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Reality of PM’s Role
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The shadow boxing by political parties over the 2G scam is based upon a fictional role of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The public should not be deceived. It should recognize reality. The issue of corruption has reached a defining stage in post- Independence India’s history. 
 
The PM’s role may be assessed from the following unreported incident. The distinguished editor of a highly respected national daily newspaper met with the PM some considerable time back. The editor complained to the PM about the misdemeanors of former Health Minister Ramdoss. The PM responded by showing files to the editor that further confirmed the veracity of the complaint. He urged the editor: “Why don’t you convey your complaints to Sonia Ji?” 
 
This sums up the real situation. The PM is entrusted with foreign policy to deal with, for which Mrs Gandhi is not equipped. For the rest the PM is a dummy. Mrs Gandhi looks after the financial health and the political strength of the Congress party. This was the unwritten arrangement that made mockery of Constitutional requirements under which Dr Manmohan Singh became Prime Minister to begin with. Now we must deal with the consequences of this farcical arrangement. 
 
Dr Subramaniam Swamy who wrote to the PM drawing attention to the 2G scam received a reply from the Telecom Minister A. Raja against whom the complaint had been made. Raja informed Swamy that the PM had forwarded his complaint to him for reply. Swamy understandably ridiculed this response. Instead of addressing the complaint himself the PM had asked the accused to write his own defence! So what tied the PM’s hands to render him impotent to deal with the situation? It was the division of labour created between the PM and the (Congress) President-cum-Chairperson (of UPA) that grossly violates the spirit of the Constitution.
 
This matter may not end soon. It may go farther than any corruption case in India has gone thus far. This is no thanks to big media which postures but does not perform. During a group discussion on a major TV channel while the rest of the panelists were squawking and interrupting each other Dr Swamy sat with a serene smile like the cat that has swallowed the cream. He spoke very briefly but to the point. He alleged that Raja had received only 10 percent of the bribes. The rest was distributed among the big players. He said that international cooperation was required to catch the money trail. He twice offered to furnish the names of those he alleged had collected the bribes. Any red blooded newsperson would have jumped at the offer. Twice the TV anchorman blanched and changed the topic refusing to take up the offer. So much of our posturing media that collapsed like a pricked balloon when it came to the crunch!  
  
18-Nov-2010
More by :  Rajinder Puri
 
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Article Comment Mr Garg, Times Now Channel, November 17th.
My Word
11/22/2010
Article Comment Which channel , date and time .where can I get the transcript ? I am an agitated citizen , only , trying to understand what is going on ..

Ravi Garg
11/21/2010
Article Comment No mention yet of the Satyam / Maytas scandals operated through the good offices of the Kkangress and YSR.
The sums are equally astronomical.
seadog4227
11/19/2010
Article Comment I was waiting for your comments and, as usual, you have hit the nail on the head. I noticed exactly the same thing with Arnav.
It is most distressing that the malpractices of all our worst politicians and bureaucrats are known to all interested governments, but rarely to the Indian public.
It is also notable that such corruption and corrupt deals are de-rigeur in Italy.
seadog4227
11/19/2010
 
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