Its time to go Mr Prime Minister

Dear Prime Minister,

In Hindu tradition and culture the concept of renunciation has always been valued more than the idea of acquisition, and even though you may not accept this for fear of offending your party’s minority vote bank, let me allay your fears by reminding you that this is something preached by the Abrahamic religions also.

I would, therefore, urge you to seriously consider this option in your own interest as well as in the larger interest of this unfortunate country.

 

The government headed by you has already taken the country back to 1990 in sheer economic terms, and in terms of other social and public values we have reached the nadir of the Dark Ages.

 

The country had great hopes from you when it voted you to power in 2004, and even higher expectations when it renewed your mandate in 2009 after your sterling display of vision and courage in the nuclear deal. But you only flattered to deceive, and for reasons which are now becoming obvious, relinquished any pretense of leadership or governance.

A big ship needs a strong hand at the rudder-your hand- but you have handed it over to a motley crew of rank opportunists and faceless lascars who can only run it aground.

You were never a politician- a positive for most of the voters – and the two qualities that made us repose our trust in you were your honesty and your acknowledged status as an eminent economist. Today, both lie in tatters- you have betrayed our trust, not substantially but wholly, and therefore you must go.

Time to go Mr Prime Minister
Time to go Mr Prime Minister

Honesty is not divisible, and for those who exercise power there can be no nuances between personal honesty and public honesty. A person who allows others to loot cannot be honest. A Manager who does not raise his voice when illegalities are being committed by his subordinates cannot be honest.

 

A law maker who protects criminals cannot be honest. And a Prime Minister who does all this simply to remain in power cannot be honest. Your honesty has already cost the country dearly, Mr. Prime Minister, and we cannot sustain this cost any longer.

 

Your reputation as an economist may still follow you to Harvard or to the LSE after your retirement, but in this country its devaluation is proportionate to the devaluation of the Indian rupee. Where did you lose the plot?

You had everything going for you when you took over in 2004– an economy growing at 8-9%, a Current Account SURPLUS of US$ 10.56 billion, Foreign Exchange reserves in excess of US$ 400 billion, a comfortable net INFLOW of Foreign Direct Investment.

After nine years of your being at the helm, the growth rate is down to between 5% and 6% and falling, the Current Account has gone into a DEFICIT of US$ 20 billion and increasing, Foreign Exchange reserves are down to seven months’ import and depleting, the Fiscal Deficit is going to hit 6%, Foreign Exchange reserves are down to US $ 200 billions (with repayments of US$ 150 due before March 2014), there is a net OUTFLOW of FDI funds to the tune of almost US$ 7-10 billions every month.

The Rupee has reached an exchange rate of 65 to the dollar. Nobody believes Mr. Chidambaram anymore, the RBI Governor can only hyper-ventilate, and you, of course, continue to maintain your sphinx-like silence.

In the meantime inflation continues unabated, jobs are being lost by the millions ( unemployment actually rose by 2% between July 2011 and June 2012), Indian industry prefers to take its money abroad, infrastructure projects languish somewhere between Messers Jaiswal, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and a litre of cooking oil now costs more than two litres of beer! (Can you imagine, Mr. Prime Minister, what a field day Marie Antoinette would have had with this?!).

And this is at the precise time when the rest of the world is coming out of its downturn! No, sir, you and your band of forty thieves have been so busy with your petty politicking, with ensuring the survival of a particular dynasty, securing the financial well being of future generations of your party colleagues and allies, dividing communities and classes, that you have had no time for planning and taking decisions.

The only decisions you HAVE taken boggle the mind. We are already spending 75000 crores every year on our Public Distribution System: every single survey indicates that at least 40% of this, or 30000 crores is siphoned off by politicians, bureaucrats and middle-men. And now your govt. is determined to pour another 50000 crores into this bottomless pit through the Food Security Act! What for?

The BPL( Below Poverty Line) families and the Antyodaya (poorest of the poor) families are already covered under the existing PDS-the FSA will make no difference to them. Govt.’s own figures state that only 27% of our population is now below the poverty line; why then do you want to bring 67% of the population under the FSA, and spend a whopping 50000 crore on people who do not deserve this largesse?

