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
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...