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7 Must Read stories on the legacy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 2:05pm IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk

#1 Dr Singh, how do you want to be remembered?
Twenty years have passed since Dr Singh came to be recognised as the architect of the economic reform story in India but the challenge of either the goal of removal of poverty or development for all is far from over.

#2 Goodbye Prime Minister Manmohan Singh! Hope the history judges you kindly
Manmohan Singh was as much a statesman as Nehru, his stint matched the first six years of Indira Gandhi’s term as the prime minister. He achieved as much as any politician has in independent India. To sully that would be to sully what the country has achieved despite the last three years of riding the rough waters of international economic downturn and the perils of coalition politics.

#3 How can Manmohan Singh see Narendra Modi wave?
Manmohan Singh had said he did not see any Modi wave and it was the creation of the media.

#4 India's story is work in progress, still long way to go: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
In his farewell speech to the Planning Commission, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India's growth story is "work in progress" and there is still a long way to go. "India's development story is a work in progress...But there is a lot of distance that is still to be covered," he said in his last interaction with members of the Planning Commission.

#5 I agree with Sanjaya Baru, Manmohan Singh remains not just a good man but also a good prime minister
Critics of Manmohan Singh tend to believe he is a neo-liberal economist, but this is, of course, nonsense. The term ‘neo-liberal’ is often an epithet hurled by their anti-capitalistic critics at the proponents of the market economy in India. I have never read a free-market economist who used the term ‘neo-liberal’ to describe his position. As Sanjaya Baru observes in his memoir, like many economists of his age and times, Singh is a Keynesian.

#6 Did Prime Minister Manmohan Singh use Sanjay Baru's book to set record straight?
Was Sanjaya Baru's book, a way for Manmohan Singh to set the record straight on several issues that have blighted his record in UPA-II? Singh knew that Baru was writing a book on his years as PM's media adviser — those close to him have told the media that he would have preferred the book to come out later, not while he was still in office. Did the prime minister also know the book's contents, especially the explosive bits about exactly how much say Sonia Gandhi had in crucial government decisions?

#7 Prime Minister's media advisers: The men who know too much
How close is the PM's media adviser to the prime minister? Apparently, a lot. The jury may still be out on whether The Accidental Prime Minister — former media adviser Sanjaya Baru's memoirs of his tenure in UPA1 — is a work of fiction or fact. But it certainly gives us an idea of the easy access the spin doctors enjoy to the highest office in the country.




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