And that too at a time when you have no money for infrastructure development or health and education( in both of which we now lag behind even Sri Lanka and Bangladesh!). Is it worth destroying a country just so your motley crew can win another election? Is this honesty, Mr. Prime Minister?

Had it been only the economic downturn we could perhaps have been more generous. For economics, as we all know, is not only a dismal science, it is also an uncertain one: as they say, even if one were to lay down all economists end to end, we still wouldn’t reach a conclusion!

After all, if Mr. Amartya Sen and Mr. Bhagwati cannot agree on what is good for India we can hardly expect you to have the answer. No sir, the economics is only a part of the mess: let me recount what the others are.

You have systematically sought to destroy every fibre of the democratic fabric of this nation. Constitutional authorities have been attacked publicly by your minions and sought to be humiliated at every turn: remember the diatribes against Vinod Rai and the Central Information Commissioner?

Statutory authorities like the CBI and the office of the Attorney General have been subverted and made to fall in line, your party’s line. Your oath of office demanded that you protect them, but you remained mute, as is your wont.

You have even done the unthinkable: set the Intelligence Bureau against the CBI, ensuring for ever that our premier intelligence agency will never cooperate with our premier criminal investigating agency- every terrorist, insurgent and crooks of all assorted types must be lining up outside Teksons to buy ” thank you” cards for you!

Such is your hubris that you have shown contempt for the orders of the Supreme Court even. The Court’s judgments, instead of being respected and seen as a matter for serious contemplation, are publicly criticised and sought to be by-passed by the collation of a consensus of those affected by the judgments (!) and a brute legislative majority.

So criminals can continue in Parliament. Merit will find no place in the selection of Doctors (at the senior most, Professor, level) even in Super specialty disciplines; minorities will get reservations in government jobs even though the Constitution forbids it.

This lack of respect for the final arbiter of the Constitution and the law is not only breeding a competitive defiance of the Court among other political parties but is also setting the stage for a show down with the judiciary a-la Pakistan and other banana republics.

You behave as if the Opposition is not part of the democratic process, that it is a nuisance that is best ignored; consequently, all communication between the two has now snapped, and the nation is a helpless witness to a Parliament that resembles a rugby locker room in both language and action and is in a permanent state of adjournment.

All parties are to blame for this, of course, but it is your party which laid down the rules of engagement. By refusing to walk the extra mile to accommodate even the legitimate demands of the Opposition, and by sabotaging time and again the Committees of Parliament, you have eviscerated this vital organ of democracy which under you has become as vestigious and irrelevant as your appendix.

Practically no legislative work has been done in the last two years: there are 116 bills pending in both Houses, of which 19 and 21 relate to financial and educational reforms, respectively, two of the areas that need immediate attention.

But your lack of concern is matched only by your shocking sense of priorities: instead of trying to push these bills, you have instead chosen to concentrate your fading energies on two other amendments that can only make politics murkier and more criminalised: removing the disqualification of convicted legislators, and exempting political parties from the RTI Act!

Perhaps the biggest price for your incompetence and your colleagues’ venality is being paid by our defense forces: all three are many years behind in terms of armaments and weaponry ( because another ” honest” Minister, Mr. Antony, will neither effect purchases from abroad nor allow FDI in defense production) and their very capacity to defend the country has been seriously eroded.

Who will defend our borders in such a scenario, Mr. Prime Minister- the lethal barbs of Mr. Manish Tewari, or the boomerangs of Mr. Digvijay Singh or the IEDs of Mr. Mani Shankar Iyer? Even worse, you have demoralized our armed forces by the constant interference of your Ministry and completely taken away their operational and tactical independence.

A succession of retired Army commanders have said so in recent times and the pusillanimous approach of our troops in response to violations of the LOC testify to this. (Of course, these same Army Commanders who have suddenly found their conscience and their voice also need to explain why they didn’t defend their operational independence more vigorously when they were enjoying the perks of their office!).

