It’s open season for criticising India’s leaders. Time too, you might say – why didn’t the attacks start much earlier in the current government which has been failing for most of the time since it was elected in 2009.
Pranab Mukherjee, publicly regarded until a few weeks ago as the veteran politician on whom the government [...]
Two events in the past few days underline the decline both in the popularity of the Congress Party that leads India’s coalition government and the success of prime minister Manmohan Singh as an economic reformer. People ranging from the voters of New Delhi to loyal economists and other policy allies have in effect warned that, [...]
Yesterday, Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan, signed a “strategic partnership” between Afghanistan and India. The agreement between Karzai and Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India, is the first of its kind between the two countries.
India’s prime minister, Manmohan Singh, has today sadly displayed how weak he is in dealing with corruption at all levels of his coalition government. In a one-hour televised press conference with tv news channel editors, he admitted that he could not control all his ministers, and indirectly appealed to the media not to play up the many corruption scandals that are now being unearthed across the country.
When Manmohan Singh was first named India’s prime minister in 2004 – named, not elected, after the Congress president Sonia Gandhi turned down the post – The Economist came out with an amusing, but apt, cover. It showed a puzzled-looking Singh pressing a phone to his ear. The caption read, ‘Who, me?’
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