Two-term Prime Minister (2004-2014) Dr. Manmohan Singh is a renowned economist from Oxford University. He happens to be a Tripos holder, too, whose performance as an economist-Finance Minister and economist-Prime Minister has been disastrous to say the least. A highly accomplished neuro-surgeon going horribly wrong with patient lying on operation-table; MIT qualified engineer implanting no-sense technology in the country; Harward Business School educated manager pulling down a corporation like a pack of cards (Enron is an example of choice); erudite Justices of Supreme Court creeping before Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when they were nudged to bend, compelling an eminent jurist Nani Palkhiwala to explain to the highest Court difference between abrogation from abolition of fundamental rights to life and liberty…are all understandable and assimilable after a rude shock albeit an eminent economist consistently as well as persistently going horribly wrong as Reserve Bank Governor, Finance Minister then as Prime Minister jeopardizing security of 125 crore natives and country, is something that will continue to remain an enigmatic riddle for centuries to come.
Out of three orders of integrity as elaborated by me in one of my articles in past, Manmohan Singh (MMS hereafter) is endowed with integrity of the worst order i.e. Destructive-Integrity. Nation continued to be plundered and compromised in all respects by the Nehru-Gandhi-Vadra (NGV) Dynasty during his years in South Block while MMS as Prime Minister remained blissfully unaware. Quite skillfully he managed to retain his spotlessly untainted image that was generously acknowledged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha as ‘having shower under rain-coat’. During his tenure as Finance Minister, enormous wealth of the nation was siphoned off by Harshad Mehta through Stock Markets while he continued snoring loudly. When jolted out of stupor, he brazened it out by declaring pompously, ‘Stock market fluctuations do not disturb my sleep’. When he was declared ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ by his Media Advisor and a movie shot with the same title, he condescended to brazen it out again, ‘Not only I have been an Accidental Prime Minister but also an Accidental Finance Minister too’. And the man sported a smile as if his ‘quotable quote’ shall be remembered for centuries to come by the humanity coming from a legend of the order of Abraham Lincoln, Oliver Cromwell or Nelson Mandela. That’s the unenviable legacy of ‘Giani’ Manmohan Singh, unique and memorable indeed.
Let us now enumerate some of his significant ‘achievements’ that prodded me to author this article:
He entered into Rajya Sabha as a resident domiciled in Assam where NRC had to be commissioned to sort out teething citizenship/domicile crisis. Can anyone believe even in his/her wildest dreams that MMS is an Assamese? Yes, ‘Learned’ Justices of the Supreme Court precisely did that and turned down a petition challenging his election to Rajya Sabha as a ‘Bhumi-Putra’ of Assam.
As Accidental Finance Minister he sanctioned Rs 200 crore of precious tax-payer’s funds for a NGV Dynasty controlled Rajiv Gandhi Foundation as a measure of compensation for Rajiv Gandhi’s widow who had lost her ‘Suhaag’ (in her own words) in a bomb-explosion. Incidentally, RG’s poor widow is Permanent Chairperson of the Foundation.
As Accidental Finance Minister he sanctioned MP Local Area Development Fund which was later replicated at State level too, for MLAs to placate them after handsomely benefiting RGF. Very soon MPLAD and MLALAD Funds transformed into shining examples of ‘Front-door loot’ of tax-payer’s money authorised by legislators. Several worthies protested and demanded abolition of the Fund but MMS had absolutely no incentive in listening to those protestations.
As Accidental Prime Minister he allowed himself to be instructed and monitored by an extra-Constitutional National Advisory Council comprising of dubious luminaries and anti-national characters headed by Sonia ji. PMO was held to ransom by this illegitimate so-called Council turned Super-Cabinet and one shudders to think of enormity of dangers that the nation of 125 crores was exposed to, so brazenly.
As Accidental Prime Minister he condescended to apologize to the Sikh community for genocide in Punjab as well as Operation Bluestar in Amritsar for which entire responsibility and blame lay on Indira Gandhi’s head. Of course, Dynasty never condescended to apologize sincerely to Sikhs.
As Accidental Prime Minister instead of accelerating trial of Congress-Sikh riot cases of 1984, he turned a blind eye. He nurtured not even an iota of agony for so large a number of defenceless Sikhs being butchered in the country in a well-planned, officially inspired carnage by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
As Accidental Prime Minister MMS orchestrated royal escape of Bofors Quattarochi and quiet de-freezing of his bank account in UK holding his dirty money earned from Bofors deal. Even when the dirty deed was exposed, MMS was under no obligation to explain his sinister conduct to the nation.
As Accidental Prime Minister he was a mute spectator when DMK satrap Karunanidhi withdrew his Minister from UPA Cabinet headed by MMS and deputed another one without consent of MMS. Was MMS even aware of the developments, is yet another nagging question.
