total shambles
  • Urban middle class, a key driver in Congress’s 2009 showing, drifting away in droves
  • Roadblocks in path of food bill, direct benefits transfer et al ties up Cong poll hands

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By now we can only presume that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is used to staring at the abyss. Blase enough, in fact, for a spot of gallows humour. Some of that is surely in order, what with the spooky comedy of errors unfolding around him. Nothing, of course, can relieve his sense of a bad ending. Embers of coal line his metaphoric hell, clouds of despair block the sun. No solutions appear nigh, only a counting of the days, where each new one seems to bring with it a new defeat. Mercifully, an end is in sight to this sorry tale: it can only be dragged on till mid-2014, presuming the shaky regime...

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