Under you we have become a whining nation- we whine when Pakistani troops shoot our soldiers, we whine when Chinese troops camp on our territory for weeks on end, we whine when Italian marines shoot our sailors, we whine when the Sri Lanka navy arrests our fishermen, we whine when our ex-President is frisked at an American airport.

Under you a once-proud nation is being kicked around by even a Maldives or a Bhutan. What in God’s name have you done to our image?

In communal terms we have always been a fractured society. But true leaders have in the past tried to bridge these fissures. To you, however, will go the dubious credit of widening and deepening these cracks between communities and castes.

In order to survive, your party has countenanced the retrograde decisions of allies that can only raise the confrontational pitch: earmarking of state budgets for a religious minority, reservations in jobs for the same community (which goes against the express provisions of our Constitution), reservations in promotions (which has been struck down by the courts), setting up of a central Commission to review the (criminal) cases of suspects of one community only.

It is your party which has put communalism at the center of the campaign for next year’s election, not the BJP or Mr. Modi. The former has consciously downplayed the Ram Mandir issue, and Modi had made it clear that development was going to be his plank. But this did not suit you since your party couldn’t possibly debate him on this plank, what with your miserable record of the last five years.

So you deliberately inserted the communal element, as did your allies, by harping only on the 2002 Gujarat riots. To his credit, Mr. Modi has so far not agreed to stoop so low, and I do not think your strategy will work.

But you have in the process vitiated the atmosphere for a long time to come, reopened old wounds that were beginning to heal, and provided a legitimate space for hot heads on both sides of the divide.

How much damage to the country is one Parliamentary seat worth, Mr. Prime Minister? How many more Partitions will you recreate to satisfy your party’s lust for power?

Your opportunistic creation of Telangana has sown the seeds of disputes and blood-letting in all parts of the country that will sorely test the federal integrity of our country for many years to come. There are twenty one more statehood specters waiting in the wings and by the time they are exorcised we may have ceased to exist as one nation.

Do I need to refer to the endemic corruption that your government has been indulging in these last ten years? And to your pathetic attempts to distance yourself from them, even though it is gradually becoming clearer with each passing day that you were aware of what was happening and did nothing to stop it? Why?

The quality of honesty, like that of mercy, cannot be strained: one cannot be honest and yet knowingly allow dishonesty on one’s watch.

Even worse, your increasing brazenness in the face of evidence against you boggles the mind: the Minister who doctored the Coalgate report has been made Special Envoy to Japan, a Minister whose nephew sold posts in The Railways for crores has not even been named in the charge sheet, the Minister on whose watch files relating to YOUR period of the coal scam have gone missing continues to bestride Shastri Bhavan like a colossus.

Who is this Faustian devil you have sold your soul to, Mr. Prime Minister?

Your deafening silence on all these matters-you have spoken in both houses of Parliament only fifty times in ten years-defies logic and conventional wisdom. And that leads me to speculate whether we are underestimating you.

Is there, after all, a method in your madness? Could it be that you are reconciled to losing the next elections and are therefore deliberately implementing a scorched earth policy?

That you will leave behind as a legacy for the next government an India that is bankrupt, ungovernable, riven by caste and communal conflicts, all its institutions destroyed?

An India that will soon be on its knees, begging for your party- the lone horseman riding in from the sunset, in Mr. Rahul Gandhi’s words, don’t forget-to take over the reins again, and save the country from perdition? But I forget, you never speak- so we’ll never know till the horseman is upon us.

Mr. Prime Minister, your party has stripped this country like a cloud of locusts. You have sown every type of poisonous seed known to your ilk and we shall be reaping the bitter harvest for many years hence. You have engendered an atmosphere of uncertainty,venality, indecision, communalism, opportunism, criminalisation and defiance of constitutional and statutory institutions which cannot be allowed to continue, for that way lies certain disaster.

Elections are nine months’ hence but we cannot allow this conception to come to full term: the seed sown by you can only destroy this country and must be aborted. The time has come for you to go, Mr. Prime Minister, and to go immediately.

