By Rajiv Punj
NEW DELHI: Isn’t the image of any individual the only non-depreciating asset that one can have? This is the only thing that one can build and protect.
I strongly felt that these probably could have been Sardar Manmohan Singhji’s tag lines. The irony is that the gentleman of impeccable honesty and integrity (which I want to still keep believing) has got soaked into the biggest scams of our era.
It is hard to believe, why he allowed his ministers to secretly read the CBI report, that too against the Supreme Court directions. What were they so inquisitive about? I strongly want to believe that the rampant corruption by his party, colleagues and partners is being camouflaged under his impeccable honesty and integrity image. I can’t comprehend that a learned and intelligent professional like him silently presides over a regime that is accused of mega-scams. I keep questioning my own faith in him as to how he, at least under his nose, could allow the communications and coal ministries to indulge in such massive and blatant levels of corruption. I still want to believe in him when he still calls himself honest.
But how can he, as the PM, turn a blind eye and look the other way when his ministerial colleagues blatantly loot public funds and get away escort free with squeezing hundreds of thousands of crores? How long can we keep discounting him of not being a politician?
The PM of the country is a politician. It is a myth if anybody even suggests anything contrary to it. He is, according to me, the CEO and is responsible for the P&L (profit and loss) of the country and cannot be pardoned for his ill governance. I have no doubt that he understands the nuances of the game better than some self-proclaimed professionals can even imagine.
I am at sea to understand if honesty is an abstract philosophical characteristic in the real world of political and bureaucratic corruption. Or am I so naive as not to understand and accept the obvious?
Sincerely, I don’t want to believe that it is the commencement of unpacking the myth of the impeccable integrity and honesty of Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Dr. Manmohan Singh Saab, when will you wake up, stand up and confront the world with all your honesty, sincerity and integrity?
If you are not answerable to the 1.3 billion Indians, you are certainly answerable to HIM. How will you face HIM? Bless you, Dr. Saab, bless you…
(Rajiv Punj is based in New Delhi and these are his personal opinions)