ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Tragic Hero

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh holds a unique position in Indian politics. Even his bitterest rivals have never accused him of corruption, so rampant among his peers. The Indian people honour him for his simplicity, accustomed as they are to the high lifestyle of many politicians. And yet, this man is fated to play a tragic role, however great his desire to serve the people. He is a helpless captive of the ideology of economics which he mistakes as science.

His discipline did not totally lead him into error. Twenty years ago he boldly led the crusade for liberalising the bureaucratbound economy. The pent-up energies of the business sector and even of the middle classes were released, and India has seen spectacular growth. The greatest benefit this economic experiment bestowed on the country was to curtail the mafia-like power of the elite autocratic heads of the bureaucracy. But Manmohan Singh’s new deal also brought the power of money into the open, the truth of Indian governance hidden behind the façade of socialism, and Indians were launched on the rapids of getting rich at all costs.

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