Call for elections now, end the uncertainty, let us get on with our lives, give this country a chance to redeem itself. Do one last service to this nation, sir- stand not upon the order of your going, but go!

 

 

With best wishes,

your’s sincerely,

A VOTING STATISTIC

 

Avay Shukla retired from the Indian Administrative Service in December 2010. He is a keen environmentalist and loves the mountains. He divides his time between Delhi and his cottage in a small village above Shimla. He used to play golf at one time but has now run out of balls. He blogs at http://avayshukla.blogspot.in/

70 Comments

  • Well said Sir!Yes, I have always wondered what stops Manmohan Singh from stepping down from P.M.s post, stating health reasons. He may be honest, but his ministers are dubious characters, loot is the only motive why they have come to the field of politics.The P.M. knows that the more time he continues, the more deeper he sinks into the bog of dishonesty. So what stops him from stepping down???

    • Great analysis. We , greatly , enjoyed reading it.

      It seems that by measures like restricting Gold imports ( bringing back Gold Smuggling ) ,Massive Food Grain – Leakages , Petrol Black Marketing ( Shutting down Petrol Pumps at Night – are being contemplated for raising black money for elections . Babu + Neta would mint money.

  • One is either a policeman or not. One cannot be a policeman by the day and by nightfall turn into a thief. It is not as if one is robin hood that you loot the rich to pay for the poor. You are actually a Robert hoodlum paying only to Robert voodra

  • Crafty Congressmen will ultimately blame Manmohan Singh for sticking to his chair as a BJP conspiracy. Arun Shourie has already spelled it out as the Prime Minister being the biggest election agent of Narender Modi. The more MMS stays put in Delhi, the stronger Modi gets.

    • I agree with your views. These congressmen will stoop to any lows possible. They conveniently blamed Arjun Singh after his death, for the problems of Bhopal Gas Trajedy. They did not even acknowledge Narshima Rao who was the PM who started reforms and not Manmohan Singh. MMS was only the finance minister. But the country was guided by Narshima Rao.

  • Where i can join an group to fight against the corruption —-There is nowhere to go but to kill each of them whenever i encounter them……To humiliate those in public –It is difficult as whole mentality among us is bad ……

  • The government has disrespected the people of this country who have elected them into power.. The only way we see is kicking this corrupt and dakkus from power forever.. Modi is only the way to get our Country back to power.

    • Cannot agree more ! Only the laws of nature can help…. We seem to have done every thing possible to drown the nation to doom! After a dark night there is sunshine ! We can only live with this divine hope….

  • Yes, exactly, but may I ask just as you have mentioned why did this witeup/analysis wait till you retired. Why not when you were in service & could have, but did not object to the rot amongst the IAS also at all levels & in all ministries.You have happily gone & settled in the serene mountains leaving us & expecting us all to bear the brunt of the problems you have so elaborately recounted- no jobs, no money,no home, no food etc etc.
    I can assure you this PM will be there a record third term , lips shut, since all of us are used to be taken for a ride by all our elected politicians left with no choice but criminals/agents/extortionists on each parliamnet seat.

    • I share your anguish, Dr. Kapoor, and your sense of frustration with the bureaucracy. There are, however, constraints- both ethical and legal- on a public servant: under the service and conduct rules a govt. servant cannot publicly criticize govt. policy and practices while in service. This is as it should be for to do otherwise would be to generate indiscipline and chaos in the functioning of govt.One CAN be critical, but only within the govt. structure, but there also only up to a limit imposed by the chain of command. Many do so in the IAS and other senior services, but sadly they are in a minority. But remember – if this country is still hobbling along (and has not collapsed altogether) it is because of this brave and faceless minority.

      • Sir,

        Wonderfully well put reply. Many are raising doubts about people like you who are doing every bit to pull India through this crucial time. I hope all those got the answer!

        Thank you!