As Accidental Prime Minister he was a mute spectator to how Health Minister Ramdoss and Transport Minister TR Balu deported themselves in their respective ministries in an utterly shameful and reprehensible manner. MMS as Prime Minister failed to exercise tight restraint on them causing havoc in those ministries. For the first time in nation’s history, a serving Union Cabinet Minister absconded to evade arrest on a murder charge and Delhi Police were forced to paste a public notice to that effect on gates of the Minister’s official residence.
As Accidental Prime Minister he ensured impeachment motion against a Supreme Court Justice and one High Court Justice were defeated and those corrupt Justices were allowed to retire/quit honourably. Like Godfather Don Vito Corleone, MMS ensured, every corrupt dignitary was treated fairly and honourably.
As Accidental Prime Minister he failed to constitute SIT to investigate cases of flight of black money into overseas accounts in spite of express orders from Supreme Court. It is a mystery as to why MMS was not hauled for contempt of court by the Supreme Court for non-compliance.
As Accidental Prime Minister he presided over No-Confidence Motion in Lok Sabha over the issue of nuclear deal with USA and the sordid drama of ‘dirty’ money being exchanged to purchase votes right on the floor of House. It was exceedingly disgusting and the expression of his countenance at that moment was identical with what JL Nehru displayed while visiting borders to watch human blood flowing in Partition-1947 riots with the pontification, ‘I think, people have gone mad.’
The Accidental Prime Minister is truly accidental as he happens to be the only unelected Prime Minister in nation’s history. Once he dared to contest Lok Sabha election albeit defeated decisively.
As Accidental Prime Minister he presided over a regime riddled with corruption scandals. History of the nation had never witnessed such a monumental scale of plunder with astronomical, nerve-rattling figures that would benumb anyone’s conscience. It was a unique, extra-ordinary scenario of all ‘Panca Bhuta Tattva-s’ of corruption constituting the trail of loot and plunder, on Prthvi, in Jala, in Agni, in Vayu and above in Akash.
As Accidental Prime Minister MMS supervised excessive spurt in terror activities, genocide of Hindus in Assam and the Mumbai attack. Terrorists had a field day, striking at will anywhere and hundreds of innocent lives were destroyed. Army was compelled to fight out without sufficient ammunition or even bullet-proof vests only because MMS, his family as well as his pet dog were enjoying Z+ security cover.
As Accidental Prime Minister he impoverished all wings of security forces of their arms, ammunition and preparedness. The way he paired with another moron, his Defence Minister AK Antony in diminishing security forces, reminded us of Prime Minister JL Nehru and the then Defence Minister VK Krishna Menon, squarely responsible for nation’s humiliating defeat in 1962. If China had invaded during his stewardship, nation was sure to lose Arunachal Pradesh and entire Ladakh.
As Accidental Prime Minister he appointed Navin Chawla as Election Commissioner, castigated by the Shah Commission for his criminal role during Indira Gandhi’s Emergency and declared undeserving to hold any high Constitutional office. Then he appointed Kurien as CAG whose appointment was declared null and void by the Supreme Court later. It was such a humiliating slap on his face that anyone possessing even an iota of dignity and self-esteem would have resigned at once if not renounced politics altogether. That was a moment to reckon with in nation’s history when Prime Minister deserved to be sacked by the President and his belongings thrown out on road at midnight.
As Accidental Prime Minister he was the only one who was declared ‘weakest’ Prime Minister in nation’s history by BJP satrap LK Advani. Mercifully, this ‘accolade’ hurt him quite deeply and he mustered enough courage to speak out an abject denial.
As Accidental Prime Minister he presided over a regime that witnessed Office of Profit issue wherein all bigwigs of his Government and Party were directly involved. He allowed that to be even validated by Parliament too.
When he was forced out from the position of Accidental Prime Minister in 2014, nation’s economy was in shambles. With double-digit inflation and GDP hitting rock-bottom levels, world had written off the country as beyond redemption. So much about his knowledge of Economics.
When the Tripos-holder, Oxford-educated ‘world-class’ economist proclaims, Rahul ji is endowed with all qualities to make a successful Prime Minister’, I am not only dismayed and stunned into silence but also unable to figure out the most appropriate epithet to describe pathetic wretchedness of this man. Can you just visualise such an Accidental Prime Minister in a country like USA? He would have been derogated and impeached within weeks, thrown out disgraced and besmirched. In China? He would have been buzzed off instantly.
Now here is my parting shot. Isn’t a cosmic mysticism of a very high order that for every Saddam Hussein there is a George Bush, for every Osama Bin-Laden there is a Barack Obama, for every Prabhakaran there is a Mahendra Rajpaksa and for every Manmohan Singh, there is a Narendra Modi?