      • I just chanced upon this letter of yours which devastatingly exposes our PM with facts, logic and a rare narrative genius. This letter destroys with convincing brilliance the shroud of myths that cover our illustrious PM Dr. Manmohan Singh. In fact, one reader has commented-“THIS ARTICLE SHOULD BE PUBLISHED IN ALL NATIONAL ENGLISH PAPERS AND TRANSLATED AND PUBLISHED IN REGIONAL LANGUAGES ALL OVER INDIA.” I fully agree though I know that’s a pipe-dream with our paid-media.
        However,I earnestly feel this masterpiece should not die in obscurity. I am sharing the link to Hill Post with my friends on various FB pages in an attempt to make it viral.

      • Dear Mr. Shukla,
        I Agree with you that a few stalwart bureaucrats in the MINORITY, have helped India progress. What if the MAJORITY, had done so? Also it is NOT critical to be openly critical of the government to do right. Actions speak louder than words and it has been these surreptitious actions in connivance of the bureaucracy with politicians that has landed up in this mess. And let us make no mistake, MMS was a bureaucrat. I agree it is difficult for a bureaucrat to stand up to corruption when there is a sea of corruption around them. Your usage of the term “public servant” is appreciated. But the masters are the people of India. Politicians have usurped that aspect and hijacked the constitution. And yes, the blame lies with the people of India who vote for the person who becomes their master instead of their representative. We are all in this together.

      • Exactly the same rules apply to the Army as they do to the civil sevices, Mr. Singh. And exactly the same situation prevails in both, and I have clearly said so in my article when I stated that it is only a minority in the IAS ” and other senior services” who have the courage to differ: the latter includes the Defense Services, Police etc.One of the vital differences between the Defense forces and the civil services, in my opinion, is that whereas the latter are compromised at all levels, in the former the non-flag levels are still alright:the higher, flag levels is where the rot lies-where the conscience is locked up, protest smothered and values compromised in favour of lucrative postings and the all-important stars! Believe me, the values of higher levels of command are the same all over: civil services, Defense forces, international organisations or the private sector.

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    Better than P.M. retiring, more important is Congress president retiring, If this P.M. resigns Madame will select someone else , So appeal for what I think.

  • How long will be before he says “I am not the custodian of anything in the country ? “I am ONLY the PM”

  • Well written. By that, I mean – good readable English.
    Unfortunately, can’t give the same compliments for internal logic of the piece.
    The worst thing the author accuses the PM is – And now your govt. is determined to pour another 50000 crores into this bottomless pit through the Food Security Act! What for?
    However, not ONE party opposed the bill in the parliament. Not ONE. Certainly not the BJP. They all were AYES not NAY. So, the PM is to blame while others who said AYE loudly must be allowed to oppose it in media thereafter. Warped logic.
    A policy of running with the hares and hunting with the hounds, is it?

    • Pathetic remark by you. PM is CHOR is reverberating across the nation..because it happened under his PMship. He has disgraced that position to the lowest ever known to the nation.

    • No, Mr. Asthana, the logic of the article is not warped; what is warped is the conduct of, and the positions adopted by, all the political parties.Populism has reached such a low point in this country that no one dares go against the flow of its current. You are quite right in saying that the Opposition is running with the hare and hunting with the hound at the same time. But the primary blame has to be that of the Government and the Prime Minister for proposing such a scheme in the first place- after all, the country’s finances are the primary responsibility of the government of the day.

  • The only hope leftover to us is Pranab Mukherji, the President.
    I do hope he will Kick the Present lot, impose an emergency, review every decision that the present minister took .
    After a period of a year or so hold elections and put the country on course for growth.
    Let us accept Jinnah at his word- that Hindus and Muslims cannot live together. Recall what Putin said in the Duma. Russia does not need you- it is you who need Russia. Russians will live the way they wish, you have a choice as a minority either live the way the Russians do or leave

  • What are the criteria for an ideal Prime minister? Ideology, popularity, qualification, youth, experience in politics, caste or creed. May an individual have all this qualities but still will remain bound to work as per convenience of the political party he/her belongs to. Therefore rather searching for a perfect PM candidate we need to have a party ruling our country with transparent ideology and moral to face some neglected issues of unwanted citizen of India. Issues of every soldier who laid there life protecting us, every women who is raped, every child who dies of malnutrition, every family effected by communal violence, every bomb blast causality, every death due to lack of medical facility, every family need of rehabilitation due to natural calamity and every parent who are forced to sell there children’s.
    Doesn’t matter who’s the Prime Minister is as long as this small issues is being care off.

  • Dear Avay ji,
    I wonder if you will recollect my having met you,in your office, while you were the Principal Secretary and later the Addl Chief Secy(Forests) to the Govt of Himachal Pradesh when we spoke and discussed the deteriorating and degrading environmental conditions of Himachal in general and SHIMLA in particular.Having read your write ups I thought it prudent to get back to you and see if we could do anything now that you are not in office.I am presently the Convenor INTACH SHIMLA and taking up an exercise SHIMLA back to SIMLA. Kindly do revert!We may be able to deliver. With regards-Ved-

    • Wish you both the very best in your endeavours. It is never to late for the older generation to assist the vibrant youth of our country.

  • Hi there Avay!!

    Having known you for nearly 30 Years & knowing you to be one of the FEW honest & upright I.A.S.Officers,your Article is absololutely correct!!!!!!

    But will the Indian Prime Minister,the learned Doctor Manmohan Singh resign??

    NOT A CHANCE!!!!

    Best Regards,

    Uday Singh Jubbal.

  • Indraay swaha Takshakkay Swaha! The PM needs to be pulled down. If he refuses to step down.
    The country is more important.
    He is a survivor and has progressed to RBI governor and FM and PM not only because of his honesty and intelligence.
    Today he is clueless and a bad manager. And hence MUST GO. In any private sector he would have been sacked long ago.

  • My father calls this corrupt, greedy, incompetent, false economist “Mauna guru” and that is what he is. Either one should do their job properly, or if they are being prevented from doing it, then resign from it, or complain against it. This man has not done any of these and on top of all has the arrogance to say that he is not the custodian of the coal files. Then who is? He is not responsible for anything that goes in between that incompetent UPA ministers, then what is he there for? He should leave politics and go and sit in some Italian village with his disgusting Madam.

  • Any self respecting person would have resigned long ago, but it appears he is resigned to his fate controlled by powers behind the scene. And to get upbeat over recent food and land bills overriding all the negatives of his governance, is the height of shamelessness.

  • Beautiful article. MMS has done so much damage to this country that it will take decades to just clean the mess. There is no leader in this govt, all of them stand in a queue like a peon in front of Madamji and it shows their capability…what have we done as people of this country, we are to be blamed too ???
    People do not vote, they do not exercise their franchise..again they are the same lot who crib and whine.
    Look at the lot – PC, Sushil Shinde, Antony, Khurshid, HM Krishna (ex.) -They are jokers and bootlickers.

  • THIS ARTICLE SHOULD BE PUBLISHED IN ALL NATIONAL ENGLISH PAPERS AND TRANSLATED AND PUBLISHED IN REGIONAL LANGUAGES ALL OVER INDIA.
    1] Abetting , covering up and protecting criminal activity is equivalent to being a conspirator. A civilian harboring a terrorist is arrested and penalized for treason. Why not a minister abetting , condoning and hiding a financial crime?
    2] By protecting and rewarding criminals , a wrong message is sent to the commoner and youth , that CRIME PAYS SPECIALLY WHEN A POLITICIAN IN POWER IS YOUR PARTNER. This “Morality Engineering” has been the worst deed of the current Govt. This degeneration of Indian morality is here to stay thanks to “ManPolitics and Sonieconomics “. To gain support and stay in power , Mulayam’s , Mayawati’s , Kani’s , Maran’s inappropriate asset acquisitions are being overlooked.
    3] Every institution of this country has been systematically destroyed and damaged with only two intentions — see that Congress and their Italian patron’s family remain in power and permit Congress and their allies to illegally fill their coffers from Govt treasury.

  • In a Democracy, Governments are a reflection of the people that that elected them. In view of this, he should do his full term, so that those who foolishly RE-elected these folks ( as well as those who didn’t bother to cross the street to vote) feel the full weight of their own folly.

  • PM, go, go go. You and your team comprising of crooks and corrupt have destroyed our country and our pride in being Indian.

    Ravi Mehta

  • Mr. Shukla,

    A very well written article! Thoroughly enjoyed it and felt sad that our country has been pushed down to such a level.

    You did mention in one place regarding Army Commanders: “Of course, these same Army Commanders who have suddenly found their conscience and their voice also need to explain why they didn’t defend their operational independence more vigorously when they were enjoying the perks of their office!”

    You, too, Sir, wrote such an article ONLY after you retired! 😉

    Anyway, I shall look forward to more articles from you. More grease to your elbow!

  • A very passionate indictment of MMS. It is evident MMS is an order taker and was pushed into a leadership position, in which he has failed miserably. But let us not ignore the fact that the IAS cadre, of which Mr. Shukla was a member of, is riddled with corruption and complicit in India’s predicament as well. And let us not forget the 95% fools that Katju, in a rare moment of intellectual integrity spouted, vote for the many members with criminal cases against them, to parliament. .

  • Dear Retired IAS officer, congratulations on your incisive write up on the present set up. You have missed the most important frame the “steel frame” including the IAS, IPS, IT,CBI, IB who have and are complicit in the doings of congress and its leaders to bring India to this state.Be honest Mr Avay Shukla and advise the ‘frame’ to rise to the occasion and save this country. I blame you and your ilk because without your battling an eyelid not even a mosquito can bite in this country. No body knows this better than you.PM and his stooges can not rule this country without your active help & ‘advise’. Number of our leaders are from background where they need people of your group. So please be honest and take cudgels and advise your colleagues and get India and Indians on track.Politicians will come and go.

  • The article speaks the blatant truth. The only reason the BJP lost in 2002 was they did not change the bureaucrats who were owing their loyalty to the Congress only. If they had chosen to change them at that time, such things would not have happened. Because the politicians want to make money and they seek the help of a few the educated bureaucrats to learn the loopholes. At the time when BJP ruled, all our donations from abroad were screened and were released only if it were meant for helping the poor. This was one reason a lot of Organizations who received the money to run their show, were all behind bringing Sonia and the Italian support so that that they can have their easy funds, and that did happen.
    BJP supported the Food Security Act because all the channels were bombarding BJP that they do not allow the Parliament to do good work and the Congress was blaming only the BJP for not allowing the Parliament to function. We would have appreciated the Government if they had allowed the discussions and answered all the questions sincerely. With their spokesperson always bombarding BJP for disruption was the dirtiest trick played by the Congress. If the Government had done a good work and functioned on the right track. why should not answer the questions boldly and point fingers at others. If they had done, we would have supported them. For their non-function they always in search for BJP’s some past history to point their fingers. If we ask for the missing files now, they say what about 1992? What has 1992 got to do the files disappearing under the Congress regime. All the good officers IAS or IPS are sacked if they are honest. I am now convinced even God cannot save this country.

  • Brilliant analysis.
    More than MMS resigning, it is the bureaucrats who have let the country down by patronizing the politicians.

  • At present only politicians are taking administrative decisions ignoring bureaucrats. Strategic decisions must be taken in consultation with IAS/ EX-IAS officials.Also decisions are for attracting Vote banks of democratic INDIA.

  • Manmohan is never intelligent. CertifIcate n Gold medals dosenot bring knowledge. See Shri Dhirubhai Ambani. No certificate but what work he did,So, please never say that Manmohan is an intelligent
    Your detailed report is educative. Thanks for it

  • Mr Shukla congratulations on a very well written article.As an Indian who lives outside the country it breaks my heart to see how the rot is permeating through every layer of this once proud nation.
    Reading through the comments made by other readers it is eveident that no one in power – politics or bureaucracy – seems to be immune to corruption. Maybe it is time the citizens took action to restore India to its rightful status in the world.

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